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Optical Design & Engineering

Deformable mirror controller

Boston Micromachines Corporation has 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. These improvements enable the Multi-DM to be easily integrated into commercial imaging instruments.

"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," said Paul Bierden, president and CEO of Boston Micromachines.

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.

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.