29 April 2016 MUSIC: An 8 channel readout ASIC for SiPM arrays
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This paper presents an 8 channel ASIC for SiPM anode readout based on a novel low input impedance current conveyor (under patent1). This Multiple Use SiPM Integrated Circuit (MUSIC) has been designed to serve several purposes, including, for instance, the readout of SiPM arrays for some of the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) cameras. The current division scheme at the very front end part of the circuit splits the input current into differently scaled copies which are connected to independent current mirrors. The circuit contains a tunable pole zero cancellation of the SiPM recovery time constant to deal with sensors from different manufacturers. Decay times up to 100 ns are supported covering most of the available SiPM devices in the market. MUSIC offers three main features: (1) differential output of the sum of the individual input channels; (2) 8 individual single ended analog outputs and; (3) 8 individual binary outputs. The digital outputs encode the amount of collected charge in the duration of the digital signal using a time over threshold technique. For each individual channel, the user must select the analog or digital output. Each functionality, the signal sum and the 8 A/D outputs, include a selectable dual-gain configuration. Moreover, the signal sum implements dual-gain output providing a 15 bit dynamic range. Full die simulation results of the MUSIC designed using AMS 0.35 µm SiGe technology are presented: total die size of 9 mm2, 500 MHz bandwidth for channel sum and 150 MHz bandwidth for A/D channels, low input impedance (≈32 Ω), single photon output pulse width at half maximum (FWHM) between 5 and 10 ns and with a power consumption of ≈ 30 mW/ch plus ≈ 200 mW for the 8 ch sum. Encapsulated prototype samples of the MUSIC are expected by March 2016.
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Sergio Gómez , Sergio Gómez , David Gascón, David Gascón, Gerard Fernández, Gerard Fernández, Andreu Sanuy, Andreu Sanuy, Joan Mauricio, Joan Mauricio, Ricardo Graciani, Ricardo Graciani, David Sanchez, David Sanchez, } "MUSIC: An 8 channel readout ASIC for SiPM arrays", Proc. SPIE 9899, Optical Sensing and Detection IV, 98990G (29 April 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231095; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2231095
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