Scotland Opens Optical Design Center

A leading-edge design centre developed by Optocap Ltd. and Optoelectronics Association was opened by Scotland’s First Minister

May 28, 2004

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EDINBURGH –– A leading-edge design centre that will provide a critical link in the commercialisation of Scottish micro and optoelectronic research was officially opened today by Scotland’s First Minister Jack McConnell.

He was visiting Optocap Limited in Livingston where university spin-outs, researchers, start-ups and established companies can access facilities and services to develop and test their research to market-ready status.

Established by Scottish Enterprise and jointly funded by ERDF aid, Optocap’s £4 million centre provides a major boost for Scotland’s growing optoelectronics industry.

It specialises in the development of processes to arrange delicate circuitry in the protective packaging that allows optoelectronic devices to interface and connect to external networks via optical fibres and electronic connections.

Optocap will develop these solutions for devices used in the communications, consumer, industrial and automotive sectors. It will also create packaging solutions for emerging technologies such as life sciences where the biochip will play an increasingly important role in the diagnosis of illness and the management of its treatment.

The centre is being developed in conjunction with the industry body, the Scottish Optoelectronics Association and will bridge the gap between design and manufacturing of devices.

By taking advantage of Optocap’s expertise and investment in first-class lab and testing equipment companies will be able to focus on device development while reducing risk and time-to-market.

Optocap Ltd Chief Executive, David Ruxton, announced yesterday that they have already secured their first university spin-out customer and their first commercial client.

Based at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Conjunct Ltd., is using the centre’s facilities to help develop an optoelectronics device that will address the inherent deficiencies of electrical buses by using a serial optical bus.

MicroEmissive Displays Ltd based at the Scottish Microelectronics Centre, Edinburgh, and recognised as a world-leading developer of light-emitting-polymer based microdisplays are using Optocap’s centre to help design the manufacturing process for one of its latest devices.

David Ruxton, Chief Executive of Optocap Ltd. said: “Packaging of these very fragile and complex devices is often the main barrier to producing a commercially viable product. With as much as seventy five per cent of the product cost lying in developing a packaging solution it is critical that its design is integrated into the device development process.“

Optocap Limited

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