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VME / Optical Link / USB and Ethernet Bridges

  • USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Ethernet and CONET (CAEN Daisy Chainable Optical Link Protocol) interfaces
  • Libraries, Demos and Software tools for Windows® and Linux
  • System Controller capabilities
  • Interrupt handler
  • Front-panel DataWay Display (remotely readable from PC)
  • Front-panel LEMO TTL/NIM fully programmable I/Os (VME version)

Overview

CAEN Bridges are controllers with enhanced data rate and extended interfacing capabilities that make them flexible and suitable for all the possible experimental setup.

CAEN offers controllers in VME, Desktop and PCIe form factors with USB C (2.0 or 3.0) and Gigabit Ethernet interfaces for better compatibility with host devices, also in a small form factor (A4818) simplifying the use in mobile environments.

All CAEN Bridges feature also an Optical Interface with a transfer rate up to 80 MB/s. The optical link communication protocols used are the CONET1 or the newer CONET2. Through the CONET2 it is possible to handle the VMEbus through the CAEN VMEbus Optical Link Bridges or to control directly CAEN modules with built-in optical link.

While the V3718 is the new VME to USB 2.0/Optical Link Bridge that fully replaces the discontinued V1718 (VME-USB) and V2718 (VME- CONET) models, the V4718 is CAEN state of art in terms of enhanced data rate, extended interfacing capabilities, thanks to the on-board MPSoC (including an ARM processor running Linux) and ease of use thank to the embedded Web Interface.

Interfaces & I/O

USB
An USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 type C link is provided in VME and Desktop form factors for an easy data readout.

Ethernet
A Gigabit Ethernet link is available in VME boards (V/X4718 only) for network-friendly solutions.

Optical Link
An Optical link is provided in any form factor for high performance data readout through CAEN proprietary daisy-chainable CONET communication protocol.
it is possible to connect up to 8/32 ADC modules to a single Optical Link Controller

Digital I/O
Digital I/Os (TTL/NIM on LEMO connectors) are provided in VME boards to implement functions like Timer, Counter, Pulse generator, I/O register, and others.

A4818

The A4818 is a CAEN USB 3.0 to CONET adapter, USB-powered. CONET is the CAEN proprietary protocol for the optical link, which is able to communicate with Digitzers and VME Controllers with direct connection or in daisy chain up to 8 boards simultaneously.

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V3718 - VX3718

The V3718 is the new VME to USB 2.0/Optical Link Bridge that fully replaces the V1718 (VME-USB) and V2718 (VME- CONET) models. The Bridge Implements a VME master controlled by a PC via USB 2.0 and Optical Link (CAEN CONET protocol) including all the functions of its two predecessors in a unique device. The mechanics is 1-unit wide VME 6U.

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V4718 - VX4718

The VX4718 is CAEN New Bridge with enhanced data rate and extended interfacing capabilities, thanks to the on-board MPSoC (including an ARM processor running Linux). The board is a VME Master which can be controlled by an external PC via USB 3.0 and Gigabit Ethernet connections. Optical link interface is also available (CAEN CONET protocol). The mechanics is 1-unit wide VME 6U.

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A2818 - A3818

The A2818 and A3818 are 32-bit 33 MHz PCI and PCI Express x8 cards respectively, able to control up to 8 CAEN VME Digitizers or Bridge on a single Optical connection. The A3818 has 1, 2 or 4 Optical link while the A2818 has only one Optical link.

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Models

Model Image Package Link Max Transfer Rate (MByte/s) No. of Links Programmable I/O Actions
A2818 A2818 PCI PCI -> Optical link 80 1 n / a QUOTE
A3818 A3818 PCIe PCIe -> Optical link 80 1/2/4 n / a QUOTE
V4718 V4718 VME USB 3.0/Ethernet/Optical link -> VME T.B.D. 1 Opt. + 1 Eth. + USB 3.0 4 out + 2 in TTL/NIM QUOTE
VX4718 VX4718 VME64X USB 3.0/Ethernet/Optical link -> VME T.B.D. 1 Opt. + 1 Eth. + USB 3.0 4 out + 2 in TTL/NIM QUOTE
V3718 V3718 VME USB 2.0/Optical Link -> VME 80 1 Opt. + USB 2.0 5 out + 2 in TTL/NIM QUOTE
VX3718 VX3718 VME64X USB 2.0/Optical Link -> VME 80 1 Opt. + USB 2.0 5 out + 2 in TTL/NIM QUOTE
A4818 A4818 Desktop USB 3.0 -> Optical link 80 1 n / a QUOTE

Interfaces & I/O

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