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Miniature piezo smart stage now available at Digi-Key and Mouser
30 January 2019, 09:23 am – OptoIndex

New Scale Technologies’ M3-LS-3.4-15 Linear Smart Stage, a direct-drive precision piezoelectric micro stage with embedded controller, is now available for purchase on Digi-Key and  Mouser. The M3-LS-3.4-15 smart stage is designed for fast integration into compact OEM instruments. It accepts simple high-level motion commands directly from a system controller via standard serial interface (I2C or SPI).

The Developer’s Kits for sale through the distributors include one smart stage along with New Scale Pathway™ software, a break out board, and USB adapter for rapid evaluation and system development.


The micro stage has 15 mm travel and 500 nm position resolution for precise, repeatable positioning of optics, probes, sensors and more. Absolute encoding eliminates the need for homing on power-up.

All electronics are completely integrated in the 32 x 32 x 11 mm stage housing, making the overall system size significantly smaller than traditional piezo stages. It takes 6 VDC input and can be powered by USB or standard batteries.

The stage has high stiffness, no gears or backlash, low acoustic noise, and no internal high voltage.

For complete specifications download the data sheet.