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  • iCam Firmware/Software
Oct 2007
Andor Technology Ltd., Corporate HeadquartersRequest Info
BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Oct. 2, 2007 -- Andor Technology plc said its new iCam technology, a firmware/software combination that has been incorporated into the company's EMCCD (electron multiplying CCD) imaging cameras, allows the cameras to operate in microscopy experiments with faster frame rates and in tight synchronization with peripheral equipment.

iCam technology will now be offered as a standard feature across its iXonEM+ and LucaEM product lines, Andor said. iCam offers enhanced performance for acquisitions, whether software triggered or hardware (externally) triggered, with absolute minimal overheads. It offers next-generation EMCCD performance during tightly synchronized and complex multidimensional microscopy experiments, and delivers up to two times faster frame rates than other EMCCD brands, according to Andor.

"We are delighted to be able to offer this enhanced performance as a standard feature in our microcopy cameras, as a further boost to what are already the highest performing EMCCDs on the market. We constantly monitor customer feedback and the ability to zoom through acquisition protocols was a clear requirement from the microscopy market. iCam is the result of 12 months of work, further enhancing the performance of our world-class cameras and imaging software. iCam allows for faster frame rates in software by using dedicated timing patterns that eliminate unnecessary overhead times. This, alongside state of the art bidirectional communication between camera and PC, facilitates unparalleled tight synchronization with other peripheral equipment such as filter wheel, laser-AOTF or Z-stage," said Market Development Manager Colin Coates.

"A novel 'ring mode' offers the capacity to use up to 16 different timing patterns uploaded into the camera head, thus trigger events can yield virtually instantaneous switching between exposure channels," said Coates. "We really feel that this innovation will take the microscopy market by storm. We will offer it as standard in all new LucaEM and iXonEM+ cameras, and we will offer upgrades to existing customers who want to take advantage of the improvements. Significantly, this advance also directly improves the already market-leading performance of our own Revolution spinning-disk confocal microscopy system."

For more information, visit:

Andor Technology
7 Millennium Way
Springvale Business Park
Belfast, BT12 7AL
Northern Ireland
Phone: +44 28-9023-7126
Toll Free (US): (800) 296-1579
International: (00) 800-9027-0899
Fax: +44 28-9031-0792


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