G8 supports 'digital divide' issues but cuts funds News & Analysis 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.
Update: Group delays vote on 3GIO support News & Analysis 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.
Credence warns of 54-65% drop in sales in quarter News & Analysis 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.
SEMI book-to-bill rises to 0.54 on weakness of tool shipments News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Keithley sales will likely fall again in current quarter, says CEO News & Analysis 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.
Comdisco files for Chapter 11 in the US News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Power Mosfet claims victory in suit against Infineon and STMicro News & Analysis 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.
Hynix moves closer to wafer-level test of fast DRAMs News & Analysis 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.
RosettaNet's chip supply-chain e-business group exceeds target News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Silicon Access names chip veteran as new marketing executive News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & 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? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times