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photonics.com: December 2005

RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY
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Semiconductor Consortium Funds Nanoelectronics Research Centers, Grants
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Dec. 8 -- Seeking to accelerate nanoelectronics research at US universities to benefit the long-term needs of the semiconductor industry, a consortium of companies known...
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Customized Microscope Helps Track Cells
BERKELEY, Calif., Dec. 28 -- Researchers from the University of California at Berkeley using a customized atomic force microscope (AFM) have discovered new evidence for how the fibrous scaffolding...


NEWS & FEATURES
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Flir Buys Scientific Materials
PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 1 -- Flir Systems Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the stock of Scientific Materials Corp. (SMC), a supplier of laser assemblies, laser components and materials, for $13 million cash. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the year. Based in Bozeman, Mont., Scientific Materials was founded in 1989 as a producer of specialty crystals for...
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Milestone Hit in Optical Silicon Project
PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 1 -- Translucent Inc., a silicon electronics and photonics semiconductor company, announced it has achieved a major milestone in its quest to develop advanced silicon-based...
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News Briefs
Progressive spectacle lens maker Shamir Optical Industry Ltd. of Israel today announced that its European subsidiary, Altra, has formed Altra-France, a new company which will establish operations in...
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Samsung Admits Guilt, Fined $300M in DRAM Price-Fixing Suit
SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 1 -- In the culmination of an agreement reached in October, Samsung Electronics Company Ltd. (Samsung), a Korean manufacturer of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) and its US...
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European Technology Platform Launched for Photonics
BRUSSELS, Belgium, Dec. 2 -- More than 200 photonics industry representatives, researchers and policymakers from 16 European member states and 120 companies celebrated the launching of the European...
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News Briefs
Tucson, Ariz.-based Lasertel, a supplier of high-power semiconductor laser diode products, has signed a 15-year contract to be the primary and preferred supplier of laser diode arrays for military...
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L-3 Buys SAM Electronics for $150M
NEW YORK, Dec. 2 -- L-3 Communications has signed an agreement to acquire SAM Electronics GmbH (SAM) for $150 million in cash, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. L-3...
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Photonics Platform Launched in Europe
BRUSSELS, Belgium, Dec. 2 -- More than 200 photonics industry representatives, researchers and policymakers from 16 European member states and 120 companies celebrated the launching of the European...
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News Briefs
Nanotechnology company Lumera Corp. of Bothell, Wash., announced today that it has been awarded a $1 million, one-year contract extension from the US government to continue developing technologically...
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Student IC Designs Accepted for Contest
BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 5, 2005 -- Designs for analog, digital or programmable circuits and systems are being accepted through Thursday, Dec. 8, as submissions for the annual student design contest...
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News Briefs
Switzerland-based Synova, a maker of water-jet-guided laser technology used in wafer dicing and wafer-edge grinding, has appointed Sean Green as manager of technical sales and support for the...
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Sensor Uses Qdots to Detect DNA
BALTIMORE, Md., Dec. 6 -- Using tiny semiconductor crystals, biological probes and a laser, Johns Hopkins University engineers have developed a way to find specific sequences of DNA by making them...
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$72M Earmarked for Laser Energetics Lab
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Dec. 6 -- The University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) will receive $72.6 million in funding under the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act for...
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Nanotech Risks Not Studied, Researchers Say
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Governments aren't spending enough money to investigate the possible health, environmental and safety impacts of long-term exposure to nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes and...
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$72M Earmarked for UR Laser Energetics Lab
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Dec. 6 -- The University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) will receive $72.6 million in funding under the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act for...
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RCN to Buy Con Edison Telecom Unit
NEW YORK, Dec. 6 -- Consolidated Edison Inc. (Con Edison) announced today it will sell its telecommunications subsidiary, Consolidated Edison Communications Holding Company Inc., to RCN Corp. for $32...
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Nanotech Risks Not Studied, Researchers Say
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Governments aren't spending enough money to investigate the possible health, environmental and safety impacts of long-term exposure to nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes and...
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TranSwitch to Acquire Mysticom
SHELTON, Conn., Dec. 7 -- TranSwitch Corp., a provider of high-speed semiconductor solutions for voice, data and video communications, has agreed to acquire Israel-based Mysticom Ltd., a...
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L-3 Communications Buys ASIT
NEW YORK, Dec. 7 -- L-3 Communications announced this week that it acquired Applied Signal and Image Technology Inc. (ASIT) on Nov. 23. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The business...
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News Briefs
Spire Corp. was awarded a $750,000 Phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) project from the Department of Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop a...
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L-3 Buys ASIT
NEW YORK, Dec. 7 -- L-3 Communications announced this week that it acquired Applied Signal and Image Technology Inc. (ASIT) on Nov. 23. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The business...
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Researchers Combine Tiny Nanotubes, Antibodies to Detect Cancer Cells
PHILADELPHIA and NEWARK, Del., Dec. 7 -- By coating the surfaces of tiny carbon nanotubes with monoclonal antibodies, biochemists and engineers at Jefferson Medical College and the University of...
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News Briefs
Santa Clara, Calif.-based Landrex Technologies Inc., the maker of Optima PCB (printed circuit board) assembly automated optical inspection equipment, has named Ascentech as its sales representative...
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Reveal Imaging Gets $2.5M Contract for Aircraft Cargo Explosives Detection
BEDFORD, Mass., Dec. 8 -- Reveal Imaging Technologies Inc., a developer of advanced security inspection systems, has received a $2.5 million research and development contract from the Transportation...
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JEOL, MIT to Advance Soldier Nanotech
PEABODY, Mass., Dec. 8 -- Lightening soldiers' loads to increase their mobility and survival is the aim of a partnership announced this week between the JEOL USA, a Massachusetts-based supplier of...
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Semiconductor Consortium Funds Nanoelectronics Research Centers, Grants
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Dec. 8 -- Seeking to accelerate nanoelectronics research at US universities to benefit the long-term needs of the semiconductor industry, a consortium of companies known...
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Infinera, Finisar Acquire Big Bear Assets
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec. 8 -- Optical networking chip specialist Infinera has acquired Big Bear Networks' electronic dispersion compensation assets for telecommunications networks, including...
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Engineers Question 'Buckyball' Safety
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 9 -- Buckyballs, pure carbon nanoparticles shaped like soccerballs, have shown promise as components of fuel cells, drug delivery systems and cosmetics that delay aging since...
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News Briefs
Dalsa Corp., a Canadian maker of digital imaging and semiconductor products and services, announced it has received a contract to develop and deliver custom CCD image sensor chips to an Asian...
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Engineers Question 'Buckyball' Safety
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 9 -- Buckyballs, pure carbon nanoparticles shaped like soccerballs, have shown promise as components of fuel cells, drug delivery systems and cosmetics that delay aging since...
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News Briefs
The board of directors of ESI, a maker of production laser systems for microengineering applications with headquarters in Portland, Ore., has appointed Kerry Mustoe as its interim chief financial...
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Kollsman Awarded Marine Contract
HAIFA, Israel, Dec. 12 -- Kollsman Inc., a subsidiary of Elbit Systems, an international defense electronics company in Haifa, Israel, was awarded initial orders worth $33.6 million to provide...
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Carbon Nanotube Project Gets Funding
NEW YORK, Dec. 12 -- Advance Nanotech Inc., a provider of financing and other services to support the commercialization of nanotechnology, today announced financing for epi-CNT, a new research...
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News Briefs
Nanotechnology nonprofit think tank Foresight Nanotech Institute of Palo Alto, Calif., has appointed Marc Lurie as its president. Prior to joining Foresight, Lurie founded and served as CEO of @hand,...
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RIO Funding Round Nets $8.4M
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 13 -- Redfern Integrated Optics Inc. (RIO), a Santa Clara, Calif., maker of optical transmitters, announced it has raised $8.4 million in its third funding round, including...
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Breakthrough Made in More Moore Project
VELDHOVEN, the Netherlands, Dec. 13 -- One of the companies participating in a European project to improve the power output of an extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL) light source for semiconductor...
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Breakthrough Announced in More Moore Project
VELDHOVEN, the Netherlands, Dec. 13 -- One of the companies participating in a European project to improve the power output of an extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL) light source for semiconductor...
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News Briefs
Harris Corp. was awarded a contract to supply the US Central Command (USCENTCOM) with activity sensors for its Persistent Surveillance Unattended Ground Sensor program. Harris will provide...
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New Milky Way Star Clusters Discovered
BOSTON, Dec. 14 -- Nearly 100 new star clusters, each containing tens to hundreds of never before seen stars, were recently discovered in the Milky Way by the Galactic Legacy Infrared Mid-Plane...
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Donald Fraser Named AIAA Fellow
BOSTON, Dec. 14 -- Donald C. Fraser, director of the Boston University (BU) Photonics Center, was elected an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), along...
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'Nanospring' Defying 300 Years of Research
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 14 -- Researchers have known for some time that a long, fibrous coil grown by a single-cell protozoan is, gram for gram, more powerful than a car engine. Now, researchers at...
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News Briefs
William Polito was named CFO of worldwide operations at Melles Griot. Polito was formerly finance director for Melles Griot Optics Group in Rochester, N.Y., and has been with the company for...
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Edmund Optics Adds Coating Chamber
BARRINGTON, N.J., Dec. 15 -- Optical and imaging components manufacturer Edmund Optics (EO) has increased its capacity to make complex coatings with more than 100 layers by adding a new...
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Transistor Could 'Dial in' Quantum Effects
HOUSTON, Texas, Dec. 15 -- A team of theoretical and experimental physicists from Rice University is preparing a unique probe in hopes of "dialing in" elusive quantum states called quantum...
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Polito Named Melles Griot CFO
CARLSBAD, Calif., Dec. 15 -- William Polito was named CFO for worldwide operations at Melles Griot. Polito was formerly finance director for Melles Griot Optics Group in Rochester, N.Y., and...
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News Briefs
Cutera Inc., a Brisbane, Calif.-based provider of laser and other light-based aesthetic systems for practitioners worldwide, announced that it will ask the court to set an early trial date at a...
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Electronic Walls, Ceilings a 'Snap' With LEDs
TROY, N.Y., Dec. 16 -- A novel concept for lighting homes and offices integrates LED technology with building materials and systems to create electronic walls and ceilings. The design includes...
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Fiber Optic Phone Line to Connect Ethiopia-Sudan
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Dec. 16 -- The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corp. (ETC), the country's only state-owned information and communication technologies provider, established in 1996, said it has...
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Bell South Cuts Work Force
ATLANTA, Dec. 16 -- BellSouth announced Thursday it will cut 1500 management jobs, or 2.4 percent of its total work force, because of competition from cable providers. Most of the reductions are...
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Cambridge Univ. to Develop Microscopic Lasers
CAMBRIDGE, England, Dec. 19 -- The University of Cambridge Engineering Department was awarded 2.4 million pounds (about US$4.21 million) under a publicly sponsored Basic Technology Research...
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News Briefs
Susanne Lotzsch was appointed director of marketing communications at Rofin-Baasel Lasertech in Starnberg, Germany, where she has worked for five years. . . . 3M announced it will build an...
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Elop Wins $50M Korean Contract
HAIFA, Israel, Dec. 19 -- Electro-Optics Industries Ltd. (Elop) has been selected by the Korean Air Force to supply real-time electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) long-range oblique imagery systems for...
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Cambridge U to Create Miniscule Lasers
CAMBRIDGE, England, Dec. 19 -- The University of Cambridge Engineering Department was awarded 2.4 million pounds (about US$4.21 million) under a publicly sponsored Basic Technology Research...
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Lockheed GPS Satellite Operational
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec. 20 -- The first modernized global positioning system (GPS) satellite featuring additional navigation signals to benefit military and civilian users around the world is...
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Researchers: Compressing Digital Files Makes Mammogram Reading More Accurate
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., and TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 20 -- Researchers from Purdue University and the University of South Florida have developed a way of compressing digitized mammogram files that, while...
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News Briefs
Riber, a French maker of molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) machines, said it has received an order for an MBE 6000 to be delivered and invoiced before the end of this year. MBE machines enable the...
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$6.5M Northwest Indiana Supercomputer Grid Gears Up
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Dec. 20 -- A $6.5 million computer grid linking Purdue University, Purdue Calumet and the University of Notre Dame to government research facilities through a high-speed fiber...
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Accurate Readings of Smaller Mammogram Files Could Lead to Telemedicine Advances
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., and TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 20 -- Researchers from Purdue University and the University of South Florida have developed a way of compressing digitized mammogram files that, while...
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San Andreas Survey Reveals Never-Seen Fault Lines
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 20 -- In completing the most meticulous survey ever made of the San Andreas Fault, Ohio State University researchers found detailed features no one else had been able to see....
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Nanobattery Project Paper Published
LITTLE FALLS, N.J., Dec. 21 -- Scientists from mPhase Technologies and Lucent Technologies Bell Labs have demonstrated a working reserve nanotechnology-based battery that could be the prototype for a...
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News Briefs
Cree Inc. of Durham, N.C., a maker of semiconductors for solid-state lighting, power and communications products, announced today the addition of Clyde R. Hosein to its board of directors and...
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New Chip: Better Digital Pics For Less Power
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Dec. 21 -- A pair of newly patented digital imaging and compression technologies developed at the University of Rochester may soon enable imaging chips to need just a fraction of the...
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News Briefs
Jmar Technologies Inc. of San Diego, a maker of laser-based equipment for imaging, analysis and fabrication at the nanoscale, has established an international sales network for its diode-pumped,...
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News Briefs
Semiconductor manufacturer STMicroelectronics (ST) of Geneva was named one of the Top Ten Companies of the Decade at the inaugural Low Carbon Leader Awards presented by The Climate Group and...
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ORNL's Thin-Film Lithium Technology May Power Christmases of the Future
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Dec. 23 -- Battery-powered toys, radios and portable electronic devices make fun Christmas gifts -- until the batteries run down. But advances in rechargeable thin-film lithium...
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Marvell to Acquire UTStarcom Div. for $24M
SANTA CLARA, Calif. and ALAMEDA, Calif., Dec. 23, 2005 -- Marvell, a developer of storage, communications and consumer silicon solutions, has agreed to buy substantially all of the assets of...
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News Briefs
Corning Inc. has received government approval to ship its active LCD glass substrates from its Taichung, Taiwan, manufacturing facility. Corning broke ground on the Taichung facility in July 2004...
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Study Moves 'Superlens' Closer to Reality
CORVALLIS, Ore., Dec. 26 -- Physicists at Oregon State University say they have made an important advance toward the creation of a functional "superlens" -- an optical device that bends light...
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News Briefs
Nitto Denko of Japan and St. Paul, Minn.-based 3M announced that they have jointly developed a new high-durability, ultrathin LCD polarizing film that is approximately half the thickness of...
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News Briefs
The American Ceramic Society, the European Ceramic Society and the Ceramic Society of Japan will host the first International Congress on Ceramics June 25-29 at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in...
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TI to Acquire Chipcon
DALLAS, Dec. 28 -- Texas Instruments announced last week it will acquire Chipcon, a semiconductor company that makes short-range, low-power wireless RF (radio frequency) transceiver devices, for $200...
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Nortel Buys Tasman for $100M
TORONTO, Dec. 28, 2005 -- Canadian communications equipment maker Nortel has agreed to buy San Jose, Calif.-based Tasman Networks, a manufacturer of networking routers established in 1997, for $99.5...
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Customized Microscope Helps Track Cells
BERKELEY, Calif., Dec. 28 -- Researchers from the University of California at Berkeley using a customized atomic force microscope (AFM) have discovered new evidence for how the fibrous scaffolding...
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News Briefs
Citing the recent controversy over the filing of UMC's financial statements, during which the Financial Supervisory Commission has accused UMC employees of insider trading, company Chairman Robert...
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Boeing LTS Wins $413M Contract to Operate DoD's Largest Telescopes
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M., Dec. 29, 2005 -- Boeing LTS has been awarded an Air Force Research Laboratory contract with a potential value of $413 million to maintain and operate the two largest...
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UMass Nano-Imprint Lab Gets $700K
AMHERST, Mass., Dec. 29, 2005 -- The University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst, which is establishing a Nano-Imprint Lithography (NIL) laboratory to further its research capabilities in nanoscale...
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Rice U. Names Institute for Smalley
HOUSTON, Texas, Dec. 30, 2005 -- Rice University's Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) has been renamed the Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology in honor...
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News Briefs
Semiconductor developer TechnoConcepts Inc. of Van Nuys, Calif., announced that its subsidiary, Techno (Hong Kong) Ltd. has opened its new headquarters at the Hong Kong Science & Technology Park...
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OFC/NFOEC 2006 Builds On Past Success
ANAHEIM, Calif., Dec. 30, 2005 -- Representatives from all areas of the optics industry will gather March 5-10 at the Anaheim Convention Center for the second annual OFC/NFOEC. The first combined...


PRODUCTS
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IK-52V and IK-53V 3-CCD Color Cameras
IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 1 -- Toshiba America’s Imaging Systems Div., a supplier of video cameras for machine vision, research and development and scientific applications, introduces the miniature, high-resolution, progressive scan “ice-cube-size” CCD camera family, the IK-52V (1/2 in.) and IK-53V (1/3 in.). The tiny, 29-mm³ cameras weigh only 45 g each and both feature VGA...
Toshiba Imaging Systems
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Large-Format VUV Optical Chamber
HOLLIS, N.H., Dec. 5 -- J P Sercel Associates (JPSA) introduces its new large-format VUV (vacuum ultraviolet) optical chamber for UV excimer laser beam delivery systems (BDS). The optical chamber is...
IPG Photonics, Microsystems Div.
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Breakthrough Device Technology
TOKYO, Dec. 7 -- NEC Corp., a provider of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions, and semiconductor product maker NEC Electronics Corp. have announced the joint development of...
NEC Corp.
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PolaFlex
CHINO, Calif., Dec. 9 -- General Photonics is offering PolaFlex, a new turnkey instrument that can generate and maintain any desired state of polarization (SOP), regardless of the input SOP. It...
General Photonics Corp.
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Free-Light Compact
PETAH-TIKVA, Israel, Dec. 15 -- Civcom, a manufacturer of optoelectronic components and subsystems, has introduced a Free-Light Compact (only 3.34 by 2.87 by 0.53 inches) high-performance, long-reach...
Civcom D & S
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High-Power Current Sources
BOZEMAN, Mont., Dec. 29, 2005 -- ILX Lightwave has added high-power laser diode current sources to its portfolio of precision laser diode instrumentation products. The LDX-3600 series high-power...
ILX Lightwave Corp.
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Fiber Ribbon Cable Products
ATLANTA, Dec. 30, 2005 -- Wire and cable manufacturer Superior Essex has introduced a new family of "outside plant" fiber ribbon cable products containing between 288 and 1008 optical fibers. The...
Superior Essex Communications LP
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Model 772 Pulsed Laser Diode Driver
LONGWOOD, Fla., Dec. 30, 2005 -- Analog Modules Inc. (AMI), a manufacturer of analog electronic products for the laser and electro-optics industries with applications in medical, military, scientific...
Analog Modules, Inc.
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LightTools 5.2
PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 2 -- Optical Research Associates (ORA) has introduced LightTools version 5.2, which it said is the first illumination design and analysis software to deliver a fully integrated...
Synopsys, Inc., Optical Solutions Group
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Large-Format VUV Optical Chamber
HOLLIS, N.H., Dec. 5 -- JP Sercel Associates (JPSA) has introduced a large-format VUV (vacuum ultraviolet) optical chamber for UV excimer laser beam delivery systems (BDS). The optical chamber is the...
IPG Photonics, Microsystems Div.
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SpectroColorimeters
TAMPA, Fla. -- StellarNet has developed a low-cost miniature fiber optic SpectroColorimeter. The SpectraWiz operating software provides real-time displays for CIELAB measurements while simultaneously...
StellarNet, Inc.
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SpectroRadiometer
TAMPA, Fla. -- StellarNet has introduceded a new high-performance, broadband spectrometer for the 200 to 1100 nm range. The company said optics include an ultraviolet-enhanced 2048 pixel CCD detector...
StellarNet, Inc.
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P-714 XY-Nanopositioning Stages
AUBURN, Mass., Dec. 8 -- Nanopositioning manufacturer PI (Physik Instrumente) has introduced the new P-714 for high-speed XY-nanopositioning and scanning. The company says these ultracompact,...
PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P., Piezo Nano Positioning
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ASDXL Amplified and ASDXL-DO Low-Pressure Sensors
FREEPORT, Ill. Dec. 8 -- Honeywell has introduced two new products to its family of pressure sensors. Based on its SDX sensors, the new ASDXL and ASDXL DO sensors are designed for applications that...
Honeywell Inc.
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PolaFlex
CHINO, Calif., Dec. 9 -- General Photonics is offering PolaFlex, a new turnkey instrument that can generate and maintain any desired state of polarization (SOP), regardless of the input SOP. It...
General Photonics Corp.
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Free-Light Compact
PETAH-TIKVA, Israel, Dec. 15 -- Civcom, a manufacturer of optoelectronic components and subsystems, has introduced a Free-Light Compact (only 3.34 by 2.87 by 0.53 inches) high-performance, long-reach...
Civcom D & S
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EC1600 CCD Camera
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 15 -- Prosilica has expanded its line of industrial firewire cameras with the release of the ultracompact EC1600 CCD camera. This super-small, 2-megapixel machine...
Allied Vision Technologies Canada, Inc.
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PCMCIA Frame Grabbers
BOCA RATON, Fla., Dec. 19 -- Imperx Inc.'s VCE-B5A01 and VCE-PRO frame grabbers enable portable video imaging by slipping into PCMCIA slots in laptop computers, palmtop computers, PDAs and other...
Imperx, Inc.
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P-542 XY Nanopositioning Stages
AUBURN, Mass., Dec. 20 -- The new P-542 XY nanopositioning stage was especially designed for biotechnology and nanotechnology applications, according to its maker, Physik Instrumente (PI)....
PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P., Piezo Nano Positioning
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High-Power Current Sources
BOZEMAN, Mont., Dec. 29 -- ILX Lightwave has added high-power laser diode current sources to its portfolio of precision laser diode instrumentation products. The LDX-3600 series high-power laser...
ILX Lightwave Corp.
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Model 772 Pulsed Laser Diode Driver
LONGWOOD, Fla., Dec. 30, 2005 -- Analog Modules Inc. (AMI), a manufacturer of analog electronic products for the laser and electro-optics industries with applications in medical, military, scientific...
Analog Modules, Inc.

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