Release strategy

Thermo Scientific Chromeleon CDS is used by laboratories in a wide range of different industries around the world. Many of our customers are challenged to improve efficiency and productivity while meeting the ever-increasing demands for regulatory compliance, data integrity and flawless operation.

To better meet the wide range of requirements from our customers, Thermo Fisher Scientific employs a release strategy that provides customers with a choice of how to deploy Chromeleon CDS. Starting with Chromeleon 7.2 CDS SR5 and all subsequent releases, the strategy entails:

  • The Feature Release (FR) channel (major (7.X) and minor (7.X.Y)) introducing new innovations and enabling customers to stay up-to-date with the newest technologies and latest advancements. Maintenance Updates (MU) are released to maintain stability. A given Feature Release is supported until the next major or minor Feature Release.
  • The Long-Term Support (LTS) channel provides a base Chromeleon version enabling customers to maintain utmost stability and robustness over an extended period with minimized validation efforts. Maintenance Updates (MU) are released regularly. These updates include fixes for high priority defects that can be made with a low risk for compromising stability.
  • The Extended Support (ES) channel provides a base Chromeleon software version enabling customers to use newer functionality than the LTS channel while focusing on maintaining stability. Maintenance Updates (MU) are released regularly.

Support status tables1

Chromeleon 7 CDS - Current Releases

VersionChannelRelease Date
7.3.0 MUbFRJuly 2021
7.2.10 MUdESMay 2021
SR5 MUILTSApril 2021

Chromeleon 7 CDS - Current Release Strategy3

MajorMinorChannel Release DateSupport
7.37.3.0

FR

March 2020Until next feature release
7.27.2.10 MUdES2May 2021Until August 20244
7.2.10May 2019
7.27.2.9FRSeptember 2018No
7.27.2.8FRApril 2018No
7.27.2.7FRNovember 2017No
7.2SR5 MUILTS2April 2021Until August 20224
7.2 SR5March 2017

Chromeleon 7 CDS – Previous Release Strategy

Major releaseRecent releaseRelease DateWorkstation OS Support
7.2SR5 MUbJuly 2017Windows 10 (64 bit)
Enterprise Edition
Professional Edition

Windows 8.1 (64 bit)
Professional Edition

Windows 7 SP1 (64 bit)
Professional Edition
SR4 MUbJune 2016Windows 8.1 (64 bit)
Professional Edition

Windows 7 SP1 (64 bit)
Professional Edition
Ultimate Edition
SR3 MUaOctober 2015Windows 8.1 (64 bit)
Professional Edition

Windows 7 SP1 (64 bit)
Professional Edition
Ultimate Edition

Windows Vista SP2 and above (32 bit)
Business Edition
Ultimate Edition
SR2 MUcApril 2016
SR1 MUbJune 2016Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit)
Professional Edition SP1
Ultimate Edition SP1
7.2MUdJuly 2016Windows 7 SP1 (32 bit and 64 bit)
Professional Edition SP1
Ultimate Edition SP1

Windows XP (32 bit)
Professional Edition
7.1SR3March 2014Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit)
Professional Edition
Ultimate Edition

Windows XP (32 bit)
Professional Edition
7.0SR1May 2010Windows Vista SP1 and above
Business Edition
Ultimate Edition

Windows XP (32 bit)
Professional Edition

Thermo Scientific Dionex Chromeleon 6 Chromatography Data System

Release5Recent releaseDateOS
6.80SR165December 2017Windows 7 SP1 (32 and 64 bit)
Professional Edition
Ultimate Edition

Windows 2008 Server R2

Windows 2008 Server SP1

Windows 2003 Server SP2
DU15bApril 2016Windows 7 SP1 (32 and 64 bit)
Professional Edition
Ultimate Edition

Windows Vista SP2 (32-bit)
Business Edition
Ultimate Edition

Windows 2008 Server R2

Windows 2008 Server SP1

Windows 2003 Server SP2
DU15aMay 2015
SR15October 2014
  • 1 For more details about supported operating systems, such as exceptions for specific instruments or instrument combinations, please refer to the release notes, list of supported instruments, and installation guides for the specific release version, along with the relevant enterprise documentation.
  • 2 For LTS and ES releases only the most recent maintenance update is mentioned.
  • 3 For supported operating systems and other system components, please refer to the Supported Operating Systems document found on the distribution media for the Chromeleon software.
  • 4 Dates will be revisited each year and may be subject to change.
  • 5 Discontinuance notice: Chromeleon 6.8 CDS version SR16 was the final release of the Chromeleon 6.8 software platform and it was discontinued as of January 1, 2020. We will no longer be able to provide bug fixes although support and services will continue on a best effort basis.
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