Efficient data transmission from silicon wafer strip detectors

Bradly J. Cooke, Klaus S. Lackner, Andrea P.T. Palounek, David H. Sharp, Larry Winter, Hans Joachim Ziock

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An architecture for on-wafer processing is proposed for central silicon-strip tracker systems as they are currently designed for high energy physics experiments at the SSC, and for heavy ion experiments at RHIC. The data compression achievable with on-wafer processing would make it possible to transmit all data generated to the outside of the detector system. A set of data which completely describes the state of the wafer for low occupancy events and which contains important statistical information for more complex events can be transmitted immediately. This information could be used in early trigger decisions. Additional data packages which complete the description of the state of the wafer vary in size and are sent through a second channel. By buffering this channel the required bandwidth can be kept far below the peak data rates which occur in rare but interesting events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1254-1258
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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