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  • Opnext Leads Miniature Projector and Show Laser Market with Higher Optical Output Power Red Laser Diodes
  • Red Laser Diodes Boast a High Power, Shorter Wavelength and Measurably Improved Eye Sensitivity

    TOKYO & FREMONT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Opnext, Inc., a global leader in the design and manufacturing of optical modules, components and subsystems, today introduced a significant upgrade to the company’s red laser diode product portfolio with higher temperature operation red laser diodes developed for the miniature projector and show laser markets.

    “Light Touch has multiple opportunities in high volume markets and our relationship with Opnext is helping enable our Company to realize these opportunities in full and thereby become the world’s leading supplier of miniature projection systems.”

    These laser diodes are ideal for the rapidly growing miniature projector and show laser markets. Due to Opnext’s optimized manufacturing processes, the HL63603TG and HL63133DG diodes have achieved shorter wavelength and higher power. The human eye sensitivity in both diodes has been improved by 25 percent from previously developed diodes and the wall plug efficiency of the HL63603TG was increased from 18 to 28 percent from the previous diode.

    “Opnext is one of the key red laser diode suppliers for our Light Touch™ reference product, an interactive projector that instantly transforms any flat surface into a touch screen,” stated Light Blue Optics CEO, Chris Harris. “Light Touch has multiple opportunities in high volume markets and our relationship with Opnext is helping enable our Company to realize these opportunities in full and thereby become the world’s leading supplier of miniature projection systems.”

    “The miniature projector and show laser markets are expecting rapid growth due to mobile applications. Our customers require a red laser diode with high brightness and a thin package for their smaller RGB laser based consumer projection products. Our new devices meet and exceed this demand of laser diodes with shorter red wavelengths, higher power, all while being housed in a thin package,” said Tadayuki Kanno, senior vice president Device Business Unit, Opnext.

    Sample shipment of the HL63603TG is scheduled to begin in February 2010.

    Production of the HL63133DG series is scheduled to begin in January 2010.

    About the HL63603TG and HL63133DG

    The Opnext HL63603TG offers the world’s highest temperature operation of 60°C and 120mW in the 637nm wavelength band in a 3.8mm diameter package. The HL63133DG offers high temperature operation of 40°C and 170mW in the 637nm band with a 5.6mm diameter package. Both diodes operate in a single transverse mode. The technology achievements were accomplished through a new development process including an innovative waveguide structure and optimized structure parameters. The active layer thickness and facet reflectivity results in a lower level of power consumption providing extended battery operating time.

    Exhibiting at Photonics West 2010

    The Opnext family of laser diodes will be on display at Photonics West held January 26-28, 2010, at the San Francisco - Moscone Center. The company will be located at booth # 2135.


    About Opnext

    Opnext (NASDAQ:OPXT) is the optical technology partner of choice supplying systems providers and OEMs worldwide with the industry's largest portfolio of 10G and higher next generation optical products and solutions. The Company’s industry expertise, future-focused thinking and commitment to research and development combine in bringing to market the most advanced technology to the communications, defense, security and biomedical industries. Formed out of Hitachi, Opnext has built on more than 30 years experience in advanced technology to establish its broad portfolio of solutions and solid reputation for excellence in service and delivering value to its customers. For additional information, visit

    Light Blue Optics (

    Light Blue Optics is a privately-funded company developing and supplying miniature projection systems for use in high volume applications in markets including automotive, digital signage and consumer electronics.

    Powered by our proprietary HLP™ technology, our products create bright, high-resolution images that are always in focus, work on all manner of surface, and can even respond to touch. We believe that HLP™ technology will soon become ubiquitous – seamlessly integrated into our homes, vehicles and personal devices, and changing the way we see and interact with the world.

    Light Blue Optics is headquartered in Cambridge, UK with a Development Facility in Colorado Springs, USA. The Company is funded by a syndicate of investors including Robert Bosch Venture Capital, Earlybird Venture Capital, Capital-E, NESTA and Encore Ventures, a division of DFJ Esprit.



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