Compact Multi-Probe Micromanipulator (MPM) System allows neuroscience researchers to quickly and precisely position multiple Neuropixels 2.0 probes for neural recording

New Scale Technologies has announced a probe mounting kit for Neuropixels 2.0 probes (alpha phase) on the company’s MPM Multi-Probe Micromanipulator System for neural recording.

The newest probe mount MPM-Probe_Mount-NP2a allows one or two Neuropixels 2.0 probes to be mounted on each manipulator arm in the MPM System.

The MPM System enables precise positioning of neural probes, optical fibers and more. The compact design supports multiple manipulator arms in a compact space. The ability to mount two Neuropixels 2.0 probes on each manipulator arm further increases the density of probes that can be achieved.

The MPM System is the only micromanipulator designed specifically for high-density silicon probes. Neuroscience researchers at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, Stanford University, Caltech, MIT, Purdue, the Max Delbrück Center, Scripps Research and more are using the MPM System to position up to eight silicon neural probes simultaneously. The new Virtual Coordinate System software allows all probes to move in a common stereotactic coordinate space.

The probe holder MPM-Probe_Mount-NP2a is designed for the Neuropixels 2.0 probes as they are shipping in alpha phase, without a dove-tail cap.

The probe holder is designed to work with the New Scale MPM System, but can be adapted for use with other manipulators. Contact New Scale Technologies for solid models and more information.

MPM System with three manipulator arms

MPM Probe Mount NP2a with one Neuropixels 2.0 Alpha Phase Probe (preliminary)

MPM Probe Mount NP2a with two Neuropixels 2.0 Alpha Phase Probes (preliminary)

About the Multi-Probe Micropositioner (MPM) System

The MPM Multi-Probe Micromanipulator System provides convenient, automated positioning of multiple neural probes for acute in-vivo recording in electrophysiology and optogenetic research. The first micro-manipulator designed specifically for use with silicon probes, it enables researchers to maximize productivity and precision. The compact design enables independent positioning of multiple probes in the smallest space. Automatically and independently move each probe to the optimum location in the brain. The powerful virtual coordinate system (VCS) software allows researchers to position and insert all probes using a common stereotaxic coordinate system.