Fujitsu Laboratories Limited today announced that quantum dot laser technology from Fujitsu Laboratories Limited, QD Laser, Inc., and the University of Tokyo has won a Runner-Up award for the Semiconductor category of The Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards 2006.
Quantum dot lasers are revolutionary lasers that are significantly superior to conventional semiconductor lasers, in that they feature higher performance in such aspects as temperature-independent operation, low power consumption, long-distance transmission, and fast speeds. It is anticipated that quantum dot lasers will become a core technology to realize high-performance light sources for optical telecommunication, for which data traffic is continuing to increase rapidly.
According to The Wall Street Journal, this year over 600 entries from over two dozen countries worldwide were received for the Innovation Awards. Fujitsu Laboratories, QD Laser, and the University of Tokyo were the only winners from Japan to win an Innovation Award this year. Fujitsu Laboratories also won an Innovation Award last year as the only winner from Japan, when it won the award for the Security (Networks) category of The Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards 2005 for Fujitsu’s biometric palm vein authentication technology known as PalmSecure(TM).
Dr. Mitsuru Sugawara, President and CEO of QD Laser, Inc. and Deputy General Manager of the Nanotechnology Research Center of Fujitsu Laboratories, Ltd., said, “I feel honored that the quantum dot laser technology developed by Fujitsu Laboratories and the University of Tokyo, and supported by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan, has won this prestigious award. Since we discovered quantum dot crystals for optical telecommunications for the first time in the world in 1994, for over 10 years we have continued to build on our R&D to realize practical-use functionalities, and established QD Laser, Inc. in April of this year to commercialize quantum dot lasers. Fujitsu and the University of Tokyo will continue to further enhance our quantum dot technologies, and QD Laser, Inc. will offer leading-edge quantum dot lasers to the optical telecommunications market.”
Professor Yasuhiko Arakawa of the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology of the University of Tokyo commented, “It will soon be 25 years since we discovered the principles of quantum dots and invented a quantum dot laser in 1982 at the University of Tokyo. For those of us who have been involved in the fundamental research of quantum dot lasers for many years, it is with great joy that we observe the new innovations for the optical telecommunication market that will emerge through the recent establishment of QD Laser, Inc., to commercialize and enable practical use of quantum dot lasers. This award win is another wonderful outcome of the joint R&D activities between the University of Tokyo and Fujitsu Laboratories, Ltd. I would in particular like to thank Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, in addition to all who have supported our efforts.”
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About Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.
Founded in 1968 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu Laboratories Limited is one of the premier research centers in the world. With a global network of laboratories in Japan, China, the United States and Europe, the organization conducts a wide range of basic and applied research in the areas of Multimedia, Personal Systems, Networks, Peripherals, Advanced Materials and Electronic Devices.