Applied Scientific Instrumentation Inc. has launched the MS-2000 X-Y microscope stage that has three-quarters of the mass of a typical stage, allowing it to reach thermal equilibrium faster. The compact 200 × 200-mm stage features a 100 × 100-mm range of travel, 0.088-μm resolution, a repeatability of <0.7 μm rms and a maximum velocity of 7 mm/s. Closed-loop control of the stage system prevents it from becoming lost after several moves and directional changes. The stage employs lead screws and miniature geared DC servomotors. The control unit can be connected through USB or RS-232 cables.