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Weekly E-Brief: 3 February 2016

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Taking temperature of light-emitting diode external quantum efficiency

Researchers based in Korea and USA have been studying the temperature dependence of external quantum efficiency (EQE) for a range commercial light-emitting diodes...

Imec and VUB present small, low-cost and low-power chip for multi-gigabit 60GHz communication

At the 2016 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, 31 January – 4 February, nanoelectronics research center imec of Leuven, Belgium and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) presented a four-antenna path beam-forming transceiver for 60GHz multi Gb/s communication in 28nm CMOS technology...

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TowerJazz closes acquisition of Maxim's Texas fab, adding 28,000 wafers per month capacity

Specialty foundry TowerJazz has completed its acquisition of an 8-inch wafer fabrication facility in San Antonio, Texas from Maxim Integrated Products Inc (which provides analog integration to automotive, cloud data-center, mobile consumer, and industrial applications)...

Evatec launches new website

Evatec Ltd of Flums, Switzerland, which makes thin-film deposition and etch processing equipment for semiconductor, MEMS, optical and optoelectronic applications, has introduced a new web site which the firm says is easier to navigate, both on desktop and mobile devices...

II-VI Inc completes acquisition of EpiWorks

Engineered materials and optoelectronic component maker II-VI Inc has completed its acquisition of EpiWorks Inc of Champaign-Urbana, IL, USA (which manufactures epitaxial wafers for optical components, wireless devices and high-speed communication applications)...

IQE's Infrared business wins $3.7m order for InP materials

Epiwafer foundry and substrate maker IQE plc of Cardiff, Wales, UK has received a new purchase order agreement from a leading global substrate manufacturer (an existing long-term customer) for indium phosphide (InP) materials worth $3.7m...

Silicon photonics-based optical communications component market to reach $1bn by 2020

LightCounting has released a report 'Market Opportunity for Optical Integration Technologies, Including Silicon Photonics' giving an analysis of the potential impact of integration technologies on the market for optical transceiver module and related components used in data centers and other networking systems...

Nichia wins Texas patent infringement lawsuit against Everlight

Japan-based LED maker Nichia Corp says that the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas has judged that Taiwanese LED packaging firm Everlight Electronics Co Ltd and its US subsidiary Everlight Americas Inc have infringed three Nichia patents...

Skyworks' quarterly revenue grows by 5% to new record of $926.8m

For fiscal first-quarter 2016 (ending 1 January), Skyworks Solutions Inc of Woburn, MA, USA (which manufactures analog and mixed-signal semiconductors) has reported revenue of $926.8m, up 5% on the record $880.8m last quarter and up 15% on $805.5m a year ago...

EpiTop claims record 176.6mW output for single-die 280nm DUV LED

EpiTop Optoelectronic Technology Co Ltd (which was established in 2010 and manufactures full-color LED epitaxial wafers and chips) has demonstrated what is claimed to be record optical output power of 176.6mW (at a DC operating current of 1A, at room temperature) for a DUV LED emitting at a wavelength at 280nm from a single die (a 4545 large-chip device)...

Epiluvac and SAMCO collaborate to offer processing equipment for WBG materials in Nordic countries

Epiluvac AB, which was founded in 2013 and produces silicon carbide (SiC) chemical vapour deposition (CVD) systems used in power device research, has entered into a collaboration to introduce semiconductor process equipment maker SAMCO Inc...

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Riber's annual revenue falls 23% to €12.8m in 2015

Riber S.A., which manufactures molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) systems as well as evaporation sources and effusion cells, has reported a second consecutive year of reduced revenue (€12.8m for 2015, down 23% on 2014's €16.6m)...

Taiwan GaAs foundry Wavetek providing high-volume manufacturing services to POET

POET Technologies Inc, which has developed the proprietary planar optoelectronic technology (POET) platform for monolithic fabrication of integrated III-V-based electronic and optical devices on a single semiconductor wafer, says it has achieved a milestone in its lab-to-fab transition with a manufacturing services agreement with Taiwan-based gallium arsenide (GaAs) foundry Wavetek Microelectronics Corp...

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