Avalon Photonics AG is a leader in the manufacturing of semiconductor based lasers (vcsel’s). It produces amongst other lasers the key optical component of most laser based navigation mouse sold on the market presently.
Avalon was acquired in 2006 by Bookham for approx. USD 5.5m in Bookham stock. In the meantime, Bookham has merged with another opto company and has been renamed to Oclaro.