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Tiger Optics Introduces New Product Line for Real-Time, Ultra-Trace Detection of CO and CO2

Horsham, PA (February 2, 2021)—Tiger Optics, a world leader in the development and manufacturing of advanced, laser-based analytical equipment, launched its new HALO Max QCL product line, a new generation of Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy (CRDS) analyzers based on mid-infrared Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) technology. Tiger’s QCL-CRDS enables real-time, parts-per-trillion (ppt)-level detection of trace contaminants, including carbon monoxide (CO) and carbon dioxide (CO2), in ultra-high purity (UHP) gases typically used in semiconductor manufacturing.

Modern semiconductor fabs require extremely high gas purity to maintain low failure rates and high yield. For bulk gases such as nitrogen, argon, oxygen (O2), and others desired purity requirements are well below 1 part-per-billion for contaminants such as moisture (H2O), methane (CH4), CO, and CO2.  In addition, low detection limits and real time monitoring are critical for process control.   The new HALO Max QCL expands Tiger’s industry-leading product portfolio to include detection capabilities for H2O, O2, CH4 and CO and CO2, offering customers a more complete solution.

The introduction of quantum cascade laser (QCL) CRDS technology, with the release of the HALO Max QCL, into the UHP semiconductor market sets a new standard for the measurement of key impurities in process gases.  The semiconductor industry has long suffered with unstable batch sampling technologies, which are difficult and expensive to operate. Legacy gas chromatography (GC) technology, for instance, requires helium carrier gas to achieve ppt-level sensitivity, which is a major cost factor. With Tiger Optics’ CRDS systems, neither calibration nor carrier gas is required, enabling savings in operating costs over hundreds of thousands of dollars over the life of the instrument. 

“Tiger Optics is excited to launch this first-of-a-kind analyzer incorporating the most advanced laser technology in the market.” says Jim Belanger, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Tiger Optics & Extrel. “We worked in close coordination with key semiconductor and industrial gas customers to ensure we addressed their requirements for real-time, continuous UHP gas analysis. The HALO Max QCL for the measurement of critical impurities such as CO and CO2 in the main semiconductor bulk process gases sets a new standard for on-line continuous UHP gas analysis.”

About Tiger Optics, A Process Insights Company

Founded in 2001, Tiger Optics is the preferred provider of high-performance, laser-based gas analyzers that advances industrial standards and enables cutting-edge research. By leveraging the expertise of scientists, engineers and industry specialists, Tiger Optics offers advanced total solutions, field support, analyzer training and advice to help customers improve yields and reduce costs. Creating out-of-the-box solutions that deliver fast, reliable and stable measurements, Tiger Optics supports continuous innovation in gas and chemical production, semiconductor fabrication and many other markets. 

Process Insights provides innovation solutions for gas and water analysis to a global customer base; brands include Cosa Xentaur, Tiger Optics, LAR Process Analysers, Hygrocontrol, Alpha Omega Instruments, ATOM Instruments, Extrel CMS and MBW Calibration.

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Tiger Optics to Showcase Three New Products at SEMICON West

San Francisco, CA (July 11, 2017)— With three new products, Tiger Optics LLC demonstrates its abiding commitment to help Semiconductor manufacturers perfect the exacting techniques of advanced device fabrication. The company will display its HALO QRP moisture analyzer at the SEMICON West show (July 11-13) and introduce two new products to monitor for airborne molecular contaminants (AMC).

July 10, 2017
Tiger Optics Salutes NASA’s Successful Juno Mission

Warrington, PA (September 21, 2016) – Along with NASA scientists, Tiger Optics LLC had reason to cheer when the Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit in July, capping its five-year journey from Cape Canaveral. Prior to Juno’s launch on August 5, 2011, a Tiger Optics trace-gas analyzer helped NASA keep the scientific payload in prime condition.

As demonstrated in the Juno mission, Tiger Optics’ HALO trace-gas analyzer plays a critical role in detecting contaminants that could compromise the performance of scientific instruments in space. Such scientific instruments are designed to operate in the vacuum of space, in the absence of chemicals present in the earth’s atmosphere: water, oxygen, and particulate matter. Prior to launch, the spacebound instruments must be protected from earthly contaminants by storing the payload under a flow of high-purity inert gas. Nitrogen is usually the inert gas chosen for the task. Typically, the moisture level in NASA’s high-purity nitrogen must be kept under 1 ppm. Tiger Optics’ HALO H2O analyzer comfortably handled that requirement for the Juno mission, because the device measures moisture in a range from 2 ppb to 20 ppm.

After Juno entered Jupiter’s orbit on July 4, NASA scientists powered up the science instruments aboard the spacecraft for its first close “flyby” of the planet on August 27. On September 2, NASA reported that all eight of Juno’s science instruments were successfully energized and collecting data. Indeed, on the first of 36 scheduled orbital flybys, six megabytes of data were collected during the sixhour transit of the spacecraft from above Jupiter’s north pole to below its south pole. While analysis of the data is ongoing, NASA quickly published the first-ever images of Jupiter’s north pole.

“Tiger Optics is honored that its technology is trusted to support our nation’s journey into the frontiers of space,” said Lisa Bergson, Tiger Optics’ chief executive.

About Tiger Optics

Founded in 2001, Tiger Optics offers a wide and proven array of gas analyzers, as well as atmospheric and environmental monitors. From the cleanest of semiconductor fabs to the harshest coal-fired stacks, our analyzers work to improve yields, reduce costs and ease the burdens of regulatory compliance.



Jerry Riddle

President Tiger Optics, LLC or (215) 343-6600, extension 147

Tiger Optics Optimizes AMC Monitoring With a Mobile Cart

San Francisco, CA (July 11, 2016)— Tiger Optics LLC, responding to the semiconductor industry’s escalating need to continuously monitor airborne molecular contaminants (AMC) in cleanroom environments, said it is introducing a robust but compact mobile cart to accommodate multiple Tiger-i analyzers that excel in speciating trace amounts of the most vexing contaminants. The AMC cart will be featured at the Tiger Optics booth this week at the SEMICON West show in San Francisco (July 12-14).

Known for its innovative laser-based analyzers, Tiger Optics uses Continuous Wave Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy (CW CRDS) in seven product lines to measure trace contaminants in markets ranging from atmospheric to the process gas streams vital to industrial gas and chemicals manufacturers.

A longtime supplier of analyzers to semiconductor fabrication plants, the company developed its Tiger-i platform for continuous AMC monitoring, with sub-ppb detection capability. Each Tiger-i analyzer is designed to rapidly measure a specific analyte, with no cross contamination or interference from other chemicals in the air. Notably, Tiger-i analyzers excel in detecting the three most damaging molecular contaminants in cleanrooms: hydrogen chloride (HCl), hydrogen fluoride (HF) and ammonia (NH3).

As the size of integrated circuit chips continues to shrink, semiconductor manufacturers have mounting reason to fret about ambient molecules that lead to molecular contamination of wafers, thereby reducing yield. Manufacturers increasingly require advanced metrology capabilities in their micro-environments, where space is at a premium. Tiger Optics, known for the compact size of its instruments, decided to design a mobile cart to accommodate up to four Tiger-i devices.

“To help our customers, it made sense to visualize the workspace. So, we’ve designed a strong, but skinny cart,” said Tiger chief executive Lisa Bergson.

Made of stainless steel, the AMC cart measures just 36 inches in height and 23 inches in width. Side panels are removable; the front and rear doors are hinged. The cart is transported via shock-absorbing casters.

About Tiger Optics

Tiger Optics LLC makes laser-based gas analyzers that help advance science and industry with the world’s most powerful molecular analyzers. More than 2,000 robust Tiger units work for semiconductor fabrication plants, gas manufacturers, chemical companies and environmental monitoring, as well as 20 national metrology institutes. Please visit



Drew Thomson

Business Manager: Semiconductor & LED

Tiger Optics, LLC or 215-343-6600, extension 110

Tiger Optics Offers World’s Most Sensitive Detection of Moisture in Ammonia

Warrington, PA (March 4, 2016) – Tiger Optics, LLC, headquartered in Warrington, PA, announced today that it has developed a new analyzer that refines the detection of moisture in ammonia to levels down to 2 parts-per-billion (ppb), achieving five times the sensitivity of incumbent technology. The ALOHA+ H2O analyzer will be on exhibit at the Tiger Optics booth (#1050) during the Pittcon Conference at the Georgia World Conference Center in Atlanta, from March 6th to the 10th. Notably, Dr. Florian Adler, Senior Scientist, will present Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy Analyzer for Trace Moisture Detection in Ultra-Pure Ammonia in the Specialty Gas Analysis session at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, March 8th.

Just five years ago, Tiger introduced its original ALOHA H2O analyzer for the fast-growing High Brightness Light Emitting Diode (HB LED) market. With that, Tiger met the industry’s need to detect moisture in ammonia at levels to 10 ppb, as higher concentrations impair the electroluminescent intensity of HB LEDs and diminish process yields. This directly affects profit margins as brightness determines whether an LED finds use in a flat screen TV or is relegated to the nose of a child’s toy.

With the new ALOHA+ H2O analyzer, Tiger Optics continues to address the evermore exacting needs of HB LED makers, tool manufacturers, purifier makers and the gas companies that supply ammonia, the favored source of nitrogen for the production of Gallium Nitride (GaN) semiconductor wafers, a core component of HB LEDs.

The compact ALOHA+ H2O analyzer fits two to a 19’’ rack and features Tiger’s proven, powerful laserbased technology. Often used in remote locations, where skilled technicians and support services are hard to come by, Tiger’s products require little maintenance and are easy to install and to operate. As users attest, the analyzers offer a rare combination of sensitivity and robustness.

Founded in 2001, the Pennsylvania-based company has earned its stellar reputation for detecting trace levels of moisture in bulk and specialty gases. For ultra-high purity ammonia analysis, hundreds of Tiger units have been installed around the world. “When we entered the moisture in ammonia analysis market back in 2004, we did so with an analyzer that had the lowest detection limit available. Since then, the ‘Lowest Detection Limit’ (LDL) is a title that we have maintained,” said Lisa Bergson, Tiger Optics’ founder and chief executive. “We’ve developed close relationships with the leading gas manufacturers, purifier makers and end-users of ammonia. When they told us that they needed an analyzer that had limits lower than even our best analyzer, we developed the ALOHA+ H2O analyzer and reduced the LDL to an astonishingly low level of 2 ppb.”

About Tiger Optics

Founded in 2001, Tiger Optics offers over 60 instruments for high-precision gas analysis, as well as atmospheric and environmental monitoring. Based upon powerful, proven Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy (CRDS), Tiger products combine outstanding detection capabilities, speed of response, dynamic range, and accuracy, along with continuous auto-calibration, ease-of-use, and freedom from moving parts and consumables. From the cleanest of semiconductor fabs to the harshest coal-fired stacks, Tiger's gas analyzers and air monitors improve your yields, reduce costs, and ease the burdens of regulatory compliance. We are also the first ISO 9001:2000 accredited CRDS company, known for our quality, consistency and manufacturing excellence, as well as excellent global support. Please visit us at


Dr. Luna Yang


Applications Scientist or (215) 343-6600, extension 127

Tiger Optics Shows Prowess in Testing Hydrogen for Fuel Cell Vehicles

Warrington, PA (August 19, 2015) – Spearheading the move to carbon-free transportation, Tiger Optics LLC, a leader in laser-based detection of trace contaminants, announces its most recent order from the State of California to qualify the hydrogen (H2) required to operate fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV). Tiger’s analyzers provide the sensitivity, selectivity and accuracy needed to measure certain contaminants that can damage or destroy a vehicle’s fuel cell. Because such quality control is crucial for FCEVs to achieve mass-market success, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International has set stringent standards for hydrogen fuel purity (

At Last, Advanced Spectroscopy at a Popular Price

Warrington, PA (November 3, 2014) – Tiger Optics LLC today introduced a technologically advanced spectroscopic analyzer for gases and chemicals production. The SparkTM meets industry demand for an attractively priced product to measure moisture over a wide and high range, while capitalizing on the strengths of Tiger Optics’ prized technology, known as Continuous Wave Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy (CW CRDS). The Spark matches the price point yet outperforms “long in the tooth” products, such as those based upon chilled mirror and oscillating crystal technologies.

New Multi-Species Analyzer Makes Debut at Pittcon 2014

Warrington, PA (February 28, 2014) – Tiger Optics LLC, a leading manufacturer of advanced, laser-based gas analyzers, today said the company will introduce its Prismatic 2 multi-species analyzer at the Pittcon Conference and Expo in Chicago, scheduled for March 2-6.

Tiger Optics Offers Most Sensitive Detection of Moisture in Ammonia

Warrington, PA (Dec. 3, 2013) – Tiger Optics, LLC announced today that it has developed a new ammonia analyzer that refines the detection of moisture to levels down to 2 parts per billion, achieving 5 times the sensitivity of incumbent technology. The new ALOHA+ H2O analyzer will be available starting January 1, 2014.

Tiger Optics Ascends Inc Magazine's Fastest Growing List

Warrington, PA (August 23, 2013) – For a fifth year, Inc. magazine has named Tiger Optics LLC to its 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in the United States. Among manufacturers on the 2013 list, Tiger ranks as the 57th fastest-growing concern, jumping from 76th place on the year-earlier list. To determine rankings, Inc. measures the company’s percentage revenue growth over the previous three-year period.