Detector Controller

Due to the large number of units, each must be simplified to save cost and man power, and increase reliability. ESO's New General detector Controller (NGC) will be used for MUSE. NGC has been selected because of its compact size and low power consumption. Each of the 24 CCDs is driven by a single board containing 4 video channels, 20 bias and 16 clock sources. One controller unit will contain 4 such boards (see Fig. 4). In total 6

NGCs are required to operate the 24 CCDs. A detailed description of NGC can be found in Meyer, et al. [2].

Figure 4. NGC configuration.

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