The TDC1 is a combined moderate-speed counter and timestamping/timetagging device for processing electrical pulses in four independent inputs. It can accept a wide range of standardized signal standards including (NIM and TTL) and is completely powered from a USB2 connection. The internal clock source can be disciplined by an external 10 MHz timing reference for precise absolute timing.
In counting mode, the device has 4 independent counters registering events on each of the four inputs, and 4 counting coincidence events between 4 pairs of inputs that register counts for a selectable integration time from 1ms to 65s.
In timetag mode, the device registers the absolute time of the leading edge every signal event (pulse) at any of the input lines with a resolution of 2ns together with the logical state of all four input lines. This allows to identify complex detector patterns with a single device.
The TDC1 is bundled with open source scripts in Python and C to perform data collection and visualize real time counts and coincidences.
|Size||approx 85mm x 46mm x 22mm|
<0.5W (100mA from USB bus)
|Impedance||50Ohm (default) and 1kOhm (selectable by jumpers)|
|Input standards||TTL, NIM, custom (positive or negative pulses with a trigger
level between -3.3V and +3.3V)
|Minimal pulse width||2ns|
|Minimal pulse separation||2ns|
|Connector||LEMO00 size coaxial connector (optional: SMA)|
|External reference frequency||10MHz nominal (accepts 9...11MHz)|
|External reference amplitude||100mVpp min, 2.3Vpp max|
|automatic or forced manual|
Internal clock accuracy
|<50ppm, temperature drift TBD|
Counter mode parameters:
|Maximal count rate||250MHz in each channel|
|Integration time||1ms to 65535ms in steps of 1ms|
Timestamp mode parameters:
|Timing jitter||<200ps (nominal)|
|Maximal counting rate||>10Mevents/s average, >250 Mevents/s in bursts of <512
events (see detail specification)
|Dead time between events||None|
|Host connection||USB CDC ACM class / virtual com port (no device driver necessary)|
|Text or binary|
|Windows, Mac, Linux||Labview .vi and Python scripts hosted at Github (MIT Licence)|
Datasheet and manual coming soon.
We welcome user suggestions and customization requests.