Flir buys micro-optics from DigitalOptics

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Flir Systems has bought some assets of DigitalOptics Corporation's micro-optics business for $14.9 million. Included in the purchase are fabrication equipment and more than 200 patents and pending applications associated with the design and production of complex optical surfaces, substrates, and low cost components.

DigitalOptics' micro-optics business, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a leading fabricator of wafer-scale specialty optics products, including lenses, lens arrays, optical receivers and transceivers, and various infrared optical components. These high-volume, low-cost technologies are used in a wide array of industries and applications, including security, surveillance, photolithography, data communications, laser-based medical equipment, and 3D gesture recognition.

'Bringing this low-cost wafer-scale micro-optics technology to our operations, provides us significant capability and cost advantages as we move into high-volume markets for thermal imaging,' said Andy Teich, President and CEO of Flir.

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