A Prototype of an ATCA-Based System for Readout Electronics in Particle and Nuclear Physics

  • Min Li
  • Zhe CaoEmail author
  • Shubin Liu
  • Qi An
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Physics book series (SPPHY, volume 212)


Thousands of channels and large amount of data in the modern high-energy and nuclear physics pose many challenges for readout electronics, so that system of high bandwidth, low latency and flexible real time data sharing is very necessary. Because of the limit of the architecture, the classical parallel backplane cannot meet the requirement. A prototype readout electronics system based on Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA) is designed, which is composed of a hub blade and node blades. The blades interconnect with each other via high speed serial links of ATCA backplane. A high sample rate Analog to Digital Converter (ADC), which can readout the signal from the detectors, is implemented to produce high speed data for transmission, and a Filed Programming Gate Array (FPGA) is responsible for configuration, control and data transmission. The system tests conducted in the laboratory indicate that the prototype system functioned well.


ATCA FPGA High bandwidth transmission 



This project is supported by the Young Fund Projects of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11505182). And it is also supported by the Young Fund Projects of the Anhui Provincial Natural Science Foundation (Grant No. 1608085QA21).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Particle Detection and Electronics (IHEP-USTC)University of Science and Technology of ChinaHefeiChina
  2. 2.Department of Modern PhysicsUniversity of Science and Technology of ChinaHefeiChina

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