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Rare-Earth Substitute Found for LEDs
PISCATAWAY, N.J., Oct. 16, 2014 — An abundant copper compound could replace rare-earth metals in household LEDs, making them more environmentally friendly. Most commercially available white LEDS are phosphor-based but incorporate rare earth metals like cerium. Researchers from Rutgers University developed another approach to white LEDs based on I-VII binary semiconductors, in particular copper iodide. The hybrid phosphor materials are free of rare-earth metals and can be synthesized by a low-cost, scalable...

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Blue LED Inventors Win Nobel Prize
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 7, 2014 — Three LED developers have been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in physics. Gallium nitride-based blue LEDs developed in the early 1990s by Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura enabled efficient and environmentally friendly white...
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Smart Headlights Spare Drivers’ Eyes, Prevent Glare
PITTSBURGH, Sept. 11, 2014 — Imagine leaving your high beams on without blinding your fellow motorists. A new programmable headlight, developed by a team at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, has sensors that can detect and track oncoming vehicles...

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Colorless Solar Window has 1% Efficiency
EAST LANSING, Mich., Sept. 2, 2014 — A team at Michigan State University has developed an untinted solar window that absorbs and generates electricity from the near-infrared wavelengths of sunlight. Previous transparent luminescent solar concentrators have demonstrated better...
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Ideal and Ledil Collaborate to Develop LED Components
SYCAMORE, Ill., and SALO, Finland, July 24, 2014 — Ideal’s Chip-Lok holders and adapters are now coupled with Ledil’s Angela reflectors and Cree CXA35 LED arrays. The Chip-Lok holders are designed from hardened stainless steel to prevent the creep that plastic holders are prone...

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Scallop Appoints New Chief Sales Officer
BOSTON, July 18, 2014 — Steve Gorski has been named as Scallop Imaging’s chief sales officer. As the previous general manager of Mobotix Corp. and the national sales manager for Axis Communications, Gorksi brings many years of experience in sales and...
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Nanopixels Drive Flexible, Extremely Hi-Res Displays
OXFORD, England, July 14, 2014 — Delving into the electrical and optical properties of phase-change materials has unveiled a new way to develop flexible, thin-film displays with extremely high resolution and low energy consumption. A team at the University of Oxford found...

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Investors Grant LatticePower $80M for LED Production
HONG KONG, July 11, 2014 — LED developer LatticePower Corp. recently received an $80 million cash infusion from investment groups. The company said the funding will be used to expand its R&D and manufacturing capabilities and scout locations for facilities in the...
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Report: Consumer Goods to Drive IR Imaging Market
LYON, France, July 11, 2014 — Sales of thermal imaging components surged in 2013, heralding future growth and a wider customer base for the uncooled IR imaging market, according to research firm Yole Developpement. Consumer products are expected to see a 61 percent...

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New Optical Component Enhances Augmented Reality Devices
LONDON, July 10, 2014 — A novel optical component could transform wearable augmented-reality and display devices. TruLife Optics Ltd. developed the component in conjunction with the National Physical Laboratory in London. The 2-mm-thick optic incorporates two...
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Report: Silicon Photonics Communications Market Poised for Growth
LYON, France, June 30, 2014 — The silicon photonics device market is set to grow from $25 million in 2013 to more than $700 million in 2024, representing a 38 percent composite annual growth rate, according to research firm Yole Developpement. The market includes...

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Tofu Chemical Could Prompt New Wave of Solar Cells
LIVERPOOL, England, June 27, 2014 — Solar cells could learn a thing or two from tofu and bath salts. Researchers from the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy at the University of Liverpool have found that magnesium chloride (MgCl2) — found in tofu, bath salts and...
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Forecast: Niche Solar on the Rise
BOSTON, June 25, 2014 — Power generated by niche solar installations is expected to grow to 1.2 GW by 2024, according to market analysis firm Lux Research. Thin-film solar products have been unsuccessful in competition against more mainstream crystalline silicon,...

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Report: Lighting Grows its Share of LED Driver Market
LONDON, June 23, 2014 — Revenues from LED driver integrated circuits totaled $1.2 billion last year, with a quarter of that amount representing sales for lighting applications, according to market research firm IHS Technology. LED driver revenues from lighting...
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Pyramid Structure Makes Better PHOLEDs
ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 23, 2014 — Arranging phosphorescent organic light-emitting diodes (PHOLEDs) into a pyramid shape can enhance their efficiency, making them brighter and more productive.  PHOLEDs are an efficient alternative to traditional incandescent...

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Light-Manipulating Nanobarrel Traps Molecules
CAMBRIDGE, England, June 20, 2014 — Lower-cost, more reliable diagnostic testing could be a light at the end of the nanophotonic tunnel … or barrel, in this case. A barrel-shaped molecular container called cucurbituril (CB) that acts as a mini test tube has been...
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Imax, Necsel Enter Laser Tech Partnership
NEW YORK, June 19, 2014 — In a recently signed agreement, Necsel will become the exclusive worldwide provider of specified lasers for Imax Corp.’s new projection systems. Imax’s laser projection technology allows an array of digital content to be...

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Report: Linear LEDs More Cost-Effective
WASHINGTON, June 4, 2014 — Linear LED lamps are likely a better investment than fluorescents in the long term, according to a new government-commissioned report. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Commercially Available LED Product Evaluation and Reporting program...
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PhotoScribe Patents Diamond Assessment System
NEW YORK, June 3, 2014 — A newly patented technology claims to quantify the beauty of diamonds by registering how they interact with light. An enlarged, sectional view of an annular support for light sources facing a table of a gemstone. PhotoScribe...

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New Thin-film Transistors Could Mean Flexible Screens
ARGONNE, Ill., May 29, 2014 — Ultra-thin, flexible transistors could lead to the next generation of screens for computers, smartphones and televisions. A team from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Lab has created transparent transistors 10 atomic...
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Augmented Reality Device Easier on the Eyes
TUCSON and STORRS, Conn., May 28, 2014 — A new device aims to make augmented reality (AR) technology easier on the eyes. Developed by researchers at the University of Arizona and the University of Connecticut, the OST-HMD (optical see-through head-mounted display) device is...

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Goodman Prize Goes to Authors of Metamaterials Textbook
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., and ATLANTA, May 23, 2014 — Vladimir Shalaev of Purdue University and Wenshan Cai of the Georgia Institute of Technology have been named the 2014 recipients of the Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award. Their book, “Optical Metamaterials: Fundamentals and...
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Enablence Tech Names New CEO
OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada, May 21, 2014 — Enablence Technologies Inc., a supplier of photonic and optical components and subsystems for access, metro and long-haul markets, has named Evan Chen its new chief executive officer. Chen, who will replace outgoing CEO Jacob Sun, has...

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Avago Acquires LSI for $6.6B
BOEBLINGEN, Germany, May 19, 2014 — Avago Technologies Ltd. has completed its acquisition of LSI Corp. of San Jose, Calif., for $11.15 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $6.6 billion. Both companies develop semiconductors. Avago said the acquisition...
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Kopin Sees Another Difficult Quarter in Wearables Market
WESTBOROUGH, Mass., May 8, 2014 — Display optics firm Kopin Corp. suffered a fourth straight quarter of net losses, citing rising development costs in the emerging field of wearable technologies. Net loss for the first quarter of 2014 was $9.1 million, compared with a net...






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