A modular, scalable, multichannel neural data acquisition system with superior features and performance

Key Features

The alphaRS data acquisition system is a complete platform for conducting multichannel electrophysiology experiments. The system is modular and scalable with options to add on extra features and channels.


  • The system offers channel expandability
  • Digitized Headstages: Ultra-small and lightweight headstage suitable for all types of setups and subjects
  • Plug and play system: Suitable to be used with a variety of headstages ie. Intan, Neuronexus, OpenEphys, and more
  • Online statistics: Spike raster, firing rate, PSTH and evoked potential
  • Integrated Recording and Stimulation in one system: Using one software to control all channel’s modes and enabling closed-loop actions with short latency timing.
  • Advanced stimulation allowing a variety of stimulation options, patterns, and amplitudes, allowing manual or automatic control over all channel’s modes
  • Online Recording and Stimulation algorithm: An adaptive algorithm for fast recovery from stimulation artifact, the artifact deducted during stimulation enables online spike segmentation and sorting
  • Simultaneous data streaming of Raw, Spike & LFP
  • Real-time closed loop:DSP programming allowing fast response for closed-loop (>1ms)
  • Powerful DSPs: State-of-the-art Octa-core DSPs
  • SDK tool: Two-way communication using MATLAB or C++ for streaming all data and controlling system functionality
  • Built-in GUI for controlling various optogenetics systems

Complete MATLAB Control & Data Access

  • Data streaming. All data collected by the AlphaRS can be accessed online in MATLAB.
  • Full system control. From within MATLAB, commands can be sent to adjust almost all system parameters or trigger unique stimulation paradigms.
  • Closed-loop functionality. Data can be analyzed online, and results can directly trigger digital outputs or stimulation
  • Easy programming. Specially designed MATLAB toolbox and instructions make accessing data in MATLAB simple and easy.
  • Endless possibilities. Online access to data means each user can code paradigms specifically for their unique needs.


Specifications and Options


4 Selectable software digital filtering per channel (0.02Hz to 10KHz)


Digital selected channel referencing

Spike sorting

Up to 4 spike templates per channel using 8-point template matching, an SSQ algorithm, and optional window discriminators


MATLAB, C++, NeuroExplorer® online link


2 stereo outputs

General purpose digital outputs

8 outputs single-bit digital outputs, Synchronization TTL output

General purpose analog outputs

4 outputs ± 5.0 V, 16-bit analog outputs

General purpose digital Inputs

4 digital input channels (TTLs) , 16-bit digital input port

General purpose analog Input

4 differential analog input channels with 16 bit-resolution and dynamic range of ±5V

PC interface

1 Gbit Ethernet

Power supply

4-pin DC power connector (100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz)

HeadStage connectivity

Up to 8 HeadStages with micro HDMI connector

LED Indicators

Indicating general system’s state

System size

26*18*5 cm

PC Specs



i7 – Clock at least 2.6Ghz


16 GB DDR 4




 Window 10 pro

We offer a variety of digitizing Headstages with ultra-small size and weight suitable for a wide range of subjects and setups.
Out headstages can record all types of signals, and have integrated stimulation sources and sensors

  • alphaRS System can support up to 8 headstages
  • Supporting all types of brain signals: MER / EEG / EMG / ECOG / AKG
  • Various headstage configurations:
  • 16 channel headstages with 18pin Omnetics connector
  • 32 channel headstages with 36pin Omnetics connector
  • 64 channel headstages with 2x 36pimn Omnetics connector
  • Integrated stimulation
  • Low noise 2.4µV RMS
  • integrated 3-axis accelerometer sensor
  • Built-in impedance check
  • Flexible cable length

HeadStage compatible electrodes

Our headstages are compatible with numerous commercially-available electrodes, including probes from the following companies:

The headstage connector can be customized.




Atlas Neuroengineering
(16ch semi-chronic, chronic probes)

Doric Lenses
(opto-electric cannulas)

(most array types)

(CM16LP, OCM16LP, H16, HC16, OH16LP, DM16, MR_CM16, MR_H16, V16, OV16, VC16 and others)

(CON/16o25m-18P, CON/16m-V, and others)

Cambridge NeuroTech
(ASSY-79 probes)

Atlas Neuroengineering
(32ch semi-chronic, chronic probes)

Blackrock Microsystems
(Cereplex M connector)

Doric Lenses
(opto-electric cannulas)

(most array types)

(CM32, OCM32LP, H32, OH32LP, MR_CM32, MR_H32, V32, OV32, VC32, MR_H64, MR_HC64, MCM64, MH64, MSH64 and others)

(CON/32m-V and others)

Cambridge NeuroTech
(ASSY-116 probes)

Atlas Neuroengineering
(64ch semi-chronic, chronic probes)

(MBA brush array and others)

(H64LP, V64, MCM64, MH64, MSH64, MA128, MH128, MHS128)

Cambridge NeuroTech
(ASSY-156 probes)

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