Our lineup of timing electronics ranges from a small FPGA based trigger box to a highly versatile delay generator. To amplify weak photodiode signals for synchronisation we have a resonant Poeamplifier in our linup as well. To delay a trigger signal by the use of an analog signal a timeshifter can be used.
The delay generator is one of the key elements in experimental physics as it synchronizes different events of an experiment. For remote control of the delay generator it can be inserted into any PC ranging from small Box-PC to large 19” industrial PC to be controlled either locally by our application program BME_G0x.exe, or remote by sending ASCII commands via the Ethernet. Using these ASCII commands our delay generator has been integrated with EPICS into large accelerator systems.
Modern Desktop PC’s usually only have PCIe expansion slots. If one want’s to use a PCI expansion card within such a system, the only way to do so is either using an old computer, or using a PCIe to PCI bridge.
To get a standalone delay generator controlled via ethernet it is possible to insert up to five delay generator cards into a Box PC. If a decentralized trigger network is to be implemented into a Laser system multiple Box-PCs can be placed close to the components which have to be triggered. The Box-PCs can be connected to the lab network and to the same trigger signal. The main laboratory computer then controls all delay generators within the network. This technique minimizes the wiring efforts in a large laboratory.
For large centralized trigger systems we offer industry PCs in 19“ 3HE casings with up to twelve PCI slots. Thus up to 72 individual delay channels can be controlled by such a unit.
The splitterbox is a small FPGA-based timing board which helps to prevent false triggering conditions and correct them if possible. A number of functions for a large range of applications has been implemented.
The BME-P3 or BME-P8 preamplifier are small resonant amplifiers used to boost weak photodiode signals to levels suitable as external clock signal for the delay generator. The BME-P3 is built into a tiny aluminum box (80x55x25mm³) while the BME-P8 is a small board which can be built directly into an open PCI slot.
The timeshifter is a small device used to delay up to four triggersignals by the use of up to four analog control signals. The polarity of the voltage vs. delay function can be selected.