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Lighting, Display Veterans Join Rambus
Mar 2010
LOS ALTOS, Calif., March 11, 2010 – Premier technology licensing company Rambus Inc. announced that Dr. Kieran Drain and Mr. Marc McConnaughey have joined the company as vice presidents of its Lighting and Display Technology group.

Drain will join the company as the vice president of Strategy and Technology, while McConnaughey will serve as the vice president of Strategic Development.

Prior to Rambus, Drain was the president and CEO of NanoGram Corp., where he pioneered the development of process technologies and production tools for LED phosphors and many silicion-based products. In his new role, he will be responsible for defining group product and technology strategy, leading the development of advanced technology and expanding manufacturing process capabilities for the company’s MicroLens technology.

McConnaughey brings more than 29 years of global display electronics experience to the company, Prior to joining Rambus, he was the CEO of a joint venture to bring media connected display products, including HDTVs, to global markets. Additionally, he founded nLighten Technologies, a digital optics startup based in Shanghai, China, that designed, manufactured and marketed adaptive or digital optics platforms and products. In his new role, he will be responsible for the implementation of the company’s Lighting and Display Technology group’s strategy and products in the LED-based lighting and display markets.

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adaptive optics
Optical components or assemblies whose performance is monitored and controlled so as to compensate for aberrations, static or dynamic perturbations such as thermal, mechanical and acoustical disturbances, or to adapt to changing conditions, needs or missions. The most familiar example is the "rubber mirror,'' whose surface shape, and thus reflective qualities, can be controlled by electromechanical means. See also active optics; phase conjugation.
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