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A High-Performance Imaging Breakthrough

Welcome to the home of sCMOS, presenting a breakthrough low-light imaging technology based on next-generation CMOS Image Sensor (CIS) design and fabrication techniques. Scientific CMOS (sCMOS) is poised for widespread recognition as a true scientific grade CIS, capable of out-performing most scientific imaging devices on the market.

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Scientific CMOS (sCMOS)

Unlike previous generations of CMOS and CCD-based sensors, sCMOS is uniquely capable of simultaneously offering:

  • Extremely low noise
  • Rapid frame rates
  • Wide dynamic range
  • High quantum efficiency (QE)
  • High resolution
  • Large field of view

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A 'No Compromise' Scientific CMOS Imager

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sCMOS carries an advanced set of performance features that renders it entirely suitable to high fidelity, quantitative scientific measurement. Scientific CMOS (sCMOS) stands alone in its ability to simultaneously deliver on many key performance parameters, overcoming the 'trade-offs' that are inherent to current scientific imaging technology standards, and eradicating the performance drawbacks that have traditionally been associated with conventional CMOS imagers.

Performance highlights of the first sCMOS technology sensor include:
Sensor format: 5.5 megapixels (2560(h) x 2160(v))
Read noise: < 2 e- rms @ 30 frames/s; < 3 e- rms @ 100 frames/s
Maximum frame rate: 100 frames/s
Pixel size: 6.5 μm
Dynamic range: > 16,000:1 (@ 30 frames/s)
QEmax: 60% (with excellent red/NIR response)
Read out modes: Rolling and Global shutter (user selectable)

Scientific applications of sCMOS technology include:

Live cell microscopy Particle Imaging Velocimetry (PIV) Single Molecule Detection
Super resolution microscopy TIRF microscopy / waveguides Spinning disk confocal microscopy
Genome sequencing (2nd and 3rd gen) FRET FRAP
Bio- & Chemi - Luminescence Lucky astronomy / imaging Adaptive optics
Solar astronomy Spectral (hyperspectral) imaging Fluorescence spectroscopy
High content screening Photovoltaic inspection X-ray tomography
Ophthalmology Flow Cytometry Biochip reading
Machine vision TV / Broadcasting Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy