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IFAE's technology offering and opportunities for collaboration

Find below IFAE's technology offering and opportunities for collaborations in the following sectors:

  • Medical Imaging
  • Quality control & Inspection camera ASICs / FPGAs
  • Environmental detectors
  • IoT & BIG DATA hardware / software
  • Computing
  • Aerospace dosimetry
  • Automotive self-diagnostics & monitoring
  • Ultra-high resolution electron microscopy radiation detectors



1. VIP (Voxel Imaging PET) - A High Spatial and Energy Resolution (FWHM 1-2%) for Nuclear Imaging Diagnostics

A novel detector module (patent granted: United States, Japan, China; patent application: Europe) for Nuclear Medicine Imaging devices, such as Positron Emission Tomography (PET) detector which provides excellent energy and spatial resolution when compared to the current state-of-the-art PET detectors.


• Greatly improve the spatial resolution thanks to an extremely minimized voxel module size of 1mm x1mmx2mm.
• Excellent energy resolution of 1-2% at an energy of 511 keV., thus reducing the scatter fraction from 40% to 4% and hence the noise of the reconstructed PET image get reduce.
• Small Parallax and small scattered fraction implies the detection of cancerous lesion as small as 2mm.
• Available to demonstrate as prototype


Medical Imaging


2. LINDA (LINe Detector with Novel Photon Counting)

X‐ray inspection tool used as quality control in the food industry to detect contaminants in food products.


• The energy resolution of the X-ray photons. The camera chip can differentiate 6 levels of energy.
• Photon counting
• High spatial resolution with a pixel size of 330 µm.
• Use of the technology Time Delay Integration.


TRL 4/5 . Patent application: Photon Counting


Collaborative research with academia and/or industry in the framework of national and international calls for innovation projects (Eureka, H2020, Nuclis,..) or patent/know-how licensing offer. 


Medical Imaging, Quality control & Inspection camera ASICs / FPGAs, Aerospace dosimetry


3. Novel PSK modulation method and demodulator that doubles transfer data rates

IFAE has developed and started international patent protection for a new method of modulation and demodulation of Binary PSK and Quadrature PSK signals that doubles the data rate of current communication systems based on BPSK or QPSK modulations.


• Encoding 2 bits of information per symbol for BPSK modulation and 4 bits of information per symbol for QPSK modulation maintaining signal to noise ratio.
• Double the number of channels keeping data rate, or double the data rate keeping the channel bandwidth what reduces the duty cycle and the power consumption of the devices.
• Compatibility with current BPSK and QPSK communication standards.


TRL 3. PCT application "Method for modulating and demodulating PSK signals and demodulator thereof"


Companies dedicated to the development of high performance ICT devices based on BPSK/QPSK modulation willing to acquire this IFAE technology through a co-development and/or license agreement.


IoT & BIG DATA hardware / software




The invention relates to a digital system for performing stereotaxic biopsies with a biopsy needle. The inventive system comprises a series of devices which are used to position a tissue sample between the X-ray source and the detector, process the electric signals, and generate 3D images. This technology allows for new developments in 3D biopsy on Tomosynthesis

Patent Granted


5. Low cost HVCMOS pixel detector

Development of radiation detectors based on the HV/HR-CMOS technology


• The main advantage of this technology is cost reduction, since it does not require bump-bonding.
• Photon counting device with very small pixels are possible.
• Fast readout time compared to CCDs.
• Medical Imaging and synchrotron applications.


Medical Imaging, Quality control & Inspection camera ASICs / FPGAs, Aerospace dosimetry, Environmental detectors, Aerospace dosimetry, Automotive self-diagnostics & monitoring, Ultra-high resolution electron microscopy radiation detectors




The PH Lidar is an improvement of the current aerosol ground based LIDAR technologies, to be able to make a more precise determination of these particles with reduced cost.


• High particle resolution range offering a reduced size.
• Improved data processing speed by a factor 2.
• Lower energy consumption which implies lower cost, with improved electronic performance compared with the state-of-the-art. .


TRL 3.


Collaborative research with academia and/or industry in the framework of national and international calls for innovation projects (Eureka, H2020, Nuclis,..).


Environmental detectors




The project consist of designing a computer compatible with the immersion cooling infrastructure that allows to maximize the efficiency of data centers.


• Ultra-dense server
• Miniaturization of components
• Selection of the most suitable materials to exploit their efficiency.


Computing, IoT & BIG DATA hardware / software




Software to monitor and control systems based on the event subscription methodology. A series of modules can be pluged on a central service in order to control any device that can be accessed using python on the host platform. In parallel we have developed a daughter board for raspberry pi systems to be able to read a big range of sensors. The transmission of data is via wifi. It will be the next generation of IoT controlled systems.


• Cost savings
• Improved asset utilization
• More efficient processes
• Improved productivity




Collaborative research with academia and/or industry in the framework of national and international calls for innovation projects (Eureka, H2020, Nuclis,..) or know-how licensing offer.


IoT & BIG DATA hardware / software, Automotive self-diagnostics & monitoring

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 09:30

IFAE Engineering

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IFAE Engineering

The IFAE Engineering team is composed of Engineers and Technicians specialized in developing cutting edge technology for high energy physics, astroparticles and cosmology experiements. In our labs we have developed telescope cameras, detectors for the Large Hadron Collider, mechanics for satellite and ground telescopes, and microelectronics for different applied physics devices.

We specialize in front-end and read-out electronics, control systems, detectors, cryogenics & vacuum and precise moviments. Here you can find our main infraestructures. 



1. CMicroelectronic Clean Room
2. Mechanical Workshop
3. Electronics Laboratory
4. Instrumentation Clean Room
5. Optical Room
6. Grey Room
7. Shielded Room



1. Microelectronic Clean Room

It consists of three rooms of a controlled contamination area with a low level of environmental pollutants and ESD protection. This make the proper conditions to work for Microelectronics assemblies and packaging. Two of approximately 12 square meters of classes 1.000 and 10.000 and one class 100.000 of about 20 square meters. The clean room has a wire-bonding machine model Delvotec 64000G5, a "solder-ball" machine Bumper SB-M, a pull tester machine DAGE 4000 to evaluate the quality of the micro-threads and different type of welds, a high resolution Xray scanner Dage Ruby XD7600NT, a pick & place and dispensing system Finetech Pico, as well as with a vacuum reflux oven (AVT), Probe Station, digital high resolution Leica microscope, and stereo microscope.  

2. Mechanical Workshop

The mechanical workshop has 300 square meters and is equipped with precision mechanical work machinery: Johnford VMC 1300 CNC with FANUC control and Phoenix FM-250 CNC, Lagoon FTV4-SP milling machine, Pinocho S90 / 225 lathe, surface grinder machine DANOBAL RTC-800, EDM wire cutting machine ONA, EDM die sinking machine ONA, welding equipment in aluminum and steel , ultrasonic cleaning, metrology arm FARO PRIME and XY metrology table to scan surfaces with an accuracy in x-y better than 5 um and in z of 1 um . It is provided with a 16 ton crane bridge. The IFAE also has a 3D FDM printer and a 3D scanner.  

3. Electronics Laboratoy

It consists of a space of 70 square meters divided into two rooms. It has test equipment (oscilloscopes, function generators, logic analyzer), welding equipment of electronic components (soldering irons and furnace) with the ability to reveal PCBs by chemical attack on two sides.  

4. Instrumentation Clean Room

It has a space of 35 square meters. The main puropose are mechanical assemblies done under controlled contamination area with a low level of environmental pollutants and ESD protection. It is divided into two rooms of similar size and with the same qualification 10,000. It has an entrance SAS, approximately 7 square meters. Temperature: 22ºC + -3º C. Humidity: Controllable humidity value of 55% + - 10% and with the ability to set individually each of the 2 divisions of the room. It has access control.  

5. Optical Room

The IFAE`s optical room is equipped with an 1.2 x 2.5 m Thorlabs Nexus optical table with active isolators legs suitable for interferometric measures. It include the basic mounting hardware and the optical devices to perform radiometry and spectrometry in the range from 200 nm up to 3 um, which include among others monochromator, lamp sources, filter wheels and filters set, integration sphere, power meter and NIST calibrated photodiodes, etc. Currently, the optical room host the optical setups developed for CCD and IR detectors characterization demanded by the instrumentation being developed at IFAE.  

6. Grey Room

The gray room has a dimension of approximately 7x8 square meters. The main puropose is an electronic laboratory in order to work with detectorsunder controlled contamination area with a low level of environmental pollutants and ESD protection. It consists of an entry SAS and a single room class 1,000,000. Stabilized temperature at 22ºC + -3ºC and limited humidity below 75%. It has SAS and access control.  

7. Shielded Room

The screened room has a dimension of about 32 square meters, with an internal room height of 3.5 meters. The access door is 1.8m wide by 3.3 meters high. It is a double-leaf door with pneumatic action for the entry of both personnel and material. The room offers attenuation in the frequency range from 10kHz to 20GHz in accordance with EN 50147-1. The room has RF protected inputs for the ventilation system and also inputs for the connection of equipment (SMA type connectors, fiber optic inputs and pipes for air and water inlet for cooling equipment).  
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 15:23

IFAE Microelectronic Services

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IFAE Microelectronic Services for Industry


The IFAE Microelectronics laboratory is equipped with the ultimate packaging and assembly technologies, including automated wire-bonding, flip-chip and device inspection facilities hosted in a clean room infrastructure class 100.000/10.000/1.000.

IFAE covers the whole microelectronics assembly process, offering wide experience, know-how and singular infrastructure for design, pre-production and quality assurance, including:

  • Digital, analog and mixed-signal ASIC design
  • FPGA and microcontroller programming
  • ASIC, FPGA and microcontroller assembly

IFAE, is an R&D CERCA center, member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), having the Severo Ochoa'12 Award for its international prestige in basic and applied physics.

IFAE expertise in microelectronics is focused in the development of solid-state radiation pixel detectors for different applications, including high energy physics experiments and medical radiology.


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Our Customers



Our Projects

  Voxel Imaging Positron Emision Tomography Pathfinder (VIP) at IFAE      
  Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN (Geneve, Switzerland)
  Cerenkov Telescope Array (CTA) at ORM (La Palma, Spain)



Our Systems

1. Microelectronics assembly line:


Solder bump deposition

A SB2-SM machine provides bumps with different alloys such as Sn Ag in a range from 40 to 760 microns.


Bump bonding

A Suss FC-150 machine is used for the complex process of flip-chipping. High-density interconnections of solder bumps of typical 25 micron diameter can be achieved with this technique.

Reflow Oven

An AVT oven is used for reflow soldering of surface mount electronic components to printed circuit boards (PCB) or other substrates.

Device assembly

The Finetech pick and place machine provides 5 micron positioning precision.


An automatic Delvotec G5 bonder offers solutions for the most demanding integration needs.

2. Asembly quality control and characterization



X-Ray inspection machine

Inspection of assemblies using an x-ray system of sub-micron resolution. 

Probe station

Electrical characterization of microelectronic devices.

 Pull and shear bond tester

The DAGE 4000 Plus system is a multipurpose bond-tester used to ensure the qualityof the critical interconnections.



IFAE Microelectronics Services 


We offer solutions in the field of radiation & particle detectors based on tailored electronics & microelectronics technology

We also offer collaborative research with industry in the framework of public funding at national and international level.

  • Pixel detector development, including readout and front-end electronics
  • X-Ray, Nuclear Medicine and IR-Vis Camera design and construction
  • High performance R+D including: high vacuum and cryogenics
  • High precision mechanics, electronics, optics & control software 


Wednesday, 18 July 2012 06:49

Technical Support Home

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1) Sala blanca: consta de tres sales, dues d'aproximadament 12 metres quadrats de classes B i C i una d'uns 20 metres quadrats de tipus A. La sala blanca està equipada amb una màquina de "wire-bonding" model Delvotec Model 64000G5 i una màquina de "solder-ball" Bumper SB-M (Test de sensors).

2) Sala fosca per a treball amb sistemes òptics i test de sensors CCDs i dispositius sensibles a la llum.

3) Disseny electrònic: Llarga experiència en sistemes de Front-End, lectura de sensors i condicionament del senyal. També en sistemes de test i control.

4) Taller electrònic per a desenvolupament de prototips i soldatge de components electrònics.

5) Disseny mecànic: Especialitat en peces de precisió, sistemes de buit, criogènia i moviments precisos. Igualment dissenys de sistemes de gran tonatge.

6) Maquinària treball mecànic de precisió: Capacitat de fer peces tant petites com de gran volum.  (imatge1, imatge2, imatge3, peces de precisió, peces grans de precisió, sistema mecànic per tests).

7) Taula metrologia per escanejat de superfícies amb una precissió en x-y millor de 5mm i una precisió en z d'una micra.

8) Disseny de sistemes de software de control per a instrumentació científica.


Per a més informació, la persona de contacte és

Laia Cardiel Sas ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Tel: 93 586 8226

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