Digital Surf has launched version 8 of its Mountains software. In 25 years, the software designed in Besançon has become, according to its designers, "the Windows of microscopes".
Digital Surf had not released a major version since version 7 in 2013. Version 7 allowed Digital Surf to enter the electron microscope market quickly with a simple proposition: "switch your electron microscope from 2D black and white to 3D color! ". A message well received, since it allowed the company to recently sign agreements with Hitachi (Japan), Zeiss (Germany), JEOL (Japan) and Thermofisher Scientific (USA), which now offer Mountains to their customers worldwide.
A new targeted market
Faster, version 8 now targets even more precise microscopes: near-field microscopes (the inventors of which received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1986). In 2014, the Bisontine company Digital Surf bought its Danish competitor, the company Image Metrology and its SPIPTM software, which is more specialized in this type of microscope. The new version 8 of Mountains is the result of the merger of the two software and sets out to attack these infinitely small microscopes which now hold the key to the scientific challenges of tomorrow (such as the storage of clean energies, or the eradication of cancer and genetic diseases).
Partner of manufacturers around the world
Today, Mountains software is already supplied by more than 50 microscope and instrument manufacturers worldwide and, thanks to the absorption of Danish Image Metrology, today has an installed base of more than 20 000 users distributed in public and private laboratories on all continents.
In May, the Mountains 8.0 software was presented by Digital Surf as a preview at the Control trade fair in Stuttgart, where it was also very present on many manufacturers' stands.
Digital Surf exports 94% of its production, including 24% in Asia and 16% in North America. Sales of Mountains software have been steadily increasing and have doubled every six years for over 20 years. “The company employs 42 people including 36 in Besançon and aims for a turnover of 5 M € in 2019. Probably the only company in Franche-Comté to count most of the large global companies known among its customers, including GAFA, Digital Surf started from scratch in 1989 and is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, ”says one within the SME.