Coherent, Inc. recently expanded its family of Q-switched CO2 lasers with the introduction of the GEM-Q3000. The GEM-Q3000 is reportedly the highest repetition rate CO2 laser on the market, offering more than 15 kW of peak power. Combining ultra-short, high-peak-power pulses with a rugged, sealed package, the GEM-Q3000 enables increased throughput and yield in drilling and micromachining applications, including PCB microvia drilling, flex-circuit machining and specialty materials processing. "The GEM-Q3000 is the next step in the evolution of Coherent's patented Q-switch technology," said John Kennedy, product development manager. "This unique technology resulted in the world's first commercially available industrial Q-switched laser, the GEM-Q400, which Coherent debuted earlier this year. With the addition of the GEM-Q3000, we now have two offerings for the materials processing marketplace. Both products use the same field-proven technology platform, but we've increased the peak power and pulse energy in the GEM-Q3000 in response to customer demand."