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A pioneer in the commercialization of quantum dot laser technology, QD Laser Co., Inc. was launched in 2006 as a spin-off venture of Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. The company delivers new semiconductor laser-based solutions to customers in a broad range of fields, including telecommunications, manufacturing, medicine and consumer products.

We were the first in the world to successfully develop and mass produce quantum dot lasers for communications that operate without current adjustments. Our continuous string of innovative products includes picosecond short-pulse DFB lasers for precision processing; current injection-type green, yellow-green and orange lasers for the biological sciences; quantum dot laser arrays for silicon optical circuits; broadband gain chips for ophthalmic testing equipment; and retinal imaging laser eyewear.

In a world where people and things have started connecting with all kinds of information, the usefulness of semiconductor laser technology is constantly increasing. For example, quantum dot lasers that reliably operate with low noise at high temperatures have a bright future ahead. By serving as the light source for silicon optical circuits that process ultra-large volumes of information, they are expected to dramatically expand the processing capabilities of information processing systems. Our retinal imaging laser eyewear also has great potential due to its superiority in terms of focus-free operation, universal design and augmented reality. It will likely be used in the near future to assist people with vision problems, support ophthalmic and medical examinations, and work tasks. Eventually, it will spread throughout the world as a wearable terminal device for general consumers.

We will continue to grow as a leading semiconductor laser company that creates new markets based on our corporate philosophy of “Through light, the world is evolving.” Through our innovative and highly reliable products, we aim to contribute to the growth of our customers' businesses as well as support world peace and happiness by making everyone’s life safer and more prosperous.

Dr. Mitsuru Sugawara
President and CEO

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Company Profile

Company name
QD Laser, Inc.
HQ
Postal code 210-0855
Keihin Building 1st floor,
1-1 Minamiwatarida-cho,
Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture
Directions
Establishment
April 2006
President and CEO
Mitsuru Sugawara
Directors
Shinji Kounoya
Manabu Yoshida
(Outside Director)
Auditors
Yasuo Sakuma
(Outside Auditor)
Hiroyuki Yamada
(Outside Auditor)
Hiroto Tsuge
(Outside Auditor)
Executive Officer
Keizo Takemasa
Hitoshi Yokemura
Advisor
Yasuhiko Arakawa
(Professor at the University of Tokyo)
Stockholders
Fujitsu Limited
(Corporate Fund)
MGI Global Fund L.P.
Mizuho Capital Co., Ltd.
Tokyo Century Corporation
SMBC Venture Capital Co., Ltd.
AXA Life Insurance Co., Ltd.
Joint venture company Euglena SMBC Nikko Leave-a-Nest Capital LLC
Mitsubishi UFJ Capital Co., Ltd.
Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Venture Capital Co., Ltd.
Beyond Next Ventures Inc.
Lead Capital Management Co., Ltd.
NTT DOCOMO Ventures, Inc.
UTokyo Innovation Platform Co.,Ltd.
Work permits, etc.
Second-class marketing license for medical devices (14B2X10039 / approved on March 16, 2017)
Registration of medical equipment manufacturer (14BZ200265 / registered on February 13, 2017)
Quality policy
Our company seeks to satisfy customers through the development and supply of original, highly efficient semiconductor lasers and optical information devices for communications and diverse industries. We will continuously improve the effectiveness of our quality management system to meet market demands in a timely manner.

History

April 2006
Signed research outsourcing contract with Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. on "Research on quantum dot laser and optical amplifier”.
April 2006
Established optical device venture company QD Laser, Inc. based on Fujitsu quantum dot laser technology using venture capital funds from Fujitsu Limited and Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
June 2006
Concluded a joint research agreement with the University of Tokyo on "Research on crystal growth technology of quantum dots".
September 2006
Won a Runner-Up Award for the Semiconductor category of The Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards 2006.
September 2006
Received a second grant from the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) for "Practical development of quantum dot lasers for optical communication".
June 2007
Mitsuru Sugawara, President and CEO of QD Laser, received the Prime Minister's Award at the 5th Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration conference.
February 2008
Realized the world's first quantum dot laser for optical communication capable of operating at temperatures between -40 and 100℃.
September 2008
Received a second grant from the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) for the "Practical development of quantum dot DFB lasers for optical communication".
December 2008
Received a second grant from the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) for the "Practical development of quantum dot DFB lasers for optical communication".
January 2009
Quantum dot lasers are named the "Winner for Telecommunications" in IEEE Spectrum magazine.
March 2009
The world's first commercial mass production of quantum dot lasers for 10 Gbps optical communication.
October 2010
Quantum dot lasers won the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Award at Green IT Awards 2010.
December 2010
Raised a total 800 million yen in funds mainly from existing stockholders.
April 2011
Commercialized DFB laser module with 1064 nm wavelength and superior single mode oscillation characteristics.
January 2012
Acquired ISO9001 certification.
January 2012
Developed a compact green laser module with 532 nm wavelength, maximum output over 100 mW and high-speed modulation capabilities, as well as compact (0.5 cc) yellow-green and orange laser modules with high-speed modulation capabilities.
February 2014
"Semiconductor quantum dot laser for communication" received an award of excellence at the 2011 Laser Society Industry Awards.
February 2014
Development of a 400 mW DFB laser module with 1064 nm wavelength.
February 2014
The "compact 561 nm laser module" was nominated a Prism Awards finalist at Photonics West 2014
April 2014
Commercialized picosecond pulse driver board with 1μm wavelength band DFB laser module.
June 2014
Developed wearable "Laser Eyewear" information terminal.
July 2014
Quantum dot laser won 2014 Aron Kressel Award from IEEE.
February 2016
"Retinal Imaging Laser Eyewear" was nominated a Prism Awards finalist at Photonics West 2016.
March 2016
Won the 1st JEITA Venture Awards.
April 2016
Started a medical application SLO (scanning laser ophthalmoscopy) technology study group.
Founder: Professor Satoshi Kato, Chairman of Japan Society for Low-vision Research and Rehabilitation, Ophthalmology course in Faculty of Medicine at the University of Tokyo
Sponsor company: QD Laser, Inc.
October 2016
Established the Market Emergence of Retinal Imaging Technology (MERIT) consortium.
October 2016
Won the 16th Yamazaki Teiichi Prize for “Improvement of Communication Wavelength Band Quantum Dot Laser, its Practical Application and Mass Production".
October 2016
“Retinal scanning laser eyewear technology” won U.S. Media Panel Innovation Awards Grand Prix at CEATEC JAPAN 2016.
October 2016
“Retinal scanning laser eyewear technology” won Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Award at CEATEC JAPAN 2016.
January 2017
Chosen as a HIYAKU Next Enterprise by METI.
February 2017
"Ultra-short Pulsed Seeder for Fiber Laser" won an award at the Photonics West Prism Awards 2017.
April 2017
Received WIRED Audi Innovation Award 2017.
May 2017
Held the second Market Emergence of Retinal Imaging Technology (MERIT) consortium.
February 2018
"Development and manufacture of semiconductor quantum dot lasers with high-temperature features" won an award at the 32nd Kenjiro Sakurai Memorial Award.

Location

QD Laser is headquartered in Kawasaki, Kanagawa. We develop, manufacture and sell state-of-the-art lasers including quantum dot lasers.

HQ

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Keihin Building 1st floor, 1-1 Minamiwatarida-cho, Kawasaki-ku,
Kawasaki, Kanagawa 210-0855
(Located in Technology Hub Innovation Kawasaki "THINK")

By Train

- Exit JR Kawasaki Station.
Take a cab to Keihin building. (About 15 minutes)

- 5 minutes walk from JR Hamakawasaki Station.

By Car

- Take Shuto Expressway Yokohane-line, and exit Hamakawasaki from Tokyo or exit Asada from Yokohama.

Shinkawasaki Office

Google Maps

B-Bldg.6F, Fujitsu Shinkawasaki Technology Square 1-1, Shinogura, Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, 212-8510, Japan

By Train

- 12 minutes walk from JR Shin-kawasaki Station.

- 15 minutes walk from JR Kashimada Station.

Development System

QD Laser supplies high-performance semiconductor lasers and wafers on GaAs substrate as a platform for communications and industrial applications. It engages in joint R&D to create new value with Arakawa & Iwamoto Laboratory (University of Tokyo) and Fujitsu Laboratory.

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Dr. Sugawara’s profile

1984
Graduated with a master’s degree in applied physics from the School of Engineering, University of Tokyo, and entered Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.
1995
Became a senior researcher of Fujitsu Laboratories’ optical semiconductor devices laboratory and earned a Ph.D. in engineering at the University of Tokyo
1999
Became a guest associate professor of the Tokyo Institute of Technology’s Department of Electronics and Functional Systems (concurrent position)
2001
Appointed manager of Photo Novel Technology Research at Fujitsu Laboratories
2004
Became a professor at the Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo
2005
Became the deputy manager of Fujitsu Laboratories’ Nanotechnology Research Center
2006
Became president and CEO of QD Laser, Inc. (current position)

Awards

October 2006
Technology Innovation Awards Runners-Up, "Quantum-dot lasers for optical communication using nano-size semiconductor particles as light emitters", The Wall Street Journal
April 2008
Received a Science and Technology Award in the research category for "Research on quantum dot lasers for optical communication" from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
June 2008
Received a Prime Minister's Award for Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration on "Development of photonic network technology and establishment of a university-led carve-out venture".
June 2009
IEEE Spectrum Special Technology Issue Winner Award
September 2010
Received the 4th Fellow Award from the Japan Society of Applied Physics.
October 2010
Received the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Award (Green IT Award 2010).
April 2012
Received an award of excellence at the Laser Society Industry Awards for "Semiconductor quantum dot laser for communication".
October 2014
IEEE Photonic Society Aron Kressel Award, "For pioneering contributions to the development of temperature-insensitive quantum dot lasers, and their commercialization and mass-production for optical communication systems".
March 2016
Received an award at the 1st JEITA Venture Awards
October 2016
Received a Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Award and U.S. Media Panel Innovation Awards Grand Prix award at CEATEC 2016
November 2016
Received the 16th Yamazaki Teiichi Prize for "Improvement of Communication Wavelength Band Quantum Dot Laser, its Practical Application and Mass Production"
February 2017
Received an award at the Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation 2017 during the Photonic West 2017 exhibition in the U.S.
April 2017
Received an award at WIRED Audi Innovation Awards 2017