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.
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.
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.
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.
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.