Main Control Unit (MCU)

The Main Control Unit (MCU) is the high performance central controller of all SpikeGadgets data acquisition hardware. This system is designed to simplify electrophysiology experiments, yet it is also powerful enough to handle the most complex and cutting-edge applications.

  • Processes up to 1024 channels of neural data
  • Low-latency data streaming supported with gigabit ethernet
  • Supports tethered and untethered recording
  • Compact design
  • Syncs and combines data from the ECU and HCU.
  • 5V power supply
  • Ground cable assembly (ground pin with banana cable)
  • Mounting L-brackets
  • 19″ rack mount
  • USB cable
  • HDMI cable
  • CAT5 cable (ethernet)
Max channel count1024
Connection to computerEthernet or USB
Logging optionsComputer or SD card
DIO8 TTL inputs plus optional ECU data
Neural inputsSingle headstage or output of HCU
Sampling clock rate30 kHz
Closed-loop hardware-computer-hardware delayLess than 1 ms (median)