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UM2673
N568E 16 Channel Spectroscopy Amplifier
Rev. 9 - 20 July 2018
Purpose of this Manual
This document is the N568E User's Manual; it contains information about the installation, the configuration and the use
of the board.

Change Document Record


Date Revision Changes
24 May 2013 0 PRELIMINARY Release
18 June 2013 1 GECO2020 Plug In
25 June 2013 2 Gain settings and Ethernet access
28 August 2013 3 N568E Control Software, N568ELC description
10 October 2013 4 Local bus & Ethernet default settings
1 July 2014 5 Ethernet connection
5 March 2015 6 Added N568EB specifications
23 September 2016 7 Firmware upgrade procedures
26 October 2016 8 Updated operating modes and operation via terminal emulator
20 July 2018 9 Updated Ethernet and DHCP configuration

Symbols, abbreviated terms and notation


T.B.D.

Reference Documents
T.B.D.

Disclaimer
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accident or any abnormal conditions or operations.
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behalf of the User. It is strongly recommended to read thoroughly the CAEN User's Manual before any kind of operation.
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Index
1. N568E Functional description ............................................................................................ 5
Overview ................................................................................................................................................................... 5
Block Diagrams ......................................................................................................................................................... 6
2. Technical Specifications ...................................................................................................... 7
Front Panel................................................................................................................................................................ 8
External Components ............................................................................................................................................... 9
Connectors .............................................................................................................................................................................9
Test Points ..............................................................................................................................................................................9
Signals specifications ................................................................................................................................................ 9
Inputs .....................................................................................................................................................................................9
Outputs ..................................................................................................................................................................................9
Communication section .......................................................................................................................................... 10
3. Operating Modes ............................................................................................................. 11
General Information ............................................................................................................................................... 11
Initial inspection ..................................................................................................................................................... 11
Installation .............................................................................................................................................................. 11
USB installation ....................................................................................................................................................................11
Ethernet installation.............................................................................................................................................................11
Software tools ......................................................................................................................................................... 11
Spectroscopy Amplifier Control Software ............................................................................................................................11
CAEN HV Wrapper ................................................................................................................................................................11
Module Operation via Terminal Emulator .............................................................................................................. 12
Channel Settings ..................................................................................................................................................................12
Local Bus settings .................................................................................................................................................................13
Format EEPROM ...................................................................................................................................................................13
Ethernet and DHCP configuration ........................................................................................................................................14
Firmware upgrade ................................................................................................................................................................14
Module Settings ...................................................................................................................................................... 15
Output Configuration ...........................................................................................................................................................16
Output Polarity.....................................................................................................................................................................16
Shape adjusting ....................................................................................................................................................................17
Gain adjusting ......................................................................................................................................................................17
Pole Zero Adjustment ..........................................................................................................................................................17
Offset Adjustment ................................................................................................................................................................17
Daisy chain network ............................................................................................................................................... 17
4. Communication Protocol .................................................................................................. 18

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List of Figures
Fig. 1: N568E 16 channel spectroscopy amplifier ....................................................................................................................................5
Fig. 2: Board Block Diagram .....................................................................................................................................................................6
Fig. 3: Channel Block Diagram .................................................................................................................................................................6
Fig. 4: Front panel layout .........................................................................................................................................................................8
Fig. 5: Communication links ..................................................................................................................................................................10
Fig. 6: Main Menu .................................................................................................................................................................................12
Fig. 7: Channels Menu ..........................................................................................................................................................................12
Fig. 8: Group Mode Channels Settings ...................................................................................................................................................13
Fig. 9: Address Menu ............................................................................................................................................................................13
Fig. 10: Format Menu ...........................................................................................................................................................................13
Fig. 11: Terminal Ethernet settings ........................................................................................................................................................14
Fig. 12: Ethernet access .........................................................................................................................................................................14
Fig. 13: Firmware Upgrade Menu ..........................................................................................................................................................15
Fig. 14: FOUT Configuration ..................................................................................................................................................................16
Fig. 15: Termination switches ...............................................................................................................................................................17

List of Tables
Table 1: Technical features and ratings ...................................................................................................................................................7
Table 2: Gain Values (Signals rise time: 10 µs) ......................................................................................................................................17
Table 3: Gain Values (Signals rise time: 0.05 µs) ...................................................................................................................................17

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1. N568E Functional description


Overview

Fig. 1: N568E 16 channel spectroscopy amplifier

The Mod. N568E is a 16 channel spectroscopy amplifier implemented in a single-width NIM module. The
following versions are available:

Version Description Shaping time / Impedance Features

N568ELC 16 Ch Low Cost Ethernet Prog. Spectroscopy 0.2, 1, 3, 6 µs - 50 Ohm Low cost
Amplifier

N568E 16 Ch Ethernet Prog. Spectroscopy Amplifier 0.2, 1, 3, 6 µs - 50 Ohm Low noise

N568EB 16 Ch Ethernet Prog. Spectroscopy Amplifier 0.1, 0.2, 1, 3 µs - 50 Ohm Low noise

For each channel the amplification gain, the output polarity, the shaping time and the pole-zero
cancellation, are remotely programmable, either via USB or Ethernet; the RS485 port allows to connect
up to 32 daisy chained modules. The gain ranges from 0.15 to 480.
The working parameter values are automatically stored in a non-volatile memory. A semi-Gaussian output
is provided either with the programmed gain (OUT) or with a further 10x amplification (XOUT), either
direct or inverted. A COMMON OFFSET can be programmed via software and allows to shift the baseline
of the output.
A FOUT output provides a fast amplification for timing purposes (fixed gain factor of 20). A MUX OUT
allows to monitor both the OUT and the FOUT outputs of a single channel.
The unit is supported by N568E Control Software, available for both Windows and Linux OS, freely
downloadable from www.caen.it.

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Block Diagrams

Fig. 2: Board Block Diagram

INV FAST FAST OUT


INPUT
BUFF AMP

MUX F
x10
SHAPING GAIN XOUT
TIME 1

P/Z
CANC SHAPING
TIME 2 COARSE FINE OUT OUT
MUX GAIN GAIN CONF. BLR

SHAPING
TIME 3

SHAPING
TIME 4 MUX O

CONTROL

CONTROL BUS LOGIC

VOFFSET

Fig. 3: Channel Block Diagram

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2. Technical Specifications
Table 1: Technical features and ratings

Packaging One unit wide NIM module


Power Requirements +12 V: 2300 mA; -12 V: 1050 mA; +6 V: 750 mA (to be confirmed)
Inputs 0÷15 Positive or negative pulses with rise time >18 ns, 50 Ohm impedance
OUT 0÷15 Unipolar, ±8 V dynamic range, 100 Ohm impedance
Unipolar, further 10x fixed amplification of the OUT value, ±8 V dynamic range, 100
XOUT 0÷15
Ohm impedance
Unipolar, 100 ns differentiation time constant, ±8 V dynamic range, 100 Ohm
FOUT 0÷15 impedance
Rise time: 25 ns typically
MUX O Unipolar, ±8 V dynamic range, 100 Ohm impedance
Unipolar, 100 ns differentiation time constant, ±8 V dynamic range, 100 Ohm
MUX F impedance
Rise time: 25 ns typically
Gain Adjustable from 0.15 to 480
N568ELC
Selectable time constant of 0.2 µs, 1 µs, 3 µs and 6 µs
Shaping time N568E
N568EB Selectable time constant of 0.1 µs, 0.2 µs, 1 µs and 3 µs
Pole zero Adjustable on 256 steps in a range from 50 µs to 500 µs
<± 0.05% in 90% of the full scale @ Gain=90 and 6 µs shaping time (± 0.2% typ. for
Integral non-linearity
any shaping time)
N568E, N568EB: < 15 µV RMS (Gain=100 and 3 µs shaping time)
Equivalent input noise
N568ELC: < 25 µV RMS (Gain=100 and 3 µs shaping time)
Crosstalk < 0.02 %
Count rate stability < 0.05 % (from 1 to 20 KHz and 3 µs shaping time)

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Front Panel

Fig. 4: Front panel layout

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External Components
Connectors
INPUTS 0..15 16 LEMO 00 type input signal connectors
MUX O 1 LEMO 00 type single selected channel output connector
MUX F 1 LEMO 00 type single selected channel output connector
OUT 0..15 1 17+17 pin, double row strip header (left ground, right signal) output connector
XOUT 0..15 1 17+17 pin, double row strip header (left ground, right signal) output connector
FOUT 0..15 1 17+17 pin, double row strip header (left ground, right signal) output connector
USB 1 USB B type female connector USB 2.0 compliant
ETH 1 10/100 Base-T female connector TTL signals (TCP/IP)

COMM IN 1 AMP 280371-2 RS485 Input


COMM OUT 1 AMP 280371-2 RS485 Output

Test Points
N. 16, "INPUTS 0..15", input signal test points.

Signals specifications
Inputs
IN 0..15: Positive or negative pulses with rise time 18 ns, max. amplitude: 8 V (absolute value); 50 
impedance;

Outputs

OUT: 100  impedance. Unipolar, dynamic range ±8 V max; polarity as selected in common with
XOUT and MUXOUT.
XOUT: 100  impedance. Unipolar, further 10x fixed amplification of the OUT value, dynamic range
±4 V max into 100  load; polarity as selected in common with OUT and MUXOUT.
FOUT: 100  impedance. Unipolar, 100 ns Differentiation Time Constant, ±4 V max into 100  load.
Rise time: 25 ns typically.
Gain factor: 7 to 10 for non inverting configuration, 20 to 30 (approx.) for inverting
configuration.
MUX O: 100  impedance. Unipolar, ±8 V max;
polarity as selected in common with OUT. Selected channel is the last accessed via software.
Can be disabled via software.
MUX F: 100  impedance. Unipolar, amplitude 85% approx. of FOUT amplitude. Selected channel is
the last accessed via software. Can be disabled via software.

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Communication section

Fig. 5: Communication links

NAME: TYPE: FUNCTION:


IN AMP 280371-2 RS485 Input1;
OUT AMP 280371-2 RS485 Output
USB B TYPE USB USB2.0 compliant
ETH 10Base-T female Ethernet port, TTL signals (TCP/IP)

1
RS 485 Serial Port Interface allows to control up to 32 modules connected by a twisted pair cable; the first and last modules must be terminated.

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3. Operating Modes
General Information
The Model N568E 16 channel Programmable Spectroscopy Amplifier is implemented in a single width NIM
module. Thanks to its high channel density, this unit allows the optimization of cost and size in multi-
detector systems.

Initial inspection
Prior to shipment this unit was inspected and found free of mechanical or electrical defects. Upon
unpacking of the unit, inspect for any damage, which may have occurred in transport. The inspection
should confirm that there is no exterior damage to the unit, such as broken knobs or connectors, and that
the panels are not scratched or cracked. Keep all packing material until the inspection has been
completed. If damage is detected, file a claim with carrier immediately and notify CAEN. Before installing
the unit, make sure you have read thoroughly the safety rules and installation requirements, then place
the package content onto your bench; you shall find the following parts:
N568E module;
USB cable
10BASE-T Ethernet cable
Moreover, in order to operate the N568E, a ventilated NIM crate and a Personal Computer are required.

Installation
USB installation
Insert the N568E into the ventilated NIM crate and power it
Connect the N568E to the PC via the USB cable
Download and install the USB driver for your OS, available at the N568E page on the www.caen.it site
Now the N568E is ready for operation, either via Terminal emulator (see p.12) or upon installation of one
of the available software tools.

Ethernet installation
Insert the N568E into the ventilated NIM crate and power it
Connect the Ethernet port of the unit to the relevant port of the PC, using the 10BASE-T Ethernet cable
Now the N568E is ready for operation, either via Terminal emulator (see p.12) or upon installation of one
of the available software tools.

Software tools
Spectroscopy Amplifier Control Software
Spectroscopy Amplifier Control Software is a software tool that allows an easy management of all the
functional parameters of the CAEN Spectroscopy Amplifiers N568E and N568E. Module control can take
place via either USB or TCP/IP; features include a user friendly graphical user interface. Supported OS’s
are Windows and Linux. For more info please visit www.caen.it (products>firmware/software section).

CAEN HV Wrapper
CAEN HV Wrapper is a library, available either as a set of ANSI C functions or LabVIEW™ VI’s. Such set
provides the software developer a unified software interface for the control of CAEN Amplifiers and Power

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Supplies. This is a low level application in which the writing of the Control SW is assigned to the user. It
contains a generic software interface independent by the CAEN models and by the communication path
used to exchange data with them. CAEN HV Wrapper is logically located between a higher-level
application, such as Spectroscopy Amplifier Control Software, and the lower layer software libraries. For
more info please visit www.caen.it (products>firmware/software section).

Module Operation via Terminal Emulator


Connect the unit to the host PC with the USB cable, launch the terminal emulator (we suggest to use Tera
Term), select the serial communication link and set the virtual communication port associated to the
module. select USB connection and the used port number; set port settings as follows
− baud rate 9600
− Data bits: 8
− Parity: none
− stop bit: 1
− Flow control: none
Type caen then <enter>; as the communication is established, the Main Menu will be displayed:

Fig. 6: Main Menu

Channel Settings
By typing D it is possible to monitor and set all the channels parameters:

Fig. 7: Channels Menu

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In order to change one parameter: point the parameter with the arrow keys, and type the desired value,
confirm by pressing <Enter>; output configuration, output polarity, shape time, multiplexed output can
be “toggled” using the <Space> bar.
Type “G” for group mode (performed settings are extended to all channels); see below

Fig. 8: Group Mode Channels Settings

Type “Q” to go back to Main Menu

Local Bus settings


In order to set board local bus configuration, from Main Menu, type L:

Fig. 9: Address Menu

Type “A” to select address; in order to update it, type the new address and press <Enter>.
Type “B” to toggle Baud rates.
Type “S” to save Local Bus configuration in device EEPROM and return to main menu.
Type “Q” to go back to Main Menu.
Default settings are actually:
baud rate: 9600
board number: 0

Format EEPROM
In order to format the Board EEPROM, from Main Menu, type F:

Fig. 10: Format Menu

Type “y” in order to proceed with format operation, “n” to go back to Main Menu.

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Ethernet and DHCP configuration


In order to access Ethernet settings, type E:

Fig. 11: Terminal Ethernet settings

At first Power On the module is configured with default static IP (factory setting); such IP can be updated
using the “arrows” to select the fields, typing the new values and confirming with <Enter>.
Type S to save the new setting in the EEPROM and go back to Main Menu.
The new setting will become active at next Power On; if a DHCP Server is available, then the module can
be enabled or disabled as DHCP client; type S to save the new setting in the EEPROM and go back to Main
Menu: the DHCP server will automatically assign a new IP to the module at next Power On.
When accessing via Ethernet (using Terminal Emulator, such as TeraTerm) select port number 568
Please note that line editing must be disabled prior to Ethernet access.
Default settings are:
IP address 192.168.0.1
Subnet mask 255.255.255.0
Gateway 255.255.255.0

Fig. 12: Ethernet access

Firmware upgrade
In order to upgrade the firmware:
• download from www.caen.it N568 page the most recent firmware revision for your module
• connect to the module via USB using Tera Term VT Emulator
• in the Tera Term options, select “set up” > “serial port” and in the Transmit Delay menu set 1
msec/line delay as shown below

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• click OK to confirm
• go to Terminal Board Menu
• type U in order to upgrade the firmware:

Fig. 13: Firmware Upgrade Menu

• Type y
• Disconnect the terminal emulator serial port connection, then disconnect the USB cable
• Reconnect the USB cable, then reconnect to the module via the terminal emulator
• the following message will be shown:

• Press any key;


• Wait until the following message is shown:

• Select “File” > send file


• Browse the image file
• Select “open”
• Wait the upload to complete
• turn OFF and then ON the module
now the unit is ready to operate running the upgraded firmware

Module Settings
At Power-ON, the module contains the last performed settings before Power-Off. The status of these
settings can be read out via Software.
The settings on each channel of the module can be performed in any order. Due to the logical dependence
of certain settings from others, it is anyhow suggested to perform the first time User' settings on each
channel of the module in the following order:
a) set the output configuration (non-inverting or inverting);
b) set the output polarity (positive or negative);

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c) set the shape;
d) set the coarse gain;
e) set the fine gain;
f) set the pole-zero adjustment;
g) set the offset;
h) enable or disable the multiplexed output.
Once performed either first-time or ordinary settings, it is suggested, for best noise performances, NOT
to access the module frequently via Software (e.g. for monitoring) while the module is operating on the
final experimental setup.
The following paragraphs describe in more detail the single settings. Offset, Fine Gain and Pole-zero
settings must be seen not as absolute settings, but as "digital trimmers" with which the User sets the
desired parameters and controls the outputs obtained with well-known pulse shapes.

Output Configuration
The OUT and XOUT configuration settings are performed via Software. They allow to select between
DIRECT (NON-INVERTED) or INVERTED outputs. The FOUT configuration can be selected between DIRECT
(NON-INVERTED, factory setting) or INVERTED. The setting is performed via jumper; refer to figure below
for the components location on N568E/N568EB and N568ELC respectively.

S1

+ - FPOLSEL

N568E channel
(soldering side)
NON-INVERTING INVERTING

+ - + -

J2

N568ELC channel
(components side)
NON-INVERTING

INVERTING

Fig. 14: FOUT Configuration

Output Polarity
This setting can be done either via software. It allows the internal electronics to operate at its best on the
signals. It must be set according to the input signal polarity and the output configuration setting, e.g. if

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the input signal is Positive and the desired Output Configuration is chosen as Inverted, the output polarity
is Negative and this information must be transferred to the module's internal electronics (optimization of
the Baseline Restorer stage).

Shape adjusting
This setting can be done via software. The shaping time can be selected in 4 steps (0 to 3) among the
following: 0.2 µs, 1 µs, 3 µs and 6 µs (N568E, N568ELC); 0.1 µs, 0.2 µs, 1 µs and 3 µs (N568EB).

Gain adjusting
This setting can be done via software. The Coarse Gain can be set in 8 steps (range is from 0 to 128, each
step approximately doubles the Gain of the previous one). The Fine Gain can be set in 256 steps (0 to 255).
The fine gain and coarse gain ranges allow a choice accuracy from 0.15 to 480. As an example, the
following tables contain some extremity gain values obtained with the indicated shaping times and gain
settings (positive input signals).
Table 2: Gain Values (Signals rise time: 10 µs)

Gain values (Input Signals rise time: 10 µs)


Shape Times 0.1 µs 0.2 µs 1 µs 3 µs 6 µs
Fine Gain Fine Gain Fine Gain Fine Gain Fine Gain
Coarse Gain 0 255 0 255 0 255 0 255 0 255
0 T.B.D. 0.15 0.6 1.13 1.25
128 T.B.D. 38.02 153.64 286.45 322.91

Table 3: Gain Values (Signals rise time: 0.05 µs)

Gain values (input Signals rise time: 0.05 µs)


Shape Times 0.1 µs 0.2 µs 1 µs 3 µs 6 µs
Fine Gain Fine Gain Fine Gain Fine Gain Fine Gain
Coarse Gain 0 255 0 255 0 255 0 255 0 255
0 T.B.D. 1.25 1.88 1.86 1.6
128 T.B.D. 260.41 476.56 481.77 416.6

Pole Zero Adjustment


This setting can be done via software on 256 steps to match preamp tails in a range from 50 µs to 500 µs.

Offset Adjustment
This setting can be done via software. Allows to add an offset value to shift the baseline of the output.
Allowed values are from -75 mV to +210 mV with Positive Output Polarity; from +75 mV to -210 mV with
Negative Output Polarity.

Daisy chain network


It is also possible to build a daisy chain of up to 32 N568E’s, with the first module connected to the either
PC USB or Ethernet port and the subsequent ones daisy chained through the COMM IN/OUT; in this case
communication with the chained modules is achieved through the Communication Protocol, see § 4. All
modules must be assigned a LOCAL BUS ADDRESS different from one another and the last one must be
terminated (below SW1, SW2 set to “dot not visible):

Fig. 15: Termination switches

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4. Communication Protocol
The protocol is based on sequences of commands, consist of ASCII characters and is common for the two
types of interfaces (USB, which uses a Virtual Communication Port, and ETHERNET, which uses TCP/IP); it
allows to communicate with up to 32 daisy chained modules.
In this way, the user can write a single management program for all types of interface, that differs only in
a low level part, related to communications.
The format of a command consists of the following string:
$BD:**,CMD:***,CH**,PAR:***,VAL:***<CR>
The fields of the string have the following meaning:
BD: 0 .. 31 module address to send the command.
CMD: MON, SET
CH: 0 .. 16 (16 for controls on all channels)
PAR: (see parameter table)
VAL: (numerical value must be in a format compatible with the resolution and range)
The format string response is as follows:
Response strings in case of error
#BD:**CMD:ERR<Cr> invalid command or command not recognized
#BD:**CH:ERR<Cr> field channel is not present or wrong channel value
#BD:**PAR:ERR<Cr> field parameter is not present or unrecognized parameter
#BD:**VAL:ERR<Cr> value set incorrectly (or <Min> Max)
Response strings in the case of correct command
#BD:**,CMD:OK Command Ok
#BD:**,CMD:OK,VAL:*** Command Ok *** = value if the command is for one channel
#BD:**,CMD:OK,VAL:*;*. .*;* Command Ok *;*. .*;* Values for Ch0, .. CH15, if the command is
for all channels
Set Controls for the channel 'X'
X = 0 .. 16. X = 16 -> set parameter for all channels
$BD:**,CMD:SET,CH:X,PAR:FGAIN,VAL:xxx<Cr> Set fine gain value of channel X
$BD:**CMD:SET,CH:X,PAR:CGAIN,VAL:x<Cr> Set Coarse Gain value of the channel X
$BD:**,CMD:SET,CH:X,PAR:PZADJ,VAL:xxx<Cr> Compensation Set of Pole / Zero channel X
$BD:**,CMD:SET,CH:X,PAR:SHAPE,VAL:x<Cr> Set 'Shape' of the channel X
$BD:**,CMD:SET,CH:X,PAR:POL,VAL:x<Cr> Set output polarity of channel X
$BD:**,CMD:SET,CH:X,PAR:CONF,VAL:x<Cr> Set configuration of the channel X
The set values possible for each field are the following:
FGAIN: 0 to 255;
CGAIN: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7;
PZADJ: 0 to 255;
SHAPE: 0, 1, 2, 3;
OPOL: 0 (+), 1 (-);
OCONF: 0 (direct), 1 (reverse);
Command Set of the module
$BD:**,CMD:SET,PAR:OFFSET,VAL:XXX<Cr> Set of the Offset value
$BD:**,CMD:SET,PAR:MUX,VAL:x<Cr> Set for enable of the multiplexer and the last ch. accessed

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The set values possible for each field are the following:
OFFSET: 0 to 255;
MUX: 0, 1
Monitor Commands related to the channel 'X'
X = 0 .. 16. X = 16 -> parameter reading for all channels CH0 to CH15.

$BD:**,CMD:MON,CH:X,PAR:FGAIN<Cr> Reading Fine Gain channel X


$BD:**CMD:MON,CH:X,PAR:CGAIN<Cr> Reading Coarse Gain channel X
$BD:**,CMD:MON,CH:X,PAR:PZADJ<Cr> Reading Compensation Pole / Zero Channel X
$BD:**,CMD:MON,CH:X,PAR:SHAPE<Cr> Reading the 'Shape' of the channel X
$BD:**,CMD:MON,CH:X,PAR:POL<Cr> Reading the output polarity of the channel X
$BD:**,CMD:MON,CH:X,PAR:CONF<Cr> Reading the output configuration of the channel X
Commands related to the monitor module
$BD:**,CMD:MON,PAR:BDNAME<Cr> Reading module name (N568E)
$BD:**,CMD:MON,PAR:BDFREL<Cr> Reading firmware release (X.XX)
$BD:**,CMD:MON,,PAR:SERNUM<Cr> Reading serial number (XXXXX)
$BD:**,CMD:MON,,PAR:OFFSET<Cr> Offset Reading
$BD:**,CMD:MON,,PAR:MUXEN<Cr> Reading MUX enable status
$BD:**,CMD:MON,,PAR:LASTCH<Cr> Reading last channel programmed value (0 .. 15)

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