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Aztec Live

AZtecLive and Ultim Max

AZtecLive is a revolutionary new approach to EDS analysis that enables a radical change in the way users perform sample investigation in the SEM. It combines a live electron image with live X-ray chemical imaging to give an intuitive new way of interacting with your samples.

AZtecLive is powered by Ultim Max, the next generation Silicon Drift Detectors (SDD) combining the largest sensor sizes with Extreme electronics to deliver unparalleled speed and sensitivity.

  • Real-time chemical imaging
  • Record every step of your analysis with Live Trace
  • Up to 170 mm2 sensor area
  • Quantitative analysis at 400,000 cps
  • EDS mapping at >1,000,000 cps
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Video rate electron and chemical imaging enables real-time navigation by chemistry for the first time.


Automatically record where you have been and what elements have been detected so you never lose a feature of interest. See both the position and concentration of elements to quickly find ‘hot spots’.



The combination of Extreme electronics with the X4 pulse processor allows Ultim Max to map samples at count rates of 1,500,000 cps and accurately quantify composition at 400,000 cps.



Size really does matter. Use the large Ultim Max sensor areas of up to 170 mm2 to deliver unparalleled count rate under the most demanding analytical conditions.

Speed & Sensitivity



AZtecLive enables the quick and comprehensive investigation of a sample with real-time chemical feedback via the AZtecLive interface. No need to move back and forth between the microscope and the EDS software. Just navigate around your sample while viewing Live TV rate electron image and X-Ray maps until you find a feature of interest, then stop and AZtecLive will automatically switch to integration mode to collect high quality image and X-ray maps allowing you to see the detail in your sample.



The large SDD sensors of Ultim Max allows up to 17x more data to be collected in the same time with no loss of accuracy. Whether you want to map larger areas, have better statistics in each data point, collect data much faster, or investigate the smallest nano-structures, Ultim Max is the ultimate solution for X-ray analysis in the SEM.

AZtecLive Product Overview

Product Overview Azteclive

1 - Live Image

2 - Live X-Ray Maps

3 - Transition to High Quality Image and X-Ray Mapping

4 - Tru-Q Spectrum Processing

5- Pulse Pile-up Correction

6 - Live updated spectrum

7 - Live Layered Map

8 - Spot Analysis Mode

9 - Reduced Raster

10 - Data Saving

11 - Live Trace - Stage Locations

12 - Live Trace - Element Locations

13- Stage Relocation

14 - Image Import

15 - Custom Interface Layout

16 - More Detailed Analysis

Ultim Max Product Overview

1 - Sensor Area

2 - Low Noise X-ray Detection

3 - Bellows SEM Interface

4 - Motorised Slide

5- Quantitative Analysis at >400,000CPS

6- X-ray Mapping at >1,000,000CPS

7- Size Really Matters

8- Sensor Independent Performance

9- Sample Damage

10- Sample Contamination

11- TruMap

12- Highlight Real Chemical Variation

13- Mapping Low Concentrations

14- Light Element Analysis

15- Low KV Analysis

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Ultim Extreme Title Ultim Extreme Device

Ultimate spatial resolution and low energy performance for EDS in the SEM. Combining Extreme electronics and windowless construction with optimised geometry and sensor design delivers up to 15x greater sensitivity than a conventional large area SDD.

  • Detection and mapping of Li X-rays
  • Work at energies of less than 2kV to deliver sub 10nm spatial resolution in bulk samples
  • Materials characterisation at sub 1kV
  • Combine with immersion optic to collect high sensitivity data at up to 30kV with no compromise
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Product Videos

The Story Behind AZtecLive & Ultim Max

AZtecLive: Real-time Chemical Imaging

Ultim Max: A Revolution In SDD Technology

Application Videos

Viewing features that are difficult to see with an SE detector

This application video shows how AZtecLive can be used to view features that cannot be seen with standard imaging detectors in the electron microscope

Analysis of Asthma Inhaler Contaminants

This application video shows how AZtecLive can be used to find contaminants in a metered dose sample from an Asthma inhaler

Analysis of Defective Polymer Pouches

This application video shows how quick and easy it is to determine the cause of failure in a defective polymer pouch using AZtecLive and Ultim Max

Application Notes

Analysing a NAND Flash memory device using low kV EDS

The combination of X-Max Extreme with GeminiSEM 500 provides a uniquely convenient and powerful imaging and analysis tool for investigating the morphology and chemistry of nano-structures down to less than 10nm. Using the example of ferrocerium nano-particles and GaInAs quantum dots this capability is demonstrated in practice…

AZtecLive In Depth: Tru-Q®

This application note describes the unique approach and technology used in AZtecLive EDS systems to provide automatic real-time element identification and composition determination

AZtecLive In Depth: TruMap

This application note shows how TruMap displays in real-time the real variations of elements in a sample. It describes how minor element variations in a refractory oxide containing slag sample created during clean steel manufacture can be studied.

AZtecLive & Ultim Max

AZtecLive takes the EDS technique from the static to the dynamic with real-time chemical imaging. AZtecLive is powered by Ultim Max, the next generation SDD detectors combining the largest sensor sizes (170 mm2 and 100 mm2) with Extreme electronics to deliver unparalleled speed and sensitivity.


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