24-25 June 2013
Centro Nacional de Aceleradores (CNA)
Europe/Madrid timezone

Seven Solutions as an Industry for Science reliable partner: Development, design, manufacturing, test and support.

25 Jun 2013, 12:30
Centro Nacional de Aceleradores (CNA)

Centro Nacional de Aceleradores (CNA)

Thomas Alva Edison, 7 Parque Tecnológico Cartuja'93 41092 Sevilla SPAIN


Mr. Díaz Alonso Javier (Seven Solutions S.L)


Seven Solutions as an Industry for Science reliable partner: Development, design, manufacturing, test and support. Seven Solutions has been working in the last years for different scientific facilities and institutions, for instance through CERN, for different particle accelerator electronics (timing and control), through GSI for FAIR and through IAA for different aerospace projects. We have collaborated in developing and customizing different electronics, gateware (for FPGA based platforms) and low level software, for different labs for specific purpose applications. We have also collaborated in the development of a cutting edge timing technology (White Rabbit, http://www.sevensols.com/whiterabbitsolution/) which allows subnanosecond reliable synchronization at a network of up to 2000 nodes and 10 Kms distances. It allows fine synchronization, deterministic and reliable communication (with well defined maximum latency which is important for control distributed instrumentation facilities). This technology was successfully used in the final Neutrinos experiments (between Gran Sasso and CERN) and is now being considered in other international projects and facilities (such as FAIR at GSI). The different collaborations in which we have participated have been articulated through research projects in which we have been integrated as an industrial partner (subcontracted or partner of the consortium), direct subcontracts for specific purpose developments or through acquisition of specific purpose electronics that have been designed by the company to match specific requirements of research projects. There are also different instrumentation teams at research facilities that develop their own electronics, but making them available to wider communities (also scientific communities at other institutions) and providing appropriate support is beyond their capabilities or natural competences. Technology based SMEs, such as Seven Solutions can also play here the “spread out” role, provided that the source institution supports the first standardization and manufacturing efforts. We have also long expertise in open hardware, and can thus also facilitate the transfer of electronic designs into the open hardware community aiming a more efficient use of the design efforts. Industry for Science is a small, but very innovative market, in which technology based companies such as Seven Solutions may collaborate at different stages of different instrumentation developments, and evaluate long term transfer to wider industrial markets. Around large scale scientific facilities such as CERN or GSI, collaborate technology based SMEs, for specific purpose developments. Mutual understanding between scientific teams/institutions and technology based companies is crucial for efficient collaborations. Furthermore, when a technology based company becomes part of the project and participates even at the development stages, this may facilitate the use of the same or similar technologies beyond the original source. It facilities technology transfer and the SME assumes specific roles (such as manufacturing and support) that are more natural to companies than research institutions.
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Mr. Díaz Alonso Javier (Seven Solutions S.L) Mr. Ros Vidal Eduardo (Seven Solutions S.L)

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