Reconfigurable ASIC for a low level trigger system in Cherenkov Telescope Cameras

D. Gascon, J. A. Barrio, O. Blanch, J. Boix, E. Delagnes, C. Delgado, L. Freixas, F. Guilloux, R. L. Coto, S. Griffiths, G. Martínez, O. Martínez, A. Sanuy, L. Tejedor

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    © 2016 IOP Publishing Ltd and Sissa Medialab srl. A versatile and reconfigurable ASIC is presented, which implements two different concepts of low level trigger (L0) for Cherenkov telescopes: the Majority trigger (sum of discriminated inputs) and the Sum trigger concept (analogue clipped sum of inputs). Up to 7 input signals can be processed following one or both of the previous trigger concepts. Each differential pair output of the discriminator is also available as a LVDS output. Differential circuitry using local feedback allows the ASIC to achieve high speed (500 MHz) while maintaining good linearity in a 1 Vpp range. Experimental results are presented. A number of prototype camera designs of the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) project will use this ASIC.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numberP11017
    JournalJournal of Instrumentation
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2016


    • Analogue electronic circuits
    • Trigger concepts and systems (hardware and software)
    • Trigger detectors
    • VLSI circuits


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