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AMD constructs $45 million test, design center for MPUs in Singapore
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2/27/2001   Post a comment
SINGAPORE--In a move to expand its Asian resources for microprocessor products, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today (Feb. 27) broke ground for a new $45 million semiconductor testing and chip design facility in Singapore. The seven-story testing facility and design center will be operational in the second half of 2002, said the Sunnyvale, Calif., company.
AMD develops testing for bare-die flash with guaranteed reliability
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2/26/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Advanced Micro Devices Inc. here today (Feb. 26) announced it has perfected bare-die testing techniques to the point that it is now able to guarantee reliability and quality of unpackaged burst mode flash chips to the same level as standard packaged memory devices.
Top 10 chip tool suppliers outpace rest in growth, says new ranking
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2/20/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- For the semiconductor equipment industry, 2000 was an extremely good year, and it was even better for the top 10 suppliers of tools. With worldwide revenues for chip production systems increasing by more than 80% for the first time in history, the world's top 10 suppliers grew 85.6% in 2000 over the previous year, according to a new ranking released by VLSI Research Inc. here.
AMD considers chip-testing plant in Brazil
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2/15/2001   Post a comment
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is considering a chip-testing plant in Latin America, possibly in Brazil, according to AMD president Hector de J. Ruiz.
LTX tops earnings estimates by penny per share due to tester backlog
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2/15/2001   Post a comment
WESTWOOD, Mass. -- Automatic test equipment supplier LTX Corp. today (Feb. 15) posted a 3% sequential increase in sales to $104.7 million in the company's second fiscal quarter, ended Jan. 31, compared to $101.6 million in the prior three-month period.
FormFactor's pushes parallel probe testing to 128 devices on wafer
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2/15/2001   Post a comment
LIVERMORE, Calif. -- FormFactor Inc. here today (Feb. 15) announced a major advancement in probe-card technology that enables IC manufacturers to test up to 128 chips on a wafer with a single "touchdown." The jump in parallel probe testing can potentially save tens of millions of dollars in capital spending costs, said the company.
Credence's tester sales drop 44% sequentially in quarter
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2/14/2001   Post a comment
FREMONT, Calif. -- Credence Systems Corp. here today (Feb. 14) reported net sales dropped sequentially 44% in the company's fiscal first quarter, ended Jan. 31, compared to $220.2 million in the prior three-month period. Sales were up 21% from $101.8 million in the quarter last year.
Boundless to provide manufacturing services for Comdial
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2/14/2001   Post a comment
Boundless Manufacturing Services Inc. said today it has signed a two-year agreement to provide printed-circuit-board assembly, test and supply chain services to Comdial Corp. BMS will build Comdial products at its Boca Raton, Fla., facility.
Amkor expands test services with two U.S. development centers
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2/13/2001   Post a comment
CHANDLER, Ariz.--Amkor Technology Inc. here today (Feb. 13) announced new IC testing centers in San Jose and Wichita, Kan., to expand its contract test development activities in North America.
Credence lays off 200 employees, cuts work schedules
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2/9/2001   Post a comment
FREMONT, Calif. -- Automatic test equipment supplier Credence Systems Corp. has announced it will lay off 200 workers, about 14% of its workforce, due to the downturn in ATE systems markets. Credence also said it is requiring all of its remaining employees to take off one week in each quarter until the slump ends.
Taiwan's ASE Test aims to capitalize from slowdown after brief pause
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2/9/2001   Post a comment
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- ASE Test Ltd. here believes suppliers of IC-testing services will benefit from the current semiconductor slowdown as chip companies cut costs by outsourcing more manufacturing steps. But in the first quarter of 2001, the world's largest contract chip-testing house is expecting a 15% drop in revenues from record sales of $124.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2000.
Chip test suppliers feel brunt of downturn, says Teradyne manager
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2/8/2001   Post a comment
SAN FRANCISCO -- While some semiconductor capital equipment segments remain relatively stable--such as lithography tools--the IC tester business is getting hit hard by the current downturn, said a manager from Teradyne Inc. during an investment conference here today.
ChipPac expects moderate loss in Q1 with lower revenues
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2/6/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- ChipPac Inc. today said it expects to report a moderate loss in the first quarter of 2001 with net revenues being 10-to-15% lower than the final three months of 2000.
Cohu's Q4 sales fall 23% as test handler demand weakens
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2/1/2001   Post a comment
SAN DIEGO--Cohu Inc. here today reported a 23% drop in sales to $57.0 million during the fourth quarter compared to $74.1 million in the period last year. Sales fell 26% sequentially from $77.2 million in the third quarter, said the supplier of semiconductor test handlers.

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