Imaging Industry Report

Following FDA clearance of the Niris Imaging System, Imalux (Cleveland, OH) has embarked on an intensive marketing and sales effort to make potential users more aware of the device’s capabilities for real-time tissue diagnostics, surgical assistance, and post-treatment follow-up. The Niris system utilizes optical-coherence-­tomography (OCT) technology originally developed in the 1990s at the Institute of Applied Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

May 1st, 2005

Imalux markets OCT imaging system

Following FDA clearance of the Niris Imaging System, Imalux (Cleveland, OH) has embarked on an intensive marketing and sales effort to make potential users more aware of the device’s capabilities for real-time tissue diagnostics, surgical assistance, and post-treatment follow-up. The Niris system utilizes optical-coherence-­tomography (OCT) technology originally developed in the 1990s at the Institute of Applied Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Imalux received initial clearance from the FDA to market the Imalux OCT Imaging System in March 2004. Since then, the company has received two additional FDA clearances, one for an accessory sheath for the Imaging System probe designed to provide a microbial barrier and aid in positioning the probe, the other clearing the Niris system for commercialization.

Matrox Imaging announces $3.3 million purchase order

Matrox Imaging (Dorval, Quebec, Canada) announced has received a US$3.3 million purchase order from a North American manufacturer of inspection systems for the semiconductor industry. The order is for Matrox Imaging vision processors, frame grabbers, industrial-vision computers, and software to be delivered over the next 12 months.

COLED improving OLED displays

COLED Technologies (Longmont, CO), a young firm developing a new material and process for manufacturing ­organic LEDs (OLEDs), says it has achieved electrode modification breakthroughs that will “unlock new possibilities” for electronic displays on devices such as smart phones, flat panels, and hand-held PCs. The company, which was formed in 2003, also announced a Series A investment from ITU Ventures that it said will be used for research and development. “If OLED technologies are to proliferate, we must first address issues related to charge injection that affect device efficiency, luminance, and lifetime,” said Neil Gough, president and CEO of COLED. “Our company has recently secured several patents to address these issues, and we are now in the process of expanding the company to bring new OLED technologies to market.”

Axsys Technologies acquiring DiOP

Axsys Technologies (Rocky Hill, CT) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Diversified Optical Products (DiOP; Salem, NH), a privately held manufacturer of high-end thermal surveillance camera systems and lenses, for $60 million in cash. DiOP is a leading supplier of IR surveillance solutions to the U.S. Border Patrol, Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and various Port Authorities and manufactures IR cameras and military-grade thermal targeting and imaging lenses.

e2v opens imaging center Brunel University

The e2v Centre for Electronic Imaging (CEI), which will address shortages of critical science skills in the U.K., has been officially launched. The CEI is a new research collaboration between Brunel University (Uxbridge, England) and e2v technologies (Chelmsford, England) that will concentrate on transforming R&D activity into new electronic imaging technology and identifying new applications for existing e2v imaging technology, as well as developing products for new markets. The centre builds on e2v’s success as a leader in the design and supply of CCD image sensors.

Gail Overton

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Advanced Photonix (Camarillo, CA), a supplier of silicon-based optoelectronic technologies, signed a merger agreement to acquire Picometrix (Ann Arbor, MI), a developer of high-speed photoreceivers and terahertz instrumentation used in test and measurement applications, for $3.5 million in cash and stock. . . . Id Quantique (Geneva, Switzerland) and Becker & Hickl (Berlin, Germany) have entered into a strategic partnership to cooperate in the field of single-photon detection for life science applications. . . .

Cree (Durham, NC), a manufacturer of LED solid-state lighting components, signed an agreement with Vossloh-Schwabe Optoelectronic (Lamp-Lintfort, Germany) to distribute Cree Xlamp LEDs in selected European countries. . . . Luxell Technologies (Toronto, Canada) signed a joint development agreement with Organic Lighting Technologies (OLT; Austin, TX) to develop an OLED white backlight device for enhancing full-color LCD flat panel displays. . . .

MicroEmissive Displays Group (Edinburgh, Scotland), a manufacturer of low-power microdisplays using organic light-emitting polymers (polymer OLEDs) has begun production of silicon wafers that will be used to produce patent-protected microdisplays at UMC (Hsinchu, Taiwan), a leading semiconductor foundry. . . . Internationl DisplayWorks (Rocklin, CA), announced an agreement to purchase all the outstanding stock of Three-Five System’s LCD manufacturing facility and business in Beijing, China.

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