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The present work reports on the development of a digital system for image acquisition which is able to process two electric signals of amplitude varying between 0 and 10 V. The system correlates both signals in a two-dimensional (2-D) histogram. X and Y coordinates for every event are obtained from the amplitudes of two coincident signals. The hardware consists of two analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), two complex programmable logic devices (CPLDs), and one 2 MB static random access memory (SRAM), implemented in a card that is plugged into personal computers. The data acquisition rate may be as high as 1.0 × 106 events per second, and does not depend on the PC processor. The software code has been written in the Delphi environment using assembly routines for the I/O bus operations. Image sizes may be chosen from 128 × 128 up to 1024 × 1024 pixels and may be viewed in color scale, with two or three-dimensional graphics. Images are shown to illustrate the applicability to two-dimensional position sensitive X-ray detectors.
Date of Publication: Oct 2002