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25 Oct 10
Optimistic Ultratech gains momentum for 2011

Lithography and laser annealing system supplier anticipates rapid growth in sales of its stepper tool to LED manufacturers next year.

22 Oct 10
FLIR boosted by SWIR, night vision applications

Acquisitions and strong US demand push revenues up, but concerns remain over future military spending patterns.

21 Oct 10
Christmas arrives early at buoyant Trumpf

The German company returns wages to pre-crisis levels and predicts that the market for laser materials processing systems will grow 25% in 2010.

21 Oct 10
Leica and Sensofar extend metrology deal

The two European companies are expanding a co-operation agreement focused on 3D surface metrology systems.

20 Oct 10
Cree sales up again, but forecast disappoints

The LED manufacturer has once again posted record revenue figures, but expects them to level off in the coming quarter.

18 Oct 10
Soliant ups concentration on rooftop power

More powerful focusing optics doubles concentration ratio from 500x to 1000x for commercial rooftop installations, reducing the cost of solar electricity.

15 Oct 10
Solar expansion continues unabated

Cell manufacturing capacity added during the third quarter of 2010 broke all previous records, with more to come as further expansions are announced.

13 Oct 10
Intel, ASML allay fears of double-dip

Strong results from the semiconductor and lithography giants suggest sustained demand – for now.

12 Oct 10
Trumpf expects double-digit sales jump

With orders on the rise in nearly all of its markets, the leading supplier of laser material processing systems is in positive mood.

11 Oct 10
GSI catches up on financial reporting

The photonics group finally releases its annual report for 2009, which details the turmoil caused by its acquisition of Excel and the global downturn.

08 Oct 10
Synopsys adds to consolidation trend

Software giant's buy-out of Optical Research Associates is the latest in a string of deals to highlight emerging themes in the photonics sector.

08 Oct 10
IQE eyes opto expansion with Galaxy deal

World's leading advanced semiconductor wafer foundry sees growing opportunity in infrared imaging; raises cash to fund acquisition, debt reduction and capacity expansion.

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