In the context of R&D studies financed by the Italian Space Agency (ASI), a feasibility study to evaluate the Italian
Industry interest in medium-large scale production of enhanced CZT detectors has been performed by an Italian
Consortium. The R&D investment aims at providing in-house source of high quality solid state spectrometers for Space
Astrophysics applications. As a possible spin-off industrial applications to Gamma-ray devices for non-destructive
inspections in medical, commercial and security fields have been considered by ASI. The short term programme mainly
consists of developing proprietary procedures for 2-3" CZT crystals growth, including bonding and contact philosophy,
and a newly designed low-power electronics readout chain. The prototype design and breadboarding is based on a fast
signal AD conversion with the target in order to perform a new run for an already existing low-power (<0.7 mW/pixel)
ASIC. The prototype also provides digital photon energy reconstruction with particular care for multiple events and
polarimetry evaluations. Scientific requirement evaluations for Space Astrophysics Satellite applications have been
carried out in parallel, targeted to contribute to the ESA Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 Announcement of Opportunity.
Detailed accommodation studies are undergoing, as part of this programme, to size a "Large area arcsecond angular
resolution Imager" for the Gamma Ray Imager satellite (Knödlseder et al., this conference).and a new Gamma-ray Wide
Field Camera for the "EDGE" proposal (Piro et al., this conference). Finally, an extended market study for cost analysis
evaluation in view of the foreseen massive detector production has been performed.