Integrating OmniPlex and CinePlex v3

 Integrating OmniPlex and
CinePlex v3
Plexon Inc
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OmniPlex and CinePlex v3 Integration – V1.0 October 2010 ‐ CLH Page 1 Introduction and Terminology
Plexon added CinePlex v3 support to the OmniPlex digital acquisition system in July
2010. OmniPlex systems shipped before this date require new Timing Control boards in
the OmniPlex chassis, as well as the PCI timing and PCIe FireWire boards installed in
the computer that CinePlex requires.
This document will cover the hardware and software required for integrating CinePlex
with any OmniPlex system in the field, with special considerations for systems shipped
prior to July 2010.
Hardware Components
OmniPlex is currently installed on Dell T3500 computers, and requires a National
Instrument PCIe card in the PC for linking to the external PXI chassis where the
OmniPlex hardware is seated. The computer has enough PCI and PCIe slots left over
for the FireWire and timing boards such that CinePlex can be (and must be) installed in
the same host machine that OmniPlex is on.
OmniPlex PCI card configuration:
OmniPlex and CinePlex v3 Integration – V1.0 October 2010 ‐ CLH Page 2 OmniPlex with CinePlex PCI card configuration:
Don’t forget that the FireWire card needs power from the PC power supply.
It is advisable to put the cards in the PC before installing the CinePlex software
(although not completely necessary). See the CinePlex v3 manual if you need step-bystep procedures for installing the CinePlex software.
OmniPlex systems shipped before July 2010 do not have Timing Control boards with
CinePlex-compatible firmware. New timing boards must be shipped to users that want
to add CinePlex to their pre-July 2010 OmniPlex systems. The firmware version of the
Timing Control board is shown when loading OmniPlex Server.
The “TIM firmware version” should be listed as 36 (or higher).
CinePlex receives a clock from the OmniPlex Timing Control board. To get the clock to
CinePlex from OmniPlex, an adaptor and universal timing cable goes from the
OmniPlex and CinePlex v3 Integration – V1.0 October 2010 ‐ CLH Page 3 OmniPlex Timing Control board to the CinePlex timing board (also called the AccessIO
card).
The CinePlex camera and universal timing cable is connected in the standard fashion
as detailed in the CinePlex v3 manual.
OmniPlex and CinePlex v3 Integration – V1.0 October 2010 ‐ CLH Page 4 Software Components
OmniPlex software version 1.1.0 or later is required. You must also use an OmniPlex
Server configuration file that has the OmniPlex/CinePlex device client added. These
Server configuration files (.pxs files) have “CPX” as part of the file name and will have
the “OmniPlex/CinePlex Interface” node in the OmniPlex Server display.
Load OmniPlex Server and PlexControl,
start the data flow, and then open
CinePlex.
Document History
October 27th 2010 – Initial document creation.
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