ALICE industry award 2020

The ALICE industry award 2020 ceremony took place on Monday, 9 November as a part of the ALICE week in an online session. It was a special event during which the ALICE collaboration highlighted the outstanding dedication of the selected companies for their work and contribution to the ALICE upgrade. ALICE had the pleasure to work with a number of extra-ordinary industrial partners and took this occasion to mark the contributions and show ALICE's gratitude. 

For the ambitious ALICE upgrades of majority of the detectors and read-out systems, strong partnerships with industry are essential to share and develop common expertise, optimize R&D processes as well as develop and execute industrial processes. The upgrade features trigger-less and continuous read-out with a total data-throughput of 5 TB/s. 

The ALICE collaboration had asked for nominations of companies which showed extra- ordinary commitment, technical and organizational excellence, participated in challenging & demanding R&D as well as contributed with an unexpected high level of communication and involvement. A dedicated ALICE industry award committee composed of Werner Riegler (Technical Coordinator), Barbara Erazmus (Deputy Spokesperson), Jochen Klein (Upgrade Coordinator) and Alex Kluge (Electronics Coordinator) selected 5 companies for the ALICE industry award 2020.

The winning companies were congratulated by the ALICE Spokesperson, Luciano Musa and the Collaboration Board Chair, Silvia Masciocchi, and the ALICE industry award committee members. During the ceremony, the companies were presented with an artwork and a certificate highlighting their achievements:

C-ON Tech, NamdongGu Incheon, South Korea: in recognition of the exceptional commitment to the development of a high-precision automated system for the mass production visual inspection and electrical tests of the ALPIDE monolithic pixel sensor ASIC. The extraordinary dedication of C-On Tech contributed to the successful production of the ALICE Inner Tracking System and Muon Forward Tracker.

Etesian Semiconductor, Ramat Yishai, Israel: in recognition of the exceptional support to the development and production of the ALPIDE monolithic pixel sensor ASIC. The extraordinary dedication of Etesian Semiconductor contributed to the successful production of the ALICE Inner Tracking System and Muon Forward Tracker.

FEDD, Saint-Alvère, France:  in recognition of exceptional commitment in the design and production of the muon chamber front-end cards, the muon chamber read-out cards and the ALICE common read-out units. The extraordinary dedication of FEDD resulted in the successful production of the ALICE detector read-out system.

IMEC, Leuven, Belgium: in recognition of the exceptional commitment to the design and production of the SAMPA read-out ASIC. The extraordinary dedication of IMEC contributed to the successful production of the ALICE Time Projection Chamber and the Muon Chamber detectors.

Tower Semiconductor, Migdal Haemek, Israel: in recognition of the exceptional support to the development and production of the ALPIDE monolithic pixel sensor ASIC. The extraordinary dedication of Tower Semiconductor contributed to the successful production of the ALICE Inner Tracking System and Muon Forward Tracker.