OIDA Sees Convergence of OE Technologies and Consumer Apps

SAN JOSE, CA /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- The Optoelectronics Industry Development Association (OIDA) concluded its first consumer-oriented Forum in San Jose today. The OIDA Forum "Optoelectronics and Photonics Applications for Consumers (OPAC)" included presentations from TI, Avago, Shefenacker, Lumileds, Agilent, US Venture Partners, Stanford, Nanosys, Versant Ventures, and Novalux and discussed emerging trends and needs in consumer applications for optoelectronics.

"We are clearly seeing the convergence of optoelectronic (OE) technologies with consumer applications," said OIDA CEO Dr. Michael Lebby in his introductory talk. "Consumer markets already dominate the OE market space, and new applications and technologies are just now reaching inflection points, which will increase consumer share of the OE market."

  • The human-machine interface is still a ripe area for development of OE-based designs for everything from mobile devices to automobiles.


  • OE sensors for areas as diverse as automotive safety (e.g. drowsy-driver detection) to noninvasive blood-chemistry monitoring will be key areas for development.


  • Combinations of high-power VCSELs, LEDs, OLEDs, and MEMS technologies offer significant advances in displays and lighting that will emerge in the next 2-3 years.


  • Nanotechnologies are beginning to be deployed that exploit nanostructure effects in optics for products such as enhanced phospors for lighting, biomedical applications, and improved display efficiencies.

The OPAC workshop, organized by Avago CTO Dr. Waguih Ishak, was presented over two days in San Jose. Presentations are available to forum participants on the OIDA Web site. Audiovisual presentations will be available to OIDA members in three weeks.

About OIDA
The Optoelectronics Industry Development Association (OIDA) is a Washington, DC-based, not-for-profit association that serves as the nexus for vision, transformation, and growth of the optoelectronics industry. OIDA advances the competitiveness of its members by focusing on the business of technology, not just technology itself. OIDA members include the leading providers of optoelectronic components and systems enabled by optoelectronics, as well as universities and research institutions. OIDA provides roadmaps, reports, and market data for the optoelectronics industry; serves as the voice of industry to government and academia; acts as liaison with other optoelectronic industry associations worldwide; and provides a network for the exchange of ideas and information within the optoelectronics community. For additional information on OIDA, visit the association's Web site.

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