Aluma FPGA Firmware

Updating your Aluma Camera’s Firmware

We release firmware updates to the Aluma series cameras which can contain: bug-fixes, improvements, optimizations, and new features. We advise updating the DL Imaging suite simultaneously. You can update your FPGA firmware via the DL Config application as follows:

  • Install the latest version of DL Config – this will also update your camera drivers
  • Power up your camera and connect to the computer (USB recommended), but make sure it is not connected to MaxIm DL or other control software
  • Download the latest firmware revision (below)
  • Go to Start Menu / DL Config Utility and run the DL Config Utility
  • Make sure your camera is selected
  • Click the Firmware button
  • Click the Browse button to locate the firmware file you downloaded
  • Click Upload and confirm
  • Wait until the process is completed.  Do not interrupt the process or it will revert to old firmware
  • When complete, power down the camera and power it up again

For details on how to update your camera’s Wireless firmware, please review this document.

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Firmware Revision 20

Revision 20 - 2019/10/29
+ Status LED now defaults to "ON" in Aluma firmware, pursuant to changes in revision 18.

Download MD5: 12dde15932343a07d67348096ea344dd


Firmware Revision 4

Revision 4 - 2019/10/29
+ Updating WiFi software to include extensions to the DLAPI communication (consistent with DLAPI version

Download MD5: fc145bad4ba122b278123606d697bfcb


Firmware Revision 19

Revision 19 - 2019/10/24
+ Fixed a bug where filter wheel status was not being reported correctly (specifically, reporting idle while the filter wheel was still in transit)

Download MD5: 22b7d2dbfe4cd49416090cd314733908


Firmware Revision 18

Revision 18 - 2019/08/16
+ Added support for Camera Capabilities DLAPI functionality
+ Added support for controlling Status LED in Sensor Settings
+ Improved telescope guiding: Previously, guiding was done from the main line causing guide pulse durations longer than requested, usually by 15ms, sometimes even 16ms. It is now done in the interrupts, making sure that guiding duration is always precise

Download MD5: 712a80ce063455f020e0bb72c3484aa9


Firmware Revision 17

Revision 17 - 2019/06/27
+ Improved auto-fan feature
+ Fixed issue with camera occasionally generating a blank image
+ Filter wheel requests when no filter wheel is present now generates a DeviceError
+ Filter wheel requests that specify an out-of-bounds slot now generates an InvalidParameter error

Download MD5: 3164b1a8def119e3b74c0a7ff927b8b2


Firmware Revision 16

Revision 16 - 2019/03/14
+ Fixed a bug when taking images with the main and external sensors simultaneously (at different binnings) resulting in the external sensor overriding the binning settings for the main sensor
+ various optimizations

Download MD5: 5593a4cafcceb72023298abc259ee089


Firmware Revision 15

Revision 15 - 2019/03/07
+ Fixed a bug with the filter wheel involving timing of I2C messages, and hangs
+ Fixed a bug where camera could request an exposure before the filter wheel stopped moving

Download MD5: cae2cedf49d93c501bbdb944d826d642


Firmware Revision 14

Revision 14 - 2019/02/06
+ Fixed a bug with shutter initialization on connect
+ various optimizations & safety checks

Download MD5: cdba2844747b505ea375f5e91c85dcb3


Firmware Revision 13

Revision 13 - 2018/12/27
+ Added new auto-fan feature
+ Added support for new high-resolution shutters
+ Added support for new temperature sensors
+ Set thresholds to prevent camera from overheating: heat sink at 50C -> set fan to high heat sink at 65C -> turn off the cooler
+ Fixed bug where the CCD amplifier would stay low when an exposure was aborted, now when abort is requested, the amplifier goes back up
+ various optimizations

Download MD5: efa5120b6adfc12da5385e0cc00ee37d


Firmware Revision 12

Revision 12 - 2018/10/23
+ Added support for AO peripherals
+ Fixed issue when Pulse Guiding correcting pulse durations and status reporting to the camera

Download MD5: cb99719cd82dcc5d194c8bd204a56971


Firmware Revision 10

Revision 10 - 2018/06/28
+ Added support for KAF-3200
+ Various optimizations

Download MD5: 96ed39b736bfcc8ec6f08cc774d86475


Firmware Revision 9

Revision 9 - 2018/05/04
+ Initial release of Aluma FPGA firmware

Download MD5: 861465028d9079f24339392976d8cb65