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Simple transputer-based CCD camera controller
Author(s): Nicholas R. Waltham; Ian G. van Breda; Graham M. Newton
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Paper Abstract

A CCD camera controller based on a transputer chip is described which is used for sequencing programmable waveform patterns, including windowed and pixel binning formats. A key feature is the significant reduction in component count over previous systems made possible by the versatility and unique features of the transputer. The outcome of this is that a complete controller for a single-chip CCD camera may be accommodated in a small enclosure on the cryostat used to cool the chip. Alternatively, extra drive cards may be added to the waveform sequencer to drive a multichip camera. The use of the transputer allows the controller to be incorporated naturally into a parallel processing system whereby several cameras can be operated within the telescope environment using simple serial control and data transfer links.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1235, Instrumentation in Astronomy VII, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19097
Show Author Affiliations
Nicholas R. Waltham, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Ian G. van Breda, Royal Greenwich Observatory (United Kingdom)
Graham M. Newton, Royal Greenwich Observatory (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1235:
Instrumentation in Astronomy VII
David L. Crawford, Editor(s)

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