Control System

The Neuropixels control system allows user-friendly and reliable operation of the Neuropixels 1.0 probes. All parts have been optimized to achieve seamless end-to-end interoperability and data integrity.

The control system consists of three parts: a headstage, an interface cable and a PXIe acquisition module. Dedicated application software is also available. 

Headstage front side with closed ZIF connector.

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Headstage front side with opened ZIF connector.

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Probe connected to a headstage; separate interface cable.

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Headstage front side with closed ZIF connector.

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Headstage

This miniature and light-weight interface board is essential for power supply to the probe, probe configuration, bi-directional data communication and system diagnostics and debugging.

Interface cable.

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Close-up of the interface cable connectors.

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Interface cable.

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Interface Cable

The flexible 5 m long and 410 x 820 µm thin interface cable establishes a power and data link between the headstage and PXIe acquisition board and weighs only 5 g.

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PXIe acquisition module semi-inserted into a PXIe chassis and connected to a probe via an interface cable and a headstage.

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PXIe acquisition module.

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Front panel of the PXIe acquisition module with USB-C slots for 4 probes.

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PXIe acquisition module semi-inserted into a PXIe chassis and connected to a probe via an interface cable and a headstage.

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PXIe Acquisition Module

This custom PXIe acquisition module can acquire data from up to 4 probes simultaneously.  It enables probe configuration, data acquisition and data transmission to a PC. An API allows development of custom application software.

NOTE: Additional third-party PXIe hardware must be installed to use this module. Please read the Neuropixels  User Manual  for more info.

Headstage test dongle.

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Headstage test dongle.

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Headstage Test Dongle

This dongle connects to the headstage and can be used for system diagnostics and debugging.