ASE Test reports 51.7% growth in Q3 sales, hikes spending plans News & Analysis 10/26/2000 Post a comment TAIPEI, Taiwan -- ASE Test Ltd. here today reported a 51.7% increase in net sales to $120.8 million in the third quarter compared to $79.6 million in the same period last year. The contract chip-testing company said its net revenues were 17.6% higher than $102.7 million in the second quarter.
Credence buys tester IP supplier NewMillennia Solutions News & Analysis 10/26/2000 Post a comment FREMONT, Calif.--Credence Systems Corp. here today announced it has acquired full ownership of NewMillennia Solutions Inc., a supplier of design-for-test technology and embedded intellectual property (IP) used in system-on-chip designs. The purchase is aimed at increasing Credence's ability to support next-generation test requirements in complex ICs.
Cohu expects rebound in chip-test handler orders News & Analysis 10/20/2000 Post a comment SAN DIEGO -- Cohu Inc. this week said it was encouraged by industry forecasts showing a potential uptick in demand for semiconductor-test handlers in the next several years as backend assembly and chip-testing operations catch up with strong growth in wafer fabs. On Thursday, Cohu reported its sales grew 25% to $77.2 million in the third quarter, compared to $61.7 million in the period last year.
K&S to buy test-interconnect supplier Cerprobe for $225 million News & Analysis 10/12/2000 Post a comment WILLOW GROVE, Pa.--Kulicke & Soffa Industries Inc. here today announced it will acquire Cerprobe Corp. of Gilbert, Ariz., for $225 million in cash to expand its business into chip-testing and wafer-probe interconnect systems. Under an agreement approved by directors of both companies, K&S will pay $20 in cash for Cerprobe common stock.
Agilent forms system-on-chip test unit News & Analysis 10/4/2000 Post a comment ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Agilent Technologies Inc. has formed a new system-on-chip (SoC) test business unit to focus on the market segment, which the company says will grow to $8 billion by 2005.
New processor bus technique is good, bad news for testers News & Analysis 10/4/2000 Post a comment ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- New generations of microprocessors are using source synchronous data transfer techniques to speed up processing and eliminate errors, but this approach is also creating testing challenges, according to large suppliers of test equipment at the International Test Conference (ITC) here this week.
Credence rolls out benchtop test system for RF devices News & Analysis 10/4/2000 Post a comment ATLANTIC CITY, N. J. -- At the International Test Conference here, Credence Systems Corp. officially rolled out a benchtop vector-analyzer system for use in testing high-speed, radio-frequency (RF) devices.
Called the MI 4115A MVNATM (Modulated Vector Network Analyzer), the company's new benchtop system utilizes a high-performance, vector-error correction technology in order to test and analyze next-generation RF devices, such as third-generation (3G) chips, Bluetooth ICs, and others.
Lower cost testers for system-on-chip products take off News & Analysis 10/4/2000 Post a comment ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- During the International Test Conference here, Advantest Corp. jumped into the booming lower-cost test market for system-on-chip (SoC) devices by unveiling a more austere version of its high-end logic and mixed-signal testers.
Mosaid rolls out tester for fast prototype memories News & Analysis 10/2/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The Systems Division of Mosaid Technologies Inc. today announced a new low-cost engineering test system for prototype high-speed memory devices. The MS4205 system is designed for testing fast DRAMs, SRAMs, flash memories, embedded ICs, and related devices, said John Bateson, vice president of marketing and business development for Mosaid's Systems Division here.
LTX takes equity stake in StepTech News & Analysis 10/2/2000 Post a comment WESTWOOD, Mass.-- LTX Corp. here today announced that it has made an equity investment in StepTech, Inc., a supplier of semiconductor test equipment, instrumentation, and other products, for an undisclosed amount.
The deal also gives LTX exclusive rights to certain technologies from StepTech. The Hopkinson, Mass.,-based company specializes in developing test instruments and software for wireless and mixed-signal testing applications.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.