3xDAC Card

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Overview of 3xDAC Card

The 3xDAC card is designed for controlling galvano-controlled servo mirrors or XYZ piezo-controlled devices utilized in fluorescence microscopy: when using the mirrors, their XY positions (that is the position of the excitation beam on the sample) and the z-position of the microscope objective are recorded along with the fluorescence data acquired; when using a piezo-controlled stage, its position is recorded during the data acquisition.

The card is designed for the ISS confocal microscopes systems although it can be utilized to assemble a custom system. The 3xDAC card works in synchronization with the 4-CH correlator card (utilized for FFS measurements), the FastFLIM and TCSPC cards (utilized for FLIM and FFS measurements).

Scan Mode and Alignment Mode

The board features two modes of operation: scan mode and alignment mode. In scan mode, the three servo mirrors have pre-programmed movement sequences which are executed automatically. The starting point of the sequences within the movement range of the servo mirrors is controlled by a separate offset control. The offset control can only be updated when the sequence restarts. San mode is used for XY-, XZ-, and YZ-image scans. In alignment mode, the control of the three servo mirrors is completely under user control. This mode is used to set the "zero" of the servo mirrors and park the beam in the center or other locations of the image after acquisition.

Applications of the 3xDAC card using VistaVision

  • control of galvano-controlled XY mirrors for the acquisition of confocal images
  • control of galvano-controlled XY mirrors for scanning FCS
  • control of galvano-controlled XY mirrors and piezo controlled objective or stage in Z for particle tracking
  • the acquisition of Fluorescence Fluctuations Spectroscopy data (in conjunction with the correlator card)
  • full control of the XYZ piezo-controlled stage for the acquisition of confocal images

Product Specifications for 3xDAC Card

  • 32-bit PCI bus
Software driver
  • Windows 11
Digital-to-Analog Converters
  • 16 bit
External CLK
  • Frequency: 5 MHz to 22 MHz (10 MHz nominal)
  • Signal Type: Sine wave or TTL
  • Signal Amplitude: 100 mVpp to 10 Vpp
  • Signal impedance: 50 Ω
CLK Output
  • Qty. 2, 20 MHz (buffered TTL with 50 Ω driver)
Pixel CLK, Line CLK, Frame CLK
  • TTL with 50 Ω driver
Position DAC (X, Y, and Z)
  • Resolution: 16-bit
  • Output Voltage Range: ±12 V
  • Output impedance: 50 Ω
  • Output current: 25 mA
  • Slew rate: 1.9 V/µs
  • Low pass filter: 10 KHz
Gain DAC and Null-Offset
  • Channels: 3
  • Resolution: 8-bit
  • Effective voltage range: 160 mV
Operation temperature range
  • (10 - 60) °C
  • 110/240 V
Dimensions (cm)
  • 42.5 (W) x 36 (D) x 10 (H)
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