Andor Technology has launched the iXon Ultra high-performance EMCCD camera. The iXon Ultra, launching on the popular 512 x 512 back-illuminated sensor format, has been re-engineered to facilitate over-clocking of the pixel readout speed to 17MHz. It delivers a maximum frame rate of 56fps, while maintaining single photon sensitivity and superb quantitative stability. Furthermore, Andor’s Cropped Sensor Mode can be employed to further boost frame rates from a user defined sub-region, for example pushing a 128 x 128 area to 595fps.
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 attributes such as deep vacuum cooling to -1,000C, 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 the camera to a variety of application conditions.