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Tuesday 4th March 2003
In the tough world of venture financing, Zia Laser has managed to win a second round of funding for its innovative laser technology.
Monday 3rd March 2003
In April, Sony plans to release a DVD recorder that utilizes a violet laser to store up to 23 GB of data.
Monday 3rd March 2003
Toyoda Gosei, a leading Japanese manufacturer of nitride-based LEDs, is to increase its capacity of LED chips to 150 million units per month by September 2003.
Monday 3rd March 2003
RFMD has demonstrated a packaged 28 W GaN power transistor with CW operation, and has sampled wideband (DCS/PCS/UMTS) GaN PAs to several infrastructure OEMs.
Thursday 27th February 2003
Iolon Inc., Intel Corporation, Bookham Technology and Santur Corporation have joined forces to form a multi-source agreement (MSA) for tunable lasers.
Tuesday 25th February 2003
Optical modulator manufacturer CyOptics has signaled its intention to give its customers access to a wider range of lower-cost components by acquiring the ability to automate the assembly and packaging of its products.
Friday 21st February 2003
Rimsa, a medical and industrial lighting manufacturer based in Italy, is using Lumileds Lighting's advanced LED technology to develop the world’s first surgical lamp with 100% cold light and a 50,000-hour life.
Friday 21st February 2003
National Central University (NCU), located in Chung-Li, Taiwan, has reported the successful operation of an electrically pumped violet laser diode.
Friday 21st February 2003
Hitachi Cable Ltd., a Japanese substrate and epiwafer manufacturer, plans to mass-produce gallium nitride substrates for blue laser diodes, according to a report in the Nikkei Business Daily.
Thursday 20th February 2003
The rivalry between RFMD and Skyworks Solutions has continued with further announcements that both companies are providing radio solutions for handsets that are compatible with GSM/GPRS processors.
Friday 14th February 2003
Kopin's III-V revenue fell by 43% sequentially in the December 2002 quarter, but on a more positive note the company's CyberLite LED has been qualified by a tier-one packaging customer based in Asia.
Friday 14th February 2003
TriQuint's revenue grew slightly in the December 2002 quarter, but the company took several charges and adjustments which contributed to a large loss.
Friday 14th February 2003
The 2003 Key Conference offers a complete overview of the strategic, business and market-related issues facing the compound semiconductor industry, in a compact 1.5-day format.
Thursday 13th February 2003
RFMD's Polaris Total Radio solution, a highly integrated quad-band transceiver and power amplifier module, can be combined with Intel's new PXA800F cellular processor for a total system solution for GSM/GPRS handsets.
Wednesday 12th February 2003
Another optical component manufacturer appears to have given up the fight against the continuing recession in the fiber industry.
Tuesday 11th February 2003
MicroChem has formed a joint venture in Japan, Tegal has been awarded two patents and OptoSpeed has signed a distribution agreement with Mitsui.
Tuesday 11th February 2003
Taiwanese foundry company WIN Semiconductors has formed a strategic alliance with ACCO, a design company with offices in Europe and the US.
Tuesday 11th February 2003
The market for high-brightness LEDs grew by 50% in 2002, reaching $1.8 billion, and Strategies Unlimited predicts continued growth in the next several years.
Monday 10th February 2003
SemiSouth Laboratories has received two DoD contracts to develop SiC-based RF transistors for radar systems, and high-current and high-voltage diodes for power switching.
Monday 10th February 2003
IC Insights predicts that the market for compound semiconductor ICs will grow at an annual rate of 22% through 2007, with SiGe gaining significant market share.
Friday 7th February 2003
Despite declining revenues, due to its photovoltaic product line, Emcore has reported a considerable drop in its net losses.
Friday 7th February 2003
Despite strengthening demand for wireless products, the weakness of the fiber market and the dollar against sterling have forced to IQE to adopt more cost-cutting measures.
Thursday 6th February 2003
AXT is hoping that manufacturing and process improvements in both substrates and LEDs will improve the competitive positioning of its products in 2003.