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13 Oct 2006

Including news from Osram Opto Semiconductors, Selex Communications, Liquid Metal, Biolase Technology, Dialog Imaging Systems, Dassault Systèmes, ADE, KLA-Tencor, Quintessence Photonics, Luxtera, Melles Griot, CVI Laser, Photon and others.

Osram Opto Semiconductors has expended its Dragon series of high-power LEDs with the Platinum Dragon model. This produces white light at 75 lm from a current of 700 mA (30 lm/W), making it the brightest single-chip, high-power LED in the range. Efficiencies range from 30 to 50 lm/W depending on drive current. The Dragon range has applications in flashlights, bicycle lamps and blue lights for emergency vehicles.

Selex Communications, a Finmeccanica company, reports that its Laser Obstacle Avoidance and Monitoring system has been accepted in its first military deployment by the Danish Air Force for its EH101 search and rescue helicopter. LOAM is the first second-generation laser Obstacle Warning System can both warn the crew of possible collisions and advise them of an escape maneuver.

Liquidmetal Technologies has signed a development agreement with Biolase Technology, a medical technology company that develops laser systems for medicine and dentistry. Liquidmetal will also grant Biolase the first right of refusal for medical lasers in additional medical markets beyond dentistry and ophthalmology.

Dialog Imaging Systems has selected Enovia MatrixOne Synchronicity software from Dassault Systèmes to streamline development of new products. DIS, a spin off from Dialog Semiconductor, produces camera phone modules that produce the same image quality as dedicated digital cameras at low power.

• The acquisition of semiconductor inspection systems company ADE by process control company KLA-Tencor has received the approval of German antitrust authorities following its clearance by the US and other antitrust authorities. ADE's stockholders approved the acquisition in July, 2006 and all parties expect the merger to close this week (11 October, 2006).

Quintessence Photonics has made its first shipment of high brightness, high power semiconductor laser modules for integration in a military navigation & targeting "Pod" for Israel's Ministry of Defense. QPC's high brightness lasers utilize BrightLase, a proprietary technology that delivers a high brightness beam from a compact, lightweight source. Production deliveries are expected to commence in December, 2006.

• Lanny Ross has joined the board of directors of Luxtera, a CMOS photonics development company. Ross was most recently president and CEO of Broadcom, where he remains a member of its board. Ross joins Luxtera as it prepares for the launch of the industry's first commercial single chip CMOS photonics transceivers.

Melles Griot has announced that its full line of optical tables (pictured, right), ScienceDesk workstations and breadboards is now available for purchase online. Melles Griot ScienceDesk workstations are modular systems designed to provide an ergonomic alternative to conventional workstations. A range of accessories is available to personalize the working area and optimize the available space.

• Fourteen laser ranging stations have been involved in a mission to track the European Space Agency's Giove-A satellite during 2006, providing data for the characterisation of the satellite's on-board clock. The campaign is coordinated by the International Laser Ranging Service and the Giove Processing Centre at ESA-ESTEC. Giove-A, developed by Surrey Satellite Technology, was launched at the end of 2005.

BFI Optilas has announced that CVI Technical Optics has extended its distribution agreement to include the UK. The original agreement was established in June 2005 to cover western continental Europe. "BFI Optilas has an extensive sales force which is skilled technically in optics as well as a solid training program and infrastructure," said Chris Bridle, CVI-TO's European sales manager.

Photon, a manufacturer of beam profiling instrumentation, and TeraComm, LLC, a representative of photonics companies, have announced a new distribution deal in the US. TeraComm will henceforth represent Photon in 11 south/eastern states.

IMRA America a developer of ultra-fast fiber lasers and fiber laser SPI Lasers a manufacturer of fiber lasers, have agreed that SPI can licenses IMRA patents for amplification technology. This will allow SPI to expand both output energies and peak powers from its fiber lasers.

• Gow-Mac Instrument Co. (Ireland) has changed its name to AGC Instruments, following the a management buyout by the present management team. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "Exciting times are ahead for AGC, as we focus on industrial, electronic and specialty gas manufacturers, beside our existing petrochemical and pharmaceutical customers worldwide," said Marcus Creaven, sales director.

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