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Ocean Optics Jaz

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Ocean Optics Jaz

Jaz is a family of stackable, modular components with common electronics and communications. At its heart is a miniature CCD-array spectrometer, available with optical bench design options to optimize the system for various application needs. The Jaz platform accommodates up to eight spectrometer channels for multi-channel sensing. Each Jaz stack includes an onboard microprocessor and display, which eliminate the need for a PC. Spectral data can be acquired, processed and stored onboard the unit or transmitted via Ethernet or USB to another device. Applications software and programming options allow users to customize the system interface to their requirements. Design engineers tasked with the requirement to measure light no longer need to become light-measurement experts. Complete systems, including light source and spectral measurement, and even communications and storage, can all be implemented quickly and easily using the battery-powered, field-ready Jaz spectrometer system. Modularity and versatility mean a custom system can be created off-the-shelf to solve an almost infinite variety of measurement and control problems -- and measure light, oxygen, pH, temperature, voltage or current. Once satisfied that the Jaz does the job, customization options mean that an OEM-ready product can be available in record time. Jaz is a breakthrough that eliminates obstacles associated with traditional spectral systems; nothing similar exists. For example, researchers using Jaz scaled Mt. Everest to make solar radiation measurements, providing important data about ozone depletion. Existing alternatives, encumbered by computer needs and power supplies, are untenable for such applications. Similarly, Jaz has enabled complex analyses in environments as challenging as snow fields in Norway and strictly controlled greenhouses in The Netherlands. What really sets the product apart, besides its configurability and size, is that Jaz uses only 2.5W of power while running an embedded OS (ucLinux) and powering an onboard DSP.

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