23 Sep 2005
Including news from Molecular Imprints, DALSA, CEDIP Infrared Systems, Kopin and more.
Funding and contracts:
• Molecular Imprints (MII), the US nanoimprint lithography expert, has raised $17 million in the first closing of a planned $25 million round of series C financing. The company plans to use the cash to expand its Imprio line of step-and-flash lithography tools. MII has now raised over $60 million in funding.
• DALSA has received orders totalling CDN$2.1 million for high-resolution sensor chips from two undisclosed firms in the professional imaging market. The sensors will be delivered over the next nine months.
• Microdisplay maker Kopin of the US has announced that its CyberView electronic viewfinders will be used in Kodak's EasyShare P-series of digital cameras. The viewfinder integrates a full-color 320x240 pixel resolution microdisplay, an ultra-thin backlight and a focusing mechanism.
• CEDIP Infrared Systems of France has received an order from the Joint European Torus (JET) research group in the UK for an infrared thermography system. Based on CEDIP's Emerald camera technology operating in the 3 to 5 micron region, the system will monitor the plasma temperature inside JET's tokamak fusion reactor using a set of IR endoscopes.
General company news:
• Toshiba says it has developed a dual-layer 30GB HD DVD-R disc which has been approved by the DVD Forum's steering committee. The disc uses an organic dye as the storage medium and is created by back-to-back bonding of two 0.6 millimeter-thick substrates.
• Nanometrics, a US maker of integrated and standalone metrology equipment for the semiconductor industry, is selling its flat panel display (FPD) unit to Toho Technology of Japan. Under the conditions of the sale, Nanometrics' metrology technology will be licensed to Toho exclusively for use in the FPD market. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year.
• Claire Gmachl of Princeton University, US, has been named as a MacArthur fellow for 2005. Gmachl, whose research is focused on quantum cascade laser technology, will receive $500,000 in "no-strings-attached" support over the next five years. Including this year's 25 recipients, the foundation has now named a total of 707 fellows.
• US-based Ci-Tec, a subsidiary of MBG Technologies, has received European CE Medical approval for its LumaCare LC-122M non-coherent light source to activate drugs used in photodynamic therapy. The source, which emits between 400 - 800 nm, has been approved for use with a variety of drugs including 5-ALA, Foscan and Levulan.
• Jai Pulnix, the US maker of industrial-grade cameras for markets such as security, medical and scientific, has moved to a larger facility in San Jose, California, US. The new site includes a class 1000 cleanroom and 14 000 square feet of electro-static discharge flooring.
• Shearline Precision Engineering has acquired fellow UK materials processing firm Hybrid Laser Tech for an undisclosed sum. "There are substantial synergies between Hybrid's capabilities in precision laser cutting and Shearline's total manufacturing solution and integrated engineering service," said Graham Smith, Shearline's managing director.
• JDSU, US, has appointed Elliot Scientific to distribute its full range of commercial laser products throughout the UK and Ireland.