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Integrated ADC Hardware

  • ADC board:
    • Artix-7 FPGA to ADC board. Suggest XC7A35T-FTG256. This is a 1mm 17x17mm BGA (but no MGT).
    • Logic I/O controlled by FPGA:
      • 10 pin ribbon for DB-9 crimp
      • Additional 8 coax I/O (maybe just another header)
    • Interfaces to main board:
      • 100 MHz sampling clock (with on-board oscillator jumper option)
      • 4 pairs (bidirectional clk+data) to/from main board
    • Debug interface
      • Asynchronous serial (picoblaze?) with FTDI header
    • Flash memory
  • Main board:
    • re-use DOSI one. Need four pairs (or maybe can manage 2) for readout/control interface
    • not needed in prototype, use FMC adapter to e.g. Zybo


  • Hammond Rugged Rack Chassis Link series seems a reasonable choice, either 1U or 2U. Width inside about 16.6". Standard FMC is 69mm (2.72 in). Could extend board width up to ~4 in. Using RM2U1918VBK
  • SMB on board:
    • Edge mount SMB connectors (e.g. 142311) require 10mm (0.394) space. Right-angle thru-hole types could probably be placed 0.3" center-to-center.
  • BNC on panel:
    • BNC connectors are ~14.5 mm diam (0.57 in). Patch panels with ~0.8in spacing (20 per row) exist Amphenol link
    • We need 8X inputs and 2 or 3 outputs per pulser. Total of 44-48 or 3 rows of 16 BNCs.
    • BNC bulkhead crimp RG-58 Amphenol RF# 112236 $4.27 @ 25 (Mouser)
    • SMA crimp RG-58 Amphenol RF# 132113 $3.63 @ 25 (Mouser)

Digitizing and signal processing

  • Digitize 32 channels at 100 MSPS (single gain scale), full scale +/-5 or +/-10V
  • Artix XC7A35T has 1.8Mb block RAM. These are around $35 each. Propose to use one per Quad pulser (total of 4 in system). This could store ~ 150us of waveform per channel on all channels, seems fine.
  • Transferring entire 1.8Mb in 10ms elsewhere requires a 180Mbps link (only)
  • Store zero-suppressed waveforms with length limit, when limit exceeded record just width or number of zero-crossings or other info to characterize the pulse. Possibly the absolute-value envelope with low resolution but calculated in the FPGA
  • Readout via MGT point-to-point to PicoZed, thence over Ethernet
  • Worst case bandwidth: 1.8Mb * 4 pulsers * 12Hz = 86Mbps (10 MBytes/sec or 2.7 MHz 32-bit words)

Observations about signals:

  • "Normal" case is three short pulses (few uS long at most) at 0, 50us and around 1ms
  • Stray discharges are typically quite short (few 100ns), amplitude similar to normal pulses (<1V)
  • Sparks are characterized by large amplitude and significant width. There can be a train of spark pulses spread out over substantial fractions of the 1ms pulse period.
  • Beam timing has ~ 10ms between pulses where the should be no signals

Initial Firmware Requirements

  • Waveform data
    • Limit data to ~ 10k samples per channel per spill
    • This is about 480 kBytes/spill, or 48 MB/s for continuous recording at 100 Hz
    • It takes ~ 20 sec to accumulate 1 Gb at this rate
  • Acquisition / control model
    • Capture counter summary and zero-suppressed waveforms every 10ms
    • Normally, discard spills in which there is no above-threshold data (hopefully most of the time!)
    • Buffer NZ records first in RAM up to 1 Gb then to SD card or Ethernet
    • Prioritize summary data if memory gets full
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