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Monday 29th October 2007
A photonic alternative to WLAN has been shown to exceed 100 Mbit/s and could provide bandwidth in a currently unlicensed area of the spectrum, if it can conform to general illumination standards.
Friday 26th October 2007
An EU research project called MANSiC has developed a rapid crystal growth technique for the 3C polytype of SiC, which could soon provide a shortcut to more complex SiC devices.
Thursday 25th October 2007
"Torrential" growth at RF Micro Devices puts a strain on manufacturing capacity, as the company beats all sales estimates.
Thursday 25th October 2007
A bumpy ramp-up to fulfil unprecedented levels of demand takes the gloss off a profitable quarter for the PA manufacturer.
Thursday 25th October 2007
With record orders received in its latest quarter, CEO Ralph Quinsey says that TriQuint's handset product pipeline is "more exciting than ever".
Thursday 25th October 2007
The Massachusetts-based firm is the latest GaAs company to unveil plans for a major capacity expansion - although it will not be building any new fabs.
Tuesday 23rd October 2007
Tools for making all types of LEDs are in strong demand as Veeco seeks to return to profitability, the company’s new CEO says.
Monday 22nd October 2007
In Shenzhen, the first stage of what may eventually turn out to be the largest compound semiconductor manufacturing base in the world is completed.
Monday 22nd October 2007
The LED maker is planning its next M & A foray after its war chest is swollen by record sales and cashing-in of Color Kinetics shares – even though the dust is still settling from its recent purchase of COTCO.
Friday 19th October 2007
Veteran LED technologist and Lumileds CTO George Craford wins an Economist innovation award, and thinks that a team from the company has now identified the root cause behind a long-standing problem in high-power InGaN LEDs.
Thursday 18th October 2007
Robert Shih resigns from the optoelectronics company after a "heated" disagreement with Oplink CEO Joe Liu over its future chip manufacturing strategy.
Thursday 18th October 2007
The Spanish solar energy firm is the first company to pass qualification tests required for photovoltaic concentration modules, as set by the first international initiative to install the technology on a major scale.
Tuesday 16th October 2007
The Californian company looks set to raise more cash as it develops the next generation of its photonic integrated circuits (PICs) and eyes a manufacturing expansion.
Tuesday 16th October 2007
InP epitaxy innovations and integrating laser and receiver arrays with silicon waveguides are the key technical challenges as CyOptics and Kotura work towards a terabit-per-second communication platform.
Monday 15th October 2007
German MOCVD equipment vendor Aixtron has acquired Nanoinstruments, a UK manufacturer of CVD and plasma-enhanced systems for growing carbon nanotubes (CNTs). Aixtron CEO Paul Hyland shares the company's thoughts on the nanotechnology sector and explains why now is the right time to add the Cambridge University spin-off to its portfolio.
Monday 15th October 2007
The Japanese automobile giant is seeking the help of the wider compound semiconductor community to cut the cost of SiC and make low-emission vehicles more commercially viable.
Thursday 11th October 2007
Quantum dot layers could yield a 38 percent efficient cell for space satellite applications, according to Canadian firm Cyrium.
Thursday 11th October 2007
Customers already sourcing solar cells from Emcore are now also buying integrated receivers for thermal management, and the extra business is giving the firm an additional route back to profitability.
Wednesday 10th October 2007
Combining SiGe, SOI and CMOS in a radio front end will provide Jazz Semi with proof that it can meet cellular standards by early 2008, says the California-based foundry.
Tuesday 9th October 2007
Hexatech hopes to make the best-quality bulk AlN, which the US government is pushing hard to deploy in LEDs for UV water treatment.
Tuesday 9th October 2007
A recent deal to supply Nokia with power amplifiers for wideband-CDMA handsets will provide a major earnings boost for Skyworks Solutions in calendar 2008, claims a financial analyst.
Tuesday 9th October 2007
The Japanese conglomerate turns up the power for high-definition satellite broadcasting with its Ku-band GaN-on-SiC HEMT.
Monday 8th October 2007
The US government hopes Velox Semiconductor’s enhancement-mode FETs will put it on the road to more efficient hybrid vehicles.
Friday 5th October 2007
Fabless Canadian semiconductor firm Micromem is prototyping its MRAM GaAs memory device for medical, military and food irradiation applications.