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The development of the third generation CCD controller started about three years ago in
collaboration with the INAF - Astronomical Observatory of Padua and the SkyTechnologies,
has been completed successfully during this year. Furthermore various Visual C++
procedures have been developed to manage the CCD controller in a similar manner as the
previous in use at our telescope sites.
Three complete systems have been assembled by SkyTechnologies and tested at our
laboratory. A 42-40 CCD (
pixels) manufactured by e2v has been used to
test the performances of all the three controllers. All systems are able to set 16
independent biases, 16 clocks and read four channels simultaneously at a pixel-rate of
420 without degrading the intrinsic CCD noise.