Tech transfer from Wits’ work at CERN

October 31st, 2016, Published in Articles: EngineerIT

 

Researchers from the Wits Experimental High Energy Particle Physics (EHEP) group showcased the benefits of the collaboration between science and industry when they displayed a South-African made prototype of a high-tech electronics board at the International Conference on Research Infrastructure (ICRI) that was held in Cape Town recently. The new 16-layer electronics board, designed for the upgrade of the electronics of the ATLAS detector at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), was manufactured by the Cape Town based company, Trax Interconnect and is said to be the most complex PCB ever manufactured in South Africa.

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The electronics board was shown at the South Africa-CERN stand at 2016 ICRI, which was hosted by the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the European Commission. Dr. Thomas Auf der Heyde, deputy director-general for research development and support at the DST, highlighted the contribution of the SA-CERN consortium towards the technology transfer of high throughput electronics to South Africa to S&T minister, Naledi Pandor.

The electronics board, called the TilePPR, is the basis of a new piece of hardware, named the Tile Calorimeter.  It will be used in an upcoming upgrade of the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, where the Higgs boson was discovered in 2012.

 

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