19 Dec 2003
Including news from DALSA, Jenoptik, Lumenis and more.
• DALSA has received a C$1million order for its high-definition CCD image sensor chips from a maker of broadcast television cameras. The chips, which have a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels, are said to be capable of capturing up to ten times more picture detail than standard definition cameras.
• US-based market analyst CIR has forecast that the global LED market will grow from an estimated $3.2 billion in 2004 to $5.6 billion in 2008. The firm also predicts that the value of the high-brightness LED market will rise from $1.6 billion to $2.64 billion during the same four-year period.
• Jenoptik is acquiring fellow german firm Wahl Optoparts, a supplier of custom-made optical components and plastic optomechanical assemblies. Wahl has 174 employees and reported a sales revenue of EURO 19.5 million ($24.2 million) in 2002. Jenoptik hopes to make inroads into the plastic-optics industry through this acquisition.
• A consortium of UK companies and universities has received a £365 500 grant from the UK government to develop a next-generation platform for free-space-optical communications. As part of a project dubbed ALFONSO, the platform will use mid-infrared, optically-pumped, vertical external-cavity surface-emitting lasers emitting at 2200 nm. The consortium says the system will provide a bandwidth of up to 10 Gbp/s over several kilometers.
• Medical laser makers Lumenis of Israel and Trimedyne of the US have settled their long-running patent infringement case. Under the terms of the settlement, the companies have entered into a long-term commercial arrangement covering the manufacture and sale of side- and angle-firing optical fibers.
• Applied Science Laboratories (ASL) of the US has acquired the rights to the advanced eye-tracking system being developing by IOTA of Sweden. “This strategic partnership with Iota will enhance both the power and flexibility of ASL’s eye-tracking technology and hardware,” said Robert Baer, ASL’s general manager.