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Industry News

Wednesday 9th November 2005
Makers of high-brightness LEDs should develop more appropriate standards and learn a lesson from the slow market penetration of compact fluorescent lamps, claims a new report.
Tuesday 8th November 2005
Epitaxial equipment manufacturer Aixtron has reduced its sales guidance for this year by €10-20 million, blaming the lower revenue on a challenging industry environment.
Tuesday 8th November 2005
Skyworks predicts double-digit revenue growth for its RF and linear products, Kopin posts record sales, and Emcore sees revenue grow in all business sectors.
Tuesday 8th November 2005
Japanese chemicals giant Showa Denko makes a significant move into the LED business with plans to ramp production of GaN-based chips emitting in the green and near-ultraviolet.
Monday 7th November 2005
Thanks to lower operating expenses, tax breaks and a public offering of stock, InP chipmaker Bookham is improving its cash position markedly.
Friday 28th October 2005
After its initial public offering of stock in the summer, fabless GaAs device supplier Hittite Microwave posts a healthy profit on fast-rising sales.
Wednesday 26th October 2005
Taking advantage of a vibrant handset market, GaAs chipmaker RF Micro Devices looks set to move away from the competition as it enjoys record order levels.
Tuesday 25th October 2005
Material and chip supplier Cree makes over $100 million in quarterly revenue for the first time thanks to increasing shipments of white LEDs for use in cell phone backlights.
Tuesday 25th October 2005
After a quarter in which it sold its billionth cell-phone, Nokia raises its full-year forecast for global handset shipments to 780 million units.
Monday 24th October 2005
Posting a third-quarter net profit of $2.6 million on improving revenue, TriQuint expects to see business pick up strongly as its cell-phone power amplifiers gain more traction.
Monday 24th October 2005
Deposition equipment suppliers Veeco and Riber say that sales of their MBE and MOCVD tools are beginning to pick up.
Thursday 20th October 2005
AXT predicts steady growth in quarterly revenue and an improvement to its bottom line figure after addressing issues relating to the surface morphology of its substrates.
Tuesday 18th October 2005
Increasing interest in applications such as diode lasers for optical storage and image sensors for digital cameras and camera phones will fuel optoelectronic industry growth, says the OIDA.
Monday 17th October 2005
Oki Electric says that its latest GaN HEMTs on silicon substrates have closed the performance gap with their rivals fabricated on SiC.
Friday 14th October 2005
The world's leading mobile phone manufacturer sets up a joint venture with equipment and service provider China Putian to focus on 3G network solutions for the Chinese market.
Thursday 13th October 2005
Armed with $2.1 million from the UK government, a research collaboration led by the University of Essex is aiming to design and develop portable terahertz devices based on InP chips.
Thursday 13th October 2005
Philips-owned III-V foundry OMMIC has set up a "center of excellence" for MMIC research and design at Queen's University of Belfast in the UK.
Wednesday 12th October 2005
Skyworks says that it will miss its latest revenue target because of capacity constraints, while its rival RF Micro Devices will post higher-than-expected sales thanks to market share gains.
Wednesday 12th October 2005
In a move that could lead to more business for GaAs chip makers, Nokia says that the 450 MHz band is a viable frequency for low-cost GSM cell phones.
Wednesday 12th October 2005
Avanex signs a two-year supply deal with its key customer Alcatel, Bookham prices its latest public offering of stock, and Greg Olsen returns to Earth after 10 days in space.
Tuesday 11th October 2005
Early next year, Princeton Lightwave plans to launch products for quantum cryptography applications featuring its own avalanche photodetectors combined with world-leading technology licensed from IBM.
Monday 10th October 2005
US scientists have produced the first transistor laser delivering continuous wave operation at room temperature.
Friday 7th October 2005
RF Micro Devices plans an aggressive ramp of transmit module production, CyOptics closes another funding round, and University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers win funding to study hybrid organic-inorganic electronic devices.
Thursday 6th October 2005
Commercial production of the world's first Blu-ray Disc drives for notebook PCs will begin by March 2006, with products for desktop applications arriving even sooner.