PTP was asked to develop embedded Venom code to manage the controller and PC components which draw and feed information to and from the scanning device and also control the device movement. Accuracy and precision are integral to SICM products and therefore the reliability and intelligent design of the software was paramount.
PTP worked closely with the team at Ionscope to develop the code required for their second generation of SICM products. Tasks included:
- Producing an Initial Requirement Analysis to fully identify what was needed
- Writing an Architectural Definition to identify how the requirements were going to be met.
- Initial design and coding of the embedded controller that coordinated the low level control of the axis and scanning using Microrobotic VM2 controller and Venom.
- Initial design and coding of the PC application which coordinated the scanning and data display as well as storing and recalling data for analysis.
Ionscope have continued to produce leading edge microscopy products and PTP is proud to have been integral to the foundation of the ever expanding use of SICM techniques in the nanoscale world and the giant leap this represents.