Acqiris has experience and systems deployed in the field with a large range of TOF-MS technology such as LC, GC, ICP, SIMS, MALDI-TOF and SLIM-TOF, both in the research/quantization and in the clinical/quantification market.
Many decision factors need to be considered when selecting the appropriate signal acquisition card for a TOF-MS project. Decision criteria embodies technological, financial and risks management.
Acqiris has two products targeted to your TOF-MS application:
U5309A: Entry-level 8-bit 500 MS/s – 2 GS/s card
SA2 Family: Our New Medium to High-End range cards
1. Achieve accuracy and throughput in mass measurement
Two key TOF-MS characteristics are the accuracy of the mass measurement or charge-to-mass ratio (m/z) and the data throughput or time to measurement.
More than a signal acquisition card, Acqiris aims at improving the signal performances of your complete TOF-MS system.
Mass accuracy: The sampling rate (SR) is a fundamental feature. Acqiris offers a range of products with SR from 500 MS/s and up to 10 GS/s. The customers can always find the appropriate Acqiris solution that will precisely measure the pulse amplitude as a function of the system and detector pulse width.
Mass Resolution: This very much depends on the bandwidth (BW), the sampling rate (SR) and the flight time. High Mass Resolution implies that the signal acquisition card shall not contribute to enlarge the detector pulse width FWHM (Full Width at Half Maximum).
Mass Sensitivity: The Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) limits the lowest concentration of a substance where the signal can be distinguished from system noise. Averaging multiple acquisitions can be used to improve the SNR but not it is not always possible, and it lengthens the time to measurement. With proprietary analog design and specific TOF-MS on-board processing, Acqiris provides solutions with the lowest possible SNR.
2. Reduce the total financial cost through your full project lifecycle
With a full range of products in various domains , and a large flexibility due to its modular architecture, Acqiris offers solutions adapted to the customer innovation plans at predictable cost. Acqiris assists from the earliest stages of system development until the end of your product obsolescence in order for the customer to have a full control of its budget throughout the full project’s life cycle.
3. Limit the risks with your new product introduction
Acqiris provides unique services to easier evaluation and integration into your instrument including easy to use dedicated evaluation tools and intuitive API (Application Programming Interface), dedicated IO sequencing, high quality/reliability, long term support and full visibility about our product life cycle.
With one slot short PCIe signal acquisition card, and versatile electronic interfaces to reduce your system electronic, Acqiris also contributes to help you reduce the size and the power consumption of your system.
4. Select the signal acquisition form-factor needed in your design
Acqiris gives flexibility when designing your TOF-MS systems by providing two different form factors: PCIe card or serial-link enclosure. You select the version that either provides fewer constraints on your external processors, or that ensures easy design upgrades by “leveraging” a large part of your existing systems.
For more information, you can download our Acqiris TOF-MS Solution brief.