Over the last decade, Vertilon’s PhotoniQ data acquisition systems have been used throughout the world by leading universities, government laboratories, and corporate R&D groups. Sold in various speed and channel configurations, our products have often been employed by our customers as the main data acquisition unit for their high speed optical experiments or as the electronics heart in more complex systems. Vertilon’s products are found today in radiation detection systems, positron emission tomography (PET) scanners, bio-aerosol detection instruments, flow cytometers, particle counters for high energy physics, chemical sensors, and multi-angle light scattering equipment. Although Vertilon’s customers represent a variety of organizations encompassing a diverse set of applications, they generally use our products in very similar ways. Typically our customers select the sensors, design the optical front-end, and write the back-end software applications for their systems — Vertilon’s products handle everything in between. This allows our customers to focus on their areas of expertise while capitalizing on our extensive experience in electronic data acquisition instrumentation.
Vertilon’s products are targeted towards applications that utilize single and multi-element charge-based sensors such as silicon photomultipliers, photomultiplier tubes, and avalanche photodiodes. Our core product line is the PhotoniQ, a series of high performance multichannel data acquisition systems that interface to optical sensors, collect and process their charge signals, and output the resulting data over a USB connection to a PC. Included drivers and a graphical user interface allow the user to display and log the data or pass it to custom designed applications running on the PC. The PhotoniQ instruments directly interface to optical sensors through coaxial cables or, for multi-element devices, using one of our sensor interface boards (SIBs) that provides the electrical and mechanical connectivity. Vertilon’s standard SIBs support several of the more common multi-element PMTs, SiPMs, and APD arrays on the market today. For customers using unsupported sensors or needing specialized functionality, Vertilon offers an OEM program for custom and semi-custom electronics and software development. Additionally, our PhotoniQ product family is available in a line of OEM products that can be incorporated by our customers as a subassembly into more complex systems.