Apart from silicon-based probes we develop and produce as well peripheral components such as headstages, drives, electrode interface boards (EIB), adapter boards and customized interfacing solutions for non-standardized experimental setups.
In general, our silicon probes are compatible with a large variety of commercially available headstages using dedicated connector types and pinouts. Our adapters and EIBs ensure the correct pinout connectivity for each type of headstage. When using custom amplifiers and data acquisition systems we will find a solution to connect our probe technology onto your system.
Our chronic probe array can be implanted using an inserter tool that can be clamped into the stereotactic frame. The nozzle of the tool contains a recess which holds the flexible cable in place. The connector can be clamped onto the inserter which also enables to record during implantation.
In case you can't use vacuum, the probe can also be temporary fixed in place using polyethylene glycol (PEG). The PEG can easily be dissolved in saline solution.
Our electrode interface boards (EIBs) are in general equipped with cost-effective zero-insertion-force (ZIF) connectors interfacing with our chronic probe arrays. In contrast, the connection to headstages is typically achieved by Omnetics connectors designed for a large number of mating cycles. Due to the non-permanent – nonetheless reliable – interface between EIB and chronic probe using the ZIF connectors, EIBs by ATLAS can be re-used even though the chronic probe cannot be released from the dental acrylic. This lowers the unit price per chronic electrode array.
ATLAS provides EIBs for a broad range of commercially available headstages and can help with custom-solutions for your home-build headstages as well.