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MCT reviews operations after posting $2.5 million net loss in Q2
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7/31/2001   Post a comment
ST. PAUL, Minn.--Micro Component Technology Inc. today reported a 20.6% sequential drop in net sales to $7.4 million in the second quarter from revenues in Q1, and a net loss of $2.5 million in the period ended June 30.
Singapore's STATS enters Taiwan with majority stake in test house
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7/31/2001   Post a comment
SINGAPORE -- ST Assembly Test Services Ltd. today announced plans to acquire a 51% stake in Winstek Semiconductor Corp. of Taiwan, a semiconductor-testing house. The majority interest in the Hsinchu-based startup company will be purchased for $28 million in cash, said STATS.
G8 supports 'digital divide' issues but cuts funds
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7/30/2001   Post a comment
The G8 summit in Genoa sought to deal with the 'digital divide' by endorsing an action plan to widen the availability of information and communication technologies in the developing world. But the global leaders failed to vote any new funds to support the plan.
Intel content to let Rambus sink or swim, Barrett says
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7/30/2001   Post a comment
Intel Corp. chief executive officer Craig Barrett signaled on Monday (July 30) that he was quite content to let synchronous DRAMs and not Rambus DRAMs serve as the dominant memory in Pentium 4 systems.
Update: Group delays vote on 3GIO support
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7/30/2001   Post a comment
A PCI standards organization decided Friday (July 27) to delay a vote on support for a next-generation I/O scheme backed by Intel Corp. until Aug. 3, saying it needed more time to review the spec.
Insider Trading (July)
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7/26/2001   Post a comment
Government to rewrite the company rule book
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7/26/2001   Post a comment
DTI secretary Patricia Hewitt gets set to begin a root and branch reform of UK legislation.
Avanti names new president; Hsu remains chairman after criminal convictions
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7/26/2001   Post a comment
FREMONT, Calif. -- In the wake of criminal convictions for stealing design automation software, Avanti Corp.'s president and CEO has resigned, and the company today announced its chief operating officer has become its new president.
EMTA highlights distance learning for engineers at smaller companies
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7/25/2001   Post a comment
Engineering training organisation EMTA is promoting open and distance learning to deal with the comparative lack of training being offered within small- and medium-sized enterprises.
Credence warns of 54-65% drop in sales in quarter
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7/25/2001   Post a comment
FREMONT, Calif. -- Credence Systems Corp. today warned that revenues for the company's fiscal third quarter, ended June 30, will range from $15-to-$20 million, a 54-to-65% decline sequentially from the prior quarter and a 90-to-93% drop from the same period a year ago.
New York hopes Albany 300-mm fab project elevates its chip industry status
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7/25/2001   Post a comment
ALBANY, N.Y. -- In the coming weeks, construction will begin on a new 300-mm wafer fab facility in the United States, and this time, Intel Corp. is not building it.
Tality's Bluetooth interoperability lab to test and debug designs
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7/25/2001   Post a comment
Tality has established a Bluetooth interoperability and verification laboratory that will allow product developers to test and debug their designs.
Amkor cuts IC test costs with leadframe-strip testing in assembly plants
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7/24/2001   Post a comment
CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Amkor Technology Inc. today outlined a new backend manufacturing strategy to integrate final chip assembly and testing steps by performing parallel tests on multiple ICs while they are still mounted on large leadframe strips.
Centring on services
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7/24/2001   Post a comment
IFR is shifting its focus from the product to peripherals
SEMI book-to-bill rises to 0.54 on weakness of tool shipments
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7/23/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Worldwide shipments of chip production systems by North American-based suppliers dropped at a faster rate than incoming orders in June, according to a new book-to-bill report released by the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International trade group here.
Teradyne announces IP tester to lower the costs for ISPs and call centers
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7/23/2001   Post a comment
BOSTON -- Teradyne Inc. here today announced a tester that is designed to reduce the costs for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and broadband call centers. Teradyne's Broadband Test Division announced today the availability of NetFlare, a tester that determines a problem in an ISP network, backbone, or destination website. Based on trial results, Netflare reduces call handling times by up to 65% over current methods, according to Teradyne.
What's this? Applied is shopping for test business, say sources at Semicon West
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7/23/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- The surprising buzz at the packaging and test-equipment portion of last week's Semicon West trade show did not revolve around flip-chip packaging, systems-on-a-chip testing, or other hot backend assembly technologies. Instead, rumors were flying around a possible new and surprising entry into the automatic test equipment (ATE) business--Applied Materials Inc.
Altera, Lattice settle patent suits with licensing pact
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7/23/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE --Altera Corp. here and Lattice Semiconductor Corp. in Oregon today announced they are burying the legal hatchet and dropping all patent infringement suits against each other with a new royalty-free, technology-licensing pact.
Sematech, Japan's Selete team up in e-diagnostics as industry debates best approach
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7/20/2001   Post a comment
SAN FRANCISCO -- With the semiconductor industry buzzing about online diagnostics for wafer fabs--dubbed of course "e-diagnostics"--chip makers and tool suppliers here at Semicon West this week were still trying to get their arms around the new and decide what kind of standards are needed to get as much e-bang for the e-buck.
3MTS and Ardext team up to drive down test cost for mixed-signal, SoC chips
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7/20/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- At the Semicon trade show here, Third Millennium Test Solutions Inc. (3MTS) and Ardext Technologies Inc. teamed up to announce a new, low-cost test solution for analog ICs.
Avant to pay $182m restitution to Cadence
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7/20/2001   Post a comment
Avant was ordered to pay over $182m in criminal restitution to Cadence Design Systems for stealing its place and route code in 1991.
ARM centres train in local languages
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7/19/2001   Post a comment
Processor cores specialist ARM Holdings has set up three training centres in Germany and Israel but has no immediate plans for similar facilities in the UK.
Keithley sales will likely fall again in current quarter, says CEO
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7/19/2001   Post a comment
CLEVELAND -- Keithley Instruments Inc. here today reported net sales declined 10% in the company's fiscal third quarter, ended June 30, compared to revenues in the period last year. The supplier of test and measurement systems said it now expects sales decline sequentially in the current quarter due to the industry's sharp downturn.
Teradyne aims system at cutting test costs for nonvolatile memories
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7/19/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Teradyne Inc. moved to reduce the cost of test by rolling out a tester that supports a range of nonvolatile memories during the Semicon West trade show here this week.
Advantest plans R&D unit in Oregon for U.S. expansion
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7/19/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- At the Semicon West show here, Advantest Corp. announced that it is establishing a new R&D and product development center for its electronic measuring instruments in Portland, Ore.
Processor technology pace may slightly accelerate in 2001 technology roadmap
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7/19/2001   Post a comment
SAN FRANCISCO -- The 2001 International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors now being drafted may slightly accelerate the timetable for new microprocessor generations, but so far it is keeping the existing schedule for introducing new DRAM process generations, said industry officials here during the Semicon West trade show.
Keithley bundles RF and DC parametric testing for wafers with high-speed ICs
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7/19/2001   Post a comment
Keithley Instruments Inc has announced availability of a single-insertion RF and DC parametric test solution for probing wafers of processed communications and high-speed digital devices
Keithley bundles RF and DC parametric testing for wafers with high-speed ICs
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7/18/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Keithley Instruments Inc. today announced availability of a single-insertion RF and DC parametric test solution for probing wafers of processed communications and high-speed digital devices.
Comdisco files for Chapter 11 in the US
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7/18/2001   Post a comment
US leasing group Comdisco has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US and has decided to sell a business unit, responsible for maintaining customers' Web and storage operations, to Hewlett-Packard.
Teradyne sales hit lowest level since '98 downturn, resulting in loss
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7/18/2001   Post a comment
BOSTON--Teradyne Inc.'s sales in the second quarter fell to their lowest levels since the last industry downturn in 1998. The supplier of test equipment and interconnect systems late Tuesday evening reported Q2 sales of $365.8 million and a net loss of $20.5 million, or $0.12 per share, excluding special charges.
Electroglas wafer prober handles any size head for highly parallel tests
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7/17/2001   Post a comment
SAN FRANCISCO--During the Semicon West trade show here today, Electroglas Inc. introduced a new wafer prober system that supports any size of test head and allows chip manufacturers to test multiple devices in parallel with simple interfaces to very large test heads.
Schlumberger sells first division in divestiture of ATE business
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7/17/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Schlumberger Ltd. has taken the first step in plans to divest its semiconductor test business by selling the assets of a division that makes IC thermal conditioning systems, pick-and-place handlers and other automated systems to Cohu Inc. for $14.2 million in cash.
BAE awards IFR with service contract
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7/17/2001   Post a comment
IFR has been awarded a five-year agreement with BAE Systems for the supply of test equipment calibration and repair services
Power Mosfet claims victory in suit against Infineon and STMicro
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7/16/2001   Post a comment
DALLAS, Tex. -- Power Mosfet Technologies (PMT) LLC here today claimed it has won a summary judgment decision in its patent infringement suit against Infineon Technologies AG and STMicroelectronics Inc. In an order entered on June 14, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas confirmed PMT's ownership of U.S. Patent No. 5,216,275.
Agilent expands test offerings for flash memory, communications ICs
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7/16/2001   Post a comment
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Agilent Technologies Inc. here today moved lower the cost of test by announcing a pair of solutions for flash memory and communications chip applications.
Joint bid to set standards for lead-free semiconductor products
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7/16/2001   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies, Philips Semiconductors and STMicroelectronics have joined in a bid to set standards and processes for lead-free semiconductor products.
Hynix moves closer to wafer-level test of fast DRAMs
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7/13/2001   Post a comment
SEOUL -- Korea's Hynix Semiconductor Inc. has demonstrated the ability to perform high-speed wafer-level testing of DRAM devices using a probe system from Teradyne Inc. and probe cards from FormFactor Inc., the companies announced today.
FormFactor, Agilent say flash test system covers 25% of wafer in single probe
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7/12/2001   Post a comment
LIVERMORE, Calif. -- FormFactor Inc. and Agilent Technologies Inc. today announced a high-volume flash-memory test solution that uses a high-density probe card to test chips in parallel across one-quarter of an entire 200-mm wafer.
KLA-Tencor sues Tokyo Seimitsu, TSK America for patent infringement
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7/12/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Metrology supplier KLA-Tencor Corp. here today announced a patent lawsuit against Tokyo Seimitsu Co. Ltd. and TSK America Inc. in the U.S. District Court in Northern California.
RosettaNet's chip supply-chain e-business group exceeds target
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7/11/2001   Post a comment
SANTA ANA, Calif. -- E-business consortium RosettaNet today announced that 10 semiconductor manufacturing companies reached a July 7 target to implement the first standards for partner interface processes--dubbed "PIPs" by the group--for the exchange of work-in-progress information.
Agilent reportedly beats Teradyne for ATE order at AMD
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7/11/2001   Post a comment
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- In a major move to crack the x86-based microprocessor business, Agilent Technologies Inc. has reportedly beaten Teradyne Inc. for an automatic-test equipment (ATE) order at Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD). Under the terms, AMD will purchase an undisclosed amount of Agilent's high-end VLSI logic testers. The systems will be used for wafer-sort testing applications for AMD's Athlon family of x86-based microprocessors, according to Agilent.
IMS says revenues fell 32% in Q2 from prior quarter
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7/11/2001   Post a comment
BEAVERTON, Ore.--Integrated Measurement Systems Inc. (IMS) today said it fell short of its revenue targets for the second quarter, based on preliminary results. The supplier of engineering test systems said revenues were $12.5 million in Q2, compared to a previous forecast of $14-to-$16 million.
Germany's SZ Testsysteme continues expansion despite difficult downturn
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7/11/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- While most of its competitors are reeling in the downturn, SZ Testsysteme AG of Germany believes it is bucking the worldwide recession in the automation test equipment (ATE) business.
U.S. emergency 911 wireless system is in trouble, say GPS chip suppliers
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7/10/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Chip problems and other factors are reportedly causing more delays in the mass deployment of emergency 911 (E911) wireless services in the United States, SBN has learned.
Silicon Access names chip veteran as new marketing executive
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7/10/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Silicon Access Networks Inc. here has named chip veteran Mitch Kahn as its new vice president of marketing for the network-processor vendor. Most recently, Kahn was vice president of marketing for Excess Bandwidth Corp., a supplier of Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) chips that was recently acquired by Virata Corp. Prior to Excess Bandwidth, Kahn spent four years as vice president of marketing and market development for Galileo Technology Inc.
Cross examination points up pattern of lying by Avanti
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7/10/2001   Post a comment
Avanti Corp. executive staff member Chi-Ping Hsu confronted a staunch cross examination from deputy district attorney Julius Finkelstein at the Avanti restitution hearing on Monday (July 9), with Finkelstein challenging Hsu's attempt to downplay the importance of the database code Avanti stole from Cadence Design Systems Inc., and emphasizing Avanti's continuous pattern of lying about the use of the Cadence code in its products.
Resonext, IMEC labs team up to develop 5-GHz wireless networking products
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7/9/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Resonext Communications Inc. here today announced a three-year partnership with the IMEC technology development organization in Belgium to offer chip products for 5-GHz wireless local area networks.
EC role in telecoms regulation would mend fragmentation
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7/9/2001   Post a comment
Industry is calling for a greater role for the European Commission in telecoms regulation.
Eichen--Broadcom director, Brooktree founder--dies
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7/6/2001   Post a comment
IRVINE, Calif. -- Myron S. Eichen, 72, founder of Brooktree Corp. in San Diego during the early 1980s and a member Broadcom Corp.'s board of directors, died on Monday in Del Mar, Calif.
IR35 confusion reigns warn city accountancy firms
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7/6/2001   Post a comment
City accountancy firms have warned that many engineers are still finding it difficult to determine whether or not they fall under the IR35 tax regime.
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