Belfast, Northern Ireland, 11 January 2011 – Andor Technology plc (Andor), a world leader in scientific imaging and spectroscopy solutions, today announced several performance enhancements to the industry leading Neo camera, based on next-generation scientific CMOS (sCMOS) technology. Key enhancements include faster sustained frame rates, even better image quality, hardware pixel binning, flexible region of interest capability (with single pixel granularity), accurate timestamp and improved global (snapshot) exposure performance.
Neo’s 5.5 megapixel sCMOS sensor, with 6.5 µm pixel size, achieves an unprecedented 1 electron read noise at 30 fps, the innovative dual amplifier architecture facilitating a wide dynamic range of 30,000:1.Neo exclusively delivers deep vacuum cooling down to -40 °C, critical to maintain the low noise advantage and a minimal pixel blemish specification across all exposure conditions.
Neo sCMOS camera
The camera offers comprehensive FPGA intelligence for superior image quality and quantitative stability, coupled with a 4GB on-head image memory which renders it unique in its ability to acquire extended kinetic bursts at frame rates which are faster than the notoriously variable hard drive write speeds, overcoming the need for prohibitively expensive and complex PC solutions.
Dr Colin Coates, Andor’s Imaging Product Manager, said; “Neo is rapidly gaining recognition as the new gold standard ‘workhorse’ laboratory camera, with particular suitability for live cell imaging, and is proving a compelling alternative to interline CCDs. While sCMOS sensors do not possess the raw sensitivity of EMCCD cameras for very low light applications, they do dramatically outperform interline across several key parameters and, importantly, are priced in the same ballpark. Our 5.5 megapixel sensor is unique in offering both rolling and snapshot exposure modes for greater application flexibility, the latter an important inclusion as it is directly analogous to the snapshot exposure mechanism of interline or frame transfer CCD cameras in allowing ‘freeze frame’ capture of fast moving or changing objects. This latest set of performance enhancements, coupled with Neo’s steadily expanding software compatibility, help make for a cleaner upgrade decision.”
For more information, please visit the Neo Upgrade section.
About Andor Technology
Andor is a world leader in Scientific Imaging, Spectroscopy Solutions and Microscopy Systems. Established in 1989 from Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Andor Technology now employs over 300 people in 16 offices worldwide, distributing its portfolio of over 80 products to 10,000 customers in 55 countries.
Using the latest cutting edge technologies, Andor designs and manufactures robust, high performance instruments allowing scientists around the world to measure light down to a single photon and capture events occurring within 1 billionth of a second. This unique capability is helping them push back the boundaries of knowledge from nano-scale to universe-scale level in fields as diverse as drug discovery, new material development and analysis, medical diagnosis, food quality control, art restoration, astronomy and solar energy research.
More information about Andor Technology PLC (LSE: AND) is available at the company’s website.
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