Precision Electro-Optic and Laser Technologies

ICE Integrated Control Electronics


The ICE-Box houses up to eight daughter boards.


  • Board-level control for driving and stabilizing precision lasers
  • Control up to 4 locked lasers
  • Control all functionality with serial commands or GUI
  • Temperature control
  • Current control
  • Frequency locking
  • Offset locking
  • Amplifier driver
  • Beat Note detection
  • ICE BoxTM board housing and GUI
ICE boards

Board-level implementation of ICE


ICE is a compact suite of digitally controlled analog electronics that will precisely drive and stabilize a broad range of semiconductor lasers and an associated array of photonics tools. It will simplify your design and reduce SWaP while still providing the same high performance we offer in our D2 modular units. The user can select their desired functionality for a compact, dedicated laser control system which will control up to four locked lasers. ICE can drive, frequency and temperature stabilize, and offset lock DBR or DFB lasers and will soon work with External Cavity lasers. ICE will soon also control a tapered amplifier or a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) operating as an amplifier or as a high-contrast non-mechanical shutter. ICE is based on the same high-performance D2 series analog electronics designs that have established Vescent Photonics as the leader in laser control and stabilization. It is fully compatible with our line of electro-optic modules: the D2-100 Lasers, D2-210 Spectroscopy Module, D2-150 Heterodyne Module, and D2-160 Beat Note Detector. They can also be used to drive and control a complete stabilized-laser system. A simple command set digitally controls the ICE boards. Commands are implemented through a USB Virtual Communication Port programmed in LabVIEWTM, MATLABTM, Python, Java, or most other programming languages.  An intuitive GUI can also be used to issue commands and control your experiment.  While control of ICE is digital, the business end of ICE is all analog for high speed and low noise necessary for the highest performance. The ICE Box can also be used to power, house, and interface with the ICE boards. When integrated into the ICE Box, front-panel control is also available. All this in a flexible, board-level system that is easy to integrate into your atomic clock, gravity, magnetic, or inertial sensor, quantum computing or cryptography apparatus, or BEC or cold atom laboratory experiment.

The ICE system is under your control via serial commands or the ICE GUI.  A PC-compatible computer (not included in purchase) is necessary for this control.

ICE System Diagram
You can view a typical two-laser system configuration controlled by ICE at this link.   And a four-laser system can be viewed at this link.full-monty_grad_lr
Compare D2 products to ICE products.
Visit the Vescent Q&A forum for further information and to get answers to your questions.

General Specifications
Parameter Value
Daughter Boards per Control Board 8
Max Number of Locked Lasers 4 (or more depending on configuration)
Configurations Board-level or ICE Box
Control Interface USB type B virtual serial port
Single Board Dimensions 4x4x½ inches
10x10x1.3 cm
ICE Boards & Accessories
All specs subject to change without notice.
1Included in ICE-Box. Only required individually in board-level implementation.
ICE-PS2Linear power supply
ICE-BoxICE board housing and GUI connectors
ICE-QT1Four temperature control loops
ICE-CS1Current control and peak lock servo
ICE-SC1PI2D servo with low-bandwidth auxiliary servo output
ICE-CP1Current control and offset lock servo
ICE-PB1Power bus for D2-210 Spectroscopy Module and/or D2-160 Beat Note Detector
ICE-MC11Interface with user; receive and parse commands
ICE-SU11Virtual USB port, convenient I/O
Coming Soon!
ICE-DC2Dual-channel Libbrecht-Hall low-noise laser controller
ICE-BD1High-speed detector for optical beat note input
ICE-AD1 High-current amplifier driver


ICE Flyer (PDF)
ICE Users’ Manual (wiki)
ICE OEM Board Integration Manual (wiki)
ICE OEM Heat Sinking Design Pack (CAD)
ICE OEM Serial-to-USB Converter Design Starter Kit 

Related Information:

Q&A forum
ICE Main Page
ICE-BD1 Beat Note Detection Plug-In
ICE-PB1 Power Bus for D2-210 Spectroscopy Module or D2-160 Beat Note Detector
ICE-CD1 Coil Driver Board
ICE-AD1 Amplifier Driver Board
ICE-Box Board Crate & Power Distribution
Serial-to-USB Conversion advice for interfacing with ICE-MC1
ICE System Diagram
D2-005 Power Supply
D2-100-DBR Lasers
D2-150 Heterodyne Module
D2-160 Beat Note Detector
D2-210 Spectroscopy Module