SEED - Sensor with Embedded Electronics Development

The SEED project targets the development of a state-of-the-art technology for the realization of monolithic fully-depleted radiation sensors. A commercial CMOS process, provided by the industrial partner, will be customized with the help of the foundry process engineers, thus enabling the realization of a fast and efficient pixelated sensor with integrated electronics.

The Science

SEED has a two-fold objective: to develop an innovative technology for monolithic sensors in CMOS technology and, at the same time, to demonstrate the possibility of a technology transfer between INFN and industry in the field of microelectronics.
From the technology point of view, the goal of the project is the development of a monolithic fully-depleted sensor suitable for a wide range of energies, embedding different dedicated IP blocks. This achievement will demonstrate how monolithic CMOS can meet different requirements in radiation detection applications with a performance that goes beyond the current state of the art. At the same time, the active participation of an industrial partner (LFoundry) providing support on process technology, offers the unique opportunity to create a synergy between microelectronic designers and a silicon foundry, which has been sought for a long time by the national scientific community.


• INFN groups: Torino, Padova, TIFPA, Perugia
• Principal Investigator: Angelo Rivetti, INFN Torino
• INFN Project: CSN V
• Duration: 2015 – 2017


• Local responsible for TIFPA: Claudio Piemonte
• Involved TIFPA people:Lucio Pancheri, Matteo Perenzoni, Hesong Xu, Nicola Zorzi