The i-Raman EX, an extension of B&W Tek’s i-Raman portable spectrometer, features a 1064-nm excitation laser that allows for the measurement of biological substances and other highly fluorescent samples. Equipped with a high-sensitivity indium gallium arsenide array detector with deep thermoelectric cooling and high dynamic range, it is capable of delivering a high signal-to-noise ratio. The device has spectral resolution as fine as 9.5 cm−1 and a spectral coverage range from 175 cm−1 to 2500 cm−1, so it can measure the entire fingerprint region. The system’s small size, light weight, and low power consumption provide research-grade Raman capabilities in any location. The i-Raman EX comes standard with a fiber-optic probe, a probe holder with XYZ positioning stage, a cuvette adapter for measuring liquid samples, and B&W Tek’s proprietary BWIQ multivariate analysis software. B&W Tek Inc, 19 Shea Way, Newark, DE 19713, http://bwtek.com

PicoQuant has developed a new type of non-descanned detection (NDD) for its fluorescence lifetime imaging and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy upgrade kit for laser scanning microscopes (LSMs). The NDD setup includes a large-core liquid light guide through which it can be connected to the LSM. It features high-fluorescence transmission and hybrid-photomultiplier tube (PMT) detectors with reliable timing performance. Available in a single- or dual-channel detector configuration, the NDD setup can be attached to both inverse and upright microscopes. The light guide can be mounted to an NDD port of the microscope. Alternatively, a specially developed dove-tail adapter can be inserted into the microscope’s differential interference contrast port and can yield light-collection efficiency as high as 80%, since the light is collected near the objective and the liquid light guide provides high fluorescence transmission. PicoQuant Photonics North America Inc, 9 Trinity Drive, West Springfield, MA 01089, http://www.picoquant-usa.com

Bruker has announced that its novel Compact LC-QqTOF mass spectrometer (MS) achieves sensitivity levels normally associated with triple-quadrupole instruments. Its 50-Gbit/s sampling speed delivers research-grade, high-resolution, full-scan data even at the highest speeds for ultrahigh pressure liquid chromatography. Users can perform routine analytical tasks with the device, which comes in a compact benchtop format and uses an ion guide and a high-transmission MS/MS cell from Bruker’s Impact LC-QqTOF. Thanks to the 10-bit analog-to-digital detection technology, the Compact system exhibits an enhanced dynamic range in real-time liquid chromatography measurements. The innovation delivers productivity gains by allowing reduced sample pretreatment, which is especially desirable in high-throughput quantitative applications. Bruker Daltonics Inc, 40 Manning Road, Manning Park, Billerica, MA 01821, http://www.bruker.com

Newport Corp’s 918D-ST series of wand photodiode sensors features a thin-profile wand detector in a sturdy metal housing with integrated calibration-data storage and an automatic OD3 attenuator on/off position sensor. Similar to the company’s family of 918D series of detectors, the 918D-ST series has built-in temperature sensing electronics to compensate for temperature variation. The 918D-ST-IR wand operates from 780 nm to 1800 nm; the 918D-ST-SL, from 400 nm to 1100 nm; and the 918D-ST-UV, from 200 nm to 1100 nm. The wand photodiode options are large-area 10 × 10 mm silicon, UV-enhanced silicon, or a germanium photodetector. With the ergonomic case design, the photodiodes are suitable for applications in laser and other optical power measurements where access or space is limited. When used with select advanced power-meter models from Newport, the 918D-ST series of detectors allow users to change the attenuator’s position without having to reconfigure the power meter. More accurate measurements may be made by auto-adjusting the photodiode’s responsivity. Newport Corporation, 1791 Deere Avenue, Irvine, CA 92606, http://www.newport.com

Agilent’s 5977A series of gas chromatography/mass selective detector (GC/MSD) features the benefits of the company’s 7890B GC and an inert mass selective ion source that enhances performance with highly efficient ion collection. According to the company, the 5977A series offers high sensitivity with a new specification metric, the instrument detection limit, and guarantees true system-level performance in practice. Using Agilent’s TwisTorr 304 FS turbomolecular pump, optimized for light gas operation, the GC/MSD system is efficient and rugged. It runs on the company’s MassHunter Workstation software, a solution for high-throughput MS data analysis. Suited for high-productivity GC/MS, the software provides intuitive instrument control, automated data acquisition, and qualitative and quantitative data analysis and reporting. It also includes a full version of MSD ChemStation to ensure compatibility with other instruments. Agilent Technologies Inc, 5301 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Santa Clara, CA 95051, http://www.agilent.com

Libelium has designed a new version of Waspmote, its open-source wireless sensor platform. The improved Waspmote combines the flexibility of the initial design with field and worldwide test-bed experience. One upgrade involves its energy efficiency, crucial to wireless sensor networks. Power consumption has been reduced by a factor of 10 to 0.07 µA in hibernation mode. As a scalable, modular, and horizontal open-source platform, Waspmote integrates 60 different sensor probes for a range of applicable services, including the monitoring of soil moisture and solar radiation in agriculture and of air quality with gas sensors (CO, CO2, NO2); the deployment of Smart Cities solutions such as smart parking and smart lighting; and use in radiation control and security systems. Libelium, C/María de Luna 11 (Instalaciones CEEIARAGON), C. P. 50018, Zaragoza, Spain, http://www.libelium.com

Molecular Devices has launched its SpectraMax i3 multimode detection platform. The system is available as a standalone reader, but users can upgrade it with additional applications and detection modes. The upgrades include cellular imaging with the SpectraMax MiniMax imaging cytometer and cartridges for time-resolved fluorescence, fluorescence polarization, and AlphaScreen assays. The platform’s base system features an integrated optical system that enables top and bottom reads for 6- to 384-well microplates. It launches with three broad detection modes: luminescence, absorbance, and fluorescence. The patented user-exchangeable cartridge design expands the system’s detection capability, so the SpectraMax i3 is versatile and able to offer application options exceeding those of standard readers, according to the company. Molecular Devices LLC, 1311 Orleans Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94089-1136, http://www.moleculardevices.com

Pixelteq’s micro-patterned optical filter technology is used to create custom pixel-scale filter arrays on optics, wafers, and active devices, including photodiodes and camera sensors. New PixelSensor photodiodes feature integrated narrowband detection across the UV, visible, and near-IR regions. According to the company, simplifying and shrinking the optical path in a compact multispectral device design will lead to new opportunities for optical sensors. Through Pixelteq’s micro-patterning capability, optical sensors coated with multiple wavelength-selective filters result in an integrated device with improved sensitivity and contrast for multispectral applications from portable fluorescence detection to biomedical instrumentation. Pixelteq, 16080 Table Mountain Parkway, Golden, CO 80403, http://www.pixelteq.com

Sensirion has added new differential pressure sensors to its SDP600 series. The SDP601 and SDP611 models are specifically calibrated for measuring mass flow in a bypass configuration, in which an orifice or a linear flow restrictor generates a differential pressure in a flow channel. The resulting pressure is measured over the orifice or the linear flow component. The difference between the pressures before and after the orifice correlates to the volumetric flow in the channel and is a function of the specific characteristics of the flow restriction component. The mass flow can therefore be calculated from the measured pressure drop (differential pressure) over the orifice. A bypass configuration is suitable for applications in which individually adapted flow channels are necessary or small differential pressures must be measured with high precision. Sensirion Inc, 2801 Townsgate Road, Suite 204, Westlake Village, CA 91361, http://www.sensirion.com

Based on Shimadzu’s GC-2010 Plus, the Tracera gas chromatograph from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments integrates the company’s new barrier discharge ionization detector BID-2010 Plus. The novel universal detector incorporates plasma technology, allowing it to reveal trace components not easily detected by other devices, according to Shimadzu. Tracera provides high-sensitivity analysis of organic compounds, permanent gases, and light hydrocarbons. The BID-2010 Plus creates ionization from a helium-based, dielectric barrier discharge plasma. Compounds that elute from the gas chromatography column are ionized by the helium plasma energy, detected by the collection electrode, and processed as peaks. The BID enables trace impurity analysis with detection sensitivity more than 100 times higher than thermal conductivity detection (TCD). It also permits trace-component analysis at the parts-per-million-level, which is not possible using TCD testing. Shimadzu North America, 7102 Riverwood Drive, Columbia, MD 21046, http://www.ssi.shimadzu.com

Vacuum Instrument Corp has introduced its first portable hydrogen mass spectrometer leak detector for testing the integrity of components, systems, and parts. Designed for use with 5% H2 in an N2 gas mixture, the MD-490S H2 has a response time of less than 0.5 s. It features a low detectable leak rate, 5 × 10−7 Atm-cc/s H2 (atmospheric sniffer mode), with an H2 leak rate range of 10−3 to about 10−7 Atm-cc/s (compensated for atmospheric sampling). Key features include hydrogen background suppression, less than three minutes of total start-up time, leak-rate ranging, automatic zero, interactive system diagnostics with multilingual displays, and built-in gas leak calibration. Options include a remote display and an exclusive vibrating probe. Typical applications include aerospace, medical, vacuum, and nuclear technologies. Vacuum Instrument Corporation, 2099 Ninth Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779, http://www.vicleakdetection.com

Ocean Optics has expanded its line of customized products for optical sensing with the EMBED miniature spectrometer, a small-footprint optical bench with minimal electronics. The design allows for extensive optical component customization to support a wide variety of applications in industrial process control and OEM optical measurement systems. In its standard configuration, the EMBED includes a robust 2048-element CCD-array detector and selectable optical bench components that make it possible for the spectrometer to support low-light and high-throughput measurements. Among the components are entrance apertures, gratings, and order sorting filters. Its design supports multichannel functionality that allows users to make simultaneous or timed-gated measurements from multiple EMBED spectrometers within a single system. That functionality is essential to applications such as reference monitoring, dissolution testing, multiple point sampling, and process endpoint detection. Ocean Optics Inc, 830 Douglas Avenue, Dunedin, FL 34698, http://www.oceanoptics.com

Andor Technology has launched its new back-illuminated, deep-depletion CCD technology on the company’s iDus platform. The technology combines sensitivity in the near-IR with high resolution. It has the potential to open new possibilities for faster, higher-resolution Raman, photoluminescence, plasmonics, and broadband absorption without the inconvenience of needing liquid nitrogen. According to the company, the performance of the iDus 416 low dark-current, deep-depletion technology is more than 10 times better than existing deep-depletion technologies. The platform provides quantum efficiency of up to 95% and thermoelectric cooling to −95 °C, which ensures a high signal-to-noise ratio (it is not only dark current that matters for near-IR CCD detectors). The fringe-suppression process, which ensures very low optical etaloning, comes standard. Andor Technology USA, 425 Sullivan Avenue, Suite 3, South Windsor, CT 06074, http://www.andor.com

Hamamatsu Photonics has developed three image sensors that feature a high-speed charge transfer structure in each pixel to enable high-precision time-of-flight distance measurements. The S11961-01CR is a linear image sensor for TOF distance measurement, and the S11962-01CR and S11963-01CR are area image sensors for 3D distance-measuring cameras. In addition to conventional tasks such as detecting the presence of people or obstacles, the sensors provide various types of added functionality, including distance measurement and shape detection. They have been designed for use in a wide variety of applications, such as object detection in semiconductor wafer transfer systems, shape detection by industrial robots, and intruder detection by security systems. Hamamatsu Corporation, 360 Foothill Road, Box 6910, Bridgewater, NJ 08807, http://www.hamamatsu.com