Semiconductors

  • NeoPhotonics’ 13% revenue growth in Q3 drives return to profit, despite US export restrictions on Huawei
    on November 13, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    For third-quarter 2019, NeoPhotonics Corp of San Jose, CA, USA (a vertically integrated designer and manufacturer of hybrid photonic integrated optoelectronic modules and subsystems for high-speed communications) has reported revenue of $92.4m, up 13% on $81.7m both last quarter and a year ago (and near the top end of the $87-93m guidance range)...

  • University of Illinois reports thermal conductivity dependence on dislocation density of various GaN materials
    on November 12, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    Gallium nitride (GaN) materials are critical for energy conversion, communications and sensing but, despite material advantages, existing mainstream GaN photonic and electronic devices are limited by the thermal heat extraction, and one of the biggest challenges in GaN devices (including RF transistors and LEDs) is heat extraction...

  • Riber receives multi-million euro MBE system order from ZSW for research on CIGS PV
    on November 12, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Riber S.A. of Bezons, France – which manufactures molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) systems as well as evaporation sources and effusion cells – has received an order worth several million euros from the ZSW (Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung — or Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research — Baden-Württemberg) in Stuttgart, Germany...

  • AXT’s Q3 revenue hit by China-related absence of expected data-center and PON market growth
    on November 11, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    For third-quarter 2019, AXT Inc of Fremont, CA, USA – which makes gallium arsenide (GaAs), indium phosphide (InP) and germanium (Ge) substrates and raw materials – has reported revenue of $19.8m, down 20.2% on $24.8m last quarter and 30.8% on $28.6m a year ago, and below the original guidance of $24.5-26m. “2019 has proven to be a challenging year, given the turbulent geographical, geopolitical and global economic conditions,” comments CEO Dr Morris Young...

  • Veeco’s revenue rebounds in Q3 as 300mm GaN MOCVD cluster system accepted for pilot production
    on November 11, 2019 at 10:13 am

    For third-quarter 2019, epitaxial deposition and process equipment maker Veeco Instruments Inc of Plainview, NY, USA has reported revenue of $109m, down 14% on $126.8m a year ago but up 11.5% on $97.8m last quarter and above the midpoint of the $95-115m guidance range...

  • GaN substrate market to grow at 10% CAGR to 2027
    on November 8, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    In terms of revenue, the global gallium nitride (GaN) substrate market will expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of ~10% to $225m in 2027, estimates a report by Transparency Market Research...

  • POET completes sale of DenseLight subsidiary
    on November 8, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    POET Technologies Inc of Toronto, Ontario, Canada and San Jose, CA, USA — a designer and manufacturer of optoelectronic devices, including light sources, passive waveguides and photonic integrated circuits (PIC) for the sensing and datacom markets — has completed the sale of its Singapore-based subsidiary DenseLight Semiconductors Pte Ltd to DenseLight Semiconductor Technology (Shanghai) Ltd (DL Shanghai, a special-purpose company organized by China Prosper Group on behalf of a consortium of investors)...

  • US Army and Rice University target diamond materials as ultrawide-bandgap successor to GaN in improved RF electronics
    on November 8, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    The US Army has signed a five-year, $30m cooperative agreement with Rice University to conduct research in next-generation networks and advanced materials. The research aims to deliver advanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to the army...

  • Lumerical’s photonic inverse design reduces CompoundTek’s silicon photonics grating coupler footprint by 20x
    on November 8, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Singapore-based silicon photonic (SiPh) foundry services provider CompoundTek Pte Ltd has announced the tapeout of a reduced-footprint grating coupler for photonic I/O. The grating couplers were designed and optimized using photonic inverse design (PID) in conjunction with the FDTD (finite-difference time domain) nanophotonic simulator of photonic simulation software provider Lumerical Inc of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Lumerical’s PID capability enables photonic designers to rapidly develop entirely new functionality with improved performance, reduced footprint and more robust manufacturability...

  • Transphorm ships over half a million GaN power devices for multi-kW-class applications
    on November 8, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Transphorm Inc of Goleta, near Santa Barbara, CA, USA — which designs and manufactures JEDEC- and AEC-Q101-qualified 650V gallium nitride (GaN) field-effect transistors (FETs) — says it has shipped more than 500,000 high-voltage GaN FETs...

  • Scottish Enterprise-funded MIRAGE project helps secure CST Global access to global FTTH, sensing, imaging and telecoms markets
    on November 8, 2019 at 8:47 am

    III-V optoelectronic foundry Compound Semiconductor Technologies Global Ltd (CST Global) of Glasgow, Scotland, UK (a subsidiary of Sweden’s Sivers IMA Holdings AB) says that the Scottish Enterprise government-funded MIRAGE project – which has now completed, after starting in 2015 – has helped it to develop mid-infrared laser chips for applications in global fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), sensing, imaging, telecoms and data-center markets...

  • GTAT achieves ISO-9001:2015 Certification
    on November 7, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) of Hudson, NH, USA - which produces silicon carbide (SiC) and sapphire material and crystal growth equipment for the solar, power electronics and optoelectronics industries) - has achieved ISO-9001:2015 certification through auditors TÜV Rheinland of North America, a third-party testing, inspection and certification company...

  • China’s EpiWorld expands SiC epi foundry with new Aixtron AIX G5 WW C high-volume deposition system
    on November 7, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Deposition equipment maker Aixtron SE of Herzogenrath, near Aachen, Germany says that in third-quarter 2019 it shipped and installed an AIX G5 WW C high-volume manufacturing system to pure-play silicon carbide (SiC) epitaxial wafer foundry EpiWorld International Co Ltd in Xiamen, China (a privately owned joint venture with investors in the USA, Japan and China) for the further development of SiC epiwafers (used mainly for manufacturing power devices for automotive applications)...

  • Qorvo’s quarterly revenue well above guidance, driven by integration-related content gains in 5G mobiles
    on November 7, 2019 at 10:19 am

    For its fiscal second-quarter 2020 (ended 28 September 2019), Qorvo Inc of Greensboro, NC, USA (which provides core technologies and RF solutions for mobile, infrastructure and defense applications) has reported revenue of $806.7m, down 8.8% on $884.4m a year ago but up 4% on $775.6m last quarter, and $52m above the midpoint of the $745-765m guidance...

  • GaN Systems receives ISO 9001:2015 certification
    on November 5, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    GaN Systems Inc of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (a fabless developer of gallium nitride-based power switching semiconductors for power conversion and control applications) has received International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 certification for the design and manufacture of power semiconductor products...

  • GaN Systems Cup competition winners honored at China Power Supply Society awards ceremony
    on November 5, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    At an awards ceremony on 3 November at the China Power Supply Society Conference (CPSSC), GaN Systems Inc of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (a fabless developer of gallium nitride-based power switching semiconductors for power conversion and control applications) - alongside the China Power Supply Society (CPSS), China Power Society Science Popularization Committee, and Tsinghua University - has announced the winners of the fifth annual ‘GaN Systems Cup’ design competition...

  • ZF and Cree partner on SiC-based power inverters for EVs
    on November 5, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Cree Inc of Durham, NC, USA, which manufactures silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) wafers and devices, and ZF Friedrichshafen AG (one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers, with 148,000 staff and annual sales of €36.9bn) are intensifying their existing cooperation by announcing a strategic partnership to create highly efficient electric drivelines...

  • POET appoints Vivek Rajgarhia as president, while CEO Suresh Venkatesan adds chairman role
    on November 5, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    POET Technologies Inc of Toronto, Ontario, Canada and San Jose, CA, USA — a designer and manufacturer of optoelectronic devices, including light sources, passive waveguides and photonic integrated circuits (PIC) for the sensing and datacom markets — has appointed industry veteran Vivek Rajgarhia as president & general manager, while its CEO Dr Suresh Venkatesan has added the title of chairman...

  • Seoul Semiconductor’s SunLike Series natural-spectrum LEDs adopted by lighting brand REMEZ
    on November 5, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    South Korean LED maker Seoul Semiconductor Co Ltd says that its SunLike Series natural-spectrum LEDs have been adopted for lighting brand ‘REMEZ’ by RemiLicht GmbH for the Russian lighting market. The LED light bulbs feature a human-centric lighting design enabled by the SunLike Series LEDs...

  • Qorvo recognized by Raytheon for excellence in defense & aerospace
    on November 5, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Qorvo Inc of Greensboro, NC, USA (which provides core technologies and RF solutions for mobile, infrastructure and defense applications) has been recognized with Raytheon’s 2019 EPIC Supplier Excellence Award for excellence in performance, innovation and collaboration for one or more Raytheon businesses. Only the highest-performing suppliers are recognized with this honor...

  • Cree’s LED revenue down 22% year-on-year due to soft market and China trade and tariff concerns
    on November 4, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    For its fiscal first-quarter 2020 (ended 29 September 2019), Cree Inc of Durham, NC, USA has reported revenue of $242.8m, down 3% on $251.2m last quarter and 11% on $274.2m a year ago, after excluding (as discontinued operations) the Lighting Products business unit (LED lighting fixtures, lamps and corporate lighting for commercial, industrial and consumer applications), which Cree sold on 13 May to IDEAL Industries Inc of Sycamore, IL, USA...

  • GaN Systems and ON Semiconductor make available high-speed half-bridge evaluation board
    on November 4, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    GaN Systems Inc of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (a fabless developer of gallium nitride-based power switching semiconductors for power conversion and control applications) and ON Semiconductor of Phoenix, AZ, USA – which supplies power management, analog, sensors, logic, timing, connectivity, discrete, system-on-chip (SoC) and custom devices – have announced the availability of a high-speed, half-bridge GaN daughter board using GaN Systems’ 650V, 30A GaN E-HEMTs and ON Semiconductor’s NCP51820 high-speed gate driver evaluation board...

  • Cardiff uses LEEM-MBE to observe metastability on GaAs surfaces
    on November 4, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Researchers at Cardiff University’s School of Physics and Astronomy and the Institute for Compound Semiconductors say that they have, for the first time, spotted previously unseen ‘instabilities’ on the surface of gallium arsenide (GaAs) that have a tendency to appear and then disappear...

  • First Solar’s sales fall 6.5% in Q3 to $547m due to lower systems revenue from US project sales
    on November 4, 2019 at 9:47 am

    For third-quarter 2019, First Solar Inc of Tempe, AZ, USA – which makes thin-film photovoltaic modules based on cadmium telluride (CdTe) as well as providing engineering, procurement & construction (EPC) services – has reported net sales of $547m, down 6.5% on $585m last quarter and 19% on $676m a year ago, due primarily to lower systems revenue from project sales in the USA, offset partially by higher module sales volume...

  • Riber’s growth in Systems and Services revenues offsets 91% drop for Evaporators
    on November 1, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    For third-quarter 2019, Riber S.A. of Bezons, France – which manufactures molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) systems as well as evaporation sources and effusion cells – has reported revenue of €6.8m, down on €7.2m last quarter but up 39% on €4.9m a year ago...

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