BME Bergmann

Bergmann Messgeräte Entwicklung KG


  • 6 Delays (SMB Output)
  • Delay-Resolution = 25ps
  • 44Bit Delayrange (max Delay = 429s)
  • very low jitter
  • Repetion Rate 15MHz
  • Gate or Pulse Output
  • Master/Slave Option if more than 6 Outputs are needed
  • external/internal Trigger
  • external/internal Clock
  • Burst Mode
  • Synchronous Time List for Delay Counters


The BME_SG08p PCI delay generator has 6 outputs generating signals delayed from 50nsec to 429sec, in steps of 25 picoseconds, with respect to a trigger event. The trigger event can be generated by an internal counter or by an external signal fed to the trigger input connector.
The BME_SG08p can achieve repetition rates between 0.002Hz and 15MHz.

A trigger circuit starts the delay counters. There are 6 counters, A, B, C, D, E and F.
Two different output modes can be selected:
– Pulse-Mode: a delayed pulse of specified pulse-length
– Gate-Mode: the outputs A and B can be combined to form a gate signal, i.e. a rising(falling) edge after delay A has elapsed and a falling(rising) edge after delay B has elapsed, so you get an pulse with a variable(25ps resolution) pulse-width from 2ns to 429s.

The BME_SG08p card synchronizes the delayed ouputs to an external trigger with an RMS Jitter of less than 250ps.
An external clock can be fed to the external trigger input connector, which can additionally be gated and prescaled.
If more than 6 outputs (or more than 3 gate outputs) are needed, two ore more cards can be slaved with a ribbon-cable, resulting in 12 or more synchronous delayed outputs.



General Specifications


Delays Delayrange 50ns-429s (44bit)
Delayresolution 25ps
min. Delaytime 50ns (Insertion-Delay) (32bit * 100ns)
Error < (1ns +25ppm * delay)1
RMS Jitter


Output to Output: < (50ps + 10-8 * delay) 1

Trigger to Output: < (250ps + 10-8 * delay) 1







Threshold Range: -2.5V to 2.5V in Steps of 1.2mV

Slope : rising or falling edge

Input impedance : 10kR or 50R



by a modulo-N counter running with the main clock

Repetition Rate: 0.002Hz – 15MHz

Outputs A, B, C, D, E, F Mode Pulse or Gate (AB), (CD), (EF) output
 Load 50R or 25R
Risetime < 1.2ns for TTL, 5V (typical)
Levels TTL: 0 to 5V normal or inverted


Clock Source


Internal: 80Mhz (160MHz) 10ppm 1

External: max. 500MHz with prescaler

Interface PCI-Bus    Signal compatibility 3.3V or 5V



can be fired with the finish of any of the delays A, B, C, D, E, F or after detection of a trigger Event.

It is also possible to fire an interrupt with the main trigger of the delay generator(s), or after a fixed number of triggers has occurred.


1 Accuracy and Jitter depend on clock source (specs with 25ppm clock source) optional 1ppm clock source available






Synchronous Time Lists for Inhibit Counter

All other functions as for BME_SG08p2



more Options for putting Signals onto the Master/Slave Bus ribbon cable

All other functions as for BME_SG08p3