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System architecture and hardware design of the CDF XFT online track processor

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6 Author(s)
Holm, S. ; Fermi Nat. Accel. Lab., Batavia, IL ; Freeman, J. ; Klein, R. ; Lewis, J.D.
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A trigger track processor is being designed for CDF Run 2. This processor identifies high momentum (PT>1.5 GeV/c) charged tracks in the new central outer tracking chamber for the CDF II detector. The design of the track processor, called the eXtremely Fast Tracker (XFT), is highly parallel and handle an input rate of 183 Gbits/sec and output rate of 44 Gbits/sec. The XFT is pipelined and reports the results for a new event every 132 ns. The XFT uses three stages, hit classification, segment finding, and segment linking. The pattern recognition algorithms for the three stages are implemented in Programmable Logic Devices (PLDs) which allow for in-situ modification of the algorithm at any time. The PLDs reside on three different types of modules. Prototypes of each of these modules have been designed and built, and are working. An overview of the hardware design and the system architecture are presented

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Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:47 ,  Issue: 3 )