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Industry News

Tuesday 24th October 2006
The past few quarters have witnessed a dramatic increase in orders for epitaxy equipment at Veeco Instruments, mostly driven by demand from customers in the Asia-Pacific region for the latest MOCVD kit.
Monday 23rd October 2006
LED manufacturer Luminus Devices hooks up with Texas Instruments to offer television makers a new, brighter chipset for microdisplay projection systems.
Thursday 19th October 2006
The Finnish wireless handset and network builder consolidates its market-leading position as the mobile industry grows by more than 20 percent in terms of unit sales.
Wednesday 18th October 2006
The UK-based epiwafer foundry feels the benefit of an increasing move to outsourcing the epitaxy stage of the chip manufacturing process.
Wednesday 18th October 2006
The Sunnyvale LED maker responds to Cree's accusations of patent infringement with its own lawsuit, alleging similar claims.
Wednesday 18th October 2006
The UK's Ministry of Defence says that GaN-based electronics development will be a key part of its new technology strategy.
Tuesday 17th October 2006
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued its first reference compound semiconductor alloy - a small square of AlGaAs.
Monday 16th October 2006
Engineers at III-V materials innovator Technologies and Devices International (TDI) claim to have developed the first hydride vapor phase epitaxy process suitable for depositing nanometer-scale layers of quantum wells.
Monday 16th October 2006
Seoul Optodevice Co. and Sensor Electronic Technology develop brighter, more reliable ultraviolet LEDs, photonic component manufacturer Binoptics hires a new executive in charge of business development, and a Hokkaido University spin-out develops a new laser dicing system to improve LED yield from sapphire wafers.
Friday 13th October 2006
German laser chip manufacturer Lumics has released a fiber-coupled module that features a 6.5 W single-emitter.
Wednesday 11th October 2006
Visual Photonics Epitaxy places an order for two large MOCVD reactors.
Tuesday 10th October 2006
Cree's new super-bright LEDs produce a record output that puts them on a par with fluorescent sources, Irish photonic device developer Firecomms scores a deal with broadband equipment provider Netopia, and a young Bell Labs scientist working on GaN scoops two awards.
Tuesday 10th October 2006
Ten years after previous owners Honeywell began commercial production, Finisar ships its 50 millionth VCSEL.
Tuesday 10th October 2006
A cross-disciplinary UK consortium wins funding to develop a laser detection system that could be used to discover hidden fields of oil and natural gas.
Tuesday 10th October 2006
The GaN-on-silicon transistor specialist expects to see an immediate impact on sales as it releases the first three members of a family of products for WiMAX applications.
Monday 9th October 2006
Fabless Texan GaAs chip developer Mimix Broadband introduces four new transmitter designs aimed at point-to-point radio and satellite communications.
Friday 6th October 2006
In a bid to reduce over-consumption of crude oil from overseas, the US Department of Energy commits $5 million for seven research projects focused on solid-state lighting technology.
Thursday 5th October 2006
Aixtron receives an order from SemiLEDs, the company that makes novel light emitters based on a copper alloy substrate.
Wednesday 4th October 2006
Worries over Emcore's share of a solar energy contract are dismissed, Mitsubishi begins sampling a new WiMAX amplifier, Cascade licenses Bell Labs' quantum cascade laser technology, and RF Micro Devices ranks seventh in a new list of the world's largest RF and baseband semiconductor suppliers.
Tuesday 3rd October 2006
Strategies Unlimited says that the market for AlN and GaN substrates will be worth nearly half a billion dollars by the end of the current decade.
Tuesday 3rd October 2006
Leading GaAs-based power amplifier manufacturer Skyworks Solutions dumps its non-GaAs baseband business in a move that should provide a major boost in profitability.
Tuesday 3rd October 2006
Register now for Key Conference 2006 in San Antonio, TX, which features 24 top-level invited speakers covering the hot topics in compound semiconductors - solar cells, SiC power semiconductors, nitride materials and more.
Friday 29th September 2006
Optoelectronic module vendor Lite-On signs an agreement with Cree that should help the two companies to penetrate the emerging laptop display backlighting market.
Friday 29th September 2006
Three goes into one as GaN epiwafer and LED manufacturers Epitech and Highlink agree to merge with Epistar - subject to shareholder and regulatory approval.