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CMO Development Program
Aug 2007
Agilent Technologies Inc.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 28, 2007 -- Agilent Technologies Inc. has introduced a Complex Monolithic Optics (CMO) Development Program to enable OEM customers to incorporate the latest high-precision optics design technology into their optical system designs.

CMOs stand-alone optical assemblies are created when multiple discrete optics are bonded together into a single, prealigned optical structure. Optics components are used in many applications and are embedded in systems in manufacturing, scientific, imaging, display, medical, aerospace/defense, and nanotechnology equipment.

Agilent said it developed CMOs to address the needs of demanding interferometry applications where system stability and minimal downtime are critical.

"Agilent’s CMO Development Program makes CMO design accessible for a wide variety of new applications where the overall cost of ownership is a key consideratio," the company said. "CMOs streamlines an optical system by reducing the individual part count and improving performance and reliability. The result is reduced overall cost of ownership, size and weight."

Agilent’s CMO Development Program connects customers with Agilent’s optical scientists and engineers and its in-house production team to develop a CMO-based solution. The development of a new CMO begins with an assessment of a customer’s system needs and how a CMO can offer value. Precision CMO designs, incorporating proprietary optical fabrication techniques, thin-film coating expertise and sub-surface damage control, are created using deterministic manufacturing controls and verified with precision metrology.

Vince Barich, Agilent Precision Optics operations manager, said, “The future of cost-effective optical system design will depend on smaller, lighter, more reliable optical assemblies. The very nature of a CMO lowers the cost of ownership because system installation becomes easier and downtime caused by alignment or contamination issues is greatly reduced or even eliminated.

"Typically, optical systems have been built using discrete optics that are individually mounted and manually aligned in optomechanical assemblies that were originally designed for scientific applications. While these work well in a laboratory setup, where technicians can maintain alignment and adjust for environmental factors, they are not ideal for commercial implementations that require reliable performance and long-term system stability. CMOs are the next step in the evolution of optical system design, replacing bulky assemblies with a single, smaller, more efficient and cost-effective optic," Barich said.

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Agilent Technologies Inc.
5301 Stevens Creek Blvd
Santa Clara , CA   95051 
Phone: (877) 424-4536
Fax: (408) 345-8474

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