Next up: Asyst gets another Nasdaq notice News & Analysis 8/18/2006 Post a comment In what has become a familiar tale, semiconductor fab automation supplier Asyst Technologies has received notification from the Nasdaq exchange that its security may be delisted for failing to file its most recent quarterly report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in a timely manner.
Seagate to boost Asian investments News & Analysis 8/18/2006 Post a comment Asia will remain a vital part of hard disk drive maker Seagate's strategy despite a decision to shut some recently acquired plants in the region, company executives said.
Japanese IC equip book-to-bill slid to 1.30 in July News & Analysis 8/18/2006 Post a comment The ratio of bookings to billings by Japanese semiconductor equipment manufacturers slipped significantly in July, but still maintained a robust book-to-bill ratio of 1.30, according to the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan.
Court rules against Samsung in shareholder suit News & Analysis 8/17/2006 Post a comment A South Korean court has ordered Samsung Electronics Co. to pay damages to nine shareholders who claimed the company tried to prevent them from quizzing executives at a 2004 shareholders' meeting, a judge said Thursday in an Associated Press report quoting The Houston Chronicle.
Atmel notified of SEC options probe News & Analysis 8/16/2006 Post a comment Troubled chip maker Atmel has received an informal request for information from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to the company's past granting of stock options.
Web interface enhances GPS-sync receiver Product News 8/16/2006 Post a comment Satellite time-sync receiver maker Symmetricom now offers a Web interface for its existing GPS-synchronized time and frequency receivers. The HTML user interface is billed as a significant usability upgrade.
Stock options scandal keeping Nasdaq busy News & Analysis 8/16/2006 Post a comment An upsurge in companies delaying their 10-Q filings due to ongoing stock options investigations has produced a corresponding surge of warnings from Nasdaq threatening to delist companies from the exchange for not complying with listing requirements.
Pantech launches own brand handset in Canada News & Analysis 8/16/2006 Post a comment Pantech Group, South Korea's second largest mobile phone maker, announced it has launched its own-branded handset for the first time in Canada, in partnership with Canada's major mobile telecommunications service carrier TELUS.
ITC rules for Power Integrations News & Analysis 8/16/2006 Post a comment The International Trade Commission has issued a final determination in favor of semiconductor supplier Power Integrations in its patent dispute with System General Corp., Power Integrations said.
Xilinx: options investigation finds no fraud News & Analysis 8/15/2006 Post a comment An investigation into historical stock options granting practices at programmable logic giants Xilinx has concluded, finding no evidence of fraud in the company's practices, according to a regulatory filing.
Rambus board member resigns News & Analysis 8/15/2006 Post a comment In fallout from the stock options scandal, Rambus Inc. has announced that Geoff Tate, former chief executive of the company from 1990 through 2005, will resign from the company's Board of Directors.
Dual-core embedded processing makes PXI Express data-acq scream Product News 8/15/2006 Post a comment National Instruments announces what it says are the industry's first data acquisition modules for PXI Express. NI's M Series modules deliver analog and digital I/O, with up to 250-Mbyte/s dedicated per-slot bandwidth. In addition, NI is rolling out four PXI Express controllers using Intel Duo-Core CPUs. These controllers are the industry's highest-bandwidth units, with up to 1-Gbyte/s system and slot bandwidth.
Agilent posts sales, earnings gains News & Analysis 8/14/2006 Post a comment Agilent Technologies Inc. posted sales of $1.45 billion and GAAP net earnings from continuing operations of $233 million, or 55 cents per share in the fiscal third quarter ended July 31, compared to sales of $1.24 billion and net earnings of $54 million, or 10 cents per share in the year-ago quarter.
At IBM tech camp, design is a girls' game News & Analysis 8/14/2006 Post a comment IBM Corp. hosted an innovative summer program for girls of middle-school age at its Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., late last month, part of a program aimed at inspiring young girls, and other potentially marginalized students, to pursue careers in technology.
IRS wants another $324 million from Cadence News & Analysis 8/11/2006 Post a comment An Internal Revenue Service review of Cadence Design Systems' federal tax returns for 2000 through 2002 concluded that the company owes an additional $324 million in taxes for the three-year period, according to a regulatory filing.
Stock options scandal heats up News & Analysis 8/11/2006 Post a comment An upsurge of criminal charges and financial reporting delays stemming from the stock options scandal is putting even more heat on the electronics industry.
Apple delays 10-Q filing News & Analysis 8/11/2006 Post a comment Apple Computer has delayed filing its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 1, due to an ongoing investigation of its stock options grant practices.
Stock options probe delays Rambus's 10-Q filing News & Analysis 8/11/2006 Post a comment Troubled semiconductor technology company Rambus Inc. has filed a From 12b-25 with the Securities and Exchange Commission, stating it would delay filing its Form 10-Q for the second quarter ended June, until an audit is completed investigating the company's accounting of stock options.
Former Brocade execs face more charges News & Analysis 8/11/2006 Post a comment The U.S. Justice Department has filed additional charges against two former Brocade Communications Systems executives who were charged with securities fraud last month, according to a statement.
Broadcom to delay 10-Q filing News & Analysis 8/10/2006 Post a comment Communications semiconductor supplier Broadcom Corp. has filed a Form 12b-25 notification with the Securities and Exchange Commission warning of a delay in filing its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2006, due to an ongoing investigation of its stock options grant practices.
Ex-Comverse execs charged in options probe News & Analysis 8/10/2006 Post a comment Three former executives of software vendor Comverse Technology were charged with orchestrating a scheme to manipulate the grant of millions of Comverse stock options to themselves and to employees.
High-speed multi-channel data-acq systems interface to PCs Product News 8/10/2006 Post a comment Three compact high-speed multi-channel data acquisition systems deliver oscilloscope capabilities when combined with a desktop or laptop PC. Systems accommodate multiple 8-bit, 10-bit, and 12-bit CompactPCI digitizers, and are backed up with powerful client-server software.
Packaging group endeavors to bridge roadmaps News & Analysis 8/10/2006 Post a comment The International Microelectronics and Packaging Society said it has begun a study of two of the most widely used industry roadmaps, the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors and the roadmap of the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative.
Education panel: no time to wait for fixes News & Analysis 8/9/2006 Post a comment Problems with U.S. engineering education are so deeply rooted in kindergarten-through-12th grade that educators, politicians and business leaders have "no time to wait" to fix them, concluded a panel discussion at National Instruments' NI Week conference.
Building-block PCI plug-in simultaneously samples on gobs of channels Product News 8/9/2006 Post a comment Here's news of a mid-range PCI bus A/D converter board that can be used to configure high channel-count systems that can sample many inputs simultaneously. Designed to work in multiples, you can sync two or more boards, installed in the same PC or in PCs on a network, to create A/D systems that potentially sample hundreds of channels simultaneously. Read eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn's review.
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