Andor Launch Zyla Scmos Camera - Fast, Sensitive, Compact and Light

Belfast, Northern Ireland, 12th April 2012 – Andor Technology plc (Andor), a world leader in scientific imaging and spectroscopy solutions, today announced the launch of the new Zyla 5.5 megapixel Scientific CMOS (sCMOS) camera. Ideal for research and OEM usage, Zyla sCMOS offers 100 fps frame rate, rolling and snapshot (global) shutter modes and ultra-low noise performance, in a light, compact and cost-effective design.

Zyla achieves down to 1.2 electron rms read noise and can read out the 5.5 megapixel sensor at a sustained 100 fps through a ‘10-tap’ Camera Link interface. A highly cost-effective ‘3-tap’ version is also available, offering up to 30 fps. Comprehensive on-head FPGA real-time data processing ensures superior image quality and quantitative stability. Thermoelectrically cooled to 00C in up to 350C ambient, Zyla sits alongside Andor’s unique -40 0C vacuum cooled Neo sCMOS camera, widening the Andor sCMOS portfolio to ensure a viable technical and commercial solution to all research and OEM application and design requirements. Furthermore, a board level version of Zyla is available to facilitate more flexible OEM integration.

Dr Colin Coates, Andor’s Imaging Product Manager, said; “Zyla is an exciting addition to our sCMOS range, benefiting directly from years of optimization effort and expertise. While sCMOS sensors do not possess the raw sensitivity of EMCCD cameras for extreme low light applications such as single molecule detection, they do dramatically out-perform interline CCDs across several key parameters. Zyla benefits from a markedly compact and cost-effective design, bringing sCMOS technology firmly into the interline price bracket.

In this relatively new scientific CMOS landscape, purchaser care must be exercised in that not all scientific CMOS cameras on the market offer snapshot, or ‘global’, exposure capability that ensures the tight synchronisation and distortion free capturing of dynamic events that people are used to with interline CCDs, but this important mode is standard in Zyla.” For more information, please visit

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 confocal microscopy systems, Andor is a world leader in scientific imaging, spectroscopy solutions and microscopy systems. More information about Andor Technology PLC (LSE: AND) is available at

For more information, please contact Dr. Colin Coates on +44 (0)28 9023 7126, email, or visit

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