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ZIF-Clip® Headstages

The ZIF-Clip® headstages feature an innovative, hinged headstage design that ensures quick, easy connection with almost no insertion force applied to the subject when connecting to electrodes or adapters.

Typical connectors, using friction locked pins, have proven unreliable and difficult to use. TDT’s solution to this seemingly insurmountable problem is the patented ZIF®-Clip headstage connector system: a miniature, low insertion-force set of connectors and headstages supporting from low 16 channels to up to 128 channel electrode arrays. This self-aligning design minimizes wear and tear on the pins so ZIF®-Clip headstages last longer than traditional micro connector designs.

ZIF-Clip® Analog Headstages   ZIF-Clip® Digital Headstages

Non-ZIF High Impedance Headstages

Acute Headstages
Available for 64, 32, and 16 channel recording and designed for direct connection to acute NeuroNexus probes.
The 4 and 16 channel headstages can also be used with metal microelectrodes (16 channel version via a 0.5 mm adaptor) and are available with unity or 4x gain.

Chronic Headstages
TDT chronic headstage features a low-profile female Omnetics nano connector, and is compatible with TDT microwire arrays as well as NeuroNexus chronic electrodes. The headstage weighs 1.2 g and connects to the preamplifier over a custom cable designed to maximize freedom of movement. The headstage can be used to record from subjects as small as the rat or mouse.

Part # Channels Preparations Gain Amp Connector Electrode Connector
NN64AC 64 Acute 1x 2 x 40-pin 2 x Samtec MOLC header
NN32AC 32 Acute 1x 40-pin Samtec MOLC header
LP32CH 32 Chronic 1x 36-pin Nano Omnetics Nano-Pin connector1
RA16AC 16 Acute 1x 18-pin DIP 0.5 mm pins
RA16AC4 16 Acute 4x 18-pin DIP 0.5 mm pins
RA16CH 16 Chronic 1x 18-pin Nano Omnetics Nano-Pin connector
LP16CH 16 Chronic 1x 18-pin Nano Omnetics Nano-Pin connector1
RA4AC1 4 Acute 1x 6-pin 0.76 mm pins
RA4AC4 4 Acute 4x 6-pin 0.76 mm pins

1 Non-ferrous version available for MRI compatibility


Need help making the final connection between your headstage and your electrode? TDT offers a wide variety of adapters for ZIF®-Clip and other headstages. If you can’t find something that will work for your application, consider contacting sales for assistance with a custom engineered solution.

ZIF-Clip® Headstage Adapters   Non-ZIF Probe Adapters