FAST ComTec GmbH is a small but innovative company
We are dedicated to the design and marketing of innovative scientific instrumentation. Founded in 1984 by Norbert Gnieser, Rolf Schwall and a group of professionals as CMTE Elektronik the company has developed and manufactured NIM instruments under the Canberra Label. Soon thereafter the first CMTE labeled products were developed: a PC-based Multichannel Analyzer Model MCD/PC and the first ever PC-based Multiparameter System for up to eight ADCs. In 1987 CMTE acquired FAST Data Systems and was renamed CMTE FAST Datensysteme GmbH.
New products were introduced which were developed by internal and external design engineers. FAST Data Systems brought with them a line of computer systems and computer related products, that were sold in Germany and as part of scientific systems world wide.
In 1989 the first ultra fast multiscaler was introduced that for the first time was able to accept counting rates of up to 200MHz. The time resolution was 5ns. This was one of the most successful products at that time. FAST ComTec GmbH was the first company that offered MCA emulation software based on MS WINDOWS.
Since 1996 FAST ComTec is concentrating on its core business of innovative scientific instruments. The development of a 2 GHz, multistop - all digital - photon counting system restated the position of FAST ComTec as the performance leader in this field. This device is presently available in its second generation with up to four inputs that offers far superior performance data (PCI-board).
A new version offers 4 GHz count rate capability and a time resolution of 250 ps. The latest version (P7889) with 100 ps resolution is now available (May 2006). A new feature is pulse-width evaluation with 100 ps time resolution. In rapid succession a line of PC-based MCA's were introduced ranging from a 16k MCA with an integrated ADC to universal MCA cards with very fast multiscaling capabilities. In 1998 the first PCI-bus-based multiparameter system (the MPA-3) was introduced that offered so far unreachable data throughput rates. Matching ADC's and TADC's (digital TAC/ADC's) were later added. A multi-input MCA was derived from the MPA-3.
FAST ComTec products are consistent with our goal to stay on the cutting edge of technology, we invest our best engineering resources in designing instrumentation that is not just innovative, but also high-performance and competitively priced. Our products are used throughout the world in scientific, industrial and commercial applications such as alpha, beta and gamma spectroscopy, X-ray spectroscopy, fluorescence decay studies, high-resolution TOF mass spectrometry, LIDAR, Laser-induced photo-electron spectrometry to analyze the electronic state of gas and solid state samples, Single molecule counting and Single photon counting.
This system - the SPA-3 made great inroads replacing Mixer-Router modules which are severely count rate limited. All multichannel analyzer and multiparameter products are now offered with operating software based on MS WINDOWS-2000 and XP. Optionally available are DLL's for LabVIEW, C, Delphi and Visual Basic. For the multichannel analyzers we offer optional drivers for LINUX. FAST ComTec also offers X-ray spectroscopy systems, Transient Recorders and hybrid components.
Our continuing goal is to offer the highest technologically advanced products with superior performance, the smartest and easiest to use software, while being responsive to the specific needs of our customers. FAST ComTec's commitment to the scientific community complements our tradition of quality and unmatched reliability of our products.
We are aiming to provide the best solutions to the requirements of our customers. We do this also by listening to their requests for new products and develop them accordingly. We try to deliver orders from stock, give a fast response to questions and provide a level of support that exceeds the customers expectations.
FAST ComTec represents AMPTEK Inc., Berkeley Nucleonics Corp. in the USA and CREMAT Inc. in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Munich, Dr. Wolfgang Wagner, general manager.