ACO64 Tech Notes
Building a custom headstage to use with PZ, IZ, or ACO
Product: PZ5, PZ2, PZ3, IZ2, IZ2H, IZ2M, IZ2MH, ACO32, ACO64
Date Added: 2012-02-08
This tech note provides the information needed to wire a custom or third-party headstage to TDT amplifiers, stimulus isolators, and commutators.
The PZ5, PZ2, PZ3, IZ2, IZ2H, IZ2M, IZ2MH, ACO32, and ACO64 all use the same female mini-DB26 connectors. The mating male connector is made by TE Connectivity (previously Tyco), part number 5749621-2, and can be purchased from Newark, Digikey, or similar vendors. The part number for the connector's backshell kit is 749608-2.
The PZ5, PZ2, PZ3, IZ2, and IZ2H are all battery powered. To conserve power, each bank of channels will not turn on unless a headstage is connected. The device detects whether a headstage is connected through the HSD (HeadStage Detect) pins: pins 18 and 19. These pins should be shorted together on the headstage connector. If pins 18 and 19 are not shorted the headstage will not be detected and the bank that it is connected to will power off.
This does not apply to the IZ2M and IZ2MH. In those devices all banks are always powered.
The pins on the headstage should be made to match the connector on the intended device. The pinouts for each device are shown below.
The user must increment the channel numbers by 16 (or 8) according to the amp, mode and position of the connector. So, for the connector labeled 'A', A1 is channel 1 while on the connector labeled 'B', A1 may be channel 17.
PZ5 Connector Pinout for Building Headstages
PZ5 NeuroDigitizers have up to eight 26-pin headstage connectors on the back of the unit. The connectors are labeled alphabetically from bottom to top. Each connector carries signal for one bank of channels with ground and reference. The corresponding channel numbers depend on:
the reference mode configurations
the position of the bank in a logical amplifier.
For simplicity sake, the diagrams below assume channels for that connector begin with channel 1. For example, A1 - A16 represent the 16 channels coming from the connected headstage.
PZ2 Connector Pinout for Building Headstages
PZ3 Connector Pinout for Building Headstages
IZ2, IZ2M, IZ2MH Connector Pinout for Building Headstages
IZ2H Connector Pinout for Building Headstages
The ACO passes signals from each header to the pins on the associated DB26 connector on the face of the commutator. The unused pins should not be connected. The pins on the headstage should be made to map to the connected amplifier/stimulator via the header as follows:
ACO Headers - Pinout for Building Active Headstages
|For PZ2 or PZ5|
ACO Headers - Pinout for Building Passive Headstages
|For IZ2, IZ2M, or IZ2MH|