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IDE8410 NIRCA Prototype

Chip for generation and acquisition of signals. Designed for use in cryogenic infrared applications.
NIRCA on PCB NIRCA mounted on PCB.

The IDE8410 is a prototype control and acquisition integrated circuit (IC) for for large area hybrid imaging focal plane arrays (FPA). It is designed for use in extremely wide temperature ranges, spanning from room temperature to cryogenic conditions (77K), making it particularly suitable for MCT or InSb based FPAs. It integrates the functionality that is usually found in discrete proximity electronics into one radiation tolerant SoC.

IDE8410 has 5 parallel video channels with programmable gain amplifier and 12-bit, 2 Msps ADC in every channel.
The ASIC contains a programmable sequencer for generation of clock patterns and to control ASIC functions. The sequencer can control 4o parallel 3.3 V digital outputs for generation of custom clock patterns, to read out any 3.3 V compatible ROIC. The clock patterns and sequencer instructions are stored in integrated RAM memories with bit error detection and correction. In addition the IDE8410 has 8 parallel digital inputs that are accessible and can be evaluated using the sequencer.

The IDE8410 contains integrated 3.3 V and 1.8 V LDOs for regulation of ROIC power and 16 integrated low noise DACs for bias and reference voltage generation. Internal IC settings are controlled via registers that are accessible by serial peripheral interface (SPI). The SPI interface is used to program the RAM memories with clock patterns and instructions. In addition slow ADC acquistion can be performed directly via SPI. Digitized image data is serialised and encoded on a 300 Mbps 8b/10b output data interface.

The IC is radiation hardened by design as it is implemented in IDEAS custom radiation hard library.
In sample quantities, the IDE8410 is delivered mounted chip on board to a carrier PCB to simplify customer system breadboarding.
The delivered ICs are functionally tested prior to shipping and includes a python compiler to generate the configuration files for the sequencer.

The IDE8410 is a prototype IC that has been fully validated to a technology readiness level (TRL) 4 and has been extensively tested at cryogenic (77K) conditions.

Keywords: ADC, Focal Plane Electronics, Cryogenic application, controller, IR

Product Features

DetectorsMCT, InGaAs, PbS, micro-bolometer, Si, CCD
Analogue inputs7 (+additional monitoring inputs)
Number of ADCs5
ADC Resolution12-bit
ADC Sampling Rate2 Msps
Number of DACs16
Programming interfaceSPI
Embedded microcontrollerCustom sequencer with reduced instruction-set
Data interface2 high-speed 8b/10b serial interfaces
Control outputs32 synchronized arbitrary waveform outputs + 8 control outputs
Control inputs8 digital inputs
Additional signallingDiscrete interrupt signal (IRQ)


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