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.
Asahi Glass touts a new fluorine-based insulating material for GaAs and GaN RF chips; Aixtron ships its one-thousandth epitaxy machine; IQE's RF division receives Northrop Grumman's highest supplier rating; Lamina Ceramics closes a $7 million funding round.