New G2 Platform!

Aug 22, 2016 - Popular products gain functionality with new software


The Pyramid G2 platform provides Ethernet connection either directly to products that have an Ethernet port, or via any of the loop controller products. The Pyramid IG2 service allows G2-enabled devices to connect via the EPICS layer, and thus to a wide variety of client software packages for data presentation and analysis. The widely-used I400, I200 and I404 products from Pyramid have now been added to the list of devices that are supported under G2. Up to thirty devices connected in two fiber optic loops can be accessed through a single A360 loop controller, for example. Furthermore, G2 products such as the F460 and C400 can now be used as loop controllers to connect the I400, I200, I404 and IC101 in a similar way. Lead software developer Kendall McCarthy comments "We have reproduced the broad functionality of the G1 Diagnostic software in the new G2 screens. The access to the IG2 EPICS service opens up many new options for users. We are always happy to hear from users about new features they would like to see in the software." GI, G2 and IG2 software are included with the I400, I200 and I404 at no additional cost.



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Control Systems


Pyramid devices are modular and pefect for distributed control systems. Easy to use software and networking make prototyping and integration rapid. Pyramid provides long term customer support and high reliability for final production systems.

Our devices can tolerate high levels of HF, RF and transient electrical noise. The real time fiber optic communications between controllers and front-end devices are completely immune to electrical interference. Fiber optics can also span voltage gaps of hundreds of kilovolts. An example application is control of the power supplies in the the high voltage terminal of an accelerator ion source.


Software


Firmware version numbers and release dates are normally included in the file name as follows: (ProductProcVeryymmdd.extn). Product is the product type, such as M10, Proc is the embedded processor target for the code (PIC microcontroller or FPGA), Ver is the version number, and yymmdd is the release date (year-month-day).

G2 products with A60 processors use a single integrated firmware release zip file that combines processor application and operating system code, plus FPGA codes. The PTC DiagnosticG2 program uses the zip file directly - there is no need to unzip it before uploading.

Firmware and host software is generally backwards-compatible. Where earlier hardware is incompatible, an alternative version is provided. If you have a complete Pyramid control system with customized firmware for your application, you should contact us before attempting any upgrades. If you need more information about compatibility, please contact support@ptcusa.com.