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Programmable DAQ Platforms

CAEN is pushing on the development of fully programmable readout systems to widen its offer to those users who need a unique platform to manage particular applications. Thanks to the open FPGA, implementing custom processing algorithms, changing the board functions, reading out different detectors type … now is no more a problem!

We can offer hardware modules for a wide range of physics applications, all equipped with a preloaded firmware and a free and open-source readout software.

Moreover, CAEN developed a powerful software tool for easy FPGA programming, SCI-Compiler. This tool allows to minimize the firmware development time, replacing the classical VHDL code with its high-level block-diagram-based language. Just some blocks on your screen, few connection wires and … avoid FPGA labyrinth!

Overview

The new line of Programmable Platforms for physics application has been designed to help users in building a customized acquisition system fitting the technical specifications required by their applications and experimental conditions.

The different boards are designed with specific features matching the requirements of different applications. In particular, gamma and beta spectroscopy, HEP calorimetry, position-sensing neutron detections as well as custom ASICs readout are addressed.

All these platforms are equipped with an open FPGA, in order to provide maximum flexibility in the board usage. Moreover CAEN developed a powerful software tool for easy FPGA programming, SCI-CompilerSCI(entific) Compiler is Windows-based software designed to accelerate the firmware implementation for signal processing in scientific instrumentation and is targeted to generate custom applications for nuclear physics world. SCI-Compiler is an automatic code generator that, starting from a graphical block diagram, generates a VHDL peace of code that implements the required function. Blocks are designed as high-level components implementing complex functions like trigger logic, MCA, Oscilloscope, TDC, Peak Detector, etc. Moreover, SCI-Compiler is able to generate C libraries and drivers to be used in Windows, Linux and macOS for custom software implementation.
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DT5550W

The DT5550W is a programmable DAQ platform based on Weeroc ASICs CITIROC or PETIROC for SiPM readout. The DT5550W can be used either as evaluation system for supported WeeROC ASICs, either as full featured Acquisition System supporting a wide range of SiPM detectors. Up to 128 channels can be read out.

The full system is composed by two boards: a motherboard with an open FPGA, USB 3.0 connectivity and ADCs, and a replaceable piggyback board that hosts 1,2 or 4 Weeroc ASICs, detector connectors and high voltage power supply.

Depending on the chosen ASIC, the following applications can be addressed by this board:

  • Gamma Spectroscopy
  • ToF measurements
  • Cosmic Rays detection
  • Single photoelectrons detection
  • Imaging using SiPM

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DT5550

The DT5550 is a Programmable 32-channel Digital Acquisition System for physics application. It is a general-purpose board which can be used in several applications where implementing a custom signal processing algorithm is needed. Moreover, thanks to the high number of digital lines, it is particularly suitable to readout custom ASICs.

Used in combination with the DT5550AFE accessory, single-ended signals can be directly connected to the board and read out like in a classical Digitizer, but with the flexibility of the open FPGA.

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R5560

The R5560 is a 128-channel DAQ system with programmable data processing capabilities. It is an optimal solution for large experiments requiring fast digitization of analog signals, usage of several digital lines and implementation of custom firmware/software. The board is designed to easily support multi-board synchronization and interconnection, with the possibility to acquire 128 channels and scale up to hundreds thousands channels. Several readout modes (USB, Ethernet, Optical Link) are implemented to increase even more the flexibility and ease system integration in the experimental setup.

The board has been specifically designed for the readout of position-sensitive 3He tubes in neutron detection experiments.

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DT5550AFES kit

The DT5550AFES is a 64-channel analog frontend board designed for SiPM readout. It is a multichannel preamplifier & shaper to be used in conjunction with two DT5550, to digitize the shaped signal and implement custom processing algorithm. This system allows  to read out up to 64 independent channels, making the solution ideal to perform imaging and high-resolution spectroscopy with SiPM matrices and arrays.
Opposed to widely available ASIC-based solutions, the DT5550AFES is based on discrete preamplification stages, so that it allows the direct sampling of the analog signal generated by the SiPM. Moreover, the large input dynamic range allows to use the board for HEP calorimetry applications.

CAEN provides the whole kit for 64 channels readout and an optional sensor kit based on a Hamamatsu matrix.

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