BOTHELL, Wash., Aug. 29 /PRNewswire/ — Optical networking components developer Lumera Corporation, a subsidiary of
Microvision, Inc. (Nasdaq: MVIS), has been awarded a $1.6 million contract from the U.S. government to design new electro-optic polymer materials appropriate for the fabrication of a wideband optical modulator demonstration system.
The contract calls for Lumera to complete the first stage of the project within 14 months. If successful, the U.S. government may exercise options that would result in at least an additional $2.3 million and extend the device fabrication portion of the project into 2003.
Lumera is developing a new generation of unique active and passive components for optical networks that are expected to deliver increased bandwidth at very competitive costs while requiring less power than current devices. The company’s component development is based on proprietary electro-optic polymer materials it developed with its research partners at the
University of Washington.
“We are very pleased to develop materials and devices that address this agency’s needs and also have the potential to address large commercial markets for optical signal processing components,” said Todd McIntyre, Lumera vice president. “This effort is well aligned with our long-term commercial development objectives.”
Lumera will market its unique, high performance optical components to providers of optical networking systems equipment. The company expects to make prototype devices available to customers for testing during 2001 with commercial production scheduled to begin during 2002. Prototype devices based on materials developed by Lumera’s research team have already achieved record-setting bandwidth (in excess of 100 GHz) and operating voltages (below one volt) in demonstrations at commercial and government research labs.
Headquartered in Bothell, Wash., Microvision, Inc. is the developer of the patented retinal scanning display technology and a world leader in micro-miniature optical scanning technology for display and imaging applications. The company’s technology has application in a broad range of military, medical, industrial, professional and consumer information products.
Additional information can be found at the company’s web site at http://www.mvis.com.
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