Oxford Instruments plc and Bruker Corporation have announced that they have reached a settlement on a patent related issue with Bruker’s Cube product. The agreement licences Bruker the Oxford Instruments patents relating to the design of low-noise charge sensitive amplifiers (CSAs) of which Cube is an example. CSAs are key components in a range of high-performance scientific instrumentation, including energy dispersive spectroscopy systems for microanalysis in electron microscopes and hand-held and benchtop X-ray fluorescence systems. Under the terms the agreement, Bruker will have access to the Oxford Instruments patents and continue to manufacture and market its Cube CSA under licence from Oxford Instruments. All other terms of the settlement are not being made public.