Consortium receives large grant to develop low-cost LEDs

07 June 2007

A consortium of Filtronic, Forge, Europa, Qinetiq, Thomas Swan and Cambridge University has won a three-year contract, worth just under £3m, within the DTI technology programme, to develop low-cost LEDs for solid-state lighting.

Tiny spectrometer with big future

05 June 2007

A portable IR spectrometer, developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration, will allow officers to identify suspicious substances on the scene of the crime.

Increased sales team to meet with growing market

04 June 2007

Pacer International has increased the strength of its display products work team with more technical sales consultants. It is hoped the greater joint experience of team will meet the demands of this fast-moving industry.

US distributor for Jenoptik

04 June 2007

RPMC Lasers has been chosen to distribute Jenoptik's diode lasers in the US. Jenoptik's laser diode group currently provides a wide portfolio including diode laser bars, CS-packages and high-power fibre-coupled modules.

Singapore facility for Heptagon

30 May 2007

Heptagon has established a 20,000 square foot headquarters for its wholly-owned Singaporean subsidiary. It is hoped the new headquarters will open up the market around the Pacific Rim for Heptagon's advanced micro optics.

JDSU acquires Picolight

30 May 2007

JDSU has completed its acquisition of Picolight. The acquisition strengthens JDSU's product line of high-growth pluggable optics.

New deal for Armstrong Optical

30 May 2007

Armstrong Optical has been appointed as the distributor of Optikos Corporation's products in the UK and Ireland. Armstrong will also investigate the European market for Optikos.

News in brief

23 May 2007

Cutting edge MEMS research, a £5m takeover, distributor news, and the renaming of a popular photodetector supplier

Laser Components strengthens its position in France

23 May 2007

German-based photonics company Laser Components has acquired the remaining shares of Optophotonics S.A, to strengthen its market position in France. The company will now be known as Laser Components S.A.S.

Acquisition of IR sensor manufacturer

23 May 2007

Illinois Tool Works (ITW) has acquired photonic component manufacturer Cal Sensors. The move will expand its product range with Cal Sensor's IR detectors and emitters.

High-tech optics protect us from asteroids

23 May 2007

A new observatory in Hawaii is using Technium Optic's components to scan the night sky for potentially threatening asteroids.

News in brief: speedy shipment, MEMS measurement and acquisition news

17 May 2007

The latest photonics news includes a 24-hour shipment program of photonics products, successful thermal measurement of MEMS devices and a lucrative acquisition.