ALPHA-RLH, a French competitiveness cluster for laser and microwave technologies, specializes in partnering with companies and laboratories to set up, evaluate and fund innovative projects.
Based in Bordeaux, Limoges and La Rochelle with missions in China and the US, the cluster is unique in aggregating skills, expertise and talent in photonics and microwave to nurture innovation, while facilitating the further economic development of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.
ALPHA-RLH has spearheaded many ventures, including most recently the SAPHyR project designed to improve the aerospace industry’s understanding of photonics technologies. ALPHA-RLH currently has 253 members who are active in two key strategic fields of activity: Photonics-Lasers (laser sources and procedures, optical components, instrumentation) and Microwaves-Electronics (integrated circuits, radiocommunication systems, radar systems).
These two areas of activity are conducted with the support of digital tools (Digital Solutions & the Factory of the Future Cross-Disciplinary Field of Activity), and promote collaborative innovation to increase member activity in four markets:
• Healthcare (medical devices and autonomy): imaging, diagnosis and therapeutic techniques, as well as technological solutions for people suffering from a loss of autonomy
• Communications, Digital Security: components or systems for data transfer, data and network security
• Aeronautics, Space, Defense: embedded optic/optronic systems, innovative solutions for materials, communication, navigation, lighting
• Energy, Smart Buildings: solar technologies, lighting solutions, energy efficiency, energy storage, communicating or connected devices for buildings
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