Atomic Force Microscope delivers ultrafast scanning rates.

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With integrated imaging and analysis software, FPGA-based digital controller, and mechanical design, 9500 provides scan rates up to 2 sec/frame (256x256 pixels). More than 6 AFM imaging modes are supported by standard nose cone, which can be interchanged with specialized nose cones as needed, and system offers 90 µm closed-loop AFM scanner with atomic resolution, environmental control, and temperature control. Workflow-based GUI provides step-by-step guidance.

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Keysight Technologies Introduces Ultrafast-Scanning 9500 Atomic Force Microscope

New Integrated Software, Hardware Delivers Unmatched Scan Rates


Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) today announced the availability of the ultrafast-scanning 9500 atomic force microscope. The Keysight 9500 AFM system seamlessly integrates new software, a new high-bandwidth digital controller, and a state-of-the-art mechanical design to provide unrivaled scan rates of up to 2 sec/frame (256x256 pixels). Engineered with scientific and industrial R&D users in mind, the 9500 is the ideal system for an expansive range of advanced AFM applications associated with materials science, life science, polymer science and electrical characterization.

The ultrafast scan rates of the 9500 atomic force microscope are made possible by Keysight's new Quick Scan technology. Available as a system option, Quick Scan is controlled through NanoNavigator, a powerful new imaging and analysis software package from Keysight. In addition to supporting Quick Scan functionality, NanoNavigator software lets researchers save time by using a new Auto Drive feature that automatically and optimally sets all parameters for the 9500.

AFM novices and experts alike can appreciate NanoNavigator's efficient workflow-based GUI as it guides users step-by-step through system setup and operation via intuitive, eye-catching visuals. For ultimate convenience, the NanoNavigator mobile app for smart phones and tablets allows remote monitoring of AFM experiments while they are being performed by the 9500.

The Keysight 9500 system offers a large (90µm) closed-loop AFM scanner with atomic resolution, industry-leading environmental control, ultra-high-precision temperature control, and much more. The 9500 delivers superior imaging in fluids, gases, and ambient conditions. Researchers also can use the 9500 to perform single-pass nanoscale electrical characterization. A new high-bandwidth, FPGA-based digital controller ensures high-speed operating precision and eliminates the requirement for additional external control boxes.

The compact mechanical design of the 9500 affords researchers quick and convenient access to their samples. More than a half-dozen of the most commonly used AFM imaging modes (including Keysight's patented MAC Mode) are supported by the system's standard nose cone, which can easily be interchanged with specialized nose cones as needed, extending the 9500's capabilities effortlessly. Keysight also offers an STM scanner for studies of conducting materials and an ILM system for simultaneous AFM/optical imaging.

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About Keysight AFM Instrumentation

Keysight Technologies offers high-precision, modular AFM solutions for research, industry, and education. Exceptional worldwide support is provided by experienced application scientists and technical service personnel. Keysight's leading-edge R&D laboratories are dedicated to the timely introduction and optimization of innovative and easy-to-use AFM technologies. Information about Keysight's AFM instrumentation is available at

About Keysight Technologies

Keysight Technologies (NYSE:KEYS) is a global electronic measurement technology and market leader helping to transform its customers' measurement experience through innovations in wireless, modular, and software solutions. Keysight's electronic measurement instruments, systems, software and services are used in the design, development, manufacture, installation, deployment and operation of electronic equipment. The business had revenues of $2.9 billion in fiscal year 2014. Information about Keysight is available at


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