Product News 7/29/2008 Post a comment
Today's bulky, expensive microscopes could be come smaller and cheaper after researchers found a way to combine pinhole optics, microfluidics and a charge-coupled device to assemble a working microscope on a single chip.
Lasers need lenses no more
News & Analysis 7/29/2008 1 comment
Researchers have demonstrated a plasmonic collimator that utilizes grooves etched directly into the semiconductor laser facet. The technique could eliminate costly, bulky lenses.
Osram claims LED brightness record
News & Analysis 7/21/2008 Post a comment
In the quest to establish LEDs as a viable alternative to incandescent lamps and fluorescent tubes, Osram GmbH has achieved a success. The company claims it has produced the white LED with the highest brightness and efficiency.
HP puts 10G Ethernet on multimode fibre diet
News & Analysis 7/15/2008 Post a comment
Following in the footsteps of Cisco Systems and others, Hewlett-Packard's network switching group releases Tuesday its first transceiver modules to carry 10 Gbit Ethernet to multimode optical fibre in hopes its 10GBase-LRM modules help nudge the slow-moving market for 10GE forward.
European teams tackle WDM-PON costs
News & Analysis 7/8/2008 Post a comment
Optical components specialist Ignis Photonyx AS (Birkeröd, Denmark) is leading a European R&D project dubbed GigaWaM, that will tackle one of the biggest barriers to the uptake of next-generation broadband access technology Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) PON -– the current high cost of the components needed to deliver a wavelength to each customer's home.
Sun angle sensor simplifies integration
Design How-To 7/3/2008 Post a comment
Sensors for the measurement of the angle of incident light are required for many applications in vehicles, with air conditioning control being the most important. Available systems, however, can only be accommodated with great difficulty due to limited available space. In addition, they represent a source of optical irritation. The single-chip ASIC-based solution described avoids all these problems.
Currency exchange continues to blight Euro chip sales
News & Analysis 7/2/2008 Post a comment
The European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA) says the strength of the Euro compared to the U.S. dollar continues to impact European chip growth, and that sales in Euros for May, at 2.19 billion Euros, were down 2.1 percent compared to the previous month and down 10.2 percent against that achieved for April 2007.