The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Thales have established a joint international research unit (UnitŽ Mixte Internationale) called the CNRS International - NTU - Thales Research Alliance (CINTRA). Based in Singapore, the new unit will conduct research into nanotechnologies for electronics, photonics and related applications.

The new research unit illustrates to the partners' ongoing efforts to promote cooperation between academic and industry researchers in France and Singapore, and will make a significant contribution to strengthening pathways between technological breakthroughs and innovation in industry.

The partners will focus their research on nanocomponents and the new circuit architectures needed to overcome current limitations. They will work together to develop new technologies supporting co-integration of electronic and photonic components on a single substrate to leverage the properties of both and meet future requirements in the field of communications, computing and sensors.