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Wednesday 7th February 2007
Things are looking up at Avanex, but its second-quarter figures weren't exactly helped by a $2.1 million charge relating to an abandoned acquisition.
Wednesday 7th February 2007
LED Lighting Fixtures, whose CEO Neal Hunter was previously at Cree, says that a "revolutionary" new LED-based down light will change the lighting industry.
Tuesday 6th February 2007
Said to be the fastest-growing LED manufacturer in Taiwan, Genesis Photonics says that, following an order for six more Thomas Swan MOCVD reactors, it will target the LCD backlighting market.
Monday 5th February 2007
JDSU's optical component sales help the company to a net profit for the latest quarter; Vishay releases a new series of InGaN-on-sapphire LEDs for white-light applications; and Avago Technologies develops a green LED for use in camera flash modules.
Friday 2nd February 2007
On the eve of Groundhog Day, Bookham tells a familiar story of declining sales and aggressive cost-cutting measures - and this time its Caswell InP fab is in the firing line.
Thursday 1st February 2007
Having drastically scaled back its original expansion plans, problems at GaAs PHEMT switch foundry Filtronic are even affecting the local football team.
Wednesday 31st January 2007
The InP optoelectronic chip foundry says that in 2006 it shipped more than one million laser and photodiode chips for fiber-to-the-home applications - a number that is set to grow rapidly.
Tuesday 30th January 2007
The University of California, Santa Barbara team working on non-polar GaN materials says that its 405 nm laser diode could soon be challenging conventional devices in commercial applications.
Monday 29th January 2007
In what looks like a twin blow to supporters of III-V transistors for future logic applications, IBM and Intel both claim to have developed high-k gate dielectric materials that will ensure the future of CMOS-based logic into the next decade.
Monday 29th January 2007
Cree's power LEDs are qualified for 1 A operation; Poland's Institute of Electronic Materials Technology receives new hydrogen purifiers from Johnson Matthey; Skyworks posts a profit; and IXYS' GaAs chip making subsidiary MwT targets MRI scanners with its new amplifiers.
Monday 29th January 2007
Engineered wafers designed for low-cost GaN radio frequency IC manufacturing are available in 3-inch and 4-inch diameters - and a 6-inch format is in development.
Thursday 25th January 2007
Representing only a tiny niche in the wider market for LCD backlights, sales of LED-based units will nevertheless grow at a rapid pace between now and 2009, says a new report from DisplaySearch.
Thursday 25th January 2007
The GaAs HBT pioneer makes a commercial breakthrough with the first purchase order for its GaN-based power amplifiers.
Wednesday 24th January 2007
Another week; another record: Philips Lumileds claims that its high-power white LEDs can now deliver a record 115 lumens per Watt - and that commercial products will appear soon.
Wednesday 24th January 2007
With record quarterly sales of $281.1 million, everybody agrees that RF Micro Devices is flying - but one analyst warns that there are some dark clouds on the horizon.
Wednesday 24th January 2007
The two LED titans get their handbags out again, with both companies publicly airing their own slant on the US International Trade Commission's initial rulings.
Tuesday 23rd January 2007
Amid falling sales of its chips for mobile handset keypad applications and a drop in fab utilization, Cree says that it has qualified its first LEDs to be fabricated on 4-inch substrates.
Monday 22nd January 2007
Armed with up to $3.3 million through another collaboration with the US military, Kyma is looking forward to 2007.
Friday 19th January 2007
The luxury car manufacturer is introducing the first series production vehicle to feature LED-based headlamps this spring.
Thursday 18th January 2007
Having split with founder Nikolai Ledentsov, quantum dot epiwafer specialist NL Nanosemicondcutor has renamed itself "Innolume".
Thursday 18th January 2007
The X-ray equipment vendor registered a small pre-tax profit in the final quarter of 2006 as orders picked up.
Tuesday 16th January 2007
The GaN-on-silicon specialist is set to begin sampling a new high-voltage family of products in March, with production slated for the third quarter of 2007.
Tuesday 16th January 2007
Surprised by the strength of RF Micro Devices' product shipments into Asian supply chains, an investment analyst raises his revenue, profit and stock price expectations for the GaAs chip maker.
Monday 15th January 2007
Evans Analytical goes on an acquisition spree; Cree signs a distribution deal for its power devices; Sanyo reportedly develops a 200 mW GaN laser diode; and AXT raises even more cash through an extended public share offering.