SCI Systems Inc., a Huntsville, Ala.-based contract electronics manufacturer, will close its Watsonville, Calif., facility in April and incorporate those operations into its plants in San Jose and Rapid City, S.D. The Watsonville facility was originally acquired from the former Tandem Computers Inc. No earnings charges are anticipated in connection with the transaction.
UMC Group in 0.18-micron production
The UMC Group-which comprises Nippon Foundry Inc., United Integrated Circuits Corp., United Microelectronics Corp., United Semiconductor Corp., United Silicon Inc., and Utek Semiconductor Corp.-has begun offering 0.18-micron production capabilities to foundry customers. Design kits and physical designs for 0.18-micron libraries customized to the group's process technology are now available.
The customized libraries include standard cells, I/Os, and memory compilers, and are available to customers free of charge from Artisan Components Inc. and Mentor Graphics Corp.
K*Tec earns BABT certification
K*Tec Electronics, the CEM subsidiary of Houston-based Kent Electronics Corp., has obtained Production Quality Assurance certification from the British Approvals Board for Telecommunications (BABT). The certification is required for all telephone-network-interfaced equipment sold in the United Kingdom.
Having the certification in place will facilitate the efforts of customers that want to market K*Tec-manufactured products in the United Kingdom, said Ed Smith, quality assurance manager at K*Tec.
Viasystems adds executive
Viasystems Group Inc., a St. Louis-based manufacturer of printed-circuit boards and backplane assemblies, has named Jeffrey L. Davis president of Viasystems Europe. Davis had previously served as senior vice president for Europe at Berg Electronics in London.
Circuit Assembly joins 1394 group
Circuit Assembly Corp., an Irvine, Calif.-based supplier of printed-circuit boards, interface connectors, and cable assemblies, has joined the 1394 Trade Association.
The association promotes the use of the IEEE 1394 serial-bus standard for use in computer, consumer, peripheral, and industrial markets.