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Technical Insights


Monday 15th March 2004
Based on manipulating the spin - rather than the charge - of electrons, spintronics could one day provide us with faster, more efficient devices, as Jon Newey discovers.
Monday 15th March 2004
Last year, Bookham Technology transferred one of the world's most advanced InP fabs from Ottawa, Canada, to Caswell, the former Marconi facility in the heart of the English countryside. Michael Hatcher visited Caswell to check up on Bookham's progress.
Monday 15th March 2004
Last month, we looked at laser scribing for back-end wafer processing. Here, we ask James Loomis of Loomis Industries about the technological advantages of diamond scribe dicing.
Monday 15th March 2004
Martin Murtagh, Pat Kelly and Roy Blunt report on a novel approach to photoreflectance spectroscopy that measures both cavity-mode and quantum well transition energies, promising to improve the quality assurance of VCSEL epiwafers and reduce the need for destructive testing.
Tuesday 10th February 2004
We've analyzed some of the emerging technologies and markets that will shape 2004, including recordable DVD, wireless LAN and wide-bandgap microelectronics. First, Michael Hatcher discusses the trends that will affect the overall compound semiconductor market.
Tuesday 10th February 2004
Sales of GaAs ICs for WLAN applications grew by 140% in 2003 according to one estimate. Tim Whitaker talks to the major players in what is fast becoming a key market for compound semiconductors.
Tuesday 10th February 2004
3G base stations are finally appearing on the cellular infrastructure scene. But can high-power GaN devices grab a foothold in the market this year? Jon Newey investigates.
Tuesday 10th February 2004
With tire manufacturer Bridgestone joining the flock of companies developing SiC devices, what technological developments can we expect to see this year? Jon Newey reports.
Tuesday 10th February 2004
Set up to develop super-fast InAs-based devices, DARPA's antimonides program could open up a whole new range of applications where low power consumption is desired. Tim Whitaker reports.
Tuesday 10th February 2004
Having carved out a niche in back-end processing of sapphire and SiC wafers over the past couple of years, some laser tool manufacturers are now targeting GaAs and InP wafers. Meanwhile, others believe that these material systems will remain the preserve of diamond scribe tools and saws.
Tuesday 10th February 2004
The 2003 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting in Washington, DC, featured record-breaking performances in the field of BiCMOS and the first wide-channel strained-silicon devices.
Monday 5th January 2004
As chip manufacturers continue to improve the performance and reduce the cost of their products, new applications in areas such as airport lighting and car headlamps continue to emerge. Tim Whitaker reports from the Intertech LEDs conference.
Monday 5th January 2004
Growth in the high-brightness LED market will be fueled increasingly by illumination applications over the next five years as the price/performance characteristics of devices improve. Bob Steele of Strategies Unlimited analyzes the development of the solid-state lighting marketplace.
Monday 5th January 2004
It is widely believed that general lighting will one day become a huge market for white-light LEDs. Bill Kennedy describes some of Toyoda Gosei Optoelectronics' recent technological progress.
Monday 5th January 2004
Donald Huo and colleagues from Epistar Corporation describe a new mirror adhesion technique for producing high-brightness and high-power AlGaInP LED chips.
Monday 5th January 2004
This year's ICSCRM highlighted the significant steps that have been taken recently towards broadening the range of SiC devices available off the shelf. Jon Newey reports.
Monday 5th January 2004
Compound Semiconductor magazine is pleased to acknowledge the support of its advertisers in the December 2003 issue.
Tuesday 25th November 2003
The integration of silicon and non-silicon technologies is a crucial issue facing the entire semiconductor business. In order to create a successful hybrid industry, the compounds sector needs to adopt business models from its silicon counterpart while developing new technologies, as Michael Hatcher reports.
Tuesday 25th November 2003
For III-V solar cell manufacturers, it is Earth rather than space that represents the final frontier. However, recent advances in the performance of cells and high-concentration optical modules suggest that multi-junction photovoltaics can infiltrate the silicon-dominated terrestrial energy market. Michael Hatcher reports on the latest developments.
Tuesday 25th November 2003
The race is on to find a replacement for SiO2 as a gate dielectric in CMOS. Jörg Osten describes the challenges faced, and how knowledge from III-V materials science will help.
Tuesday 25th November 2003
Compound Semiconductor magazine is pleased to acknowledge the support of its advertisers in the November 2003 issue.
Monday 17th November 2003
Compound Semiconductor magazine is pleased to acknowledge the support of its advertisers in the October 2003 issue.
Tuesday 28th October 2003
Since the GaAs industry's halcyon days in 1999 and 2000, when all the talk was of new fabs and rapid growth, there has been a period of consolidation, retrenchment and closures. Tim Whitaker and Jon Newey spoke to several GaAs IC manufacturers around the globe about their current positions.
Tuesday 28th October 2003
New, rapid evaluation methods should help to bring researchers closer to defining the long-term performance of lighting systems based on LEDs, according to Jennifer Taylor of the LRC.

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