VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada, Nov. 1, 2012 — For scanning electron microscope (SEM) digital image acquisition, Quartz Imaging Corp. has introduced its Quartz PCI slow-scan USB model. The compact external device plugs into a USB port on a PC and connects to the scan generator and video outputs of an SEM, enabling acquisition of digital images from analog SEMs. The system adds high-quality digital imaging capture to any analog SEM or scanning transmission electron microscope, as well as image measurement, processing, annotating and database capabilities. All SEM controls remain operational during image acquisition, and the micron marker and other data from the microscope are captured with the image. Quartz PCI matches the image resolution of the microscope’s scan generator and produces captured images that are indistinguishable from photos produced by the microscope. It also can acquire images from two channels simultaneously, such as from secondary and backscatter detectors. It is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, and 32- and 64-bit Windows 7. The software stores images and other data from multiple instruments in a common network database to facilitate data organization, retrieval and archiving. Data from all instruments can be made available at lab and office computers. It also includes a report generator that produces reports in pdf, Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint formats; tools for measuring and annotating images; image processing and enhancement functions; and support for a variety of color and gray-scale image file formats.