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Wednesday 19th April 2006
Vitesse Semiconductor puts three executives, including its CEO, on leave pending a stock option investigation, Picogiga and parent company Soitec both enjoy strong sales, and Crystal IS hires a business development VP.
Tuesday 18th April 2006
The development of AlInN-based solar cells, lasers and LEDs has received a boost from scientists in the US who have obtained the first evidence for p-type InN.
Tuesday 18th April 2006
Optoelectronic chip manufacturer and module supplier Bookham says that its bottom line for the third quarter will be much worse than it previously expected.
Thursday 13th April 2006
Fiber laser specialist and semiconductor fab owner IPG Photonics emerges as a laser manufacturer to be reckoned with as demand for its high-power systems hots up.
Thursday 13th April 2006
Epiwafer supplier Kopin plans a 50 percent increase in its HBT production capacity over the next two years.
Wednesday 12th April 2006
Now that Nichia has settled outstanding litigation with Epistar, reports suggest that production of both AlGaAs and GaN chips is set for a dramatic ramp-up in Taiwan's newly-consolidated LED manufacturing base.
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Wednesday 12th April 2006
Market analyst Ovum-RHK reports that sales of optical components for datacom applications will grow 11% every year through 2011, and that some III-V chip fabrication facilities may soon need expansion to handle the increasing volumes.
Tuesday 11th April 2006
Aixtron receives an order for the first MOCVD reactor to be used for mass-production of solar cells in Russia.
Tuesday 11th April 2006
Optoelectronics giant Osram Opto Semiconductors demonstrates 808nm laser bars operating at 64% efficiency in its German laboratories.
Monday 10th April 2006
Strategy Analytics reiterates its assertion that the market for GaAs devices will be worth more than $3 billion this year, and warns substrate vendors that they will need to invest in new equipment to keep pace with demand.
Monday 10th April 2006
While many focus on high-end cellular applications, Skyworks Solutions brings out a pair of GaAs-based front-end modules designed for emerging cellular markets.
Thursday 6th April 2006
RFIC manufacturer Anadigics has been granted five new patents, including three relating to the integration of bipolar and field-effect transistors.
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Tuesday 4th April 2006
Two of the "big 5" LED chip manufacturers say that their patent agreement will help to accelerate the development of higher-brightness LEDs.
Tuesday 4th April 2006
Members of a European industry group say that urgent action must be taken to ensure that the region remains competitive in the photonics sector.
Tuesday 4th April 2006
Chip manufacturer Mimix Broadband sells its GaAs fab to Universal Semiconductor Technology.
Monday 3rd April 2006
Sanyo's loss-making semiconductor unit, which includes red and infrared laser diode manufacturing, is set to be spun out as a separate business.
Friday 31st March 2006
Riber appears to be on the road to recovery, the UK government pledges a multi-million-pound fund for solid-state lighting research, and Synova appoints four new executives.
Thursday 30th March 2006
Equipment vendor Veeco Instruments will be involved in the development of new materials and new epitaxy methods with leading nitride researchers at UCSB.
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Thursday 30th March 2006
A major residential lighting supplier in the US decides to launch a range of LED systems this summer, with Cree and Nichia set to benefit.
Thursday 30th March 2006
Nokia raises its handset growth forecast for 2006, Anadigics plans capital expenditure after its latest stock offering, and Peregrine Semiconductor opens a new design center.
Thursday 30th March 2006
With demand for handsets and power amplifiers rising strongly, RF Micro Devices says it will expand its Greensboro wafer fab to manufacture 40% more chips than it does currently.
Tuesday 28th March 2006
Vertilas has won a new investor and $4.4 million in its latest round of financing.
Monday 27th March 2006
Former Bell Labs researcher Peide Ye heads up a new research effort to integrate III-V and silicon materials and develop commercial devices.
Monday 27th March 2006
Kyma teams with the US Navy on GaN FET research, Infinera sets a new benchmark in optical bandwidth, and JPSA Laser buys a bigger facility.

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