Hitachi High-Technologies Launches New SU8000 Family of Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopes
February 14, 2011 – Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation (TOKYO: 8036, Hitachi High-Tech) announces the introduction of the new SU8000 family of Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopes (FE-SEM) which includes the SU8040 launched on August 1, 2010. The new SU8000 family will be available from February 14, 2011.
Research is being conducted around the world on next-generation technologies that incorporate nanotechnologies in fields such as semiconductors, electronics, functional materials, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals. The Ultra High Resolution FE-SEM has grown to be an indispensable tool for observing the fine surface structure of materials in a wide range of nanotechnology fields.
SU8040 Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope
In 1992, Hitachi High-Tech launched the S-4500 with a semi-in-lens type objective lens and cold field emission electron source suited to high resolution microscopy that was well received in the market. Later developments included the S-4800 (released in 2002) and SU8000 (released in 2008), both of which are bestselling models, achieving sales figures of more than 1,000 units.
To fulfill tomorrow’s market needs, the new Hitachi SU8000 family further extends the exceptional performance developed from these bestselling FE-SEMs. Using a common platform for electron optics across the SU8000 family to achieve ultra high resolution imaging, Hitachi High-Tech utilizes innovative detectors to optimize image performance, including the latest generation of Hitachi’s patented super ExB in-lens detection for energy filtering, charge suppression, and contrast control. The user-friendly GUI with a 24.1 inch monitor contributes to comfortable operation.
In addition, the new SU8000 family offers a variety of stages, chambers, and signal detection systems to meet the wide variety of customer-specific needs for ultra high resolution microscopy. Enhanced electron deceleration technology improves resolution at ultra low landing voltages to just 1.3nm at 1.0kV.
The new SU8000 family features the following models:
SU8010: Entry level model with Lower in-chamber/Upper in-lens (Dual) SE detectors.
SU8020: Lower/Upper/Top (Triple) SE detectors to extend the capability to collect secondary electrons and low energy backscattered electrons This novel, ultra-sensitive detection system allows high efficiency, simultaneous multi-signal imaging and energy filtering.
SU8030: Large chamber/large stage model for large or multiple samples.
SU8040: Top-of-the-line model featuring the “Regulus” stage for ultra-smooth and controlled stage operation, and repeatability, even at ultra high magnifications. The SU8000 family of microscopes has been designed to meet the customer’s applications and budgets, fulfilling customer-specific needs for nanotechnology research with flexibility.
Hitachi High-Tech will ship the products starting in April 2011 and expects to achieve sales of 400 units per year in all models total.
About Hitachi High-Technologies
Hitachi High-Technologies was formed in 2001 through a merger of three companies that created a unique combination of manufacturing, sales, and service capabilities. The Instruments Group of Hitachi, Ltd. brought an established reputation in measuring technologies; the Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipments Group of Hitachi, Ltd. supported the efficiency of technology and the realization of more sophisticated performance; and Nissei Sangyo Co., Ltd., provided both a trading function specialized in cutting edge technology, with a focus on electronic products, and the ability to construct new businesses based on its global network. Further mergers added the chip mounter business in 2003 and the flat panel and hard disk related manufacturing systems experience of Hitachi Electronics Engineering Co., Ltd. in 2004. Hitachi High-Technologies now aims to be the global leader in high-tech solutions in its four business segments: electronic device systems, life sciences, information systems and electronic components, and advanced industrial products.
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