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ID900 Time Controller

The ID900 Time Controller: a combination of high-resolution event timing & correlation, time-to-digital conversion with multi- trigger delay generator is nowadays widely used in physics, bio, and material science experiments.  The ID900 Time Controller Series is an ideal central platform for such experiments. It combines the functionalities of several electronic devices into a single and flexible one: time-tagger, TCSPC module, delay generator, digital conditional filters, and counters.


The ID900 is offered in 2 basic models (TCSPC) and (DG) with the option to upgrade to the Master verison*

The ID900-TCSPC (Time-correlated single-photon counting) offers time-tagging, counting and histograming continuously on 4 input channels, ideal for all applications requiring time resolved and picosecond event tagging.

 The ID900-DG (Delay generator) version offers 4 independent programmable output pulse generators with configurable digital delays and up to 125 MHz repetition rate.

The ID900-MASTER provides full TCSPC functionalities with on-board processing and programmable conditional outputs.


*check the specification sheet for more details.



At the heart of the lab

ID900 Time Controller is the central device of an experimental setup, performing measurements, data processing and synchronization with all instrumentation


ID900 TIME CONTROLLER HARDWARE PLATFORM

The hardware platform consists of 4 input and 4 output signals that are interconnected 

internally via a fast FPGA circuit, easily programmable via a dedicated user-friendly 

interface. This unique architecture allows the user to configure customized logical 

operations between input signals and generate pulsed signalsaccording to programmed

rules and send them back to the experimental setup in real time via the available output

ports.


PRINCIPLE OF OPERATION


Figure 1: ID900-Master Time Controller functional scheme


BUILT-IN DATA PROCESSING


Avoiding heavy data transfer to PC

 

The Time Controller allows the user to perform the maximum amount of 

data processing between the inputs (conditional filter, start-stop histogram, 

coincidence extraction, count rate) thanks to its unique built-in computing 

power.

 

With a processing  rate  of up to 100 Mevents/s  on each  of the input

channels, it guarantees outstanding signal processing performance with-

out having to transferlarge amount of data to computers.

 

Full processing capability is included in the ID900-MASTER version and

is available as an add-on on the ID900-TCSPC version (PRCSG add-on).


REAL-TIME CONDITIONAL OUTPUTS


On-demand optical gates and measurements

 

The Time Controller also offers programmable output signal generation (via its 4 

output ports) resulting from logical operation between the input signals. 

(see figure 2)

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                               Figure 2: Conditional output


This feature is included in the ID900-MASTER version.








User-friendly software

Control device parameters, change configuration, display and analyze data


CONTROL THE PARAMETERS AND SETTINGS



- Visualize and control device parameters

- Versatile output pulse generation























DISPLAY AND ANALYSE THE DATA


- Real-time histogram display

- Complete and versatile histogram analysis

- Full control of histogram and data transfer settings



CONFIGURE THE ID900 VIA STANDARD COMMANDS FOR PROGRAMMABLE INSTRUMENTS (SCPI)


- Visualize the ID900 configuration with a clear and simple interface

Configure customized features (multi-photon coincidence filter, conditional outputs)



General Specifications

Parameters

High Speed mode

High Resolution mode

Units

Input channels

4 + Start

4


Bin width

100

13

ps

Time jitter (RMS)

40

8

ps

Dead-time

<4

5

ns

Maximum processing rate (per channel)

100

25

Mevents/s

Max input voltage range

-3

3

V

Input delay range

1 ps to 4 ms

1 ps to 4 ms


Input delay steps

1

ps

Count rate

1

GHz

Discriminator range

-2 to 2

-2 to 2

V

Discriminator steps

1

mV

Maximum transfer rate to PC

10*

Mevents/s

Output channel number

4


Output pulse format

NIM or TTL

NIM or TTL


Output max frequency

125

MHz

Output pulse min width (TTL)

6

ns

Output pulse min width (NIM)

1

ns

Output delay steps

100

ps

Maximum delay generation

4

ms

Input - output latency

400

1000

ns

Power Supply

100-240V; 1-2.5A; 50-60Hz

Operating conditions

5°-40° ; 80% humidity up to 31°C and   50% up to 40°C

Applicable standards

Safety: EN 61010-1:2010, AMD1:2016

                              CSA C22.2 61010-1-12/UL 61010-1:2012 


  EMC: EN 61000-6-2:2005, EN 61000-6-

   3:2007+A1:2011          EN 61326-1:2013

* Hardware ready for 100 Mevent/s


Model Guide

The ID900 is offered in 2 basic models (TSPC) and (DG) with the option to upgrade to the master verison. The maser version can be further upgraded to enable high resolution: 

Add-Ons List - 

•       4IN (4 input channels): histogramming, time-tagging, counting inputs

•       PRCSG (processing): on-board timestamps processing, incl. filtering and logical gating operation

•       4OUT (4 output channels): pulse generator with configurable delay frequency, pulse width and external trigger

•       HR (high resolution): upgrade to 4 high resolution inputs (8 ps RMS)

 



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