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19 Sep 2002

Including news from Nichia, Toyoda Gosei, Dalsa, Kyocera, Trumpf, Three-Five Systems and more.

•  Nichia and Toyoda Gosei have settled their differences concerning III-V nitride semiconductor technology. Both parties have agreed to withdraw all infringement actions or invalidation proceedings in the Japanese Patent Office. Toyoda Gosei will pay royalities to Nichia regarding a YAG phosphor both companies use in their white LEDS.(Overall settlement details)

•  Dalsa is to supply Kyocera with high-resolution silicon image sensor chips worth over USD 2 million by the end of the year. Having already purchased Dalsa sensors valued at USD 600 000 this year, Kyocera is ordering more 6 million pixel (3072 x 2048) sensors for use in its professional digital cameras.

•  Aculight, a US developer of laser technologies, has won an USD 2.3 million contract from the US Air Force Research Laboratory. The company will use the cash to investigate new semiconductor and fiber laser technologies over the next 18 months. The work will also include the fabrication of prototype devices.

•  ITF Optical Technologies of Canada has secured CDN$ 40 million (USD 25.4 million) in it latest round of funding. The company has now raised more than CDN$ 143 over the last five years. The cash will finance ITF's research into photonic sub-systems and components for next-generation optical networks.

•  TRUMPF and the German laser sintering specialist EOS have agreed to cross-license their direct metal laser melting patent portfolios. The technology enables rapid prototyping by scanning a metal powder with a laser beam to produce a 3D object."We are convinced that there is a great market potential for this technology," said Berthold Leibinger, president of TRUMPF.

•  US-based displays developer Three-Five Systems has named Visual Interaction of Germany as a European development partner. Visual will provide optical and electronics support for the European market and offer optical module reference designs for Three-Five's customers developing near-to-eye microdisplays.

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