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Industry News

Monday 20th November 2006
Replacing fluorescent tubes with LEDs in its refrigerator display lights throughout 500 US stores is expected to shave $2.6 million off the retailer's annual electricity bill.
Thursday 16th November 2006
BinOptics has raised $6 million to increase the production capacity of its telecom and datacom lasers that feature etched-facet technology.
Tuesday 14th November 2006
Toshiba has built a GaN FET for radar and satellite communication applications that delivers a record breaking output of 81 W at 9.5 GHz.
Tuesday 14th November 2006
Bandwidth Semiconductor has purchased several MOCVD reactors from Veeco to fulfill an order for VCSEL epiwafers for TV applications.
Tuesday 14th November 2006
Velox Semiconductor and STMicroelectronics have joined forces to develop, launch and market high-voltage GaN Schottky diodes.
Tuesday 14th November 2006
Nichia has developed LEDs with indium tin oxide contacts that can deliver an efficacy of 138 lm/W and an output of 402 lumens at 2A.
Monday 13th November 2006
Cree signs a global distribution agreement with Arrow Electronics, Samsung releases an LED-based monitor offering very high quality color reproduction, Bede ships an X-ray tool for SiGe analysis, and ION-TOF launches a high-throughput secondary ion mass spectrometer.
Friday 10th November 2006
The GaAs foundry company is hoping to break into the silicon-dominated Bluetooth power amplifier market with a product designed to work over long distances and at a high data rate.
Thursday 9th November 2006
The Taiwanese epiwafer maker orders three large MOCVD reactors from Aixtron.
Wednesday 8th November 2006
Sharp, the world's largest manufacturer of conventional solar cells, is to begin shipping GaAs-based concentrator photovoltaic systems for terrestrial electricity generation next year.
Tuesday 7th November 2006
The first financial quarter of fiscal 2007 brings no respite for Bookham, although it is getting a lot more business from key networking equipment vendor Cisco Systems.
Tuesday 7th November 2006
French firm Sofradir wins permission to build a new factory near Grenoble where it will double its production of infrared detectors based on mercury cadmium telluride.
Tuesday 7th November 2006
Technical focus sessions include the current hot topics of III-V photovoltaics, SiC power electronics, the convergence of GaAs and silicon processes, and new approaches to nitride device and materials development.
Monday 6th November 2006
In a bid to cut costs, RFIC manufacturer WJ Communications is to close its Fremont, CA, GaAs fab and sell off its chip manufacturing equipment.
Thursday 2nd November 2006
Much like its rival equipment vendor Veeco Instruments, Aixtron is enjoying a very strong upturn in orders for compound semiconductor manufacturing equipment.
Wednesday 1st November 2006
New "split band" semiconductors based on ZnMnTe alloys could deliver multi-junction solar cell performance.
Wednesday 1st November 2006
Laser chip and avalanche photodiode manufacturer Opnext looks to raise funds on the US stock market.
Tuesday 31st October 2006
The substrate maker's revenue is growing strongly, but AXT management warns that the company could be hit by new tax laws in China affecting purchases of raw gallium and arsenic.
Monday 30th October 2006
German chip manufacturer Osram Opto Semiconductors showcases the potential of its high-brightness LEDs in some key emerging applications - forward lighting in automobiles and backlighting of large-area displays.
Friday 27th October 2006
Thanks to a booming market and a raft of new products, fabless chip designer Hittite Microwave has more than doubled its quarterly profit over last year's figure.
Thursday 26th October 2006
The US-headquartered LED manufacturer says that its new side-emitting chips will be ramped into volume production before the end of this year.
Thursday 26th October 2006
The GaAs chip maker feels the benefit of the hot market for advanced cell phones as revenue rises for the sixth successive quarter.
Wednesday 25th October 2006
GaAs chip manufacturer RF Micro Devices remains on course for a billion-dollar fiscal year as revenue hits a new high.
Tuesday 24th October 2006
Cree's profit slips - despite a huge increase in unit shipments of LEDs; optical communications module vendor Optium seeks to raise nearly $70 million in its initial public offering; and Formosa Epitaxy buys three new gas purifiers from Johnson Matthey.