Nikon Corp., one of Japan’s leading makers of optical products, announced that it will launch a portable industrial microscope in November. Unlike the stationery microscope, the new product is cordless allows for inspection on the production line for increased inspection efficiency. The user can use it with one hand and take a picture as if he does it with a digital camera. The new product comes with a 2.7-inch LCD, and the magnification ranges from 20 times to 400 times. The user puts the camera of the microscope on such subjects as printed circuit and semiconductor wafer for inspection. He can use it as a conventional stationery microscope by placing it on the special fixture. The new product is priced at about 2.8 million yen including the electric fixture and a 17-inch monitor.
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