Parnership Resource Projects

SPADnet2 – ST Microelectronics and University of Edinburgh

This QuantIC project has the dual aims of knowledge transfer of product operation from the University of Edinburgh into ST Microelectronics and the creation of material, results and documentation, which will allow immediate progression towards exploitation of the SPADnet2 sensors developed under European FP7 project SPADnet.

These smart, large area networked image sensors are based on a conventional CMOS fabrication technology and have applications in Positron Emission Tomography. The sensors, which are faster and cheaper than existing devices, have the added benefit of being compatible for use in strong magnetic fields, a prerequisite for the integration of PET scanners with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines. The combination of PET and MRI is particularly desirable for clinical diagnostic in oncology, cardiology and neurology.

The project will further consolidate the lead position held by ST Microelectronics in Edinburgh in the area of SPAD development and lay the groundwork for further development in this area.


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