A newly developed system for the control and readout of the BELLE silicon v
ertex detector (SVD) is described. The system is designed to meet the mecha
nical, electrical, and thermal requirements imposed by the BELLE detector.
Its primary purpose is the amplification of analog signals from the VA1 fro
nt-end integrated circuits, which are used to read the silicon-strip detect
ors. It also provides a number of analog and digital functions related to t
he control and monitoring of the SVD. Much of the circuitry is implemented
using programmable logic and analog devices, which allow a degree a flexibi
lity in the design. In total, eight crates will be installed to read out th
e 81 920 strips from the three-layer double-sided silicon-strip detector ar
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