WTC announces new technology initiative

A new initiative — Photonics Systems — is planned for the biennium beginning in January 2001. The goal is to create a cluster of optical systems companies in the state. This initiative will build upon existing research programs and facilities at the state’s universities. The technology areas to be addressed are:

— Optical Switches.
— All Optical Devices.
— Micro-optic Fabrication.
— Photonic Bandgap Structures.

Three years ago, WTC created a technology initiative program to support emerging technology research that is broadly applicable to Washington companies. Expected to run for about four years with a WTC investment as large as $2M, the initiative’s technical work is done through research projects awarded to researchers at the state’s universities — without the requirement of a company partner. The first initiative focused on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technologies and has been a real success.

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