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22 Apr 2005

Including news from Jenoptik, Lambda Research, JDSU, Edmund Optics, FLIR and more.

•  FLIR has received a three year contract from the US Army worth $13 million for the development of an advanced stabilized electro-optical infrared system for use on lightweight unmanned aerial vehicles. The phase two award involves the development of a compact, long range thermal imaging unit. Work will begin immediately at the company's Billerica facility in Massachusetts, US.

•  The Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM) has established a center for nanophotonics at the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The center, which is staffed by over 40 researchers, will collaborate with organizations such as Philips Research in Eindhoven to study the generation, manipulation, storage and amplification of light at dimensions smaller than the wavelength of light.

•  Jenoptik Laser, Optik, Systeme has acquired 51% of the stock in fellow German firm Photonic Sense. Founded in 2003, Photonic Sense produces high grade optical raw materials such as germanium and silicon. Jenoptik says it has acquired the majority stake to secure access to these raw materials for optical components.

•  JDS Uniphase is consolidating its US manufacturing operations by transferring production from its sites in New Jersey and Florida, to its Shenzhen facility in China and to the facilities of two contract manufacturing partners. The firm plans to reduce manufacturing in Santa Rosa, California, as it phases out some of its display products. These initiatives are expected to be complete by the end of 2005.

•  Lambda Research Corporation has moved its corporate headquarters to a larger 9000 ft2 facility in the US town of Littleton, Massachusetts. "This is an important step for the growth of our company and its services," said Groot Gregory, VP of Lambda Research. "Our larger facility will give us a better opportunity for visits by our local, out of state and international customers."

•  Emcore is to close its solar panel fabrication facility in City of Industry, California, US, and consolidate the business into its Albuquerque, NM, location. The company hopes to save $3 million annually and expects to discontinue operations at the City of Industry operation during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005.

•  Edmund Optics, a supplier of optical components, has opened a French sales office and released a French language version of its catalogue priced in Euros. Together with its sites in the US, the firm has customer service centers in China, Germany, Japan, Singapore and the UK.

•  Seiko Epson has started making high-temperature polysilicon (HTPS) TFT LCD panels at its Chitose facility in Hokkaido in Japan. The plant will make HTPS panels for LCD-based projectors and televisions based on 300-mm quartz glass wafers. Initial capacity will be 2000 wafers per month but this will be ramped up to meet demand.

•  S-LCD, a joint venture between Sony and Samsung Electronics, has started mass producing Generation 7 (1870 x 2200 mm) amorphous TFT LCD modules for its parent companies. "Facing the fast-growing LCD TV market, the most advanced LCD panels produced by S-LCD will become the new benchmark in the industry in terms of performance, quality and cost," said Won-Kie Chang, S-LCD's president.

•  US-based Universal Display Corporation (UDC) has licensed its organic LED technology to Samsung SDI of South Korea. The agreement allows Samsung to introduce UDC's phosphorescent materials in its active-matrix OLED products. These materials have been shown to be up to four times more efficient than traditional fluorescent OLEDs, which is key for lower power consumption, less heat generation and longer operating lifetimes.

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