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Friday 30th March 2007
The French MBE equipment vendor broke even on an operational basis, but site consolidation brought in an extra €10.6 million.
Friday 30th March 2007
New WiMAX and cellular power amplifiers abound at the CTIA Wireless show; Finisar's transceiver shipments hit another milestone; Cermet adds Bruce Rylance to its advisory board.
Wednesday 28th March 2007
Wireless applications now account for 75 percent of the independent epiwafer manufacturer's sales, while IQE is also on track to begin limited pilot production of material for high-efficiency solar cells by the end of this year.
Tuesday 27th March 2007
Prototype 160 Gbit/s technology combines a III-V VCSEL array with optical management in a tiny package.
Tuesday 27th March 2007
Nose-diving sales within Motorola's mobile devices division suggest an inventory glut and could spell problems for key suppliers.
Tuesday 27th March 2007
Hoping to effect a rapid uptake of white LEDs in solid-state lighting applications, Philips Lumileds begins sampling its new Luxeon Rebel products.
Monday 26th March 2007
Now shipping a new single-wavelength laser designed for low-cost fiber-to-the-home transceiver applications, Eblana Photonics is anticipating a ramp to high production volumes this year.
Monday 26th March 2007
JDSU, Bookham and Lumics show off powerful new lasers designed to reduce the size, cost and power consumption of fiber amplifiers used in optical communications.
Friday 23rd March 2007
Cree begins shipping a "lighting-class" warm-white LED; Nitronex moves HQ to Durham, NC; a new chief arrives at Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology; EV Group signs a new distribution deal; and Anadigics CEO Bami Bastani gets hall-of-famed.
Thursday 22nd March 2007
An investment analyst says that GaAs chip maker Anadigics will benefit as the RF wireless component industry trends towards two distinct RF supplier bases.
Wednesday 21st March 2007
Taiwanese high-brightness LED epiwafer and chip producer Tekcore buys a multiwafer MOCVD reactor from Aixtron to ramp GaN laser fabrication.
Wednesday 21st March 2007
Semiconductor laser maker IPG Photonics orders two cluster MBE tools from Veeco Instruments that will be used for a significant ramp in manufacturing volumes.
Tuesday 20th March 2007
As the development of silicon and III-V semiconductors for logic heads along an increasingly convergent path, Glasgow's Nanoelectronics Research Centre receives a £4 million grant to develop III-V technology for use in future generations of CMOS transistors.
Tuesday 20th March 2007
Rockwell Collins teams up with Nitronex; Oki's new 1490 nm laser suits outdoor applications; telecom system specialist Mintera picks Bookham's tunable laser for 40 Gb/s networks; Luxtera combines germanium with CMOS for wafer-integrated photodetectors; and Philips increases its LED footprint with the acquisition of TIR Systems.
Tuesday 20th March 2007
Pennsylvania's Apogee Photonics comes under the wing of its near neighbor CyOptics in the latest move to consolidate InP optoelectronic chip manufacturing.
Monday 19th March 2007
BluGlass, the Australian company that is developing low-cost GaN deposition for LED applications, says that it has observed "short-lived" light emission from structures grown on glass.
Thursday 15th March 2007
Buoyed by a strong end to the year, deposition equipment vendor Aixtron swings to a net profit of €5.9 million.
Wednesday 14th March 2007
One of the world's key volume suppliers of red and infrared laser diodes reveals that its high-power blue emitter is about to enter mass production.
Tuesday 13th March 2007
Reports in Japan suggest that a subsidiary of Sumitomo Metal Industries is moving into the sapphire substrate business and already sampling 4-inch wafers.
Monday 12th March 2007
US chip manufacturer Cree takes a big step into China with a $200 million stock and cash acquisition of Hong Kong's COTCO Luminant Device.
Monday 12th March 2007
Market analysts at Dittberner suggest a rapid build-out in Japan last year, and also predict 50 percent growth in global FTTH shipments for 2007.
Friday 9th March 2007
As the two inventors of the multi-junction solar cell are honored with a $1 million international prize, development of the technology in the US receives a massive boost from the Department of Energy's Solar America Initiative.
Thursday 8th March 2007
As the threat from silicon recedes, GaAs-based HBTs and PHEMTs will increasingly dominate the radio front-end in cell phone handsets.
Wednesday 7th March 2007
The French manufacturer of infrared detectors wins a multi-million dollar contract with NEC Toshiba Space to help improve climate models.