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Industry News

Thursday 12th May 2005
Taiwan's red-laser alternative to the Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD formats attracts the interest of a US firm preparing to go global.
Wednesday 11th May 2005
As the Blu-ray Disc and high-definition DVD industry camps step up their bids to attract Hollywood's movie studios to their formats, Toshiba says that no deal on a unified next-generation standard has been agreed.
Tuesday 10th May 2005
With a production order for GSM/GPRS power amplifiers from number-three handset vendor Samsung in the bag, Anadigics claims that it is leading the move towards PHEMT and HBT integration on the same die.
Monday 9th May 2005
Market analyst company Frost & Sullivan says that RF semiconductor manufacturers must develop scalable solutions to cope with faster design cycles of cellphone handsets.
Thursday 5th May 2005
Reporting an improving financial picture, component maker Emcore has decided to spin off a new company - Velox Semiconductor - to commercialize its GaN power device technology.
Thursday 5th May 2005
Buoyed by an increase in orders from Nortel, Bookham says that sales will increase strongly over the next few months but its cash reserves continue to decline.
Tuesday 3rd May 2005
Osram Opto Semiconductors, the German LED manufacturer, has commenced legal action against a Japanese rival, Citizen Electronics Co., Ltd., at Dusseldorf Regional Court.
Tuesday 3rd May 2005
As it announces further reductions in manufacturing facilities and headcount, leading fiber-optic component supplier JDS Uniphase witnesses "strong demand" in the optical communications sector.
Friday 29th April 2005
Following the recent spin-off of its LED manufacturing activities, HBT epiwafer supplier Kopin reports a net profit.
Friday 29th April 2005
Chuck Swoboda takes over as Cree chairman, while Jo Major follows suit at Avanex and Don Tatzin resigns from the AXT board of directors.
Thursday 28th April 2005
Anticipating a resurgent cellphone handset market in the second half of this year, Skyworks details how it plans to improve margins and increase its dollar content per phone.
Wednesday 27th April 2005
Despite an 8% drop in revenue year-on-year, leading GaAs power amplifier supplier RF Micro Devices believes that it will benefit from healthy growth of the handset market as consumers transition to high-end phones.
Tuesday 26th April 2005
Opto chip manufacturer Avanex is to slash its workforce in France by around 60% in the key part of its cost-cutting program.
Monday 25th April 2005
Sony and Toshiba are reportedly deep in talks, planning a hybrid version of the next-generation DVD standard, while one of the camps has developed a new disc mastering process that uses a 375 nm diode laser.
Monday 25th April 2005
The Telecommunications Industry Association says that the market for WiMAX infrastructure in the US will grow dramatically to reach $290 million in 2008.
Friday 22nd April 2005
Alphion and Intense register substantial new investment, and nLight appoints a VP of manufacturing operations.
Thursday 21st April 2005
The market leader in cellphone handsets now says that 740 million units will sell in 2005, up from a previous estimate of 705 million.
Wednesday 20th April 2005
AXT’s decommissioning of its Fremont facilities contributes to a $4.1 million quarterly loss, and Sirenza points to customer order deferrals for its disappointing sales figures.
Tuesday 19th April 2005
Chip manufacturer Oki Electric says that it has plans to develop its highly-efficient GaAs MESFET, which is about to enter volume shipping for 3G base stations, for WiMAX applications.
Monday 18th April 2005
As it lands involvement in two NASA contracts for solar cell development, Emcore says that it will consolidate its photovoltaics operations into a single, highly-automated facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Monday 18th April 2005
With Raytheon and Cree finally confirming their involvement in DARPA's wide-bandgap semiconductors for RF applications effort, the DARPA program manager outlines some of the challenges facing the companies involved on the three-track program.
Friday 15th April 2005
With an output of 10 W in the 2 GHz region, Cree's GaN amplifier operates with 84 percent power-added efficiency.
Friday 15th April 2005
CyOptics becomes a "top-five" supplier of InP-based optoelectronics through its acquisition of TriQuint's InP chip manufacturing business.
Friday 15th April 2005
Despite a slight fall in revenue, Cree says that a shift in its product mix has improved its gross margin.