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photonics.com: December 2001

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Semiconductor Sales Increased in October
SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 3 -- Worldwide sales of semiconductors in October rose to $10.43 billion, a month-to-month increase of 2.5% from $10.18 billion in September, the Semiconductor Industry...
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$2.38M Added to OSI Systems Laser Weapons Pact
HAWTHORNE, Calif., Dec. 3 -- OSI Systems Inc. said its subsidiary RapiTec Inc. has been awarded an additional $2.38 million above a recently announced $11 million subcontract for the production of...
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BTG Licenses EAM Technology to Oki Electric and NEL
WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., Dec. 3 -- BTG announced it has signed licensing agreements with Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd. and NTT Electronics Corp. (NEL) for its electro-absorption modulator (EAM)...
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Spectra-Physics Panel Neutral on Tender Offer
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 3 -- Spectra-Physics Inc. said a special committee of its board of directors has expressed no opinion and is remaining neutral about Thermo Electron Corp.'s unsolicited...
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CiDRA Finalizes Sale of Optical Sensing Systems
WALLINGFORD, Conn., Dec. 4 -- CiDRA Corp. has completed the sale of its Optical Sensing Systems (OSS) business to Weatherford International Inc. The sale totaled $127.5 million and consideration was...
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SurgiLight Makes Second Agreement With Premier Laser
ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 4 -- SurgiLight, Inc. said it has executed a second agreement with Premier Laser Systems Inc. to acquire its remaining Er:YAG inventory (original cost of approximately...
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ITF Optical Couplers Picked for Undersea Repeaters
MONTREAL, Dec. 4 -- ITF Optical Technologies Inc. has signed a major supply for the deployment of its 7-Sea couplers in undersea repeaters. "We are both thrilled and proud to be a supplier to the...
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Optical Cable Ousts Top Officer
NEW YORK, Dec. 4 -- Optical Cable Corp. said Robert Kopstein has been removed as chairman, president and chief executive after its board of directors learned he had pledged some of his Optical shares...
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Fiber Optic Pioneers Share Marconi Award
NEW YORK, Dec. 4 -- Herwig Kogelnik of Bell Laboratories and Allan Snyder of the Australian National University, both pioneers in the development of fiber optic technology, will share the 27th annual...
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Forecasts Available for Local Exchange Circuit Equipment
AUSTIN, Dec. 5 -- The impact of new transmission technologies such as digital subscriber line and dense wave division multiplexing is the subject of a report sponsored by the Telecommunications...
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Aeroflex Gets $20M in Defense Orders
PLAINVIEW, N.Y., Dec. 5 -- Aeroflex Inc., developer and manufacturer of microelectronics and automated testing solutions for the broadband communications market, announced it has received more than...
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Centerpoint Extends FLAG Telecom Transoceanic Network
SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 5 -- Centerpoint Broadband Technologies Inc. has deployed and integrated its Celerity CP 3200 (formerly the Zaffire Z3000) dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) equipment in...
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Palomar, Asclepion-Meditec Ink Licensing Pact
BURLINGTON, Mass., Dec. 5 -- Palomar Medical Technologies has reached an agreement with Asclepion-Meditec granting them a nonexclusive 7.5% royalty-bearing sublicense to key patents in the field...
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Implant Sciences Unveils Laser-Based Explosives Detection System
WAKEFIELD, Mass., Dec. 5 -- Implant Sciences Corp. said it has developed a system that can detect vapor from at least five types of explosives at airborne concentrations measured in parts per...
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SpectraScience Wins Approval for Optical Biopsy System
MINNEAPOLIS & ST. PAUL, Minn., Dec. 5 -- SpectraScience Inc. said the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has notified the company that its second-generation WavSTAT II Optical Biopsy System has...
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SurgiLight Makes Second Agreement With Premier Laser
ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 5 -- SurgiLight, Inc. said it has executed a second agreement with Premier Laser Systems Inc. to acquire its remaining Er:YAG inventory (original cost of approximately...
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FAA Buys Weapons Detector Systems from Quantum Magnetics
NEWARK, Calif., Dec. 6 -- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has purchased several i-Portal 100 imaging detection systems for concealed weapons for installation at undisclosed locations...
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Lumenis Acquires HGM Medical Laser Systems
YOKNEAM, Israel, Dec. 6 -- Lumenis Ltd. has completed its acquisition of HGM Medical Systems, a Salt Lake City-based medical laser manufacturer. "This acquisition is a good fit with Lumenis and...
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Spectra-Physics Expects $28 to $33M Charge
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 6 -- Spectra-Physics Inc. said it will take a $28 million to $33 million pretax charge in the fourth quarter related to certain telecommunications assets. The company said...
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Raytheon Wins LADAR Contract for Improving Missile Interceptors
TUCSON, Ariz., Dec. 6 -- Raytheon Co. has been awarded a $38.6 million US Army contract to develop the laser radar (LADAR) technology base for the next generation of interceptors for the Ballistic...
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Agere Systems Builds Smallest Transistors Using Novel Insulator Material
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Researchers at Agere Systems said they have built the semiconductor industry's smallest transistors that incorporate a novel insulating material aimed at significantly reducing...
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Sprint, Metromedia Fiber Sign Deal
NEW YORK, Dec. 6 -- Sprint Corp. has signed a deal with Metromedia Fiber Network Inc. (MFN) that will give the Kansas City-based telecom access to more fiber optic cable in several cities. The...
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Nortel, SCB and Northwestern Set up Experimental Network
EVANSTON, Ill., Dec. 7 -- Nortel Networks, SBC Communications Inc. and its subsidiary SBC Ameritech and Northwestern University have created OMNInet (Optical Metro Network Initiative), a...
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kSARIA Corp. Gets $20M 2nd-Round Venture Funding
WILMINGTON, Mass., Dec. 7 -- kSARIA Corp., manufacturer of fiber optic components assembly systems, said it has raised $20 million in second-round venture funding. The latest investment follows an...
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Paper Submissions Up for OFC Conference
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 -- Technical paper submissions for the Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) Conference and Exhibit are up 30 percent, an indication that "research and development in fiber optics...
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Air Force Awards Infinite Unit Phase 2 Contract
WARWICK, R.I., Dec. 7 -- Infinite Group Inc. said its subsidiary, Mound Laser and Photonics Center Inc. (MLPC) in Miamisburg, Ohio, has been awarded a $750,000 phase 2 small-business innovative...
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DuPont Photomasks Expands European Facility
ROUND ROCK, Texas, Dec. 7 -- DuPont Photomasks Inc. said it is expanding its facility in Corbeil-Essonnes, France, to include a state-of-the-art, 7000-square-foot cleanroom. The newly constructed...
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Kodak, Sanyo form Joint Venture to Manufacture OLED Displays
ROCHESTER, NY, Dec. 7 -- Eastman Kodak Co. and Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. have formed a joint venture, the SK Display Corp., to manufacture organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays for consumer...
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Fujitsu Plant in Oregon to Close
GRESHAM, Ore., Dec. 4 -- Fujitsu Ltd. announced it will cease production operations at its Gresham semiconductor manufacturing facility, Fujitsu Microelectronics Inc. (FMI), by the end of January...
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Agere Systems to Further Reduce Workforce
ALLENTOWN, Pa.- Agere Systems announced it will further reduce its workforce by approximately 950 employees, part of ongoing actions to reduce its cost structure and lower its quarterly break-even...
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JDS Sees March Quarter Decline as Low in Downturn
NEW YORK, Dec. 10 -- JDS Uniphase Corp. has reiterated previous sales guidance for the second fiscal quarter and added that sales in the March quarter could fall a further 15 percent. The company...
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Nortel, SBC and Northwestern Set up Experimental Network
EVANSTON, Ill., Dec. 10 -- Nortel Networks, SBC Communications Inc. and its subsidiary SBC Ameritech and Northwestern University have created OMNInet (Optical Metro Network Initiative), a...
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Synergena Spore-Killing Process Successful in Studies
LAKE WALES, Fla., Dec. 10 -- Researchers used biophotonics to kill anthrax-like spores in under 10 seconds, according to Synergena Inc., inventor of the synergistic inactivation and disinfection...
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eMagin Faces Financial Difficulties
HOPEWELL JUNCTION, N.Y., Dec. 10 -- eMagin Corp. announced it has laid off about two-thirds of its 26-employee work force in a bid to conserve cash and keep its manufacturing operations running. The...
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Optical Modulator Market Could Reach $3.7 Billion by 2011
SAN MATEO, Calif., Dec. 10 -- North America leads global consumption of optical modulators in 2001 with a 37.1 percent relative market share, or $100.1 million, according to a study by ElectroniCast...
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ADC, BellSouth Sign Supplier Pact
MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 10 -- ADC said it has signed a supplier agreement with BellSouth Corp. in which ADC will provide the Atlanta-based communications company with broadband connectivity products,...
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Acesa Telecom Selects Corning Fiber for Iberian Build
CORNING, N.Y., Dec. 11 -- Corning Inc. announced today that Acesa Telecom will deploy nearly 8,000 fiber kilometers of Corning LEAF optical fiber for its 250-kilometer Iberian network overbuild,...
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Sabeus Photonics Garners $16 Million in Development Funds
CHATSWORTH, Calif., Dec. 11 -- Sabeus Photonics Inc. has attracted an additional $16 million in financing. The company plans to use the funds to develop and market additional `"high-concept" optical...
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CDT Acquires Litrex Corp.
CAMBRIDGE, UK, Dec. 11 -- Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) announced that it has acquired Pleasanton, Calif.-based Litrex Corp. from Gretag Imaging of Regensdorf, Switzerland, for an undisclosed...
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Indigo Systems and Autoliv Form Night-Vision Alliance
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Dec. 11 -- Indigo Systems Corp. has announced a strategic partnership with Autoliv to develop affordable infrared cameras for automobiles and other vehicles that extend a...
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Spire Biomedical Awarded NIH Research Contract
BEDFORD, Mass., Dec. 11 -- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Spire Biomedical Inc. a $100,000 contract to develop multiwavelength near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) modules for...
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3D Systems, Spectra-Physics Sign Development, Supply Agreement
VALENCIA, Calif., Dec. 11 -- 3D Systems Corp. and Spectra-Physics Lasers Inc. have agreed to jointly develop and manufacture diode-pumped solid state laser systems for solid imaging applications. The...
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GSI Sells PerkinElmer Shares
KANATA, Ontario, Dec. 11 -- GSI Lumonics Inc. has completed the sale of 1,398,166 shares of common stock of PerkinElmer Inc. The shares resulted from the conversion of GSI's common stock holdings in...
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Xerox to Spin Off Research Lab
PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 12 -- The Xerox Corp. research lab in Silicon Valley is being spun off into an independent company in an effort to attract outside investors. Xerox previously indicated that...
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Schott Optovance and ULM Photonics to Deploy VCSEL Arrays
SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 12 -- Schott Optovance Inc., an optical interconnect company, has partnered with vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) provider ULM Photonics. The strategic...
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Lattice Semiconductor to Acquire Agere Systems FPGA Business
HILLSBORO, Ore. and ALLENTOWN, Pa., Dec. 12 -- Lattice Semiconductor Corp. and Agere Systems announced an agreement under which Lattice Semiconductor will acquire the FPGA business of Agere Systems...
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10 Gigabit Task Force Moves to Sponsor Ballot
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Dec. 12 -- The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) P802.3ae (10 Gigabit Ethernet) Task Force has approved the current draft of the 10 Gigabit Ethernet...
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Alcatel to Build First China Mobile Network
DALLAS, Dec. 12 -- Alcatel has signed a contract worth $15 million with China Mobile, the world's largest global system for mobile communications (GSM) operator, to build its first optical...
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Fujitsu Renames Optical Networking Systems
RICHARDSON, Texas, Dec. 12 -- Fujitsu's optical networking systems will now be sold under the brand name FLASHWAVE, the result of a renaming initiative. The FLASH ADX product family is now called...
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Corning Takes Majority Stake in Indonesian Firm
CORNING, N.Y., Dec. 12 -- Corning Inc. said it bought a 51-percent stake in an Indonesian maker of fiber optic cable from Germany's Siemens AG to boost its presence in the growing Asia-Pacific...
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FiberCore Gets Financing for POVD Process
CHARLTON, Mass., Dec. 12 -- FiberCore Inc. has received commitments to finance a pilot plant for the company's plasma outside vapor deposition (POVD) technology, for which it received a US patent in...
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Cisco Systems to Light US Signal Network
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Dec. 13 -- US Signal announced it has selected Cisco Systems Inc. to provide metro and metro edge optical transport platforms to light its established 2500-mile dark fiber...
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Looking Glass Chooses Sorrento Networks for DWDM
SAN DIEGO, Dec. 13 -- Sorrento Networks will deploy its dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) equipment in Looking Glass Networks' Washington, D.C., fiber optic network. Looking Glass will...
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Hitachi, Corning Form Cable Joint Venture
TOKYO, Dec. 13 -- Hitachi Cable Ltd. has agreed to set up a joint venture with Corning Cable Systems LLC, a unit of US firm Corning Inc. The 50-50 venture in Japan would make fiber optic cables, said...
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TeraGlobal, NRL Combine on Advanced Video Communications
SAN DIEGO, Dec. 13 -- TeraGlobal Communications Corp. said it has been selected by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to develop networking software that allows multiple users to view real-time...
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Coreco Receives Order from Marine Navigation Company
Montreal, Dec. 13 -- Coreco Inc. said it was chosen as an OEM supplier by a marine electronic navigation company with a strong defense niche. The purchase order, valued at CAD$800,000, is for...
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Infinite Selected for $12 Million DARPA Contract
WARWICK, R.I. & ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 13 -- Infinite Photonics Inc., a subsidiary of the Infinite Group Inc., has been selected to receive a $12 million contract for its proprietary grating coupled...
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Spectrum Brand Corp. Owners Arrested
NEW YORK, Dec. 13 -- Four businessmen associated with Spectrum Brand Corp. and Spectrum Homeland Security Solutions Inc. were accused Tuesday of exploiting fears about bioterrorism and inflating...
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Microsemi Gets $7.5M Contract For Semiconductor Products
IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 13 -- Microsemi Corp. announced it has received a $7.5 million 18-month contract for its military/aerospace and in-flight entertainment products from Rockwell Collins Inc. The...
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Fischer Imaging Accuses Hologic of Infringement
DENVER, Dec. 14 -- Fischer Imaging Corp., maker of digital mammography and medical imaging systems, announced that it has filed a patent infringement suit against Hologic Inc. and its distributors in...
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Advanced Optics Electronics Acquires ColorCheck Processor
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Dec. 14 --Advanced Optics Electronics Inc. has signed an agreement to complete development and to market the ColorCheck color-to-speech processor, a handheld device that quickly...
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Asyst Has Five Orders for Reticle Management System
FREMONT, Calif., Dec. 14 -- Asyst Technologies Inc. announced it has received orders totaling more than $3 million for its Reticle Management System (RMS) from DuPont Photomasks, Etec Systems,...
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TyCom Shareholders Approve Sale to Tyco
PEMBROKE, Bermuda, Dec. 14 -- TyCom Ltd. said its shareholders approved the sale of the remaining 11 percent of the company not already owned by Tyco International Inc. Tyco's move to buy back 56...
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Norlight Awards Sphera Optical Networks Gigabit Ethernet Contract
EDISON, N.J., Dec. 14 -- Sphera Optical Networks Inc., a metropolitan core service provider, has been awarded a contract to provide Gigabit Ethernet service to Norlight, a supplier of wholesale...
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Bookham Buying Marconi Optical Unit
LONDON, Dec. 17 -- Bookham Technology Plc said it has agreed to buy Marconi Optical Components Ltd, a subsidiary of Marconi Plc, in a share transaction worth an estimated £ 19.7. Bookham said the...
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ZTE of China Joins RPR Alliance
SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 17 -- ZTE of China has joined the Resilient Packet Ring Alliance, an industry advocacy group promoting the standardization of resilient packet ring (RPR) technology. ZTE joins...
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FAA Orders CTX Scanners from InVision Technologies
NEWARK, Calif., Dec. 17 -- InVision Technologies said it received an order for multiple explosive detection systems valued at approximately $16.3 million from the United States Federal Aviation...
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IPG Photonics Gift Establishes Photonics Lab at WPI
WORCESTER, Mass., Dec. 17 -- IPG Photonics Corp., manufacturer of high-performance fiber lasers and amplifiers, will give $360,000 to establish the IPG Photonics Laboratory in the physics department...
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DALSA Receives Orders for Scan Camera
WATERLOO, Ontario, Dec. 17 -- DALSA Corp. announced a large order for its high-speed digital camera products by a major US-based industrial automation system manufacturer. The order is for more than...
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BAE Systems to Demo IR Countermeasures Technology
NASHUA, N.H., Dec. 17 -- BAE Systems has been selected by the UK's Ministry of Defence to conduct a technology demonstration program for its fast jet directed infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) laser...
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Zygo Sells Automation Systems Group
MIDDLEFIELD, Conn., Dec. 17 -- Zygo Corp. has sold its Automation Systems Group in Longmont, Colo., to Brooks Automation Inc. of Chelmsford, Mass. The Automation Systems Group is a manufacturer of...
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Coherent CFO Robert Quillinan to Step Down
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 18 -- Coherent Inc. has announced that Robert J. Quillinan will step down as CFO effective April 2002. Helene Simonet, Coherent's vice president of finance, Photonics...
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BTG and Coventer to Collaborate on MEMS
WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., Dec. 18 -- BTG announced it is forming a strategic alliance with Coventor to develop microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology and intellectual property in in radio...
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Implant Sciences Unveils Laser-Based Explosives Detection Device
WAKEFIELD, Mass., Dec. 18 -- Implant Sciences Corp. demonstrated a prototype laser-based explosives and narcotics detection device at its shareholders meeting. The system can detect vapors from...
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NEC to Expand Fiber Devices Businesses
TOKYO, Dec. 18 -- NEC Corp. and NEC USA Inc. plan to expand their fiber optic devices businesses for telecommunications systems in North America, a strategy that will incorporate a newly formed...
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Fiber Optic Couplers Market to Reach $2.8 Billion
SAN MATEO, Calif. Dec. 19, 2001 — The estimated global consumption of fiber optic couplers will reach $1.18 billion in 2005 then $2.8 billion by 2010, according to a new market study from...
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Sprint, Cisco Sign Synergy Pact
CHICAGO, Dec. 19 -- Sprint Corp. has signed a three-year agreement with Cisco Systems Inc. designed to increase demand for each other's products and services for the Internet infrastructure. Terms...
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Marconi to Deploy Deep Fiber to Austin-San Antonio Corridor
LONDON and PITTSBURGH, Dec. 19 -- Marconi has signed a five-year, $80 million networking supply agreement with Grande Communications, a Texas-based broadband service provider, to bring optical fiber...
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DRS Technologies Gets Army, Navy Contracts
PARSIPPANY, N.J., Dec. 19 -- DRS Technologies Inc. announced it has been awarded contracts from both the Army and the Navy. The Navy contracts total approximately $35.3 million to provide production,...
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Micronic Receives Omega6600 Order
TABY, Sweden, Dec. 19 -- Micronic Laser Systems, manufacturer of laser pattern-generation equipment to semiconductor and display industries, announced its sale of an Omega6600 laser pattern generator...
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Therma-Wave to Acquire Sensys Instruments
FREMONT, Calif., Dec. 19 --Therma-Wave Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Sensys Instruments Corp. Upon consummation of the transaction, which is subject to various conditions...
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SICK Group Acquires RVSI Material Handling Business
MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 19 -- Privately held SICK Group has acquired Robotic Vision Systems Inc.'s (RVSI) material handling business, a product line within RVSI Acuity CiMatrix, a supplier of barcode...
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JDS Uniphase Buying IBM Optical Transceiver Unit
SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 20 -- JDS Uniphase Corp. has agreed to buy IBM's optical transceiver business for $340 million in cash and stock, and based on the unit's profits, may pay another $85 million...
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ASML Sells Tinsley to SSG Precision Optronics
AMSTERDAM, Dec. 20 -- ASML Holding NV has sold Tinsley Laboratories Inc. to SSG Precision Optronics Inc. for an undisclosed sum. Tinsley was a unit of Silicon Valley Group (SVG), which ASML bought...
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3D Systems, DSM Desotech Sign Joint Venture
VALENCIA, Calif., Dec. 20 -- 3D Systems Corp. and DSM Desotech Inc. have formed OptoForm LLC, a joint venture for developing new equipment and materials for rapid tooling and direct and indirect...
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Texas Instruments Ships 250,000 DLP Subsystems in 8 Months
DALLAS, Dec. 20 -- Texas Instruments (TI) said it has shipped more than a million digital light-processing (DLP) subsystems, a quarter of them just since April. DLP technoloy employs the digital...
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Tokyo Court Dismisses Nichia vs. Sumitomo
DURHAM, N.C., Dec. 21 -- Cree Inc. announced that the Tokyo District Court has dismissed the lawsuit filed in April 2000 by Nichia Corp. against Sumitomo Corp., one of Cree's distributors in Japan....
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Micronic Expands SLM Licensing Agreement
TABY, Sweden, Dec. 21 -- Micronic Laser Systems AB has signed an agreement in principle to expand and strengthen its cooperation with Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems...
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TEL, Canon Join on Laser Photolithography Project
TOKYO, Dec. 21 -- Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TEL) and Canon Inc. are partnering on 70 nm processes utilizing F2 (157 nm) excimer laser photolithography tools. Current photolithography equipment employs...
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360networks Gets Reprieve on Bankruptcy Plan
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 21 -- 360networks Inc. has won more time to pursue its restructuring. The US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has agreed to extend its cash...
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Marconi to Sell Marconi Commerce Systems
LONDON, Dec. 21 -- Marconi Plc announced it has reached an agreement to sell its wholly owned subsidiary, Marconi Commerce Systems, to Danaher Corp. for $325 million (approximately 225 million...
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Siemens, Pirelli Win Indonesian Contract
FRANKFURT, Dec. 21 -- Siemens AG said its telecom networks unit and Pirelli have won a 70 million euro ($62.95 million) contract from Indonesia's PT Telkom to build a fiber optic network in Sumatra....
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Marconi Deep Fiber Solutions Selected for Pilot
PITTSBURGH, Dec. 24 -- Marconi announced that its deep fiber solutions were selected for a pilot network in Chelan County, Wash. As part of the pilot, Marconi will provide a combination of...
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QuickBird Camera Gets High-Res Earth Images
BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 24 -- The QuickBird satellite, built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., is providing the highest-resolution, commercially available imagery of Earth. QuickBird is a...
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Microvision Awarded Army Contract for Wearable Display
BOTHELL, Wash., Dec. 24 -- Microvision Inc. has been awarded a $3.3 million contract for initial development of a mobile wireless personal display system for medical applications, from the US Army's...
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Pulse and Lockheed Martin Team Up for Apache Helicopter Imaging System
BRISTOL, Pa., Dec. 26 -- Pulse Specialty Components, a division of Pulse, a Technitrol company, announced that it has been selected for a collaborative development project with Lockheed Martin...
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Sonus Networks Establishes Operations in China
WESTFORD, Mass., Dec. 26 -- Sonus Networks announced it is continuing its global expansion with direct operations in China. Sonus has established a regional office in Beijing and has named former...
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AMD Joins Industry Security Effort
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec. 26 -- AMD will share its expertise in developing manufacturing systems software in a joint effort of semiconductor industry leaders to develop, prototype and validate an...
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IEEE Honors Transistor, Laser Pioneer Kroemer
PISCATAWAY, N.J., Dec. 27 -- Herbert Kroemer, professor of electrical and computer engineering and of materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been named the 2002 recipient of...
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Adaptive Optics Delivers Wavefront Sensor for Airborne Laser
BLACKWOOD, N.J., Dec. 27 -- Adaptive Optics Associates Inc., a subsidiary of Metrologic Instruments Inc., has delivered the CP/CM Wavefront Sensor, Line Replaceable Unit to Lockheed Martin Space...
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Microvision Delivers Helmet-Mounted Display to Boeing
BOTHELL, Wash., Dec. 27 -- Microvision Inc. has delivered a prototype helmet-mounted display system to The Boeing Co.'s Phantom Works facility in Seattle. The prototype will be evaluated, along with...
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CardioGenesis Closes Private Placement With Wisconsin Investment Board
FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., Dec. 28 -- CardioGenesis Corp. has announced the closing of a $2.0 million private placement of its common stock with the State of Wisconsin Investment Board. The private...
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Leybold Optics with New Shareholder
HANAU, Germany, Dec. 28 -- EQT, a private equity fund founded by the Swedish Wallenberg industrialist family, has taken over Leybold Optics GmbH from Unaxis Holding AG, effective retroactively Sept....
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Boeing Receives License for Connexion Service
SEATTLE, Dec. 28 -- The Boeing Co. has been granted a license by the Federal Communications Commission that will enable passengers on airplanes to transmit and receive broadband data in flight,...
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Microsemi Awarded New Backlight Technology Patent
IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 29 -- Microsemi Corp. said it has added a backlight controller IC patent to its portfolio, for a total of four backlight patents for driving fluorescent lamps in PDA, notebook,...
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Rio Grande Medical Technologies to Change Name
ALBEQUERQUE, N.M., Dec. 31 -- Rio Grande Medical Technologies Inc. announced it will change its name to InLight Solutions Inc., effective Jan. 1, 2002. "InLight Solutions has created a technology...
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ATS and EXFO Establish Strategic Alliance
CAMBRIDGE, Ontario, and QUEBEC, Dec. 31 -- ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. and EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. have signed a strategic alliance agreement to integrate EXFO's automated...
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Thermo Electron Acquires Spectra-Physics Shares
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 31, -- Spectra-Physics Inc. announced that Thermo Electron Corp., its majority stockholder, has completed a cash tender offer of $17.50 per share for any and all...


PRODUCTS
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Integrated Tap Monitor Array (ITMA)
SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 7 -- Oplink Communications Inc. announced the availability of its Integrated Tap Monitor Array (ITMA), a compact, multichannel power monitor for optical networks. Oplink's new...
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SYSTIMAX LazrSPEED Solution
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Dec. 7 -- Avaya Inc.'s SYSTIMAX LazrSPEED™ Solution now guarantees Gigabit Ethernet transmission of up to 1000-meters. Longer transmission distances can allow customers to more...
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Single-Chip SONET Framers
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Agere System's enhanced synchronous optical network/synchronous digital hierarchy (SONET/SDH) framer chips support the emerging Ethernet over SONET (EoS) protocol for...
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Multi-Path Testing Option
QUEBEC CITY, Dec. 10 -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. announced a Multi-Path Testing Option for its IQ-12004B DWDM Passive Component Test System. The Multi-Path Testing Option, the first...
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ATM Service Intelligence Software
SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 14 -- ATM-based metro-area transport networks now can offer the data awareness and quality of service critical to efficient data transmission -- but without the cost and...
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Silver-based Gradient Index Lens
CORNING, N.Y., Dec. 17 -- Corning Inc., a supplier of optical fiber and components in the telecommunications industry, announced a breakthrough in the development of a silver-based gradient index...
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Serial Transceiver Module
ALLENTOWN, Pa., Dec. 18 -- Agere Systems, the world leader in communications components, announced a 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) serial transceiver module that reduces the costs of implementing...
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Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexing (ROADM) Products
SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 19 -- Oplink Communications, designer and manufacturer of optical components and subsystems, announces its reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexing (ROADM) product family....
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Fiber Optic UV+VIS Cuvette Accessory
TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 19 -- StellarNet Inc. announces a new spectrometer sampling accessory, the SL4-CUV fiber optic UV+VIS light source with integrated cuvette holder. The accessory is used for...
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VARIABLE ATTENUATORS
Variable optical attenuators designed for flat wavelength characteristics across the DWDM ITU region have been released by Alliance Fiber Optic Products Inc. The VOA 2200 series offers...
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PHOTOSENSITIVE FIBER
Corning Inc. says its PureMode photonic fibers have enhanced photosensitivity that enables the mass production of laser stabilization gratings and gain-flattening filters by writing gratings in a...
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DWDM FILTERS
TeraXion has introduced a line of low-dispersion 50- and 100-GHz DWDM filters for transmission speeds from 10 to 40 Gb/s. The TF-WDM-LD filters are designed to minimize group delay variation in and...
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ConnCert 100
ROCKLAND, Mass., Dec. 5 -- The ConnCert 100 is an easy-to-use, complete fiber optic endface inspection and certification system that represents a major advance over traditional inspection methods....
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ACS 1000 Automated Control System
MISSISSAUGA, Ont., Dec. 5 -- EXFO Photonic Solutions Division introduces the new ACS 1000 Automated Control System for your Novacure or Acticure UV/Visible spot curing system. Ideal for use in...
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ETBL3-30, 3-Beam Nd:YAG Laser Welder
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 7 -- The ETBL3-30 is specifically designed and developed for photonics applications requiring simultaneous-firing laser beams. Each of the three beams has independent...
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Single-Chip SONET Framers
ALLENTOWN, Pa., Dec. 7 -- Agere System's enhanced synchronous optical network/synchronous digital hierarchy (SONET/SDH) framer chips support the emerging Ethernet over SONET (EoS) protocol for...
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266-nm Dynamic Wavefront Test Capability
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Dec. 7 -- Melles Griot continues to expand its ultraviolet (uv) manufacturing and testing capabilities with the integration of a 266-nm dynamic wavefront interferometric test station...
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AccuLaze
FREMONT, Calif., Dec. 7 -- New Wave Research has unveiled AccuLaze, a compact, tabletop microelectronics machining system. AccuLaze has been designed for applications such as thick- or thin-film...
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CaF2 Optics Series
BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 10 -- Alpine Research Optics Inc. (ARO) has introduced a new series of CaF2 optics for use in 157 nm laser-based applications such as microlithography and micromachining. The...
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Coolerless 980 nm Laser Pump Module Samples
MILPITAS, Calif., Dec. 10 -- Blue Sky Research, a privately held developer and manufacturer of high-performance, cost-effective optical network components, announced the immediate availability of...
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High-Power 405 nm Lasers
SOUTHAMPTON, UK, Dec. 17 -- Point Source has released the latest addition to its range of iFLEX-2000 fiber coupled lasers, a 10mW version of the 405 nm violet laser diode system. The laser features...
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PCVisionplus Frame Grabber
Coreco Imaging has announced extended camera support for its PCVisionplus frame grabber, an image capture card for fast analog, progressive scan and variable scan cameras. The board may now be used...
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Elite Series Test Chambers
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa., Dec. 17 -- Tenney's new line of Elite Series Test Chambers are capable of simulating temperature or temperature and humidity conditions and are well suited for use in electronic,...
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MATLAB Image Processing Toolbox
NATICK, Mass., Dec. 17 -- The MathWorks Inc. announced that engineers at Israel-based Given Imaging Ltd. implemented MATLAB as the core technology platform in the development of the M2ATM Capsule, a...
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New Nanocluster Source
Oxford Applied Research announces the NC200U Nanocluster source -- the only commercially built nanocluster source available -- produces beams of well-defined nanocrystalline particles using the...
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Wideband Couplers and WDMs
MONTREAL CITY, Dec. 18 -- ITF 7-Sea™ Series features ultrahigh reliability wideband couplers and WDMs for undersea applications, offering exceptional optical characteristics. The 7-Sea™ Series...
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Fiber Optic UV+VIS Cuvette Accessory
TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 19 -- StellarNet Inc. announces a new spectrometer sampling accessory, the SL4-CUV fiber optic UV+VIS light source with integrated cuvette holder. The accessory is used for...
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Large-Area Avalanche Photodiode Array
CAMARILLO, Calif., Dec. 19 -- Advanced Photonix has introduced a new, monolithic, 16-element, large-area avalanche photodiode (LAAPD) array based on the company's unique, patented LAAPD technology....
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Model Mini-ICE Portable Power Supply and Cooling System
Big Sky Laser Technologies announced the Model Mini-ICE portable power supply and cooling system for those applications requiring maximum portability and minimum size from a rugged, fieldable system....
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The CFR 200 and CFR 400 Nd:YAG Laser
The Model CFR 200 combines all key compact, rugged features that Big Sky Laser is well known for, with the power and flexibility of a microprocessor-based electronics/cooling unit. The CFR 200 is...
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The CFR 800 Nd:YAG Laser System
Big Sky Laser Technologies, Inc. is pleased to announce the latest addition to its CFR line of compact, rugged laser sources: the Model CFR 800. The CFR 800 delivers 800 mJ per pulse at 1064 nm with...
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FR-3000 NanoRobot Photonics Alignment System
The need to automate the assembly of complex photonics components increases continually with the manufacturer's desire to reduce product cost. The assembly of devices such as planar waveguides and...

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