Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Dow Corning Targets Optoelectronics Market

Dow Corning announced that its Photonics Solutions business development program will become part of the company's mainstream Electronics business. The company plans to increase its level of activity in sales, marketing and product development activities to support creation of light management applications for a vast range of markets, including automotive, displays and telecommunications.

Dow Corning said device manufacturers require performance improvements such as faster data transmission rates and more efficient light throughput than what conventional electronic devices can deliver. The high optical transmission, good transmittance and design flexibility of silicon-based materials make them a key enabling technology for light-based applications.

The initial focus of the company's Light Management group will include commercializing encapsulants and lenses for light- emitting diodes (LED) as well as materials for optical assemblies, fiber optics and light pipe/guidance applications. The group also provides a range of services, from optical waveguide prototyping and R&D contracting to total supply chain management solutions.

Dow Corning also expects to develop optical interconnect and holographic material technologies, innovations that the company has been exploring through key collaborations with optical IC maker Gemfire Corporation and Aprilis, Inc., a holographic media and data storage system developer.


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