Background Developed by Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, LLC Designed to streamline normally bulky and power-hungry focal plane electronics which are used to control imaging sensors Generates the necessary clock signals and bias voltages while simultaneously digitizing imaging sensor outputs
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SIDECAR ASIC CharacterizationDan Pontillo
ABOVE: Sidecar ASIC performance specification table
ABOVE: Sidecar ASIC. All signal conditioning, clock/bias generation and digitization hardware is self-contained in this small chip.
Setup A _ ASIC connected via Fiber boxes to PC with battery power
Setup B_ ASIC connected directly via USB to PC with battery power
ABOVE: Detector control electronics built by Astronomical Research Cameras, Inc. The SIDECAR has the same capability as this set of electronics.
ABOVE: SIDECAR read noise results from two distinct setups in an experiment to remove a noise pattern. In this experiment, one input channel on the SIDECAR was fed a 1V DC signal from a power supply. In SETUP A the ASIC was powered by an AC/DC converter via the USB cable. In SETUP B the SIDECAR is powered by the laptop battery via the USB cable. The noise difference in the two setups can be attributed to the power source for the ASIC. This is an example of the tests needed to be preformed to determine the optimal operation of the SIDECAR.
ABOVE: Block diagram of the SIDECAR ASIC