Prism Award finalists demonstrate scope of photonics

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Established industry leaders and disruptive startups have been announced as finalists of the SPIE Prism Awards. The 27 finalists were chosen from 105 applications from 18 countries.

Now in its 12th year, the Prism Awards recognise industrial innovation in photonics in nine categories. The award ceremony and banquet will take place during SPIE Photonics West 2020 in San Francisco in February. 

Notable exciting trends in manufacturing, displays, spectroscopy, and food safety mark this year's entries and finalists. Emerging companies like LetinAR and WaveOptics will share the finalists' stage alongside photonics stalwarts such as Leica, Trumpf, and Hamamatsu, and public companies such as IPG and Osram. With categories ranging from communication, vision technology, and life sciences to transportation, quality control, and healthcare, the Prism Awards showcase the latest developments and technical innovations across optics and photonics. 

'The finalists for the 2020 Prism Awards represent the most exciting innovations in today's thriving optics and photonics industry,' said SPIE CEO Kent Rochford. 'From data centers and 5G networks, to reducing CO2 and imaging our brains, photonics continues to impact and enhance our daily lives, and it's been thrilling to see the variety of products and technologies currently being cultivated and created.'

'The Prism Award finalists are the standard-bearers of innovation for the photonics industry. This year's honorees all share one thing in common: They are shaping the world of tomorrow in ways that would seem unfathomable a decade ago,' said Tom Laurin, Laurin Publishing CEO and president of Photonics Media, the award partner. 'In communications, transportation, quality control, health care, and all of the categories, these companies are true innovators.'

A full list of the Prism Award finalists and their competing technologies:

• AUREA Technology, Ultra-bright Entangled Photon Source
• Cailabs, TILBA-R
• Innolume, CW Datacom Laser

• Innovations in Optics, Series 6000 LED Solar Simulator
• Osram Opto Semiconductors, Quantum Dot
• Prisma Photonics, PrismaSense

• Modulight, ML6710i
• Norlase, LEAF
• PhotoniCare, TOMi Scope

Life Sciences
• Hamamatsu, ORCA-Fusion
• TERA-print, TERA-Fab E series

• Inspekto, Inspekto S70
• IPG Photonics, Smart Manufacturing System with Inline Quality Monitoring
• TRUMPF Lasertechnik, TRUMPF TOP Weld

Quality Control
• CloudMinds, Smart MEMS Handheld Raman XI2
• Si-Ware Systems, NeoSpectra-Scanner

Safety & Security
• Allied Vision, Alvium Camera Series
• Ophir Optronics Solutions, SupIR 50-1350mm f/5.5
• Pendar Technologies, Pendar X10

• LeddarTech, Leddar Pixell, cocoon LiDAR for autonomous vehicles
• Outsight, 3D Semantic Camera
• TriLumina, TriLumina 615

Vision Technologies
• Leica Geosystems, BLK2GO
• LetinAR, PinMRTM optical solution for AR Smartglasses
• WaveOptics, Waveguides