Newport Corp. has opened a new 42,000-square-foot optics manufacturing facility (right) for its Newport Precision Optics business at 1931 Deere Ave., Irvine, Calif., adjacent to Newport headquarters. . . . Nikhil Balram has been named CTO of National Semiconductor Corp.'s Displays Group. Balram, who was formely with SONICBlue, is the author of more than 30 publications and the owner of four patents on display technologies.