The ZEN of simplicity in Engineering Design

This is the essence both of ZEN and engineering; “Harmonizing opposites by going back to their sources is the distinctive quality of the ZEN attitude, the middle way, embracing contradictions, making a synthesis of them, achieving balance.”

–Taisen Deshimary


TCD1304 8 Bit Driver Noise Reduction Design Changes

I am confident in it’s performance, even @ 8 bits, I did learn a few things though about working with CCD’s, one is, thermal noise, yeah, even with NO power its still there, and on the breadboard it has little room for any air circulation underneath, so I had to compensate for this “dark current” by taking at least 5 dark frames and comparing the frame with the least amount pixel depth and then averaging the other frames together at their higher RMS #’s and subtracting that from the low pixel numbered frame and that gave me a pretty good representation of the most stable dark current values.