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SAN JOSE, Calif. &#151 Zia Laser Inc., a developer of quantum dot semiconductor lasers, has secured $8 million in venture capital funding, according to the New Mexico Business Weekly.

The investors include RWI Group, Prism Venture Partners, Venrock Associates, and Harris & Harris Group. Founded in 2000, Zia Laser (Albuquerque, N.M.) has secured about $22 million from investors.

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The company spun off from the Center for High Technology Materials at the University of New Mexico. Zia Laser is developing quantum dot semiconductor lasers.

Quantum dots, a key area of nanotechnology, self-assemble through a process known as molecular beam epitaxy (MBE),” according to the company's Web site. The dots confine the electronic carriers in all three dimensions, this leads to dramatically more efficient generation of light in semiconductor lasers.”

SAN FRANCISCO – Figures released Thursday (May 12th) by market researcher Prime Data show the instrument market growing after a long hiatus. After declining 57 percent for their peak sales level in 2000, declining in 2001, 2002 and showing no growth in 2003, test instrument sales grew by 12 percent in 2004 to approximately $6.5 billion. This the first positive growth for the test instrument market since it began to decline in 2001, said Galen Wampler, president of the Smartville, Calif. research firm.

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General purpose test instruments, which include bench instruments like oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, network analyzers and the like, accounts for the largest portion of the instruments market. This segment grew 14 percent from $3.5 billion in 2003 to almost $4 billion in 2004

Dedicated communications testers, such as mobile radio testers, protocol analyzers and fiber optics test equipment, grew 9 percent from $2.3 billion in 2003 to $2.5 billion in 2004. Both the general-purpose and dedicated communications test segment were driven by wireless system development, Wampler believes.

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Tektronix Inc., already the largest supplier of oscilloscopes, became the largest supplier of logic analyzers as well. The logic analyzer sales grew 8 percent in 2004 to $209 million from $194 million in 2003, Wampler said. Logic analyzers are debugging tools for microprocessors, I/O structures and parallel buses. Thus, instrument growth here is driven by renewed strength in the computing and communications segments. #

San Diego, Calif.&#8212Rohm Electronics' BD6735FV is a 2-channel H-bridge motor driver that can serve both DC- and stepping-motors for lens driver applications in digital still and digital video cameras. The chip can be switched between forward, reverse, brake, and shutdown (idle) modes, as directed by the input logic.

The amount invested into European information technology companies also climbed upward, reaching 407.3 million euro (about $515 million), a 16 percent increase over the same quarter a year ago. However, IT deal flow was down 21 percent.

With 53 deals, software activity declined 30 percent while the investment level held steady at 160.4 million euro (about $200 million). Deals for communications companies declined 25 percent, while investment in this segment dropped 37 percent.

The larger amount invested per deal is evidence of the need for European companies to go global much earlier in their life cycle,” said Gil Forer, global venture capital advisory group leader for Ernst & Young, in a statement.

The trend to higher investments in fewer deals also represented a move away from seed- and first-round deals.

While such deals represented one-third of the investments made in the first quarter of 2004 and continued to grow throughout last year, they accounted for only 29 percent of the deal flow in the first quarter of 2005. They also accounted for only 20 percent of the capital invested, compared to 25 percent in the same quarter a year before according to the two companies.

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