This paper presents the results of the detailed characterisation of the WUVS CCD drive electronics. The electronics include a novel high-performance video channel design that utilises Digital Correlated Double Sampling (DCDS) to enable low-noise readout of the CCD at a range of pixel frequencies, including a baseline requirement of less than 3 electrons rms readout noise for the combined CCD and electronics system at a readout rate of 50 kpixels/s. These results illustrate the performance of this new video architecture as part of a wider electronics sub-system that is designed for use in the space environment. In addition to the DCDS video channels, the CEB provides all the bias voltages and clocking waveforms required to operate the CCD and the system is fully programmable via a primary and redundant SpaceWire interface. The development of the CEB electronics design has undergone critical design review and the results presented were obtained using the engineering-grade electronics box. A variety of parameters and tests are included ranging from general system metrics, such as the power and mass, to more detailed analysis of the video performance including noise, linearity, crosstalk, gain stability and transient response.
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Mike Salter, Matthew Clapp, James King, Tom Morse, Ionut Mihalcea, Nick Waltham, Chris Hayes-Thakore, "Development of low-noise CCD drive electronics for the World Space Observatory Ultraviolet Spectrograph subsystem," Proc. SPIE 9915, High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy VII, 99150Y (29 July 2016);