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Monday 17th October 2005
Oki Electric says that its latest GaN HEMTs on silicon substrates have closed the performance gap with their rivals fabricated on SiC.
Friday 14th October 2005
The world's leading mobile phone manufacturer sets up a joint venture with equipment and service provider China Putian to focus on 3G network solutions for the Chinese market.
Thursday 13th October 2005
Armed with $2.1 million from the UK government, a research collaboration led by the University of Essex is aiming to design and develop portable terahertz devices based on InP chips.
Thursday 13th October 2005
Philips-owned III-V foundry OMMIC has set up a "center of excellence" for MMIC research and design at Queen's University of Belfast in the UK.
Wednesday 12th October 2005
Skyworks says that it will miss its latest revenue target because of capacity constraints, while its rival RF Micro Devices will post higher-than-expected sales thanks to market share gains.
Wednesday 12th October 2005
In a move that could lead to more business for GaAs chip makers, Nokia says that the 450 MHz band is a viable frequency for low-cost GSM cell phones.
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Wednesday 12th October 2005
Avanex signs a two-year supply deal with its key customer Alcatel, Bookham prices its latest public offering of stock, and Greg Olsen returns to Earth after 10 days in space.
Tuesday 11th October 2005
Early next year, Princeton Lightwave plans to launch products for quantum cryptography applications featuring its own avalanche photodetectors combined with world-leading technology licensed from IBM.
Monday 10th October 2005
US scientists have produced the first transistor laser delivering continuous wave operation at room temperature.
Friday 7th October 2005
RF Micro Devices plans an aggressive ramp of transmit module production, CyOptics closes another funding round, and University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers win funding to study hybrid organic-inorganic electronic devices.
Thursday 6th October 2005
Commercial production of the world's first Blu-ray Disc drives for notebook PCs will begin by March 2006, with products for desktop applications arriving even sooner.
Wednesday 5th October 2005
The GaN-on-silicon specialist is accepting pre-production orders for its wide-bandgap transistors, and already has a Korean customer ready to deploy the technology in power amplifier modules.
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Tuesday 4th October 2005
Intrinsic Semiconductor has developed its first micropipe-free SiC substrates, and says that it has the commercial launch of its 100mm SiC wafers slated for the first half of 2006.
Thursday 29th September 2005
Sensors Unlimited has been awarded a $4.5 million DARPA contract to develop a dual-wavelength camera capable of identifying a human target at 100m under no-moon conditions.
Thursday 29th September 2005
Using triple-junction cells provided by Emcore, the solar car Nuna 3 wins the 2005 World Solar Challenge in a record-breaking time and average speed.
Thursday 29th September 2005
Leading IT companies Intel and Microsoft are now backing the Toshiba-led HD DVD Promotion Group, while a Toshiba-Samsung joint-venture company releases the first slim HD DVD read drive for notebook PCs.
Wednesday 28th September 2005
JDSU's higher-power 980 nm pump lasers get qualified for submarine applications, Skyworks looks to extend its power amplifier applications base in a deal with Motorola, Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials develops a novel, less-toxic precursor for germanium epitaxy, and RF Micro Devices ships its 10 millionth Polaris transceiver.
Monday 26th September 2005
Copenhagen-based Alight is to take over Infineon's 1300nm VCSEL platform, a technology that relies on dilute nitride materials.
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Friday 23rd September 2005
Already working on 4-inch SiC material under an Air Force project, Cree is now offering the larger-format technology to all its customers.
Thursday 22nd September 2005
Imprint lithography specialist Molecular Imprints raises cash, the North American MBE organization hands out its innovation award, and Anadigics reveals an improving financial picture.
Thursday 22nd September 2005
Reports in Japan suggest that Shuji Nakamura's research team in Santa Barbara has found a way to make brighter, more efficient blue LEDs based on GaN.
Wednesday 21st September 2005
Optical chip manufacturer Finisar has entered a potentially lucrative consumer market, with its VCSELs now featuring in a line of computer peripherals made by Logitech.
Tuesday 20th September 2005
Aided by Cambridge University researchers, UK company Element Six says that it has fabricated a diamond Schottky-barrier diode that could challenge SiC in wide-bandgap applications.
Monday 19th September 2005
Announcing itself at ICSCRM in Pittsburgh, local company Caracal claims that it can cut the cost of SiC wafers by 90 percent.

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