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In Brief: Cree, Toshiba, Aixtron And Lumileds

Camping equipment specialist Coleman switches to Cree LEDs; Toshiba develops a CMOS process to take on high-frequency GaAs transceivers; and Philips Lumileds orders an Aixtron multi-wafer tool.
Cree goes camping
Camping gear manufacturer Coleman is switching to Cree LEDs for its lanterns, flashlights, and other outdoor lighting products.

The company says that it will use Cree's XLamp XR-E and XR-C power LEDs in all of its LED-lighting products.

"[We] decided to convert to the XLamp due to Cree's advanced technology, common package size within the entire XLamp family, and excellent support," remarked Traci Willing, Coleman's product manager for battery lighting.

"We believe our customers will be thrilled with the brightness, runtime, and overall performance of these new models."

"Campers and outdoor enthusiasts worldwide can now join the LED lighting revolution," added Norbert Hiller, Cree's vice president and general manager for lighting LEDs.

Toshiba's CMOS targets GaAs mm-wave territory
Toshiba has developed a millimeter-wave CMOS technology that offers a potentially cheaper alternative to the GaAs-based devices that currently serve these frequencies.

The Japanese company says that its new CMOS process can deliver high-speed, highly-integrated wireless communication at 60 GHz over short distances.

A 1.1 mm x 2.4 mm demonstrator chip has been built by the company that comprises antenna, low-nose amplifier, mixer and phase-locked loop synthesizer, which is claimed to deliver a performance close to that of more complex GaAs devices.

Toshiba says that the frequency range between 59 GHz and 66 GHz is unlicensed in Japan, the US, and Europe, and the wide available bandwidth enables transfer rates in excess of 1 Gbit/s. This makes the technology an attractive option for providing high-speed wireless transfer between high definition video and digital equipment in the home, according to the company.

"We will continue to improve the integration and performance of the receiver IC, and work to develop the high-power technology required for a transmitter IC," said Toshiba in a statement.

Lumileds adds capacity with Aixtron reactor
Philips Lumileds Lighting Company has ordered an Aixtron AIX 2600G3 IC Planetary Reactor for LED production.

The multi-wafer tool features automatic wafer handling and will be used to produce AlGaInP red-emitting devices.

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