The safety and well-being of our employees and the community at large is of primary concern during the Coronavirus pandemic, and XIA LLC is diligently complying with all State and local directives to implement social distancing procedures. However, we are pleased to announce that XIA remains open for business and is operating at or near normal capacity, while maintaining a minimal on-site presence. Our supply chain remains intact, with only minor delays in the supply and shipping of some components. We look forward to receiving and processing your orders as we journey through these difficult times together in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact our sales team at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information regarding XIA and its products.
The Mars 2020 Mission with Rover Perseverance successfully launched on July 30th!
XIA collaborated with NASA/JPL and contributed to the PIXL instrument on the Mars Rover, which will help search for signs of ancient life on Mars.
NASA’s mission to Mars in 2020 will look for signs of habitable conditions and microbial life in the ancient past. The rover’s Planetary Instrument for X-ray Lithochemistry (PIXL) is a microfocus x-ray fluorescence instrument that will perform 2D fast mapping of rock samples with sub-mm spatial resolution, revealing the geochemical fine structure of the Martian surface. XIA’s technology and expertise is being utilized in the digital signal processing and fast mapping of the x-ray detector signal. PIXL will operate with higher spatial resolution and at higher speed than any previous planetary probe, and along with other instruments it will help answer the question “Was there every life on Mars?”
Recently, a researcher approached XIA looking to interface aspects of their Pixie-16 data acquisition system to external equipment. While each Pixie-16 module can produce custom logic signals based on user-defined criteria, accessing and combining such signals from multiple Pixie-16 modules requires external hardware. In this case, the user wanted real-time access to the custom logic signals from multiple modules, such that the signals could be viewed on an oscilloscope or interfaced to an external multiplicity counter or other equipment.
XIA responded by developing an interface accessory which solves the researcher’s problem and provides real-time access to Pixie-16 logic signals in a flexible manner. Code-named MZTIO (MicroZed-based Trigger I/O), this accessory is, in essence, a ‘breakout’ board for the Pixie-16 PXI chassis backplane. Clock and logic signals generated by the Pixie-16 system are routed to a Zynq SoC supporting 1588 PTP time synchronization, where they can be combined in a user-programmable fashion via open source firmware/software, before being output to LVDS connections on the front panel. Alternate output connections can be accommodated via custom I/O daughtercards.
The MZTIO accessory enhances the Pixie-16 data acquisition system by providing a flexible and customizable real-time interface to external systems. A draft brochure, manual, and firmware & software is available for download. For more information, please contact XIA.
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.
We are pleased to announce that Alpha Sciences Inc. (ASI), manufacturer of gas flow proportional alpha particle counters, is now part of XIA LLC (XIA). See press release here. XIA has many years of experience and expertise in the ultra-low background alpha particle counting business, and we look forward to serving ASI’s customers in the years to come.
XIA is committed to continue providing ASI customers with: ongoing support, maintenance services, sales, and other services related to their alpha counters. In addition to the aforementioned support, XIA is also happy to offer you our expertise in ultra-low level alpha particle counting techniques, including: knowledge of sample handling and preparation methods, counting statistics, advanced instrumentation, sample measurement services, and more.
XIA LLC is proud to contribute to the PIXL Microfocus XRF instrument to be launched on NASA’s 2020 mission to Mars.
NASA’s mission to Mars in 2020 will look for signs of habitable conditions and microbial life in the ancient past. The rover’s Planetary Instrument for X-ray Lithochemistry (PIXL) is a microfocus x-ray fluorescence instrument that will perform 2D fast mapping of rock samples with sub-mm spatial resolution, revealing the geochemical fine structure of the Martian surface.