For thermal neutron experiments at ESS very high resolution and fast hybrid microstrip gas chamber (MSGC) detectors are being developed at HMI, which lend themselves for setting up large-area detector arrays comprising detector cells of 285 mm x 285 mm size. These detectors utilize a composite 157Gd/CsI foil converter and novel robust multilayer microstrip glass plates, which are optimized for a low-pressure two-stage gas amplification mode. Using a delay-line based, interpolating readout mode with sub-segmentation on the plates, the detectors have the potential to combine position resolutions of 0.1-0.3 mm FWHM, time-of-flight (TOF) resolutions of less than 10 ns and a counting rate capability in the range of Mevents/s per cell, which is limited by the present version of the data acquisition system. To handle these high data rates a PCI-bus board has been developed comprising four 8-channel multihit TDC chips (~150 ps LSB) of the F1 type, one digital signal processor (1 GFLOP DSP) for online data processing and a histogram memory (HM) of 256 MB. By means of the DSP the data of the registered coordinates X, Y, TOF and pulse-height, measured by means of time-over-threshold discriminators in the TDCs, can either be calibrated and transformed online into 2D spectra accumulated in the HM or read out in list-mode.