AMD constructs $45 million test, design center for MPUs in Singapore News & Analysis 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.
Top 10 chip tool suppliers outpace rest in growth, says new ranking News & Analysis 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.
FormFactor's pushes parallel probe testing to 128 devices on wafer News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Credence lays off 200 employees, cuts work schedules News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Cohu's Q4 sales fall 23% as test handler demand weakens News & Analysis 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.