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Industry News

Friday 13th October 2006
German laser chip manufacturer Lumics has released a fiber-coupled module that features a 6.5 W single-emitter.
Wednesday 11th October 2006
Visual Photonics Epitaxy places an order for two large MOCVD reactors.
Tuesday 10th October 2006
Cree's new super-bright LEDs produce a record output that puts them on a par with fluorescent sources, Irish photonic device developer Firecomms scores a deal with broadband equipment provider Netopia, and a young Bell Labs scientist working on GaN scoops two awards.
Tuesday 10th October 2006
Ten years after previous owners Honeywell began commercial production, Finisar ships its 50 millionth VCSEL.
Tuesday 10th October 2006
A cross-disciplinary UK consortium wins funding to develop a laser detection system that could be used to discover hidden fields of oil and natural gas.
Tuesday 10th October 2006
The GaN-on-silicon transistor specialist expects to see an immediate impact on sales as it releases the first three members of a family of products for WiMAX applications.
Monday 9th October 2006
Fabless Texan GaAs chip developer Mimix Broadband introduces four new transmitter designs aimed at point-to-point radio and satellite communications.
Friday 6th October 2006
In a bid to reduce over-consumption of crude oil from overseas, the US Department of Energy commits $5 million for seven research projects focused on solid-state lighting technology.
Thursday 5th October 2006
Aixtron receives an order from SemiLEDs, the company that makes novel light emitters based on a copper alloy substrate.
Wednesday 4th October 2006
Worries over Emcore's share of a solar energy contract are dismissed, Mitsubishi begins sampling a new WiMAX amplifier, Cascade licenses Bell Labs' quantum cascade laser technology, and RF Micro Devices ranks seventh in a new list of the world's largest RF and baseband semiconductor suppliers.
Tuesday 3rd October 2006
Strategies Unlimited says that the market for AlN and GaN substrates will be worth nearly half a billion dollars by the end of the current decade.
Tuesday 3rd October 2006
Leading GaAs-based power amplifier manufacturer Skyworks Solutions dumps its non-GaAs baseband business in a move that should provide a major boost in profitability.
Tuesday 3rd October 2006
Register now for Key Conference 2006 in San Antonio, TX, which features 24 top-level invited speakers covering the hot topics in compound semiconductors - solar cells, SiC power semiconductors, nitride materials and more.
Friday 29th September 2006
Optoelectronic module vendor Lite-On signs an agreement with Cree that should help the two companies to penetrate the emerging laptop display backlighting market.
Friday 29th September 2006
Three goes into one as GaN epiwafer and LED manufacturers Epitech and Highlink agree to merge with Epistar - subject to shareholder and regulatory approval.
Friday 29th September 2006
Cost-cutting and better sales add up to a small operating profit at MBE equipment supplier Riber.
Friday 29th September 2006
A new £10 million technology center at the University of Sheffield will house cutting-edge III-V research activities.
Thursday 28th September 2006
The Institute of Electronic Materials Technology increases its range of expertise with a new epitaxy tool from Epigress for SiC device development.
Wednesday 27th September 2006
The equity group that is planning to buy RFIC manufacturer Freescale says that it expects no facility closures to occur if the deal goes ahead as planned.
Tuesday 26th September 2006
GaAs chip maker Skyworks Solutions is selected to provide advanced front-end modules for the Wi-Fi chipset giant Broadcom.
Monday 25th September 2006
The two component manufacturers tout high-power pump lasers and long-wavelength VCSELs at the fiber-optic industry's Cannes showcase.
Monday 25th September 2006
Diversified high-tech company Teledyne Technologies completes its $167.5 million cash acquisition of compound semiconductor foundry owner Rockwell Scientific.
Thursday 21st September 2006
In a deal that includes a lease back option, the fiber-optic component maker expects to net $9.5 million from the sale of its Paignton, UK, assembly and test facility.
Wednesday 20th September 2006
France-based Oxxius, which makes laser modules powered by high-performance diodes, has won venture funding of $10 million that it will use to develop a wider product range.