Great! That is very helpful.
One more question. If no signals were detected in the 1024*200ps time frame in ROI mode, would the DRS4 go dead for 32us (or 30us depending on the supply) for, or would it dump the earliest events in the buffer for the more recent ones until it detects a signal to readout? Or rather, does filling the buffer force a readout or can it dynamically shift out old data until it detects a signal to readout.
N'/N is correct. The 2 us "from the response you got from me" come from the fact that after readout, you have to start the DRS4 again. During this time, the power supply usually becomes slightly unstable, and it takes on the evaluation board about 2us to stabilize it again. Tha't why I add the 2 us. If you don't care about slight offset effect, or if you make a better power supply, you dead time would be 10*30ns = 300ns for 10 samples. Starting the DRS again will take one or two clock cycles from the FPGA, which might add another 30 ns or so, depending on how you program the FPGA. So the best you can achieve for 10 samples is maybe 330 ns, if you have a really good power supply (large capacitors).
You can achieve this functionality with the evaluation board, but you would have to make a special firmware for it.
I have a question about how ROI works. From what I have read, it will only save data that ocurs some time [ta] dictated by the user after an event is triggered as well as a small time [tb] before the event. The technical manual seems to indicated that the deadtime assciated with operating in ROI mode can be reduced by the following factor:
Where N is the number of points in the time window (ex. 2048 or 1024). Is it ok to describe this as:
Where N' is the number of samples in the ROI and N is the same as before.
For example, if I were running at 5Gsps (200ps between samples), only recording 1024 samples per event and I had an signal that lasted 2ns, that means the signal would last 10 samples. If I set the ROI to only save 20 samples around this signal, would my Deadtime go to:
? (The second portion of this equation comes from a response I recieved earlier, but I just want to make sure I understand this concept properly)
I recognize that the caveat is that this would work only if the signal was detected during acquistion, which leads to my next question. If no signals were detected in the 1024*200ps time frame in ROI mode, would the DRS4 go dead for 32us (using the factor = 1 from above equation), or would it dump the earliest events in the buffer for the more recent ones until it detects a signal?
Finally, I assume this functionality can only be utilized with custom electornics with the DRS4, not the evaulation/demo board, please let me know if this is the case.