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How chip markets will perform in 2002, based on new WSTS forecast
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10/31/2001   Post a comment
GRAZ, Austria -- A moderate chip recovery, starting in the fourth quarter this year, will lead a weak recovery year in 2002, with worldwide semiconductor revenues growing just 2.6% after plunging 32.1% in 2001, according to a new industry consensus forecast released by the WSTS group based here.
Schlumberger's Saber unit to provide IC-testing services on rival testers from Agilent
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10/31/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- In a slight change in strategy, Schlumberger Semiconductor Solutions' Saber unit has begun to offer test and engineering consulting services on testers from a rival--Agilent Technologies Inc. Previously, Saber--a business unit of Schlumberger Semiconductor of San Jose--offered design, test, engineering, and consulting services for customers exclusively on Schlumberger's own line automatic test equipment (ATE).
Speaker advocates smarter test methods
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10/31/2001   Post a comment
Chip makers will be forced to "test smarter" with new, adaptive testing methods in order to maintain historic quality levels without increasing costs, according to Phil Nigh, a senior engineer at IBM Microelectronics, speaking Tuesday (Oct. 30) at the International Test Conference.
LogicVision raises about $40.5 million in IPO
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10/31/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- LogicVision Inc.--a supplier of built-in-self-test (BIST) technology that promises to reduce the cost of chip-testing--here today announced that it commenced its initial public offering. The company sold 4,500,000 shares of its common stock at a price of $9.00 per share, for a total of $40.5 million. The deal was managed by UBS Warburg LLC, SG Cowen Securities Corp. and Dain Rauscher Inc.
High cost of test scares off investors, conference goers told
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10/31/2001   Post a comment
The howling cost of test is resounding on Wall Street this year.
Credence offers one-stop design-to-test solution for chip makers
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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.
National's device eases boundary-scan test in systems and reconfiguration in field
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10/30/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA -- National Semiconductor Corp. here announced availability of system-level testing support along with embedded flash programming and the ability to reconfigure programmable logic in a new 48-pin chip, which conforms to the industry's IEEE 1149.1 standard for boundary-scan test.
Teradyne upgrades Tiger tester to support new protocols
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10/29/2001   Post a comment
BALTIMORE -- During the International Test Conference (ITC) here today, Teradyne Inc. here added high-speed, serializer/ deserializer test capabilities to its flagship line of VLSI logic testers. Teradyne has added 3.2-gigabits-per-second, serializer/deserializer (SerDes) Port Qualifier (SPQ) capabilities to its Tiger line of automatic test equipment (ATE). The new capabilities are aimed to meet the test needs for devices, based on SerDes, InfiniBand, SONET/SDH, and related technologies, said J
Singapore's STATS sets up U.S. unit to speed IC-test ramp in offshore facilities
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10/29/2001   Post a comment
SINGAPORE -- In move to strengthen its position in the heart of the U.S. chip industry, Singapore's ST Assembly Test Services Ltd. today announced a Silicon Valley-based subsidiary to provide engineering test and pre-production test services with the same type of chip-testing equipment that customers use in offshore volume testing plants.
Keithley upgrades test system for fiber-optic applications
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10/26/2001   Post a comment
CLEVELAND -- Keithley Instruments Inc. here today announced that it has upgraded its test system for use in fiber-optic applications. The company's L-I-V (Light-Current-Voltage) Test Systems can be used to test laser-diode modules used in fiber-optic equipment. The test system can also be used to qualify and sort laser-diodes components for optical read/write heads in data storage devices.
SZ Testsysteme to expand ATE capabilities in alliance with Q-Star
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10/26/2001   Post a comment
AMERANG, Germany -- Expanding the capabilities of its mixed-signal test lines, Germany's SZ Testsysteme AG here announced a strategic alliance with Q-Star Test of Brugge, Belgium. Under the terms, SZ will offer IDD-enabled test and measurement capabilities on its testers, based on technologies from Q-Star. Q-Star will provide hardware, software and other capabilities for SZ, such as IDDQ, IDDT and dynamic IDD.
Insider Trading (October 2001)
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Analog, 'micro' ICs will give weak recovery some legs, says new WSTS forecast
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10/26/2001   Post a comment
GRAZ, Austria -- A weak semiconductor recovery in 2002 will be led by analog ICs and "micro components"--such as processors, microcontrollers, and microperipherals--while memories, bipolar digital devices and discretes will continue to languish next year, according to a new chip industry consensus forecast issued this week.
Asia Pacific will prop up chip industry, resulting 2.6% growth in 2002, says WSTS
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10/25/2001   Post a comment
GRAZ, Austria -- Assuming a moderate semiconductor recovery begins in the fourth quarter this year, worldwide chip revenues will increase by just 2.6% in 2002 after dropping 32.1% in 2001, according to a new industry consensus forecast released this week by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization.
ASE believes slump bottomed out in IC-assembly/test during in Q3
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10/25/2001   Post a comment
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. here today reported a net loss of NT$679 million ($20 million) on sales of NT$8.4 billion ($247 million) in the third quarter. The supplier of chip-assembly and testing services said its revenues were 40% lower than NT$13.9 billion in Q3 last year, and 1% lower on a sequential basis from the second quarter.
Chip gear index rises back up slightly, but orders, shipments slip
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10/23/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- New orders for chip production tools fell slightly less than shipments in September vs. August, according to North American-based suppliers. The result was a slight increase in the book-to-bill ratio of North American companies at 0.65 in September, said the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) trade group today.
Mixed views from academics on maths-light physics
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10/22/2001   Post a comment
Senior academics have given a mixed reception to the Institute of Physics' proposal for 'maths-light' physics degrees to increase interest in the subject.
Philips Semi's new emerging business GM hunts for something new
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10/19/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- "Chapter Two" in the Emerging Businesses Unit of Philips Semiconductor is now underway with newly-appointed senior vice president John Payne hunting inside and outside of the Dutch company for a handful of new concepts to build upon.
EU-approved funding stops claims to government R&D tax relief
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10/19/2001   Post a comment
The government's R&D tax credit scheme is continuing to confuse small companies. And its relationship with other public funding systems reveals a series of pitfalls.
Philips sues eight more companies for infringement of I2C bus patent
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10/17/2001   Post a comment
NEW YORK--U.S. Philips Corp. today announced it has filed patent infringement suits against eight more companies accused of violating its technology rights in I2C bus interconnects on semiconductors. The latest round of suits follows similar cases filed against six U.S. chip makers one year ago.
SEMI and Sematech push ahead with new R&D cooperation framework
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10/17/2001   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex. -- Aiming to squeeze more time and money from cooperative R&D worldwide, International Sematech here and the SEMI production technology trade group said they were making slow-but-important progress in creating an industry framework to help accelerate joint technology development between chip makers and suppliers of manufacturing equipment.
Transmeta replaces CEO with retired Motorola VP Murray Goldman
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10/16/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--As part of a management shakeup, microprocessor startup Transmeta Corp. today named Murray A. Goldman, a retired executive from Motorola Inc., as its new chief executive officer. Goldman continues as chairman of Transmeta, which last week warned investors that revenues would plunge more than 50% in the third quarter to $5.0 million from $10.5 million in Q2.
Asyst's fab automation patent suit will continue after appellate court ruling
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10/16/2001   Post a comment
FREMONT, Calif.--Asyst Technologies Inc. today announced a U.S. appellate court reversed a lower court ruling, allowing it to continue a lawsuit against a suppliers offering wafer fab automation products that allegedly violate patents on mini-environment technologies, communications systems, and transport concepts in chip processing.
SanDisk sues Micron for infringement of flash patent
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10/15/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--SanDisk Corp. today announced a patent lawsuit against Micron Technology Inc., alleging that the Boise, Idaho-based memory maker was infringing upon a basic technology for flash storage systems.
Aehr, Pycon to offer compatible 'plug-&-play' IC burn-in boards
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10/12/2001   Post a comment
FREMONT, Calif. -- Aehr Test Systems here today announced a partnership with Pycon Inc. in nearby Santa Clara to jointly provide low-cost "plug-and-play" burn-in boards for testing and rooting out early failures in integrated circuits. These boards will be used in Aehr's burn-in and test systems.
GuideTech timing systems to boost flexibility in LTX chip testers
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10/11/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Guide Technology Inc. today announced a development pact with automatic test equipment supplier LTX Corp. to integrate 3.2-gigabit-per-second timing systems into mixed-signal and system-on-chip testers.
Qualcomm says 3G chip set shipping, over 50 systems now in development
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10/11/2001   Post a comment
SAN DIEGO -- Qualcomm Inc. today announced production shipment of its high-end chip set for third-generation (3G) handsets, including features for advanced location capabilities.
Schlumberger, SynTest aim to link design-for-test tools with test services
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10/11/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- The IC-testing and engineering services unit of Schlumberger Ltd., called Saber, has announced a strategic alliance with SynTest Technologies Inc. to bridge the gap between design-for-test tools and outsourced test-engineering services.
Tegal says new patent adds another barrier for etch competitors
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10/11/2001   Post a comment
PETALUMA, Calif. -- Plasma-etch systems supplier Tegal Corp. today announced it has received a key U.S. patent for controlling the critical dimensions of devices during the etching process in sub-0.13-micron technologies.
Brussels clears public funding for improving aviation security
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10/10/2001   Post a comment
The European Commission has given its OK for the aviation industry to receive state funding for the development and installation of new security systems.
Brad Mattson retires as CEO of Mattson Technology
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10/9/2001   Post a comment
FREMONT, Calif.--Semiconductor equipment industry veteran Brad Mattson has submitted his resignation as CEO of Mattson Technology Inc. and plans to retire.
AMD tries to wean PC industry from CPU-megahertz benchmarks
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10/9/2001   Post a comment
SAN FRANCISCO -- With the formal launch of its high-end Athlon XP microprocessor series, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today announced an effort to literally change the way PC central processing units are gauged.
Former Cisco executive to head National Semi's networking unit
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10/8/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- National Semiconductor Corp. today named a former executive from Cisco Systems Inc. as the head of its Wired Communications Division. Mike Noonen, 38, becomes the division's vice president after serving as director of new markets and technologies for the Commercial Line of business at Cisco.
SpeedFam-IPEC pays MEMC $1.8 million to end R&D partnership dispute
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10/5/2001   Post a comment
CHANDLER, Ariz.--SpeedFam-IPEC Inc. and MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. today announced a settlement to a legal fight over a joint-development partnership that went awry.
Avanti says restitution paid in full to Cadence in criminal case
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10/4/2001   Post a comment
FREMONT, Calif. -- Hoping to end to its legal nightmare, Avanti Corp. here announced it has paid all fines, penalties, and $195 million in restitution to Cadence Design Systems Inc. in connection with the company's conviction on software theft charges.
Confab looks to crack cost-of-test conundrum
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10/1/2001   Post a comment
Given the meteoric rise in the cost of chip testing, the theme at this year's International Test Conference, "Tackling Test Trade-offs," could not be more appropriate.
SIA still predicts chip growth in Q4, but August sales plunge
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10/1/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- How bad was it? Worldwide chip sales in August were 42% lower than the same month last year, according to new data released today by the Semiconductor Industry Association. One small piece of good news, however: Asia-Pacific chip sales actually grew 2% in August from July, according to the SIA report.
SiGe used in 1GHz oscilloscopes for low-cost product
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10/1/2001   Post a comment
Tektronix has expanded the range of oscilloscopes that use silicon germanium front-end components to construct a mid-range 1GHz instrument.


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