Semiconductors

  • Silicon carbide power device market growing at 29% CAGR to $1.93bn in 2024, driven by EV market
    on July 19, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Based on discussions with leading silicon carbide (SiC) players, the Yole Group of companies sees a prospering SiC power device market, according to Yole Développement’s technology & market report ‘Power SiC: Materials, Devices, and Applications’, Knowmade’s patent landscape analysis ‘Power SiC: MOSFETs, SBDs and Modules’ and System Plus Consulting’s detailed reverse engineering comparison ‘SiC MOSFET Comparison’... […]

  • Altum RF expands Eindhoven office with RF Test Lab
    on July 19, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Altum RF of Eindhoven, The Netherlands (a start-up that designs high-performance millimeter-wave to digital solutions for next-generation markets and applications) has announced the expansion of its Eindhoven office with an RF Test Lab... […]

  • Veeco presenting at ALD/ALE 2019 conference
    on July 19, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Epitaxial deposition and process equipment maker Veeco Instruments Inc of Plainview, NY, USA says that its technologists are presenting three papers and posters at the AVS 19th International Conference on Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD 2019) in Bellevue, WA, USA (21-24 July)... […]

  • Teradyne launches test system for 5G mmWave semiconductors
    on July 18, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Automated test solutions provider Teradyne Inc of North Reading, MA, USA has launched the UltraWaveMX44, an UltraFLEX test solution for the new 5G-NR millimeter-wave (mmWave) market, enabling faster time to market and higher product yields for devices used in emerging 5G mmWave applications... […]

  • BluGlass awarded US patent for buried activated p-GaN in tunnel junctions
    on July 18, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    BluGlass Ltd of Silverwater, Australia – which was spun off from the III-nitride department of Macquarie University in 2005 – has been awarded US Patent 10,355,165 (‘Buried Activated p-(Al,In)GaN Layers’) by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The firm says that the proprietary technology has significant performance potential in applications including high-brightness LEDs, micro-LEDs, laser diodes, solar cells, and other optoelectronic and power electronics devices... […]

  • POET reschedules shareholder meeting to allow more time for internal approvals of DenseLight sale
    on July 18, 2019 at 9:25 am

    POET Technologies Inc of Toronto, 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 changed the meeting date for its annual and special meeting of shareholders... […]

  • Unity-SC demos capability for detecting non-scattering potential killer defects on GaAs substrates for VCSEL maker
    on July 17, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    Working with a key manufacturer of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), inspection and metrology equipment maker Unity Semiconductor SAS of Montbonnot-Saint-Martin, Grenoble, France (Unity-SC) has been able to improve their yield by sorting out wafers that presented defects only visible using the LIGHTsEE PSD (Phase Shift Deflectometry) system. If not detected, these defects can lead to failure later in the process or after system delivery... […]

  • SiC- and GaN-based power electronics to boost automotive semiconductor efficiencies and profitability
    on July 17, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    As hybrid electric vehicle/electric vehicle (HEV/EV) platforms become a greater proportion of the global vehicle manufacturing mix, the demand for power electronic components will account for over 55% of the total semiconductor demand from HEV/EV powertrains by 2026, predicts Strategy Analytics. Specifically, the Strategy Analytics Powertrain Body Chassis & Safety (PBCS) service report ‘HEV-EV Semiconductor Technology Outlook: What Role will SiC and GaN Play?’ finds that the emphasis on improving system efficiencies will dictate a move towards the use of higher-value silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN)-based components, creating a window of opportunity for the automotive semiconductor industry for higher margins and greater profitability... […]

  • Raytheon submits Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor proposal
    on July 17, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Raytheon Company of Waltham, MA, USA has submitted its Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor proposal to the US Army as part of the competition for a new air and missile defense radar... […]

  • NEDO, Sharp and Toyota to begin public road trials of electric vehicles with high-efficiency solar cells
    on July 16, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    The Japan National Research and Development Agency’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Sharp Corp and Toyota Motor Corp plan to begin public road trials from late July that aim to assess the effectiveness of improvements in cruising range and fuel efficiency of electric vehicles (EVs) equipped with high-efficiency solar cells... […]

  • Skyworks’ sustainability report shows increased efficiencies across all major environmental categories
    on July 15, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Skyworks Solutions Inc of Woburn, MA, USA (which manufactures analog and mixed-signal semiconductors) recently released its 2018 Sustainability Report, a voluntary, non-financial public document that provides a comprehensive self-assessment of the firm’s sustainable business practices. The report highlights Skyworks’ reductions in waste, energy and water usage, as well as progress across other areas including labor, ethics, health & safety, and management systems... […]

  • High-power LED market to grow at 4.5% CAGR from $4.5bn in 2019 to $5.6bn in 2024
    on July 15, 2019 at 7:33 am

    The high-power LED market will rise at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.5% from $4.5bn in 2019 to $5.6bn by 2024, according to a report from MarketsandMarkets. The main factors fueling growth are the long life and continuous usage, small size, less power consumption and low voltage, as well as increasing high-brightness applications... […]

  • III-V Components awarded patent for MTZ-Block multi-temperature substrate holder
    on July 12, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    III-V Components of Santa Barbara, CA, USA – which provides components and services for compound semiconductor manufacturing including effusion cells, substrate heaters and component rebuilding services – has recently been awarded a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its MTZ-Block multi-temperature substrate holder, which provides what is said to be up to a 10x increase in throughout for any 3”-wafer molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) system... […]

  • QSFP-DD MSA Group adds updated Common Management Interface Specification 4.0 and Hardware Specification 5.0
    on July 12, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    The Quad Small Form Factor Pluggable Double Density (QSFP-DD) Multi Source Agreement (MSA) group has released an updated Common Management Interface Specification (CMIS) revision 4.0 for the QSFP-DD form factor. To continue to address the evolving industry needs for an improved high-density, high-speed networking solution, 65 companies came together in support of the QSFP-DD MSA... […]

  • Emcore cuts June-quarter revenue guidance from $20-22m to $17-17.5m
    on July 12, 2019 at 8:18 am

    In preliminary financial results for its fiscal third-quarter 2019 (ended 30 June), Emcore Corp of Alhambra, CA, USA – which provides indium phosphide (InP)-based optical chips, components, subsystems and systems for the broadband and specialty fiber-optics markets – says that it now expects revenue of $17-17.5m, cut from its prior guidance of $20-22m. This would be down on $21.7m last quarter (rather than being roughly level) and down slightly on $17.7m the prior year... […]

  • Extremely low-excess-noise and high-sensitivity APDs developed using AlAsSb lattice matched to InP
    on July 11, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    A team at Cardiff University led by professor Diana Huffaker - the Sêr Cymru chair in Advanced Engineering and Materials and scientific director of the Institute for Compound Semiconductors (ICS) - has collaborated with the UK’s University of Sheffield and the California NanoSystems Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to develop an ultrafast and highly sensitive avalanche photodiode (APD)... […]

  • Seoul Semiconductor sues Conrad Electronic
    on July 11, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    South Korean LED maker Seoul Semiconductor Co Ltd has filed a lawsuit in the District Court of Düsseldorf, Germany, against European electronic products retailer Conrad Electronic S.E., alleging that LEDs in backlit mobile phones sold by Conrad are infringing its patent for LED light extraction technology. The patent covers fundamental LED chip fabrication technology to extract light efficiently, significantly enhancing brightness. Conrad is currently selling hundreds of different models of Korean, US and China mobile phones... […]

  • SemiLEDs quarterly revenue rises 7% to $1.75m, while new loan agreements cover ongoing losses
    on July 11, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    For its fiscal third-quarter 2019 (to 31 May), LED chip and component maker SemiLEDs Corp of Hsinchu, Taiwan has reported revenue of $1.75m, up 7% on $1.63m last quarter... […]

  • Akash raises $14.5m in Series A round
    on July 11, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Akash Systems Inc of San Francisco, CA, USA – which is focused on developing and supplying small satellites (CubeSats) and the RF power amplifiers (based on GaN-on-diamond) that power them – has raised $14.5m in its Series A funding round, including $10m in new equity funds and an additional $4.5m converted from prior convertible notes... […]

  • UKRPIF making £30m investment in new Centre for Integrative Semiconductor Materials at Swansea University
    on July 11, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    At a showcase event in London of the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF), Chris Skidmore MP, UK Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, has announced a £30m capital investment for the new Centre for Integrative Semiconductor Materials (CISM), which is to be built at Swansea University’s Bay Campus... […]

  • ROHM’s new compact high-output-lens LEDs eliminate light leakage countermeasures in vehicle instrument clusters
    on July 11, 2019 at 9:59 am

    ROHM Semiconductor of Kyoto, Japan has announced the availability of compact high-output surface-mount LEDs equipped with a lens. The new lineup includes 18 devices, consisting of the CSL0901 series featuring standard brightness and the high-brightness CSL0902 series... […]

  • TowerJazz, Cadence and Lumerical deliver silicon photonics and SiGe integrated PDK with complete optical transceiver design environment, targeting 400Gb and 800Gb data-center and telecom applications
    on July 10, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Specialty foundry TowerJazz, electronic design automation (EDA) software provider Cadence Design Systems Inc of San Jose, CA, USA and photonic design and simulation software tool provider Lumerical Inc of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada have announced the availability of a complete custom design silicon photonics (SiPho) and silicon germanium (SiGe) integrated process design kit (PDK)... […]

  • Laser diode market to grow to $14bn in 2029, with direct-diode lasers contributing $2bn
    on July 10, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    The global market for laser diodes and direct-diode lasers will reach $14bn by 2029, with direct-diode lasers contributing $2bn, forecasts technology consulting firm IDTechEx Research in its report ‘Laser Diodes & Direct Diode Lasers 2019-2029: Technologies, Markets & Forecasts’ by analyst Dr Nilushi Wijeyasinghe... […]

  • NeoPhotonics appoints Dr Yanbing Li to board
    on July 10, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    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) says that Dr Yanbing Li has been appointed to its board of directors... […]

  • Bridgelux boosts third-generation EB Series LED products to 200lm/W while expanding color point and form-factor options
    on July 10, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Bridgelux Inc of Fremont, CA, USA (a vertically integrated manufacturer of solid-state light sources for lighting applications) has expanded its EB Series LED product family to include increased efficacy of up to 200lm/W, new 2700K standard CCT (correlated color temperature) options, new 90 CRI (color rendering index) options, and new slim linear and square form factors... […]

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