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

Have us build one for you. We pre-install and test ScanImage® to certify the machine, and we’re happy to customize for your particular application.


Wallet friendly

  • i5-4690K 3.5 GHz CPU
  • Z97 or H97 Mini-ITX Motherboard
  • 8 GB of RAM
  • 500 GB SSD for the operating system
  • 1 x 2TB hard drive for data
  • 550 watt modular power supply (Cooler Master V550)
  • Cooler master Elite 130 - Mini-ITX case

​Fast and small, but budget friendly.


​Our recommended build

  • i7-9700K 3.6 GHz CPU
  • Socket 1151 compatible motherboard
  • 32 GB of DDR4 RAM
  • 500 GB M.2 SSD with Windows 10 (3200 MB/s read, 1800 MB/s write)
  • 2 x 2TB hard drives in Raid 0 configuration. (>300MB/sec sequential write)
  • Read/write DVD drive
  • 750 watt modular power supply
  • 4U rack mount case

Uses CPU integrated graphics unless you order a GPU.  Plenty of spare PCIe slots.

Thread Beast

For hard core users 

  • i9 10 core or greater CPU
  • Socket LGA 2066 motherboard
  • 128 GB of DDR4 RAM
  • 500 GB SSD
  • 2 x 2TB hard drives in Raid 0 configuration. (>300MB/sec sequential write)
  • Read/write DVD drive
  • 850 watt power supply
  • GTX 1080 Graphics card 
  • 4U rack mount case

​If you need power then this is for you.

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.

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