11 Apr 2007
Group explores technical advances, trends and market opportunities in mobile appliances, solid-state lighting, automotive, energy and medical sectors.
The Optoelectronics Industry Development Association (OIDA) last week held its first consumer-oriented forum in San Jose, Ca, USA. With the title "Optoelectronics and Photonics Applications for Consumers" (OPAC), organized by Waguih Ishak, Avago'a CTO, the gathering included presentations from key companies such as Texas Instruments, Avago, Lumileds, Agilent and Novalux. Attendees discussed emerging trends and needs in consumer applications for optoelectronics (OE) technologies.
"We are clearly seeing the convergence of optoelectronic technologies with consumer applications," said Michael Lebby, OIDA's CEO, in his introductory presentation. "Consumer markets already dominate the optoelectronics market space and new applications and technologies are just now reaching inflection points that will increase consumer share of these markets."
The two-day meeting heard more than 25 presentations from OIDA members and academic and financial players. Some of the key market-focused observations discussed included:
• The human-machine interface, which is ripe for development of OE-based designs for everything from mobile devices to automobiles.
• OE sensors for areas as diverse as automotive safety (such as "drowsy driver" detection) to non-invasive blood chemistry monitoring will be key areas for development.
• Combinations of high-power VCSELs, LEDs, OLEDs and MEMS technologies offering significant advances in displays and lighting that will emerge in the next 2–3 years.
• Nanotechnologies that are exploiting nanostructure effects in optics for products such as enhanced phosphors for lighting, biomedical applications and improved display efficiencies.
The presentations are available to forum participants on the OIDA website. Audiovisual presentations will be available to OIDA members in three weeks.
The Optoelectronics Industry Development Association (OIDA) is a Washington DC-based, not-for-profit association, which is aiming to transform and develop the optoelectronics industry. OIDA says that it advances the competitiveness of its members by focusing on the business of technology, not just technology itself.
OIDA members include the leading providers of optoelectronic components and systems enabled by optoelectronics, as well as universities and research institutions. Key "voting" members include: Avago, Avanex, Bookham, Ciena, Corning, CyOptics, Digital Optics/Tessera, Emcore, General Dynamics, Infinera, IQE, Telcordia and Translucent.