Now through the end of June 2011 you can upgrade ANY LX100/200 control software to xPONENT v3.1 for $875.00*. This includes the software, Automated Maintenance Plate (AMP), and calibration and verification beads.
Why are you telling me this?
Today Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd. (HISAL) announced the discontinuation of MasterPlex CT, its control software for the LX100/200 instrument from Luminex Corp. This announcement adds to the list of discontinued control software out in the market: LDS 1.7, IS 2.x, IS 2.3 (as of June 30, 2011), MasterPlex CT, StarStation etc.
I have one of the discontinued software packages you mentioned. Should I convert to xPONENT v3.1?
Well firstly, if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. Luminex will continue to support IS 2.3 for 5 more years. (Please check with Luminex Corporation for support information on control software older than IS 2.3.) HISAL will support CT through the end of 2011 and all of the support resources will remain online after that point. If these software interfaces are working for you and you don’t intend to change the way you use your LX100/200 then it is probably not necessary to make any changes.
There are 2 main reasons you may want to consider converting to xPONENT v3.1:
- Automating the calibration, verification and maintenance of your LX100/200
- Adding support for magnetic microspheres
If you currently use MasterPlex CT you already have the features mentioned in 1 and 2 above. So converting may not be as compelling to you. However if you are currently using LDS 1.7, IS 2.x, IS 2.3 or StarStation you cannot run assays with magnetic microspheres and you do not have automated maintenance capabilities. If you plan to add those capabilities to your usage of your LX100/200 then now is a great time to consider converting due to the steep discount in the conversion cost through the end of June.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions email@example.com.
*Please note that depending on the age of your XY Platform and computer you may need to upgrade one or both of these items in order to support xPONENT v3.1. Any costs related to upgrading your computer or XY Platform would be in addition to the $875.00. Also if you convert from any version of Bio-Plex Manager to xPONENT v3.1 an onsite service visit will be require in order to adjust the PMTs. This visit is not included in the $875.00.
xPONENT v3.1 required computer specs:
- Windows XP Professional, SP3
- 1.86 GHz Intel Core 2 or higher
- 2 G RAM or higher
- 80 GB hard drive
- DVD drive
- 1280 x 1024, 32 bit screen
XY Platform requirements
- Please contact us for help in determining the compatibility of your XY Platform and xPONENT v3.1 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-The MiraiBio Team