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Thursday 27th January 2005
Riber's MBE orders increase, Afonics wins multi-million dollar funding, and Sirenza points to the acquisition of ISG Broadband for a fall in quarterly profits.
Thursday 27th January 2005
Despite worries about the company's overall performance, JDS Uniphase's communications business, which includes III-V manufacturing, has grown 37% year-on-year.
Wednesday 26th January 2005
GaAs-based RF subsystem specialist Endwave expects to begin manufacturing low-power amplifiers for NATO aircraft next year.
Wednesday 26th January 2005
Despite RFMD's December quarter revenue falling 12.5% year-on-year, the company remains upbeat following the release of its next-generation products.
Tuesday 25th January 2005
Market research company IC Insights says that after a huge increase in 2004, cell phone sales growth will slow to only 5% this year.
Tuesday 25th January 2005
Infineon strikes a new $50 million deal with Finisar, but sheds 350 staff from sites in Berlin, Munich and Longmont.
Monday 24th January 2005
Skyworks cites the uptake of its LIPA W-CDMA modules, Helios EDGE radios and Pegasus multimedia systems for its record revenue.
Monday 24th January 2005
Agilent has acquired Wavics, a fabless Korean firm with a patented power amplifier technology that reduces battery power consumption and allows handsets to run cooler.
Friday 21st January 2005
Despite “losing” his high court battle with Nichia, Shuji Nakamura says that the lawsuit against his former employer will result in better deals for researchers at Japanese companies.
Friday 21st January 2005
UK-based component supplier Filtronic becomes RFMD’s top supplier of GaAs PHEMT switches.
Thursday 20th January 2005
LED maker Opto Diode completes its GaAlAs wafer fab, Celeritek shareholders cash in on sale of defense business, and Cyberlux donates GaN-based LED lamps to the tsunami relief effort.
Thursday 20th January 2005
Huaguang Optoelectronics in China is investing in processing equipment as it gets ready to double production of red lasers.
Thursday 20th January 2005
With no strong up turn in sight for the telecoms market, Bookham and nLight target a host of other applications for high-power lasers.
Friday 14th January 2005
A UK-Finland team unveils a high-power VECSEL which directly emits red wavelengths at room temperature.
Friday 14th January 2005
Despite posting a healthy profit in its most recent quarter, Cree says that weaker LED chip demand will see its revenue stay flat in the near term.
Thursday 13th January 2005
Oki Electric says it will begin shipping its GaN-based HEMTs for use in 3G wireless base stations in early 2006.
Thursday 13th January 2005
Fiber-optic subsystem manufacturer Finisar has hit out at Infineon after the German company’s decision to pull the plug on Finisar’s planned acquisition of its fiber-optic business.
Tuesday 11th January 2005
Shuji Nakamura and former employer Nichia finally come to a settlement over the invention of GaN-based blue LEDs, but Nakamura will receive much less compensation than previously expected.
Tuesday 11th January 2005
Nine months after agreeing to sell its fiber-optics business unit to Finisar, Infineon says that the $200 million deal is off.
Monday 10th January 2005
Wireless IC manufacturer SiGe Semiconductor has seen its revenue grow five-fold thanks to surging demand for its Wi-Fi power amplifiers.
Monday 10th January 2005
As three more companies join the Blu-ray bandwagon, Sony’s format looks to be first choice among developers of electronic games.
Friday 7th January 2005
Deep-UV LED manufacturer Sensor Electronic Technology looks to penetrate higher-volume markets with its AlInGaN devices.
Friday 7th January 2005
NEC says that it will deliver HD DVD drives in September 2005, while Warner Brothers will release the latest Batman film, due out this summer, on the new format.
Wednesday 5th January 2005
Japanese epiwafer supplier Sumika Electronic Materials bolsters the manufacturing lines at its Phoenix facility.