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Ultra-compact smart stage has 0.5 µm resolution and 6 mm stroke; operates directly from USB, SPI or I2C

Fully-integrated linear micro positioning stage has no backlash; features low run-out, tilt and yaw for precise and repeatable positioning of optics, probes, sensors and more

Victor, NY — January 28, 2014— New Scale Technologies today announced its ultra-compact M3-LS Linear Smart Stage, the latest addition to the M3 micro-mechatronic smart module family. The miniature 28 x 20 x 9.5 mm USB stage offers 0.5 µm resolution, less than 10 µm run-out and 1 millirad pitch and yaw over its full 6 mm travel range. All electronics are completely integrated in the tiny stage housing, making system integration simple and fast.

For complete specifications see http://www.newscaletech.com/micro-mechatronics/m3-linear-stages.php

New Scale will demonstrate the M3-LS Linear Smart Stage at Photonics West in San Francisco, CA, February 4-6, 2014 (booth #516).

Each M3-LS Linear Smart Stage integrates a high-resolution SQUIGGLE® piezoelectric micro motor, low-friction bearing guide, position sensor, microprocessor and firmware. No external control board is needed. Input to the stage is simple high-level motion commands via USB, using New Scale’s Pathway™ PC software. This software provides an intuitive graphical user interface to control multiple stages from a single screen, and a powerful script generator to create command sequences for automated operations. The stage can also be driven directly from a system processor via I2C or SPI standard serial interface.

The New Scale M3-LS Smart Stage provides significant advancements in features and performance over the company’s M3-L Smart Actuator introduced in 2010. An actuator, intended for pushing and pulling axial loads, does not tolerate side forces. In contrast, this new ultra-compact stage supports side loads of up to 20 grams without loss of precision or speed. No separate bearing or guide mechanism is required.

The M3-LS Linear Smart Stage requires only 3.3 V DC input supplied by standard batteries, USB adapter or other common power source. It uses 500 mW of power when moving. No power is required for the motor to hold position, and the integrated electronics can be switched to sleep mode for extreme low-power applications.

With its small size, low power, and simple integration, the M3-LS Linear Smart Stage is ideal for use in hand-held or portable OEM instruments for high-resolution RF tuning, precision photonics, laser beam targeting, UAV/UGV controls, miniature cameras, metrology, biomedical automation and more.

About New Scale Technologies

New Scale Technologies develops small, precise and smart motion systems for critical adjustments of optics in imaging devices and many other micro positioning applications. Our simple and elegant solutions deliver best-in-class performance in consumer imaging, biometric authentication, surveillance, medical devices, scientific instruments, haptic systems and many other markets. We design and manufacture custom products and license our technology to manufacturers worldwide. Our customers benefit from complete motion solutions that are tailored to their unique requirements and easily integrated into their next-generation instruments.

SQUIGGLE is a registered trademark, and New Scale Pathway and UTAF are trademarks of New Scale Technologies, Inc.

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