Aurora CT

Off-the-shelf CT detector subsystem for X-rays that meet the most stringent standards.

Aurora CT is the industry’s first off-the-self detector subsystem for security CT applications. The plug-and-play-type solution includes ready-made, multislice detector boards, a control unit and a software library. Aurora CT speeds up time-to-market and decreases total costs of X-ray imaging systems that meet the most stringent security equipment standards in aviation.

Aurora CT is built on the well-proven, modular, and easily scalable Aurora platform that is powered by a 20-bit, application-optimized single-chip ASIC. With the highest level of integration and a simplified system design, Aurora CT provides superior image quality, features robust structure and reliable mechanical and electrical interfaces, minimizes risks, and streamlines supply chains.

The 3-sided tileable detector modules easily scale from 16-slice up to 64-slice system configurations to cover a wide range of set-ups, from entry-level checkpoint carry-on baggage scanners to large hold baggage CT scanners. The modules are available in flexible single-energy constructions, which also support dual-energy configurations. Aurora CT withstands G-forces of rotating CT systems up to 20 G, and its design ensures very high radiation hardness for long product lifetime.

Aurora CT comes with sparse and full pixel matrix options. The detector matrix is built on individual low-noise BSI (backside-illuminated) photodiodes for ultra-low crosstalk and low noise to meet high spatial resolution and penetration performance requirements. The scintillator matrix has high light output, and is practically afterglow-free to ensure high image quality without artifacts at fast scanning speeds.

The subsystem includes X-DCB (data combiner board) as an essential part of the DAS. Precise synchronization with a rotating gantry can be implemented with flexible encoder interface. Aurora CT has an optical, high-speed datalink from the DAS to a host computer. This is a proven solution for system integration with the data transmission over rotating slip ring. Aurora CT detectors and X-DCB support remote firmware updates for smooth system development and possible adaptation to new requirements. Various development and diagnostics functions are included to confirm the status, and monitor the health of the system. In addition, software library is available to support rapid integration of the inspection system.

+Benefits
  • Sets a new industry standard as the first plug-and-play type security CT detector subsystem including detectors, a controller and a SW library
  • Speeds up the time-to-market and decreases total costs
  • Enables to meet the most stringent security equipment standards in aviation, such as ECAC EDSCB C3, ECAC EDS Standard 3.1, and TSA AT-2 TIER II
  • Provides superior image quality without artifacts in fast scanning speeds
  • Built on an easily scalable, modular platform that scales from 16-slice up to 64-slice system configurations
  • Features robust structure, and reliable mechanical and electrical interfaces
  • Comes with high radiation hardness for long product lifetime
+Features

Key features of detector modules

  • Head-to-head and side-by-side tileable detector modules
  • Flexible single and dual energy configurations
  • Application-optimized 20-bit, single-chip ASIC with adjustable full-scale range and 16-bit data output
  • Detector matrix built on individual low-noise BSI photodiodes
  • High-light output, afterglow-free scintillator matrix
  • Sparse and full pixel matrix options
  • Wide sensitivity range from 0.25 pF to 31.75 pF with 127 steps
  • G-force compatible up to 20 G
  • Centralized remote firmware update by the X-DCB
  • Local diagnostics functions: test patterns, temperature and voltage monitoring
  • RoHS and EMC compliance

Key features of X-DCB Kit

  • High-throughput data transfer of 1.6 Gbps with an easy-to-use and reliable Camera Link interface to host computer
  • Single +24 VDC power input for the complete detector sub-system
  • Connection for up to 80 pcs of 512-channel detector cards, larger configurations are possible by connecting multiple X-DCB boards in parallel
  • Configurable external RS-422/485 encoder interface
  • Centralized remote firmware update by the X-DCB
  • Local diagnostics functions: test patterns, temperature and voltage monitoring
  • RoHS and EMC compliance

datasheetS

Product code Product name Product description
3000026771 SDBB-ST32SE Multi-slice X-ray detector module with full configuration of 32 slices
3000026770 SDBB-ST16SE Multi-slice X-ray detector module with sparse configuration of 16 slices
3000026772 X-DCB KIT
A control and data acquisitions board for Aurora CT X-ray detector subsystems

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