Scientific CMOS Technology

Scientists from Andor Technology, Fairchild Imaging, and PCO teamed together on Scientific CMOS (sCMOS) Technology. sCMOS is a technology based on next-generation CIS design and fabrication techniques. sCMOS is poised for widespread recognition as a true scientific grade CIS, capable of out-performing most scientific imaging devices on the market today. 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, and a large field of view.

sCMOS Technology Sensor Features

  • 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 mm
  • Dynamic range: > 16,000:1 (@ 30 frames/s)
  • QEmax.: 60%
  • Read out modes: Rolling and Global shutter (user selectable)

Current scientific imaging technology standards suffer limitations in relation to a strong element of “mutual exclusivity” between performance parameters, i.e. one can be optimized at the expense of others. sCMOS can be considered unique in its ability to concurrently deliver on many key parameters, while eradicating the performance drawbacks that have traditionally been associated with conventional CMOS imagers.

sCMOS Applications

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

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