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Meeting Xray specs

A flexible processor is at the heart of a pioneering portable Xray analyser. By Graham Pitcher.

Handheld devices, no matter what their application, have a number of basic requirements. At the top of the list is the need for power consumption to be as low as possible to ensure maximum operating time. But other factors which come into play in this area include cost, time to market and flexibility.
US company Innov-X Systems, founded in 2001, has attempted to revitalise the Xray fluorescence (XRF) industry by bringing what it calls a ‘pioneering approach’ to the design of portable analytical instrumentation. It has combined experience and knowledge in portable application requirements with miniaturised technology, the application of PDAs and Pocket PCs to create high performance portable elemental analysers.
According to the company, its hardware and software are easily adapted to a range of applications, including analysis of alloys and environmental metals, as well as in security and law enforcement.

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