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  • Canon Joins ASU's SkySong
Aug 2007
Developers of SkySong, the Arizona State University (ASU) Scottsdale Innovation Center, announced that Canon USA Inc. will join the 37-acre, mixed-use center under development as a hub for technological innovations and a portal for expanding global trade. The company will lease 9000 sq ft in the first building, scheduled to open this fall. Canon, which has an alliance with ASU to build a "Sustainable Digital University," will have a demonstration and showroom area on the ground floor and office space on the fourth floor. ASU will be one of the key tenants of SkySong’s first phase, with its technology transfer programs and interdisciplinary engineering-related research programs occupying about 80,000 sq ft of the first 157,000-sq-ft, four-story building. A second facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2008; over the next 10 years plans call for Skysong to comprise about 1.2 million sq ft of commercial office, retail and research space, and residential units. Other companies that have agreed to locate there include Qwest Communications and Aurigin Technology Pte. Ltd. of Singapore, a developer of products for the photonics, optoelectronics, microelectromechanical (MEMS) and biomedical industries.

A sub-field of photonics that pertains to an electronic device that responds to optical power, emits or modifies optical radiation, or utilizes optical radiation for its internal operation. Any device that functions as an electrical-to-optical or optical-to-electrical transducer. Electro-optic often is used erroneously as a synonym.
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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