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Tuesday 7th June 2005
Nichia and Korea's Luxpia settle a lawsuit, JDS Uniphase acquires a small company specializing in remote photonic power delivery systems, and Aixtron sets up a European division.
Tuesday 7th June 2005
Consolidation arrives in the wireless handset sector, as the Taiwanese firm BenQ looks to acquire Siemens' entire mobile phone business.
Monday 6th June 2005
Celeritek shareholders approve the plan to liquidate the company, which includes the sale of most of its remaining assets to Texas-based Mimix Broadband.
Monday 6th June 2005
Agilent Technologies' laser navigation sensor technology is available to computer mouse manufacturers throughout the world now that an exclusive agreement with Logitech has expired.
Friday 3rd June 2005
Researchers at Toshiba Research Europe make a single photon source by growing tiny pillars of InAs on a GaAs substrate.
Friday 3rd June 2005
RF and LED chip manufacturer Cree is to shut its loss-making silicon RF and microwave unit and concentrate on SiC and GaN technology instead.
Thursday 2nd June 2005
III-V foundry company Global Communication Semiconductors appoints a new CEO, Cree bags a defense contract worth over $12 million, Avanex gets a new VP of optical components, and Lumileds wins an award for its display technology.
Tuesday 31st May 2005
As JDS Uniphase narrows its business focus, Emcore acquires the company's analog cable TV and RF-over-fiber units for $1.5 million.
Friday 27th May 2005
Cree has signed a deal to sell $200 million of LED chips during its next financial year to Japanese distributor Sumitomo Corporation.
Thursday 26th May 2005
Sunnyvale start-up Infinera says that its InP-based photonic integrated circuits will be deployed in a live network by communications operator Level 3 this year.
Thursday 26th May 2005
Despite many firms increasing their forecasts for cell phone sales this year, the market in western Europe has gone into reverse, says Strategy Analytics.
Thursday 26th May 2005
Surface Technology Systems establishes a Singapore office, Jazz Semiconductor wins an award for SiGe processes, and TriQuint appoints a new chief financial officer.
Wednesday 25th May 2005
UK-based market analyst Gartner is the latest to raise its forecast for cell phone handset sales in 2005, but uncertainty over the future of Siemens' handset division sees its market share plunge.
Wednesday 25th May 2005
Malaysian LED manufacturer is confident of making a big impact in the global LED market after being cleared of infringing Osram patents.
Tuesday 24th May 2005
Osram reveals the largest LED backlight ever built for an LCD display, while Cree announces brighter chips and plans to launch a commercial backlighting system for computer monitors and televisions by the end of this year.
Tuesday 24th May 2005
Simplified and more efficient white LEDs could result from replacing external color-converting phosphors with CdSe-based nanocrystals that are incorporated directly into the p-n junction.
Tuesday 24th May 2005
Market analyst Wicht Technologie Consulting says that by 2009 the SiC device market, which will target applications such as power supplies and electric motors, will be worth $53 million.
Thursday 19th May 2005
Agilent's semiconductor division witnesses a drop in revenue, but company officials expect a modest rebound with strengthening orders for some of its product lines.
Thursday 19th May 2005
Cree has agreed license deals with several chip customers, while Nichia plans to step up its own patent enforcement.
Thursday 19th May 2005
Anadigics says that it has extended its relationship with Samsung to supply power amplifier modules for one of the Korean cellphone maker's 3G handsets.
Tuesday 17th May 2005
A four-year study into the future of optical communications concludes that the convergence of electronics and photonics will have massive implications for the III-V manufacturing industry.
Friday 13th May 2005
Deposition equipment vendor Aixtron says that low capital equipment spending impacted its sales in the first quarter of 2005.
Friday 13th May 2005
InP chip manufacturer CyOptics has rounded up another $24 million in finance and completed its acquisition of TriQuint's optoelectronics business.
Thursday 12th May 2005
The pioneering satellite communications company Telesat has placed an order for consumer terminals that use GaAs MMIC technology to provide broadband access services.