2.a – Data Acquisition Hardware (Galvo)

SciScan operates using National Instruments data acquisition hardware and has been written with a particular DAQ configuration in mind. Although alternative configurations may still be capable of running SciScan they are not supported. Once installed, wiring guides for the Galvo hardware can be found here. Please contact Scientifica regarding your individual DAQ setup if you have any questions.

Galvo/Galvo Hardware

SciScan can be configured to run using either a single DAQ board for PMT signal acquisition and for scanning mirror outputs or two DAQ boards to allow control of peripheral equipment such as an EOM or a Piezo objective positioner.

Single Card Configuration

This is the supported configuration for systems which do not require analogue outputs additional to the two mirror output channels. i.e no EOM Control or Piezo objective control

PartRoleSupported ComponentSpecification
Primary DAQ BoardPMT Input, Scanning Mirror output, Shutter control and sync signalsPCI-61105MHz
4x AI Channels
2x AO Channels
BNC BreakoutDAQ InterfaceBNC-2090ARack mountable
22 BNC connectors for analogue I/O
Spring terminal block for Digital I/O
Data CableBNC Breakout to DAQ CardSH68-68-EPMN/A

Two Card Configuration

This is the supported configuration for systems which require analogue outputs additional to the two mirror output channels. i.e. users who wish to control an EOM or Piezo device from SciScan.

PartRoleSupported ComponentSpecification
Primary DAQ BoardPMT Input, Scanning Mirror output, Shutter control and sync signalsPCI-61105MHz
4x AI Channels
2x AO Channels
BNC BreakoutDAQ Interface for primary DAQ boardBNC-2090ARack mountable
22 BNC connectors for analogue I/O
Spring terminal block for Digital I/O
Data CableBNC Breakout to DAQ CardSH68-68-EPMN/A
Secondary DAQ BoardAux AO for Piezo or EOMPCIe-6321250KHz
16x AI Channels
2x AO Channels
BNC BreakoutDAQ InterfaceBNC-2090ARack Mountable
22 BNC connectors for Analogue I/O
Spring Terminal Block for Digital I/O
Data CableBNC Breakout to DAQ CardSHC68-68-EPMN/A
RTSI CableDAQ Card Timing Cable777562-05 Extended Length RTSI BusConnect up to 5 PCI or PCIe Devices to synchronise timing.

DAQ Installation

NIMAX interface showing complete two card configuration (Dev1, Dev2 + RTSI cable)
NIMAX interface showing complete two card configuration (Dev1, Dev2 + RTSI cable)

Installation of National Instruments DAQ boards should be carried out as per the instructions included. Please insure that you have completed the software Installation before moving onto installing the DAQ boards to ensure all required drivers are present.

If using the Two Card Configuration please connect the two cards with the RTSI cable via the 34pin RTSI Bus connector on each card (see section below for software setup of RTSI cable)

Once installed restart the PC and check that all installed cards appear in the devices list within NIMAX.

Please Note: Devices should appear within the devices list when expanded. If not already named appropriately please re-name the PCI-6110 card to “Dev1” and the PCIe-6321 card to “Dev2“. (Some¬†functionality in SciScan requires specific, hard-coded device routes. If you are unable to re-name your DAQ devices as above, please contact Scientifica for further assistance.)

Finally, connect the SH68-68EPM and SHC68-68-EPM data cables to the two cards and to each of the BNC breakout boxes, making sure the connectors are securely screwed in place at both ends.

RTSI Setup

In addition to the physical installation of the RTSI timing cable it needs to be properly configured within NIMAX.

  • Right click on Devices and Interfaces in the NIMAX menu.
  • Select Create New
  • Select NI-RTSI Cable
  • Right click on the newly created RTSI Device and add the two DAQ cards to it.

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