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Tuesday 3rd August 2004
A "cell phone frenzy" means that unit sales of handsets are expected to reach 670 million this year, as Strategy Analytics revises up its initial forecast for 2004 by 14%.
Tuesday 3rd August 2004
Epistar expects a fall in shipments, Avanex points to acquisitions for a $124 million loss, Trikon shows signs of better days to come, and RF Micro Devices sells its billionth PA.
Tuesday 3rd August 2004
Taiwanese RFIC designer Gatax Technology will reportedly enter volume production of its first chip destined for third-generation cell phone handsets in the next few months.
Friday 30th July 2004
They might still be burning plenty of cash, but key fiber-optic component manufacturers Bookham and JDS Uniphase have cheered investors with a positive outlook for the sector.
Wednesday 28th July 2004
Increased LED sales at Cree have produced another record quarterly revenue, and a total profit for fiscal 2004 of $58 million.
Wednesday 28th July 2004
Despite the roll-out of third-generation wireless networks, analysis by ABI Research suggests trouble ahead for manufacturers of power amplifiers and RF power devices used in cellular base stations.
Tuesday 27th July 2004
Veeco witnesses increasing revenue and expanding markets, and Kopin contemplates the future of its LED division.
Tuesday 27th July 2004
The Japanese government plans to spend over $20 million in the next 5 years to develop medical equipment based on high-brightness LEDs.
Monday 26th July 2004
Despite its financial difficulties, Procomp is continuing to manufacture a variety of devices.
Monday 26th July 2004
RFIC maker Anadigics sees improved fab use and revenue, but continues to make a substantial loss.
Friday 23rd July 2004
The Oregon-based chipmaker benefits from strong sales to the wireless phone and infrastructure market, but the optical business remains "challenging".
Friday 23rd July 2004
Bookham sells JCA, Riber reports low sales, Sirenza substantially increases profits, Filtronic names Roulston as CEO, and Tegal gains nano-layer deposition patents.
Thursday 22nd July 2004
MBE system vendor Riber and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique set up a joint technology center to speed development of all types of nitride devices.
Thursday 22nd July 2004
Skyworks Solutions' record quarterly revenue helps the company amass a net profit of $13 million, with further rises predicted for the rest of the year.
Wednesday 21st July 2004
RFMD expects that its revenue for the September quarter will be broadly flat compared with the June quarter, but that handset unit shipments will increase in the last quarter of the year.
Wednesday 21st July 2004
Continued growth in cell phone handset sales combined with WLAN growth and the weakened US dollar to push the GaAs IC market to $2.86 billion in 2003, says a new report.
Tuesday 20th July 2004
Freescale's IPO raises $800 million less than expected, Emcore buys optics firm Corona, Avanex accesses internal funds, Celeritek reports flat semiconductor revenue, and Lumileds and Agilent team-up to produce mid-power LEDs.
Tuesday 20th July 2004
Increased demand for GaN-on-silicon wafers helps to drive Soitec to record-breaking revenue figures.
Monday 19th July 2004
The US Air Force awards semiconductor laser vendor Princeton Lightwave $1 million to develop a high-power laser source based on InP emitters.
Monday 19th July 2004
In a bid to accelerate the development of GaN-based electronic devices, Nitronex has become a vendor of GaN-on-silicon epiwafers.
Thursday 15th July 2004
Contaminated material used to produce Emcore's transceivers reduces revenue by $4 million.
Wednesday 14th July 2004
A collaboration between Soitec and ASM International has reduced defect levels in strained-silicon-on-insulator wafers by more than two orders of magnitude.
Tuesday 13th July 2004
Aixtron is collaborating with researchers in Belarus to develop silicon-based LED technology, while WIN Semiconductors forecasts a rise in GaAs wafer shipments.
Tuesday 13th July 2004
The pending litigation between rival high-brightness LED manufacturers Lumileds and Epistar relating to AlGaInP LEDs has been settled.