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SPIE and Photonics Media announce finalists for 2022 Prism Awards

15 Dec 2021

The best of photonics innovation in industrial lasers, biomedical devices, AR-VR, and quantum.

Industry giants and emerging challengers will be honored at the Prism Awards in a ceremony in January 2022 at SPIE Photonics West.

The annual event, now in its 14th year, recognizes industrial innovation in photonics in multiple categories. For the consideration of the 2022 Prism Awards, SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and media partner Photonics Media received 120 applications from 18 countries.

Rapidly growing technology areas such as quantum, displays, augmented and virtual reality, sensing, and autonomous transportation reflect the achievements of this year's entries and finalists.

Newer companies such as Avegant, Class 5 Photonics, and Stratio, will share the stage alongside industry heavyweights such as Hamamatsu, ColdQuanta, Toshiba, Leica, and ams Osram.

With 10 categories ranging from scientific lasers, quantum, and sensing to biomedical devices, industrial lasers, and software, the Prism Awards once again offer a terrific range of the latest products and technical innovations across optics and photonics.

“The 2022 Prism Award finalists represent the most impactful innovations of the optics and photonics industry,” said SPIE CEO Kent Rochford. “Whether they are working on healthcare-related technologies, quantum-focused advances, or making self-driving vehicles safer for our roads, these are the scientists, engineers, and companies that are striving to make our lives better by bringing these exciting commercial products to market. We look forward to recognizing and congratulating all the nominees as well as announcing the winners in person at Photonics West.”

Photonics Media CEO and President Tom Laurin added, “The Prism Awards celebrate the wide reach of photonics in virtually every aspect of our world, from medicine and manufacturing, research, communications, transportation and entertainment.

“We’re pleased to continue our longstanding partnership with SPIE, now in its 14th year, as we once again honor those that are taking the industry to new heights of technical achievement. We applaud the nominees and wish them the best of luck for the January presentation.”

Prism Award finalists and technologies

Augmented & Virtual Reality

  • Avegant, AG-30L
  • Luxexcel, VisionPlatform
  • Metalenz, Metalenz

Autonomous Vehicles

  • Labsphere, Permaflect Targets
  • Leica Geosystems, BLK2FLY
  • Lumotive, Meta-Lidar Platform

Better Sensing

  • Emberion, VS20 VIS-SWIR Camera
  • Stratio, Inc., BeyonSense
  • SWIR Vision Systems, Acuros eSWIR Camera

Biomedical Devices

  • OmniVision, Inc, OVMed OH0FA
  • PlenOptika, QuickSee
  • Research Instruments Corporation, LPXS

Displays

  • ams Osram, TSL2521 – Ambient light sensor with optional flicker detection
  • Brelyon, Ultra Reality Display
  • Jade Bird Display, 0.13in MicroLED Display

Industrial Lasers

  • Civan Lasers, OPA 6 Weld
  • Litilit, Neolit
  • Toptica Eagleyard, µMOPA

Manufacturing & Test

  • ficonTEC, Wafer-level Tester for PICs
  • LightPath Technologies, Freeform Optics
  • Nanoscribe, Nanoscribe, Quantum X align

Quantum

  • ColdQuanta, Albert: The Quantum Emulator Machine
  • Hamamatsu, Quantum Cascade Photodetector
  • Toshiba, Quantum Key Distribution System

Scientific Lasers

  • Class 5 Photonics, White Dwarf WD-1300-dual
  • Fyla Laser, SCH
  • Stuttgart Instruments, Alpha

Software

  • Direct Machining Control, DMC 5-axis Module
  • Meetoptics, Meetoptics Search
  • Zemax, OpticStudio Star Module

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