Samsung buys two more MOCVD systems; Emcore is allowed to remain listed on the Nasdaq exchange; Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials licenses future semiconductor materials technology; and The Fox Group appoints an exclusive distributor of its UV and blue LEDs in France.
Modeling by an independent firm suggests that using remote plasma CVD to deposit GaN LED structures on glass substrates will cut epiwafer production costs by 48 percent and the cost of individual LEDs by 10 percent.
Wireless applications now account for 75 percent of the independent epiwafer manufacturer's sales, while IQE is also on track to begin limited pilot production of material for high-efficiency solar cells by the end of this year.
Cree begins shipping a "lighting-class" warm-white LED; Nitronex moves HQ to Durham, NC; a new chief arrives at Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology; EV Group signs a new distribution deal; and Anadigics CEO Bami Bastani gets hall-of-famed.
As the development of silicon and III-V semiconductors for logic heads along an increasingly convergent path, Glasgow's Nanoelectronics Research Centre receives a £4 million grant to develop III-V technology for use in future generations of CMOS transistors.
Rockwell Collins teams up with Nitronex; Oki's new 1490 nm laser suits outdoor applications; telecom system specialist Mintera picks Bookham's tunable laser for 40 Gb/s networks; Luxtera combines germanium with CMOS for wafer-integrated photodetectors; and Philips increases its LED footprint with the acquisition of TIR Systems.