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Thursday 7th December 2006
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory verifies that Spectrolab's metamorphic structures have set a new world record for conversion efficiency.
Thursday 7th December 2006
Lower-than-expected sales of LED chips for mobile phone backlights are blamed as Cree reveals that its second quarter revenue will be around $15 million below previous guidance.
Wednesday 6th December 2006
Monthly production will more than triple to 100 million units following a sharp increase in demand from outside of Japan.
Tuesday 5th December 2006
A Korean LED maker claims to have launched the world's brightest single-die white LED light source.
Monday 4th December 2006
Two pioneers of III-V quantum-dot technology join forces as NL Nanosemiconductor acquires US-based Zia Laser.
Monday 4th December 2006
InGaAs camera maker Goodrich SUI works on a new sensor for unmanned military aircraft; AXT issues 4.15 million shares; materials start-up Aonex reveals a new approach to nitride substrates; and RF Micro Devices nets $39 million by selling off some Bluetooth assets to Qualcomm.
Thursday 30th November 2006
With a multi-million dollar investment in water management company WorldWater, the compound semiconductor chip manufacturer Emcore shows its intent to move up the terrestrial solar power systems industry chain.
Wednesday 29th November 2006
Evans Analytical widens its range of characterization services with the acquisition of X-ray specialist AMIA Labs.
Tuesday 28th November 2006
An extension to an existing supply deal guarantees that Emcore's photovoltaics division will manufacture several hundred thousand GaAs-based solar cells for US-built communications satellites.
Monday 27th November 2006
Although some Emcore employee stock options appear to have been exercised with the benefit of hindsight, the company says that there is no evidence of any intent to defraud.
Monday 27th November 2006
With Ed Braun set to move into the chairman's seat full time, epitaxy equipment vendor Veeco Instruments has begun its search for a successor as CEO.
Monday 27th November 2006
Morris Young, the technologist who founded compound semiconductor substrate vendor AXT back in 1986, has retired as CTO of the Californian company.
Monday 27th November 2006
From this week onwards, all users will need to sign up as members of the compoundsemiconductor.net online community to gain full access to the web site.
Monday 20th November 2006
Korea-based Seoul Semiconductor launches LED products that can be connected directly to AC-based mains power; Freescale's shareholders approve the chip giant's private equity buy-out; and RF Micro Devices samples more GaN-based power amplifiers.
Monday 20th November 2006
Kyoto-based Shimei Semiconductor is reportedly planning to begin shipping GaN-on-silicon blue LEDs in April 2007.
Monday 20th November 2006
Replacing fluorescent tubes with LEDs in its refrigerator display lights throughout 500 US stores is expected to shave $2.6 million off the retailer's annual electricity bill.
Thursday 16th November 2006
BinOptics has raised $6 million to increase the production capacity of its telecom and datacom lasers that feature etched-facet technology.
Tuesday 14th November 2006
Toshiba has built a GaN FET for radar and satellite communication applications that delivers a record breaking output of 81 W at 9.5 GHz.
Tuesday 14th November 2006
Bandwidth Semiconductor has purchased several MOCVD reactors from Veeco to fulfill an order for VCSEL epiwafers for TV applications.
Tuesday 14th November 2006
Velox Semiconductor and STMicroelectronics have joined forces to develop, launch and market high-voltage GaN Schottky diodes.
Tuesday 14th November 2006
Nichia has developed LEDs with indium tin oxide contacts that can deliver an efficacy of 138 lm/W and an output of 402 lumens at 2A.
Monday 13th November 2006
Cree signs a global distribution agreement with Arrow Electronics, Samsung releases an LED-based monitor offering very high quality color reproduction, Bede ships an X-ray tool for SiGe analysis, and ION-TOF launches a high-throughput secondary ion mass spectrometer.
Friday 10th November 2006
The GaAs foundry company is hoping to break into the silicon-dominated Bluetooth power amplifier market with a product designed to work over long distances and at a high data rate.
Thursday 9th November 2006
The Taiwanese epiwafer maker orders three large MOCVD reactors from Aixtron.