ICCUB becomes a Scientifica International technological partner
The Institute of Cosmos Sciences (ICCUB) of the University of Barcelona has signed an agreement with the company Scientifica International to work together in the fields of nuclear and particle physics, space sciences and industry. This generic agreement, managed through the Bosch i Gimpera Foundation of the UB, sets the bases for future collaborations between the ICCUB and Scientifica. ICCUB therefore becomes the Scientifica International technological partner and will be its advanced design unit.
Scientifica will study how to bring the developments that are carried out at ICCUB into the market, especially instrumentation, electronics and application specific integrated circuits (ASIC). Both units will collaborate in high technology projects and will enter competitions in international organizations such as the European Space Agency (ESA), CERN and ITER.
One of the first licensed products for its trade is the Multi-purpose Integrated Circuit (eMUSIC), carried out at ICCUB. Although it was originally designed for the future telescope Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), eMUSIC can be used for other applications, such as medical imaging, spectrometers, radiation detectors like synchrotrons and particle accelerators.
eMUSIC is an integrated circuit that can expand, process and join the signs that arrive from a high-speed photomultiplier array in a wide dynamic range, which enables developing compact and low-power systems.
The Matrix electronic device, with an analogical-digital conversion function for high-precision time measurement, has also been licensed for its commercialization. This device has been applied to the improvement of the precision in positron emission tomography (PET), used in medical diagnoses.
The area of electronics of the ICCUB Technological Unit (ICCUB-Tech) has worked on six different designs over the last years, producing more than 100.000 units and it now has five patents in the field of photodetectors.