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Motorola, AMD's Ruiz settle suit over recruitment dispute
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6/29/2001   Post a comment
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. -- Motorola Inc. and the former president of its semiconductor business, Hector de J. Ruiz, here have reached an out-of-court settlement in their suit over the alleged illegal recruitment of Motorola executives to Advanced Micro Devices Inc. In January of 2000, Ruiz surprised the industry and Motorola by deciding to join AMD as president and chief operating officer.
Orders from TI and others may boost Teradyne, but outlook is still cloudy
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6/29/2001   Post a comment
BOSTON -- Teradyne Inc.'s outlook remains cloudy in spite of a recent uptick orders for its automatic test equipment (ATE) from several established and new customers, reportedly including Texas Instruments Inc., according to analysts. It's been a rough time for Teradyne and other ATE companies. The downturn in the ATE business caused Teradyne earlier this month to reduce its workforce and lower its forecast for the second quarter of 2001.
RF Micro Devices plans China assembly plant to serve Nokia
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6/28/2001   Post a comment
GREENSBORO, N.C.--In a move to expand in China's cellular phone market, RF Micro Devices Inc. here today announced plans to open a final assembly facility and logistics center in Beijing to supply radio-frequency components to Nokia Group.
Schlumberger, IMS to set up a network of worldwide IC-testing centers
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6/27/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- The new alliance between Integrated Measurement Systems Inc. (IMS) and Schlumberger Semiconductor Solutions will create a new and low-cost outsourcing model for chip-testing, according to company officials. Last week, the two companies announced plans to set up the first in a series of independent test centers that will provide IC debug, validation, characterization, probing, and related services for chip makers
Intel confirms second 300-mm R&D fab in Oregon for 0.07-micron ICs
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6/27/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. Wednesday confirmed that it has filed permit applications to build a $2 billion development fab capable of 0.07-micron design rules in Hillsboro, Ore. The fab represents Intel's second 300-mm wafer plant at this site. The announcement has been expected for weeks (see May 14 story ). As first reported at SBN, Intel is moving ahead with the new 300-mm development fab in Oregon, dubbed D1D.
Taiwan's ASE plans two IC-assembly plants in China
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6/27/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Officials with Taiwanese IC-packaging and test giant Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE) here outlined a bold strategy to enter the China market, telling SBN that the company plans to open two plants at two separate locations. The first facility is expected to be in production by early 2002.
Amkor develops software to cut RF testing costs up to 80%
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6/26/2001   Post a comment
Amkor Technology Inc has announced development of a new radio-frequency device testing platform that reduces test times by as much as 80%
Brooks Automation buys supplier of 300-mm certification test software
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6/26/2001   Post a comment
CHELMSFORD, Mass.--Brooks Automation Inc. today announced it has acquired privately-held CCS Technology Inc., a supplier of 300-mm automation test and certification software, for cash and stock valued at $5.35 million.
Schlumberger rolls out new low-cost tester, reportedly ships first systems to Intel
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6/25/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Schlumberger Semiconductor Solutions here today rolled out its new low-cost structural tester, while also announcing that it has shipped the system one month ahead of its original schedule. One of the first customers for the Schlumberger DeFT line of automatic test equipment (ATE) is reportedly Intel Corp. Recently, Intel awarded Schlumberger a major contract to develop and ship a new, low-cost structural tester in order to combat the soaring costs of test (see
Mindspeed says new IC is first to support 10-Gbit Fibre Channel standard
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6/25/2001   Post a comment
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Mindspeed Technologies Inc. here today announced what the company claims is the world's first serializer/deserializer transceiver that supports the emerging Ten Gigabit Fibre Channel standard.
IC analyst and industry veteran Lathi dies in accident
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6/25/2001   Post a comment
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--A motor vehicle accident earlier this month has claimed the life of Walter George Lathi, vice president of market research at Chipworks Integrated Circuit Engineering (ICE). Lathi, 57, has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing, management, and market research.
Environwise scheme gives free waste directive help for SMEs
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6/25/2001   Post a comment
The government is setting up a free advice service to help smaller companies deal with the European Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment directive.
Livingston to move in on Europe and Asia but US and Japanese markets 'too mature'
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6/22/2001   Post a comment
Livingston, the company that rents out, outsources, manages and services test and measurement equipment, is looking to expand in Europe and Asia.
Government plans on how UK plc will compete globally
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6/22/2001   Post a comment
Chancellor Gordon Brown (pictured) has laid out measures designed to make the UK a more competitive place for technology firms to do business.
Drop in chip tool orders eases, but long 'trough' period now expected
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6/22/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- The downturn in semiconductor equipment orders may be easing and the cycle might be at the "bottom" of the slump, but bookings for new production systems will most likely remain at these low levels for most of this year, according to analysts, responding to new data released on Thursday evening.
Agilent, LogicVision discuss link between built-in test and ATE systems
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6/22/2001   Post a comment
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Agilent Technologies Inc. and LogicVision Inc. are in discussions to form a partnership to link built-in chip testing technology with stand-alone automatic test equipment (ATE), according to the companies.
Chip gear index 'blips' up, SEMI says recovery still 9-to-12 months away
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6/21/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- The book-to-bill for North American-based suppliers of chip production systems nudged up slightly to a reading of 0.46 in May, from a revised 0.44 level in April, said the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) trade group today.
Costello testimony turns into a tirade against Avanti
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6/21/2001   Post a comment
Pounding his fist during emotionally charged testimony in Avanti Corp.'s ongoing restitution hearing, the former chief executive officer of Cadence Design Systems Inc. said Avanti officials engaged in a "pattern of lying and cheating and stealing" while trying to personally disparage him during Cadence's seven-year legal battle over stolen database code.
Technology companies seeking subsidised Summer graduate placements face end-June deadline
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6/21/2001   Post a comment
The deadline is looming for electronics companies to take on undergraduates for work experience through the STEP Solutions: Electronic Engineering scheme.
Advantest cuts flash testing costs by third in parallel system
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6/21/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Advantest Corp. today rolled out a new front-end flash memory test system, which has the ability to test up to 128 devices simultaneously. The throughput of the T5771 tester is an eightfold increase compared to the company's previously available system, said Advantest.
Broadcom says chip set boosts satellite TV bandwidth more than 35%
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6/20/2001   Post a comment
IRVINE, Calif.--Broadcom Corp. today claimed availability of the industry's most highly integrated chip-set solution for reception of consumer satellite television service. The two-chip set will enable satellite service providers to increase usable bandwidth by more than 35% compared to existing systems, said the Irvine company.
Schlumberger to sell test business in pieces, but denies ATE customers are in limbo
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6/20/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Schlumberger Ltd. here outlined its strategy to divest itself from the automatic test equipment (ATE) business, saying the operation will be sold in pieces rather than as a whole to potential buyers. The company's ATE business, Schlumberger Semiconductor Solutions, also refuted claims that its customers are in limbo as a result of the divestiture. Its ATE customers include the who's who in the semiconductor business: Advanced Micro Devices, Intel, Motorola, among others.
Livingston increases services portfolio
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6/19/2001   Post a comment
Livingston has announced additions to its portfolio of test equipment services, Contract Rental and Leasing programmes
Intel shifts test strategy to battle exploding costs of big ATE systems
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6/19/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. has declared war on chip-testing costs, which have surged by 25 times for complex microprocessors and other ICs in recent years. To combat the staggering cost increase, Intel is revamping its entire testing strategy in an attempt to get more leverage from build-in self-test (BIST) and open up the use of lower cost testers.
IBM, National team up to accelerate Internet gateways in household systems
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6/19/2001   Post a comment
SOMERS, N.Y. -- IBM Corp. and National Semiconductor Corp. today announced development of new platform and technology for home gateways that connect household appliances, lights, security systems, air conditioners, entertainment units, and other consumer products to the Internet for remote access and management.
SigmaRAM group expects samples of 18-Mbit memories in Q4
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6/18/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Right on the heels of an announcement by a rival group, the SigmaRAM Consortium today unveiled its product roadmap for high-speed synchronous SRAMs, which will support sustained data rates of up to 24-gigabits per second at clock speeds of 333 MHz in networking and telecom systems.
Fluke buys Microtest in $74m deal
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6/18/2001   Post a comment
Telecoms test equipment maker Fluke Networks has acquired network test product maker Microtest.
Industry wants changes to government R&D tax credit scheme
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6/15/2001   Post a comment
Industry bodies have come down against the government's preferred scheme for extending R&D tax credits to all companies.
Engineering pay settlements at two-year low
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6/15/2001   Post a comment
May's engineering pay settlements fell to the lowest monthly figure for more than two years.
Mosaid revenues up 14% sequentially with boost from DRAM royalties
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6/15/2001   Post a comment
OTTAWA--Mosaid Technologies Inc. posted record revenues of $24.3 million in the company's fiscal fourth quarter, ended April 27. Mosaid's revenues increase sequentially 14% from $21.6 million in the prior quarter, and 71% above $14.2 million in the period last year.
Macronix claims victory in ITC probe of Atmel's patent case
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6/14/2001   Post a comment
WASHINGTON -- Macronix International Co. Ltd. of Taiwan and its U.S. subsidiary today announced a legal victory before the U.S. International Trade Commission, which ruled for the second time that the company's chip products did not infringe upon the "silicon signature" patent of Atmel Corp.
Group enhances QDR SRAM spec for 333 MHz; samples due in Q4
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6/14/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Cypress Semiconductor, Integrated Device Technology, Micron, NEC, and Samsung today announced enhancements to the Quad Data Rate (QDR) architecture for SRAMs, pushing the overall memory performance to 333-MHz clock speeds.
Axcelis taps GW's software for connection of 300-mm tools
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6/14/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- GW Associates Inc. here has struck an agreement to sell 300-mm wafer fab connectivity software to Axcelis Technologies Inc. for use in ion implantation and rapid-thermal processing (RTP) tools. Axcelis will use the GWconX300 software to offer standard communications interfaces to automated material handling systems (AMHS) and other systems in 300-mm fabs.
Philips Semiconductors names U.S. executive to run worldwide chip operations
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6/13/2001   Post a comment
EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands -- Philips Semiconductors here today announced a major reorganization in its semiconductor business, replacing its long-time chip leader in the Netherlands with a U.S. executive. The move represents the latest in a string of management changes at the Dutch-based chip giant. On Wednesday, Scott McGregor, the head of the Emerging Business Unit for Philips Semiconductors' U.S. subsidiary in Sunnyvale, Calif., was named to head up the company's worldwide chip operations,
Danaher acquires test-equipment maker Microtest for $74 million
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6/13/2001   Post a comment
WASHINGTON -- Danaher Corp. here today announced it has acquired Microtest Inc., a Phoenix-based supplier of test, measurement, and instrumentation equipment, for $74 million in stock. Under the terms of the agreement, Microtest's network test and measurement operations will be combined with Danaher's Fluke Networks subsidiary.
Semitool sues Applied, Novellus, Ebara for copper-seed patent infringement
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6/12/2001   Post a comment
KALISPELL, Mont.--Semitool Inc. today announced U.S. patent lawsuits in California and Oregon against Applied Materials Inc., Novellus Systems Inc., and Ebara Corp., claiming infringement of technology that enhances electroplating of copper metal for IC interconnects.
Stanford Microdevices to change name after court settlement with Stanford University
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6/11/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Wireless-chip maker Stanford Microdevices Inc. (SMI) here today announced it will drop the use of "Stanford" in its corporate name, as part of an out-of-court settlement reached with Stanford University. Several years ago, Stanford University of Palo Alto, Calif. filed a suit against SMI over SMI's use of the name "Stanford." The suit was filed in the U.S. Northern District of California.
Panel calls for reform of U.S. export controls on processors, computers
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6/8/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- The Semiconductor Industry Association today endorsed a proposal to eliminate U.S. export controls on general-purpose computers and microprocessors that exceed the government's "Millions of Theoretical Operations Per Second" (MTOPS) threshold.
FSI says court dismisses CFM's wafer-cleaning patent suit
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6/8/2001   Post a comment
MINNEAPOLIS--FSI International Inc. here today said a federal judge has dismissed all patent claims filed by CFM Technologies Inc. against YieldUp International Inc., which is now a subsidiary of FSI.
Advantest's newest memory tester doubles DRAM, flash throughput
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6/7/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Advantest Corp. today announced it has begun selling new DRAM and flash memory tester that has the ability to simultaneously test up to 128 devices at a time with speeds of 143 MHz or 286 MHz for double data rate (DDR) chips.
Agilent Technologies to partner CETECOM
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6/7/2001   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies and Centro de Tecnologia de las Comunicaciones SA (CETECOM) have announced that CETECOM has integrated Agilent equipment into test solutions for certification of Bluetooth devices
Silicon Wave selects Agilent 93000 platform
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6/7/2001   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies and Silicon Wave have announced that the Agilent 93000 SOC Series with RF capabilities will be implemented for the development and manufacturing test of next-generation Bluetooth integrated circuits (ICs
Battered chip 'stars' will shine again in 2002 recovery, says SIA's new forecast
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6/7/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Some of the chip industry's brightest product segments are getting hit surprisingly hard in the 2001 downturn, but these IC categories--such as digital signal processors, analog, and flash memories--are expected to roar back next year, based on a 2002 recovery forecast by the Semiconductor Industry Association here.
Second-half 2001 rebound will drive chip sales up 20.5% in 2002, says SIA
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6/6/2001   Post a comment
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- A second-half recovery in worldwide IC markets this year will pull the chip industry out of its recession and spur growth of 20.5% in 2002 and 25% in 2003, according to a revised forecast released here by the Semiconductor Industry Association today.
Proxim vows to fight Agere, Symbol patent suits in wireless LAN dispute
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6/6/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Proxim Inc. here promises to vigorously defend itself against counter suits filed by Agere Systems Inc. and Symbol Technologies Inc. in a growing legal fight over U.S. patents for high-speed wireless local area networks.
Germany's SZ Testsysteme moves into Japanese market
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6/4/2001   Post a comment
TOKYO -- In a move to expand its presence in Japan and Asia, SZ Testsysteme AG of Germany today opened a new subsidiary in the Tokyo suburb of Chiba. Until now, the company had relied on distributors to sell its mixed-signal test equipment in Japan and the region.
Despite ATE slump, Credence expands memory tester plant
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6/4/2001   Post a comment
FREMONT, Calif. -- Credence Systems Corp. today announced a 7,500-square-foot expansion of its manufacturing space for memory test systems here.
Asia chip sales up sequentially in April, but total revenues fall 5.8%, says SIA
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6/4/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Worldwide chip sale dropped 5.8% to $13.72 billion in April from $14.56 billion in March, but revenues increased sequentially in the Asia Pacific region for the first time since the third quarter of 2000, said the Semiconductor Industry Association here today.
Railtrack evaluates schoolboy's device
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6/4/2001   Post a comment
Railtrack is evaluating a design from a Young Electronic Designer Awards finalist who has invented a cheap rail safety device that could help prevent disasters like the Hatfield crash.
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