An FPGA- based general-purpose data acquisition controller

C. C W Robson, A. Bousselham, C. Bohm

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System development in advanced FPGAs allows considerable flexibility, both during development and in production use. A mixed firmware/software solution allows the developer to choose what shall be done in firmware or software, and to make that decision late in the process. However, this flexibility comes at the cost of increased complexity. We have designed a modular development framework to help to overcome these issues of increased complexity. This framework comprises a generic controller that can be adapted for different systems by simply changing the software or firmware parts. The controller can use both soft and hard processors, with or without an RTOS, based on the demands of the system to be developed. The resulting system uses the Internet for both control and data acquisition. In our studies we developed the embedded system in a Xilinx Virtex-II Fro FPGA, where we used both PowerPC and MicroBlaze cores, http, Java, and Lab View for control and communication, together with the MicroC/OS-II and OSE operating systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1684070
Pages (from-to)2092-2096
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2006
Externally publishedYes



  • Embedded system
  • FPGA
  • Networking
  • Object oriented
  • RTOS
  • UML

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

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