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System Integration Guidelines - Form Factors

Overview
 
At Teledyne SP Devices we are proud about the unique and world-leading combination of high sampling rate and resolution that our digitizers offer but we recognize that other features are important as well. In a series of brief and quick-to-read system integration guidelines we will share some practical guidelines which are useful when selecting the right digitizer for your needs. In this issue you can read more about the different form factors that we offer.
PCI Express (PCIe)

PCIe boards are typically integrated into standard stationary PCs, in compact embedded solutions, or used together with laptops through cabled PCIe solutions. These hosts are typically relatively inexpensive but can still support data streaming at very high rates. This is especially useful for applications which require high throughput and/or computationally heavy applications where for example a digitizer is used in conjunction with a GPU hosted in the same PC.

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PXI Express (PXIe)

PXIe boards are intended for integration into a chassis for modular instrumentation. This type of system is suitable for large scale multi-channel data acquisition and offer synchronization capabilities as well as mechanical robustness. Clock references and trigger signals can be distributed via the backplane in order to reduce external wiring. The PXIe products can also operate in a Compact PCI Express (cPCIe) chassis but then without the clock and trigger backplane capabilities.

ADQ7DC PXIe
Micro-TCA (MTCA)

MTCA.4 boards are typically used for multi-channel applications and offer extended support for timing control and distribution via the backplane in order to support high-precision synchronous sampling. In addition the MTCA boards also offer 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) which allows for operation via long-distance fiber and electrical isolation from the host. Furthermore our latest digitizer ADQ7 supports Ethernet-based high precision synchronization via White Rabbit. These boards are commonly adopted within the Big science community.

ADQ7DC MTCA
USB

USB boards offer compact stand-alone operation and can easily be integrated in existing systems. Because of their small size, robust metal enclosure, and widely adopted USB standards these boards can often be retrofitted into existing designs and connected to a wide range of hosts. Analog performance can also be optimized by placing the digitizer close to the detector so that cables can be kept short to ensure good signal quality. Data streaming can be done at high rates and combined with data reduction in the open FPGA if required. The USB version of ADQ7 also provides GbE connectors and support for synchronization via White Rabbit.

ADQ7 USB
10GbE

10GbE  boards offer compact stand-alone operation with electrical isolation from the host PC. This is especially interesting for long distances to avoid ground loops. The stand-alone format makes it possible to place the digitizer close to the detector so that cables can be kept short to ensure good signal quality. Data streaming can be done at very high rates and can be combined with data reduction in the open FPGA if required. The 10GbE version of ADQ7 also provides GbE connectors and support for synchronization via White Rabbit. The 10 GbE interface supports point-to-point UDP.

ADQ14DC 2X VG 10GBE side
 
Learn More
 
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Meet us at these upcoming events!
 
6th MicroTCA Workshop for Industry and Research

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Please make sure to meet and discuss with our team at the upcoming 6th MicroTCA Workshop for Industry and Research. We will show our ADQ7-MTCA digitizer and give a speech denoted “Roadmap for Teledyne SP Devices high speed MTCA.4 digitizers”. The exhibition takes place at Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) in Hamburg, Germany, on December 6 and 7.
 

Big Science Business Forum

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Visit us in booth 60 to discuss large-scale data acquisition systems and real-time signal processing for Big science. The exhibition takes place at Tivoli Congress Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark on February 26 to 28, 2018.
 

 
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