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.

Don't Let the Microscope Control You!