Application of a single-board computer as a low-cost pulse generator

Marcus Kristian Fedrizzi, Julio Soria

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A BeagleBone Black (BBB) single-board open-source computer was implemented as a low-cost fully programmable pulse generator. The pulse generator makes use of the BBB Programmable Real-Time Unit (PRU) subsystem to achieve a deterministic temporal resolution of 5 ns, an RMS jitter of 290 ps and a timebase stability on the order of 10 ppm. A Python-based software framework has also been developed to simplify the usage of the pulse generator.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 4
Number of pages4
JournalMeasurement Science and Technology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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