|[February 14, 2013]
APIX Technology Introduces Industry's First Gas Chromatography Device Based on Silicon Nano-scale Components
GRENOBLE, France --(Business Wire)--
Analytical Pixels Technology (APIX) today announced the release of its
first commercial product: GCAPTM, a gas chromatography device
designed for a variety of industrial and petrochemical applications,
including process monitoring, energy distribution, safety and security
and environmental control.
This device, designed, assembled and tested by APIX, is based on
nano-scale silicon components licensed from the CEA-Leti and the
California Institute of Technology (Caltech). The silicon components are
manufactured in Leti's advanced semiconductor facility in Grenoble and
system assembly and test are performed in APIX's facility in Grenoble.
"GCAP's very flexible, versatile architecture, based on
high-density silicon columns and sensors, means GCAP can be
configured to perform in a number of different modes, including
conventional, multi-dimensional or concurrent analysis," said Dr. Pierre
Puget, APIX co-founder and CTO. "This makes it the ideal tool for
research laboratories, advanced gas analysis, and complex applications
such as biomedical screening.
"One of GCAP's key features is its ability to work with a number of
different carrier gases," Puget continued. "This is made possible by the
extreme sensitivity of the silicon nano-scale sensors at the heart of
In particular, the ability of GCAPTM to work with scrubbed
air as a carrier gas in lieu of expensive, cumbersome bottled gases
allows easy in-situ deployment, nearly real-time analysis, and a
significant reduction in operating costs.
Additional major features of GCAPTM include its ability to:
separate and precisely quantify individual molecules among hundreds of
interfering substances, depending on architectural configurations
limit detection for most chemical compounds below 1 parts-per-million
without pre-concentration and in the parts-per-billion range with
reduce the volume of analyte required to less than 10 microliters, and
the volume of carrier gas to less than 1 milliliter
analyze most chemicals is less than one minute
The performance of GCAPTM, which is available for beta
testing, has been well demonstrated with alkanes, permanent gases,
volatile organic compounds and other materials.
APIX will be present at PITTCON 2013 in Philadelphia (PA, USA), March
17-21, Booth 441.
Analytical Pixels Technology (APIX) was created in 2011 to manufacture
and sell gas chromatography products based on joint research by CEA-Leti
and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Using APIX's
highly integrated, silicon-based multi-gas analysis devices, customers
are able to bring the full power of gas chromatography in-situ and
perform real-time monitoring at reduced costs compared to standard
technologies. APIX-designed silicon devices are manufactured at Leti's
Grenoble, France, site, one of the world's leading CMOS and MEMS
facilities. APIX is headquartered in Grenoble, and has engineering and
business operations in the United States.
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