Semiconductors

  • Qorvo GaN technology to upgrade US Army radar system
    on September 17, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Qorvo Inc of Greensboro, NC, USA (which provides core technologies and RF solutions for mobile, infrastructure and defense applications) says that one of its gallium nitride (GaN) power amplifiers has been selected by Lockheed Martin to provide GaN modules for production of the US Army’s Q-53 radar system. The insertion of GaN technology into this multi-mission mobile radar is expected to provide superior efficiency, power density, reliability and life-cycle cost over the gallium arsenide (GaAs) amplifiers currently used in the system...

  • FBH presenting III-V electronics portfolio at European Microwave Week
    on September 17, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    In a joint booth (B2200) with ‘Research Fab Microelectronics Germany’ (FMD) at European Microwave Week (EuMW 2019) in Porte de Versailles Paris, France (1-3 October), Berlin-based Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (FBH) is presenting its portfolio of III-V-based electronics (components for the digitization of mobile communications, for industrial and biomedical systems, and for space applications), including a selection of new developments in power amplifiers, circuits and heterointegrated chips...

  • Lumileds launches high-efficacy LUXEON 3030 HE Plus mid-power LED for 3V indoor and outdoor lighting
    on September 17, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Lumileds LLC of San Jose, CA, USA has launched the LUXEON 3030 HE Plus Mid Power LED, which offers what is claimed to be industry-leading luminous efficacy of 210lm/W (at a color temperature of 4000K, 80CRI) in a standard 3.0mm x 3.0mm package for 3V applications, including indoor troffers and panel lights, as well as outdoor area lights. As color control is an essential feature of these indoor applications, a four-quadrant color bin structure has been developed for the LUXEON 3030 HE Plus, which can offer 2 MacAdam ellipse by kitting...

  • NeoPhotonics launches multiplexers and de-multiplexers that increase capacity of DCI optical fibers
    on September 17, 2019 at 11:45 am

    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 announced the introduction and initial shipments of new arrayed waveguide grating (AWG) multiplexers and de-multiplexers for high-capacity, high-baud-rate, coherent transmission systems...

  • Synopsys releases enhanced portfolio of photonic design solutions, supporting faster development of photonic devices, systems and PICs
    on September 17, 2019 at 7:15 am

    Synopsys Inc of Mountain View, CA, USA ― which provides electronic design automation (EDA) software, semiconductor IP and services for chip and electronic system design ― has released version 2019.09 of its comprehensive Photonic Solutions portfolio, which includes the RSoft products for photonic device design, the OptSim and ModeSYS tools for photonic system design, and the OptSim Circuit and OptoDesigner tools for photonic integrated circuit (PIC) design...

  • Emcore appoints Noel Heiks to board
    on September 16, 2019 at 7:22 am

    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 – has announced the appointment of Noel Heiks to its board of directors...

  • Solliance and MiaSolé set record 23% efficiency for flexible solar cells
    on September 13, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Nine months after presenting the first record-breaking flexible solar cell, copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) thin-film photovoltaic solar cell and panel maker MiaSolé Hi-Tech Corp of Santa Clara, CA, USA (a subsidiary of Beijing-based renewable energy firm Hanergy) and Solliance Solar Research - a cross-border (Dutch-Flemish-German) public-private thin-film photovoltaic (TFPV) solar energy R&D consortium in the ELAT (Eindhoven-Leuven-Aachen) region - have set a new record power conversion efficiency of 23% on a flexible solar cell. The solar cell combines two thin-film solar cell technologies into a tandem solar cell stack: a top flexible semi-transparent perovskite solar cell with a bottom flexible CIGS cell...

  • II-VI and LITE-ON partner on volume manufacturing and marketing of packaged lasers for mass-market LiDAR
    on September 13, 2019 at 8:06 am

    Engineered materials and optoelectronic component maker II-VI Inc of Saxonburg, PA, USA has signed a strategic agreement with Taiwan-based optoelectronic component packaging firm LITE-ON Technology Corp to partner on volume manufacturing and commercialization of packaged lasers for mass-market light detection & ranging (LiDAR)...

  • Altum RF announces RF Test Lab in Sydney office
    on September 11, 2019 at 5:17 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 office in Sydney, Australia with an RF Test Lab...

  • BluGlass-Bridgelux JDA to evaluate RPCVD and tunnel junction technologies for cascade LEDs in general lighting market
    on September 11, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    BluGlass Ltd of Silverwater, Australia – which was spun off from the III-nitride department of Macquarie University in 2005 – has entered into a joint development agreement (JDA) with Bridgelux Inc of Fremont, CA, USA (a vertically integrated manufacturer of solid-state light sources for lighting applications) to build on BluGlass’ remote-plasma chemical vapor deposition (RPCVD) tunnel-junction technology in order to develop cascade LEDs, establish a path for mainstream applications in the growing general lighting market...

  • Transphorm adds first PQFN88-packaged GaN FETs to Gen III product line
    on September 11, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Transphorm Inc of Goleta, near Santa Barbara, CA, USA — which designs and manufactures JEDEC- and AEC-Q101-qualified high-voltage (HV) gallium nitride (GaN) field-effect transistors (FETs) for high-voltage (HV) power conversion applications — has announced its first Gen III PQFN88 transistors. The new 650V devices are available in two versions, the TP65H070LSG (source tab) and TP65H070LDG (drain tab), and offer an on-resistance of 72mΩ...

  • Finisar quarterly revenue falls 8.1% due partly to delayed demand for VCSEL arrays in 3D sensing
    on September 11, 2019 at 7:46 am

    For fiscal first-quarter 2020 (ended 28 July 2019), fiber-optic communications component and subsystem maker Finisar Corp of Sunnyvale, CA, USA has reported revenue of $285m, down 8.1% on $310.1m last quarter and 10.2% on $317.3m a year ago...

  • DuPont divests Compound Semiconductor Solutions business to SK Siltron
    on September 11, 2019 at 6:52 am

    Delaware-based DuPont Electronics & Imaging (E&I) has signed an agreement to sell its Compound Semiconductor Solutions (CSS) business to silicon wafer supplier SK Siltron of Seoul, South Korea. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2019, subject to customary regulatory approvals for closing...

  • Riber receives order from Asia for MBE 6000 multi-wafer production system
    on September 11, 2019 at 6:44 am

    Riber S.A. of Bezons, France – which manufactures molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) systems as well as evaporation sources and effusion cells – says that an Asian industrial company has ordered a third MBE 6000 machine...

  • OIF showcasing 400ZR, CEI-112G and IC-TROSA interoperability demos at ECOC
    on September 10, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    In booth # 441 at the European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC 2019) in Dublin, Ireland (23-25 September), 12 member companies of the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) — ADVA, Amphenol, Cadence Design System, Credo, Finisar, Inphi, Keysight Technologies, Marvell, Molex, MultiLane, TE Connectivity and Yamaichi Electronics —are giving live multi-vendor interoperability demonstrations of 400ZR, Common Electrical I/O (CEI)-112G and IC-TROSA (transmitter receiver optical sub-assembly)...

  • ST to supply SiC power electronics to Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi for high-speed on-board chargers in next-gen EVs
    on September 10, 2019 at 7:47 am

    STMicroelectronics of Geneva, Switzerland has been chosen to supply high-efficiency silicon carbide (SiC) power electronics to Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi (Alliance) for on-board chargers (OBCs) in its upcoming electric vehicles...

  • AquiSense’s UV-C LED technology playing increasing role in aerospace projects
    on September 10, 2019 at 7:47 am

    Nikkiso Group company AquiSense Technologies LLC of Erlanger, KY, USA (which designs and manufactures water, air and surface disinfection systems based on UV-C LEDs) says that it has participated in ten distinct aerospace projects...

  • Skyworks powers first all-in-one virtual reality gaming system
    on September 9, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Skyworks Solutions Inc of Woburn, MA, USA (which manufactures analog and mixed-signal semiconductors) says that its highly integrated SkyOne solution for WiFi is enabling Facebook’s Oculus Quest, which is said to be the first all-in-one virtual reality (VR) gaming platform allowing players to wirelessly connect to the cloud for a seamless and immersive experience...

  • Delphi partnering with Cree for automotive silicon carbide devices
    on September 9, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Automotive propulsion technology provider Delphi Technologies PLC of London, UK and Cree Inc of Durham, NC, USA have announced a partnership to utilize silicon carbide (SiC) device technology to enable faster, smaller, lighter and more powerful electronic systems for future electric vehicles (EV)...

  • Cree’s revenue falls 5% in June quarter
    on September 9, 2019 at 8:00 am

    For full-year fiscal 2019 (to 30 June), Cree Inc of Durham, NC, USA has reported revenue of $1.08bn, up 17% on fiscal 2018’s $0.925bn, 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 for about $310m to IDEAL Industries Inc of Sycamore, IL, USA....

  • Palo Alto Research Labs opens new ‘cleanroom as a service’ facilities
    on September 9, 2019 at 7:51 am

    Palo Alto Research Labs (PARC, a Xerox company) of Palo Alto, CA, USA has opened new cleanroom facilities as an open innovation lab for use by corporate research departments, government agencies and start-up companies to develop prototype electronic devices and novel technologies quickly and cost-effectively...

  • Mellanox launches LinkX 200G & 400G cables & transceivers at CIOE and ECOC
    on September 6, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Mellanox Technologies Ltd of Sunnyvale, CA, USA and Yokneam, Israel (a supplier of end-to-end Ethernet and InfiniBand interconnect solutions for servers, storage systems and hyper-converged infrastructure) has announced new 400G DR4 500m transceivers and 400G direct attach copper (DAC) splitters and 100G SFP-DD DAC cables for server/storage interconnects. In addition, new 200G ‘active’ DAC cables for HDR InfiniBand and 200GbE Ethernet were introduced to extend copper cable reach up to 4m. Lastly, new QSA56 port adapters enable single-channel SFP cables and transceivers to be connected to 200G switch or network adapter ports. QSA56 supports cables and transceivers from 0.5m to 10km...

  • Qorvo’s IDP president recognized with Tech Titans Award
    on September 6, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Qorvo Inc of Greensboro, NC, USA (which provides core technologies and RF solutions for mobile, infrastructure and defense applications) says that James Klein, president of Infrastructure and Defense Products (IDP), has been recognized with the Technology Association of North Texas’ Tech Titans Award. Tech Titans recognizes individuals in North Texas currently transforming the high-tech industry for the greater good...

  • MACOM demos Open Eye MSA-compliant analog chipset at CIOE
    on September 6, 2019 at 9:52 am

    In booth #1A32 at the China International Optoelectronic Exposition (CIOE 2019) in Shenzhen, China (4-7 September), MACOM Technology Solutions Inc of Lowell, MA, USA (which makes semiconductors, components and subassemblies for RF, microwave, millimeter-wave and lightwave applications) is giving a live demonstration of a complete 200G optical module solution designed in collaboration with an industry-leading optical manufacturer, leveraging MACOM’s Open Eye MSA-compliant analog chipset. The chipset is optimized for volume-scale deployment in high-density cloud data-center links...

  • EU grants HIPERION project €10.6m
    on September 6, 2019 at 8:18 am

    In the framework of its Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the ‘Increase the competitiveness of the EU PV manufacturing industry’ funding opportunity (grant agreement No. 857775), the European Commission has awarded €10.6m to the project HIPERION (HybrId Photovoltaics for Efficiency Record using Integrated Optical techNology) to ultimately strengthen the competitiveness of the European Union’s solar power industry in the high-performance segment...

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