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Real time Data acquisition platform: computer software and FPGA firmware source codes



Sergey V. Polyakov


We present an inexpensive and simple data acquisition platform for Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) designed to acquire and characterize fast digital or analog electrical signal real time for processing on a generic personal computer. While the instrument was designed for electrical outputs of single-photon detectors and is suited for high photon counting rates, it can also be used for characterization of similar digital electrical signals from other sources and for analog signals as well.
NIST webpage photoncount or other relevant


field programmable gate array, real-time data acquisition platform, quantum measurement, FPGA, USB2, source code, random data characterization
Created December 5, 2008, Updated February 19, 2017