Logo Caen

DT5215

Coming Soon

Concentrator Board for FERS-5200

  • Concentrator Board for multiboard management in FERS-5200, the CAEN platform for the readout of large arrays of detectors (SiPM, MA-PMTs, Gas Tubes, Si detectors, …)
  • Versatility: a family of Front-End cards (FERS units) tailored for different detectors
  • Scalability: from a single standalone FERS unit for prototyping to many thousands of channels, with simple tree network structure
  • Modularity: multiple FERS units can be distributed on large detector volume and managed by a single Concentrator board
  • 8x TDlink for event data building, processing and formatting
  • Easy-synch: one single optical link (TDlink) for data readout, slow control and boards synchronization
  • Up to 16 FERS units in daisy chain for each TDlink
  • Flexibility: possibility to fit different front-end in the same architecture
  • Compactness: front-end cards with high channel density ASICs and effective connection to the detector backplane
  • Acquisition modes: spectroscopy (PHA), counting, time stamping, waveform recording, depending on the Front-End ASIC

Overview

FERS-5200 is a Front-End Readout System designed for large detector arrays, such as SiPMs, multi-anode PMTs, Silicon Strip detectors, Wire Chambers, GEM, Gas Tubes and others. 

FERS is a distributed and easy-scalable platform, where each unit is a small card that houses 32 or 64 channels with Front End electronics, A/D converters, trigger logic, synchronization, local memory and readout interface. 

FERS is a flexible platform: keeping the same readout and control infrastructure, that is the same user interface, different types of front-end can be developed to fit a variety of detectors. In most cases, the front-end is based on ASIC chips that allow for high density, cost-effective integration of multi-channel readout electronics into small size and low power modules. The Front End ASIC can implement an analog chain made of preamplifier, shaper, peak sensing and discriminator. In other cases, the ASIC is a fast flash ADC (1 GS/s or more) that records the waveform of the input pulses and makes it possible to apply digital algorithms providing timing, energy and pulse shape information. 

One FERS unit can be used stand alone, without any additional hardware, just connected to the computer via USB 2.0 or Ethernet 10/100T. This is a cheap and an easy-to-use evaluation board of the specific ASIC chip housed on the FERS unit. Once the solution is validated, scaling up to thousands channels is immediate: multiple FERS units can be connected in a tree network, where the optical TDlink is the unique physical connection that guarantees high throughput data readout, slow control and accurate timing synchronization. 

One DT5215 (FERS Data Concentrator) can manage up to 8 TDlinks, each connected to 16 FERS units in daisy chain: in the case of the A5202 FERS unit, it makes 8192 readout channels. The Data Concentrator is connected to the Host computer through 1/10 Gb Ethernet or USB 3.0. Multiple concentrator boards can be synchronized in order to further extend the total number of channels. 

A Linux-based Single Board Computer is embedded in the Concentrator board. It manages the data readout from the network of FERS units and the event data building according to the time stamp and/or trigger ID of the event fragments acquired by each unit. Sorted and merged data packets are then stored to the local memory and finally sent to the host computers through a fast 10 GbE or USB 3.0 link. Custom algorithms for data processing and reduction can be easily uploaded by the user into the embedded CPU. 

One computer, one Concentrator, thousands of channels

FERS-5200 is an extendable system: the same FERS unit can be used either as stand-alone or as part of the network tree for the readout of large arrays of detectors. In this way, the same card and same interface will be used, starting from the prototyping phase till the final implementation of the experiment. 

The core of the scalability of the FERS-5200 is the optical TDlink, which manages data stream, slow control and synchronization at once. 

The concentrator board DT5215 hosts 8 optical links, each one sustaining up to 16 FERS units in daisy chain. In the case of A5202 for SiPM readout, this means 8192 channels managed by a single Concentrator board. 

Further scalability is possible synchronizing more than one Concentrator board. 

DT5215

Concentrator Board for FERS-5200
Product page
DT5215
  • Documentation
  • Software
  • Firmware

Data Sheet

Name File extension File size Revision Last update
FERS-5200 - Front-End Readout System PDF 1.75 MB 0 September 20th, 2019

Readme:  

Build:
License  

PUBLIC BETA VERSION Disclaimer!
Web published BETA FIRMWARE/SOFTWARE versions may contain defects as they are primarily intended for BETA testing purposes and bug identification. CAEN does not guarantee full functionality and stability of BETA FIRMWARE/SOFTWARE, and denies any responsibility for real or potential, direct or indirect damages due to the use of this firmware/software. The user must be conscious that BETA FIRMWARE/SOFTWARE is provided “as is” and he must be considered the only responsible for its usage. Please send your feedback or signal bugs at the following e-mail: support.nuclear@caen.it or visit the page https://www.caen.it/support-services/support-form.

Trial – Software License

Copyright © 1998-2018 C.A.E.N. S.p.A

Licence Agreement for “CAEN Software or Firmware” (collectively, the “CAEN SwFw”)

By using or distributing this CAEN SwFw (or any work based on the CAEN SwFw) you shall be deemed to have accepted the terms and conditions set out below.

C.A.E.N. S.p.A (“C.A.E.N.”) is making this CAEN SwFw freely available on the basis that it is accepted as found and that the user checks its fitness for purpose prior to use.

The CAEN SwFw is provided ‘as-is’, without any express or implied warranties whatsoever. In no event will the authors, partners or contributors be held liable for any damages, claims or other liabilities direct or indirect, arising from the use of this CAEN SwFw or any derivative work.

C.A.E.N. will from time to time make CAEN SwFw updates available. However, C.A.E.N. accepts no obligation to provide any support to free licence holders.

C.A.E.N. grants you a limited non-exclusive licence to use this CAEN SwFw for any purpose, including commercial applications and redistribute it freely, subject to the following restrictions:

  1. The origin of this CAEN SwFw must not be misrepresented; you must not claim that you wrote the original CAEN SwFw.
  2. You must not alter the CAEN SwFw, user licence or installer in any way.
  3. This notice may not be removed or altered from any distribution.
  4. You may not resell or charge for the CAEN SwFw.
  5. You may not reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble, derive the source code of or modify the CAEN SwFw in order to resell, rent, lease, loan, derivative works.
  6. You must not use CAEN SwFw to engage in or allow others to engage in any illegal activity.
  7. You may not claim any sponsorship by, endorsement by, or affiliation with our company.
  8. You acknowledge that C.A.E.N. owns the copyright and all associated intellectual property rights relating to the CAEN SwFw except to the extent that the CAEN SwFw includes identifiable separate components originating from the CAEN SwFw.

1.           Licensed Uses and Restrictions.

CAEN SwFw applications, documentation, and local computer files installed or utilised by the installer application are owned by C.A.E.N., and are licensed to you on a worldwide (except as limited below), non-exclusive, non-sublicenseable basis on the terms and conditions set forth herein. This CAEN SwFw Licence defines legal use of the CAEN SwFw, all updates, revisions, substitutions, and any copies of the CAEN SwFw made by or for you. All rights not expressly granted to you are reserved by C.A.E.N. or their respective owners.

A. (i) YOU MAY install and personally use the CAEN SwFw and any updates provided by C.A.E.N. (in its sole discretion) in object code form on a personal computer or on board on CAEN Products owned or controlled by you and may use the CAEN SwFw for your own non commercial use or benefit. Your licence to the CAEN SwFw under this CAEN SwFw Licence continues until it is terminated by either party. You may terminate the CAEN SwFw Licence by discontinuing use of all or any of the CAEN SwFw and by destroying all your copies of the applicable CAEN SwFw. This CAEN SwFw Licence terminates automatically if you violate any term of this CAEN SwFw Licence, C.A.E.N. publicly posts a written notice of termination on C.A.E.N.ís web site, or C.A.E.N. sends a written notice of termination to you.

A. (ii) You may make a CAEN SwFw copy only if it is necessary for its use.

B. YOU MAY NOT:

(i) decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble, modify the CAEN SwFw or any portion thereof in order to resell, rent, lease, derivative works (as defined by the Italian Copyright Act, l.22 April 1941, n.633 and following amendments) or improvements (as defined by Italian patent law), without C.A.E.N.ís prior, express, written permission.

(ii) incorporate the CAEN SwFw into any computer chip or the firmware of a computing device manufactured by or for you except in those where you have received.

(iii) use the CAEN SwFw in any unlawful manner, for any unlawful purpose.

(iv) you may not use the CAEN SwFw to operate nuclear facilities, life support, or other mission critical application where human life or property may be at stake. You understand that the CAEN SwFw is not designed for such purposes and that its failure in such cases could lead to death, personal injury, or severe property or environmental damage for which C.A.E.N. is not responsible.

(v) use or export the CAEN SwFw in violation of applicable Italian laws or regulations

(vi) sell, lease, loan, distribute, transfer, or sub-license the CAEN SwFw or access thereto or derive income from the use or provision of the CAEN SwFw, whether for direct commercial or monetary gain or otherwise, without C.A.E.N.ís prior, express, written permission.

C. As provided from Berna Convention concerning the Protection of Works of Art and Literature acknowledged in Italy with Law 20 June 1978, n. 399, the provisions of this agreement can not be interpreted to allow their application is a jeopardizing event for the owner of the rights or is in conflict with the ordinary use of the CAEN SwFw

2.           Ownership and Relationship of Parties.

The CAEN SwFw is protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, international treaties, and/or other proprietary rights and laws of the U.S. and other countries. You agree to abide by all applicable proprietary rights laws and other laws. C.A.E.N. owns all rights, title, and interest in and to their applicable contributions to the CAEN SwFw. This CAEN SwFw Licence grants you no right, title, or interest in any intellectual property owned or licensed by C.A.E.N., including (but not limited to) the CAEN SwFw and the C.A.E.N. trademarks, and creates no relationship between you and C.A.E.N. other than that of C.A.E.N. to licensee.

You agree that you will use the CAEN SwFw, and any data accessed through the CAEN SwFw, for your own personal non-commercial use only. You agree not to assign, copy, transfer, or transmit CAEN SwFw. Your licence to use the CAEN SwFw will terminate if you violate these restrictions. If your licence terminates, you agree to cease any and all use of the CAEN SwFw. All rights in any third-party data, any third-party CAEN SwFw, and any third-party data servers, including all ownership rights are reserved and remain with the respective third parties. You agree that these third parties may enforce their rights under this Agreement against you directly in their own name.

3.           Support and CAEN SwFw Updates.

C.A.E.N. may elect to provide you with customer support and/or CAEN SwFw upgrades, enhancements, or modifications for the CAEN SwFw (collectively, “Support”), in its sole discretion, and may terminate such Support at any time without notice to you. C.A.E.N. may change, suspend, or discontinue any aspect of the CAEN SwFw at any time, including the availability of any CAEN SwFw feature, database, or content. C.A.E.N. may also impose limits on certain features and services or restrict your access to parts or all of the CAEN SwFw or the C.A.E.N. web site without notice or liability.

4.           Fees and Payments.

C.A.E.N. reserves the right to charge fees for future use of or access to the CAEN SwFw in C.A.E.N.’s sole discretion. If C.A.E.N. decides to charge for the CAEN SwFw , such charges will be disclosed to you 28 days before they are applied.

5.           Disclaimer of Warranties by C.A.E.N.

Use of the CAEN SwFw and any data accessed through the CAEN SwFw is at your sole risk. They are Provided “as is.”

Any service or otherwise obtained through the use of the CAEN SwFw is done at your own discretion and risk, and you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download and/or use of any such material or service.

C.A.E.N., its officers, directors, employees, contractors, agents, affiliates, and assigns (collectively, “C.A.E.N. Entities”), and C.A.E.N.ís Licensors do not represent that the CAEN SwFw or any data accessed therefrom is appropriate or available for use outside Italy.

The C.A.E.N. Entities and C.A.E.N. Licensors expressly disclaim all warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, relating to the CAEN SwFw and any data accessed therefrom, or the accuracy, timeliness, completeness, or adequacy of the CAEN SwFw and any data accessed therefrom, including the implied warranties of title, merchantability, satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement.

If the CAEN SwFw or any data accessed therefrom proves defective, you (and not the C.A.E.N. Entities, or the C.A.E.N. Licensors) assume the entire cost of all repair or injury of any kind, even if the C.A.E.N. Entities, or C.A.E.N. Licensors have been advised of the possibility of such a defect or damages. Some jurisdictions do not allow restrictions on implied warranties so some of these limitations may not apply to you.

6.           Limitation of liability.

Notwithstanding any other provision, nothing in this CAEN SwFw Licence shall exclude or limit either party’s liability for the tort of deceit, fraudulent misrepresentation, death or personal injury caused by negligence.

The C.A.E.N. Entities and C.A.E.N. Licensors will not be liable to you for claims and liabilities of any kind arising out of or in any way related to the use of the CAEN SwFw or any derivative work by yourself or by third parties, to the use or non-use of any brokerage firm or dealer, or to the sale or purchase of any security, whether such claims and liabilities are based on any legal or equitable theory.

The C.A.E.N. Entities and C.A.E.N. Licensors are not liable to you for any and all direct, incidental, special, indirect, or consequential damages arising out of the use or inability to use the CAEN SwFw or any derivative work, arising out of or related to any third-party CAEN SwFw or any derivative work , any data accessed through the CAEN SwFw or any derivative work, your use or inability to use or access the CAEN SwFw or any derivative work, or any data provided through the CAEN SwFw or any derivative work , whether such damage claims are brought under any theory of law or equity. Damages excluded by this clause include, without limitation, those for loss of business profits, injury to person or property, business interruption, loss of business or personal information. Some jurisdictions do not allow limitation of incidental or consequential damages so this restriction may not apply to you.

Information provided through the CAEN SwFw , may be delayed, inaccurate, or contain errors or omissions, and the C.A.E.N. Entities and C.A.E.N. Licensors will have no liability with respect thereto. C.A.E.N. may change or discontinue any aspect or feature of the CAEN SwFw or the use of all or any features or technology in the CAEN SwFw at any time without prior notice to you, including, but not limited to, content, hours of availability.

7.           Indemnification.

You are solely responsible for compliance with agreements you have executed with third parties. You agree to indemnify and hold the C.A.E.N. Entities harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable legal fees, made by any third party in connection with or arising out of your use of the CAEN SwFw, your violation of any terms or conditions of this CAEN SwFw Licence, your violation of applicable laws, or your violation of any rights of another person or entity.

8.           Controlling Law.

This CAEN SwFw Licence and the relationship between you and C.A.E.N. is governed by the laws of Italy.
This Agreement shall be construed and governed by Italian Law.
The United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods does not apply to this CAEN SwFw Licence.
Any dispute arising out of or in connection with this Agreement shall be referred to and finally resolved by Arbitration under the provisions of Italian Law (c.p.c. art 816 and following.) by one Arbitrator.
The Arbitrator shall be nominated from Chairman of the Court of Milan.
The place of Arbitration shall be Milan, Italy and the language shall be English.

9.           Precedence.

This CAEN SwFw Licence constitute the entire understanding between the parties respecting use of the CAEN SwFw, superseding all prior agreements between you and C.A.E.N.. In the event of any conflict between the terms and conditions of this CAEN SwFw Licence, the terms and conditions of this CAEN SwFw Licence will control

10.           Surviving Provisions.

Sections 2, and 4 through 10, will survive any termination of this Agreement.

————————————————————————

Tel No: +39.0584.388398 , Fax No.: +39.0584.388959, E-mail: support.computing@caen.it

————————————————————————

Ordering Options

Code Description
WDT5215XAAAA DT5215 - Collector board for FERS-5200   RoHS

Contacts