Blazing fast acquisition systems optimized for ScanImage®

If you need a system that can handle everything your microscope throws at it, Vidrio has you covered.

Vidrio Acquistion Syste
Get the hardware designed to maximize ScanImage® performance


​Our recommended build

  • i5-12600K 3.7GHz. 10 Core CPU
  • 32 GB of DDR5 RAM
  • NVMe M.2 4TB data drive
  • NVMe M.2 1TB boot drive
  • Read/write DVD drive
  • 750 watt  power supply
  • 4U rack mount case
  • Two-year warranty

ScanImage® will run on a variety of standard off-the-shelf systems, though they will not be optimized for recording data from 2-photon microscopy experiments. For more demanding tasks, such as recording activity from hundreds of small regions of interest in a 3D volume (a new feature offered since ScanImage® 2015), having one of these ScanImage®-optimized acquisition systems is recommended.

What is Important for a ScanImage® Acquisition System?

We get a lot of questions at Vidrio about the best system for running ScanImage®. Of course, the best system is ScanImage®-optimized and specifically customized for your setup!

We set out to build a ​machine with the fastest single thread benchmark score.

We’re continuously testing new hardware to see what’s best. As part of that, we do perform a few tests with ​systems built in-house.

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  • ScanImage® runs in Matlab, which is single-threaded. ScanImage® does not depend on any Matlab toolboxes.
  • There are two other threads that run in parallel: One that transfers data from the digitizer, and another that streams data to disk. Thus, a 4 core processor is sufficient for regular acqusition.
  • Since most processing occurs in a single thread, the best CPU for the job should have the fastest single-thread performance.
  • ScanImage® needs fast operating system performance so the operating system should be installed on a SSD. We are now running Windows 10.
  • Fast data storage is required to keep up with certain video streaming loads. We recommend streaming only to a SSD or a HDD RAID configuration.
  • The required storage capacity also needs to be carefully considered so that you have plenty of room to capture big data files on disk.
  • Sufficient RAM: we recommend using at least 8 GB.
  • Don't Let the Microscope Control You!