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We are developing low noise analog ASICs for hard X-ray and gamma-ray astronomy. They are based on a sub-micron CMOS process. Our design includes a finely-adjustable high-resistance circuit, which, for example, enables us to realize a pole-zero-cancellation in the analog chain. A two-dimensional ASIC with a fast read-out scheme and a one-dimensional ASIC with an improved analog design are developed and verified. With the latter ASIC connected with a CdTe detector, we have obtained a radioactive source spectrum with an energy resolution of 4.6 keV (FWHM) at 59.5 keV.
Date of Publication: Oct. 2005