Blue Laser Light Source is suited for consumer electronics.

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Suited for microdisplay-based devices such as home theater front projectors and rear-projection TVs, NECSEL-460-500 (Novalux Extended Cavity Surface Emitting Laser) solid-state light source emits over 500 mW @ 460 nm for true blue display performance. Wavelength-selectable unit produces color-saturated, speckle-free output and features instant-on capabilities.




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Novalux Delivers High-Power, Blue, Solid-State Light Sources to Consumer Electronics Partners



SUNNYVALE, Calif., November 7, 2005 - Novalux, Inc., developer of Novalux Extended Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (NECSEL(TM)) technology, announced today that it has delivered high-power, blue, solid-state lighting prototypes to key consumer electronics partners. The NECSEL(TM) solid-state light sources have been designed to increase performance and reduce cost of microdisplay-based devices, including home theater front projectors and rear-projection TVs.

"The NECSEL-460-500, our first blue laser aimed at the microdisplay market, compliments the green NECSEL prototypes currently under evaluation by consumer electronics manufacturers," said Greg Niven, vice president of marketing for Novalux. "Our next step is to make available even higher power devices along with a red NECSEL source. Once combined into a single, RGB, solid-state light source, our NECSEL lasers significantly enhance display performance and enable simpler light engine architectures. They are the key to displacing the UHP lamps currently in use for microdisplay illumination."

Novalux's prototype blue NECSEL device emits over 500 mW at 460 nm-the "true blue" coveted by display manufacturers. It is housed in a revolutionary package smaller than a matchbox. All NECSEL sources produce color-saturated output, allowing them to reach a larger color space than competitive lighting technologies. They are also wavelength selectable, so integrators can create multi-primary laser displays that include colors such as cyan. Moreover, NECSEL sources provide bright, speckle-free output, resulting in clear, vibrant images unattainable by any other lighting technology. Other advantages include long lifetime, instant-on, low etendue and low cost integration.

Novalux will demonstrate its NECSEL light sources in a prototype rear-projection TV during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 5-8, 2006. "We are planning to show the first laser-based rear-projection TV ever at CES 2006," said Niven, "This initial prototype TV demonstrates our ability to dramatically increase display performance. The images are bright and the color is true-to-life. All this combined with a simpler, compact, lower-cost light engine reinforces our belief that NECSEL technology will change the paradigm for panel illumination."

About Novalux:
Founded in 1998, Novalux has developed proprietary Novalux Extended Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (NECSEL(TM)) technology. NECSEL technology combines mass volume manufacturability with excellent optical performance. NECSEL device attributes include bright, reliable, consistent, speckle-free light output from a compact, low-cost package, making them ideal for current- and next-generation display applications.

For more information about Novalux, please contact Vice President of Marketing Greg Niven at (408) 773-3433, or visit novalux.com.

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