SCI Systems plans more plant closings News & Analysis 10/30/2001 Post a comment To restructure its operations for profitability in the current economic downturn, SCI Systems Inc. will close nine plants before EMS peer Sanmina Corp. acquires it later this year.
Tegal's Q3 sales fall 66% over last year amid weak demand News & Analysis 10/30/2001 Post a comment PETALUMA, Calif. -- Tegal Corp. here today reported sales of $4.4 million for its second fiscal quarter ended Sept. 30, a 65.6% drop over the $12.8 million posted in the like period a year ago.
The company also reported a net loss of $2.5 million for the quarter, or minus $0.20 cents per share. The results included a one-time charge of approximately $600,000 related to recent staff reductions.
Digi International buys NetSilicon for $50 million to enter embedded chip market News & Analysis 10/30/2001 Post a comment MINNETONKA, Minn. -- In a move to expand its product portfolio, Digi International Inc. here today announced that it has acquired NetSilicon Inc. for approximately $50 million in stock.
With the acquisition of NetSilicon, based in Waltham, Mass., Digi gains a quick entry into the Ethernet/Internet Protocol (IP) -based embedded chip market. NetSilicon's architecture enables Internet/Ethernet connectivity to electronic devices.
EMS providers hope for windfall from military spending News & Analysis 10/30/2001 Post a comment
With the announcement on Friday of a record $200 billion military contract awarded to Lockheed Martin Corp. and the promise of a larger defense budget in fiscal year 2002, a sector of the EMS industry is eyeing growth opportunities in the military and aerospace market even though few expect the business to materialize any time soon.
Toshiba tailors MPEG-4 interface for specific baseband chips News & Analysis 10/30/2001 Post a comment Sounding a note of caution for system integrators looking to add wireless video features to mobile handsets, Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) said its MPEG-4 decoder and encoder/decoder ICs, both sampling now, are tailored to specifically interface with Qualcomm Inc.'s MSM3300, a leading baseband processor for cdmaOne handsets.
SynTest rolls out design-for-test software to reduce chip-testing costs News & Analysis 10/30/2001 Post a comment BALTIMORE -- During the International Test Conference (ITC) here today, SynTest Technologies Inc. rolled out a new design-for-test (DFT) software line that promises to reduce chip-testing costs.
The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company announced TurboDFT, a software product that integrates test-ready blocks and intellectual property (IP) cores for use in testing system-on-a-chip and other complex ICs.
Mosaid cancels switch-chip project and cuts 13% of its workforce News & Analysis 10/30/2001 Post a comment OTTAWA -- Mosaid Technologies Inc. here today announced the cancellation of its switch-on-a-chip project--a move that impacts 13% of its workforce, or 28 employees.
Mosaid had been developing the so-called Fabr-IC, a switch-on-a-chip line for communications equipment. But the Ottawa-based company was also in discussions with an undisclosed party to sell the product line, but those discussions have been terminated, according to the company.
Anam, Simtek sign process technology deal in nonvolatile memory arena News & Analysis 10/30/2001 Post a comment CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Amkor Technology Inc.'s silicon foundry unit here today announced a process technology deal with Simtek Corp. of Colorado Springs, Colo.
Under the terms, Amkor and its foundry subsidiary, Anam
Semiconductor Inc. of Bucheon, Korea, have licensed the nonvolatile memory process technology from Simtek. This includes Simtek's flash and nvSRAM process technologies.
Solectron takes advantage of downturn to regroup News & Analysis 10/30/2001 Post a comment In an interview with EBN, Phil Fok, Solectron's senior vice president and chief administrative officer, talked about the Milpitas, Calif., company's inventory issues, supplier requirements, and the shift in emphasis from global growth to the acquisition of specific technology expertise.
Cymer reduces headcount by 11% or 100 employees News & Analysis 10/30/2001 Post a comment SAN DIEGO -- Citing the current and sharp downturn in the IC market, Cymer Inc. here today announced that it has reduced its headcount by 11%, or about 100 jobs.
Effective today, the work force reduction will trim the company's headcount from about 900 employees to 800 employees worldwide, according to Cymer. The San Diego-based company is a supplier of lasers for lithography tools and other products.
Credence offers one-stop design-to-test solution for chip makers News & Analysis 10/30/2001 Post a comment FREMONT, Calif. -- Credence Systems Corp. here today announced a one-stop design-to-test solution that promises to reduce chip-testing costs for IC makers.
Credence's Quartet Series of automatic test equipment (ATE) now supports Integrated Measurement Systems Inc.'s (IMS) pre-silicon test debug solution, dubbed VirtualTester. IMS is a subsidiary of Credence, based in Fremont.
Startup fields Spice debugging tool News & Analysis 10/30/2001 Post a comment Sandwork Design Inc. is fielding what it calls the first third-party "transistor-level" debugging tool, named Spice Explorer. The offering includes a "lint" capability that finds problems in Spice netlists, and a waveform viewer with multiple display options.
Tough times beckon for NPUs News & Analysis 10/30/2001 Post a comment The market is smaller and the money tighter. Yet OEMs want a 'total package' in support of network processors. These were only the most obvious changes seen by vendors at the recent Network Processors Conference.
Stor förlust för Telenor News & Analysis 10/30/2001 Post a comment Det norska telebolaget Telenor gick med förlust kvartal 3. Bolaget gjorde en förlust efter skatt på över 2,5 miljarder norska kronor.
Rätt första gången med prototypverifiering News & Analysis 10/30/2001 Post a comment Prototypvalideringen blir allt svårare med ökad kretskomplexitet. Chris Brigden från IMS förespråkar här en metod baserad på företagets prototyptestare där prototyperna kan verifieras medan kretsen fortfarande håller på att utvecklas.
ON Semiconductor's loss meets expectations News & Analysis 10/30/2001 Post a comment ON Semiconductor Corp (Phoenix, Arizona) announced that total product revenue in the third quarter of 2001 was $275.4m, a decrease of 10% sequentially and a decrease of 47% compared to the third quarter of 2000
Power product market move for Alcatel News & Analysis 10/30/2001 Post a comment Alcatel Converters is looking to develop a market for its power products outside internal clients with the award of an exclusive UK and Republic of Ireland distribution franchise to Acal Power Solutions.
Fält Elektronik i konkurs News & Analysis 10/30/2001 Post a comment Kalixföretaget Fält Elektronik, som startades 1978 av Hans Fält har försatts i konkurs. Vad som skall hända med företaget är i skrivande stund ännu inte avgjort, men sannolikt blir det någon form av rekonstruktion.
UMC posts $117 million 3Q loss, cuts capital spending; fab utilization at 36% News & Analysis 10/30/2001 Post a comment TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Silicon foundry giant United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) today reported a net loss of $117 million (NT$4.02 billion) for the quarter ended Sept. 30, compared to a profit of $422 million (NT$14.56 billion) in the like period a year ago.
Net sales were $346 million (NT$11.96 billion) in the period, down 59.4% over the like quarter a year ago.
Elpida rolls out 64- and 128-Mbit DRAMs for mobile applications News & Analysis 10/29/2001 Post a comment TOKYO -- Japan's Elpida Memory Inc. here today rolled out a 64- and 128-megabit DRAM line for use in mobile applications.
Elpida's Mobile RAM line are 1.8- to 2.5-volt devices that are geared for cellular phones and PDAs, said Akira Yabu, technical marketing and engineering manager for Elpida. The company is a joint DRAM venture between Japan's Hitachi Ltd. and NEC Corp.
ON Semiconductor's loss meets expectations News & Analysis 10/29/2001 Post a comment
ON Semiconductor Corp., Phoenix, announced that total product revenue in the third quarter of 2001 was $275.4 million, a decrease of 10% sequentially and a decrease of 47% compared to the third quarter of 2000.
Implant Center and Ion Implant Services merge to form Innovion News & Analysis 10/29/2001 Post a comment SAN JOSE --Two independent providers of ion implantation services--Implant Center Inc. (ICI) and Ion Implant Services Inc. (IIS)--here on Tuesday will announce that they have merged their operations and formed a new company, SBN has learned.
ICI of San Jose reportedly took controlling interest of IIS of Sunnyvale, Calif., after ISI ran into financial problems, according to industry sources. ISI reportedly shut its doors following the current and sharp downturn in IC industry, sources sai
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.