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IMEC Launches 200mm Fully Integrated Silicon Photonics R&D Platform

Imec announced the launch of its silicon photonics platform which essentially integrates a design kit with customized fabrication services it calls Multi Project Wafer through ePIXfab. ePIXfab is a consortium of partners coordinated by an IMEC-UGent partnership. IMEC claims that the research and development platform enables cost-effective R&D of silicon …

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Alta Devices Achieves 30.8% Efficiency Record with Dual Junction Solar Cell Technology

Alta Devices reported that it has reached 30.8% solar cell efficiency with the company’s new dual junction solar cell. This new NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) verified record has resulted from the company’s first implementation of a solar cell technology that uses a combination of a gallium arsenide (GaAs) base …

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Formosa Epitaxy to Increase Capacity in First Quarter of 2013

LED firm Formosa Epitaxy of Taiwan plans to install 12-13 sets of MOCVD equipment before the end of first-quarter 2013, according to a Digitimes article. The company reportedly expects production to begin in the second quarter. Then in the second-half 2013, the company plans to increase its monthly capacity at …

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Aixtron Reports Revenues Down Sharply, But Recent Orders and Market Consensus Point to Improvement in 2013

Aixtron of Aachen, Germany reported revenues that are down sharply for 2012 compared to 2011. The company announced revenues of EUR 227.8m and an EBIT loss of EUR -132.3m a decline of 68 percent for the fiscal year 2012. However, the company points to signs of market stabilization and an …

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New Raytheon Factory Fabricates Silicon Carbide Electronics

Raytheon has set up a new silicon carbide plant in Scotland. The silicon carbide foundry opened in January 2013 in Glenrothes, about 20 miles (30 kilometers) north of Edinburgh in Scotland’s “Silicon Glen” high-tech region. The company’s technicians are using high-voltage beams of ions, to build circuits from synthetic wafers …

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Zephyr Photonics Launches Semiconductor Fabrication and Foundry Business Unit

Zephyr Photonics, Inc.,  of Zephyr Cove, Nevada USA, announced the launch of its Semiconductor Fabrication and Foundry Services (SFFS) business unit. The company, a manufacturer of harsh environment, optical interconnect solutions for intelligence, defense, aerospace, energy and industrial applications, has a 10,000 square foot cleanroom with growth, processing, testing, and …

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Compound Semiconductor Industry Still Struggling Despite Some Growth, Strategy Analytics Says

Strategy Analytics reports that the compound semiconductor industry showed sequential revenue growth in the second quarter of calendar 2012, but compound semiconductor market revenues are only up slightly compared to 2011. SA says that despite sequential revenue increases, most of the companies it followed are struggling compared to 2011 revenues …

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