Healthcare, manufacturing, security, and 3D display tools among 2014 Prism Award winners

Feb. 7, 2014
San Francisco, CA--On the evening of February 5, 2014, nine companies were recognized for their outstanding new products in the annual Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation, held in conjunction with SPIE Photonics West 2014.

San Francisco, CA--On the evening of February 5, 2014, nine companies were recognized for their outstanding new products in the annual Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation, held in conjunction with SPIE Photonics West 2014.

Winners included innovative new tools that improve the accuracy of medical devices, expand the capabilities of 3D printing and manufacturing systems, improve the ability to detect hazardous substances, and enable the next generation of 3D video projection.

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Sponsored by SPIE and Photonics Media, the annual awards recognize photonic products that break with conventional ideas, solve problems, and improve life through the application of light-based technologies. The awards ceremony was attended by 340 industry executives, analysts, technologists, and investors from around the world.

SPIE President Philip Stahl welcomed industry leaders to the annual gala Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation banquet.

The winners in nine categories represent large and small companies from five countries. Results were determined by a panel of expert judges, and announced by presenters from leading companies across the photonics industry.

Winners are:

Advanced Manufacturing: Nanoscribe GmbH (Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany), for the Photonic Professional GT (PPGT) 3D laser lithography system.

Defense and Security: Hübner GmbH & Co. KG (Ehrenkirchen, Germany), for the KG: T-COGNITION standalone terahertz spectrometer that automatically detects and identifies hazardous substances in mail.

Detectors, Sensing, Imaging, and Cameras: Tornado Spectral Systems (Toronto, ON, Canada), for OCTANE-860, a spectrometer on a silicon chip designed for full-featured OCT imaging.

Industrial Lasers: V-Gen Ltd. (Tel Aviv, Israel), for the VPFL-ISP-1-40-HE-50000 ytterbium fiber laser with the shortest pulsewidth.

Life Science and Biophotonics: AccuVein Inc. (Huntington, NY), for the AV400 Vein Viewing System, a handheld, augmented-reality laser camera that detects and projects a vein map on a patient's skin.

Optics and Optical Components: Compass Electro-Optical Systems (Milpitas, CA), for the r10004 Router that allows for a full mesh architecture and an ASIC-to-ASIC link using an optical interconnect.

Other Light Sources: Necsel (Milpitas, CA), for the Frequency Converted Green Laser Array that offers an RGB laser solution in 3D digital cinema projection.

Scientific Lasers: Hübner GmbH & Co. KG. (Ehrenkirchen, Germany), for the C-WAVE coherent continuous-wave source able to be tuned across the visible range without change of materials.

Test, Measurement, Metrology: Si-Ware Systems (Cairo, Egypt), for the MEMS FT-IR Spectrometer, an alignment- and calibration-free, shock-resistant FT-IR module on a chip scale.

More information about products, companies, and the competition is online at www.photonicsprismaward.com.

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