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Imagine Optic™ announces new products for consumer electronics manufacturers that will play an important role in reducing prices for shoppers


Imagine Optic, Europe’s leading manufacturer of wavefront metrology and adaptive optics technology, announces the release of three new systems designed to meet the metrology needs of consumer electronics manufacturers.

Orsay, France and Boston, MA, January 18, 2007 – Imagine Optic is proud to announce the release of three new groundbreaking products based on its industry standard setting HASO wavefront sensor and software technologies.

e-Xplorer™ is a revolutionary product that is designed to help reduce the cost of producing semiconductor wafers. The device’s nanometric precision allows customers to characterize planeness of the wafer’s surface before engraving, leading to exceptional gains in productivity by eliminating defective wafers in the production line. Imagine Optic’s e-Xplorer helps manufacturers lower there production costs and may eventually lead to lower prices passed on to the consumer.

SLSys™ enables a new degree of quality control in the production of liquid lenses and small optics like those found in many consumer good like mobile telephones and digital cameras as well as Blu-Ray™ and HD DVD™ drives. By facilitating quality control of these precision optical components, both production and end-user satisfaction are increased significantly. Once more, Imagine Optic is contributing to bringing down the cost of producing mass-market products, and ultimately these savings may be passed on to the end-user.

The Shack-Hartmann – Long Trace Profiler™ (SH-LTP™) is designed to meet the growing need for ultra-precise metrology for synchrotrons, nanolithography in the semiconductor sector and certain aerospace applications. When combined with the company’s StitchWave™ software, the device easily overcomes the noise, inherent to measuring using a translation stage, which corrupts measurements to provide customers with extraordinarily accurate measurements, even when measuring large or aspheric components.

“The evolution of Imagine Optic’s products into domains that touch everyday consumers will play an important part in the company’s growth as well as in making new technologies available to a wider market by reducing the cost of producing them” said Mark Zacharria, cofounder of Elucido Partners, a Paris based consulting firm that specializes in marketing and communications for high-technology companies, notably in the optics sector.

Imagine Optic will continue to innovate thanks to its extensive research and development program conducted both internally and with a wide array of industry leading companies and academic institutions.

Imagine Optic will be present at Photonics West, booth 1601, at the San José Convention Center from January 20 through 25, 2007. For more information, please visit the Imagine Optic website

About Imagine Optic

Imagine Optic was founded in Orsay, France in 1996 to provide customers with the highest quality Hartmann-Shack wavefront sensing equipment available.

The company is Europe’s leading provider of Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensing technologies for adaptive optics, quality control and optical measurement. In 2005, Imagine Optic introduced the world’s first X-EUV wavefront sensor to respond to customer needs in this synchrotron metrology and nanolithography and continues to be a leader in research and development with projects currently underway in the domains of free space communications and adaptive optics for high-power lasers.

Imagine Optics’ clients are among the world’s top companies and include Sony, Nikon, Thomson, Zeiss, NASA, the U.S. Air Force, Essilor, Aliena (Alcatel Space), EADS, the European Southern Observatory, the European Space Agency (ESA), amongst others. In 2006, Imagine Optic realized a turnover of €2,4M and currently employs 23 highly qualified professionals in a variety of domains. If you would like to learn more about us, please visit


Members of the press are invited to contact Samuel Bucourt by telephone at +33 (0)1 64 86 15 60, by e-mail at, or by post at 18 rue Charles de Gaulle, 91400 Orsay France.

©2007 Imagine Optic. All rights reserved. Imagine Optic, HASO, GENAO, CASAO, SH-LTP, SLSys and e-Xplorer are trademarks of Imagine Optic. mirao is a trademark of Imagine Eyes. Other products and services are the trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners. Communications by Elucido Partners, Paris France


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