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Teledyne expands infrared detector capability

03 Jan 2008

Teledyne acquires infrared detector manufacturer Judson Technologies in a bid to extend its portfolio of infrared and visible detectors.

Judson Technologies, which develops high-performance infrared detectors for military, space and scientific applications, has been bought by Teledyne Imaging Systems, a subsidiary of the US-based electronics firm, for an undisclosed sum. The deal is expected to close on 1 February 2008, after which the business will operate under the name Teledyne Judson Technologies.

"With the acquisition of Judson, Teledyne will be able to provide a substantially wider range of visible and infrared detectors, integrated subsystems and camera products," said Robert Mehrabian, chairman, president and CEO of Teledyne. "Judson's capabilities in detector packaging and the production of dewar and cooler assemblies are highly complementary to Teledyne's strength in advanced detector materials and the design of large-format focal plane arrays and imaging electronics."

Teledyne Imaging Sensors, based in Camarillo, California, designs advanced focal plane arrays, sensors, and subsystems that operate from the ultraviolet to the far infrared. Its biggest customers include NASA, for which it is developing sensors for the James Webb Space Telescope, and the US Army, which is interested in infrared tactical imaging systems.

Teledyne’s interest in Judson stems from the Pennsylvania-based company’s expertise in producing high-specification infrared detectors using materials such as mercury cadmium telluride (HgCdTe), indium antimonide (InSb), and indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs). Judson also brings to the deal its tactical dewar and cooler assemblies and other specialized products for military, space, industrial and scientific applications. The infrared detector specialist posted sales of $13.8 million during 2008.

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