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Tuesday 13th December 2005
Reports in the Taiwanese press say that the former chairwoman of GaAs foundry Procomp Informatics is starting a 14-year jail term for embezzlement and misleading shareholders.
Monday 12th December 2005
Kingbright will be using white LEDs in it lamps and displays after receiving a license from US chip maker Cree.
Friday 9th December 2005
Aixtron starts to develop AlGaN material for UV detectors, Intel and QinetiQ target high-speed computing with InSb transistors, and Research and Markets claims that LEDs will significantly impact solid state lighting from 2007.
Friday 9th December 2005
US-based Spire Corporation has been awarded $750,000 to build a terahertz imager that can expose hidden weapons and explosives.
Wednesday 7th December 2005
The chip fabrication operation previously belonging to Northlight Optronics begins a new life as a foundry called Svedice.
Tuesday 6th December 2005
Synova's laser system is being used to dice production wafers by one of the world's leading GaAs chip makers.
Tuesday 6th December 2005
Another company looks set to move into large-diameter SiC substrate production, thanks to more funding from the US military.
Monday 5th December 2005
North Carolina State University spin-out HexaTech has received $9 million to advance its AlN substrates.
Thursday 1st December 2005
Leading high-brightness LED manufacturer Osram says that structural improvements to its thin-film chips mean that more light is emitted by red, orange and yellow devices.
Thursday 1st December 2005
Following its sale to a private equity group, the semiconductor products group previously belonging to Agilent is relaunched as "Avago Technologies".
Wednesday 30th November 2005
Ultra-bright LEDs are highlighted as a key part of the Japanese chemicals giant's plans to grow its future business.
Tuesday 29th November 2005
UK-based equipment supplier Oxford Instruments has signed a deal giving it access to nearly 300 of ASM International's patents relating to atomic layer deposition.
Tuesday 29th November 2005
While there are now more than 100 companies selling HB-LEDs at different levels of the supply chain, there is still room for innovative new entrants.
Friday 25th November 2005
Nokia looks to China for future opportunities, the Semiconductor Industry Association expects strong growth in optoelectronics, and RF Micro Devices ships Polaris 2 to Motorola.
Thursday 24th November 2005
According to a new report, the market for long-haul optical communications equipment is enjoying a resurgence..
Tuesday 22nd November 2005
Researchers boost the output of blue LEDs by using laser holography to create an array of air holes within the device.
Tuesday 22nd November 2005
Japanese scientists say that they can build white LEDs on SiC substrates emitting 130 lm/W.
Friday 18th November 2005
Firecomms has released a transceiver for plastic optical fiber in-car networks that combines a resonant cavity LED transmitter with a CMOS receiver.
Friday 18th November 2005
Skyworks ramps production of its two-chip RF solution, Microsemi acquires a company working on wide-bandgap transistors, and Optical Communication Products posts a profit.
Tuesday 15th November 2005
Osram licenses its white LED technology to Lednium, MGM Studios prepares to launch films in Blu-ray format, Silicon Labs releases a CMOS power amplifier for cellular applications, and Loea selects Endwave for the production of transmit and receive modules for its gigabit-per-second radio.
Tuesday 15th November 2005
Nine months after revealing plans to set up a joint venture company to make LEDs, Kopin says that KoBrite is ready to begin mass production.
Monday 14th November 2005
Hydro-Photon has dramatically increased its water treatment rates by incorporating more powerful UV LEDs into its water purification chamber.
Friday 11th November 2005
Lumileds Lighting has filed a complaint against Epistar and United Epitaxy Company, citing a patent concerning AlGaInP devices which the three companies have spent much of the past decade wrangling over.
Friday 11th November 2005
In a move that is set to boost its annual revenue by $2 million, Emcore has acquired the Pasadena-based fiber-optic gyroscope company Phasebridge.