I believe the aLIGO style invac dsub cables and the conventional 40m ones are incompatible.
While the aLIGO spec is that Pin1 (in-vac) is connected to the shield, Pin13 (in-vac) is the one for the conventional cable. I still have to check if Pin13 is really connected to the shield, but we had trouble before for the IO TTs https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8081/40m/7864.
(At least one of the existing end cables did not show this Pin13-chamber connection. However, the cables OMC/IMC chambers indicated this feature. So the cables are already inhomogenious.)
- Which way do we want to go? Our electronics are updated with aLIGO spec (New Sat amp, OMC electronics, etc), so I think we should start making the shift to the aLIGO spec.
- Attachment Top: The new coil drivers can be used together with the old cables using a custom DB25 cable (in-air).
- Attachment Mid: The combination of the conventional OSEM wiring and the aLIGO in-vac cable cause the conflict. The pin1 which is connected to the shield is used for the PD bias.
- Attachment Bottom: This can be solved by shifting the OSEMs by one pin.
o The aLIGO cables have 12 twisted pair wires, but paired signals do not share a twisted pair.
--- No. This can't be solved by rotating the connectors.
o This modification should be done only for the new suspension.
--- In principle, we can apply this change to any SOSs. However, this action involves the vent. We probably want to install the new electronics for the existing suspensions before the vent.
o ^- This means that we have to have two types of custom DB25 in-air cables.
--- Each cable should handle "Shield wire" from the sat amp correctly.
Active TT Pin Issue
and the thread
Active TT Pin Swapping (December 21, 2012)
TT Wiring Diagram (Wiki)