Archive for February 2016

Moore’s Law Reaches the Stop Sign (or at least the Yield sign)

February 26, 2016

Integrated Photonics could hold the breakthrough.

Next month, the worldwide semiconductor industry will formally acknowledge what has become increasingly obvious to everyone involved: Moore’s law, the principle that has powered the information-technology revolution since the 1960s, is nearing its end.

The doubling of transistors on a given piece of silicon real estate has already started to falter, thanks to the heat that is unavoidably generated when more and more silicon circuitry is jammed into the same small area. And some even more fundamental limits loom less than a decade away. Top-of-the-line microprocessors currently have circuit features that are around 14 nanometres across, smaller than most viruses. But by the early 2020s, says Paolo Gargini, chair of the road-mapping organization, “even with super-aggressive efforts, we’ll get to the 2–3-nanometre limit, where features are just 10 atoms across. Is that a device at all?” Probably not — if only because at that scale, electron behaviour will be governed by quantum uncertainties that will make transistors hopelessly unreliable. And despite vigorous research efforts, there is no obvious successor to today’s silicon technology.

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The Optical Society (OSA) Announces Finalists of Enabled by Optics Contest

February 25, 2016

The impact of optics is all around us. Everything is connected to light ― and enabled by optics. But what will be the next breakthrough technology? Discover the power of optics with the Enabled by Optics Contest finalists.

Double Helix is on a roll, having just won the Startup Challenge at Photonics West in San Francisco!


Consumer Physics for SCiO, the world’s first molecular scanner that fits in the palm of your hand, enabling applications in health/fitness, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, agriculture and beyond

Cosemi Technologies for its hybrid OptoHD cable that harnesses the power of copper and optical fiber to rapidly transfer large quantities of high-definition audio and video data for the ultimate user experience

Double Helix, LLC for 3D super-resolution imaging for use in disease discovery and drug development

Nanolive SA for the 3D Cell Explorer, a revolutionary microscope that enables the exploration of a living cell in 3D without damaging it, including performing precise measurements of the impact of stimuli and drugs on individual cells

Source: The Optical Society (OSA) Announces Finalists of Enabled by Optics Contest | News Releases | The Optical Society

Your Vegetables Are Data

February 25, 2016

FarmLogs chief agronomist Tracy Blackmer regularly attends crop conferences and gives talks to farmers, showing examples of 5-meter-resolution images taken by Planet’s satellites. He finds that until he shows the pictures, farmers often aren’t aware of how good the satellite imagery has gotten; the last pictures they saw were from 10 years ago, when satellites could only take pictures of fields occasionally, with poor resolution. “Everyone thinks it’s too coarse to see anything,” Blackmer says.


Then he puts up the pictures. Here’s one that shows a field marred by a fixable equipment problem. Here’s one where you can see the wheel tracks of a malfunctioning combine. “They’ve all been told you can’t do that” with satellite images. Then Blackmer tells them, “This data’s being saved. That’s important, because land’s changing all the time. Maybe you’re thinking about buying this other farm. We can go back six years and show you the problem areas.” With satellites as opposed to drones, they’re getting the sweep of history instead of just a snapshot, for a cost as little as 20 cents per acre per year. And the satellite imagery is only going to get better and more frequent. “That just stuns ’em.”

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Navitar Enters Into Definitive Agreement to Acquire Hyperion Development

February 24, 2016

Rochester, New York – February 17, 2016Navitar, Inc, a leading USA-based manufacturer of precision optics and imaging system components, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Hyperion Development, LLC, a leading design firm and manufacturer of custom optical assemblies and OEM solutions. The companies expect the deal to close by the end of the first quarter.

Navitar owners, Jeremy and Julian Goldstein comment, “We are very excited to welcome everyone at Hyperion Development into the Navitar family. This transaction brings together two industry leaders and creates an optical design powerhouse. We will be operating out of four engineering, design, and production facilities located in San Ramon, CA, Woburn, MA, Denville, NJ and Rochester, NY.” Navitar-Logo

Hyperion Development has a history of designing innovative next generation Deep Ultraviolet (DUV) and Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) semiconductor lithography systems. Their optical solutions range from ultra-precision microscope objectives, high volume electronic imaging lenses, cine prime lenses, mobile medical solutions, and infrared (IR) solutions for aerospace, defense, and photonics applications.

Hyperion Development expanded in 2014 with the acquisition of AMF Optics and American Diamond Turning, LLC. The newly consolidated company, AMF Optics, LLC, is located in Woburn, MA. This state of the art, ITAR registered, ISO 9000 certified facility, will continue to provide high quality traditional diamond turned optical components and infrared lens assemblies. All personnel at each company will be maintained and current facilities will remain in place.

Michael Thomas, co-founder of Hyperion, sees this merger as an opportunity to expand Hyperion’s production capabilities thus moving their client’s products to market faster. According to Hyperion co-founder Russ Hudyma, “Navitar’s international presence and vertical integration will enable the team to reach more customers, speed up the design and prototyping process, and ensure our best in class solutions reach our customers on time and on budget.”

Jeremy Goldstein added, “The combined capabilities of Navitar and Hyperion Development just don’t exist at other optical firms around the world. Our unique abilities will continue to help our customers maintain their competitive position and help to strengthen their market leadership.”

The acquisition of Hyperion Development was a natural fit with Navitar’s long-term strategy of providing more diverse optical solutions, specifically within the UV and IR spectrum, to both current and new customers. The acquisition brings together two industry leaders with sales in over 45 countries around the world.

About Hyperion Development, LLC

Hyperion Development has proven optical solutions across the full spectrum and an extensive patent portfolio as a testimony to its world leading designs. A core competency of Hyperion is the development of Deep Ultraviolet (DUV) and Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) imaging systems for lithographic printing and semiconductor process metrology. Founders Russ Hudyma and Michael Thomas are graduates of the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester and have been involved in the design and production of complex optical systems for over 20 years.  For more information about Hyperion Development visit their website at



Bendable Displays Will Have a Major Impact in a Variety of Products

February 23, 2016

Bend your smartphone today, and it’ll probably break. Bend it three years from now, and it could snap a photo or turn a page in an e-book.

So suggests Roel Vertegaal, a professor of human-computer interaction at Queen’s University’s School of Computing in Ontario. Vertegaal thinks that the time is fast approaching when deformable screens will inform not just smartphone design but pretty much all computers.

The big breakthrough that is making flexible displays possible is organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs. This display type, used in the Apple watch and many Samsung and LG phones, makes plastic, deformable displays possible.

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RIT announces strategic investments in four research areas including OPTICS, PHOTONICS & IMAGING

February 12, 2016

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Source: RIT announces strategic investments in four research areas

Rochester Precision Optics: PRISM Award Finalist

February 9, 2016

Rochester Precision Optics has been selected as a finalist for the 2015 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation, a leading international competition that honors the best new photonics products on the market.  The PRISM award is the “Oscars of Photonics”, receiving applications from more than 35 countries across the globe.

Winners will be announced in February 2016 at a gala event held during SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco, California.




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