SOURCE: Boston Micromachines

August 04, 2008 10:52 ET

Boston Micromachines Delivers New Deformable Mirror Controller to Meet Demands of Commercial Imaging Instrument Manufacturers

New Deformable Mirror Controller Boasts Highest Speed and Resolution Available

CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwire - August 4, 2008) - Boston Micromachines Corporation, a leading provider of MEMS-based deformable mirror (DM) products for adaptive optics systems, today announced a new high speed, high precision controller for its award winning Multi-DM. With greater than 30 kHz frame rate and 14 bit resolution, the Multi-DM Controller provides a fifty fold improvement in speed and resolution over its predecessor, making it the fastest and highest resolution deformable mirror system on the market today. Also, Boston Micromachines was able to engineer the new controller in a package five times smaller than the previous version. Theses improvements enable the Multi-DM to be easily integrated into commercial imaging instruments.

"As adaptive optics technology evolves into the commercial market and manufacturers equip to integrate adaptive optics into next generation biological imaging instruments, they require a compact high speed, high resolution deformable mirror system," said Paul Bierden, president and CEO of Boston Micromachines. "Our new Multi-DM Controller provides a perfect fit for integrating adaptive optics into microscopes as well as retinal and biological imaging systems. The new controller allows the Multi-DM to make the transition from a research tool to a component being integrated into commercial instruments."

"The Multi-DM Controller enabled us to easily integrate adaptive optics into our Adaptive Scanning Optical Microscope (ASOM), which has the ability to view large areas of a biological sample without sacrificing image resolution," said Scott Barry, Thorlabs' ASOM business unit leader. "Boston Micromachines' leading edge controller represents a major step forward for adaptive optics in the commercial market."

Adaptive optics, which was originally developed to help astronomers obtain high resolution images by compensating for aberrations caused by the Earth's atmosphere, is now being used in retinal and biological imaging. In retinal imaging, adaptive optics is used to correct for cornea-induced wavefront aberration, which causes image distortions making it difficult to obtain a clear view of the human retina. The Multi-DM provides a perfect solution to this challenge. Biological imaging instruments also suffer from resolution limitations, constraining the ability of researchers and clinicians to detect critical detail. The Multi-DM provides the capability to actively correct for these aberrations and restore resolution.

The new controller, which enhances Boston Micromachines' flagship product, the Multi-DM, provides increased resolution afforded by its 140 independently controlled actuators, greater than 30 kHz, and 14 bit resolution.

About Boston Micromachines Corporation

Founded in 1999, Boston Micromachines Corporation (BMC) is the leading provider of advanced microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)-based mirror products for use in commercial adaptive optics systems, applying wavefront correction to produce high resolution images of the human retina and enhance images blurred by the Earth's atmosphere. The company's suite of award-winning compact deformable mirror (DM) products are the most cost-effective, highest performance mirrors in the market today. They are widely used in vision science applications such as advanced optic retinal imaging, long range laser communications, and astronomy, including NASA's search for planets in other solar systems. Customers include leading manufacturers of optical imaging and communication systems, governmental agencies and contractors, and vision science research laboratories worldwide, including NASA, UCal Berkeley, Lockheed Martin and Boston University. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, BMC is privately held and also offers custom designed manufacturing services. For more information on BMC, please visit

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