12 Mar 2004
Including news from Corning, Bookham Technology, Emcore, Samsung Electronics and more.
• Corning, US, has granted Fuji Photo Optical Co, Japan, a license to its patents covering the molded glass parts that are used in digital still cameras and display systems. This agreement highlights Corning’s renewed emphasis on licensing specific elements of its technology portfolio.
• UK-based Bookham Technology has completed its acquisition of New Focus, based in San Jose, US. New Focus will retain its identity and brand name and operate as a division of Bookham. The acquisition will reduce Bookham’s dependence on the fiber-optic telecommunications market by increasing its non-telecommunications product portfolio.
• Boeing has selected fellow US firm Emcore to make the triple-junction solar cells and solar panels for its latest satellite, model 702. Emcore says that the agreement also includes an option for a follow-on satellite. According to Emcore, the initial efficiency of the cells is 27.5%, which will allow the new Boeing satellite to generate 18 kW of power at the start of its service.
• Samsung Electronics and Sony are establishing a joint company to produce amorphous TFT LCD products. Called S-LCD, the new company will be established from an equal joint investment by the two parties. The production line for 7th generation amorphous TFT LCD panels will be built at Samsung’s ChungCheongNam-Do facility. Mass production is expected to start in the second quarter of 2005.
• LINOS of Germany has recorded orders of EURO 20.3 million for the first two months of fiscal 2004. This represents an increase of EURO 10.4 million compared with the same period last year, when the order intake stood at EURO 9.9 million.
• DALSA of Canada has received a C$1.3 million order to supply high-performance cameras to a leading Asian supplier of flat panel display inspection equipment. The cameras will be delivered in the second quarter of 2004. This is the third major order that DALSA has received from a flat panel display customer this year.
• UK-based laser safety specialist Lasermet has agreed to market LaserVision’s range of laser safety eyewear. Lasermet says this gives it the largest range of laser protective eyewear available in Europe.
• Hymite of Denmark, a specialist in silicon-based packaging, has closed its second round of financing on EURO 9.7 million. The investment was led by German-US firm TVM and InnovationsKapital of Sweden.