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17 Jun 21
Covid update: 17 June 2021

A round up of this week's coronavirus-related news and countermeasures from the photonics industry.

10 Jun 21
First Solar to invest $680m to grow US manufacturing capacity by 3.3 GW per year

New production facility in Ohio designed to produce enhanced thin film PV modules, from mid-2023.

08 Jun 21
Data-transfer tech, 3D-thermal camera, surgical sensors win at Startup Challenge 2021

SPIE’s annual pitch competition features two photonics-focused tracks, honoring six winners in healthcare and deep tech.

02 Jun 21
Jenoptik plans to expand its optics manufacturing capacities in Dresden

Following rising demand from semiconductor sector, photonics group acquires new a property and will invest in cleanroom fab.

28 May 21
Ambarella, Lumentum, ON Semiconductor partner on AI-based 3D sensing

For new approaches to biometric access control, 3D locks, and intelligent sensing.

24 May 21
Fraunhofer IWS spins off laser processing firm Fusion Bionic

Aim is to provide “lotus effects” and other laser-created microstructures for wings, biological implants and more.

19 May 21
LED market rebounds with 2021 revenue forecast to hit $16.53 billion

After pandemic hit last year’s sales, recovery is mainly due to automotive and mini-LED applications, says analyst TrendForce.

14 May 21
Project LUSS (LED-based Ultra-Violet for Safe Surfaces) awarded Innovate grant

UK-based partnership of Microlink Devices, Wideblue and CSA Catapult to develop Covid-19 disinfection system.

10 May 21
Toptica Projects delivers first Guide Star laser to Extremely Large Telescope

Fulfilling a 2017 contract with European Southern Observatory for the ELT, which could use up to eight guide star lasers.

07 May 21
Silina launches curved CMOS sensors that can be made on industrial scale

Curved designs mean simpler optical systems – like eyes with single lens; claimed to be “next major innovation” in imaging.

06 May 21
Zeiss and Deutsche Telekom launch tooz DevKit smart glasses in Germany

An opportunity for developer community to explore potential and create new applications, say partners.

29 Apr 21
New photonics research centers and production facilities for Germany and Canada

Expansion for solar-focused Fraunhofer ISE; OPTICUM research center announced for Hannover; and Coractive plans new plant in Quebec.

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