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ICx Photonics Launches SensorChip CO2 4P

July 11, 2007

The MEMS-based gas sensor offers low power consumption and intrinsic safety particularly suitable for portable gas-sensing instruments.


BILLERICA, MA /PRNewswire/ -- ICx Photonics, a business unit of ICx Technologies, has announced the successful U.S. and European launch of its SensorChip CO2 4P, a revolutionary technology for CO2 detection. As the "first MEMS-based CO2 4P gas sensor module available in the market," the SensorChip CO2 4P attracted considerable interest at recent industry events. ICx Photonics introduced the SensorChip CO2 4P to participants at the Sensor + Test show in Nuremburg, Germany, in May and at the AIHCE show in Philadelphia, PA, in June.

"There was tremendous interest in our new 4P at both shows, and we are very encouraged by the enthusiastic response," said Keith Fallon, Director of Industrial Sales for ICx Photonics. "The low power consumption and intrinsic safety of our device is very attractive to many of our customers, and in particular to those making portable gas-sensing instruments. We have had such strong interest in the product that our initial production quantities are spoken for, and we are now ramping up production and accepting orders for October delivery."

ICx Photonics has further reduced power consumption for the sensor from the original design of 132 µW down to 99 µW, resulting in the lowest-power IR CO2 4P sensor in its class. The company has also received great interest in its new Hydrocarbon (HC) SensorChip, which is scheduled to launch before the end of the summer. The HC device has all the benefits of the CO2 device and will also be available in a 4P format. The low power consumption and intrinsic safety of this device will make it equally attractive as the CO2 4P.

ICx Photonics, formerly ICx Ion Optics, is a leading provider of advanced infrared photonic crystal devices that permit IR emission and absorption to be spectrally defined. These devices have been successfully integrated into NDIR gas-sensing systems as well as IR beacons and markers for defense and identification applications. The SensorChip CO2 4P complements the company's line of high-power IR light sources, MEMS gas sensors, and MEMS-based gas-specific IR light sources. It is one of several gas sensors and modules expected to be released by ICx Photonics in coming months.

To request additional information about the SensorChip CO2 4P and other ICx Photonics products, please contact the company via email at photonics.sales@icxt.com.

About ICx Technologies
ICx develops advanced technologies for effective security solutions. ICx sensors detect and identify chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) materials. ICx surveillance products discern people and objects invisible to human senses and conventional cameras. ICx software and systems connect, command, and control these security devices, and its intelligence and special-operations experts provide the unique insight that drives the company's innovation. ICx has manufacturing and research facilities in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.


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