Changing of the guard at Asat
There is a new look--or a major changing of the guard--at Asat Holdings Ltd., a Hong Kong-based provider of IC-packaging, assembly and test services.
On Friday, Asat named chip veteran Leonard C. Perham as chairman, succeeding Andrew Liu, who will remain a member of the board.
Perham currently serves as CEO of Clear Logic Inc., a San Jose-based fabless manufacturer of semiconductor integrated circuits. He is also on the board of NetLogic Microsystems Inc. and Ronal Systems Inc..
The appointment comes on the heels of another personnel move at the company. Last week, Asat named Harry Rozakis as its new chief executive.
He was most recently CEO of EEMS Singapore Private Ltd., and previously served as executive vice president of EEMS Italia S.P.A., a leading service provider of all back-end manufacturing services for semiconductor memories.
New marketing director at Dongbu
It must be the time of the year to switch jobs, especially in Silicon Valley. For example, semiconductor veteran Aabid Husain has recently joined silicon foundry startup Dongbu Electronics Co. Ltd. of South Korea. Husain is the new director of marketing for Dongbu and based at the company's U.S. headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.
Revolving door in ATE business
And in another move in Silicon Valley, Larry DiBattista, who was in charge of fabless programs at IC test vendor Schlumberger Semiconductor Solutions, now called NPTest Inc., has left the company and resurfaced at Credence Systems Inc. DiBattista is the senior director of the Wireless Business Unit at Credence of Fremont, Calif.
MEMS foundry launches new strategy
There are a growing number of companies that are scrambling to enter the foundry market for devices, based on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technologies. But some believe the MEMS foundry market is becoming overcrowded, causing what could become a shakeout in the arena.
At the same time, the MEMS market is growing, but not as fast as analysts and vendors had originally expected, due to the current and severe downturn in the market.
These factors are forcing foundry vendors to come up with new and innovative strategies. For example, PHS MEMS, an Emeryville, Calif.-based MEMS foundry provider, this week launched a new MEMS prototyping service. This initiative provides an effective path to validate the feasibility of MEMS devices in the marketplace.
Using PHS MEMS standard process steps or specific customization required by the process flow, customers are able to validate their prototypes early in the manufacturing phase. Then, initial prototype can be fabricated and tested against target specifications.