Sales of LEDs for the flash in camera phones will soar over the next few years, according to Strategy Analytics, but total revenue for LEDs from the handset market will decline due to the falling price of LEDs for backlights.
LED Lighting Fixtures gains a US patent for its alternative approach to generating white light; Sofradir wins a HgCdTe detector contract from the US Army; Riber nets three orders that boost its order book to € 10.3 million; and WJ Communications launches a range of broadband amplifiers for next-generation cellular infrastructure applications.
A UK partnership between Sharp Laboratories Europe, the University of Glasgow, the Institute of Photonics, and Mesophotonics has just kicked-off a $2.4 million project to build ultra-bright photonic crystal LEDs for LCD backlights.
German lighting giant Osram is to expand two of its Opto Semiconductors subsidiaryâ€™s factories in a multi-million euro program, which includes converting its Asian packaging facility into a chip making base.
Combining GaP and GaN in intricately designed nanowires could increase solar power efficiency and give tailored bandgaps, according to calculations performed at the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Anadigics ships into LG's new high-end phone; Apple CEO Steve Jobs looks to LEDs to improve "green" credentials; Fairchild targets WiMAX with InGaP HBTs; UK amplifier specialist chooses SiC for broadband markets.
Strategy Analytics foresees the GaAs market expanding 76 percent by 2011, and that the compound semiconductorâ€™s flexibility will see it dominate power amplification in the fast-changing handset industry “over the next five to ten years”.
The Californian substrate maker says that sales of GaAs wafers will bounce back after delays in customer qualifications led to an unexpected dip in the latest quarter. Meanwhile, the market for germanium substrates is primed for rapid growth in 2008.
As telecom carriers and electronics manufacturers announce their 2008 plans for WiMAX, the long-distance wireless broadband standard, industry opinions remain divided - RFMD remains diplomatically reserved while Anadigics tells compoundsemiconductor.net it's “critical”.
Improving first quarter performance is offset by charges and stock compensation at Anadigics; Hittite Microwave revels in 30 percent-plus profit and revenue gains; Skyworks surges forward after shrugging off its baseband burden.
Thanks in no small part to improved substrate material, the Santa Barbara team working on non-polar GaN has produced a blue-violet LED with record output power and an external quantum efficiency of 41 percent at a very high drive current.
The diversified approach pays off at TriQuint, securing a new top-five handset deal and improving performance in its network and military divisions, compensating for lower revenues from business with beleaguered Motorola.