Imaging & Detector Industry Report

Feb. 1, 2003
DuPont Displays and UDC target soluble OLEDs; Given Imaging and Micron Technology enter supply agreement; 3M displays technology obtained from Corning at CES; MORE...

DuPont Displays and UDC target soluble OLEDs

DuPont Displays (Wilmington, DE) and Universal Display (UDC; Ewing, NJ) have announced a joint development agreement to create a new generation of soluble organic light-emitting diode (OLED) materials and technology. UDC and DuPont have also executed a cross-license agreement, under which DuPont will make an initial payment to UDC and pay UDC a running royalty for products sold that utilize UDC's background phosphorescent emitter, transparent cathode and ink-jet printing technologies. The companies expect the new OLED materials to capture an increased share of the fast-growing $30 billion flat panel display market.

Given Imaging and Micron Technology enter supply agreement

Given Imaging (Yoqneam, Israel) and Micron Technology (Boise, Idaho) have entered into an agreement whereby Micron will develop and supply current and next-generation complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensors to Given Imaging. Micron's CMOS image sensors are used in Given Imaging's M2A capsule endoscope. The five-year, mutually exclusive development and supply agreement includes the option of five one-year extensions, subject to approval by both parties.

3M displays technology obtained from Corning at CES

3M (St. Paul, MN) featured rear-projection display technologies from its Optical Systems Division and 3M Precision Optics (formerly Corning Precision Lens) for the first time last month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV. "Adding 3M Precision Optics technologies to Optical Systems expertise in light management and display technologies allows us to provide a broader array of products to the consumer television industry by expanding innovative solutions into new areas," said Andy Wong, division vice president, 3M Optical Systems Division.

eMagin completes $20 million in purchase agreements

eMagin (Hopewell Junction, NY) has announced completion of two long-term consumer purchase agreements, representing orders for about $20 million of eMagin's SVGA microdisplays and optics, with two Asian OEM customers who eMagin said will be identified upon their own consumer product launch. The customers with whom eMagin has completed these latest agreements intend to use eMagin's SVGA-3D OLED-on-silicon display with built-in stereovision for consumer head-mounted displays (HMDs) to be produced by the customers for game and PC headset imaging applications. Increased shipments are scheduled for the second half of 2003 and during 2004.

LNL Technologies raises more than $7 million in seed funding

LNL Technologies (Cambridge, MA), a developer of monolithically integrated photonic and optoelectronic chips founded out of MIT in 2001 as a charter member of the MIT Microphotonics Consortium, announced that it has raised $7.1 million in seed funding to date, and that it has already demonstrated commercially manufactured prototypes that enable the integration of 10,000 photonic functions on a single square-centimeter chip.

On-wing borescope technology delivered to Air Force

Material Technologies (Los Angeles, CA) has announced delivery on its contractual agreement with the U.S. Air Force Materials Research Lab to provide a specialized Borescope combining a remote visual inspection (RVI) and nondestructive testing system to evaluate jet engines "on-wing" for in-service flaws. Optim (Sturbridge, MA) was Matech's prime subcontractor on the project.

Also in the news . . .

Inphi (Westlake Village, CA) and u2t Photonics (Berlin, Germany) have collaborated to produce a photoreceiver designed to optimize performance in 40 Gbit/s optical networking applications. . . . The GE Medical Systems (Waukesha, WI) unit of General Electric has received 510(k) market clearance from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for a large-format digital flat panel x-ray system that provides detailed, real-time fluoroscopic images. . . . A panel of 25 industry designers, engineers and journalists, have awarded the 2003 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2003 Innovations Award to Optoma Technology (Milpitas, CA) in the video category for innovative design and engineering in its RD50 and RD65 big-screen, high-definition TVs, developed with Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) HD2 Digital Light Processing Technology. . . . At the same show, the Silicon Optix (San Jose, CA) sxW1-LX Advanced Image Processor was incorporated in a next-generation, advanced home theater system displayed by Runco International (Union City, CA).

Hassaun A. Jones-Bey

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