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04 Jun 2007

Featuring news from the US Department of Energy, Agilent, JDSU, Cambridge Display Technology, Nanotech Semiconductor, Jenoptik, Optikos, Heptagon and others.

• The US Department of Energy has awarded five Small Business Research Phase I grants to US companies making advances in solid-state lighting (SSL). The recipients were:
Add-Vision for developing low-cost speciality SSL in thin and flexible forms;
Alameda Applied Sciences for work on improved moisture barriers to improve the lifetimes of organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs);
Nanomaterials and Nanofabrication Laboratories for improved energy efficiency of high brightness SSL through non-toxic doped semiconductors;
and Universal Display, which received two of the awards. One is for developing novel OLED fabrication techniques, and the other is for increasing the conversion efficiency of white-organic-light emitting devices.

Agilent Technologies, US, a supplier of measurement tools and systems, has bought Hamburg-based Adaptif Photonics for an undisclosed sum. Adaptif provides products for analysis and testing of optical systems, and after the agreement takes effect all Adaptif employees are expected to join Agilent.

JDSU, US, has strengthened its position in pluggable optics by completing its acquisition of Picolight, a designer and manufacturer of optical pluggable transceivers. The acquisition allows JDSU to serve markets for 8 and 10 Gigabit data networks, and provides a path to 100 Gigabits for its customers in the future.

Cambridge Display Technology, a UK-based developer of polymer light-emitting diode (P-OLED) technology, has been awarded a £1.6 million grant under the UK Department of Trade and Industry's Technology Programme. The grant will part-fund a three-year project to develop solution-processable organic materials and device architectures suitable for large-area white lighting applications, in collaboration with Thorn Lighting and the University of Durham. CDT will provide materials, device architecture and testing, modeling, and technical input, through its Sumation joint venture with Sumitomo.

Nanotech Semiconductor, UK, has signed joint development agreements with two unnamed tier 1 manufacturers to use the company's CMOS transceiver technology in 1.25 Gbit/s optical fiber links. The company said that one deal was worth $500k and concerned the development of transceiver chips, while the second involved a variant of the same technology for a different market and was worth $200k.

• The product lines of Jenoptik's Diode Laser Group will be distributed in the US market by RPMC Lasers. Products from Jenoptik Laserdiode, Jenoptik unique-mode, and Jenoptik Diode Lab are covered by the agreement, which is intended to boost US sales of Jenoptik's high-power laser diodes.

Laser Components, a US-based distributor of semiconductor pulsed lasers, detectors, high power laser optics and polarizers has announced a franchise distribution agreement with Osram Opto Semiconductors. The agreement involves the distribution of all Osram's high-power laser diode products in the US, Canada and Mexico.

• To strengthen its presence in the European market, Optikos, US, has appointed Armstrong Optical to represent the company in the UK and Ireland. Armstrong will also identify opportunities for Optikos in the broader European marketplace, where photonics-enabled product sales are said to represent ~20% of the electronic equipment sector. The Optikos electro-optical test equipment will complement Armstrong's existing optical metrology portfolio.

Heptagon, a Finnish supplier of waferscale micro-optics products, is establishing a 20,000 sq-ft manufacturing facility and regional headquarters in Singapore. It will be operational in July 2007, and will be part of the Heptagon Micro Optics (Singapore) subsidiary.

• A cross-licensing agreement between Kodak, Chi Mei Optoelectronics and Chi Mei EL (CMEL) of Taiwan will enable CMEL to use Kodak's active matrix OLED modules in a variety of small- to medium-size display applications such as mobile phones, digital cameras and portable media players. The agreement also enables CMEL to purchase Kodak's OLED materials for use in other manufacturing displays. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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• Eric Simonsen has been appointed chief financial officer by Nokia Siemens Networks, Finland, replacing Peter Schoenhofer. Simonsen was the company's global head of restructuring and a member of the executive board.

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