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Monday 15th May 2006
Japanese optical component manufacturer Yokogawa buys an MBE machine to produce HBT devices.
Thursday 11th May 2006
Avanex sees sales to non-Alcatel customers rise strongly, but is hit by the extra cost of ensuring products comply with hazardous substances regulations; Kopin's HBT epiwafer revenue shoots up thanks to strong cell-phone handset sales.
Thursday 11th May 2006
AlN substrate developer Crystal IS makes 2-inch single-crystal wafers available for the first time.
Wednesday 10th May 2006
LED Lighting Fixtures continues to pluck senior staff from Cree, and SiGe Semiconductor promotes an industry veteran to head up collaborative development.
Tuesday 9th May 2006
Bandwidth Semiconductor offers custom GaAs-based concentrator solar cells for terrestrial power generation.
Tuesday 9th May 2006
Sony confirms the November launch dates for its Playstation 3 games console, which will see global shipment of around 4 million GaN-based blue lasers by the end of 2006.
Tuesday 9th May 2006
Seoul Semiconductor commits to a long-term deal to buy chips from Cree, and the two companies agree to cross-license white LED patents.
Monday 8th May 2006
GaAs chip maker Filtronic considers selling its wireless infrastructure division to Powerwave Technologies.
Friday 5th May 2006
Photonic Power, part of the JDSU business, says that its laser-based electrical power converters can work at an efficiency of over 50%.
Friday 5th May 2006
Amid growing optimism and an expected ramp-up in production of a number of new products, optoelectronic chip and module supplier Bookham is to implement another series of measures to cut its overheads.
Friday 5th May 2006
Military and commercial installations of GaAs-based solar power systems are expected to pocket Emcore between $30 million and $60 million in sales over the next year or so.
Friday 28th April 2006
Having sold its dilute-nitride VCSEL assets to major shareholder Furukawa, Optical Communication Products says that it is looking seriously at moving into the fiber-to-the-home market.
Friday 28th April 2006
Production of III-V optoelectronic devices gets a boost as new investors buy into the Irish firm Firecomms.
Thursday 27th April 2006
Advanced silicon foundry Jazz Semiconductor files for its long-awaited initial public offering, GigaBeam sells some more high-frequency broadband wireless access systems, and Skyworks Solutions breaks even despite a dip in sales.
Thursday 27th April 2006
A survey conducted on behalf of LED manufacturer Cree at the Light+Building exhibition suggests that LED applications are fast penetrating the general lighting market.
Wednesday 26th April 2006
Bookings for epitaxy equipment at Veeco shoot up 74 per cent compared with the same time last year.
Wednesday 26th April 2006
GaAs manufacturer RF Micro Devices finishes its fiscal year in buoyant mood thanks to a strong handset market and increased market share.
Wednesday 26th April 2006
Along with most of its rivals in the GaAs business, TriQuint Semiconductor is enjoying strong demand for its products and reaping the financial reward.
Wednesday 26th April 2006
Armed with $45 million from former venture backer Oak Investment, RF module specialist Endwave looks around for potential acquisition targets.
Monday 24th April 2006
Soon to be acquired by Microsemi, Advanced Power Technology begins construction of its SiC device fab.
Monday 24th April 2006
Strong demand for high-end cell-phones is allowing Anadigics to take some market share from its rivals in the power amplifier business.
Friday 21st April 2006
Cree CEO Chuck Swoboda says that unexpectedly high demand from mobile applications meant that the company's chip output was capacity-limited in its most recent quarter.
Thursday 20th April 2006
Japanese industrial giants Fujitsu and Mitsui establish a joint venture company to make quantum-dot lasers for optical telecommunication.
Thursday 20th April 2006
Strategy Analytics upgrades its 2006 forecast for cell-phone sales, and now expects 1 billion handsets to ship this year.