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19 October 2012

Lake Shore firmware and software updates available for download

Lake Shore Cryotronics Inc of Westerville OH, USA, which makes scientific sensors, instruments and systems for precise measurement and control, is instituting a new service enabling customers to download Ethernet and instrument firmware and software updates to its instruments in the field, without requiring returns to Lake Shore. The updates will be available to all users of Lake Shore instruments through the firm’s website.

The first firmware upgrade offered is to the Model 336 cryogenic temperature controller, and can be accessed through the web-site’s product page. The primary new feature is an added chart recorder utility, enabling users to log and chart data from the temperature controller via built-in software. Other updates include closed-loop PID modes available on outputs 3 and 4, setpoint ‘press-and-hold’ loading of current temperature to setpoint bypassing ramping, and added capacitance option card support. Lake Shore is offering this upgrade free to all existing Model 336 users. The upgrades are available through a simple download, and are accompanied by detailed instructions on how to perform the upgrade. All Lake Shore products come with a standard 3-year warranty.

“Our goal is to offer a convenient and efficient way for our customers to ensure their instruments are current, while posing minimal disruption to their research,” says instruments engineering manager David Plaga.

Lake Shore at Materials Research Society Fall Meeting

At the Materials Research Society Fall Meeting 2012 (26-30 November) in Boston, MA, USA, Lake Shore will be highlighting its range of sensors, instruments and systems for high-precision materials characterization research, including its line of cryogenic and cryogen-free probe stations, new 8404 Hall effect measurement system and its Model 336 cryogenic temperature controller.

Also featured at booth #800 will be a Model TTPX probe station, an entry-level table-top micro-manipulated probe station for non-destructive testing of materials. The TTPX is part of Lake Shore’s line of cryogenic probe stations for a variety of research applications. Lake Shore probe stations offer controlled environments for characterizing electronic and magneto-transport properties of materials from cryogenic to elevated temperatures, and are available with and without magnets. The line includes liquid cryogen-based stations or cryogen-free CCR-based units.  

Lake Shore will also be spotlighting the 8404 AC/DC-field Hall effect measurement system and its new extended-range sample oven, which enables evaluation of the electronic transport properties of materials to temperatures as high as 1000C. A closed-cycle refrigerator option for measurements down to 15K is also available. The 8404 features an optional AC field measurement capability, which can measure mobilities down to 10-3cm2/V-s, enabling the exploration of the electronic and magneto-transport properties of low-mobility electronic materials. Applications for the system include the measurement of solar cell materials, organic electronics, transparent conducting oxides, and III-V semiconductors.

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