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Hommage à Kholdoun Torki


1961 - 2023

Passionate about advanced technologies and microelectronics, Kholdoun Torki began his doctoral studies in 1986 under the guidance of Bernard Courtois after studying physics and electronics in Constantine, Algeria, and obtaining a Master's in microelectronics in Grenoble. His thesis, defended in 1990 in Grenoble, laid the foundation for a successful career in the design and manufacturing of micro- and nanoelectronic circuits. From that point onwards, Kholdoun Torki contributed to Multi-Project Wafer service, CMP (Circuit Multi-Projet in French). This service allowed numerous researchers, students, and companies to prototype integrated circuits at affordable prices. Kholdoun Torki gradually became the promoter and the technical architect of CMP, climbing through its ranks. Recruited as an engineer at CNRS in 1994, he became the technical director in 2002 and the director in 2020. His dedication and commitment over time expanded CMP's activities to encompass more technologies, services, and support for Multi-Project Wafer users. For nearly three decades, CMP distributed technologies from companies such as STMicroelectronics, AMS, Electronic Marin, OnSemi, AMF, MEMSCAP, and also those of CEA-LETI. Beyond his role at CMP, Kholdoun Torki was a highly active researcher. He supervised 11 doctoral theses, filed two patents, and published over 120 articles in international conferences and journals. Throughout his career, he participated in and coordinated around fifteen European and national projects. Finally, he was a co-founder and board member of iRoC Technologies.
Kholdoun Torki left us on Friday, November 10, 2023, leaving behind a legacy that we must now cultivate in a new context with the advent of the European Chips Act. We, his colleagues and friends from the TIMA laboratory, CMP, and CIME Nanotech, are grateful for his contribution in building this service that has greatly benefited French, European, and even global research. We share the immense pain of his family, who have lost a beloved person.

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Kholdoun's children, Amine and Mehdi, have not yet finished their university studies. A fund has been set up to help them.…

Submitted on November 17, 2023

Updated on November 21, 2023