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PandABox

PandABox is a fully integrated position, acquisition and control system, equipped to process absolute encoder inputs.

PandABox

Overview of the PandABox

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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Specifications

  • Encoders: Four RS422 input/outputs: Incremental, SSI, BISS, enDat
  • TTL: 6 inputs, 10 outputs
  • LVDS: 2 inputs, 2 outputs
  • ADC expansion card available for analogue input
  • FPGA: Avnet picoZed XC7Z030 (125 MHz clock)
  • Data transfer via gigabit ethernet
  • Setup via ethernet accessed, browser-based, GUI. Control via GUI or EPICS.
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PandA Box 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.

Features of the PandA box

Absolute and incremental encoder support

PandABox provides a common encoder processing platform based on Zynq 7030 and supports multiple encoder standards

Synchronous triggering and data capture

PandABox delivers synchronous triggering, data capture and data manipulation capabilities.

Gigabit data transfer

For ease of data transfer, a gigabit ethernet cable is supplied.

Easy to use browser-based GUI

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

Software

Once programmed, PandABox can be interfaced with beamline control systems (EPICS, TANGO) for day-to-day use.

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