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  • QC Laser-Based Systems
Jun 2007
Cascade Technologies Ltd.Request Info
STIRLING, Scotland, June 11, 2007 -- Cascade Technologies, a developer of quantum cascade (QC) laser-based instrumentation, has released what it said is a new generation of compact, affordable and high-performance laser systems.

The Scotland-based company, a spinoff of the University of Strathclyde, develops high-speed multigas analyzers based on the integration of mid-infrared (IR) QC lasers. It has introduced a laser system in addition to a series of QC lasers with wavelengths spanning from 4 µm to over 10 µm.

The laser system -- including a laser -- sells for under £10,000 ($20,000) and includes a laser head, electronics control and software. Cascade said it has also developed a £2500 ($5000), 1.5 G sample/sec. digitizer/averager card with Plug & Play connectivity.

The new Cascade AV1500 is a high-performance digitizer/averager aimed at satisfying high-speed signal capture and averaging requirements in scientific, research and development, and manufacturing test applications, the company said.

The AV1500 can digitize one channel with 8-bit precision across voltage ranges spanning from ±10 mV to ±1.5 V and is capable of sampling 650-MHz bandwidth signals. Using onboard FPGA averaging, the AV1500 also has the ability to co-add data up to 65000 times 2k points, effectively providing 16-bit resolution, according to the company.

Cascade Technologies Business Development Director Richard Cooper said the introduction of low-cost laser systems and lasers has been a major milestone for the company.

"For QC laser-based instrumentation to reach volume production and reduced market prices, the major technology development challenges involve improved component yield, reproducibility, quality, reduced lead-time and cost," Cooper said. "In the past year, Cascade Technologies has developed strategic agreements with global suppliers for critical components. The major challenges have been overcome, allowing price reductions for these leading-edge products."

For more information, visit:

Cascade Technologies
Unit A, Logie Court
Stirling Innovation Park
Stirling FK9 4NF
Scotland UK
Phone: +44(0) 1786-447-721
Fax: +44 (0) 1786-475-822


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