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ZIF-Clip® Digital Headstage

Digitizing Headstage with Zero Insertion force

TDT's patented ZIF-Clip® technology, built with Intan's highly integrated amplifer chip, yields a low noise electrode recording interface with a single replaceable cable and a zero insertion force connection.


Configured for high and low impedance recordings; the ZD ZIF-Clip® headstages are designed to work directly with our best and most versatile amplifier—the PZ5 multimodal NeuroDigitizer.

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Research Applications

  • Auditory neuroscience
  • Awake behaving recordings
  • Electrophysiology
  • High and low count neurophysiology


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ZIF-Clip® Microwires

Our polyimide-insulated tungsten microwires produce excellent recordings, with a notched ZIF-Clip® connector for easy attachment into the headstage.

PZ5 NeuroDigitizer

Capture any potential or artifact without clipping using TDT's multi-modal PZ5.

ACO32 Commutator

A 32 channel active commutator with built-in support for neural recording and optogenetic stimulation.

FB128 Neural Simulator

Real-time neural simulator essential tool for testing of your equipment and recording configuration


The miniature electronics contained within the headstage allow for high channel densities while maintaining an extremely compact structure.  Suitable for both large and small animals and available in 32, 64 and 96 channel versions, our high and low channel mini devices can pass all full bandwidth signals using minimal wired connections.  Fewer wires means reduced wiring complexity and increased reliability.


i.e. Our ZD96 is a 96 channel device that can pass all 96 full bandwidth signals using just 13 wired connections.

High Channel Count Recordings, Miniature Technology Design

Minimize Down-Time and Increase Lab Efficiency with Detachable Digital Headstage Cables

Our new, redesigned ZIF-Clip® Digital Headstages come with fully detachable cables to allow fast, convenient replacement  for researchers working with behaving animals. Headstage damage due to cable snags and bites no longer requires return or replacement of the entire headstage.  These new headstages are as small and lightweight as their predecessors and their detachable cables  will lower long-term costs and minimize downtime in your lab.

ZIF-Clip® Digital Headstage with the

PZ5 multimodal NeuroDigitizer

The ZD ZIF-Clip® headstages are designed to work directly with our multimodal NeuroDigitizer. The PZ5 can be configured for both analog and digital inputs  and high and low impedance recordings, making it both powerful and efficient.

*All of our headstages enable stress-free connection without anesthetizing the subject.  The headstage automatically aligns to the ZIF-Clip® connector, producing a firm lock between the headstage and probe.

Zero Insertion Force

ZIF-Clip® headstages are designed for zero insertion force transition when connecting to electrodes or adapters. The patented ZIF-Clip® system features an innovative, hinged headstage design that automatically aligns the high density connectors on the headstage and probe.

Ease of Connection with the ZIF-Clip® Headstage Holder

The ZIF-Clip® holder simplifies electrode insertion by securing your ZIF-Clip® headstage firmly, enabling use with most micromanipulators. Each holder uses a 3/32" diameter, 3" length rod and is designed for use with the specified ZIF-Clip® headstage dimension.

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