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Low-power chip

A. Aubert / CEA

Who we are ?

Nellow is a soon-to-be created start-up developing and exploiting a technology resulting from 15 years of fundamental and applied research by two world-leading laboratories on microelectronics solutions: the  Spintec laboratory (CEA Grenoble, Univ. Grenoble Alpes & CNRS), and the Laboratoire Albert Fert (CNRS, Thales and Univ. Paris Saclay).

Jean-Philippe Attané

Jean-Philippe Attané


Full Professor at Grenoble Alpes University

Laurent Vila


CEA Engineer/Researcher at CEA Grenoble

Manuel Bibes


Research Director at CNRS

Currently Professor at the University of Grenoble Alpes. He has more than 20 years of experience in project management for the development of new spintronic technologies and is leading the Topological Spintronics team at the Spintec laboratory (CEA Grenoble), which consists of more than 12 full-time equivalents in 2023. To complement his technical background, he obtained at Grenoble Alpes University Master’s level diploma both in Law (Business Law: Labor Law, Company Law, Contract Law, IP) and in Economics (Economics and Corporate Finance: Economic diagnosis and strategy, Sector analysis, Finance). Jean-Philippe is also a former Auditor of the Institute of Advanced Business Studies (16th promotion). He has supervised 15 PhDs (H-Factor of 32), and he is currently a Senior Member of the prestigious Institut Universitaire de France

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CEA engineer since 2007. He has 20 years of experience in spintronics in the US, Japan, France and Belgium. Laurent is an expert in nanofabrication using advanced lithography techniques and electrical characterization of nanodevices. He co-developed the MRAM magnetic memory sector at Spintec, in particular within the framework of industrial transfer partnerships with Crocus Technology.
He was involved in the realization of functional magnetic memory points of size less than 10 nm, and head of the Concept group at Spintec from 2016 to 2020. Overall, he is co-inventor on 9 patents, supervised 12 PhD theses, 6 post-doctoral students, 4 engineers and 3 technicians since 2017 (H-Factor of 46) and managed R&D projects of more than €3.5 million over the 15 years at CEA (national or European R&D contracts, as coordinator or partner).

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CNRS researcher since 2003 and Research Director since 2014. Since 2008, he is head of a research group on quantum matter based on oxides, at the CNRS/Thales Mixed Research Unit, with a headcount of 17 people in 2023. During his career, he obtained funding for more than €12 million (ANR, Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe, industrial contacts), which led to co-authorship of more than 230 publications (including 40 articles in Nature Publishing Group journals), 19 patents, 16 PhDs and 20 post-doctoral projects (H-Factor of 78). He is a Highly Cited Researcher according to Clarivate Analytics (<0.1% of researchers worldwide), winner of three ERC projects, coordinator of 2 ANR projects and coordinator of an R&D project with Intel (2019-2021). Manuel was awarded several awards throughout his career, including EU40 Materials Prize (2013), Descartes-Huygens Prize (Academy of Sciences in 2017), Friederich-Willem Bessel Prize (Humboldt Foundation in 2017) and EuroPhysics Prize in 2022, one of the most prestigious international prizes in physics.

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Supported by the CEA incubation program

Nellow benefits from access to clean rooms, cutting edge nanofabrication equipments and characterization techniques.

With an expertise ranging from materials and nanodevices to integrated circuit design and advanced test, around 20 people are currently working on our laboratories on the development of our technology.

Low-power chip

A. Aubert / CE

Nellow - Ultralow-power chips based on quantum materials for logic and AI.