German chip manufacturer Osram Opto Semiconductors showcases the potential of its high-brightness LEDs in some key emerging applications - forward lighting in automobiles and backlighting of large-area displays.
Cree's profit slips - despite a huge increase in unit shipments of LEDs; optical communications module vendor Optium seeks to raise nearly $70 million in its initial public offering; and Formosa Epitaxy buys three new gas purifiers from Johnson Matthey.
The past few quarters have witnessed a dramatic increase in orders for epitaxy equipment at Veeco Instruments, mostly driven by demand from customers in the Asia-Pacific region for the latest MOCVD kit.
Engineers at III-V materials innovator Technologies and Devices International (TDI) claim to have developed the first hydride vapor phase epitaxy process suitable for depositing nanometer-scale layers of quantum wells.
Seoul Optodevice Co. and Sensor Electronic Technology develop brighter, more reliable ultraviolet LEDs, photonic component manufacturer Binoptics hires a new executive in charge of business development, and a Hokkaido University spin-out develops a new laser dicing system to improve LED yield from sapphire wafers.
Cree's new super-bright LEDs produce a record output that puts them on a par with fluorescent sources, Irish photonic device developer Firecomms scores a deal with broadband equipment provider Netopia, and a young Bell Labs scientist working on GaN scoops two awards.