The ICCUB Technology Unit participates in a Pathfinder Open project of theEuropeanInnovationCouncilwhich has beenrecentlyselected.
It is a five-yearprojectworth 3.4 million euros to developthenextgeneration of thePetVision fast time-of-flightpositrontomograph. Theprojectwill be coordinatedbytheJožef Stefan Institutewithpartnersfromthe University of Barcelona (ICCUB), theInstitute for Instrumentation for Molecular Imaging in Valencia, the Bruno Kessler Foundation from Trento, theRechst der IsarClinic of theTechnical University of Munich, Massachusetts General Hospital from Boston andOncovisionfrom Valencia.
Thepartnerswillusevarioustechnologicalinnovations to developanultrafast detector of annihilation gamma raysanduseit to produceinnovativeapparatus for functionalmedicaldiagnostics. Out of 858 applicationsreceived, 57 projectswereselected for financing.
The ICCUB Technology Unit willdesignandproduce a System-On-Chip version of FastIC in a 65 nm CMOS technology. FastICdevelopmentsarebased on a collaborationbetweenthe ICCUB andthemicroelectronicssection of CERN. Thefirstprototypewassubmitted to fabrication in May 2020 andincludes a fullyfunctionaldesignwith 8 single-endedchannel. FastIC has excellenttimingproperties. TheFastICSoCwill be a customized 32 channelversion of theFastIC ASIC implemented in 65 nm CMOS technology. A TDC with 30 pstime bin will be alsoincludedinsidethe ASIC in order to optimize performance, powerconsumptionandsystemintegration.
WithitsPathfinderscheme, the EIC supportstheexploration of boldideas for radicallynewtechnologies. Itwelcomesthehigh-risk/highgainandinterdisciplinarycutting-edgesciencecollaborationsthatunderpintechnologicalbreakthroughs.