First performance results of the ALICE TPC Readout Control Unit 2
Zhao, Chengxin; Alme, Johan; Alt, Torsten; Appelshäuser, Harald; Bratrud, Lars Karlot Stubberud; Castro, Andrew; Costa, Filippo; David, Ernö; Gunji, T; Kirsch, S; Kiss, Tivadar; Langøy, Rune; Lien, Jørgen; Lippmann, C; Oskarsson, Anders; Rehman, Attiq ur; Røed, Ketil; Røhrich, Dieter; Sekiguchi, Yoko; Stuart, Meghan; Ullaland, Kjetil; Velure, Arild; Yang, Shiming; Österman, Lennart
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Original versionJournal of Instrumentation 2016, 11(1) 10.1088/1748-0221/11/01/C01024
This paper presents the first performance results of the ALICE TPC Readout Control Unit 2 (RCU2). With the upgraded hardware typology and the new readout scheme in FPGA design, the RCU2 is designed to achieve twice the readout speed of the present Readout Control Unit. Design choices such as using the flash-based Microsemi Smartfusion2 FPGA and applying mitigation techniques in interfaces and FPGA design ensure a high degree of radiation tolerance. This paper presents the system level irradiation test results as well as the first commissioning results of the RCU2. Furthermore, it will be concluded with a discussion of the planned updates in firmware.