Junko Yoshida, EETimes
6/26/2015 09:50 AM EDT
GRENOBLE, France — Annual open-house events hosted by the two premier R&D centers in Europe — CEA-Leti (Grenoble, France) and IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) — collided this year on the same dates in June.
The scheduling clash wasn’t intentional — at least from Leti’s point of view. One Leti official told us, “We’ve been holding our annual event during the same week in June over the past several years. It’s not like our schedule was a secret to them.”
But the two events — Leti Days in Grenoble and the IMEC Technology Forum in Brussels — have drawn, perhaps inadvertently, more attention to the growing rivalry between the two laboratories. More often than not, both Leti and IMEC court the same partners in the electronics industry. At stake are big contracts and government grants.
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