HTVS spectrometers to be co-developed by Ocean Optics and Tornado Medical Systems

Dunedin, FL--Optical sensing solutions provider Ocean Optics, a subsidiary of Halma, and optical spectroscopy solutions provider Tornado Medical Systems (Toronto, ON, Canada) have formed a co-development, manufacturing and distribution partnership for a broad line of spectrometers based on Tornado's High Throughput Virtual Slit (HTVS) technology. The HTVS will form the core of a new line of high-performance spectrometers being co-developed by the two companies and sold by Ocean Optics.

The companies say that HTVS technology overcomes the fundamental tradeoff between resolution and light throughput in spectrometer design, without the use of moving parts or electronics. It is adaptable to a multitude of spectrometer designs and easily adaptable to different detectors, gratings, and other critical spectrometer components, allowing spectrometer manufacturers to customize their designs specifically to customer needs.

HTVS technology routinely increases light throughput of spectrometers by 10-15 times without compromising resolution. Richard Pollard, chief revenue officer at Ocean Optics explains the promise of this technology, "The spectrometers co-developed by the companies will be, by far, the best performing and most cost effective on the market. The new product offerings will enable a novel way of delivering application performance across the board in optical spectroscopy."

Tornado's chairman and CEO, Stefan Larson, said, "We are very excited to partner with a proven market leader like Ocean Optics. Their world-class manufacturing capabilities and global market reach are a perfect match for our technology."

Co-development work is already underway and the first units are expected to be available by Fall 2012.

Founded in 2010, Tornado Medical Systems develops optical spectroscopy solutions for sample identification, detection, diagnosis, and imaging. Tornado works with large OEMs to develop solutions for high-performance optical engines, both in free-space spectroscopy and integrated photonics or spectroscopy-on-chip products.

SOURCE: Halma;

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