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11 April 2007


Fox appoints Opton Laser to distribute its LEDs in France

The Fox Group Inc has appointed Opton Laser International of Orsay (France’s ‘Optics Valley’) as its exclusive distributor in France for its lines of nitride-based LED products, which it makes at its Canadian subsidiary in Montréal using its proprietary FoxHVPE hydride vapor phase epitaxy process. Opton Laser also provides design support and customer engineering services. Its president, Dr Costel Subran, is currently vice president of the French Optical Society and a member of the board of France’s Comité National d’Optique et Photonique.

Opton Laser will design in and sell Fox Group’s portfolio of UV and blue LEDs (including 360nm, 350nm, and 420nm peak wavelengths) to Opton Laser’s high-end customer base in medical, automotive, curing, forensics, biophotonics and military sterilization applications, among others. Fox says it will work closely with Opton Laser to address existing and emerging applications for LEDs, especially in biophotonics, medicine, biotechnology, and analytical systems utilizing fluorescence, says Fox Group’s president and CEO Barney O’Meara. The peak wavelengths in the UV range are vital for the replacement of mercury-containing UV lamps with a durable, long-lived solid-state light source, says Fox Group.

All product lines are available in the form of epiwafers, chips and packaged LEDs. The LEDs are available in standard and power chip formats, as well as industry-standard and custom packages. Fox Group says that the radiant power output per dollar of its line of FoxUV LEDs has increased by over 100% in the past 12 months.

Founded in 1999, Fox also sells FoxAlN single-crystal aluminium nitride substrates grown in Deer Park, NY, USA using a proprietary, modified vapor transport,‘true-bulk crystal growth process’.

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