HD Multielectrode Arrays, In-Vitro Recording
3Brain is the world’s first company that sells large scale high resolution MEA recording
platforms and CMOS-MEA biochips. 3Brain’s patented core technology spans the field of large scale high resolution microelectrode
array systems for in-vitro electrophysiology. Their key competences are focused on CMOS integrated bio-sensor arrays for recording
extracellular signals from electrogenic cells, networks and tissues, such as in-vitro neuronal networks, brain slices and cardiac
BioChips: Multielectrode arrays (MEA) for high resolution in-vitro extracellular electrophysiology.
BioChips are multi-use multielectrode arrays (MEA) for high resolution in-vitro extracellular electrophysiology. The chip is built
in a standard CMOS-based technology and it is packaged onto a substrate together with a glass reservoir. The wide opening of the
reservoir allows using a microscope for concurrent visual inspection of the experiment as well as integrating other recording
techniques as patch clamp and voltage sensitive dyes.
Electrodes are coated with Pt to provide a stable and fully biocompatible surface that achieves good neuronal couplings for
recordings. Different versions of BioChips are available to match your experimental needs in terms of resolution and field of view.
The BioChip 4096S is a microelectrode array integrating 4096 electrodes on 2.67mm x 2.67mm centered in a 3mm x 3mm working area.
The electrode size is 21µm x 21µm with a pitch of 42 µm. The glass ring internal diameter is 25mm with a height of 5mm. The
noise level of the circuit is of 26 µVrms, but even though it is higher than conventional amplifiers, our electrodes provide high
This device has been designed specifically for cell cultures.
The BioChip 4096S+ integrates 4096 electrodes on a 2.67mm x 2.67mm recording area centered in a 6mm x 6mm working area. This
multielectrode configuration provides a larger area to facilitate coupling with electrogenic tissue (e.g. brain slices) and
enables to record specific areas at the same spatial resolution of the BioChip 4096S. The electrode size is 21µm x 21µm with a
pitch of 42 µm as well. The glass ring internal diameter is 25mm with a height of 5mm. The noise level of the circuit is of
26 µVrms, but even though it is higher than conventional amplifiers, our electrodes provide high signal-to-noise recordings.
This is the device of choice for your high-resolution recordings of electrogenic tissues.
The BioChip 4096E integrates 4096 electrodes on a 5.12mm x 5.12mm recording area centered in a 6mm x 6mm working area. This
microelectrode array configuration is able to record from very large tissues at high spatial resolution. This device is also
providing a uniformly distributed stimulation array of 16 electrodes. The recording electrode size is 21µm x 21µm and the
electrode pitch is 81µm. The stimulation electrodes have the same size (21µm x 21µm) and they are uniformly interleaved over the
recording area. The glass ring internal diameter is 25mm with a height of 5mm. The noise level of the circuit is of 26
µVrms, but even though it is higher than conventional amplifiers, our electrodes provide high signal-to-noise recordings.
This devices is suited for experimental paradigm based on electrical stimulation for both cell culture and electrogenic tissues.
MEA BioChips come shipped in a handy and protective packaging.
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A complete software equipped with advanced tools dedicated to surf and grasp HD data content.
Large-scale electrode array devices record data with a huge amount of information that might risk to be wasted without proper
computational tools for visualizing, navigating and selecting the relevant events. BrainWave X offers several tools to simplify
the management of high resolution data.
Visualization represents the first step when willing to grasp the undergoing activity. With the MEA Activity View tool, it is
easy to customize the visualization to better suit the properties of your data. For example you can display either the Variation,
the Amplitude or the Energy of the signal in a false-colour map and you can activate a series of settings to improve the contrast
on the relevant activity. All this operation can be done in real-time as well as off-line. Whichever preparation you are
measuring, our tools will allow you to properly highlight the electrophysiological events without missing any relevant signals in
Thanks to several visualization parameters, it is possible to finely observe the spatial distribution of propagating activity
patterns as well as picking up tiny isolated signals. Additionally, once you are done with a proper configuration you can
directly export colour-coded activity movies to quickly shares them with your collaborators.
BrainWave X is capable to perform real-time analysis on 4096 channels thanks to the exploitation of modern multi-core hardware.
Online spike detection and data compression are only a few examples of what BrainWAve X can do in order to allow you recording
long experimental sessions and save time in data analysis. Indeed, results can be available immediately after recording without
need to perform off-line spike detection.
Full raw data coming from high resolution MEAs can be cumbersome to manage unless you have access to sophisticated solution for
storing big data.
The new BrainWave X offers different compression strategies to simplify the handling and the analysis of your data. For
instance, you can take advantage of lossless compression to save disk space while allowing original raw data to be perfectly
reconstructed. If this is not enough, you can opt for lossy compression by instructing BrainWave X on which percentage of the
relevant signal should be preserved (signal masking) and consequently which portions of the noisy signal should be discarded
And what makes everything even better is that all compression algorithms can be used in real-time directly on the data that you
are recording !
The selection of channels has been improved to simplify your work while browsing data. Simply drag and drop over an area of
interest within the array and BrainWave X will automatically select only the most active electrodes, thus saving your time.
Additionally, you can even select electrodes according to a given temporal statistic, such as the mean firing rate. Only
electrode channels within the given range of values will be selected.
Finally, you can group electrodes to ease the manipulation of data and other operations such as graphical plotting and
Data format and export
BrainWave X stores all your data using HDF5 hierarchical data format (www.hdfgroup.org). This standard is an open-source,
cross-platform, large data storage solution that has been adopted by the International Neuroinformatics Coordination Facility.
You can easily open any BRW- or BXR-file generated by BrainWave X within most operating systems (including Windows, Linux and
Mac OS) and most used data analysis environments, such as, among others, Python, Matlab, Scilab, Octave and R.
BioCAM X represents the next generation of microelectrode array systems.
Thanks to its high spatial and temporal resolution, BioCAM X brings unprecedented details to your experiments.
4096 x 18kHz
Originating from 3Brain’s expertise gained in the manufacturing of the first CMOS high-resolution multielectrode array, BioCam X
will boost your research capabilities by enabling simultaneous recordings from a total of 4096 electrodes sampled at 18 kHz per
You can either choose to store the entire raw signals captured by the BioCAM X or to take advantage of the several degrees of
compression, which will allow you to save space, speed up data mining and thus decrease computational resources required for
further data processing.
BioCAM X incorporates further optional functionalities in a compact and solid design, which come shipped as separate modules in
most MEA-systems, such as a temperature control system and an electrical programmable current-driven stimulator.
Its compact form factor eases the integration with other instrumentation like microscopes, perfusion and patch-clamp systems,
making the BioCAM a flexible tool for any experimental context.
BioCAM X can be interfaced with a laptop, allowing you to carry the entire recording system in your hand luggage.
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Introducing a fully bi-directional microelectrode array platform for 2D and 3D in vitro electrophysiology
BioCAM DupleX is a state-of-the-art microelectrode array, also known as a multielectrode array (MEA), platform for
powerful in vitro functional imaging. Its bidirectional capabilities allow researchers to simultaneously record high-density
electrophysiological data at 18 kHz and induce electrical stimulation at any of the 4,096 microelectrodes. In addition to this
micrometre-precise electrical stimulation, active and passive light shielding allow the use of optogenetic tools without affecting
chip functionality. This advanced platform works with both classical planar as well as innovative 3D CMOS MEA technology.
The BioCAM DupleX will utilise the latest generation of Khíron chips, which feature 4,096 µNeedle electrodes to penetrate
structured brain tissues like slices, organoids, and spheroids and obtain signals from inside your biological models, thus
dramatically increasing the quality of your data samples.
BioCAM DupleX and Khíron
With the Khíron ASIC family developed by 3Brain, the BioCAM DupleX can simultaneously record and stimulate from all 4,096
microelectrodes structured in the penetrating µNeedle grid.
These revolutionary µNeedle electrodes access information inside all kinds of tissues like slices, organoids, spheroids and
scaffolded 3D cultures without damaging them, making the BioCAM DupleX the only platform for in-tissue 3D functional imaging.
Complex electrophysiology setups, where the wiring of a single electrode to the amplifier can significantly change the noise
level and impair the experiment, or where the interpretation of the signals coming from your setup is restricted to
electrophysiological experts, are now a distant memory.
BioCAM DupleX makes setup as easy as possible, automating important settings, optimizing noise and making electrophysiology
accessible to everyone. Complex electrophysiological traces are turned into functional images, producing results similar to those
you can obtain with a microscope: easy to understand qualitatively and quick to process for quantitative results.
||Intel®’s Arria® 10 FPGA 13Gbps, 2GB DDR4, and ARM® dual-core Cortex™-A9
|Number of simultaneous recording channels
|Sampling frequency (full-array)
||1 – 4 independent subsets of electrodes (up to 64kHz sampling frequency)
||Active heating and cooling system
||USB 3.1 Type-C
||Prime, Arena, Stimulo, Accura
|3D HD-MEA compatibility
||Accura 3D (firmware upgrade required)
|Control software compatibility
||BrainWave 4 or higher
||Two analog inputs (-3.3 V to 3.3 V) or triggers (LV-TTL)
|Integrated stimulation module
|Real-time stimulation controller
|Internal (on-chip) stimulation sites
||4096 (only with HD-MEA Accura)
|External stimulation sites
||4 differential channels (accessible with optional connector box)
|Current stimulus generator
|Number of channels
||1 (only for external stimulation sites)
||+/- 1 mA
|Voltage stimulus generator
|Number of channels
||1 (only for internal stimulation sites)
||10 V (peak-to-peak)
||Anodized aluminum and stainless steel
|Protection from liquid spill over
||Anti spill barrier v. 2
|Dimensions (W x D x H)
||180 x 230 x 42 mm / 7.09 x 9.05 x 1.65 inches
||2 Kg / 4.4 pounds
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