23 May 2003
Including news from Jenoptik, Cambridge Display Technology, Physik Instruments and more.
• Sales at the Jenoptik Group, Germany, are up 4% for the first quarter of 2003. Sales revenue for the three months ended of March 31, was EURO 263 million, compared with EURO 253 million for the same period in 2002. Jenoptik says that its order backlog has now climbed to reach an all-time high of EURO 2.8 billion.
• Cambridge Display Technology (CDT), the UK-based maker of light emitting polymers (LEPs), has partnered with Thomson of France. The two firms are to start a joint research and development program to develop and evaluate full-color active-matrix LEP displays.
• Physik Instrumente (PI), the German maker of nanopositioning equipment, has acquired GSG Electronics, also of Germany. PI will now integrate GSG specializist knowledge of high-voltage control electronics and power supplies into its range of piezo-based high-precision positioning equipment.
• CRL Opto, a UK supplier of high-resolution microdisplays, is to lead a European collaboration developing photopatternable organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). The aim of the project, called PHOTOLEDD, is to show that both 2D and 3D direct-view and miniature OLED displays can be manufactured economically using photopatterned materials.
• Actuality Systems, US, has installed a Perspecta 3D display at two Japanese universities. Kyoto University will use its Perspecta globe for advanced computer imaging and visualization of 3D motion-captured images. Meanwhile Okayama University will use its Perspecta to study geological and seismographic data.
• SpectraSensors has won USD 2 million in venture capital financing. The US-based company develops laser-based measurement instruments for the environmental monitoring and industrial-process control markets as well as homeland security, medical and consumer applications.