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The system consists of a signal collector unit (MCS-SCU) for up to four headstages, which also contains a connector for up to four outputs for optical stimulation (optogenetics). The signal collector is connected via eSATA cable to the interface board. Up to two signal collectors can be connected to one MCS-IFB 3.0 multiboot interface board. Headstages have 32 recording channels plus ground and reference inputs. Amplifier, stimulators and A/D converters are all directly on the headstage, which allows low-noise, high quality data acquisition and impedance measuring.
The stimulator units can be connected by software command to any of the recording channels, or to a connector for an external stimulation electrode, which is also located at the headstage. Each of the 32 channels can be used for recording or stimulation, whereas 2 channels can be used for external stimulation electrodes as well.
As part of the system, the MCS-IFB 3.0 Multiboot is a new interface board generation which is able to receive data from a MEA2100-Headstage, a Multiwell-MEA-Headstage, a CMOS-MEA5000-Headstage, a MCS-SCU or a W2100-Receiver. This makes cost-effective combinations with only one interface board and multiple recording systems possible. You can establish for example your experiments on 60, 120, or 256 electrodes with the MEA2100-System, then add the Multiwell-MEA-Headstage and start high-throughput screening. It's also possible to use the same interface board for in vitro MEA experiments and tethered / wireless in vivo recordings. This leaves you with even more flexibility in switching between possible configurations for your specific research needs.
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Tethered data acquisition system with integrated stimulation with up to 256 channels.