News Feature | November 30, 2022

Bright Ideas — Market Reports, ASU's Role In Microelectronics, And The Promise Of Photon Counting

John Oncea

By John Oncea, Editor


Courant Market Research released Silicon Photonics Devices Market – Global Industry Analysis – by Player, Region, Type, Application and Sales Channel, Forecast 2022-2030, a report providing a comprehensive assessment of the market situation that considers both the current and potential future states of the market. The research provides information on new developments as well as market dynamics about motivators, chances, and difficulties. In addition, the report looks at the impact COVID-19 has had on the silicon photonics devices market.

Another recently-released report – Fluorescence Imaging Systems Market Size 2022 Global Analysis Report by Top Companies, Trends, Growth Factors, Detail Business Development and Forecast to 2026 – reveals that the major players in the Fluorescence Imaging Systems market are: PULSION MEDICAL SYSTEMS SE, PerkinElmer, Mizuho Medical Innovation, Shimadzu Corporation, Hamamatsu Photonics, SH System, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Leica Biosystems, Fluoptics. This is according to Digital Journal. The report offers complete analysis and accurate statistics on revenue by the player for the period till 2025. Details included are company description, major business, company total revenue and sales, revenue generated in the Fluorescence Imaging Systems business, the date to enter into the Fluorescence Imaging Systems market, Fluorescence Imaging Systems product introduction, and recent developments.

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the first U.S. clinical evaluation site for GE Healthcare’s industry-first silicon-based photon counting CTi, will begin human scanning using the device, which is engineered with Deep Silicon detectors to greatly enhance imaging capabilities to help clinicians improve patient outcomes across oncology, cardiology, neurology, and other clinical CT applications. “Photon counting CT has the promise to embody the best of CT imaging available to date,” explains Dr. Meghan G Lubner, professor of radiology at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. “This technology has the potential to expand the scope of current indications by combining refined energy-resolved data, high spatial resolution, reduced noise, and improved soft tissue contrast. We are working with GE Healthcare by testing their novel photon counting solutions in human subjects to assess issues ranging from improving commonly encountered CT image quality limitations to evaluating whether previously out-of-reach clinical questions can now feasibly be answered.”

Forschungsverbund Berlin eV announced a new light source that generates ultra-short infrared pulses around 12 µm wavelength with unprecedented peak intensity and stability. Researchers at the Max Born Institute in Berlin report in the Optica journal on a new light source that delivers ultra-short infrared pulses beyond the wavelength of 10 µm with record parameters. The extremely compact system is based on the concept of optical parametric amplification. 'Optical Parametric Chirped Pulse Amplification' (OPCPA) in which a weak ultrashort infrared pulse is amplified by interaction with an intense shorter wavelength pump pulse in a nonlinear crystal.

An optical chip has been developed by a multi-institution research group that has the potential to train machine learning hardware, according to AZO Optics. “This novel hardware will speed up the training of machine learning systems and harness the best of what both photonics and electronic chips have to offer. It is a major leap forward for AI hardware acceleration. These are the kinds of advancements we need in the semiconductor industry as underscored by the recently passed CHIPS Act,” stated Volker Sorger, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the George Washington University and founder of the startup Intelligence.

EurekAlert! looks at why Arizona State University, with its cutting-edge facilities, strategic partnerships, educational programming, and research capabilities, is becoming a major player in microelectronics. An educated workforce is key for Arizona to become a home for microelectronics manufacturing. While ASU has been producing top-notch engineering graduates for 65 years, the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering is now investing in a talent pipeline specifically for microelectronics with the creation of its new School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks. “With the new fabrication facilities coming into the Valley from Intel and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., we’re expecting over 10,000 new jobs,” says Kevin Reinhart, director of research project management at ASU’s Knowledge Enterprise.