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3 February 2004 Ground-support electronics for testing the preflight performance of the MAXI-GSC
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MAXI is an X-ray all-sky monitor which will be mounted on the Japanese Experimental Module (JEM) of the International Space Station (ISS) in 2008. The Gas Slit Camera (GSC) consists of 12 one-dimensional position sensitive proportional counters and the sensitivity will be as high as 1 mCrab for a one-week accumulation in the 2-30 keV band. In order to calibrate the detectors and electronic systems thoroughly before the launch, a fast and versatile Ground Support Electronic (GSE) system is necessary. We have developed a new GSE based on VME I/O boards for a Linux workstation. These boards carry reconfigurable FPGAs of 100,000 gates, together with 16 Mbytes of SDRAM. As a demonstration application of using this GSE, we have tested the positional response of a GSC engineering counter. We present a schematic view of the GSE highlighting the functional design, together with a future vision of the ground testing of the GSC flight counters and digital associated processor.
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Jun Kataoka, Yuuri Serino, Nobuyuki Kawai, Tomomichi Arakuni, Atsumasa Yoshida, Masami Uzawa, Mitsuhiro Kohama, Ikuya Sakurai, Tatehiro Mihara, Hitoshi Negoro, Naoki Isobe, Haruyoshi Katayama, Kazuyoshi Kawasaki, Naoyuki Kuramata, Masaru Matsuoka, Hiroshi Tomida, Shiro Ueno, Takao Yokota, Emi Miyata, Masaharu Nomachi, and Hiroshi Tsunemi "Ground-support electronics for testing the preflight performance of the MAXI-GSC", Proc. SPIE 5165, X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy XIII, (3 February 2004);

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