Leading IT companies Intel and Microsoft are now backing the Toshiba-led HD DVD Promotion Group, while a Toshiba-Samsung joint-venture company releases the first slim HD DVD read drive for notebook PCs.
JDSU's higher-power 980 nm pump lasers get qualified for submarine applications, Skyworks looks to extend its power amplifier applications base in a deal with Motorola, Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials develops a novel, less-toxic precursor for germanium epitaxy, and RF Micro Devices ships its 10 millionth Polaris transceiver.
A deposition technology developed at Arizona State University allows low-temperature fabrication of low-defect, germanium-rich layers of SiGe, and should help the development of quantum-dot optoelectronics.
Tegal shareholders approve a re-financing deal, RF Nitro Communications founder Joseph Smart joins the Crystal IS executive team, Bookham raises more cash, and Nokia says that it is going to sell more phones than previously expected.
Cree has opened an innovation center for packaged LED lighting components in Hong Kong, Bookham is to make a public offering of up to 9.2 million shares in common stock, and the Nasdaq exchange tells Avanex that it will be de-listed unless its share price moves above the $1 figure.