Tabletop Form Factor of the Phenom SEM

There has been a lot of interest in tabletop SEMs due to their ease of use, lower cost, and minimal lab space requirements compared to floor model SEMs.

The Phenom SEM provides significant value considering the small amount of lab space it occupies. It can be setup on standard lab furniture such as a lab bench or portable tabletop, and can even reside on an office desk.

Regardless of whether you have an open tabletop with lots of room beneath, a desktop with drawers on either side of your chair, or a standard lab benchtop, there is plenty of room for the pre-vacuum pump & power supply underneath.

No site surveys are required for tabletop SEMs, either. While full-size SEMs are very susceptible to their environment, tabletop SEMs are mostly immune to vibration or electromagnetic interference, thanks to the miniaturized components.

Phenom SEM on a tabletop. The table surface is only 24″ deep and 72″ wide, but has plenty of room for the column, computer, monitors, and keyboard/mouse. The pump, power supply, and battery backup easily fit underneath the table.
Picture of a Phenom desktop SEM on a standard lab benchtop
A Phenom SEM installed on a standard lab bench. The column, computer, and monitor all fit easily on the benchtop.

The power required for the SEM is simply a standard 120V/15A receptacle, providing even more freedom to move the SEM out of a lab and onto a classroom desk, a mobile lab unit, factory floor, or even at a public venue for outreach programs.

The max power consumption is only 250-400 W — similar to a desktop computer.

Phenom XL SEM and accessories on a standard size (24” x 72”) tabletop. Note how much additional open space remains with the full Phenom system installed.

On a typical tabletop 72” wide by 24” deep (183 x 61 cm) there is ample space for the SEM, computer, keyboard and monitor, with additional room left over for sample mounting.

Tabletops and desktops tend to be of similar size, although many times desktops are deeper and provide even more sample preparation space.


Phenom Form Factor Specifications

Specification // ModelPhenom XLPhenom PharosPhenom Pure / Pro / ProXTypical Floor-Model SEM
SEM Size (L x W x H)316 x 587 x 625 mm
12.4 x 23.1 x 24.6 in
75 kg / 165 lbs
360 x 580 x 590 mm
14.2 x 22.8 x 23.2 in
75 kg / 165 lbs
286 x 566 x 495 mm
11.3 x 22.3 x 19.5 in
50 kg / 110 lbs
1 m x 1 m x 2 m
3 ft x 3 ft x 6 ft
500 kg / 1000 lbs
Diaphragm pump size145 x 220 x 213 mm
5.7 x 8.6 x 8.4 in
4.5 kg / 9.9 lbs
Same as XLSame as XL500 x 150 x 250 mm
19 x 6 x 10 in
20 kg / 45 lbs
Power supply156 x 300 x 74 mm
6.1 x 11.8 x 2.9 in
3 kg / 6.6 lbs
230 x 255 x 75 mm
9 x 10 x 3 in
4.3 kg / 9.5 lbs
Same as XLBuilt into main SEM unit
Monitor531.5 x 250 x 515.4 mm
20.9 x 9.8 x 20.3 in
6.7 kg / 14.8 lbs
Same as XLSame as XLTwo monitors of the same size
Workstation PCLenovo P330
92.5 x 305.6 x 343.5 mm
3.6 x 12 x 13.5 in
8 kg / 17.6 lbs
Same as XLSame as XLFull-size desktop PC
175 x 400 x 450 mm
7 x 16 x 18 in
10 kg / 22 lbs
Recommended table size150 x 75 cm
5 x 2.5 ft
120 x 75 cm
4 x 2.5 ft
120 x 75 cm
4 x 25 ft
N/A
Recommended load rating150 kg / 330 lbs150 kg / 330 lbs100 kg / 220 lbsN/A
Temperature15 – 30 oC / 59 – 86 oFSame as XLSame as XL20 +/- 3 oC
Humidity20 – 80% RHSame as XL Same as XL Below 40% RH
Power typeSingle phase AC 100-240 V,
50/60 Hz
Same as XL Same as XL Single phase AC 100-240 V (+/- 6%)
50/60 Hz (+/- 1%)
Max power consumption300 W400 W250 W3000 W
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