Minicube PCR: an innovative DNA copier

In speed and accuracy, Minicube outperforms all conventional PCR machines on the market.

Revolutionary technology and innovative business

Minicube PCR is really 16 PCR machines contained in a single device. A number of patented solutions make this machine’s PCR process faster, more precise, and more reproducible—and at a significantly lower cost than other PCR machines currently on the market.

Our partners have entrusted us with the development of all phases of this turnkey project. The highly complex design involved work on everything from the software, hardware, and mechanical development, project management, authentication, as well as manufacturing.

Minicube takes tried and tested PCR technology to a new level, giving its users a head start: in terms of precision, reproducibility, and very low variation, this extremely successful instrument far outmatch its competitors.

Minicube is also faster by approximately 50%–75%, making it a breakthrough product in its segment that increases its users’ confidence in the results and experimental repeatability. The results are stored in the cloud, which allows access and comparison by both internal and external collaborators.

Minicube PCR:

Compared with conventional machines on the market, Minicube PCR offers faster and more accurate performance.

The Minicube PCR solution

  • Minicube functions as an advanced furnace that allows the temperature to be adjusted between 4 °C and 99 °C with an accuracy of 0.01 °C.
  • Minicube can send and receive data through BLE, WiFi, or its bespoke cloud solution.
  • The Minicube tablet application configures the local WiFi setup through BLE.
  • Multiple Minicubes can be controlled and configured from one device.
  • A single Minicube can be shared between multiple tablets.

Technical specifications

Minicube is a completely IoT-enabled product that draws on all aspects of engineering, from the development of the hardware to the software and mechanics, all the way to the production process. It makes use of technologies from wireless development, thermal physics, materials technology, Linux, RTOS, the cloud, big data, and application development.

The greatest challenge in developing Minicube was achieving sufficient insulation between its neighboring chambers—which can have temperature differences of more than 70 °C—with no more than 3 mm to separate them! For this reason we developed a thermal insulation between the chambers, such that individual compartments temperatures do not affect each other.

Minicube hardware was designed to meet the mechanical demands of the system and the software is designed so that the mechanical tolerances introduced in production are suppressed. In this way, they do not affect the system’s performance, ensuring similar results for all the machines produced.

  • Cortex M3 og M0 processors
  • Freescale i.MX287 processor (ARM9)
  • RTOS
  • Hard realtime scheduler
  • Linux
  • USB
  • Bluetooth SMART
  • WiFi, 2,4 Ghz og 5 Ghz
  • LAN
  • RS232
  • DDR RAM
  • SD card
  • PSU
  • DCDC converter
  • Peltier control
  • 24 bit ADC
  • RF og antenna design