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May 2017: IPG Photonics Corporation (NASDAQ: IPGP) announced that it has acquired OptiGrate Corporation, a pioneer and leading manufacturer of the highest-quality chirped volume Bragg grating (VBG) technologies. OptiGrate VBG-based components enable dramatic performance improvement, miniaturization and cost reduction of ultrafast pulsed lasers for micro materials processing, medical and other applications. OptiGrate is a supplier to IPG, and as this relationship has deepened, the companies determined that there was a strong mutual benefit to joining together.
February 2017: Edmund Optics, the premier provider of optical components, is proud to celebrate their 75th Anniversary in 2017. The company was founded as Edmund Salvage in 1942, receiving surplus war supplies from the Frankfurt Arsenal in Philadelphia to repair and sell. At that time, founder Norman Edmund sold a pcx lens for ten cents and an achromat for twenty-five cents. War surplus made optics affordable and accessible to his fellow optics enthusiasts.
The company has focused on serving its customers from the first Edmund Scientific catalog in 1943 to providing supplies for the space race in the 1950s and 1960s to the ninety-five cent Barlow lens used in a color camera on the Apollo 11 lunar mission, to the 1980s when Edmund Scientific split into Edmund Scientic and Edmund Industrial Optics. Edmund Optics has been on the cutting edge with telecentric optics introduced in the late 90s, new manufacturing capabilities in 2000 with high precision spherical components, optical prisms and high quality optical coatings, as well as optical quality ensured by state-of-the-art optical testing. In the mid-2000s, magnetorheologic finishing (MRF) and aspheric manufacturing was added to the optics toolbox. From design to prototype to volume production, Edmund Optics can provide λ/20 accuracy optical flats, spherical optics and high precision, spherical aberration corrected aspheres. The innovative Cx Series Lenses with a user-adjustable mid-section has interchangeable accessories including filters, apertures and liquid lenses. These modular lenses were the Silver Winner for the 2016 Vision System Design Innovators Award.
“We’re very excited to be celebrating our 75th Anniversary! It’s been a long tradition of customer service and support in optics. At Edmund Optics, we believe that the future of the world depends on optics. We have developed new technologies such as aspheric lenses and laser optics coatings to continue that tradition. We have just over 800 employees around the world, with manufacturing in the United States, Japan, Singapore, Southern China, as well as sales offices in Europe,” said Marisa Edmund, Executive Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing, Edmund Optics. See Edmund Optics Timeline.
January 2017: Plasma-Therm LLC, has been selected by the ASE Group (Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc.) to provide plasma dicing capability at their Chung-Li, Taiwan facility. The Plasma Dicing on Tape (PDOT) production system will be available for customer demonstrations, development and prototyping in early 2017.
The Singulator® MDS-100 performs fast, low-cost, high-quality plasma dicing of thin silicon wafers without damage to metals or dicing tapes.
Dicing quality and cost are increasing challenges for thinner and smaller devices. Standard dicing methods can induce significant mechanical and thermal damage — “chipping” and “cracking” — which constrains effective wafer layouts, die spacing, and device reliability. Mechanical dicing can be extremely slow for sensitive and small devices, because each side of the die must be diced individually (a sequential process).
Plasma dicing is a chemical process that dices the entire wafer, all die, at once (a parallel process) without any mechanical damage. Besides the quality advantages, plasma dicing enables more die per wafer through more efficient wafer layouts and the freedom of design for non-rectangular die.
Thierry Lazerand, Director of Business Development at Plasma-Therm, said, “We are honored to have been selected by ASE and look forward to a closely connected long-term relationship with their teams. It also enforces our leadership position in plasma dicing. Along with our partnership with DISCO, working with ASE to offer world-class advanced packaging solutions is a key milestone in the adoption of this new technology by the semiconductor community."
“This collaboration between ASE and Plasma-Therm is a great opportunity to demonstrate a defect-free dicing process to customers, and support new design concepts with no layout constraints for fabless clients,” Lazerand said. In addition to ASE’s effort to evaluate the most advanced solutions in packaging, the Singulator® MDS-100™ installation will allow the Chung Li site to offer plasma dicing as part of a fully integrated advanced packaging service from prototyping to high-volume needs.
August 2016: Lightpath Technologies Inc. an Orlando tech company acquires New York-based company that focuses on infrared optics. Stock for Orlando-based Lightpath Technologies Inc. rose on Monday after the company announced it was buying New York-based ISP Optics Corporation for $18 million. Lightpath (NASDAQ: LPTH) makes optical instruments and lenses for use in medical, firefighting, communications, defense and space industries, among other things. Products include laser levels and barcode scanners. At one point the stock was trading up by 10 percent Monday morning; the stock ended Monday up 3.2 percent at $1.91. Over the past 12 months, Lightpath has traded between $1.30 and $3.79. As part of the deal, $12 million will be payable in cash with the balance in the form of a note issued to the sellers. ISP, which has manufacturing in Latvia, specializes in infrared optical components. Lightpath has operations in China. LightPath plans to finance the cash portion of the purchase price through a combination of the offering and issuance of LightPath's common stock and debt financing. The acquisition will make Lightpath a bigger presence in optics, a field where Orlando has established a niche due partly to University of Central Florida's photonics program. The region is also getting a boost in optics and photonics from the arrival of the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center, which is under construction near Kissimmee. At the center, research will be done on emerging photonics technology, particularly on sensors. With ISP, LightPath broadens its global customer base in Europe -- "significantly" according to a news release. Lightpath is based near UCF, at 2603 Challenger Technology Court, also by the Central Florida Research Park. See press release.
July 2016: Plasma-Therm of St. Petersburg, a supplier of wafer process solutions for specialty semiconductor and nanotechnology markets, has signed a global agreement with DISCO corp., the world's largest dicing equipment provider, to distribute and service Plasma-Therm’s Singulator® plasma-dicing systems. “DISCO is keenly aware that plasma dicing is a key enabling technology for advanced packaging, and now we can provide complete Kiru, Kezuru, Migaku (dicing, grinding, polishing) solutions to customers,” said DISCO executive Noboru Yoshinaga. “After a careful evaluation, DISCO determined that PlasmaTherm's technology is the solution of choice, due to its cost of ownership and performance,” he said. Plasma-Therm has been granted multiple patents for its plasma-dicing-on-tape inventions. Customers in Europe, Asia, and the United States using Singulator® systems in production have reported up to 30 percent higher die yield per wafer. Plasma-Therm also recently acquired Nano Etch Systems Inc. of California, whose Pinnacle™ IBE and IBD systems deliver best-in-class etch and deposition performance. In addition to complete systems, NES also produces source and grid upgrades to cost effectively improve performance of other manufacturers’ ion-beam systems.
IRradiance Glass April 2014: IRradiance Glass, Inc. (IRG) is a manufacturing, research and product development company, specifically focused on the compositional design and hot forming of chalcogenide glasses. IRG manufactures chalcogenide glasses for applications in infrared optical components and optical systems. IRG specializes in compositional design and process development for novel infrared glass and glass ceramic materials.
Plasmonics, Inc. Plasmonics, Inc. April 2013: Plasmonics is the first in house incubator client to become an affiliate. James Ginn was presented the industrial affiliates plaque by Dr. Saleh.

Plasmonics, Inc. is focused on the development of next-generation infrared sensors and metamaterial surfaces. In addition to new product line growth, they offer a range of custom built IR and THz filters and broadband waveplates, small volume rapid prototyping, and electromagnetic design and consultation. Plasmonics, Inc. is a spin-off of Dr. Glenn Boreman's Infrared Systems Lab.

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Open Photonics February 2013: From the Industry Spotlight section of Inside Florida's High Tech Corridor: "Innovations and new discoveries in the Florida High Tech Corridor's optics and photonics industry continue to emerge despite economic constraints, thanks to active research and development (R&D). To keep R&D efforts alive, many companies adopt a system of "open innovation" through which their own processes of invention can be combined with thoughts and direction from external industry leaders. This collaboration of R&D, coined by University of California, Berkeley Professor Henry Chesbrough, is an innovation in itself, and one that is driving a new Orlando company, Open Photonics.

At the helm of this new venture is Dr. Jason Eichenholz, an industry leader and graduate ofthe University of Central Florida's CREOL - College of Optics and Photonics. Open Photonics Inc. (OPI) aims to accelerate the commercialization of photonics technologies by forming connections between industry leaders and existing infrastructures. Photonic Horizons is OPI's signature grant program that involves peer review to facilitate the process, and is a perfect example of open innovation's success. Another measure is the company's extensive advisory board, which includes Chesbrough and leaders from industry, SPIE - the international society for optics and photonics and other academic institutions."
November 2012: Optigrate Corp. received the 2012 Small Manufacturer of the Year award from the Manufacturers Association of Central Florida (MACF) at its Annual President's Dinner on November 1. "This award is a significant milestone for us," says Dr. Alexei Glebov, OptiGrate's CEO and President. "OptiGrate being recognized as a small manufacturer of the year clearly shows that we succeeded in transitioning advanced university research into commercial products that we manufacture now at our own new production plant in Oviedo, FL, and deliver to hundreds of customers all over the globe". Today, OptiGrate is a company with 30 employees that more than doubled in the last 3 years. OptiGrate spun out from the College of Optics at the University of Central Florida (UCF/CREOL) in 1999. "OptiGrate demonstrates a good example of efficient synergy between academic research, government funding, and commercial success", adds Alexei Glebov.
October 10, 2012: Vytran recently enhanced its portfolio of optical fiber processing solutions with additional high-performance, filament fusion-based products. The company's GPX-2400 glass processor is tailored for research while the CAS-4000 Series of splicers is designed for high-volume, automated production.
August 20, 2012: LightPath Technologies is awarded the William C. Schwartz Industry Innovation Award. Each year, the EDC recognizes local companies who have had a significant impact on the region and in their respective fields for innovative practices, products and/or ideas with the William C. Schwartz Industry Innovation Award.

Central Florida Research Park-based Lightpath Technologies pioneered the development of precision glass molded chalcogenide lens, which has a significant cost advantage to previous technologies while providing higher quality optics and superior performance. The glass molded lenses can be used in numerous infrared optics applications such as thermal imaging, security and surveillance, target tracking and identification and automotive vision enhancement. They are an industrial affiliate of the University of Central Florida and an active member of the Florida Photonics Cluster.
April 22, 2012
Leon Glebov and Optigrate Featured in Orlando Sentinal
April 9, 2012
Optimax Execs Honored with 2012 New York State Small Business Person of the Year Award
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