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NOAO Wildfire Instrument Controller
Author(s): Gerald B. Heim; Nick C. Buchholz; Roger W. Luce
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Paper Abstract

The Wildfire Instrument Controller is currently being used in four IR instruments at the Kitt Peak National Observatory. Wildfire is a high performance, versatile transputer based controller which manages the clocking and readout of the 2D arrays along with all other aspects of instrument control. Wildfire utilizes high speed fiber optic links for communication between its two components: the electronics mounted on the instrument and the digital signal processor located in the computer room. This paper is a systems level discussion of the hardware and software that make up the Wildfire Instrument Controller. We present an overview of the system operation along with measured performance data. We also discuss how the Wildfire system can be easily expanded to provide the higher level of performance required for high speed readout of the next generation 1024 by 1024 pixel IR arrays.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2198, Instrumentation in Astronomy VIII, (1 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.176794
Show Author Affiliations
Gerald B. Heim, National Optical Astronomy Observatories (United States)
Nick C. Buchholz, National Optical Astronomy Observatories (United States)
Roger W. Luce, National Optical Astronomy Observatories (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2198:
Instrumentation in Astronomy VIII
David L. Crawford; Eric R. Craine, Editor(s)

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