With a staff of approximately 2000 people, the Research and Technology department of CEA is one of the major applied research laboratories in Europe. CEA devotes about 85% of its activity to finalized research with external partners. One of its main vocations is to help companies to increase their competitiveness through innovation and research-to-industry technological transferring. CEA has also an active patent policy (portfolio of about 500 patents, and more than 140 filings/year) and the licensing of its technologies. The CEA, which is actively engaged in research work extending from conceptual design of systems to pre-industrial prototypes, contributes to the transfer of technology and encourages innovation, particularly by assisting the emergence of new businesses. Both CEA LIST and CEA LETI institutes will contribute to the SAN project.

Within the CEA Research and Technology department, the laboratory of applied research on software-intensive technologies (LIST) is a technology center of 400 researchers working in four areas with vital societal and economic implications: embedded systems, interactive systems, signal detection and processing and communicating systems. The Communicating Systems Laboratory (LSC) researches into an develops innovative network and radio technologies, for multimedia as well as for machine-2-machine communications, answering the needs arising from various sectors such as telecom, defense & security, transport, or energy. The laboratory is specialized in architectures & protocols design, validation and evaluation through simulation and prototyping. It addresses technical issues including mobility, routing, security, group communications, transport protocols and wireless ad-hoc/sensor networking. Besides, the laboratory is also recognized for its expertise in radio technologies for wireless cellular or short-range systems; addressing technical issues such as cooperative PHY schemes, cooperative coding, advanced MIMO/OFDM(A) mechanisms, relaying, or low-power communications. The LSC is currently engaged in multiple European (e.g. C-CAST, EARTH, FREEDOM, MEVICO) or French (SEAMLESS) collaborative research projects.

LETI (Electronics and Information Technology Laboratory) is another laboratory of the CEA Research and Technology department. It is one of the largest European applied research laboratories in the field of electronics (staff is approximately 900 people). The main activities of CEA-LETI are microelectronics, sensors, microsystems, instrumentation, optoelectronics, IC design and telecommunications. In the field of Telecommunications, CEA-LETI was, and is currently involved, in several R&D projects of the 5th, 6th and 7-th Framework including: IST ASILUM, MUMOR, MATRICE, STRIKE, NEXWAY, FIREWORKS, ICT MAGNET and MAGNET Beyond, PULSERS I and II, e-SENSE, MIMOSA, 4MORE, SPECTRUM, ORACLE, UNITE, WHERE, BeFemto, Earth, ARTIST4G. LETI was also involved in CELTIC WISQUAS and WINNER+. The LCS (Communication and Security laboratory) of CEA-LETI specific involvement in these projects concerns physical layer studies, radio resources and interference management, system level evaluation for 4G air interfaces.