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19 Aug 2005

Including news from Alfalight, Picolight, e2v technologies, Redlake and more.

•  Picolight, a US developer of 1310 nm VCSELs, has secured $14.5 million through a combination of equity financing and debt financing. The firm has now secured $27.5 million in its current funding round. Picolight will use the cash to extend its 1310 nm products from 4 GB fiber channel to 10 GB Ethernet.

•  Novaled of Germany says it has developed a red top emission OLED producing 10 lm/W at 500 cd/m2 with a projected lifetime of more than 100,000 hours. The company says it has achieved this record power efficiency by combining a red phosphorescent emitter from Covion with its own molecular dopant materials in a PIN structure. Novaled says it is also working on green, blue and top-emitting devices.

•  IPG Photonics has received a contract for a 10 kW continuous wave ytterbium fiber laser from the US Naval Surface Warfare Center in Indiana. The US Navy is purchasing a water-cooled YLR-10000 system which has a central wavelength of 1070 nm and delivers its output through a 20 meter flexible fiber.

•  Alfalight of the US has added $7 million in expansion funding to its bank balance. The investment was led by GF Private Equity Group although all of Alfalight's major investors participated. The cash will be used to expand Alfalight's high-power diode laser product portfolio.

•  General Motors (GM) has announced that Redlake of the US will be its exclusive supplier of high-speed cameras for vehicle crash, sled and impact testing. The contract is valued at more than $5 million and will see Redlake provide numerous HG series cameras, which are said to withstand up to 100G in any axis.

•  e2v technologies of the UK says that its CCD sensors are being used onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) that was launched on August 12. Twenty five of e2v's 2048x128x12 micron pixel time-delay integrated back-illuminated sensors form part of the high-resolution imaging science experiment (HiRISE) camera on the MRO. The aim of HiRISE is to gather data on Mars' climate, composition and surface features.

•  DisplaySearch, a US displays market analyst, says that Samsung overtook Sony for the first time in terms revenue from worldwide TV shipments in the second quarter of 2005. It also added that, thanks to strong flat panel growth, total TV revenue increased 10% to $17.3 billion during the quarter. Further details can be found in DisplaySearch's "Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report."

•  A science centre housing a EURO 1.4 million planetarium from Carl Zeiss Jena has opened in Japan. The planetarium is equipped with a state-of-the-art STARMASTER principal projector and an 18-meter dome and can sit an audience of 170. The centre is located in Asahikawa on the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

•  JVC has commenced volume production of its 0.7-inch direct-drive image light amplifier (D-ILA) for use in high-resolution projection televisions, according to On Target Media. The D-ILA offers a high-definition (HD) of 1920x1080 pixels. JVC says it will release HDTVs featuring the D-ILA in North America in September and in Japan by the end of the year.

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