This introductory chapter discusses the important system architectural aspects of a transmission electron microscope and how these are influenced by new market demands. It starts by discussing system-wide architectural considerations and the challenges imposed by current and future industrial markets. Then it looks at how new market demands (e.g. automation, repeatability and ease-of-use) change the architectural key drivers significantly, and therefore lead to architectural stress in the current system. Finally, architectural patterns and new design concepts for a next system architecture for the transmission electron microscope are discussed.
KeywordsSystems architecture Electron microscope Key drivers System qualities
The author likes to acknowledge Bernard van Vlimmeren and Hugo van Leeuwen of FEI for their valuable discussions.
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