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Controlling front-end electronics boards using commercial solutions

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4 Author(s)
Beneyton, R. ; CERN/EP, Geneva, Switzerland ; Gaspar, C. ; Jost, B. ; Schmeling, S.

LHCb is a dedicated B-physics experiment under construction at CERN's large hadron collider (LHC) accelerator. This paper will describe the novel approach LHCb is taking toward controlling and monitoring of electronics boards. Instead of using the bus in a crate to exercise control over the boards, we use credit-card sized personal computers (CCPCs) connected via Ethernet to cheap control PCs. The CCPCs will provide a simple parallel, I2C, and JTAG buses toward the electronics board. Each board will be equipped with a CCPC and, hence, will be completely independently controlled. The advantages of this scheme versus the traditional bus-based scheme will be described. Also, the integration of the controls of the electronics boards into a commercial supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system will be shown

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Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:49 ,  Issue: 2 )