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Wednesday 21st March 2007
Taiwanese high-brightness LED epiwafer and chip producer Tekcore buys a multiwafer MOCVD reactor from Aixtron to ramp GaN laser fabrication.
Wednesday 21st March 2007
Semiconductor laser maker IPG Photonics orders two cluster MBE tools from Veeco Instruments that will be used for a significant ramp in manufacturing volumes.
Tuesday 20th March 2007
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.
Tuesday 20th March 2007
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.
Tuesday 20th March 2007
Pennsylvania's Apogee Photonics comes under the wing of its near neighbor CyOptics in the latest move to consolidate InP optoelectronic chip manufacturing.
Monday 19th March 2007
BluGlass, the Australian company that is developing low-cost GaN deposition for LED applications, says that it has observed "short-lived" light emission from structures grown on glass.
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Thursday 15th March 2007
Buoyed by a strong end to the year, deposition equipment vendor Aixtron swings to a net profit of €5.9 million.
Wednesday 14th March 2007
One of the world's key volume suppliers of red and infrared laser diodes reveals that its high-power blue emitter is about to enter mass production.
Tuesday 13th March 2007
Reports in Japan suggest that a subsidiary of Sumitomo Metal Industries is moving into the sapphire substrate business and already sampling 4-inch wafers.
Monday 12th March 2007
US chip manufacturer Cree takes a big step into China with a $200 million stock and cash acquisition of Hong Kong's COTCO Luminant Device.
Monday 12th March 2007
Market analysts at Dittberner suggest a rapid build-out in Japan last year, and also predict 50 percent growth in global FTTH shipments for 2007.
Friday 9th March 2007
As the two inventors of the multi-junction solar cell are honored with a $1 million international prize, development of the technology in the US receives a massive boost from the Department of Energy's Solar America Initiative.
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Thursday 8th March 2007
As the threat from silicon recedes, GaAs-based HBTs and PHEMTs will increasingly dominate the radio front-end in cell phone handsets.
Wednesday 7th March 2007
The French manufacturer of infrared detectors wins a multi-million dollar contract with NEC Toshiba Space to help improve climate models.
Wednesday 7th March 2007
Already a key supplier of GaAs-based HBT epiwafers for mobile handset applications, Kopin says that its GaN HEMTs have now been qualified for production manufacturing.
Tuesday 6th March 2007
The Japanese consumer electronics giant bursts onto the LED scene with a high-power 460 nm chip that is manufactured on what is claimed to be a high-quality GaN substrate.
Monday 5th March 2007
Thanks to €1.3 million funding from the Swedish government, SiC transistor developer TranSiC is embarking on a three-year project to improve device epitaxy and packaging techniques.
Friday 2nd March 2007
The GaAs chip manufacturer files a prospectus in a bid to raise cash through a public offering of up to 7.7 million shares, with capital expenditure plans in mind.
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Friday 2nd March 2007
Alexandre Krivine, an entrepreneur with past connections to Alcatel, takes over the management of Avanex's III-V semiconductor operations in Nozay, France.
Friday 2nd March 2007
Fujitsu and communications firm KDDI have made a prototype 25 W transmitter amplifier that is based on GaN HEMT devices.
Thursday 1st March 2007
The substrate vendor reports its first profit since 2000, thanks largely to an unexpectedly strong boost to process yield and faster crystal growth.
Tuesday 27th February 2007
Lumileds says that the US International Trade Commission believes that Epistar's metal-bonded LEDs infringe its patents, and that other LED products made by the Taiwanese company could also violate the law.
Tuesday 27th February 2007
Infinera files for an initial public offering worth up to $150 million and discloses that it has made a $89.1 million loss in 2006.
Tuesday 27th February 2007
JDSU has agreed to buy VCSEL manufacturer Picolight for $115 million in stock and up to $10 million in cash.

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