Quartz PCI is the preferred microscope image acquisition, archiving and measurement software of thousands of researchers around the world. PCI software helps you manage all aspects of the imaging process including acquisition, annotation, measurement, reporting, archiving and retrieval.
Quartz PCI is available in both Lab and Office versions. Quartz PCI Lab is installed on instrument PCs and includes data acquisition functions. Quartz PCI Office is installed on office workstations and allows image processing and annotation to be carried out offline, away from the instrument. PCI Office includes all of the functionality of PCI Lab, except for data capture.
Quartz Imaging offers specialized modules for image capture from digital and analog SEMs, STEMs, TEMs, light microscopes, video sources, TWAIN devices and virtually any other kind of imaging instrument. PCI’s comprehensive support for many types of instruments means that you only need to learn how to use one software package to acquire data from all of your laboratory instruments. Even EDX data can be handled through PCI’s ability to import EMSA files.
Once you have acquired your images, PCI Lab & Office provide a complete set of processing and display functions including image zooming, pseudo-coloring, brightness, contrast and gamma adjustment, color correction, smoothing, sharpening etc. Anaglyph stereo images can be constructed and aligned.
PCI also has the ability to reverse raster rotation, to rotate images by arbitrary angles and to perform tilt correction in order to prepare images for measurement.
Quartz PCI performs image sharpness measurement on SEM images in accordance with ISO standard ISO/TS 24597:2011.
Quartz PCI includes numerous tools for annotating your images. All annotations are contained in a separate overlay layer so that the image behind is preserved and so that the annotations can be easily moved and adjusted. It is possible to save a default overlay that contains, for example, your company logo or a Confidential indicator, that will be applied automatically to all images that are acquired. At the appropriate time, you can choose to burn the overlay into the image.
In addition to the standard annotation tools, PCI includes a comprehensive set of image measurement tools. Like the annotation tools, these tools operate in the overlay layer allowing measurements to be adjusted after their initial placement. As you make measurements, the results are displayed both on the image and in a spreadsheet grid below the image. The contents of this grid can be saved and easily copied into other software such as Microsoft® Excel. In applications, such as quality control or semiconductor process development, where the same measurements are repeated on numerous images, you can set up a Measurement Sequence that steps the analyst through the measurement procedure.
Quartz Imaging has also recently introduced our Automated Measurement (AM) Module for PCI which performs automated measurements on semiconductor features.
PCI includes a full–featured report layout tool. After you have acquired your images, or even while you are acquiring them, PCI makes it easy to produce polished, professional reports.
PCI database fields can be placed on the report and automatically filled with database information pertaining to the associated image. The same tools that are available for annotating images are available for adding annotations to the report. Master pages and templates facilitate the development of standard reports for your organization, incorporating elements such as corporate logos.
Reports can be exported in the Microsoft® Word and Microsoft® PowerPoint® file formats, so that you can continue working on them in the Microsoft® Office environment. Finished reports can be exported in the PDF for easy distribution to your colleagues and clients.
PCI Lab & Office include powerful tools to help you access and manage your images intuitively and to turn those images into usable information. Quartz Imaging's scalable family of high-performance database solutions can help a single microscopist keep track of hundreds of images or help an entire organization keep track of millions of them.
In addition to tracking images and other data files, the Quartz PCI database also tracks Jobs, Instrument Sessions and Samples.
The Workgroup Database is included with every copy of PCI Lab & Office. Designed for facilities with up to approximately 10 users, the Workgroup Database provides a simple, yet powerful, introduction to image database systems.
For larger organizations, Quartz PCI connects directly to the enterprise-grade Quartz LIMS database.
Quartz PCI is tightly coupled to the Quartz LIMS systems. Data acquired and processed in PCI is available immediately to LIMS users without any separate data upload step. Similarly, data stored in the LIMS system can be retrieved and processed directly from with the Quartz PCI software. PCI supports optional barcode readers to facilitate job and sample selection at the instruments. The use of PCI at each instrument allows us to collect fine-grained timing and instrument usage data to produce meaningful management and productivity reports.