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22 Oct 2007

Featuring news from Research & Markets, Synova, Aculight, SA Photonics, Osram, IPG Photonics, Rofin and others.

• The market for parallel optics and Quad-SFP (four-channel small form-factor pluggable) optical modules has grown from niche status and may emerge as a mainstream opportunity for equipment makers, according to a new report. In the transceiver supplier sector, Avago Technologies is the leading incumbent while both Zarlink and Intel are aggressively challenging. The Revival and Emergence of Parallel Optics is available from Research & Markets.

Synova, a Swiss developer of water jet-guided laser technology, has received orders from two Chinese customers for systems using the company's Laser MicroJet technology for semiconductor and micro-machining applications. The first will use the LDS 200M laser dicing system for processing 150 mm and 200 mm wafers, and the second will use the LCS 300 laser cutting system to process small metal components. These are two new customers for Synova and are said to represent the company's growth in the relatively new Chinese market.

• A contract worth $750k has been awarded to Aculight by the US National Institutes of Health for the development of an optical cochlear implant. The grant will fund a joint program between the company and Northwestern University to produce an implant suitable for research studies at the university.

SA Photonics is the new name for Saraswati Associates, a San Francisco engineering company. The change reflects the company's emphasis on photonics-based applications such as high bandwidth free-space and underwater communications, person-machine interface issues and RF photonics.

• A team from Osram and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering has been nominated for the German Future Prize in recognition of their work towards efficient LEDs for use in general lighting applications. The nomination will help to draw the public's attention towards the technologies being developed and their practical applications, according to Osram.

Radiant Imaging has appointed Modern HighTech as its new distributor in Korea, responsible for sales and support for Radiant's range of light and color measurement solutions for imaging, display, and material characterization. Modern HighTech will support both R&D and production market segments in the country.

IPG Photonics, a US maker of fiber lasers and amplifiers, has secured a $21 million unsecured revolving credit facility with Deutsche Bank. The new credit line supplements the company's existing credit arrangements and will support its global operations, according to IPG.

• A proposed agreement between Zecotek Medical Systems and Fujikura would see the companies collaborate on the manufacture and distribution of certain products, including Zecotek's new line of fiber lasers and a detector block based on Zecotek's solid-state photodetectors and LFS scintillation crystals. Fujikura would contribute capital investment, technical support and manufacturing expertise for products that can be licensed for manufacture and distribution, according to the proposal now being considered.

• A successful trial of the Avenger mounted laser weapon system has been announced by Boeing, in which the weapon destroyed five targets similar to the kinds of devices encountered on the battlefield. Tests at the US Army's Redstone Arsenal in Alabama used the Avenger's 1 kW solid-state laser to destroy the targets.

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• Patrick Losch has been named sales manager for glass technology by Rofin, taking over worldwide sales responsibility for that sector of the German laser manufacturer's business.

The company has also appointed Michael K├Ârsten as US sales manager for the laser micro division of Rofin/Baasel Lasertech.

• Gerald Uyeno has been appointed vice president of engineering by Ionatron, a US developer of laser-guided energy systems. Uyeno's experience in the defense sector will help Ionatron move their proprietary laser products towards market, according to the company.

• Frank Hochstenbach has been named president of European operations by Cymer, a supplier of deep ultraviolet lasers for chip manufacturers. He will oversee sales, marketing, finance, customer service and technical support, and replaces Jean Claude Rabouin who remains as adviser to the company's president and CEO.

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