Scientific CMOS (sCMOS)
Unlike previous generations of CMOS and CCD-based sensors, sCMOS is uniquely capable of simultaneously offering:
A 'No Compromise' Scientific CMOS Imager
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|
Press and Corporate Information
Laser & Photonics - Issue 2009/05
Article Download - Dr Gerhard Holst (PCO) considers the validity of the claims made during the launch of sCMOS.
High Dynamic Range Imaging with Scientific CMOS - July 23 2009
Press Release - sCMOS technology is allowing scientists, for the first time, to accurately measure both dim and bright structures in the same field of view.
Press Conference - June 16 2009
Andor, Fairchild and PCO hosted a joint press conference at LASER World of Photonics 2009 in Munich to formally announce the launch of sCMOS.
Read the associated Press Release.
Laser Focus World - Video Interview
LFW's Barbara Goode interviews Donal Denvir about the launch of sCMOS.
Read the article on Laser Focus World.