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Kodak CCD image sensors target machine vision and industrial applications
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10/31/2008   Post a comment
The new 2-megapixel KODAK KAI-02050 Image Sensor sets what Kodak calls "a new standard" for high-speed, high-resolution industrial image capture, providing 1600 x 1200 pixels at a readout speed of 60 frames per second.
Silicon fiber optics debut
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10/29/2008   Post a comment
By inserting crystalline silicon into the core of conventional optical fibers, Clemson University researchers hope to harness the embedded semiconductors to process optical signals.
Experiment with power-saving LED lighting with engineering kit
Power DesignLine Blog  
10/29/2008   1 comment
LED lighting, used in widely-ranging applications from flashlights to sports fields, offers many advantages including long life and perhaps most importantly power savings.
Dresden research group raises OLED efficiency
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10/28/2008   Post a comment
A research group of the Dresden Technical University has achieved record energy efficiencies for OLEDs. The achievement brings the organic LED technology closer to industrial volume production.
Startup links research network to business needs
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10/28/2008   Post a comment
Startup Darkstrand said it has acquired one-half of National LambdaRail's 15,000-mile optical network capacity and will make it available to businesses.
OSRAM : LED engineering kit promotes use of a new technology
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10/28/2008   Post a comment
A 'LED Engineering Kit', offered by OSRAM Opto Semiconductors as part of its 'LED Light for You (LLFY)' platform, provides a means of gaining practical knowledge of LED lighting.
Video analytics architecture and intelligent IP cameras at the edge
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10/24/2008   Post a comment
Developing intelligent IP cameras for security and fire safety. Advantages of video analytics at the edge include massive bandwidth and storage cost savings, superior DSP-based processing using high-megapixel images, and easy expansion.
Snubberless triac driver optocouplers lower standby power, support energy standards
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10/23/2008   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor's isolated drivers reduce standby power by up to 2W to meet regulations; eliminates the RC-snubber network
Luxtera, Sun win Darpa optical IC contract
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10/22/2008   Post a comment
Photonics specialist Luxtera is teaming with Sun Microsystems on a multimiillion government contract to develop next-generation optical interconnects.
Harvard spinout licenses 'black silicon' patents
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10/13/2008   1 comment
Startup SiOnyx has licensed a portfolio of shallow junction photonics patents developed by Harvard University in exchange for an unspecified equity stake and downstream royalties.
Researchers target diamond based lasers and apps
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10/13/2008   Post a comment
Researchers at the Institute of Photonics, University of Strathclyde, have started work on a three and a half-year project to develop a solid-state laser design incorporating CVD (chemical vapour deposition) diamond manufactured by Element Six Ltd.
Circulator market to grow to $280 million in 2012
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10/9/2008   Post a comment
ElectroniCast Consultants sees fiber optic circulator market growing from $170 million in 2007 to $280 million in 2012.
U.S. 'smart lighting' effort targets LED-based wireless nets
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10/9/2008   Post a comment
A "smart lighting" initiative being funded by the government seeks to piggyback wireless communications capabilities onto future LED lighting installations to provide more broadband access points.
Toshiba Cambridge team claims quantum key record
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10/8/2008   Post a comment
Researchers at the Cambridge Research Lab of Toshiba Research Europe Ltd have increased the bit rate of quantum key distribution (QKD) more than hundred-fold. They suggest the breakthrough will allow secure QKD to be used on optical networks with multiple nodes.
Consumer electronics drives industrial displays
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10/8/2008   Post a comment
In consumer electronics LCDs with LED backlight are standard nowadays. But to use this backlight technology also in industrial applications requires some precautions.
Deal spotlights solid-state lighting in Europe
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10/8/2008   Post a comment
Solid-state lighting device specialist Cree Inc. (Durham. N.C.) has partnered with Austrian lighting supplier Zumtobel Group in a deal that sees Cree supplying LED downlights to the European market.
IQE joins European photonic components project
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10/8/2008   Post a comment
IQE plc, the Cardiff, Wales based semiconductor wafer products and wafer services specialist, has joined the effort by a group of European companies to develop photonic components for broadband access and local area networks.
IMEC researchers embed optical links in flexible substrate
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10/7/2008   Post a comment
European researchers said they have achieved the first functional optical links to be embedded in a flexible substrate.
Finisar expects minimal impact from global slowdown
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10/6/2008   Post a comment
Finisar greets analysts following $211.7 million acquisition of Optium with upbeat transport message.
TAOS claims smallest integrated RGB digital color light sensors
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10/6/2008   Post a comment
TAOS has claimed the industry's smallest RGB digital color sensors, housed in a six-lead chipscale package that also includes an internal infrared-blocking filter.
Optical material could enable universal laser
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10/3/2008   Post a comment
A new optical fiber material could enable laser-based devices to be built operating at multiple frequencies.
Discovery Semiconductor demonstrates free-space optics link with AFRL
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10/2/2008   Post a comment
Discovery Semiconductor and Air Force Research Lab demonstrate 10-Gbit free-space optical link at Kirtland Air Force Base, NM.
Researchers demo all-organic, multicolour flexible displays
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10/2/2008   Post a comment
Researchers at Sony Deutschland GmbH (Stuttgart, Germany) and the Max-Planck–Institute for Polymer Research, (Mainz, Germany) have demonstrated the possibility of bendable optically assessed organic light emitting displays for the first time, based on red or IR-A light upconversion.
Optical isolation amplifiers housed in stretched SO-8 packages
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10/2/2008   Post a comment
Avago Technologies announced a series of competitively priced miniature isolation amplifiers in stretched small outline-8 (stretched SO-8) packages for use in a variety of electronic motor drives used in industrial applications.
Groups push for full color flexible displays
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10/1/2008   Post a comment
Liquavista BV, (Eindhoven, the Netherlands), a spinoff from Philips Research Labs, is setting up an operation in Cambridge, England, following the successful bid for a Ł12 million co-operative research program to develop next generation flexible electronic displays that support full color and video.
LED - revolutionary backlighting for industry LCDs?
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10/1/2008   Post a comment
Light emitting diodes are used in an increasing number of medium- and large-format displays as backlight. As could be seen recently at the ifa, the Consumer Electronics sector is assuming a pioneering role here " all liquid crystal display manufacturers presented ultra-flat LCD TV appliances with LED backlighting. But is the new backlight technology also suitable for industrial applications?
Dominant Semi : White LEDs suit automotive lighting
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10/1/2008   Post a comment
The InGaN white Midi DomiLED comes in a high temperature resistant package with dimensions of 3.0 x 2.0 x 1.3 mm (LxWxH), and offers a low thermal resistance.

As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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