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iXon Ultra from Andor: EMCCD Camera Now Over 60 Percent Faster

Jan. 27, 2012
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The iXon Ultra high-performance EMCCD camera from Andor Technology represents the next generation of the iXon platform.


Key Specifications
◦ Active Pixels 512 x 512
◦ Pixel Size 16 x 16 µm
◦ Image Area 8.2 mm x 8.2 mm 
◦ Image Area pixel well depth 160,000 e-
◦ Readout Rate 17 MHz
◦ Max. Frame Rate 56 fps
◦ Read Noise < 1 e- with EM gain
◦ QEmax > 90%


Additional new features of the iXon Ultra include USB connectivity, a lower noise CCD mode and an additional Camera Link output, offering the ability to directly intercept data for 'on the fly' processing, ideally suited to applications such as adaptive optics. Simultaneously, the iXon Ultra maintains all the advanced performance attributes and rich customer requested feature set that have defined the iXon range to date, such as deep vacuum cooling to -100 0C, extremely low spurious noise and EM Gain calibration. Count Convert functionality allows real time data acquisition in units of electrons or incident photons and OptAcquire facilitates one-click optimisation of this versatile camera to a variety of application conditions.


Statement of Dr Colin Coates, Imaging Product Manager
"EMCCD technology excels in applications that require low light sensitivity at speed, and it remains the superior technology for dynamic, ultra-low light applications. Andor have made great strides over the years in pushing sensitivity to the limit through minimizing noise sources, but we felt there was still some room for innovation on the speed front, so we took up that challenge. We see the enhanced frame rate performance of the iXon Ultra being well utilised across the majority of EMCCD-enabled applications, for example in single molecule detection, super-resolution microscopy, astronomy, ion signalling and cell motility measurements."

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