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New Singapore-France research alliance to develop state-of-the-art nanotechnologies
Date:10/7/2009

Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore's leading science and technology university has formed a tripartite research alliance with the National Center of Scientific Research (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique or CNRS), the largest governmental research organisation in France, and Thales the French electronics giant and a global technology leader in aerospace, space, defence, security and transportation industries.

The alliance known as the CNRS International-NTU-Thales Research Alliance (CINTRA) will be setting up a joint laboratory at NTU's Research Techno Plaza.

The Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of CINTRA was signed today in Paris, France, witnessed by Singapore's Minister of Education and Second Minister of Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen and France's Minister of Higher Education and Research, Mrs Valrie Pcresse. The signatories to the agreement are NTU President, Dr Su Guaning; Director General CNRS, Mr Arnold Migus and Chief Technical Officer Thales, Dr Marko Erman.

The CINTRA Laboratory aims to harness the latest in science and technology to develop innovations in nanotechnologies for future computing, sensing, and communication applications. The collaboration will provide opportunities to challenge and tackle critical issues and bottlenecks faced by existing technologies in microelectronic and photonic industries, promising innovations with superior performance beyond what is available today.

Such application-driven challenges serve to push the boundary of today's technology in this field to meet future commercial and defence and security needs. Some creative ideas include the development of enabling technologies such as an imaging chip to process and display real-time multi-dimensional information; or a signal processing chip capable of super high-speed performance of a trillion bits (terabit) per second or more, but consuming little power.

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Contact: Hisham Hambari
mhisham@ntu.edu.sg
656-790-6447
Nanyang Technological University
Source:Eurekalert

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