Center of Microelectronics in Provence
A dynamic link between research and industry.
The Center of Microelectronics in Provence (CMP) is a Research and Education center of the École des Mines de Saint-Étienne, located in Gardanne (medium size city between Aix-en-Provence and Marseilles) and hosted since 2008 by the brand new Georges Charpak Campus (60,000 m2).
The CMP was created in 2003 at the heart of a major French microelectronics cluster (known as the cradle of smart card industry) which gathers leading manufacturers and designers of microelectronic devices and systems. From the beginning, the CMP has adopted a policy of strong partnerships with the smartcard industry, including large companies such as STMicroelectronics and Gemalto, as well as several innovative SMEs. Research is organized in four departments (including a joint team with CEA-Leti) covering domains of semiconductor manufacturing and logistics, digital security, flexible electronics, as well as emerging fields of bioelectronics and printed electronics.
The PACA (Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur) region holds a significant academic and industrial potential in ICTs mainly concentrated in two areas: Aix-Marseille (integrated device manufacturing and smart cards) and Nice-Sophia Antipolis (telecommunications and design).
For instance, It accounts for about 40% of the French yearly production in semiconductor devices and for approx. 10,000 employments. Founded in 2005, the competitiveness cluster SCS (Secured Communicating Solutions) coordinates the entire value chain of ICT trades, ranging from silicon to applications & uses.
The CMP is board members of: