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Friday 9th July 2004
Engineering firm Teledyne Technologies plans to acquire Celeritek's defense electronics business for $33.0 million in cash.
Friday 9th July 2004
China looks to develop its semiconductor lighting industry, ATMI sells its fab plant cleaning business, Strategy Analytics predicts an increase in GaAs substrate sales, and APA Optics continues to run at a loss.
Friday 9th July 2004
Japanese firm Oki Electric achieves a data transmission rate of 160Gbit/s over a 640km link.
Thursday 8th July 2004
A US start-up reveals a surface-emitting prototype that promises cheaper, more powerful laser-diode arrays.
Tuesday 6th July 2004
Two French companies, Thales and Alcatel, are to form a joint research laboratory to develop optoelectronic and microelectronic III-V technologies.
Tuesday 6th July 2004
Germany-based equipment manufacturer Aixtron plans to merge with US company Genus, a supplier of atomic layer deposition technology.
Thursday 1st July 2004
The UV detector manufacturer is to stop making standard GaN and AlGaN devices and has begun phasing out its North American packaging operation.
Thursday 1st July 2004
Arima increases and diversifies LED production capacity, Kamelian enters into receivership, and Honeywell increases the price of sapphire wafers.
Wednesday 30th June 2004
The Procomp scandal will have a negative impact on investment in other Taiwan-based III-V operations, according to some in the industry.
Wednesday 30th June 2004
Matsushita Electric, better known for its Panasonic brand products, has joined a handful of companies producing next-generation Blu-ray/DVD recorders.
Tuesday 29th June 2004
The UK-based chipmaker focuses on industrial applications of the high-power diode lasers it makes at its Zurich manufacturing facility.
Tuesday 29th June 2004
After disposing of its GaAs and GaN activities, ATMI has now sold its silicon and SiGe epitaxy business to International Rectifier, one of its leading customers for these services.
Monday 28th June 2004
LED maker Lumileds partners with Marubeni Corporation to market its chips in Japan, Bookham Technology sets out plans to switch its corporate home from the UK to the US, and MetroPhotonics loses its CEO.
Monday 28th June 2004
Spire has received $99,000 in funding to develop a terahertz laser source, which may have applications including medical diagnostics and defense.
Wednesday 23rd June 2004
IBM Research has developed a high-speed germanium-on-insulator photodetector that could boost the speed of optical interconnects.
Wednesday 23rd June 2004
Injunctions are back on the agenda as Nichia returns to the Tokyo District Court, this time with the Japanese affiliates of Epistar and Everlight in its sights.
Tuesday 22nd June 2004
AXT is cutting staff at its US manufacturing plant as it continues to focus its efforts on China; Riber has reduced its financial forecast for 2004 while remaining upbeat about 2005.
Tuesday 22nd June 2004
Aixtron and partners have received funding for a program to support the development of MOCVD-related technologies in China.
Monday 21st June 2004
Modulight is to supply laser diodes for satellite communications, Comlase has received additional funding and Freescale has unveiled the plans for its IPO.
Monday 21st June 2004
The Lighting Research Center and Evident Technologies are working to develop improved white LEDs using quantum dot nanomaterials.
Thursday 17th June 2004
Struggling Taiwanese compound semiconductor manufacturer Procomp has requested court receivership after an unsuccesful share sale.
Wednesday 16th June 2004
A collaboration between MCI, Ciena and Mintera demonstrates "plug and play" capability at 40Gbps using MCI's existing 1200km link.
Wednesday 16th June 2004
Anadigics has received a US patent on an active clamping circuit that protects GSM PAs operating under extreme conditions.
Tuesday 15th June 2004
Cree raies its financial outlook for June quarter, Emcore links up with a distributor in China, and Xemics licenses Skyworks' Bluetooth technology.