Machine-vision industry orders indicate growth

Several companies in the machine-vision industry have recently received orders for their products.

MAY 21--Foveon Inc. (Santa Clara, CA; has signed a license agreement for the manufacture and distribution of its X3 image sensor technology with National Semiconductor (Santa Clara, CA; The Foveon X3 image sensor is claimed to be the world's first full-color image sensor to capture red, green, and blue light at every location in the image plane. It uses color-filter technology where silicon absorbs different wavelengths of light at different depths.

Indigo Systems (Goleta, CA; has been awarded a major contract by Northrop Grumman Corp., Electronic Systems, to deliver megapixel infrared integrated detective assemblies for the 21st century F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. The F-35 is a multirole, supersonic stealth aircraft designed for the US Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, as well as for several foreign partners.

DALSA Corp. (Waterloo, ON, Canada; has received a production order for high-performance image sensors totaling more than $5.5 million. The order, which is expected to be delivered over the next 36 months, was placed by a leading producer of broadcast television cameras.

StockerYale Inc. (Salem, NH; has received an $800,000 order for custom-designed, light-emitting-diode illuminators from an unnamed European OEM customer for a high-technology security system.

Viisage Technology Inc. (Littleton, MA; has received a multiyear driver's license contract worth $12 million from the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety that incorporates its FaceExplorer facial-recognition software and Sagem Morpho finger imaging technology.

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