07 May 2004
Including news from Northrop Grumman, DARPA, Koheras and more.
• Koheras of Denmark has acquired a 51% equity share in the German company Lg-Laser Technologies. Koheras also has the option to acquire up to 86% of Lg’s equity at a later date. Koheras is a developer of fiber laser, while Lg specializes in other solid-state lasers. The acquisition gives Koheras a route into the German market.
• The US Army’s Mobile Tactical High Energy Laser (MTHEL) testbed, built by Northrop Grumman, successfully destroyed a large-caliber rocket this week. This type of rocket is said to be capable to twice the range and three times the altitude of previous targets. Northrop says it is now fully prepared to build the MTHEL prototype.
• Aegis Semiconductor, a US maker of dynamic optical components based on tunable thin-film technology, has secured $10 million in its series C round of financing. The company has now raised in excess of $27 million from venture capitalists and investors. Aegis will use the cash to develop its active thin films technology platform.
• Calient Networks, a US provider of intelligent, carrier-class photonic switching systems, has raised an additional $15 million in the second close of its fourth funding round. This brings the company’s fourth round total to $35 million.
• DARPA has awarded $6.3 million to a joint industrial-academia team to develop all-optical data packet routers. The grant includes optional phases which would raise the total award to $15.8 million. The team is made up of researchers from Agility Communications, Calient Networks, Cisco Systems and JDS Uniphase as well as Stanford University and UC Santa Barbara.
Distribution agreements signed this week include:
• Alfalight has appointed sales partners for its high-power diode lasers in Europe, Israel and Japan. Laser 2000 GmbH will represent Alfalight in Germany, Austria and Switzerland; Laser 2000 AB will cover Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway; AlfaPhotonics will be responsible for France and Italy; Lahat Technologies will handle Israel; and Indeco will manage Japan.
• Atmel has selected Stemmer Imaging of Germany to distribute its industrial cameras in central Europe.
• BFi OPTiLAS is now the exclusive distributor of Universal Laser Systems’ range of CO2 lasers in France and Benelux.
• Laselec has selected BFi OPTiLAS as the sole distributor of its range of laser diode drivers in Europe.
• Pro-Lite Technology will represent German OPO specialist GWU Lasertechnik in the UK and Republic of Ireland.