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FlashBake is a high tech cooking technology invented in 1993. A company (Quadlux, Inc. from Fremont, CA, USA) made an oven that cooks with intense infrared and visible light radiation. It can cook like a regular oven with a speed close to that of a microwave oven. This technology is not popular in the home market due to the high price.
FlashBake is a registered trademark. This patented technology was licensed to various restaurant equipment suppliers, such as Wolf Stoves and Vulcan-Hart. Other licensees include home appliance manufacturer GE for their Advantium line of oven, and Bosch & Siemens in Europe. Amana developed their own WAVE ovens after failure to license the technology from Quadlux. Amana later lost in a law suit with Quadlux regarding this dispute.
Some high end products still use the technology, but Quadlux ended production on 1st July 2000 because of production difficulties with the contract manufacturer Watertown Metal Products. They ceased research and development and dropped to a staff of four. It is unclear as to whether they are still in business.
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