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Hamamatsu Licenses JDSU IP
Nov 2009
MILPITAS, Calif., Nov. 9, 2009 – JDSU announced today that it has licensed patent rights for fundamental picosecond laser technology to Hamamatsu Corp. for the development of microelectronic products.

Hamamatsu, the Bridgewater, N.J.-based subsidiary of Hamamatsu Photonics KK of Japan, makes devices for the generation and measurement of infrared, visible and ultraviolet light, including photodiodes, photomultiplier tubes, infrared detectors and image sensors. JDSU has its headquarters in Milpitas and manufactures optical products and test-and-measurement solutions for the communications industry.

“Hamamatsu is excited to leverage key intellectual property from JDSU’s extensive patent portfolio in order to provide compelling technology solutions to our customers,” said Ken Kaufmann, vice president of marketing at Hamamatsu.

Picosecond lasers have become one of the most effective solutions for micromachining because of their accuracy at sending quick and powerful pulses of laser light to an exact point on materials during the creation of very small products. The high precision of the lasers also minimizes heat damage to surrounding areas during the manufacturing process. Picosecond lasers are used for applications related to microsurgery, robotics, biological warfare detection and high-precision optical radar.

“As a technology leader, JDSU continues to grow its intellectual property portfolio with new and compelling solutions. We are pleased to license technology to industry leaders like Hamamatsu,” said Chris Castle, product line manager for the CCOP (Communication and Commercial Optical Products) business unit at JDSU.

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