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Tuesday 14th October 2003
When Northlight Optronics acquired Ericsson's optoelectronics division back in January, we asked why, given the all-round grim trading outlook at the time, anyone would want to invest in the fiber-optic components business.
Monday 13th October 2003
Lumileds Lighting has unveiled a new high-power LED that generates a typical light output of 65 lumens from a single emitter at 700 mA, or 80 lumens when driven at 1 A.
Monday 13th October 2003
Japanese device manufacturer Rohm plans to begin shipping silicon carbide Schottky barrier diodes next spring.
Friday 10th October 2003
The North American Molecular Beam Epitaxy (NAMBE) organization has presented the first-ever MBE Innovator Award to David Miller at its recent annual meeting.
Friday 10th October 2003
A cause of concern surrounding Cree’s business has been removed as Eric Hunter drops his fraud charges against the company.
Thursday 9th October 2003
Emcore has made another acquisition to plug a gap in its optical communications product portfolio, this time taking over Molex’s 10 Gigabit Ethernet business.
Wednesday 8th October 2003
II-VI Incorporated and SemiSouth Laboratories are combining their efforts to develop merchant SiC epiwafer technology.
Tuesday 7th October 2003
Alfalight, a manufacturer of high-power laser diodes based in Madison, WI, has been awarded $3.9 million in R&D funding from DARPA under its Super High Efficiency Diode Source (SHEDS) program.
Monday 6th October 2003
Nichia has been granted an injunction order against its Taiwanese rival, Epistar, that will prevent Epistar from making, selling, using, importing and marketing products that allegedly infringe on Nichia’s patent.
Monday 6th October 2003
Motorola has announced plans to separate its semiconductor operations into a publicly traded company, reflecting its intention to increase its focus on communications and integrated electronic systems.
Friday 3rd October 2003
After months of speculation over the fate of MBE equipment supplier Thermo VG Semicon, the company’s acquisition by Oxford Instruments has finally been announced.
Friday 3rd October 2003
Two new companies have recently emerged from the bankrupt Swiss fiber-optic components supplier OptoSpeed.
Thursday 2nd October 2003
Toshiba Corporation has announced the development of a GaN-based blue-violet laser with an optical output power of 200 mW and the lowest noise characteristics ever attained.
Wednesday 1st October 2003
Nitronex has collaborated with Rockwell Collins to demonstrate a 120 W GaN transistor, and has also been awarded a US patent relating to the growth of GaN on silicon.
Wednesday 1st October 2003
Osram has expanded its supply contract with Cree as the companies’ relationship enters its seventh year.
Wednesday 1st October 2003
IBM continues to find new ways to push Si microelectronics to new performance levels, this time releasing details of a process that could lead to SiGe BiCMOS devices on thin SOI.
Monday 29th September 2003
Component and sub-system supplier Celeritek is exiting the wireless handset power-amplifier business, and will focus on GaAs-based subsystems for the defense market and standard GaAs semiconductors for the defense and communications markets.
Friday 26th September 2003
TriQuint Optoelectronics has consolidated the former Agere’s manufacturing operations and is now strengthening its portfolio of integrated optical modules.
Friday 26th September 2003
Multiplex, a manufacturer of fiber-optic components and subsystems, is trying to find a use for its extensive epitaxial growth and device manufacturing capabilities by offering custom compound semiconductor foundry services.
Thursday 25th September 2003
Bookham Technology is continuing to occupy center stage in the ongoing consolidation of the fiber-optic components industry. Meanwhile, Marconi has sold its 6.3 percent stake in Bookham.
Thursday 25th September 2003
The proliferation of wireless LANs is good news for GaAs IC manufacturers.
Thursday 25th September 2003
After reaching patent settlements with several of its main competitors, Nichia is now taking the fight for its intellectual property rights to Taiwan.
Wednesday 24th September 2003
Aeronex will stop manufacturing ammonia and hydride purifiers covered by patents involved in litigation with SAES Getters.
Wednesday 24th September 2003
ST Microelectronics has made further progress with its light-emitting silicon devices, and expects to have a commercial, all-silicon optocoupler product within six months.