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Wednesday 25th January 2006
Not content with posting record revenue and a massive improvement in net profit, RF Micro Devices sets about improving margins further by bringing GaAs PHEMT manufacturing in-house.
Wednesday 25th January 2006
The first customer equipment for fixed WiMAX access to be approved by the WiMAX Forum will feature InGaP HBT amplifiers supplied by Sirenza Microdevices.
Tuesday 24th January 2006
Intrinsic has licensed an advanced polishing process from Penn State Electro-Optics Center that reduces scratches and dislocations in SiC substrates.
Tuesday 24th January 2006
A raft of semiconductor laser manufacturers reveal their latest achievements at day one of this year's Photonics West event in San Jose, US.
Monday 23rd January 2006
China's future 3G mobile network will use the home-grown TD-SCDMA standard co-developed by Siemens.
Monday 23rd January 2006
Optical Communication Products is to shut down its Colorado facility, the former Cielo business that specialized in long-wavelength VCSELs based on dilute nitride structures.
Friday 20th January 2006
Cree is promoting the switch to solid state lighting through increased sales of its XLamps.
Tuesday 17th January 2006
GaN-on-silicon specialist Picogiga is on track to double sales revenue compared with last year.
Tuesday 17th January 2006
Epiwafer supplier Kopin has begun volume production of HBT material based on its advanced GaAsInN structure.
Monday 16th January 2006
With a guaranteed $72 million in sales to Nortel for 2006, optical component maker Bookham pays off some debts and issues millions of new shares.
Friday 13th January 2006
Continuing its recent expansion across the supply chain, Emcore buys out the fabless InP laser designer K2 Optronics in a deal valued at $4.8 million.
Thursday 12th January 2006
Boeing is to build three huge communications satellites, all of which will be powered by triple-junction GaAs solar cells.
Wednesday 11th January 2006
Cree's power LED lamps will be used by high-profile lighting designer Space Cannon at the Turin Winter Olympics taking place next month.
Wednesday 11th January 2006
A number of new liquid-crystal and rear-projection televisions from Samsung feature LED backlights as the technology begins to gain a foothold in high-end consumer electronics.
Monday 9th January 2006
Improvements to an InP substrate removal process under a military development contract should also benefit commercial and medical applications of Goodrich's InGaAs photodiodes.
Friday 6th January 2006
Volume manufacture of GaN-based blue lasers is set to kick off at last as Sony reveals its plans for launching Blu-ray technology – again.
Friday 6th January 2006
Operational problems hit the optical component manufacturer's revenue figures hard and further depress its stock value.
Thursday 5th January 2006
German firms CGS and Photonic Sense have produced a germanium crystal with a record diameter, Firecomms has opened offices in North America and Asia, and Veeco, Finisar, and Hittite have made changes at the board level.
Tuesday 3rd January 2006
HP, one of the Blu-ray Disc Association's key members, has joined the rival high-definition DVD group led by Toshiba.
Monday 19th December 2005
NASA funds the development of photovoltaics at Structured Materials, RFMD decides to expand its Chinese assembly plant, and Hittite appoints its current president and CEO as chairman of the Board of Directors.
Monday 19th December 2005
The high efficiency of Emcore's GaAs-based solar cells and a current shortage of the polysilicon used in more conventional solar panel designs will create a market opportunity for the US company next year, say analysts.
Wednesday 14th December 2005
Lumileds Lighting's complaint of patent violation by Taiwanese companies will be investigated by the US International Trade Commission.
Wednesday 14th December 2005
Photonics 21 was launched this month in Brussels as the latest in a series of European technology platforms.
Tuesday 13th December 2005
The IEEE has finally approved the 802.16e broadband wireless access protocol better known by some as mobile WiMAX.