Agilent Technologies Inc. and the Photonics Center at Boston University (BU) today announced a collaboration to develop BU's new, state-of-the-art Photonics Center laboratory. The laboratory, expected to open in February of 2003, will enable early-stage optics companies to research and create new technologies.
The interaction between Agilent and Boston University began five years ago with the opening of the Photonics Center. Since the opening in 1997, the Photonics Center has created and launched nine new photonics companies, which collectively have raised over $92 million dollars from venture capital sources.
As part of a series of planned expansions of laboratories, the Photonics Center made a major investment in Agilent test equipment for its new optical test laboratory, including the latest suite of Agilent's 10-GHz optical test solutions. The Agilent solutions will be accessible to both researchers and optical "incubator" companies, which are a critical part of the Center's commercialization program.
Agilent will supply the Photonics Center with the following:
• Agilent 8164B lightwave measurement system
• Agilent 81600B all-band high-performance tunable laser and related plug-ins
• Agilent 71612C 12.5GB Bit Error Rate analyzer
• Agilent 86100B Infiniium DCA oscilloscope, complete with 30-GHz optical/40-GHz electrical plug-ins
• Agilent 86146B high-performance optical spectrum analyzer
• Agilent 8504B precision reflectometer.
This set up features an upgradeable platform with extensive measurement capabilities to cover the needs of users who are developing optical components and modules.
Future plans for the two organizations include joint marketing and training at the Boston site, with Agilent co-sponsoring symposiums on technology and test techniques, and working closely with the BU incubator companies during their early venture capital days to help them reach maturity.
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