XIA Products Utilize Precision Timing Protocol and Network Synchronization

XIA is advancing nuclear spectroscopy with the introduction of a new suit of products with Precision Timing Protocol (PTP) and Network Synchronization capability. The Pixie-Net is the first of the PTP-compatible digital pulse processor products, with others to follow in the coming months.

Large nuclear physics experiments currently use dedicated cabling to precisely synchronize time between electronics modules, which becomes cumbersome and costly as experiments become larger and more physically separated.

Supported by the Department of Energy, XIA is reducing circuit complexity by implementing synchronization over Ethernet compatible with the IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol, synchronous Ethernet (SyncE), and the higher performance “White Rabbit” project from CERN. XIA’s initiative will enable researchers to synchronize detector readout electronics in physically separated systems. This will simplify large nuclear physics experiments, by reducing cabling requirements and by making it easier to merge data streams from different systems (since tagged with universal date/time).

Beyond nuclear physics research, the technique may be used in homeland security (e.g. synchronizing portal monitors) or astrophysics (e.g. synchronizing arrays of cosmic ray detectors).

Please see the attached poster for more information.