The National Institute of Standards and Technology announced today that it has selected a partnership headed by the Optoelectronics Industry Development Association (OIDA) to serve as the "broker" to carry out the United States' end of a technology development agreement with Japan.
Under the U.S.-Japan Joint Optoelectronics Project, the two countries are working to further research and development of optoelectronics for sophisticated computing technologies that contain both optical components (which transmit and process data using light) and electronic components (which use electrons).
The broker is a service that links designers of advanced systems for computing dependent on optoelectronic devices and modules with suppliers of such components in research and development facilities in both countries. This way, designers can evaluate their ideas by producing experimental prototypes.
Each country has its own broker, but suppliers in both nations will be available to Japanese and American designers through the coordinated efforts of the two brokers. In Japan, the Optoelectronic Industry and Technology Development Association has been named as that country's broker.
The Joint Optoelectronics Project is part of Japan's Real World Computing Partnership, a 10-year, $700 million initiative to develop the next generation of information-processing technologies. Under the agreement, brokers in both nations are funded by the Real World Computing Partnership. The contract for the U.S. broker is administered by NIST.
Joining OIDA in the U.S. broker partnership are George Mason University, Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC), and MOSIS, a component of the Information Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California.
For more information, contact Judson French, Electronics and Electrical Engineering Laboratory, Metrology B358, NIST, Gaithersburg, Md. 20899-0001, (301) 975-2220.
As a non-regulatory agency of the Commerce Department's Technology Administration, NIST promotes U.S. economic growth by working with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements and standards.