The AquaCore architecture provides a general-purpose design capable of executing a large class of assays, where the actual assay steps are described in a sequence of steps, called “fluidic instructions”. By providing a general-purpose programmable architecture and AIS, we enable µTAS developers to write their custom assays to run on this chip. We believe that the transition from LoCs to PLoCs is a paradigm shift in microfluidics, analogous to that in electronics from calculators to programmable computers. This shift should enable the ubiquitous use of PLoCs and should allow µTAS users to focus on assay design rather than device design, thus boosting productivity.
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