Microelectronics Center of Provence

The Microelectronics Center of 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.