Illumina this week reported that it shipped a record number of its year-old Eco real-time PCR systems in the second quarter of 2011, contributing to a 53 percent increase in the company's year-over-year instrument revenues.

"During the quarter, we significantly ramped our manufacturing capacity for the Eco real-time PCR instrument, more than doubling the number of units shipped" from the previous quarter, Illumina CEO Jay Flatley said during a conference call discussing the company's Q2 and half-year financial results.

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