The second phase of a pan-European project led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid-State Physics should result in volume GaN production for wireless infrastructure applications at United Monolithic Semiconductors by 2009.
The annual market for wireless LAN power amplifiers in handsets is projected to hit 400 million units by 2010, and Nanoradio is hoping to grab itself a big chunk, using SiGe technology from Jazz Semiconductor that has “done away with the GaAs”.
Japan remains the home of the blue laser as manufacturing ramps up, and will reap the benefits of a surprising upward average price trend. Taiwan also looks set to gain from the predictions in Strategy Analytics' 5-year forecast.
Competition in the compound semiconductor solar cell sector is cranking up, with Taiwanese GaAs fab WIN Semiconductors ordering a production tool from Aixtron, and Spanish company Isofoton rumored to be investing heavily in similar equipment.
Government dignitaries help mark the start of construction of the GaAs chip makerâ€™s new facility, reflecting its national significance â€“ while Johnson Matthey hopes to reap the rewards of the many more such fabs that it expects will follow.
LED lighting for automotive applications gets a boost with new AlInGaP-based packages from Avago, and Osram says it is sampling its improved five-chip LED for use in headlamps â€“ although volume production remains 18 months away.