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26 August 2006


nLight acquires Flextronics Photonics for high-volume integration

High-power semiconductor laser manufacturer nLight of Vancouver, WA, USA has acquired the assets of Flextronics Photonics. The acquired packaging design and high-volume manufacturing builds on nLight’s current capabilities and “reinforces our strategy to offer integration capabilities for new high-volume applications,” says president and CEO Scott Keeney. With a vertically integrated manufacturing facility of 60,000 square feet, nLight offers products that are deployed by system manufacturers in industrial, defense, medical, telecoms and printing applications.

The acquisition “positions us well to provide integrated solutions that will enable new applications in a broad range of industries,” says Keeney. It will add an array of new fiber-coupled and hybrid microelectronic products that will complement nLight’s current products. The acquisition of new core competencies will be combined with nLight’s semiconductor laser technology to expand nLight’s portfolio.

“The integration of new high-reliability products with our existing high-power and high-brightness diodes will enable new capabilities in a variety of applications and market segments,” says Jake Bell, Defense Group vice president. “In particular, the combination of these technologies in our ITAR-compliant manufacturing facilities will serve the DoD (Department of Defense) community well for applications including illumination, laser communications, laser-initiated ordinance, and laser-based measurement systems.”

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