7 December 2010
Andor Technology has launched its Neo camera platform, based on next-generation scientific CMOS (sCMOS) technology. The Neo sCMOS simultaneously offers ultra-low noise, extremely fast frame rates, wide dynamic range, high resolution and a large field of view, overcoming the performance trade-offs associated with traditional scientific CCD detectors.
Neo achieves a read noise of 1 electron while reading out 5.5 Megapixels at 30fps. Furthermore, the camera can be pushed to 100 full frames per second, even faster with regions of interest, while still maintaining 1.4 electron noise. Neo offers deep vacuum cooling down to -40°C, critical to maintain the low noise advantage and a minimal pixel blemish specification across all exposure conditions.
The vacuum architecture also enables a single window design for maximum photon throughput. The dual amplifier architecture enables Neo to achieve a wide dynamic range of 30,000:1 – with 16-bit digitisation available at all frame rates – while still offering a relatively small 6.5mm pixel size, which is ideal for fluorescence microscopy techniques. Neo offers FPGA intelligence for superior image quality and quantitative stability, coupled with a 4GB on-head image memory to facilitate faster frame rate performance.