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Tucsen releases a new microscopy computational imaging solution – The MIchrome 5 Pro

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2018-08-27
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From hardware and software integration to the algorithms, it seems that the Tucsen microscope camera is increasingly bringing a broader future to world of imaging in microscopy...

 

With a MIchrome 5 Pro camera the microscope completes the process of panoramic stitching of the video images in a few seconds, while the stage is moving, just like a panoramic camera.

 

 

Whether it's 4x, 10x, or 40x, horizontal, vertical, or arbitrary angles, the MIchrome 5 Pro images can automatically be quickly and accurately stitched. 

 

 

Flexible, Smooth, handy!

 

This new user experience comes from Tucsens computational imaging software, Mosaic 2.0, which not only provides real-time automatic stitching, but also provides real-time depth of field fusion (EDF).

 

 

Thanks to Tucsens internally developed intelligent stitching algorithm, coupled with extensive application testing, Mosaic 2.0 will not result in the user frustration of wrong stitching like some conventional commercial applications. . In addition Mosaic 2.0 doesn’t cost thousands of dollars, it is completely free for MIchrome 5 Pro users. 

 

 

The technology has evolved to such a high degree of integration that microscopy cameras, especially flagship microscopy cameras, are far from simple hardware packages comprising CMOS sensors, transmission control microcontrollers, imaging software, and so on.


Taking the MIchrome 5 Pro as an example, as early as 2016, Tucsen made a prototype of this technology, but it was not until August 2018 that MIchrome 5 Pro with its intelligent algorithms was finally released.

The entire solution of MIchrome 5 Pro is divided into four layers: algorithm; application; software layer and hardware layer. “The core competitiveness of Tucsen Photonics is actually in the top two layers, the visual application layer and the core algorithm capability layer”, said Dr. Zhao Zeyu, senior research and development manager for Tucsen, at a recent press conference.  

 

In the MIchrome 5 Pro micro-imaging solution, the hardware and software aspects are already covered. It is the “ISP” that undertakes the core image processing function is a typical example of innovation.

 

ISP is also called "image signal processing engine". It is currently the competition of Apple, Huawei, Google and others in the mobile phone industry. Whoever has the highest quality ISP, will be the one who can show consumers a more exciting world.  In microscopy imaging applications, it is this processing engine that combines complex algorithms such as auto white balance, auto exposure, and high dynamic range that has the same importance.


 
However, the increasing processing capacity of ISP algorithms can overwhelm the CPU, and traditional solutions often have to make concessions to image quality or cause a sharp drop in transmission rate.

 

How to develop a higher quality microscopy imaging ISP has become a key issue for manufacturers in the industry.

 

In response to this problem, Tucsen Photonics, a leader in scientific imaging, has proposed a new FPGA-on-chip full ISP solution, which innovatively integrates the first self-developed ISP in the microscopy industry into an FPGA chip using 28-nm process technology. The FPGA chip's huge parallel processing capability completes the high-speed processing of images, and enabled the MIchrome 5 Pro based on this technology - this long-lasting microscope camera.

 

It is foreseeable that in microscopy imaging there will be a tenfold increase in the amount of information, the advantages of computational imaging will be felt by more users. Real-time stitching and real-time depth of field fusion are just the tip of the iceberg in this new model of intelligent microscopy, and Tucsens MIchrome 5 Pro, a package of solutions for microscopic imaging from hardware to ISP and algorithms, is a pioneer.

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