Advanced Time Domain Firmware (FWATD)
Stand-alone firmware package with real-time time domain functions
The edge of technology
FWATD is a firmware for noise suppression of pulse shaped data. The noise suppression is achieved in three steps:
- There is a low-pass filter for linear noise suppression
- The threshold is a non-linear function that discriminate noise below a specified threshold
- The waveform averaging suppress noise by repeated measurements of a repetitive event
The threshold is based on the Digital Baseline Stabilizer, DBS, which is SP Devices’ proprietary technology for detecting and correcting baseline. The DBS provides a long-term stable baseline for the threshold function.
FWATD can do averaging on records of up to 1 Million samples, which is not available elsewhere. This means a unique measurement capability, which is important in long time-of-flight tubes.
The waveform averaging allows for significant data reduction meaning the a USB 3.0 interface is sufficient in many situations. The USB 3.0 also allows placing the ADQ7 or ADQ14 close to the detectors and thereby minimize the cable length to the digitizer as to reduce reflections. Even more isolation can be achieved with the 10 GbE interface which also add electrical isolation between the ADQ7/ADQ14 and the PC. This is an efficient solution for ground current issues.
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