Proton Calorimetry/Equipment/ISDI CMOS Sensor

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Install EPIX sotware on Windows

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Software Installation Instructions

  • Sotware installation (grphic card not connected)
    • from Downloads (, download the PIXCI┬« V3.8 Software, 64 bit app for Windows 64-Bit1 (file name: xcapwin64.exe)
    • double click on the file to start the softwre installation
    • the softwre will install all the drivers needed for the graphic card installation
    • error message: drivers pre-installation failed. But the sotware is installed
    • open XCAP to agree the license
    • enter the Software ID and Submit
    • the submitted ID should allow the software setup: XCAP-Lite -> OK
    • software installation completed
    • at this point you should have the error "Driver not installed or frame grabber not installed"
  • once the Software installation is complete power down the computer and install the PIXCI frame grabber.
  • OR restart Winsows and plug-in the frame grabber via thunderbolt 3 connection
    • from the Device Manager you should see the Immaging device PIXCI(R), but with an esclamation mark.
    • open File Explorer -> Program Files -> EPIX -> XCAP -> drivers -> Win10x64 -> right click the file epixxcw6 and manually install the driver
    • on Device Manager -> right-click Immaging device -> Update Drivers ->Browse my computer for driver software -> Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer -> select the driver from the list (PIXCI E8 ..., the one digitally signed!)
    • "Windows has finished installing the drivers"
    • the application could ask you to restart windows. If not, restart.

ISDI Sensor Instructions

General Sensor Configuration

  • Base Configuration is 14 x 1 Bit
  • Resolution is 1030 x 1536 pixels
  • For selecting pixel rows in centre: Use horizontal offset (ignore DVAL to activate field) and horizontal resolution

Increase number of frame buffers

  • To increase the number of frame buffers to the allowed maximum, start XCAP as administrator.
  • Select Capture/Sequence Capture/Video to Frame Buffers/Driver Assistant
  • Tick box in left field, then set number of frame buffers here.

Serial Terminal instructions for ISDI sensor

  • Find serial terminal in PIXCI(R) tab of sensor control software.
  • In Controls/Options: Make sure "Send string with CR" is selected. Should be default.
  • In Controls/Setup: Select Serial Port: Enabled. Baud rate has to be 115200
  • Set low full well mode using W000300000
  • Set high full well mode using W000300004
  • Read full well mode using R0003

Continuous Field buffer setting

  • This setting makes sure that the buffer is filled with a new frame as they come in. If this option is not selected the sensor and software will not be synchronised and we *will record a lot of pitch black images.
  • Select Capture/Live Options//Live Mode/Live Video: Continuous All buffer capture
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