FOCAL - Forward Calorimeter

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This page should contain information about the Focal project, especially about the interfacing from the Mimosa chips to the readout electronics.


Mimosa chips

Readout electronics


The schematics of the board can be found here: Adapterboard

Control and Readout board

The idea is to use a Xilinx Virtex 6 development board as a first prototype. The board would run Petalinux, and some software to access the firmware registers. A software framework for the TPC detector is to be adapted for the use on the Xirtex 6 board and Petalinux.


The VHDL counterpart is to be found here:


The software driver for the message buffer system can be found here:

Petalinux documentation: [1]

Download section

Shopping list

1x 2U 335mm Rack mount enclosure, Grey - 665-7712 - 556,29 1x RD-125A Switch Mode PSU, 5V/15A,12V/10A - 644-6941 - 662,16 3x DC/DC PoL,DOSA,2.4-5.5Vin,0.75-3.3Vo 6A - 150-758 - 116,16 1x 4.20mm,housing,MiniFit,receptacle,DR,6w, - 679-5773 - 2,064