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Newport forms fiber laser group

29 Jan 2007

Group to lead the company's efforts in fiber laser and amplifier technology development.

Newport has formed a new Fiber Laser Business Group within its Spectra-Physics Lasers Division. The new group will lead the company's efforts in fiber laser and amplifier technology development.

Specifically, the FLBG will develop and commercialize products incorporating the company's capabilities in diode lasers, fiber coupling, frequency conversion, optics and photonics packaging.

"Fiber-based laser products offer inherent advantages in cost and performance efficiency, power scalability, reliability and beam quality for some applications," said Robert Deuster, Newport's Chairman and CEO. "Adding the products to Newport's existing portfolio of diode-pumped solid-state lasers will allow the company to address new applications in existing markets and growth into new sectors."

"This focused team approach is consistent with Newport's approach to the laser industry. We were the first company to exploit diode-pumped solid-state laser technology in the 1980s, and we expect to become a leader in fiber-based products too."

Newport believes that recent progress in fiber laser performance and versatility, along with this area's potential for continued innovation, are opening up new application areas and price performance points for laser technology in general.

Deuster commented that the company has been working in this development area for some time and is already in discussions with key customers on products for several new applications.

"As the photonics industry continues to grow, new laser architectures and future products become essential elements in advancing technology roadmaps," Deuster added. "Our product and technology portfolio and global manufacturing and service capabilities provide the foundation required to bring these high-performance products to market in 2007."

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