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9 November 2007


In brief: Cree; Axiom; Emcore

Cree adds XLamp LED operations to ISO/TS certification, including automotive standards

LED maker Cree Inc says that it has completed an advancement assessment audit for its ISO/TS16949 certification. This year’s audit includes its XLamp LED production facility in Durham, NC, USA, as well as its LED chip, power and materials manufacturing operations.

TS16949 encompasses all requirements of ISO9001:2000 and additional requirements from the automotive industry. Cree says that, upon the obsolescence of the QS9000 quality standard, it chose to strengthen its quality certification process and seek compliance with the newer, more stringent ISO/TS16949 requirements.

In 1994, the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) was selected by the Chrysler, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Supplier Quality Requirements Task Force to oversee the publication and distribution of the QS-9000 and related quality manuals and to administer the delivery of QS-9000 sanctioned training. Since then, AIAG’s quality offerings have expanded to include ISO/TS 16949.

“Compliance to TS signifies that Cree’s quality management system is capable of meeting one of the highest-quality standards worldwide,” says Norbert Hiller, Cree’s VP of Lighting.

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Axiom awarded ISO 9001:2000 certification

Axiom Microdevices Inc, which supplies the world’s only fully integrated silicon complementary metal oxide semiconductor power amplifiers (CMOS PA) for mobile handsets, has achieved ISO 9001:2000 certification. Auditing and certification of Axiom’s quality management systems at its Irvine, CA facility was completed by DNV Certification Inc, a division of Det Norske Veritas with North American headquarters in Houston, TX.

“As a fully operational enterprise, endorsed by some of the world’s leading handset and semiconductor manufacturers who have selected our AX502 CMOS power amplifier for its quality and cost-competitiveness, it is critical to the success of our company that our operational processes conform with international quality standards,” says Mark Johnson, director of quality and reliability.

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Emcore compliant with Nasdaq filing requirements

On 6 November, Emcore Corp of Albuquerque, NM, USA was notified that the Nasdaq Listing and Hearing Review Council, after consultation with the Nasdaq Listing Qualification staff, determined that the firm has demonstrated compliance with the filing requirements under Nasdaq’s Marketplace Rules.

On 1 November, Emcore said that it had filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission its annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year to end-September 2006 and its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters to end-December 2006, end-March 2007, and end-June 2007. This followed Emcore completing its investigation into past stock option grant practices, determining appropriate measurement dates for all grants that were incorrectly dated, and making corresponding accounting adjustments to its financial statements.

The notification adds that the firm’s securities will continue to be listed on The Nasdaq Global Market. In mid-October, the Listing and Hearing Review Council had extended the deadline to 4 December for Emcore to demonstrate compliance with the requirements for continued listing.

Emcore says that it is now working to complete its proxy solicitation process and intends to hold its annual meeting in December.

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