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Tuesday 10th July 2007
Competition in the compound semiconductor solar cell sector is cranking up, with Taiwanese GaAs fab WIN Semiconductors ordering a production tool from Aixtron, and Spanish company Isofoton rumored to be investing heavily in similar equipment.
Tuesday 10th July 2007
Government dignitaries help mark the start of construction of the GaAs chip maker’s new facility, reflecting its national significance – while Johnson Matthey hopes to reap the rewards of the many more such fabs that it expects will follow.
Tuesday 10th July 2007
Quantum dot devices from an inter-university collaboration provide a means of creating practical blue light for photon counting.
Friday 6th July 2007
LED lighting for automotive applications gets a boost with new AlInGaP-based packages from Avago, and Osram says it is sampling its improved five-chip LED for use in headlamps – although volume production remains 18 months away.
Wednesday 4th July 2007
Following its management-assisted exit from under the Philips umbrella, III-V foundry Ommic sets about establishing itself as the focal point for high-value device manufacturing in Europe.
Tuesday 3rd July 2007
Laboratory chips from the German company lead the way in the green wavelengths, whilst red devices reach higher levels of output and efficiency.
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Tuesday 3rd July 2007
A UK-based wafer bonding company is helping Asian chip makers with the manufacturing challenges posed by combining different material types.
Tuesday 3rd July 2007
Arima Optoelectronics buys another Aixtron MOCVD system; Bridgelux changes CEO; Skyworks power amp included in iPhone.
Monday 2nd July 2007
A single and multi-junction GaAs solar spin-out launches on the back of academics' distinctive quantum well structures and concerns over nuclear power.
Friday 29th June 2007
High-performance GaAs technology developed by Iain Thayne's research group at the University of Glasgow is to be commercialized through spin-off company XanIC.
Thursday 28th June 2007
The North Carolina chip maker says it is first to offer volume production of white LEDs with a minimum 100 lm flux at a 350 mA drive current.
Wednesday 27th June 2007
After overcoming its blue laser problems, the Japanese giant is confident that its newest console will match the 115 million units sold by the Playstation 2.
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Wednesday 27th June 2007
The arrival of a seasoned silicon IC campaigner marks a new era of high volume production at the Swedish wafer maker.
Tuesday 26th June 2007
A non-profit pilot project is using LEDs and CIGS solar cells to provide light in remote communities, and hoping to extend the concept to other electronic devices.
Tuesday 26th June 2007
Aixtron customer qualifies LEDs in two weeks; Semprius gets business grant; Sales partner bags German deal for Infinera; JDSU signs a supply agreement including diode lasers.
Tuesday 26th June 2007
Losing its supply deal with RF Micro Devices will put a £10 million dent in Filtronic's fiscal 2008 sales, but new customers in the pipeline and a broader market focus mean that the business can still become profitable, according to one analyst.
Monday 25th June 2007
Firecomms' resonant cavity LEDs are the subject of two new deals, including the first licensing agreement for a user-friendly, do-it-yourself, plastic optical fiber technology.
Monday 25th June 2007
UK GaAs fab Filtronic says that PHEMT production for its number-one customer - RF Micro Devices - will cease in September. As a direct result, Filtronic has put its compounds business up for sale, and is set to cut 115 jobs.
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Friday 22nd June 2007
Stock option troubles return to the InP foundry, but a new auditor and financial positives suggest the end is in sight.
Friday 22nd June 2007
Analysis of electron trapping in the Japanese company's capped GaN HEMT shows how to push its lifetime to over a million hours.
Tuesday 19th June 2007
Alfalight, JDSU and nLight vie for attention with their new product releases at the Laser – World of Photonics show in Munich this week, promising wider operational temperature ranges, higher power and brighter diodes.
Tuesday 19th June 2007
Multi-million dollar prizes for LED replacements of the 60 W bulb and a 150 lm/W fixture could be awarded if the US senate passes a bill currently under debate.
Tuesday 19th June 2007
Built at Northrop Grumman Space and Technology, Sirenza’s new HEMT promises better performance for data transmission and military applications.
Tuesday 19th June 2007
Camping equipment specialist Coleman switches to Cree LEDs; Toshiba develops a CMOS process to take on high-frequency GaAs transceivers; and Philips Lumileds orders an Aixtron multi-wafer tool.

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