PandA Box

 

PandABox is a fully integrated position, acquisition and control system, equipped to process absolute encoder inputs. Designed to meet the requirements of many modern experiments, PandABox can synchronously calculate, control and record the position of multiple hardware components.

PandABox is the result of a collaboration between SOLEIL and DIAMOND to upgrade their position and acquisition processing platforms. PandABox provides a common encoder processing platform based on Zynq 7030 and supports multiple encoder standards. It delivers synchronous triggering, data capture and data manipulation capabilities. Based on Diamond’s ‘Zebra’ and SOLEIL’s ‘SPEITBOX’, PandABox offers various improvements including absolute encoder protocols, higher bandwidth data transfer and greater FPGA resources to ensure the platform is ready for the experiments of the future.

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PandA Box Installations

TitleAddress Description
Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Facility
19 Yuquan Rd, Shijingshan Qu, Beijing Shi, China

System Installed – Visit the group website

The China Spallation Neutron Source (CSNS)
Zhong Zi Yuan Lu, Dongguan Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China

System Installed – Visit the group website

Diamond Light Source
Diamond House, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Fermi Ave, Didcot OX11 0DE, UK

System Installed – Visit the group website

Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility (SSRF)
239 Zhangheng Rd, Pudong Xinqu, China

System Installed – Visit the group website

Jagiellonian University
Gołębia 24, 31-007 Kraków, Poland

System Installed – Visit the group website

LNLS - Laboratório Nacional de Luz Síncrotron
Polo II de Alta Tecnologia de Campinas - R. Giuseppe Máximo Scolfaro, 10000 - Bosque das Palmeiras, Campinas - SP, 13083-100, Brazil

System Installed – Visit the group website

MAX IV Laboratory
Fotongatan 2, 224 84 Lund, Sweden

System Installed – Visit the group website

National Synchrotron Light Source II
Upton, NY 11973, USA

System Installed – Visit the group website

Paul Scherrer Institute
PSI CH, Forschungsstrasse 111, 5232 Villigen, Switzerland

System Installed – Visit the group website

Synchrotron Soleil
L'Orme des Merisiers, 91190 Saint-Aubin, France

System Installed – Visit the group website

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
2575 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA

System Installed – Visit the group website

Applications

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Tomography

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Imaging

Specifications

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Absolute and incremental encoder support

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Synchronous triggering and data capture

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Sequencing and multi-channel position compare

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Gigabit data transfer

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Easy to use browser-based GUI

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Expandable block-based software design

System Integration

Each unit will compose of following electronics modules mechanically assembled into a 1U chassis:

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Main carrier PCB board

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Front panel PCB board

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4x Encoder Daughter Modules

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Avnet Picozed-7030 Zynq SoC Module

More info on the open source hardware project can be found here OHWR PandABox Hardware Repository.

Software

PandABox is programmed through a specially designed web browser GUI. The GUI offers full access to all of PandABox’s functionality via an easy to use block-based design. Each block has a specific function (e.g. trigger creation, logic) and blocks are linked together to create the desired result. Custom blocks can be programmed by the user and uploaded to PandABox to offer even greater functionality. Once programmed, PandABox can be interfaced with beamline control systems (EPICS, TANGO) for day-to-day use.

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Chris Hearn

Chris Hearn

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