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Friday 30th June 2006
Currently shifting all of its wafer fabrication operations to its facility in Ann Arbor, the US-based photodiode chip manufacturer Advanced Photonix predicts a strong upturn in sales in the coming year.
Thursday 29th June 2006
Researchers at the Japanese company that produces Panasonic goods have come up with an entirely new type of GaN transistor.
Tuesday 27th June 2006
Demand for blue lasers based on InGaN structures will rocket from near-zero to 65 million units over the next five years, but there will be a stalemate between Toshiba and Sony.
Monday 26th June 2006
Consolidation hits the SiC materials industry, with Cree, the sector's dominant power, set to buy zero-defect substrate and epiwafer supplier Intrinsic Semiconductor.
Friday 23rd June 2006
The privately-owned semiconductor business formerly known as Agilent takes on the power LED market with a new line of products headed by 1W white, green and blue emitters.
Wednesday 21st June 2006
Researchers at Cree set a new benchmark for LED efficacy with a cool-white device operating at 20mA and emitting 131 lumens per Watt.
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Wednesday 21st June 2006
The Taiwanese high-brightness LED maker orders two high-volume tools from MOCVD equipment supplier Aixtron.
Monday 19th June 2006
Beefing up manufacturing operations and headcount is the priority for GaN-on-silicon specialist Nitronex.
Monday 19th June 2006
Fiber laser system integrator and laser chip manufacturer IPG Photonics expands its manufacturing base with the purchase of an MBE reactor from Veeco.
Friday 16th June 2006
Shuji Nakamura scoops one million euros; Philips launches its Blu-ray Disc player, featuring a blue laser of the type that Nakamura helped to develop; and a new report suggests that the market for active optical telecom components is set for a sharp upturn.
Thursday 15th June 2006
Unaxis Optics takes a substantial stake in Californian chip developer Novalux, and agrees a joint development deal for laser-projection displays.
Tuesday 13th June 2006
Ioffe Institute spin-out NL Nanosemiconductor develops a quantum-dot laser that can operate over a 25nm wavelength range while retaining singlemode operation.
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Tuesday 13th June 2006
Two of the industry's biggest hitters go head-to-head and launch a range of GaN-based transistors for cellular infrastructure and broadband wireless applications.
Monday 12th June 2006
Compound semiconductor chip maker Filtronic says that it will use the proceeds from the sale of its wireless infrastructure business to fund a huge expansion of GaAs PHEMT switch manufacturing.
Thursday 8th June 2006
Optical component and subsystem manufacturer Finisar says that it is very optimistic about the future as it posts another quarterly profit.
Thursday 8th June 2006
NASA has awarded $2.75 million to a US university-industry team to continue the development of radiation-hard circuits that could be used to extend the duration of future space missions.
Wednesday 7th June 2006
The development of solid-state lighting in the US receives a $10 million boost as the Department of Energy selects five applications focused on product development.
Tuesday 6th June 2006
Infinera wins a contract with network operator Global Crossing and looks to increase headcount by 120.
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Tuesday 6th June 2006
Leading GaAs manufacturer RF Micro Devices says that it will conduct a live demonstration of its new high-power GaN transistors at next week's International Microwave Symposium.
Friday 2nd June 2006
Materials developer Technologies and Devices International says that its 4-inch AlN-based substrates will speed the commercialization of wide-bandgap RF chips.
Thursday 1st June 2006
Cree’s leading customer looks to target new applications such as general lighting after agreeing to purchase $180 million worth of the US company’s LEDs and wafers over the next twelve months.
Thursday 1st June 2006
Researchers in the US are studying the potential of III-V thermophotovoltaic systems as auxiliary power generation units in cars.
Wednesday 31st May 2006
CEO Neal Hunter says that LED Lighting Fixtures' latest downlight product sets a benchmark for residential applications.
Wednesday 31st May 2006
The Durham, NC, chip manufacturer begins sampling a GaN HEMT for use in broadband wireless base stations.

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