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In a unique -40 °C vacuum cooled platform, loaded with FPGA intelligence, Andor’s Neo sCMOS camera platform is designed exclusively to drive lowest possible dark noise from this popular sensor, equally at home in both life science and physical science settings.
5.5 Megapixel, 6.5 µm pixel – 22 mm diagonal
Minimal hot pixels
Global (Snapshot) and Rolling Shutter
In a -40 °C vacuum cooled platform, with 1 e- read noise, very low darkcurrent, Rolling and Global Shutter, and loaded with FPGA intelligence, Andor's Neo sCMOS camera is designed to drive lowest possible dark noise from this popular sCMOS sensor.
The Neo 5.5 model is based around a large 5.5 megapixel sensor with 6.5 µm pixels and a 22mm diameter, ideal for applications such as cell microscopy, astronomy, digital pathology and high content screening. The Neo 5.5 can deliver 30 fps sustained or up to 100 fps burst to internal 4GB memory. Extremely low darkcurrent means Neo 5.5 is suited to a range of exposure conditions, thus also ideal for staring astronomy The Rolling and Global shutter flexibility further enhances application flexibility. Global shutter in particular offers an ideal means to simply and efficiently synchronize the Neo with other ‘moving’ devices such as stages or light switching sources, eliminating the possibility of spatial distortion when imaging fast moving objects. Fast electronic shuttering is also ideal for PIV flow mechanics.
The Andor GPU Express library has been created to simplify and optimize data transfers from camera to a CUDA-enabled NVidia Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) card to facilitate accelerated GPU processing as part of the acquisition pipeline.
1 e- read noise - Offers lower detection limit than any CCD.
TE cooling to -40° C - Minimization of dark current to maintain low noise advantage under all exposure conditions. Minimization of hot pixel blemishes meaning more useful pixels. Fan-off mode for vibration sensitive set-ups.
5.5 megapixel sensor format and 6.5 μm pixels - Delivers extremely sharp resolution over a 22 mm diagonal field of view: Ideal for cell microscopy and astronomy.
Rolling and Global (Snapshot) shutter - Maximum exposure and readout flexibility across all applications. Snapshot for 'interline CCD mode' freeze frame capture of fast moving/changing events.
Sub-microsecond inter-frame gap - Global Shutter offers down to 100 ns inter-frame gap, ideal for PIV applications.
Rapid frame rates - 30 fps over extended kinetic series; Burst to memory at 100 fps full frame
UltraVac™ - Sustained vacuum integrity and unequalled cooling with 5 year warranty; complete sensor protection.
Dual-Gain Amplifiers - Maximum well depth and lowest noise simultaneously, affording extended dynamic range of 30,000:1
GPU Express - Simplify and optimize data transfers from camera to Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) card to facilitate accelerated GPU processing as part of the acquisition pipeline.
4 GB on-head image buffer - Enables bursts of 100 fps @ full dynamic range. Capture extended kinetic series faster than PC write speed, avoiding prohibitively expensive PCs.
XW-RECR - Re-circulator for enhanced cooling performance
ACC-XW-CHIL-160 - Oasis 160 Ultra compact chiller unit
OA-CF - C-mount to Nikon F-mount adapter
OA-COFM - C-mount to Olympus F-mount adapter
OA-CTOT - C-mount to T-mount adapter
OA-ECAF - Auto extension tubes (set of 3) for Canon AF
OA-ECMT - Auto extension tubes (set of 3) for C-mount
OA-EF - OA-EF Auto extension tubes (set of 3) for Nikon AF
ACC-ASE-02992 - 5 meter Camera Link connector cable.
ACC-ASE-06931 - 10 meter active Camera Link connector cable, including power supply.
ACC-NEOFOX-3TAP-30M - 30 meter fibre-optic extender solution for use with Neo 5.5
ACC-NEOFOX-3TAP-100 - 100 meter fibre-optic extender solution for use with Neo 5.5
WKST-1 WIN - PC Workstation for up to 100 fps continuous spooling to hard drives, acquiring up to 120,000 12-bit full resolution images: Dell T7910XL, 2.6 GHz Eight Core, 8 GB RAM, 4 x 250GB SSD hard drive configured in RAID 0.
WKST-3 WIN - PC Workstation for up to 100 fps continuous spooling to RAM, acquiring up to 6,000 12-bit full resolution images: Dell T5810, 3.5 GHz Quad Core, 64 GB RAM.