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Impedance Analyzers

Sciospec stands for Electrical Impedance at its Best. Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy has been our core technology ever since. In the past years we have developed a scalable and flexible technology plaform that allows for precise, customizable, yet cost-effective lab-bench impedance analyzers. Choose between our three standard instruments, add some powerful options and enjoy an impedance analyzer that perfectly fits for your application. Class leading performance and unrivaled flexibility - Sciospec impedance analyzers.

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Our Impedance Analyzers

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  • CSX-64
    CSX-64

    64-channel impedance measurement system

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  • Sciospec ISX-3 neu
    ISX-3

    class leading impedance analyzer

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  • ISX-3 EIT
    ISX-3 EIT

    Impedance analyzer with EIT functionality

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  • ISX-3 mini impedance analyzer
    ISX-3mini

    ultra-compact impedance analyzer

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  • isx 5
    ISX-5

    multi-channel (up to 16) impedance analyzer

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  • Sciospec LCR-1
    LCR Meter

    powerful, yet easy to use LCR meter

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    Medical Research ISX-3

    scalable impedance analyzer with medical grade safety features

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Who we are working with and for

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Available options

  • Frontpanel connectors: BNC, SMA, MCX, DSUB, custom
  • Internal multiplexer  (32 …128 port any-to-any) options for sequential multichannel capabilities
  • IOport digital interface connector for external sensors and other hardware
  • Wireless interfaces
  • Medical grade modifications
    • Power supply
    • Enclosure modification
    • Isolated USB-Port
    • AC coupling frontend
  • Temperature controller module
  • Precision multichannel temperature monitoring module for most common temperature sensor types
  • Customized current and voltage ranges
    2nd channel (default for ISX-3 mini / optional for ISX-3)
  • Battery operation
  • And many more
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ISX-3 with internal mux module

Impedance Analyzers - Chip Adapters and Multiplexers

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MEArack - Adapter for Multielectrode Arrays

  • adapter for multi-electrode-arrays (MEAs) and other sensors-/biochips
  • 64-channel analog multiplexer
  • 60 spring-loaded gold electrode contacts
  • layout fitting broad range of different alredy available chips
  • optional custom chip development
  • small form factor, low profile
  • bottom and top windows for use in combination with microscopic and other optical equipment
  • easy setup through extension port
  • fully integrated graphical user-interface in Sciospec software

ECISadapter - measurement speed and resolution boost for your ECIS experiements

  • adapter for ECIS 8 well arrays fitting the extension port system (e.g. on ISX-3)
  • 8 channels each in two wire configuration (8 work electrodes W and 1 common counter electrode)
  • layout fitting broad range of ECIS 8 well arrays
  • small form factor, low profile
  • incubator-proven
  • glass bottom for use in combination with microscopic and other optical equipment
  • easy setup through extension port
  • fully integrated graphical user-interface in Sciospec software
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SlideChipAdapter - 50 port MUX - safe, flexible, easy

  • 50 port 2/3/4 point multiplexer for Sciospec Impedance Analyzers (e.g. ISX-3)
  • very robust, low parasitic slide connector for edge card style contacts
  • small form factor, low profile, incubator-proven
  • flexible options for your sensors
    • contacts on your sensor substrate or sensor carriers (e.g. pcb based)
    • cable adapters
    • get readily available carriers from us
    • build your own complete open design and supporting design files
    • have us do a design for you
  • easy setup through extension port
  • fully integrated graphical user-interface in Sciospec software

Still not the perfect fit for your application? Then let’s custom-tailor it for you!

Our modular plaform allows for cost-efficient customization while keeping the development risk low. So what will you need? An application specific multiplexing solution, a ready-to-go portable device for mobile health or a massive multichannel platform for a screening application? Just get in touch with us!

Relevant publications

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Conference
EIT2023 in Aachen, Germany

Meet us at EIT 2023 in Aachen! From June 12th to June 14th 2023 the International Conference on Biomedical Applications of Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT

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Water content of tablets

Tablets are your business? Water content is a critical parameter? Need to measure water content precisely? TVS is too slow? And other methods are not

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Impedance Analyzers Basics

When measuring complex impedance, the required measurement setup can be divided into four different components:

  • An excitation signal source to generate a stimulus signal that can be applied to the device/object under test (DUT)
  • The contacting and cabling setup to connect the DUT to the instrumentation.
  • The measurement frontend responsible for picking up the relevant measurement signals from the DUT and amplifying/preprocessing them in the analog domain for the detector.
  • A detector/demodulator that extracts the relevant complex information from the acquired signals.

Different combinations and parameterization of these components make up the overall impedance measurement setups and some of them are so commonly used, that they are integrated in different classes of instruments. The most common instrument types to measure complex impedance are:

Sciospec offers a broad range of solutions for impedance measurement spanning most of these classes.

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Impedance analyzer specifications – what to watch out for

When measuring electrical impedance main specifications are frequency and impedance measurement ranges, accuracy, speed and points per sweep. Just as important are requirements of the test setup like 2, 3 or 4 electrode configuration, bias control and scalability – when it comes to multichannel or high throughput problems. Since most applications of impedance analyzers require special care contacting a “device under test” (biochips, skin electrodes, special preamplifiers etc.) the interface and extension possibilities of the instruments are also to be considered. Looking at instruments for impedance spectroscopy it is essential to look deeper than just the plain key specification from a product summary. Accuracy and speed both are at least dependent on frequency and absolute value of the measured impedance. Most manufacturers will specify across a very large range of impedances and frequencies, but a closer look into the datasheet will reveal that only certain range are covered in full accuracy. The distribution of them strongly varies across instruments. Thus, it is important to look at the accuracy-contour plots (see example below) showing which accuracy can be obtained at what absolute value and frequency. For a detailed comparison of specifications for the most widely used impedance analyzers on the market, check out this article.

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example accuracy contour plots left: Keysight E4990A [source: E4990A datasheet] – logarithmic axis ranging from 10 Hz to 100 MHz and 1 mΩ to 100 MΩ right: Sciospec ISX-3 [source Sciospec ISX-3 datasheet] – logarithmic axis ranging from 100 µHz to 100 MHz and 1 mΩ to 1 TΩ, right bottom: comparison chart for 0.1% accuracy ranges
Sciospec ISX-3accuracy
LCX100-200accuracy
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The right impedance analyzer for every need – Sciospec´s product range

The best solution for broad measurement range, large frequency spans and high-resolution impedance spectroscopy without a doubt are dedicated precision impedance analyzers. Entirely dedicated to impedance measurement Sciospec offers a range of standard lab products and OEM solutions. The Sciospec ISX-3 can be considered the go-to solution and work horse for the majority of scenarios requiring and impedance analyzer. Although Sciospec offers a broad range of impedance measurement instruments, it is worth to take a look at the ISX-3 to get an overview of technical capabilities associated with impedance spectroscopy. It is a small form factor lab bench single channel impedance analyzer supporting 2, 3 and 4 electrode configurations. The default range spans from 100 µHz to 10 MHz (optional extension up to 100 MHz) and 1 mΩ to 1 TΩ. Basic accuracy of 0.01% is available between 1 Ω and 1 GΩ up to 2MHz. Very fast measurements can be achieved with a minimum of 300 µs for f>500 kHz. For high-resolution spectra the instrument supports up to 2048 points per sweep. Next to default coaxial measurement ports the instrument also includes a general-purpose extension port for application specific impedance measurement frontends and modules like Sciospec`s multiplexers or sensor adapters. The port´s specifications and interface are open access enabling users to build their own application specific modules like adapters, multiplexers, fluidic chambers, amplifiers etc. USB, Ethernet or optional wireless interface as high-level interfaces. Additionally low level isolated I/O, serial interfaces and fast hardware synchronization are available for fine grained instruments control. There are many measurement adapters for all sorts of impedance measurement applications and industry standard impedance sensor formats. For even more versatility in impedance measurements, flexible multiplexing solutions and an impedance tomography mode can be added. There is also a medical research version of the ISX-3 that comes with added medical safety features.

Building on the class leading capabilities of the ISX-3 impedance analyzer, the Sciospec ISX-5 is a highly scalable multichannel impedance analyser. It uses the same measurement modules as the ISX-3 but can be extended to 16 fully parallel operating channels. On top of that each of these impedance measurement modules can be extended with all other options we find on the ISX-3. Adding Sciospec´s extremely flexible multiplexer modules to the mix allows for having up to 256 multiplexed ports per module, resulting in a mind blowing 16×256= 4096 impedance measurement ports on a single instrument (refer to the Sciospec multiplexer product page to learn more about the stunning flexibility for multichannel impedance measurement).
Leveraging the full power of Sciospec´s technology platform there are many more options to choose from when it comes to selecting an impedance analyzer. A good example of this is the Sciospec CSX-64 – a 64-channel impedance measurement system with 8 simultaneously acquired channels and any to any channel mapping. It was designed to be the all-in-one solution for chip-based multichannel impedance measurements. With its highly integrated edge card connector interface it’s the perfect fit for impedance based biosensors – they can be either plugged in directly into the ultra-compact low profile system or through a cable adapter. The CSX-64 comes with 8 banks with eight parallel measuring channels each. This enables both fast EIS measurements and more advanced modes like EIT in one highly versatile impedance analyzer.

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Highly specialized impedance analyzers for cell based assays

For more specialized applications it is best to design a specific measurement setup. A good example for this: Electrical impedance analysis is a common technique for the readout of biosensing solutions. While there are countless biosensors employing impedance spectroscopy, one class is particularly interesting and challenging – cell based impedance assays. This typically includes living cells cultivated in-vitro in some form of fluidic chamber with electrodes being dropped into the fluidic volume or as part of the chamber’s surfaces. The most important specific challenges for the measurements in this type of application are sensor contacting, cultivation environment requirements, low signal amplitudes for minimization of biological impact and channel count. Oftentimes these systems require the sensors to reside in an incubator during measurements. This can be a very specific challenge: high quality, low noise impedance measurements require low parasitics and noise coupling – best achieved with the measurement frontends sitting as close to the sensor as possible. Electronics will however inject heat due to their inherent power dissipation and this heat can have a very drastic impact on cell cultures. In very sensitive models often found in organ on chip application deviating as little as 0.2 Kelvin from the target temperature can already be too much. Another application specific challenge comes with the high channel count requirements. Typical assays will range from as little as eight electrodes (e.g. found in Applied Biophyics ECIS sensors) to 96 well ANSI microplates (e.g. found on the Nanion Cardioexcyte 96 system). Other formfactor sensor arrangements include transwell systems like the NanoAnalytics CellZcope with 24 up to 96 channels or the Mimetas OrganoTEER system for the gel based microfluidic organ-on-chip OrganoPlate assays. There are however also systems demonstrating that far more channels in a single sensor plate like the 512 channel Sciospec PCOR or EPIX systems. A good compromise between simultaneous read out channels and multiplexing, form factor and incubation requirements, measurement bandwidth and heat injection and many more criteria is essential for good results in these scenarios. As the number one address for impedance measurement solutions, Sciospec is proud to work with the world leading companies for impedance based cellular assays. Our technology is powering systems like the Mimetas OrganoTEER, the Nanion Cardioexcyte and AtlaZ, the NanoAnalytics CellZcope and many more.

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specialized impedance measurement systems for cell-based assays – powered by Sciospec technology top left: Nanion CardioExcyte 96 - 96 channel fully parallel impedance measurement for cardiomyocytes (www.nanion.de top right: Mimetas OrganoTEER system – complex impedance measurements for organ on chip models, semi parallel architecture with 12 simultaneous impedance measurements on several hundred electrode positions (www. mimetas.com) bottom right: nanoAnalytics CellZcope 3 – up to 96 channels on transwell culture systems (www. nanoanalytics.com)
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Still not the perfect fit for your application?
Then let’s custom-tailor it for you!

Our modular plaform allows for cost-efficient customization while keeping the development risk low. So what will you need? An application specific multiplexing solution, a ready-to-go portable device for mobile health or a massive multichannel platform for a screening application? Just get in touch with us!

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