> Dear MIDAS-addicts,
> I would like to hear your opinion on this:
> We've until now used CAMAC with Hytec 1331 controllers. We're using Yale FADCs
> whose readout takes ages in CAMAC (2048 samples take 2 milliseconds to be
> read). We've got 20+ FADC channels (we usually read only 2-3)
> Now we've had the brilliant idea to replace the Yale FADCs with some VME
> digitizer and we now plan to buy a Struck SIS 1100/3100 PCI-VME controller,
> plus 4 pc. CAEN 1720 8ch 12bit, 250MHz WFD.
> (1) Can anybody comment on this choice? Good experiences/problems?
> We are still using the CAMAC stuff for all other modules (TDCs, ADCs,
> scalers). So my plan is to have ONE frontend who reads both the CAMAC modules
> and the VME modules.
> (2) Is it possible to build and run a dual-controller frontend for both CAMAC
> and VME? Does anybody have experience with that? Or is it a stupid idea?
> I'd appreciate any hints.
> [Edit: We're using Linux]
> Thanks a lot,
I used some time ago several HYTEC 1331 controllers together with the Struck
SIS3100. Since the HYTEC is IO-mapped and the SIS3100 is memory mapped, there was
no problem in running them in parallel. Note however that there will soon be an
improved version of the SIS3100 with improved speed, and also CAEN plans a WFD
with 32 channels, 6 GSPS, 12 bit, using the DRS chip for the next year. I don't
know if you need that, but just that you know.