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Posted: October 12, 2009
Cypher Atomic Force Microscope Wins Frost + Sullivan Product Innovation Award for Asylum Research
(Nanowerk News) Asylum Research has announced that their Cypher Atomic Force
Microscope (AFM) has been awarded the prestigious Frost & Sullivan North America Best Practices
Product Innovation Award for 2009.
Cypher is the first completely new small sample AFM/SPM in over
a decade and is the world’s highest resolution AFM. The Cypher AFM achieves closed loop atomic
resolution using sensors in all three axes, combining the accuracy and control of closed loop with atomic
resolution for the most accurate images and measurements possible today. In addition to its superior
capabilities for imaging and measurement, Cypher breaks down ease-of-use barriers with its exclusive
point-and-click SpotOn™ automated laser and photodetector alignment. Additional unique capabilities
include interchangeable light source modules that allow laser spot sizes down to 3um for broad
application and scan mode flexibility, and support for high-speed AC imaging (>10x faster) with
cantilevers smaller than 10um. The system also includes an integrated enclosure which provides acoustic
and vibration isolation, as well as excellent thermal control for image and measurement stability.
The Cypher AFM.
Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets
for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance. Industry analysts compare market
participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary
research in order to identify best practices in industry.
“Market reaction to the Cypher AFM has been phenomenal and, along with the continued success of our
MFP-3D AFM family, has resulted in record sales results for Asylum Research. Following on Cypher’s
R&D100 and Lab Equipment Awards, the Frost & Sullivan Award further validates our belief that the
Cypher system outclasses and outperforms anything else on the market,” stated Dr. Roger Proksch,
President of Asylum Research.
About Asylum Research
Asylum Research is a technology leader in atomic force and scanning probe microscopy (AFM/SPM) for both
materials and bioscience applications. Founded in 1999, we are an employee owned company dedicated to
innovative instrumentation for nanoscience and nanotechnology, with over 250 years combined AFM/SPM
experience among our staff. Our instruments are used for a variety of nanoscience applications in material
science, physics, polymers, chemistry, biomaterials, and bioscience, including single molecule mechanical
experiments on DNA, protein unfolding and polymer elasticity, as well as force measurements for biomaterials,
chemical sensing, polymers, colloidal forces, adhesion, and more. Asylum’s product line offers imaging and
measurement capabilities for a wide range of samples, including advanced techniques such as electrical
characterization (CAFM, KFM, EFM), high voltage piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM), thermal analysis,
quantitative nanoindenting, and a wide range of environmental accessories and application-ready modules.
Asylum’s MFP-3D set the standard for AFM technology, with unprecedented precision and flexibility. The MFP-
3D is the first AFM with true independent piezo positioning in all three axes, combined with low noise closedloop
feedback sensor technology. The MFP-3D offers both top and bottom sample viewing and easy integration
with most commercially-available inverted optical microscopes.
Asylum’s new Cypher AFM is the world’s first new small sample AFM/SPM in over a decade, and sets the new
standard as the world’s highest resolution AFM. Cypher provides low-drift closed loop atomic resolution for the
most accurate images and measurements possible today, rapid AC imaging with small cantilevers, Spot-On™
automated laser alignment for easy setup, integrated thermal, acoustic and vibration control, and broad support for
all major AFM/SPM scanning modes and capabilities.
Asylum Research offers the lowest cost of ownership of any AFM company. Ask us about our industry-best 2-
year warranty, our legendary product and applications support, and our exclusive 6-month money-back
satisfaction guarantee. We are dedicated to providing the most technically advanced AFMs for researchers who
want to take their experiments to the next level. Asylum Research also distributes third party cantilevers from
Olympus, Nanoworld/Nanosensors, and our own MFM and iDrive™ tips.