Tornado links up with Singapore research body to develop nanospectrometers for OCT market
Tornado Medical Systems has formed a partnership with the Institute of Microelectronics (IME), a research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore, to commercialise nanospectrometers for optical coherence tomography (OCT) applications. OCT is used for obtaining high-resolution sub-surface images of translucent or opaque materials based on light, rather than sound or radiofrequency.
The collaboration brings together Tornado's nanophotonics capabilities with IME's presence in silicon photonics fabrication to provide the first commercial nanospectrometers for OCT applications. The commercial availability of small on-chip spectrometers aims to meet the needs of the current OCT market and open up new commercial opportunities for low-cost, high-performance OCT applications.
For Tornado, the agreements follows the company's recent acquisition of the spectroscopy assets of Arjae Spectral and a concerted push to development spectrometer technology for the OCT market in 2013. Early in April 2012, Tornado also linked up with Ocean Optics to form a co-development, manufacturing and distribution partnership for a broad line of spectrometers based on Tornadoâs High Throughput Virtual Slit (HTVSâ) technology. The HTVS will form the core of a new line of high performance spectrometers being co-developed by the two companies and sold by Ocean Optics.