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Obducat receives research award, LED order

Obducat has received the 2007 Frost & Sullivan European Excellence in Research Award for the field of Nano Imprint Lithography (NIL). The award to the Swedish company was made for its outstanding R&D efforts that led to the introduction of the Sindre series of NIL tools.

In its report for the first half of 2007, Obducat said that it received in June an order from Epistar, the Taiwan-based LED manufacturer, for a Sindre 60 system. The NIL tool is designed for high-volume manufacturing.

Sumitomo completes CDT deal

Sumitomo Chemical had completed its $285 million acquisition of OLED developer Cambridge Display Technology (CDT), by means of a merger between CDT and a wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Chemical. As a result of the deal, worth $12 per share to stockholders, CDT's common stock will no longer be publicly traded.

CTT to market 50 LED-related patents

Competitive Technologies (CTT) has signed a marketing and royalty-sharing agreement with a Fortune 100 company, thought to be Honeywell, to license and commercialize their group of over 50 US patents related to LEDs.

CCT is a technology transfer and licensing provider that aims to maximize the value of intellectual assets for the benefit of its clients.

Joe Ausikaitis, CTT's senior business development executive, said "The addition of these high value patents to CTT’s existing portfolio of large-area LED plasma display [sic], Flip Chip and other LED technologies, allows CTT to effectively broaden its target of companies seeking innovative technologies in this market space. The technologies in this new agreement relate to the full LED value chain – chips, phosphors, packaging and encapsulants."

Carmanah wins bus-shelter order

The UK office of Carmanah Technologies has received a CAN$500,000 purchase order from Trueform Engineering Ltd for solar-powered LED-based lighting systems for bus shelters to be installed on Transport for London bus shelters in London, England.

Carmanah currently has hundreds of these "green" solar-powered lighting systems installed on bus shelters throughout the city, where they have proven to be an efficient, cost-effective and reliable lighting solution.

Advanced Photonix wins $1 million contract for LED arrays

Advanced Photonix has received a purchase order worth approximately $1 million for LED arrays used for night vision displays employed by the US military. The order is expected to ship within the next nine months. It is not clear if the LEDs are to provide infrared illumination of the scene, or are related to the display itself.

The display was designed by Night Vision Labs located in Virginia, where extensive R&D of night vision and electronic sensor and sensor suite technology have evolved to the point where US forces can now see, control and assess a combat zone around the clock in all types of battlefield conditions.

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