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PLD-NS-SYNC short pulse laser diode driver

Key features

  • Special Design for 10/14 pin Butterfly Laser Diode
  • Output current up to 2000 mA
  • Compliance voltage up to 3 V
  • Adjustable pulse width 1–100 ns
  • Repetition rate up to 10 MHz
  • External trigger option
  • External clock option
  • Master/slave operation mode with the repetition rate jitter suppression
  • USB, RS-232, CAN, UART interfaces
  • On-Board TEC Controller
  • 5Vdc Input Power
  • Completed by Heatsink
  • Compact Size 85 mm ×60 mm ×21 mm


The PLD-NS-SYNC is a compact short-pulse seed laser diode driver for powering 10/14-pin butterfly laser diode modules for applications, which require pulse widths from 1 ns to 100 ns. The pulse repetition frequency can be varied from 1 kHz to 10 MHz.

The driver is specially designed to minimize jitter between external trigger signal and optical pulse by enabling external clock synchronization. The driver also supports operation in Master/Slave mode and synchronization of optical pulses between two lasers, one operates as Master and another one as Slave, with the optical pulse position jitter below 500 ps and tunable delay between the optical pulses from two lasers.

The driver circuitry requires a single 5 VDC power source. All other needed voltages are generated on the board by high-frequency switching power supplies. The driver supplies a bidirectional proportional-integral-derivative (PID) thermoelectric cooler controller (TEC) with current capability of 1.5 A and a voltage capability of 4 V.

The PLD-NS-SYNC has an external TTL-compatible input for repetition rate control from single shot up to 1 MHz. The driver has an external output for synchronization with each current pulse. The PLD-NS-SYNC has an external input/output of the clock frequency for synchronous operation of two drivers with minimal period jitter between optical pulses.

The main parameters of PLD-NS-SYNC (output current, pulse width, repetition frequency, temperature set, pulse delays in sync mode) are controlled by computer interface.

The current pulse monitor output can be viewed with an oscilloscope by on board SMA connector allowing the user a real time view of the current. Voltage amplitude 1 V is equal to 2 A current.

Driver has landing pads for soldering a butterfly laser diode directly into driver board and large heat sink for stable heat dissipation.



External trigger (50 Ω impedance)VDC3,35
Compliance VoltageV13
Pulse width*ns1100
Pulse width stepns0,2
Repetition rate*MHz0,00110
Rise time**ps50500
Fall time**ps2001000
TEC currentA-1,5+1,5
TEC voltageV14
TEC Temperature Set˚C152550
Repetition rate in sync modeMHz1
Pulse delay in sync modens-50+50
Humidity, Non-Condensing%95
Power and inteface connectorTerminal block (1-282834-0 TE connectivity)
USBMini-USB, Type B (1734035-1 TE connectivity)
External trig in/outSMA (1-1478979-0 TE connectivity)
Clock in/outU.FL (U.FL-R-SMT-1(10) Hirose Electric)
Size85 × 60 × 21 mm
Weight, not more160 g

* Maximum duty cycle is limited to 2 %
** Output performance depends upon laser diode characteristics. Performance cannot be guaranteed for all laser types. See optical output waveforms.

Typical performance characteristics