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says, “With the accelerating growth of the general lighting sector of the LED market and with the increasing complexity of mobile devices creating greater opportunity for SoS technology, I am very excited by the longer term growth potential of the markets we serve.


However, they are evolving markets and we will likely continue to see shorter term volatility. In the first quarter, our six-inch wafer orders will be lower. Similar to what we experienced last year, our largest LED customer for six-inch wafers has excess inventory and will not likely need additional material until the second quarter. “


“Also, our SoS customer recently announced that their orders are down based on weaker than expected sales by a key end customer. However, they also expressed confidence in a strong second half of the year based on the expected introduction of new smartphone models by their end customers later in the year. As a result, six-inch revenue will be lower in the first quarter. But, we believe we will see strong orders for six-inch wafers in the second half from both the SoS and LED markets.”


Rubicon expects first quarter revenue to be approximately $8 million, down sequentially due to lower six-inch wafer sales. With the reduced sales volumes, utilisation rates will be low in both crystal growth and polishing, putting pressure on the company’s margins in the quarter. As a result, the company expects a loss per share between $(0.10) and $(0.14) in the first quarter based on 22.5 million shares outstanding and a 50 percent tax benefit.


S3 to distribute Trion semiconductor tools in Europe


The manufacturer of plasma etch, strip and deposition systems for critical surfaces in the semiconductor and related industries has signed an agreement with S3 Alliance. S3 will work with R&D, MEMS and production fabs


Trion Technology has formed a strategic alliance with European distributor, S3 Alliance.


S3 Alliance will distribute and support Trion’s full line of products to customers throughout Europe.


S3 Alliance provides Trion Technology further penetration into the European market with an installed service and support network. Trion’s products expand S3 Alliance market offerings to the European customer base.


“We are pleased to be working with Trion Technology” says Thomas Riedel, Managing Director of S3 Alliance GmbH. “They have a strong product range for production descum and photoresist removal and have extensive experience with RIE etching, ICP and microwave plasma generation as well as for PECVD. Trion products are perfectly enhancing our portfolio for our common targeted markets.


“We have contacted most of the existing European customers March 2013 www.compoundsemiconductor.net 129 Avantes FOM


Fibre Optic Multiplexers enable single or multiple light sources and spectrometers to make multi-point serial measurements. This new generation now features USB 2.0, complete integration into AvaSoft and full Avantes DLL support.


and have had only positive feedback,” adds Thomas Riedel.


S3 Alliance will be working with R&D, MEMS and production fabs. Key accounts include major companies in the semiconductor industry, government research, universities, and research and development laboratories.


“This alliance demonstrates Trion’s continued dedication to providing world-class customer service and support,” continues Randy Crockett, President of Trion Technology. “We believe that providing highly responsive service is an essential factor in making our customers happy.”


Founded in 1989, Trion Technology, Inc. of Clearwater, Florida, USA supplies a variety of plasma etch and deposition equipment for the manufacturing of compound semiconductors and MEMS.


Trion’s products feature the smallest footprint and lowest cost systems in the industry with proven production reliability.


S3 Alliance is a European trading and service company with a broad product portfolio in the semiconductor and related industries.


Avantes advances its Fibre Optic Multiplexers


The firm has revealed a new range of broadband fibres, which combine the advantages of high OH solarisation resistant fibre for the UV with low OH fibre for the NIR


Manufacturer of fibre optic spectroscopy instruments and systems, Avantes, has released a new generation of Fibre Optic Multiplexers (FOMs).


They are faster, more reliable and quieter than ever before. The FOM easily integrates to Avantes’ advanced spectroscopy software AvaSoft.


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