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Subject: RE: PIXIS-XO 100B
From: Mark Rivers <rivers@cars.uchicago.edu>
To: "'Szalata, Zenon M.'" <zms@slac.stanford.edu>
Cc: "tech-talk@aps.anl.gov" <tech-talk@aps.anl.gov>
Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2012 19:17:02 +0000
Hi Zen,

It's fairly complicated.  Here are the gory details as I understand them.

The Princeton Instruments WinView program is strictly a 32-bit Windows application.  It exposes its functionality through the Microsoft COM interface, and that is how the areaDetector Roper driver controls it.

Princeton Instruments is part of a larger company called Roper Scientific, and one of their sister companies is Photometrics.  Photometrics has a programming library called PVCAM which in principle runs on both Windows and Linux.  Princeton cameras can also be controlled with PVCAM.  The areaDetector PVCAM driver uses this library.  

Unfortunately a few years ago the Princeton and Photometrics versions of PVCAM diverged.   I know that the Photometrics cameras with the Photometrics version of PVCAM are supposed to work under Linux.  But I also know that the few EPICS users who have tried it have given up and gone back to the Windows version.  I don't think that the Princeton Instruments version of PVCAM works  under Linux at all, but I am not certain of this.

Princeton has now released their own new SDK library, which they call PICAM.  It works on 64-bits, but only Windows, not Linux.  It only works with their newer cameras, include the PIXIS.

> So, not on Linux.  This may be difficult to overcome.

Do you mean "overcome" in the sense of getting it to work on Linux technically, or "overcome" in the sense of a reluctance at SLAC to use Windows IOCs?

Mark


From: Szalata, Zenon M. [mailto:zms@slac.stanford.edu] 
Sent: Monday, September 10, 2012 1:50 PM
To: Mark Rivers
Cc: tech-talk@aps.anl.gov; Dunning, Michael
Subject: RE: PIXIS-XO 100B

Thanks Mark,
So, not on Linux.  This may be difficult to overcome.
I suspected that.  Is it limited to Windows because the vendor libraries are available for Windows only?  Or perhaps, it is the USB interface that forces that restriction.
Zen

From: Mark Rivers [mailto:rivers@cars.uchicago.edu] 
Sent: Monday, September 10, 2012 11:17 AM
To: Szalata, Zenon M.
Cc: tech-talk@aps.anl.gov
Subject: RE: PIXIS-XO 100B

Hi Zen,

Yes, it should work with areaDetector, we are using other PIXIS USB cameras.  They work with the Roper driver (which uses their WinView program).  They should also work with the PVCAM driver, which uses the Photometrics PVCAM library, but I don't know if anyone has tested that.  Note that the Roper driver only works on win32-x86, it does not work on Linux and it does not work on 64-bit Windows, because WinView does not run on those platforms.

Mark


From: Szalata, Zenon M. [mailto:zms@slac.stanford.edu] 
Sent: Monday, September 10, 2012 1:08 PM
To: Mark Rivers
Cc: tech-talk@aps.anl.gov
Subject: PIXIS-XO 100B

Hi Mark,
We are planning to purchase Princeton Instruments PIXIS-XO: 100B X-ray imaging camera.  It comes with USB-2 interface.  Is this device supported by Area Detector package?  It is the USB interface which troubles me a bit.
Thanks,
Zen


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