French materials innovator Soitec gets busy by launching the industry's first commercial line of strained silicon-on-insulator substrates, breaking ground on a new facility in Asia, and looking to hire 100 more research staff.
Speakers from RF Micro Devices, Freescale, Cree and JDSU are among the 24 invited presentations at this year's event, which will focus on five key industry trends set to shape the compound semiconductor business in the near future.
Chips from RF Micro Devices power the latest must-have gadget from Sharp; Aixtron sells its first combined atomic layer deposition and atomic vapor deposition machine; Ricoh develops optics that could allow integrated HD-DVD and Blu-ray players; and the Centre for Integrated Photonics works on a portable DNA analyzer featuring III-V optoelectronics.
TriQuint Semiconductor is to open a new design and support center in North Carolina, Citizen Electronics reportedly plans an LED ramp, KLA-Tencor reveals stock option irregularities, and Infinera appoints a new financial chief as speculation mounts about an impending share offering.
A book published by the International Energy Agency maps out the set of political measures that will be needed to ensure that energy-efficient lighting technologies such as HB-LEDs will help to curb carbon dioxide emissions.
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.
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.