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[MEGAFRAME] 2010: MEGAFRAME was successfully completed (see also MEGAFRAME Final Report , MEGAFRAME D6.4 Laboratory fluorescence microscopy demonstrator ), but work using the MEGAFRAME32 (32x32) and MEGAFRAME128 (128x160) devices has continued, as you can also see from the Publications section.


MEGAFRAME32 is being distributed by Photon Force Ltd (contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ).


In parallel, the follow-up FP7 ICT SPADnet project (www.spadnet.eu ) has been launched, dedicated to the use of SPAD arrays in medical imaging, most notably Positron Emission Tomography (PET), building on the MEGAFRAME scientific and technological achievements.

 

[MEGAFRAME] April 2010: MEGAFRAME was selected as one of "12 outstanding Commission-funded FET projects" showcased at the European Parliament in Strasbourg within the Science beyond Fiction exhibition, 20-21 April 2010, organised to introduce Members of the European Parliament to Future and Emerging Technologies (FET). E. Charbon [and J. Arlt] attended and presented a 3 part poster (poster 1 - poster 2 - poster 3). 

 

[MEGAFRAME] Oct. 2009: MEGAFRAME reports on the performance of an array of 32x32 plano-convex 50μm pitch microlenses (see LEOS 2009), fabricated by co-polymer casting in a photoresist replica mold, which have been characterized by a specially developed Optical Test Bench. The measured detection sensitivity increase reaches up to a factor of 35. This concentration factor is, to the best of our knowledge, presently the highest reported to date for any array of SPADs.

 

[MEGAFRAME] Sept. 2009: S. Donati, UNIPV, has been invited to present a talk at the 17th International Conference on Advanced Laser Technologies (ALT09), 26 Sept - 1 Oct 2009, Antalya, Turkey, and selected the MEGAFRAME project as a topic.

 

[MEGAFRAME] June-Sept. 2009: MEGAFRAME reports on the design and characterisation of 32x32 TDC/TAC plus single photon avalanche diode (SPAD) pixel arrays implemented in a 130nm imaging process, to create a single chip TCSPC sensor (see the IISW, CICC and ESSDERC Publications). To the best of our knowledge, this work constitutes the largest single-chip array of fully integrated TDCs/TACs so far reported. Each TDC/TAC-SPAD ensemble measures only 50x50μm2. It is thus one of the smallest ever demonstrated with deep sub-nanosecond time resolution.

 

[European R&D] July 2009: The European Commission has explicitly included single-photon and smart pixel based time-correlated imaging R&D into the ICT Call 5 Photonics 2009 topics (see EC Photonics unit website). This is fully in line with MEGAFRAME’s pioneering results, which proved that single photon arrays can indeed be implemented in deep sub-micron CMOS for time-correlated as well as intensity applications.

 

[MEGAFRAME] July 2009: MEGAFRAME reports on the a new low noise single-photon avalanche diode (SPAD) fabricated in a 130 nm CMOS imaging process (SSE 2009). To the best of our knowledge, the DCR (Dark Count Rate) per unit area achieved in these devices is the lowest ever reported in deep sub-micron CMOS SPADs.

 

[MEGAFRAME] May 2009: MEGAFRAME reports on the real-time hardware (FPGA) implementation of a new integration based FLIM lifetime calculation algorithm, called IEM, suitable for SPAD arrays (see ISCAS 2009). This approach enables direct lifetime calculation in parallel for every pixel. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first system that can generate real-time video-rate fluorescence lifetime images.

 

[MEGAFRAME] April 2009: MEGAFRAME was selected as one of the exhibits of the FET09 Science beyond Fiction conference, 21-23 April 2009, Prague. E. Charbon and R. Henderson attended and presented a 3 part poster (poster 1 - poster 2 - poster 3).

 

[MEGAFRAME] Jan. 2009: Dr. Robert Henderson, UNIED, has been invited to present a talk at the Rank Prize mini-symposium on Single-Photon Detectors, 12-15 Jan 2009, Grasmere, Lake District, UK.

 

[MEGAFRAME] May 2008: MEGAFRAME reports on the direct integration for lifetime extraction method (IEM), a new, simple, and hardware-only fluorescence-lifetime-imaging microscopy (FLIM) proposed to implement on-chip lifetime extractions (JOSA A 2008).

 
"130nm CMOS SPAD", invited presentation at SPIE Optics East (Sept. 2007)
 

July/Aug. 2007: MEGAFRAME reports on the first implementation of a Single Photon Avalanche Diode (SPAD) in 130 nm complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) technology - see also the JSTQE paper in the "Publications" section.

 

FBK/ITC press release, Oct. 2006 (original Italian version, English version).


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MEGAFRAME successfully completed - SPADnet follow-on project launched PDF Print

[MEGAFRAME] 2010: MEGAFRAME was successfully completed (see also MEGAFRAME Final Report , MEGAFRAME D6.4 Laboratory fluorescence microscopy demonstrator ), but work using the MEGAFRAME32 (32x32) and MEGAFRAME128 (128x160) devices has continued, as you can also see from the Publications section.


MEGAFRAME32 is being distributed by Photon Force Ltd (contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ).


In parallel, the follow-up FP7 ICT SPADnet project (www.spadnet.eu ) has been launched, dedicated to the use of SPAD arrays in medical imaging, most notably Positron Emission Tomography (PET), building on the MEGAFRAME scientific and technological achievements.

 
Selected exhibit - FET@European Parliament PDF Print

[MEGAFRAME] April 2010: MEGAFRAME was selected as one of "12 outstanding Commission-funded FET projects" showcased at the European Parliament in Strasbourg within the Science beyond Fiction exhibition, 20-21 April 2010, organised to introduce Members of the European Parliament to Future and Emerging Technologies (FET). E. Charbon [and J. Arlt] attended and presented a 3 part poster (poster 1 - poster 2 - poster 3). 

 
Highest microlense concentration factor for arrays of SPADs PDF Print

[MEGAFRAME] Oct. 2009: MEGAFRAME reports on the performance of an array of 32x32 plano-convex 50μm pitch microlenses (see LEOS 2009), fabricated by co-polymer casting in a photoresist replica mold, which have been characterized by a specially developed Optical Test Bench. The measured detection sensitivity increase reaches up to a factor of 35. This concentration factor is, to the best of our knowledge, presently the highest reported to date for any array of SPADs.

 
Invited presentation - ALT'09 PDF Print

[MEGAFRAME] Sept. 2009: S. Donati, UNIPV, has been invited to present a talk at the 17th International Conference on Advanced Laser Technologies (ALT09), 26 Sept - 1 Oct 2009, Antalya, Turkey, and selected the MEGAFRAME project as a topic.

 
Largest single chip TDC/TAC array PDF Print

[MEGAFRAME] June-Sept. 2009: MEGAFRAME reports on the design and characterisation of 32x32 TDC/TAC plus single photon avalanche diode (SPAD) pixel arrays implemented in a 130nm imaging process, to create a single chip TCSPC sensor (see the IISW, CICC and ESSDERC Publications). To the best of our knowledge, this work constitutes the largest single-chip array of fully integrated TDCs/TACs so far reported. Each TDC/TAC-SPAD ensemble measures only 50x50μm2. It is thus one of the smallest ever demonstrated with deep sub-nanosecond time resolution.

 
Single-photon/time-correlated imaging R&D goes mainstream PDF Print

[European R&D] July 2009: The European Commission has explicitly included single-photon and smart pixel based time-correlated imaging R&D into the ICT Call 5 Photonics 2009 topics (see EC Photonics unit website). This is fully in line with MEGAFRAME’s pioneering results, which proved that single photon arrays can indeed be implemented in deep sub-micron CMOS for time-correlated as well as intensity applications.

 
Lowest noise deep sub-micron SPAD PDF Print

[MEGAFRAME] July 2009: MEGAFRAME reports on the a new low noise single-photon avalanche diode (SPAD) fabricated in a 130 nm CMOS imaging process (SSE 2009). To the best of our knowledge, the DCR (Dark Count Rate) per unit area achieved in these devices is the lowest ever reported in deep sub-micron CMOS SPADs.

 
First real-time video-rate FLIM system PDF Print

[MEGAFRAME] May 2009: MEGAFRAME reports on the real-time hardware (FPGA) implementation of a new integration based FLIM lifetime calculation algorithm, called IEM, suitable for SPAD arrays (see ISCAS 2009). This approach enables direct lifetime calculation in parallel for every pixel. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first system that can generate real-time video-rate fluorescence lifetime images.

 
Selected exhibit - FET09 PDF Print

[MEGAFRAME] April 2009: MEGAFRAME was selected as one of the exhibits of the FET09 Science beyond Fiction conference, 21-23 April 2009, Prague. E. Charbon and R. Henderson attended and presented a 3 part poster (poster 1 - poster 2 - poster 3).

 
Invited presentation - Rank Prize mini-symposium on Single-Photon Detectors PDF Print

[MEGAFRAME] Jan. 2009: Dr. Robert Henderson, UNIED, has been invited to present a talk at the Rank Prize mini-symposium on Single-Photon Detectors, 12-15 Jan 2009, Grasmere, Lake District, UK.

 
New hardware-only FLIM PDF Print

[MEGAFRAME] May 2008: MEGAFRAME reports on the direct integration for lifetime extraction method (IEM), a new, simple, and hardware-only fluorescence-lifetime-imaging microscopy (FLIM) proposed to implement on-chip lifetime extractions (JOSA A 2008).

 
Invited presentation - SPIE Optics East PDF Print
"130nm CMOS SPAD", invited presentation at SPIE Optics East (Sept. 2007)
 
First SPAD in 130-nm CMOS PDF Print

July/Aug. 2007: MEGAFRAME reports on the first implementation of a Single Photon Avalanche Diode (SPAD) in 130 nm complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) technology - see also the JSTQE paper in the "Publications" section.

 
FBK/ITC press release PDF Print

FBK/ITC press release, Oct. 2006 (original Italian version, English version).


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Sensors and Imaging VLSI Workshop PDF Print

[MEGAFRAME related] Dec. 2009: Edoardo Charbon organises a workshop at TUDelft on "Sensors and Imaging: A VLSI Design Perspective", see webpage.

 
VLSI/Sensors and Sensor Network Workshop PDF Print

[MEGAFRAME related] Dec. 2008: Edoardo Charbon organises a workshop at TUDelft on "Sensors and Sensor Networks: A VLSI Design Perspective", see webpage.

 
E. Charbon Full Professor at TUDelft and Adjunct Professor at EPFL PDF Print

[MEGAFRAME related] Sept. 2008 / April 2009: E. Charbon has been nominated Full Professor in VLSI Design at TUDelft, and Adjunct Professor at EPFL.

 
Dr. Henderson (UNIED) Senior Lecturer PDF Print

[MEGAFRAME related] May. 2008: Dr. Robert Henderson, UNIED, has been nominated Senior Lecturer.

 
Prof. Donati (UNIPV) President of IEEE Italy Chapter PDF Print

[MEGAFRAME related] Feb. 2008: Prof. Silvano Donati, UNIPV, has been elected President of the IEEE Italy Section for the period 2008-2010 (announcement, Italian version).

 
Most influencial paper of 10 years DATE PDF Print

[MEGAFRAME related] Oct. 2007: A paper co-authored by C. Niclass, M. Sergio and E. Charbon (EPFL) in 2006 - A Single Photon Avalanche Diode Array Fabricated in Deep-Submicron CMOS Technology, DATE2006 - has been selected as one of the 30 most influential papers published in DATE in the last ten years.

See also the corresponding EPFL News Flash.

 
UNIPV Best Student's Paper award PDF Print

[MEGAFRAME related] Sept. 2007: Enrico Randone, UNIPV, has won the  ALT¹07 Best Student's Paper award (15th Intnl. Conference on Advanced Laser Technologies, Levi, Finland).

 
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