February 10, 2009 12:35 ET

SPIE, Laurin Publishing Announce Prism Awards Winners

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - February 10, 2009) - SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and Laurin Publishing, publisher of Photonics Media, named Luxtera's "Blazar" entry as overall winner in the 2008 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation. Winners in nine categories and best overall were announced 28 January in San Jose during SPIE Photonics West, and include:

--  Aragon Photonics Labs (Analytical, Test and Measurement)
--  NoblePeak Vision (Detectors, Sensing and Imaging)
--  Tessera (Optics)
--  Coherent (Lasers [Tie])
--  Daylight Solutions (Lasers [Tie])
--  Sensor Electronic Technology (Other Light Sources)
--  Luxtera (Photonics Systems; Best Overall)
--  Princetel (Photonics Processes)
--  Solyndra (Sustainable/Green Technology)
--  JPK Instruments AG (Life Sciences)

Prism Awards recognize preeminent innovative technology in the optics and photonics industry. A panel of 28 independent judges, acknowledged experts in their respective fields, selected winners from 136 entries. See a list of winning products and finalists at

"Response was very strong, and reflects the leadership and expertise of organizations in photonics," said Thomas Laurin, vice president of Laurin Publishing.

"These inventions demonstrate the remarkable creativity of the photonics community," said SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs. "Many of these inventions or their derivatives will be successful new products, and will help advance the photonics enterprise that has contributed so much to enhance our lives and that will play an increasingly important role in a sustainable future."

Information about participating in the 2009 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation can be viewed online at, and

Laurin Publishing is located in Pittsfield, MA, with additional offices throughout the world. Under Photonics Media, the company publishes Photonics Spectra, Biophotonics International, EuroPhotonics, The Photonics Showcase, The Photonics Directory,, the online Photonics Directory, and five electronic newsletters: Planet Photonics, LEDs/Light Sources, Security, Remote Sensing, and Vision/Imaging. For more information visit

SPIE is the international optics and photonics society advancing light-based technologies. Serving more than 188,000 constituents representing 138 different countries, SPIE annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 conference and education programs on emerging technologies in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. SPIE contributes more than $1.6 million annually in scholarships, grants, and other research and education programs around the world. For more information, visit

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