• Rockley listed among top 10 British tech companies to watch
    on September 10, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    Rockley Photonics of Pasadena, CA, USA (formed in 2013 to develop a versatile, application-specific silicon photonics platform for optical integration in next-generation sensor systems and communications networks) has been listed in The Sunday Times’ ‘10 Tech Ones to Watch’ list for 2020, which identifies promising private British tech companies from a cross-section of industries that are well positioned to grow rapidly...

  • Lumileds issues 2019 Sustainability Report
    on September 10, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    Lumileds LLC of San Jose, CA, USA has released its 2019 Sustainability Report, which details its progress in supporting the transition to a worldwide low-carbon economy. In the report, Lumileds highlights how its lighting solutions contribute to positive changes in energy usage, safety, and health and well-being. The firm follows a formalized sustainability agenda that identifies specific priorities and tracks progress...

  • SweGaN selected for second year on list of Sweden’s hottest tech startups
    on September 10, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    SweGaN AB of Linköping, Sweden, which manufactures custom gallium nitride on silicon carbide (GaN-on-SiC) epitaxial wafers (based on a unique growth technology) for telecom, satellite, defense and power applications, has been named for the second year in a row to the Ny Teknik (New Technology) ‘33 List’ of Sweden’s most promising and innovative young companies. This year’s contenders included 270 companies...

  • Lumileds launches LUXEON 3030 HE Plus Deep Dimming mid-power LEDs
    on September 10, 2020 at 10:25 am

    Lumileds LLC of San Jose, CA, USA has introduced what it says is the first LED engineered for architectural applications that require uniform light output through the entire dimming range and operating conditions...

  • AegiQ secures £1.4m UK funding to develop III-V-based quantum photonics
    on September 10, 2020 at 9:55 am

    UK-based quantum photonics start-up AegiQ has secured £1.4m in funding from Government agency Innovate UK (which provides funding and support for business innovation as part of UK Research and Innovation) to develop secure quantum communications for fiber-optic and satellite-based applications. AegiQ will join a global pilot project to provide scalable, high-performing semiconductor technology for next-generation telecoms...

  • HRL’s ultra-linear GaN HEMTs exceed 30GHz targets in DARPA’s DREaM project
    on September 9, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    HRL Laboratories LLC of Malibu, CA, USA (which is co-owned by The Boeing Company and General Motors) says that a team led by principal investigator Dr Jeong-Sun Moon has met and exceeded the performance metrics defined by the US Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) Dynamic Range-enhanced Electronics and Materials (DREaM) program, which aims to improve dynamic range in millimeter-wave (mm-wave) electronics...

  • SMI to co-develop III-N photocathodes with Cornell and SUNY Albany
    on September 9, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    Structured Materials Industries Inc (SMI) of Piscataway, NJ, USA – which provides chemical vapor deposition (CVD) systems, components, materials and process development services – has been awarded a US Department of Energy (DOE) Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract for a nine month project – in partnership with Cornell University (CU) and the State University of New York (SUNY) Polytechnic Institute-Albany – to grow III-N structures using metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) and to fabricate high-brightness photocathodes (PCaths)...

  • POET signs development & supply agreement with European optical systems company for 400G data-center application
    on September 9, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    POET Technologies Inc of Toronto, Ontario, Canada — designer and developer of the POET Optical Interposer and photonic integrated circuits (PICs) for the data-center and telecom markets — has signed a development and supply agreement with a “leading European optical systems company with global operations for a 400G data-center application”...

  • Fukushima SiC Applied Engineering raises $30m in Series C funding
    on September 8, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    Fukushima SiC Applied Engineering Inc of Naraha, Fukushima, Japan, a silicon carbide (SiC) silicon carbide (SiC) power electronics products technology venture company that is developing boron-neutron capture therapy (BNCT), has raised $30m (JPY3.1bn) in Series C funding from investors including Japan’s C:iz Investment LLP, Japan Post Investment Corp, San Francisco bay area-based Astellas Venture Management LLC, and SMBC Venture Capital Co Ltd. The funds are expected to be used for BNCT-related pre-clinical and clinical trial activities in Japan as well as activities to expand overseas activities including efforts to obtain regulatory approvals...

  • Wafer-scale micro-LEDs transferred onto adhesive film for planar and flexible displays
    on September 8, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    Researchers at the Guangdong Institute of Semiconductor Industrial Technology (GISIT), the University of Tokyo, and Foshan Debao Display Technology Co Ltd have recently developed a tape-assisted laser lift-off transfer (TALT) technique, addressing the industry’s problems of massive chip transfer and heterogeneous integration of micro-LED for high-resolution display purposes...

  • Kier appointed for CISM building project at Swansea University
    on September 8, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    A new facility at Swansea University that will bring together research with technology development in semiconductor science and engineering is one step closer with the execution of the main build contract with Kier for the Centre for Integrative Semiconductor Materials (CISM), which will be located in the engineering quarter on the Bay Campus...

  • Mitsubishi to ship samples of 1310nm 100Gbps EML CAN for 5G mobile base stations
    on September 7, 2020 at 11:31 am

    On 1 October, Mitsubishi Electric Corp of Tokyo, Japan will begin shipping samples of its new 1310nm-wavelength (specifically, 1304.5-1317.5nm) ML770B64 100Gbps EML (electro-absorption modulator laser) CAN for high-speed, large-capacity optical data transmissions in 5G mobile base stations on radio access networks. It joins the existing 25Gbps ML760B54, launched at the 20th China International Optoelectronic Exposition (CIOE 2018) in Shenzhen, China that September...

  • DOE STTR contract for SMI and SUNY Poly to co-develop 600V/20A GaN for EVs
    on September 7, 2020 at 8:29 am

    Structured Materials Industries Inc (SMI) of Piscataway, NJ, USA – which provides chemical vapor deposition (CVD) systems, components, materials and process development services – has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) contract by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to develop pervasive manufacturing infrastructure for GaN (>20A/>600V) qualified for electric vehicle power electronics...

  • Seoul Viosys mass producing Violeds module to sterilize Coronavirus
    on September 7, 2020 at 8:29 am

    Ultraviolet LED product maker Seoul Viosys Co Ltd (a subsidiary of South Korean LED maker Seoul Semiconductor Co Ltd) says that, using its Violeds UV LED technology, it has developed an optimal module designed to sterilize 99.9% of the coronavirus in 3 seconds, and has begun mass production. Also, using this technology, Seoul Viosys is developing a ‘Photon Shower’ product that can contribute to the safety of medical staff and patients who have been struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic...

  • VLC designs transmitter PIC for CiViQ quantum communications project
    on September 7, 2020 at 8:28 am

    As a partner in the project CiViQ, photonic integrated circuit (PIC) design house VLC Photonics of Valencia, Spain (which has experience with various material platforms including silicon photonics, indium phosphide, silicon nitride, PLC and polymer) has designed a new indium phosphide (InP) PIC for secure quantum communications in networks...

  • CSC involved in UK National Quantum Technologies Programme projects
    on September 7, 2020 at 8:27 am

    The Compound Semiconductor Centre Ltd (CSC) – a joint venture founded in 2015 between Cardiff University and epiwafer foundry and substrate maker IQE plc of Cardiff, Wales, UK – has announced its involvement in two new projects funded by Innovate UK under the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme...

  • CompoundTek and NTU to co-develop tunable laser source for silicon photonics
    on September 4, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    Singapore-based silicon photonic (SiPh) foundry services provider CompoundTek Pte Ltd is working with Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) on a three-year joint R&D collaboration for ‘O, C, L-band Silicon Photonics tuneable Lasers for Communications and Other Emerging Applications’...

  • Riber receives €1m-plus order for MBE services in USA
    on September 4, 2020 at 11:10 am

    Riber S.A. of Bezons, France – which manufactures molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) systems as well as evaporation sources and effusion cells – says that it has received a major order for MBE services worth more than €1m from a US industrial customer...

  • Everlight convicted in Korea for misappropriating Seoul Semi’s trade secrets
    on September 4, 2020 at 10:52 am

    South Korean LED maker Seoul Semiconductor Co Ltd says that the Korean Suwon District Court has convicted Taiwan-based Everlight Electronics Co Ltd of criminal misappropriation of its trade secrets. Three former employees of Seoul who left the company and went to work at Everlight were also criminally convicted of trade secret misappropriation. Everlight and the former employees are subject to criminal sentences, says Seoul Semiconductor...

  • Ushio adds new 600mW 405nm violet lasers
    on September 3, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Ushio Inc of Tokyo, Japan has added to its violet laser diode (LD) product line-up by releasing the HL40113MG and HL40115MG (with two different internal circuits – the latter has a built-in monitoring photodiode). The new models emit at a wavelength of 405nm and have continuous wave (CW) optical output power of 600mW...

  • Panasonic completes transfer of semiconductor business to Winbond subsidiary Nuvoton
    on September 3, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    Panasonic Corp of Osaka, Japan has completed the transfer of its semiconductor business – which is mainly operated by Panasonic Semiconductor Solutions Co Ltd (PSCS) – to Taiwan-based Nuvoton Technology Corp, a semiconductor company under the umbrella of Winbond Electronics Corp group, following the receipt of regulatory approvals...

  • NeoPhotonics assessing impact of US tightening of Huawei restrictions beyond Q3
    on September 3, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    NeoPhotonics Corp of San Jose, CA, USA – a vertically integrated designer and manufacturer of silicon photonics and hybrid photonic integrated circuit (PIC)-based lasers, modules and subsystems for high-speed communications – has provided a business update following the updated actions of 17 August by the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)...

  • Sheaumann Laser expands to new HQ
    on September 3, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    Sheaumann Laser Inc, which designs and manufactures laser diodes and modules for sensing, imaging, telecom, navigation and illumination applications in the industrial, defense and medical sectors, moved its headquarters in August from a leased facility in Marlborough, MA, USA to a 57,800ft2 facility at 5 Federal Street, Billerica, MA, purchased in October 2019 and since renovated...

  • VCSEL revenue to grow 53% to US$1.8bn in 2021, driven by integration of 3D sensing and 5G
    on September 3, 2020 at 10:04 am

    In early 2020, market research firm TrendForce forecasted the release of more than 10 high-end smartphone models equipped with 3D sensing solutions this year, which would drive up 3D sensing vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) revenue (including whole 3D sensing infrared transmitter units) to US$1.404bn...

  • IGaN establishing $73m GaN Epi Centre by mid-2021
    on September 3, 2020 at 8:35 am

    Following what it says are demonstrated successes in pilot lines of customers, Singapore-based IGSS GaN Pte Ltd (IGaN) – which develops and commercializes gallium nitride-on-silicon/silicon carbide (GaN-on-Si/SiC) technology – is setting up an Epi Centre as a combined commercial and global joint lab for 4-8” metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) of GaN...

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