Current Systems Development

MONSOON now has image acquisition capabilities for both hybrid (IR & VIS) and CCD type detectors. These capabilities have been tested in the laboratory using various detectors requiring the acquisition of 1 to 64 video signals. The structuring of the architecture into layers that are interfaced through concise Interface Control Documents (ICDs) has enabled a high degree of commonality to be used in supporting the different detector requirements. These interface documents describe the communication method and protocol between each functional layer as illustrated in Fig. 1.

Figure 1. MONSOON function layers and interfaces.

Using the technique of layer re-use through ICDs we have delivered 5 MONSOON image acquisition systems for CCD and IR detectors and have another 9 systems that are in the development and/or construction phase. A brief description of these systems is presented in Table 1.

Table 1. MONSOON Systems Characteristics.

System

Detector

Video

Bias

Clock

Pixel

DHE

Delivery

Name

Types

Count

Count

Count

Rate1

Power2

Date

Tucson Eng

IR/CCD

36 / S

44

32

S / 6

37

Aug '03

Chile Eng

IR/CCD

36 / S

44

32

S / 6

37

Sept'03

Orion Test

IR

64

44

32

13

38

July '04

Tucson DetLab

CCD

S

44

32

6

37

Dec '04

Newfirm

IR

2S6

88

64

36

192

Sep'05

DES Test 1

CCD

S

44

32

6

37

Oct '05

DES Test 2

CCD

S

44

32

6

37

Oct '05

Chile DetLab

CCD

S

44

32

6

37

Oct '05

KPNO CCD

CCD

S

44

32

6

37

Nov '05

FhiRE

CCD

4

44

32

3.S

27

Nov '05

QUOTA

CCD

32

44

32

S

63

Jan '06

WHIRC

IR

32

44

32

16

26

Jan '06

DESCam

CCD

124

176

128

31

274

Mar '06

One Degree Img

CCD

S12

768

1792

S12

320

Mar '07

'Expressed as system gross pixel rate in Mpixels/sec during focal plane readout. Expressed as average power dissipation in watts.

'Expressed as system gross pixel rate in Mpixels/sec during focal plane readout. Expressed as average power dissipation in watts.

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