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Chinese Consortium to Acquire OmniVision for $1.9B
SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 4, 2015 — A group of Chinese privateequity firms is planning to acquire OmniVision Technologies Inc. for approximately $1.9 billion. The prospective buyers are Hua Capital Management Co. Ltd., CITIC Capital Holdings Ltd. and GoldStone Investment Co. Ltd. Under an agreement between the parties, OmniVision stockholders would receive $29.75 per share in cash, or a total of approximately $1.9 billion. "We are pleased to have reached this agreement, which we believe realizes...

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Meprolight, Rolta to Develop Imaging Optronics for Indian Defense Forces
OR-AKIVA, Israel, May 4, 2015 — Meprolight Ltd. is seeking to establish a joint venture with Indian defense contractor Rolta India Ltd. of Mumbai, India, to develop optronic devices based on image intensifier and thermal imaging technologies for India's defense and security...
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ODT Enhances Optical Tweezer Capabilities, Holographic Bioimaging
DAEJEON, South Korea, May 4, 2015 — A new optical diffraction tomography (ODT) technique can measure the positions of optically trapped particles in three dimensions at high speed. The method provides a more streamlined and precise way to locate and move microscopic particles...

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Lidar Firm Rechristened Teledyne Optech after Acquisition
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., April 30, 2015 — Teledyne Technologies Inc. has taken full ownership of Optech Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of laser-based survey and digital imaging instrumentation. Terms of the transaction, which was carried out through Teledyne subsidiary Teledyne...
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Sharper 3-D Laser Scanner Impervious to Ambient Light
EVANSTON, Ill., April 28, 2015 — Refining principles of 3-D sensing for video games, researchers at Northwestern University have developed a 3-D laser scanner that produces detailed moving images even in the presence of bright ambient light. The device is modeled after the...

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Huennekens Named Board Chairman at EndoChoice
ALPHARETTA, Ga. April 27, 2015 — Scott Huennekens has been elevated to the position of chairman of the board at endoscope manufacturer EndoChoice Inc. Jim Balkcom, who had been chairman since 2009, will remain on the board of directors and continues to serve as chairman of...
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Raman Imager Speeds Cancer Detection
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., April 24, 2015 — A vibrational spectroscopic imaging technology that captures images of living cells could become an advanced medical diagnostic tool for the early detection of cancer and other diseases. The electronic device is referred to as a 32-channel...

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Basler Hires Regional Sales Manager for Canada
AHRENSBURG, Germany, April 15, 2015 — Rob Karimi has been named regional sales manager for Canada by industrial camera firm Basler AG. He will be based in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Karimi graduated from York University in Toronto in 2005 with a degree in Economics and Marketing. ...
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Camera Powered by the Light It Captures
NEW YORK, April 15, 2015 — Absorbing solar energy one moment and capturing images the next, a prototype video camera is said to be the first that is entirely self-powered. Developed by researchers at Columbia University, the camera can produce an image each second,...

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Kramer to Head Business Development for New Scale Technologies
VICTOR, N.Y., April 10, 2015 — New Scale Technologies Inc. has named Jeff Kramer vice president of business development, responsible for developing strategic deals and partnerships with key customers of the company’s miniature motion systems. Kramer has more than...
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Camera-Based Monitoring of Vital Signs Improved
HOUSTON, April 8, 2015 — Refined signal processing allows video cameras to monitor vital signs regardless of ambient lighting and the subject’s skin color. A new algorithm developed by researchers at Rice University detects subtle variations in skin tone...

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First Light Imaging Wins EC Grant to Develop IR Camera
MEYREUIL, France, April 8, 2015 — First Light Imaging SAS will use a grant from the European Commission to finalize development of an ultrafast, low-noise IR camera for use in astronomy, medical imagery, industry and defense. The company is one of six small and medium...
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Hamilton Thorne Acquires Reproductive Imaging Product Line
BEVERLY, Mass., April 7, 2015 — Hamilton Thorne Ltd. has acquired the Oosight product line from Cambridge Research & Instrumentation Inc. (CRi) of Hopkinton, a subsidiary of PerkinElmer Inc. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Oosight provides...

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NIR Hyperspectral Imaging Roots out Peanut Contamination
MADRID, April 7, 2015 — Near-infrared hyperspectral imaging could eliminate uncertainty for food producers required to include the warning “May contain peanuts” on their packaging. A team of researchers from Spain and France have adapted the technique...
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Lidar Chip Offers Mobile 3-D Scanning
PASADENA, Calif., April 6, 2015 — A tiny lidar device could turn mobile phones into powerful 3-D scanning devices. Based on a silicon chip less than a square millimeter in size, the nanophotonic coherent imager (NCI) provides the highest depth-measurement accuracy of any...

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Headwall Partners with Ocean Spray on Spectral Imaging for Agriculture
FITCHBURG, Mass., April 1, 2015 — Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. will try to improve the quality and yield of its cranberries using spectral imaging systems from Headwall Photonics Inc. The two companies will cooperate to test a new class of machine vision inspection...
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Compact Imaging, IPIC to Commercialize OCT Biosensor
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 17, 2015 — Compact Imaging Inc. has teamed up with the Irish Photonic Integration Center (IPIC) to bring compact optical biosensor technology to the market. The company said its benchtop prototype MRO (multiple reference optical coherence tomography)...

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Quantum Imaging, SemiConductor Devices Secure Funding for SWIR Camera Development
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., March 12, 2015 — Quantum Imaging Inc. of Colorado and SemiConductor Devices of Israel will develop a next-generation short-wave infrared (SWIR) camera with funding from the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation. The total...
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133-MP CMOS Image Sensor Eliminates Bulky Optics for 8K Broadcasting
PASADENA, Calif., March 6, 2015 — An unprecedented 133-MP, 60-fps CMOS image sensor is being eyed for ultrahigh-definition TV broadcasting. Forza Silicon Corp. developed the sensor in collaboration with NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories of Tokyo, a longtime...

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PCO Opens Sales Office in Singapore
SINGAPORE, March 6, 2015 — Imaging firm PCO AG of Kelheim, Germany, has opened its first sales office in Asia. After a startup phase in 2014, Murad Karmali, president of PCO Imaging Asia Ltd., has assumed strategic and operative responsibility for business in the...
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Two Reach Top Rung of Zeiss Technical Ladder
JENA, Germany, Feb. 27, 2015 — Optics giant Zeiss has elevated two employees to the highest level on its technical ladder. Dr. Michael Kempe and Dr. Michael Totzeck of Zeiss’ corporate research and technology division, are now two of three fellows within the company. ...

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IR Drone Camera Provides Bird's-Eye View of Rochester at Night (with video)
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 24, 2015 — Flying 15,000 feet over downtown Rochester at night, a midwave-infrared (MWIR) sensor from Exelis captured in detail the movements of cars and pedestrians. The company’s CorvusEye 1500 system captures high-resolution visible...
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Fluorescent Label Aids Whole-Brain Imaging In Vivo
ASHBURN, Va., Feb. 12, 2015 — A new permanent fluorescent label allows researchers to study complex neural activity in wide swaths of brain tissue in moving animals. Developed at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the label frees scientists from the need to use a...

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Prism Award Winners Recognized at Photonics West
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 12, 2015 — From 3-D-printed optics to novel laser systems to mobile medical diagnostics and chemical sensors, nine cutting-edge products were recognized Wednesday during the Photonics West trade show with Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation. ...
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Adimec Names Dual CEOs
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands, Feb. 6, 2015 — Industrial camera company Adimec has promoted Chief Marketing Officer Dr. Joost van Kuijk and Chief Financial Officer Alex de Boer to serve cooperatively as chief executives. De Boer will run the financial and operational side of Adimec,...






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