CCD camera eliminates dark current

MAY 5, 2009--The "Clara" interline CCD camera is based on Sony's 1.3-Mpixel ICX285 sensor and is engineered to deliver high sensitivity and dynamic range performance.

May 7th, 2009

MAY 5, 2009--The "Clara" interline CCD camera is based on Sony's 1.3-Mpixel ICX285 sensor and is engineered to deliver high sensitivity and dynamic range performance. The company's vacuum process, in addition to thermal management, has resulted in deep air cooling to -45°C for elimination of dark current, complementing a read noise floor of 3e- rms. Dynamic events can be followed with quantitative stability via low-noise 10- or 20-MHz readout modes, the data channeled through USB 2.0 interface. Proprietary iCam technology, comprehensive I/O functionality, and accurate hardware-generated timestamp support imaging applications, along with the robust design and accessible SDK for OEM integration.
Andor Technology
Belfast, UK
www.andor.com

-- Posted by Carrie Meadows, Vision Systems Design, www.vision-systems.com

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PRESS RELEASE

ANDOR DRIVES INTERLINE PERFORMANCE TO A HIGHER LEVEL WITH NEW CAMERA

Belfast, Northern Ireland, 6 April 2009 - Andor Technology plc (Andor), a world leader in scientific imaging and spectroscopy solutions, today announced the launch of their new 'Clara' interline CCD camera. This latest addition to Andor's family of low light imaging cameras is based around the popular 1.3 Megapixel 'ICX285' sensor from Sony and is engineered to deliver the highest sensitivity and dynamic range performance available from high-resolution scientific interline CCD cameras.

Andor's proven vacuum process, alongside close attention to thermal management, has resulted in deep air cooling to -45°C for elimination of darkcurrent, complementing a uniquely low read noise floor of 3e- rms. Dynamic events can be followed with outstanding quantitative stability via low noise 10 or 20 MHz readout modes, the data channeled through a trouble-free USB 2.0 interface. Andor's iCam technology and comprehensive I/O functionality enables market-leading acquisition efficiency through live cell microscopy softwares, and an accurate hardware generated timestamp ensures temporal precision. The compact, robust design and accessible SDK, renders Clara ideally suited to OEM integration.

Dr Colin Coates, Market Development Manager within Andor Technology, said: "Many of our customers have expressed a desire for Andor to apply our expertise to driving high performance from interline CCD technology, and Clara is the culmination of such a focused effort. We see this as an important addition to Andor's portfolio of low light imaging cameras, with particular relevance to the cell microscopy community and to OEM applications."

For more information, please visit www.andor.com/scientific_cameras/clara/

Andor enables its customers to break new ground by performing light measurements previously considered impossible. With a portfolio spanning high-performance scientific digital cameras, spectrographs, and microscopy systems, Andor is a leader in scientific imaging and spectroscopy solutions, with revenue totalling GBP24.7 millions for the fiscal year ended 30 September 2008. More information about Andor Technology PLC (LSE: AND) is available at www.andor.com.

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