Ocean Optics Jaz

DN Staff

April 10, 2010

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Ocean Optics Jaz

Jaz is a family ofstackable, modular components with common electronics and communications. Atits heart is a miniature CCD-array spectrometer, available with optical benchdesign options to optimize the system for various application needs. The Jazplatform accommodates up to eight spectrometer channels for multi-channelsensing. Each Jaz stack includes an onboardmicroprocessor and display, which eliminate the need for a PC. Spectral datacan be acquired, processed and stored onboard the unit or transmitted viaEthernet or USB to another device. Applications software and programmingoptions allow users to customize the system interface to their requirements. Designengineers tasked with the requirement to measure light no longer need tobecome light-measurement experts. Complete systems, including light sourceand spectral measurement, and even communications and storage, can all beimplemented quickly and easily using the battery-powered, field-ready Jazspectrometer system. Modularity and versatility mean a custom systemcan be created off-the-shelf to solve an almost infinite variety of measurementand control problems -- and measure light, oxygen, pH, temperature, voltage orcurrent. Once satisfied that the Jaz does the job, customization optionsmean that an OEM-ready product can be available in record time. Jaz is abreakthrough that eliminates obstacles associated with traditional spectralsystems; nothing similar exists. For example, researchers using Jaz scaled Mt. Everestto make solar radiation measurements, providing important data about ozonedepletion. Existing alternatives, encumbered by computer needs and powersupplies, are untenable for such applications. Similarly, Jaz has enabledcomplex analyses in environments as challenging as snow fields in Norwayand strictly controlled greenhouses in The Netherlands. What really sets theproduct apart, besides its configurability and size, is that Jaz uses only 2.5Wof power while running an embedded OS (ucLinux) and powering an onboardDSP.

For more information: http://www.oceanoptics.com/Products/jaz.asp

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