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11 Apr 11
National deal to help Texas corner LED driver market

Texas Instruments' cash acquisition of National Semiconductor will give it an even larger share of the fast-growing market for LED driver ICs.

08 Apr 11
LED fab spending tripled in 2010 to $1.8BN

And it doesn't stop there – thanks largely to China, the SEMI industry group is expecting LED fab investment to grow another 40% in 2011.

07 Apr 11
General Electric commits $600M to solar ramp

Global energy giant to inject major funds into CdTe solar development, providing some competition for market leader First Solar.

07 Apr 11
Litho sales drove huge semicon growth in 2010

Capital equipment spending grew 143% last year, with lithography stepper specialist ASML showing the sharpest increase of all.

06 Apr 11
Price war prompts SemiLEDs revenue slump

The manufacturer of novel high-performance LED chips expects sales to shrink further because of what it calls 'aggressive' pricing.

05 Apr 11
LED benefits as Osram gears up for IPO

Parent company Siemens will spin off the giant lighting subsidiary later this year, raising cash to be invested in LED technology development.

05 Apr 11
Photonic Products hit by defense slowdown

Optical crystal and coating supplier is buoyed by stronger orders and a positive end to 2010, but defense spending remains weak.

04 Apr 11
Ascent tumbles on 're-sizing' strategy

Investors react badly to the thin-film solar company's change of CEO, staff cutbacks and a new focus on niche markets.

01 Apr 11
Gooch & Housego makes tellurium dioxide move

Expanding UK company acquires US firm with expertise in tellurium dioxide acousto-optics, in a deal valued at $13.75M.

31 Mar 11
Emerging markets drive laser sales at Lumenis

The medical laser company reports a 5% sales increase in 2010, with double-digit growth in China, India and Latin America.

31 Mar 11
Organic LED firm raises $250M in offering

Universal Display Corporation boosts its balance sheet as it completes a public offering of 5.75 million shares.

30 Mar 11
VCs burnt as Emcore buys CPV firm Soliant

Despite raising nearly $22 million three years ago, rooftop CPV system specialist Soliant Energy is sold for a reported $450k.

 
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