Opti sales surge on last-time buys as its weighs liquidation plan News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--Still reconsidering a plan to liquidate itself, Opti Inc. here posted a net income of $381,000 on revenues of $2.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2001. The company's sales surged 98% on a sequential basis from the third quarter of 2001 because of an increase in last-time buys of PC chip sets, said Opti's chief executive officer.
TEL says it won appeal in Tegal suit over etch patent News & Analysis 2/26/2002 Post a comment TOKYO--Tokyo Electron Ltd. today announced it has won an appeal in a U.S. patent lawsuit filed by Tegal Corp., and it is now able to continue selling its A-IEM oxide etchers in the United States "without fear of any further interference by Tegal."
New IC-testing requirements will rescue ATE market in 2002, say Schlumberger executives News & Analysis 2/21/2002 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- The automatic test equipment (ATE) business fell a staggering 64.2% in 2001 over 2000, but the market should rebound and achieve modest growth in 2002, according to executives from Schlumberger Semiconductor Solutions here today.
The worldwide ATE market suffered its worst downturn in history last year, falling from $6.7 billion in terms of sales in 2000, to $2.4 billion in 2001, according to VLSI Research Inc. of San Jose.
TransDimension names former Silicon Systems COO as chief executive News & Analysis 2/19/2002 Post a comment IRVINE, Calif. -- TransDimension Inc. here today named Rick Goerner as its new president and chief executive officer. Goerner is a former executive at Texas Instruments Inc., and he was chief operating officer of Silicon Systems Inc. in Tustin, Calif., prior to TI's purchase of the company from TDK Corp. of Japan.
Tropian teams with Agilent and Silicon Labs to serve advanced GSM phones News & Analysis 2/18/2002 Post a comment CANNES, France--Prior to the opening of a cellular phone trade show here, Tropian Inc. today announced it was collaborating with Agilent Technologies Inc. to jointly demonstrate a radio-frequency transmitter for GSM/GPRS/Edge handsets. Silicon Valley-based Tropian also announced a partnership with Silicon Laboratories Inc. to offer the industry's first tri-band E-GPRS radio transceiver reference-design platform.
PR pioneer Walter Mathews dies at 68 News & Analysis 2/15/2002 Post a comment REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- Walter H. Mathews, one of Silicon Valley's pioneers in the semiconductor public relations and media fields, died on Thursday at his home outside of Sacramento, Calif., after a long battle with diabetes-related illness. He was 68. Mathews was the co-founder of Positio Investor & Public Relations, originally known as Mathews & Clark Communications.
Sematech names Motorola assignee as one of its chief operating officers News & Analysis 2/15/2002 Post a comment AUSTIN, Tex.-- Semiconductor consortium International Sematech today named Betsy Weitzman of Motorola Inc. as its vice president and chief operating officer for advanced technology. She will be responsible for overseeing the operations and strategy of Sematech's Lithography, Front End Processes, and Interconnect division.
U.S. controls on fab gear in China face growing opposition News & Analysis 2/15/2002 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Addressing what could a life or death matter for some U.S. semiconductor equipment suppliers, the SEMI trade group here will soon throw its weight behind a growing campaign to reform or remove U.S. export controls on chip-making technologies and tools in China.
Advantest aims to outgrow tester market in sluggish 2002 News & Analysis 2/12/2002 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- It could be another tough year in the automatic test equipment (ATE) business, where the worldwide market is projected to be relatively flat in 2002 compared to 2001, said a top executive with Japan's Advantest Corp. in an interview this week.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.