Ion Torrent PGM and Proton


  • 16S rRNA metagenomics and other amplicon-based sequencing projects.
  • Amplicon-based enrichment panels (AmpliSeq) for diseases like cancer or custom panels.
  • Resequencing and de novo sequencing of small genomes or large DNA constructs (e.g. BACs, fosmids).


  • Exome, transcriptome and larger genome resequencing.


Ion Torrent’s PGM is a versatile platform, which offers three levels of throughput with its 314, 316 and 318 chips. Ion Torrent's Proton currently offers one chip, the PI (see table below).

Chip Type

Reads (millions)

Output for 200bp Chemistry

Output for 400bp Chemistry


0.4 to 0.5

30 to 50 Mb

60 to 100 Mb


2 to 3

300 to 600 Mb

600 Mb to 1 Gb


4 to 5.5

600 to 1000 Mb

1.2 to 2 Gb

 PI  60 to 80
 7.5 to 10Gb

  *Typical throughput with ≥Q20 aligned accuracy. Output depends on library length.

Ion Torrent PGM and Proton Additional Information:

  • About the PGM and Proton

  • PGM and Proton Pricing

  • Sample Submission Requirements

  • Sample Submission Forms