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Showtime at the Bayside

(June 17, 2002) Boston -- Co-located with Electro 2002, the NEPCON East conference and exhibition took place at the Bayside Expo & Conference Center in Boston from June 10 through 12.

Speaking of this Week - June 14, 2002

This week, association doings and announcements dominated the headlines, while companies continue to team up in various ways, and progress continues to be made. There's also a look at the current situation, as well as a peek at the future.

SMTA Announces First-Ever Complete SMT Process Certification

(June 13, 2002) Minneapolis -- After several years of research and development, the Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) announced the launch of a certification program for the complete SMT process.

Haigh-Farr Selects Agilent Technologies Advanced Design System

(June 14, 2002) Palo Alto, Calif. -- Haigh-Farr has selected Agilent Technologies Inc.'s Advanced Design System (ADS) to help speed its new product designs and increase product development capabilities.

Quality Vision International Acquires RAM Optical Instrumentation

(June 14, 2002) Rochester, N.Y. and Tempe, Ariz. -- Quality Vision International Inc. (QVI) has acquired RAM Optical Instrumentation Inc. (ROI(r)) from Newport Corp.

Ask and Answer - June 12, 2002

Ask and Answer is a forum where SMT professionals with questions can meet up with those with the answers.

Genesis Electronics Manufacturing Certified to ISO 9000/2000

(June 13, 2002) Oldsmar, Fla. -- Genesis Electronics Manufacturing (GEM) Inc. has been certified to ISO 9000/2000 by auditing agency UL.

Inaugural IPC/JEDEC Conference Helps Get the Lead Out

(June 13, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) and JEDEC report that more than 290 individuals attended its first International Conference on Lead-Free Electronic Components and Assemblies.

Viscom Launches Online Customer Forum

(June 11, 2002) Norcross, Ga. -- Viscom USA's Web site offers an interactive online customer forum, a support tool for customer's daily manufacturing operations.

Elcoteq to Manufacture Phones for Chinese Soutec

(June 12, 2002) China and Helsinki, Finland -- Guangzhou Southern High-Tech Co. Ltd. has chosen Elcoteq Network Corp. as its manufacturing partner.


Forty Gbps Will Go Commercial in 2004, According to ElectroniCast

(June 12, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- According to ElectroniCast Corp., the first substantial deployment of 40 Gbps-per-channel, long-haul network equipment in revenue traffic will occur in 2004.

California PCB Manufacturers Revive Training Initiative

(June 12, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries'(r) California Circuits Association (CCA) is in the process of establishing an educational program for PCB fabrication training.

Aries Adds Prime Manufactures Representative to Representative Network

(June 11, 2002) Bohemia, N.Y. and Frenchtown, N.J. -- Prime Manufacturers Representative (PMR) has joined Aries Electronics' growing national representative network.

APEX(r) 2002 Draws Qualified Audience, Survey Says

(June 11, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) today reported the findings from its IPC SMEMA Council's APEX(r) 2002 Attendee Survey.

Mentor Graphics to Offer Convertible Subordinated Notes

(June 11, 2002) Wilsonville, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. will commence an offering of $150 million in principal amount of Convertible Subordinated Notes to be issued pursuant to Rule 144A.

Vitronics Soltec Opens China Sales, Support Office

(June 10, 2002) Oosterhout, The Netherlands -- Vitronics Soltec BV has opened a new sales and support office in Shanghai, China, effective April 25, 2002.

National Survey: Middle-Market Consumer and Industrial Products Industry Focus on Customer Relationships

(June 10, 2002) Chicago -- According to a recent national survey by Grant Thornton LLP, middle-market business leaders in the consumer and industrial products (CIP) industry are focusing on customers, with company leadership spending more time listening to customer needs.

Mentor Graphics Corp. Closes Tender Offer for Innoveda

(June 10, 2002) Wilsonville, Ore. and Marlboro, Mass. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. has completed its cash tender offer for the shares of common stock of Innoveda Inc., at a price of $3.95 per share.

Robert Brilon Named Duraswitch Chairman

(June 10, 2002) Phoenix -- Robert J. Brilon, Duraswitch president and CEO, has been appointed to the Board of Directors and named chairman.

Speaking of this Week - June 7, 2002

There are more alliances going on in the electronics assembly industry than an episode of Survivor. News of new personnel and high-level promotions also is flying. The progress train keeps chugging along as well, and seems to be picking up some speed. We've also got some association news.


Toshiba, Tessera Sign Expanded Licensing and Technology Agreement for Chip-Scale Packages

(June 6, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Tessera Technologies Inc. has signed an expanded technology licensing agreement with Toshiba Corp. that enables Tessera to act as the licensor of Toshiba's fine-pitch BGA (FBGA) assembly process for "face-up" chip scale packages (CSPs).

DL Technology Forms Alliance With Axend

(June 7, 2002) Haverhill, Mass. and Singapore -- DL Technology, LLC has formed an alliance with Axend Private Ltd. for sales representation in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

NEMA Lamp Manufacturers Reduce Use of Mercury by 67 Percent

(June 7, 2002) Rosslyn, Va. -- The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) announces that its lamp manufacturers are significantly reducing the use of mercury in fluorescent and HID (high-intensity discharge) lamps.

Ask and Answer - June 5, 2002

Ask and Answer is a forum where SMT professionals with questions can meet up with those with the answers.

August Technology Signs Agreement to Acquire Semiconductor Technologies & Instruments (STI)

(June 6, 2002) Minneapolis and Plano, Texas -- August Technology Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Semiconductor Technologies and Instruments Inc. (STI).

Desco Industries Acquires Protektive Pack Division of Brick Container

(June 6, 2002) Chino and La Mirada, Calif. -- Desco Industries Inc. has acquired the Protektive Pak Division of Brick Container Corp.

Insulfab Plastics Launches New Offerings in Northeast, Upper Midwest

(June 6, 2002) Franklin, N.H. -- Insulfab Plastics Inc.'s facility here has begun offering PCB process tooling to the upper Northeast and upper Midwest customers.

ZESTRON Cleaning Processes Compatible with BRADY Labels

(June 4, 2002) Ashburn, Va. -- ZESTRON and BRADY have teamed up to guarantee the material compatibility with identification label materials.

ESI Names Vice President of Electronic Component Systems Business

(June 5, 2002) Portland, Ore. -- Electro Scientific Industries Inc. (ESI) has named Keith Taft a vice president of the company.

Nippon Express Selects Tecnomatix eMPower to Enhance its Operations Process

(June 5, 2002) Tokyo and Nashua, N.H. -- Nippon Express Co. of Japan has purchased Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd.'s eMPower solutions to optimize its operations process.


Richardson Electronics, AVX Sign Distribution Agreement

(June 5, 2002) La Fox, Ill and Myrtle Beach, S.C. -- Richardson Electronics has signed an agreement with AVX Corp. to become a specialty distributor in North America.

Power Electronics Distribution Contract for JSF Program Awarded to Tyco Electronics

(June 3, 2002) Cheltenham, England and Harrisburg, Pa. -- Smiths Industries has selected Tyco Electronics to supply the high power electronic distribution unit for the joint strike fighter (JSF), F-35 program.

Car-San Manufacturing Buys Teradyne/GenRad Placement and Rework System

(June 4, 2002) Waterloo, Ontario, Canada -- Car-San Manufacturing Ltd. has accepted the delivery of a Teradyne/GenRad Summit 750 BGA placement and rework system and a Teradyne/GenRad MXI-1510 X-ray inspection system.

SMTA International Features Free Workshops on Reflow Soldering and Flex Circuits

(June 4, 2002) Minneapolis -- For industry professionals involved in either reflow soldering using convection ovens or implementing flex circuits and flex-based packages, two half-day workshops on Thursday during SMTA International (September 22 through 26 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Ill.) will be of special interest.

Thetis Technologies Expands Operations

(June 4, 2002) Brookline, Mass. -- Thetis Technologies Inc. is expanding its operations with the relocation of its founder, chairman and CEO, Zohar Halachmi, from Israel to its headquarters here.

Speaking of this Week - May 31, 2002

In this short week, only three types of headlines seemed to dominate: the ever-present mergers, acquisitions and alliances; personnel news; and association news, including the IPC Book-to-Bill ratio and PCB Business Report. We've got a prediction thrown in, too, as well as a bit of progress. In the meantime, financial news has pretty much fallen off the radar screen until the end of the second quarter.

Robert J. Haskins Appointed Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Polyclad Laminates Asia

(June 3, 2002) Londonderry, N.H. -- Robert J. Haskins has been appointed senior vice president and managing director of Polyclad Laminates -- Asia by Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry.

Rodney J. Gerdes Joins Infinite Graphics

(June 3, 2002) Minneapolis -- Rodney J. Gerdes has joined Infinite Graphics Inc. as vice president of operations.

Jabil Circuit Expands into Shanghai with Agreement to Manufacture Lucent Optical Communications Products

(June 3, 2002) St. Petersburg, Fla. -- Jabil Circuit Inc. and Lucent Technologies of Shanghai Ltd. (LTOS) have formed an agreement for Jabil Circuit to acquire most of the assets and the business of LTOS, including a 325,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Shanghai.

Delphi Selects Cogiscan for MSD Tracking

(May 31, 2002) Troy, Mich. and Quebec, Canada -- Delphi has installed Cogiscan's IC-scan DE on an SMT line in their Deltronicos de Matamoros factory for MSD tracking.


Colonial Electronic Manufacturers Achieves ISO 9002 Registration

(May 31, 2002) Nashua, N.H. -- Colonial Electronic Manufacturers Inc. has completed the audit for its ISO 9002 certification.

IPC Issues Call for Participation for International Conference on Unique Interconnections

(May 31, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces a call for participation in the IPC International Conference on Unique Interconnections, taking place September 17 through 19, 2002, at the Novotel Hotel in Mississauga (Toronto), Ontario, Canada.

VCSEL Transceiver Market Landed at $290 Million in 2001, Says ElectroniCast Corp.

(May 30, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- According to ElectroniCast Corp.'s just-released vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) study, the VCSEL-based transceiver market grew from $245 million in 1999 to $388 million by 2000.

IMAPS Announces Optoelectronics Packaging Topical Workshop and Exhibits

(May 30, 2002) Washington, D.C. -- The International Microelectronics And Packaging Society (IMAPS) announces a Topical Workshop on Optoelectronics Packaging and Micro-Optoelectromechanical Systems (MOEMS) that will be held at the Hotel Bethlehem, in Bethlehem, Pa., October 8 through 11, 2002.

IPC Appoints New TAEC Chairman

(May 30, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces that Doug Sober has been named the new chairman of the Technical Activities Executive Committee (TAEC).

Agfa HealthCare Selects Tecnomatix eMPower Solutions

(May 30, 2002) Nashua, N.H. -- Agfa HealthCare has deployed Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd.'s eMPower PCB assembly and test solutions at sites in Belgium and Germany as a means to harmonize its prototyping and production processes.

IPC Releases Book-to-Bill Ratio and PCB Business Report for April 2002

(May 29, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces the findings from its monthly Statistical Program.

MRP Electronics Makes New Appointment to the Board

(May 29, 2002) Bedford, UK -- MRP Electronics has appointed Nick Fairhead as sales director.

Avnet Kent Announces New Product Business Group Senior Vice President

(May 29, 2002) Phoenix -- Pat Wastal, a 20-year electronics industry veteran, has been named senior vice president of the Avnet Kent Interconnect, Passive & Electromechanical (IP&E) Product Business Group.

Concoat Ltd. Buys Major Assets of SPCID Equipment Division from Multicore Group

(May 29, 2002) Camberley, England and Dusseldorf, Germany -- Concoat Ltd. has acquired the major assets of the SPCID Equipment Division of Multicore Solders Ltd. and Multicore Solders PTE of Singapore, subsidiaries of the Henkel Group of Dusseldorf.


Electrocube Acquires Product Lines of Seacor

(May 28, 2002) Monrovia, Calif. -- Electrocube Inc. has acquired the product lines of Seacor Inc.

Heidenhain Names New Manager of Central Sales, Semiconductor

(May 28, 2002) Schaumburg, Ill. -- Heidenhain Corp. has hired Kevin Kaufenberg as manager, central sales, with special emphasis on the electronics/semiconductor industry.

MMRC Announces Free Marketing Forum at IMAPS 2002 Symposium

(May 28, 2002) Washington, D.C. -- The Microelectronics Marketing Research Council (MMRC) announces a Marketing Forum at IMAPS 2002 for all show attendees, exhibitors and students.

UMG Technologies Signs Technology Agreement with Cambridge Automatic

(May 28, 2002) Danvers and Natick, Mass. -- UMG Technologies Inc. has signed an exclusive technology agreement with Cambridge Automatic.

Cadence Launches High-Speed Technology Center in China

(May 24, 2002) Shanghai -- Cadence Design Systems Inc. has opened the Cadence High-speed Technology Centre here.

EMPC 2003 Dates Announced

(May 24, 2002) Washington, D.C. -- The International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS) announces the 14th European Microelectronics and Packaging Conference & Exhibition (EMPC 2003), which will take place June 23 through 25, 2003, at GrafZeppelinHaus, Lake Constance, in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

International Rectifier Enhances Customer Service, Quotation Processing with eConnections' Sourcing Network

(May 24, 2002) El Segundo, Calif. -- International Rectifier Corp. has enhanced its customer service capability and quotation response with the eConnections strategic sourcing network.

Lambda Technologies Debuts E-Newsletter

(May 24, 2002) Morrisville, N.C. -- Lambda Technologies has begun distribution of an HTML e-newsletter.

Department of Defense Adopts IPC-A-610C

(May 23, 2002) Northbrook, Ill -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces the adoption of the IPC-A-610C, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies, by the United States Army for use by the Department of Defense (DoD).

Mentor Graphics Receives Early Termination of Waiting Period Under HSR Act for Acquisition of Innoveda

(May 23, 2002) Wilsonville, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. has received early termination of the waiting period required under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act in connection with the proposed acquisition of Innoveda Inc.


Teradyne, Sony Collaborate on Cellular Mobile Test Solution

(May 23, 2002) Paris -- Teradyne's Assembly Test Division has formed a collaborative partnership with Sony Corp. to develop a unique functional test platform for Sony's range of cellular mobile products.

Universal Display Extends, Expands Business/Academic Partnership with Princeton, USC

(May 23, 2002) Ewing, N.J. -- Universal Display Corp. has extended and expanded its collaborative research agreement with Princeton University and the University of Southern California (USC) through 2007.

AP Materials Receives Award from the Department of Defense for Development of Advanced Capacitor Material

(May 22, 2002) St. Louis -- AP Materials Inc. has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract from the U.S. Missile Defense Agency for development of nanoscale tantalum powders for use in advanced electronic capacitors.

JM Associates Joins Aries Electronics' Representative Network

(May 22, 2002) Frenchtown, N.J. and Huntsville, Ala. -- Aries Electronics has appointed JM Associates Inc. as the primary representative for the southeastern United States, including Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Microsoft, Flextronics to Open Xbox Manufacturing Facility in China

(May 22, 2002) Redmond, Wash. and Singapore -- Microsoft Corp. and Flextronics Corp. will establish a manufacturing and assembly operation for the Xbox video game system in China later this year.

GenRad Unit Renamed Teradyne Diagnostic Solutions Ltd.

(May 22, 2002) Manchester, England -- GenRad Ltd. has been renamed Teradyne Diagnostic Solutions Ltd., having recently been acquired as part of Teradyne Inc.'s acquisition of GenRad Inc. in October 2001.

Cookson Electronics Appoints President of Polyclad Laminates

(May 21, 2002) Londonderry, N.H. -- Cookson Electronics PWB Materials and Chemistry has appointed Rick J. Richesin as president of Polyclad Laminates.

MRSI Appoints Sales Manager for Asia-Pacific Region

(May 21, 2002) North Billerica, Mass. -- MRSI has appointed Gheorghe-Catalin Pascariu to the position of manager of capital equipment sales for the Asia-Pacific region.

PEMSTAR Reports Fiscal 2002 Fourth Quarter Results

(May 21, 2002) Rochester, Minn. -- PEMSTAR Inc. has reported financial results for its fiscal 2002 fourth quarter and year ended March 31, 2002.

Plexus Consolidates Wisconsin Manufacturing Operations, Closes Minneapolis NPI Center

(May 21, 2002) Neenah, Wis. -- Plexus Corp. is consolidating its manufacturing operations here and closing its Minneapolis new product introduction (NPI) center.


Agile Systems Receives Re-certification on ISO 9001 Audit

(May 20, 2002) Waterloo, Ontario, Canada -- Agile Systems Inc. has passed an extensive ISO 9001 audit and received its re-certification.

EXFO Lowers Break-Even Level, Reiterates Guidance

(May 20, 2002) Quebec City, Canada -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. has launched additional proactive measures to accelerate its return to profitability.

Flextronics Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Named to Photon Dynamics' Board of Directors

(May 20, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Photon Dynamics Inc. has named Nicholas Brathwaite, senior vice president and chief technology officer of Flextronics, to its Board of Directors.

Sheldahl Receives Letter of Intent from Investor Group to Purchase Company Assets

(May 20, 2002) Northfield, Minn. -- Sheldahl Inc. has received a letter of intent from Ampersand Ventures, Molex Inc. and Morgenthaler Partners, Sheldahl's three largest shareholders, for the purchase of a substantial portion of its assets under Section 363 sales procedures pursuant to the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

Marantz Europe BV Opens New Sales Division

(May 17, 2002) Eindhoven, The Netherlands -- Marantz Japan Inc. has begun a new sales division within Marantz Europe BV called Business Electronics.

Arbell Forms Representation Agreement with Samsung Technologies

(May 17, 2002) Burlington, Ontario, Canada -- Samsung Technologies has selected Arbell Inc. to represent its complete line of surface mount placement equipment for the Canadian marketplace.

Coreco Imaging Launches New Imaging Feature on Web Site

(May 17, 2002) Saint Laurent, Quebec -- Coreco Imaging has launched a Web-based information service to imaging users worldwide.

Kulicke & Soffa Breaks Ground for Manufacturing Facility in China

(May 17, 2002) Willow Grove, Pa. -- Kulicke & Soffa laid the first foundation stone for its new manufacturing facility in Suzhou, China on May 9.

Aries Electronics Names Robert Batis as High-Frequency Test Socket Representative

(May 16, 2002) Frenchtown, N.J. and Castro Valley, Calif. -- Aries Electronics Inc. has appointed Robert Batis Inc. as its representative for Northern California and Nevada, excluding Clark County.

Chase EMS Facility in Raytheon 'Six Sigma with Suppliers' Program

(May 16, 2002) West Bridgewater and Lexington, Mass. -- Chase EMS Group's Sunburst facility is working in conjunction with Raytheon Corp.'s "Six Sigma with Suppliers" program to improve process efficiency, cut costs and improve quality.


Solectron Expands After-Sales Service Presence in China

(May 16, 2002) Milpitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. has expanded its after-sales service presence in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong by acquiring the assets of NC&C, a leading Chinese component repair company.

Xicor Inc. Announces ISO 9001 and QS-9000 Certification

(May 16, 2002) Milpitas, Calif. -- Xicor Inc. has been certified by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) as being fully compliant with the requirements for both ISO 9001 and QS-9000.

Asymtek Receives Patents for Co-Axial Air Dispensing Technique

(May 15, 2002) Carlsbad, Calif. -- Asymtek has received patents for the co-axial air process on their Century Selective Flux dispensing system.

Bear Stearns Releases Its Fifth Annual Electronics Manufacturing Outsourcing Survey

(May 15, 2002) New York -- Electronics manufacturing services outsourcing has been growing in popularity among makers of computers, cell phones, telecom hardware and almost all other electronics end-market segments over the past several years, and according to a new survey from Bear, Stearns & Co Inc., it is about to grow even further.

Steven J. Corbett Appointed President of Cookson Electronics Chemistry

(May 15, 2002) West Haven, Conn. -- Cookson Electronics has appointed Steven J. Corbett president of Cookson Electronics Chemistry (Enthone).

Nu Horizons Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year End 2002 Earnings

(May 15, 2002) Melville, N.Y. -- Nu Horizons Electronics Corp. has reported financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and year ended February 28, 2002.

ElectroniCast Forecasts Multifiber Transmit Link and Component Market to Reach $1.25 Billion in 2006

(May 14, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- Global consumption of multifiber transmit link components will rise rapidly from $48.7 million in 2001 to $1.25 billion in 2006, according to ElectroniCast's just-completed Multifiber Transmit Link & Components Forecast.

IPC Reports First Dip in EMS Industry Sales Since 1985

(May 14, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries( announces the release of its 2001 Analysis of the North American Market for Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) report.

New Keithley Program Helps OEM Customers Speed Product Development

(May 14, 2002) Cleveland -- Keithley Instruments Inc. has launched a new program that reportedly will help its global OEM customers develop products faster, decrease development and warranty costs, increase production uptime, and reduce inventory.

SMTA International Opening Session and Annual Meeting Announced

(May 14, 2002) Minneapolis -- The Opening Session and Annual Meeting during SMTA International, held September 22 through 26, 2002, at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Chicago, will be held on Tuesday, September 24.


M~Wave Announces First Quarter Results for 2002

(May 13, 2002) Bensenville, Ill. -- M~Wave Inc., announced net sales of $8.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2002, and a net profit of $343,000, or 8 cents per share, compared to net sales of $22.5 million and a net income of $2 million, or 45 cents per share for the first quarter of 2001.

Orbotech Announces First Quarter 2002 Results

(May 13, 2002) Yavne, Israel -- Orbotech Ltd. has announced its consolidated financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2002.

Cheng Power Systems Forms Manufacturing Services Agreement with Solectron

(May 13, 2002) Mountain View and Milpitas, Calif. -- Cheng Power Systems Inc. has selected Solectron Corp. to design and manufacture control circuitry for Cheng's Universal Electric Machine (UEM) variable-frequency AC generators.

Teradyne's Integra FLEX Test System Selected as Next Generation Platform

(May 13, 2002) Boston -- Teradyne Inc. announces that Texas Instruments has selected the recently introduced Integra FLEX test system as one of the company's key future test platforms.

Siemens Dematic Offers Business Strategy to Mid-Sized EMS Companies

(May 10, 2002) Atlanta and Alameda, Calif. -- Siemens Dematic Electronics Assembly Systems Inc. (EAS) and Technology Forecasters Inc. (TFI) are offering one-hour quarterly strategy sessions for mid-sized electronics contract manufacturers based on TFI's Quarterly Forum for Electronics Manufacturing Outsourcing and Supply Chain.

Kulicke & Soffa Names Alex Oscilowski President

(May 10, 2002) Willow Grove, Pa. -- Alexander A. Oscilowski, senior vice president of Kulicke & Soffa Industries, has been promoted to the position of president, with responsibility for managing the company's global operations.

Photon Dynamics to Present at CIBC World Markets Annual Electronics Food Chain Conference

(May 10, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Photon Dynamics Inc. will present at the CIBC World Markets Annual Electronics Food Chain Conference.

Sheldahl Seeks Protection Under Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Code

(May 10, 2002) Northfield, Minn. -- Sheldahl Inc. has filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 reorganization with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota.

DPAC Technologies Receives $1.65 Million Order for Its LP-Stack Memory for Use in Network Servers

(May 9, 2002) Garden Grove, Calif. -- DPAC Technologies Corp. has received an order for $1.6 million for its patented 3-D LP-Stack memory product from a domestic company.

Palomar Names VP of Sales and Product Support

(May 9, 2002) Vista, Calif. -- Palomar Technologies Inc. has promoted Jeffrey M. King to vice president of sales and product support.


Gore, Tradex Partner in Wireless Handset Agreement

(May 9, 2002) Elkton, Md. -- W.L. Gore & Associates Inc. has partnered with AB Tradex Converting (Tradex) in the supply of products to the cell phone industry.

Coreco Reports First Quarter Results

(May 9, 2002) Montreal -- Coreco Inc. has reported revenue for the first quarter ended March 31 of $4.8 million, an increase of 2 percent on a sequential basis from $4.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2001 and a decrease of 36 percent from $7.6 million reported in the first quarter of 2001.

IPC Issues Call for Papers for 2002 Annual Meeting

(May 8, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces a call for papers for its 2002 IPC Annual Meeting and Technical Conference, taking place November 3 through 7, 2002, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

Four Organizations Join NEMI

(May 8, 2002) Herndon, Va. -- The National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) has signed four new members in recent months.

Paxton Products Expands Management Team

(May 8, 2002) Camarillo, Calif. -- Paxton Products Corp. has appointed Rick Smith to its management team.

Tecnomatix Announces First Quarter 2002 Results

(May 8, 2002) Herzlia, Israel -- Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. has announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2002.

Cadence Expands Technology Leadership at 0.13-Micron-and-Below With Acquisition of Simplex

(May 7, 2002) San Jose and Sunnyvale, Calif. -- Cadence Design Systems Inc. has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire Simplex Solutions Inc.

Gryphics Appoints inTEST as Distributor for Connectors in Japan

(May 7, 2002) Plymouth, Minn. and Tokyo -- Gryphics Inc. has appointed inTEST KK as distributor for Gryphics GHz connectors in Japan.

IPC Releases Attendance Numbers for IPC Printed Circuits Expo(r) 2002

(May 7, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) reports that more than 5,000 visitors gathered in Long Beach, Calif. for IPC Printed Circuits Expo(r) 2002, held March 26 through 28.

Newport Corp. Reports First Quarter 2002 Results

(May 7, 2002) Irvine, Calif. -- Newport Corp. has reported financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2002.


ERNI Components Finalist in 2002 Technology Awards

(May 6, 2002) Chester, Va. -- ERNI Components Inc. has been selected as one of five finalists in the 2002 Technology Awards, given by the Greater Richmond Technology Council of Virginia.

New IPC Document Facilitates Purchasing Process

(May 6, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has released the IPC Sample Master Ordering Agreement for EMS Companies and OEMs (IPC-EMSI-TC2), a document created to assist the industry when business relationships are formed between OEMs and EMS companies.

Samsung Electronics Iberia Awards New Project to MSL

(May 6, 2002) Spain and Concord, Mass. -- Samsung Electronics Iberia Co. has selected MSL to manufacture the main circuit board for its TFT flat panel displays.

SMTA Offers SMTAI Sneak Preview

(May 6, 2002) Minneapolis -- SMTA is again co-locating its annual conference, SMTA International, with the Assembly Tech Expo (ATExpo) show this fall at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. from September 22 to 26.

DPAC Technologies Receives $850,000 Order for Stackable Memory in High-Performance IP Switch

(May 3, 2002) Garden Grove, Calif. -- DPAC Technologies Corp. has received a pre-production order of $850,000 for its patented stackable memory productions from a leading network equipment manufacturer.

Photon Dynamics Announces Advanced Technology Collaboration With SMTEK International

(May 3, 2002) Aliso Viejo and Moorpark, Calif. -- Photon Dynamics Inc. has launched an advanced technology collaboration with SMTEK International Inc.

New Report Says OADM Components Market to Average 52 Percent Growth Rate

(May 3, 2002) Charlottesville, Va. -- The market for optical add/drop multiplexer (OADM) components and subsystems is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 52 percent from 2002 to 2006, according to a report by Communications Industry Researchers (CIR) Inc.

CTS Reports Better Than Expected First Quarter Results

(May 3, 2002) Elkhart, Ind. -- CTS Corp. has reported a net loss of $1.9 million, or 6 cents per share, in the first quarter of 2002, compared to net income of $1.7 million, or 6 cents per share, in the first quarter of 2001.

Cadence, Ericsson Agree to Expand Strategic Relationship

(May 2, 2002) San Jose, Calif. and Stockholm -- Cadence Design Systems Inc. has extended its strategic license agreement with Ericsson.

E. Jan Vardaman to Keynote IPC Optoelectronics Conference

(May 2, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces that E. Jan Vardaman, president and founder of TechSearch International Inc., will deliver the keynote address at the IPC International Conference on Optoelectronics.


Kulicke & Soffa Reports Second Quarter 2002 Results

(May 2, 2002) Willow Grove, Pa. -- Kulicke & Soffa Industries Inc. announces financial results for its second quarter of fiscal year 2002 ended March 31, 2002.

SMTA International to Host Emerging Technologies Summit

(May 2, 2002) Minneapolis -- The Emerging Technologies Summit at SMTA International, taking place September 22 through 26, 2002, at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill., will be dedicated to addressing three key areas that affect the electronics manufacturing industry: MEMS/MOEMS, optoelectronics and system on a package.

Cadence Reports First Quarter Results

(May 1, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Cadence Design Systems Inc. announced first quarter pro forma diluted earnings per share of 23 cents, up 44 percent over the first quarter of 2001, on revenue of $345 million.

CMK Takes Equity Stake in Photocircuits

(May 1, 2002) Tokyo and Glen Cove, N.Y. -- CMK Corp. has taken an equity stake in Photocircuits Corp.

Sanmina-SCI Announces Second Quarter Results

(May 1, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Sanmina-SCI Corp. has reported financial results for its second quarter and six months ended March 30, 2002.

Zuken USA Appoints Publitek US as Agency of Record

(May 1, 2002) Westford, Mass. and Portland, Ore. -- Zuken USA has appointed Publitek US to manage its U.S. public relations.

AIM Expands Sales Network in China

(April 30, 2002) Montreal, Canada -- AIM has appointed CPD HK and Sharemate Technology as distributors for the complete AIM line of electronic assembly materials in Hong Kong and Suzhou, China, respectively.

GM, Ford Executives to Provide Keynote Addresses at Assembly Technology Expo

(April 30, 2002) Norwalk, Conn. -- Assembly Technology Expo, the world's largest "all assembly" trade event, will feature two free keynote addresses by senior operations executives from General Motors and the Ford Motor Co.

Richardson Electronics, AVX Sign Distribution Agreement

(April 30, 2002) LaFox, Ill. and Myrtle Beach, S.C. -- Richardson Electronics has signed an agreement with AVX Corp. as a specialty distributor in North America and Europe.

TT Electronics Unites Worldwide Magnetic Materials Companies Under 'MMG' Banner

(April 30, 2002) Paterson, N.J. -- In a move to unify several of its subsidiary companies under a single banner, TT electronics will rename many of its companies within its Magnetics Division.


IMAPS Launches Interactive Online Calendar

(April 29, 2002) Washington, D.C. -- The International Microelectronics and Packaging Society's (IMAPS) official Web site now features an interactive online events calendar.

IPC Designers Council Names Two Certified Master Instructors

(April 29, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- The IPC Designers Council's Education Committee has appointed two individuals as IPC Designers Council Certified Master Instructors (CMIs).

ITRI Ltd. Celebrates 70th Anniversary

(April 29, 2002) London -- ITRI Ltd., formerly the International Tin Research Institute, is celebrating its 70th anniversary.

Universal Instruments, Sanyo High Technology Renew Contract

(April 29, 2002) Japan and Binghamton, N.Y. -- Sanyo High Technology and Universal Instruments Corp. have renewed an agreement whereby Sanyo will continue to provide the HSP line of chipshooters sold under Universal's name.

Reliability Analysis Lab Teams with eCenter Technologies to Deliver Highly Sensitive Component Analysis Services Via the Web

(April 26, 2002) Lexington, Mass. -- Raytheon Co.'s Reliability Analysis Laboratory has chosen eCenter Technologies to provide the high security network connections and managed services for the company's new online electronic component analysis service.

Genesis Electronics Manufacturing Named 2002 Business of the Year by Oldsmar Chamber of Commerce

(April 26, 2002) Oldsmar, Fla. -- Genesis Electronics Manufacturing, Inc. (GEM) has been named 2002 Business of the Year by the Oldsmar Chamber of Commerce.

IPC Releases Book-to-Bill Ratio and PCB Business Report for March 2002

(April 26, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces that the U.S. Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Industry Book-to-Bill Ratio for March 2002 was 0.98.

NEMI Names New Chairman of the Board and Co-Directors of Planning

(April 26, 2002) Herndon, Va. -- The National Electronics Manufacturing Institute (NEMI) has named a new chairman and two co-directors of planning.

AVX Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

(April 25, 2002) Myrtle Beach, S.C. -- AVX Corp. reports that net sales were $275.1 million in the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2002, and that the net loss for the quarter was $2.1 million, or 1 cent per diluted share.

Siemens Signs New Joint Product Development Deal with Tecnomatix

(April 25, 2002) Nashua, N.H. -- Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. has signed a joint product development partnership agreement with Siemens Automation and Drives Group (A&D).


Teradyne Announces First Quarter Results

(April 25, 2002) Boston -- Teradyne Inc. reported sales of $248 million for the first quarter of 2002, and a net loss of $73.4 million, or 40 cents per share, excluding special charges.

Xicor Acquires Analog Integration Partners

(April 25, 2002) Milpitas, Calif. -- Xicor Inc. has acquired Analog Integration Partners, LLC (AIP), a privately held company.

August Technology Appoints Co-Founders to New Positions of Engineering Fellow

(April 24, 2002) Minneapolis -- August Technology Corp. has appointed co-founders Mark Harless and Tom Verburgt to two new senior staff posts designed to accelerate the deployment of new products and technologies for advanced applications.

Kulicke & Soffa Receives Order for 200 IC Ball Bonders

(April 24, 2002) Willow Grove, Pa. -- Kulicke & Soffa Industries Inc. has received an order from Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE) for 100 Maxµm and 100 Model 8028-PPS automatic ball bonders.

Machine Vision Products Locates Asian Regional Headquarters in Shanghai

(April 24, 2002) Carlsbad, Calif. -- Machine Vision Products Inc. (MVP) has opened its new Asian regional headquarters in Shanghai, P.R. of China.

VJ Electronix Opens New West Coast Facility

(April 24, 2002) Bohemia, N.Y. -- VJ Electronix, a division of V.J. Technologies Inc., has opened a new facility in Manteca, Calif. that will serve as a West Coast service and support center for local installations.

Duraswitch Receives Notice of Allowance from U.S. Patent Office for Rocker Switch Technology

(April 23, 2002) Phoenix -- Duraswitch has received a Notice of Allowance from the U.S. Patent Office for a new development: a rocker-type technology.

Keithley Instruments Opens Tokyo Office

(April 23, 2002) Cleveland -- Keithley Instruments Inc. has opened an office in Tokyo for direct sales and support of its test, measurement and data acquisition solutions.

Samsung Gains QS9000 Certification

(April 23, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Samsung Semiconductor Inc. has received QS9000 certification for its memory and system large-scale integration (LSI) facilities from the British Standards Institute (BSI) Inspectorate.

Xetel Announces Fulfillment of Credit Obligations

(April 23, 2002) Austin, Texas -- XeTel Corp. has disclosed successful resolutions to previously announced financial obligations.


Alcatel Optronics, Multilink Technology to Jointly Develop Next-Generation DWDM Transceivers

(April 22, 2002) Paris and Somerset, N.J. -- Alcatel Optronics and Multilink Technology Corp. have formed a partnership to jointly develop next-generation transceivers.

Amkor Receives QuickLogic Vendor of the Year Award

(April 22, 2002) Chandler, Ariz. -- Amkor Technology Inc. has received the 2001 Vendor of the Year Award from QuickLogic Corp.

Bluetooth Special Interest Group Names Executive Director

(April 22, 2002) Dallas -- Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) Inc. has named Mike McCamon to the newly created position of executive director.

Mentor Graphics Closes Tender Offer for IKOS Systems

(April 22, 2002) Wilsonville, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. has completed the subsequent offering period relating to its cash tender offer for the publicly held shares of common stock of IKOS Systems Inc. at a price of $11 per share.

Advanced Interconnections Redesigns Web Site

(April 19, 2002) West Warwick, R.I. -- Advanced Interconnections Corp. has redesigned its Web site to improve navigation and consolidate all company and product information into one site.

IPC Honors Members at IPC Printed Circuits Expo(r) 2002

(April 19, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) honored 22 individuals at IPC Printed Circuits Expo(r) 2002, held March 24-28, 2002, in Long Beach, Calif., for their contributions to IPC and the electronics industry.

Teradyne Introduces New High-Performance 24x7 Customer Support Services Leveraging Internet Technologies

(April 19, 2002) Boston -- Teradyne Inc. unveiled a new suite of High Performance Engineering and Operational Services Packages at SEMICON Europa, April 16 to April 18, 2002, in Europe.

Hitachi, Mitsubishi Electric to Integrate System LSI Businesses

(April 18, 2002) Tokyo -- Hitachi Ltd. and Mitsubishi Electric Corp. have reached an agreement to go ahead with discussions to integrate their system LSI businesses.

IPC Announces Dates, Issues Call for Papers for IPC Printed Circuits Expo(r) 2003

(April 18, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has announced a call for papers for IPC Printed Circuits Expo(r) 2003, taking place March 23 through 27, 2003, at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.

Newport Corp. to Sell Metrology Business

(April 18, 2002) Irvine, Calif. -- Newport Corp. intends to sell the majority of its Industrial Metrology Systems Division in two transactions with unrelated strategic buyers.


Richardson Electronics Announces Fourth Quarter Dividend

(April 18, 2002) LaFox, Ill. -- Richardson Electronics Ltd.'s Board of Directors has voted to declare a cash dividend for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2002 to all holders of common stock.

Benchmark Electronics Announces Pricing of Public Offering of 3.75 Million Shares

(April 17, 2002) Angleton, Texas -- Benchmark Electronics Inc. announces the pricing of a public offering of 3.75 million shares of its common stock at a public offering price of $27 per share under its currently effective shelf registration statement.

IPC Forms New Photonics Manufacturers Association Council

(April 17, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces the creation of the Photonics Manufacturers Association (PMA) Council, which plans to organize and coordinate roadmapping, standardization, legislative, market research and education efforts within the photonics industry.

Tyco Electronics, iTRACS Form Strategic Alliance

(April 17, 2002) Harrisburg, Pa. and Chicago -- Tyco Electronics and iTRACS Corp. have formed a strategic relationship to develop, market and sell an intelligent structured cabling solution combining Tyco Electronics' AMP NETCONNECT premises cabling systems with iTRACS' real-time infrastructure management system.

Virtual Chip Exchange Launches OmniSearch Inventory Management Service

(April 17, 2002) Hauppauge, N.Y. -- Virtual Chip Exchange Inc. (VCE) has launched OmniSearchTM, an advance in electronic component inventory management.

August Technology Celebrates Shipment of 50th Bump Inspection System

(April 16, 2002) Minneapolis -- August Technology Corp. has shipped its 50th bump inspection system.

Indium Corp. Offers Process-Proven Lead-Free Assembly Solution

(April 16, 2002) Utica, N.Y. -- Indium Corp. of America, has launched an optimized, lead-free assembly solution for electronics manufacturers.

Palomar Technologies Receives Microwaves & RF Magazine's Top Products of 2001 Award

(April 16, 2002) Vista, Calif. -- Palomar Technologies Inc. has received the Microwaves & RF Top Products of 2001 Award for its automated HotRailTM RFA (radio frequency) assembly cell.

Sanmina-SCI Selected by Altamar Networks to Provide Manufacturing Services

(April 16, 2002) San Jose and Mountain View, Calif. -- Sanmina-SCI Corp. has been selected by Altamar Networks, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ditech Communications Corp., to manufacture Altamar's flagship titanium optical network system.

IPC Honors Best Paper at IPC Printed Circuits Expo(r) 2002

(April 15, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) recognized the winner of this year's Best Paper in Conference award at IPC Printed Circuits Expo(r) 2002, held March 24-28, in Long Beach, Calif.


Mentor Reports Weak First Quarter Results

(April 15, 2002) Wilsonville, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. expects to report revenues of just under $130 million and EPS slightly less than 10 cents for the first quarter.

MKS Instruments Acquires IPC

(April 15, 2002) Andover, Mass. and Germany -- MKS Instruments Inc. has acquired privately held IPC, which extends MKS' leadership in enabling e-diagnostics and advanced process control (APC).

Fuji Machine Manufacturing, ViTechnology Introduce the Zero Defect Production Line

(April 15, 2002) Haverhill, Mass. and Chiryu, Japan -- ViTechnology, LLC and Fuji Machine Manufacturing Co. Ltd. have created the Zero Defect Production Line as a result of their joint technology development started in 2001.

IPC SMEMA Council's APEX(r) 2002 Ads Win Awards

(April 12, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces that its advertising campaign promoting IPC SMEMA's APEX(r) 2002, held January 19-24 in San Diego, Calif., has received several advertising awards.

NEMA Appoints Two New Members to Joint Committees

(April 12, 2002) Rosslyn, Va. -- The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) announces two new appointments to the NTCIP Joint Committees with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).

Samsung Selects Xicor Mixed ICs

(April 12, 2002) Milpitas, Calif. -- The Fiber Optics Division of Samsung Electronics has selected Xicor Inc.'s programmable mixed signal ICs for use in its next generation of IC-48 fiber optic modules.

MyUniversal Expands Worldwide Universal Instruments' Web Site

(April 12, 2002) Binghamton, N.Y. -- Universal Instruments Corp. announces the availability of MyUniversal, a secure, customized area of Universal's Web site created to improve communication with customers, to all its customers worldwide.

Envirotronics Names Golden-Tech Technologies Agent in Taiwan

(April 11, 2002) Grand Rapids, Mich. -- Envirotronics has named Golden-Tech Technologies Inc. as its agent in Taiwan.

Mentor Graphics, Atmel Announce OEM Agreement to Provide Design Flow for Programmable System-on-Chip Solutions

(April 11, 2002) San Jose, Calif. and Wilsonville, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. and Atmel Corp. have formed an agreement to provide a comprehensive design flow for Atmel's award-winning programmable system-on-chip (SoC) solutions, enabling embedded system designers to significantly increase productivity and accelerate time-to-market.

Ken Russell Appointed VP of Sales, Marketing at O.C. White Co.

(April 11, 2002) Three Rivers, Mass. -- The O.C. White Co. announces that Ken Russell has joined the company as its new vice president of sales and marketing.


RF Micro Devices Announces Volume Production Shipments to Top-Tier Handset OEM

(April 11, 2002) Greenboro, N.C. -- RF Micro Devices Inc. has begun high-volume production shipments of two GaAs HBT power amplifier modules to a leading handset manufacturer for use in a code division multiple access (CDMA) 1X handset for the Americas.

August Technology's Wafer Inspection System Specified in Toolset for Subcontract Process

(April 10, 2002) Minneapolis -- August Technology Corp.'s NSX Series wafer inspection system has been named in the required toolset of the manufacturing process for a prominent U.S.-based microelectronics device manufacturer.

ElectroniCast Will Host Financiers' Outlook of Fiber Optics Market Power Breakfast

(April 10, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- ElectroniCast will host a Power Breakfast on May 15, 2002, when a full coverage of financial aspects of the fiber optics market will be provided by a panel of financial professionals and ElectroniCast research analysts.

Envirotronics Opens New Branch Office

(April 10, 2002) Grand Rapids, Mich. -- Envirotronics has opened a new branch office of its internal subsidiary, Envirotronics Asia Sdn. Bhd., in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

JNJ Industries Appoints Speedline Online Distributor for Online Consumable Product Sales

(April 10, 2002) Franklin, Mass. -- JNJ Industries Inc. has appointed Speedline Online (www.speedlineonline.com) as an Internet-based distributor for sales of JNJ's consumer products over the Internet.

"Printing An Intelligent (Organic) Future" Technology, Potential Draws Sellout OFET Crowd to First In a Series Annual Event

(April 9, 2002) Washington, DC -- The 1st IMAPS "Printing An Intelligent Future" Advanced Technology Workshop (ATW) is a resounding success, paving the way for a bigger event next year, according to the event's General Chair Daniel R. Gamota, Ph.D. and numerous attendees.

JNJ Industries Appoints Future Electronics Global Distributor

(April 9, 2002) Franklin, Mass. and Quebec -- JNJ Industries Inc. has appointed Future Electronics, a global distributor of electronic components, as a stocking distributor of its consumable products.

Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Increases Investment In Viasystems Group

(April 9, 2002) St. Louis -- Viasystems Group Inc. announces that Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Inc. (HMTF) has increased its total investment in Viasystems.

XeTel Names New Chief Financial Officer

(April 9, 2002) Austin, Texas -- XeTel Corp. has named Greg Wilemon vice president and CFO.

Park Electrochemical Launches RF/Microwave Materials Manufacturing in the U.S.

(April 8, 2002) Lake Success, N.Y. -- Park Electrochemical Corp. is manufacturing RF/microwave materials at its Neltec high-performance materials facility in Tempe, Ariz.


Solectron Begins Operations in Ibaraki, Japan

(April 8, 2002) Milpitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. is providing manufacturing, fulfillment and other related services, including demand forecasting, to NEC Corp. for servers, workstations and storage products in Ibaraki, Japan as part of a multi-year supply and service agreement.

Taconic, Isola Announce Co-Manufacturing Agreement in Low Loss Materials

(April 8, 2002) Petersburg, N.Y. and Dren, Germany -- Taconic Advanced Dielectric Division has formed an industry alliance with Isola AG to develop and produce substrate materials for high-speed digital printed circuitry applications.

Envirotronics Names Keteca Thailand as Agent in Thailand

(April 8, 2002) Grand Rapids, Mich. -- Envirotronics has named Singapore-based Keteca Thailand as its agent in Thailand.

Benchmark Electronics Announces Proposed Public Offering of 3.75 Million Shares

(April 5, 2002) Angleton, Texas -- Benchmark Electronics Inc. has filed a preliminary prospectus statement with the SEC relating to a proposed public offering of 3.75 million shares of its common stock.

Emerson & Cuming Applications Laboratory Allows Supplier to Simulate IC Production Conditions

(April 5, 2002) Billerica, Mass. -- A new, highly sophisticated applications laboratory has given Emerson & Cuming the ability to simulate the actual production equipment used by its customers.

Spectrian Corp. Signs Three-Year VM Contract with M~Wave

(April 5, 2002) Sunnyvale, Calif. and Bensenville, Ill. -- Spectrian Corp. has signed a three-year supply-chain management contract with M~Wave Inc. using its Virtual Manufacturing Concept.

Paxton Names VP of Marketing

(April 5, 2002) Camarillo, Calif. -- Paxton Products Corp. has named Jim Altfeld as its vice president of marketing.

ElectroniCast President Will Be Featured Guest Speaker at Optical Start-up Networking Event in Canada

(April 4, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- ElectroniCast Corp. President Stephen Montgomery will be the featured guest speaker at The Optical Start-up Networking Event sponsored by INO and Agilent Technologies Canada Inc. on Friday, April 12, at INO headquarters in Quebec City, Canada.

GOEPEL Electronic Opens Second Office in the United States

(April 4, 2002) Jena, Germany -- GOEPEL electronic has opened a second office in the United States in San Jose, Calif.

SUSS MicroTec Signs Representative Agreement with Simac Masic for Probe Systems

(April 4, 2002) Munich, Germany -- SUSS MicroTec Test Systems has signed a representative agreement with Simac Masic for sales and service of the SUSS Probe Systems in the Benelux area.


BTC Electronic Components Appoints General Manager

(April 4, 2002) Raleigh, N.C. -- BTC Electronic Components has appointed Charles Grimm to the position of general manager.

Motorola Selects Agilent 93000 SOC Series Test System to Test its Digital Signal Processors Used in Internet Connectivity

(April 3, 2002) Palo Alto, Calif. -- Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector has chosen Agilent Technologies Inc.'s 93000 SOC Series test system to test Motorola's 56800E family of hybrid digital signal processors (DSPs) used for enabling Internet connectivity.

Cadence Appoints KPMG as Independent Auditor; Arthur Andersen Replaced

(April 3, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Cadence Design Systems Inc.'s Board of Directors has appointed KPMG as its independent auditor for 2002, replacing Arthur Andersen.

Guangzhou Thinker Technology Becomes Elcoteq Customer in Dongguan, China

(April 3, 2002) Guangzhou, China and Helsinki, Finland -- Guangzhou Thinker Technology Co. Ltd., a Chinese company specializing in designing and supplying components for data and telephone communications networks, has chosen Elcoteq Network Corp. as its manufacturing partner.

SMTA Recognizes Two Outstanding Speakers

(April 3, 2002) Minneapolis -- To reward exceptional achievement at two recent SMTA educational programs, Glenn Woodhouse, Plexus (formerly MCMS), and Janet Semmens, Sonoscan, were named winners of the Best in Conference Awards at the SMTA Dallas Optoelectronics conference and the Seventh Annual Pan Pacific Symposium, respectively.

ART Appoints Mike Adams as Sales Manager for Western U.S.

(April 2, 2002) Saint-Laurent, Canada -- ART Advanced Research Technologies Inc. (ART) has appointed Mike Adams as western U.S. sales manager for the company's ISIS(r) product line of infrared verification systems.

DegreeC Named in Top 100 of Southeast Asian American-Owned Technology Companies

(April 2, 2002) Milford, N.H. -- DegreeC (a.k.a. Degree Controls Inc.) has been recognized by Silicon India magazine as one of the top 100 technology companies in the U.S. owned by an American of Southeast Asian origin.

Potomac Adds Laser Deposition Services

(April 2, 2002) Lanham, Md. -- Potomac Photonics Inc. has added Direct-write Laser Deposition to the micromachining contract services now offered in its Microfabricaton Center.

Siemens Dematic Takes Over SMT Equipment Distribution Agreements in Asia

(April 2, 2002) Norcross, Ga. -- Siemens Dematic Electronics Assembly Systems Inc. (EAS) has ended the distribution agreements for SMT equipment entered into by its various Asian entities with Taiwan Autron Corp. for Taiwan; American Tec Co. Ltd. for Hong Kong and China; and Niche Tech Pte Ltd. for Singapore (including Batam), Malaysia and Thailand, all part of the Autron Group of Cos.

IEEE Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Society Announces 2002 Award Winners

(April 1, 2002) Piscataway, N.J. -- The Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Society (CPMT) announces its annual honors to individuals, teams and chapters for their technical excellence, achievement, leadership and service.


Valeo, Jabil Circuit Form Partnership

(April 1, 2002) Paris and St. Petersburg, Fla. -- Valeo and Jabil Circuit Inc. have formed a three-year partnership for PCB manufacturing.

Mentor Graphics Successfully Completes Tender Offer for IKOS Systems

(April 1, 2002) Wilsonville, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. has purchased 7,836,636 shares pursuant to its tender offer for the publicly held shares of common stock of IKOS Systems Inc. and the commencement of a subsequent offering period for the remaining shares at a price of $11 per share.

Solectron to Provide Xbox Warranty, Repair Services for Microsoft in Japan and Australia

(April 1, 2002) Milpitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp.'s Global Services business unit will provide after-sales service and support for the Microsoft XboxTM video game console in Japan and Australia.

Polyclad Laminates France Receives ISO 14001 Certification

(March 29, 2002) Londonderry, N.H. -- Polyclad Laminates, a Cookson Electronics company, recently received certification to the international environmental standard ISO 14001 for its operation located in Nantes, France.

Near-Record Number of Abstracts Predicts IMAPS 2002 Symposium Success, Appeal

(March 29, 2002) Washington, D.C. -- IMAPS 2002, which takes place September 4-6, 2002, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, has received more than 250 abstracts, up from last year's count of 189.

Delphi Designer Wins Top Award at Annual Printed Circuit Board Design Conference

(March 29, 2002) Santa Clara, Calif. -- Delphi Delco Electronics Systems senior printed circuit board designer Terri Dumoulin received first place at the 16th annual Mentor Graphics - Systems Design Division's Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Technology Leadership Awards.

Richardson Reports Positive Third Quarter Results Before Charge for Sale of Medical Glassware Business

(March 29, 2002) LaFox, Ill. -- Richardson Electronics Ltd. has reported results for the third quarter of fiscal 2002, which ended February 28, 2002.

Avnet Acquires Gamma Optronik

(March 28, 2002) Phoenix -- Avnet Inc. has acquired Sweden-based Gamma Optronik. Gamma will be operated as a part of Avnet's BFi OPTiLAS European business unit.

KEMET Announces High-Frequency Products Inititative

(March 28, 2002) Greenville, S.C. -- KEMET Corp. has announced enhancements to its high-frequency products organization.

Merix Reports Sales and Earnings for the Third Quarter of Fiscal 2002

(March 28, 2002) Forest Grove, Ore. -- Merix Corp. has reported results for the third quarter of fiscal 2002 ended February 23, 2002.


Petroferm Contract Services Division Operating under ISO 9001:2000

(March 28, 2002) Franklin, Ky. -- Petroferm Inc.'s Contract Services division is now operating under ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management.

CPMT Announces Their New 2002 Officers and Board of Governors

(March 27, 2002) Piscataway, N.J. -- The Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Society (CPMT) announces its newly elected Officers and Board of Governors for 2002.

Elcoteq Announces Decisions of Annual General Meeting

(March 27, 2002) Helsinki, Finland -- Elcoteq Network Corp.'s Annual General Meeting took place here on March 20.

DGE Market Will Climb to $51 Million by 2006, According to ElectroniCast

(March 27, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- According to a new ElectroniCast Corp. study, the global commercial consumption of dynamic gain equalizers (DGEs), standalone plus integrated components, was $12 million in 2001, and is forecast to reach $451 million by 2006, with an average annual growth rate of 107 percent per year.

IPC Releases Book-to-Bill Ratio and PCB Business Report for February 2002

(March 27, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces that the U.S. Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Industry Book-to-Bill Ratio for February 2002 was 1.00.

Incentives, New Distributed Products Highlight DEK's Process Support Products Division

(March 26, 2002) Flemington, N.J. -- DEK Printing Machines' Process Support Products division has announced two enhancements to its offering in the United States.

IMAPS Plans Educational Foundation Golf Classic at IMAPS 2002

(March 26, 2002) Washington, D.C. -- The International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS) announces the 8th Annual Dr. Sidney J. Stein Educational Foundation Golf Classic, to be held in conjunction with IMAPS 2002 in Denver this fall.

Vitronics Soltec Appoints Prodelec Sales as Service Representative in Italy

(March 26, 2002) Ooosterhout, The Netherlands and Milan, Italy -- Vitronics Soltec BV has appointed Prodelec s.r.l as its sales and service representative and distributor in Italy.

Panel Set for Second Keynote Presentation at IPC Printed Circuits Expo(r) 2002

(March 26, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces the panel members who will present the second keynote presentation at IPC Printed Circuits Expo(r) 2002 at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, Calif.

Chase EMS Purchases Sunburst Manufacturing Facility

(March 25, 2002) West Bridgewater, Mass. -- Chase EMS Group has purchased the Sunburst facility building at 70 Pleasant St., West Bridgewater, Mass.


IPC Files Comments Opposing EPA-Proposed Rule

(March 25, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has filed comments opposing the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed Cross-Media Electronic Reporting and Record-keeping Rule (CROMERRR), created to establish a framework for electronic reporting and record-keeping for all EPA environmental regulations.

Polyclad Laminates Obtains Universal UL Recognition for FR-4 Materials

(March 25, 2002) Franklin, N.H. -- Polyclad Laminates Inc., a Cookson Electronics company, has obtained a universal recognition from UL for all its FR-4 laminate and prepeg materials worldwide.

SMTA Boston to Feature Three Leading Edge Events

(March 25, 2002) Minneapolis -- The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) is organizing three events for SMTA Boston, in conjunction with NEPCON East and Electro 2002, on June 10 through 12 at the Bayside Convention Center in Boston.

DEK to Offer Support for Pre-Owned Equipment Purchases

(March 22, 2002) Flemington, N.J. -- DEK-USA has launched a new service for purchasers of pre-owned 265 Series machines.

Flextronics, Newport Corp. to Commercialize Fiber Optic Component Manufacturing

(March 22, 2002) Singapore and Irvine, Calif. -- Flextronics Photonics and Newport Corp. have signed an agreement whereby Flextronics will transfer certain elements of its optical component manufacturing technology to Newport, and Newport will develop next-generation assembly automation systems to commercialize this proven process technology.

IPC and its Members Claim Victory

(March 22, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has announced a victory in its efforts to pass a realistic depreciation bill for the electronics assembly and PCB industries.

Fujitsu Quantum Devices, Sumitomo Electric Industries Announce Multi-source Agreeement for 10 Gbps Transmission LD Module

(March 22, 2002) Tokyo -- Fujitsu Quantum Devices Ltd. (FQD) and Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. (SEI) have formed a multi-source agreement for a 10 Gbps transmission laser diode (LD) module.

Dow Corning Receives Intel's Preferred Quality Supplier Award

(March 21, 2002) Midland, Mich. -- Dow Corning Corp. was named a recipient of Intel Corp.'s 2001 Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) Award for outstanding performance in providing products and services deemed essential to Intel's success.

Elcoteq Strengthens its NPI Services

(March 21, 2002) Helsinki, Finland -- Elcoteq Network Corp. is strengthening its network of New Product Introduction (NPI) centers in response to increasing demand for the services they provide.

IPC Names New Director of Communications

(March 21, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces that Paul Engstrom has been named its director of communications.


SUSS MicroTec Continues to Expand Presence in Asia with Multimillion Euro Order from F-Tech

(March 21, 2002) Munich, Germany -- SUSS MicroTec continues to penetrate surface acoustic wave (SAW) producing companies in Asia with its latest order from F-Tech.

Electronic Component Orders Growth up by 30 Percent

(March 20, 2002) Arlington, Va. -- February electronic component orders were up by more than 30 percent compared to February 2001, according to the monthly index from the Electronic Components, Assemblies & Materials Association (ECA).

GSI Lumonics Expands Sales Support for Electronics Processing Equipment in Japan

(March 20, 2002) Kanata, Ontario and Tokyo -- GSI Lumonics Inc. has expanded sales support for its full range of laser-based processing products for the electronics manufacturing industry in Japan.

Call for Papers Issued for IPC Designers Learning Symposiums

(March 20, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- The IPC Designers Council announces a call for papers for its two Designers Learning Symposiums, taking place May 20-25, 2002, at the Ramada Plaza-Market Center in Dallas, Texas, and September 30-October 5, 2002, at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Conference Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Pinpoint Laser Systems Receives Patent for Laser Measuring Product

(March 20, 2002) Newburyport, Mass. -- Pinpoint Laser Systems has received its first patent for the Laser Microgage alignment system.

Effective Test-program Creation Using AOI

(March 20, 2002) Given the superior cost effectiveness of automated optical inspection (AOI), electronics production is unthinkable without it; therefore, solutions to ensure compliance in the face of increasing demands on performance are offered.

Asymtek Promotes PCB Assembly Product Manager

(March 19, 2002) Carlsbad, Calif. -- Asymtek has promoted Bob Hoffmann to printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) product manager.

Elcoteq Announces Quality Award for its North American Manufacturing Plant

(March 19, 2002) Irving, Texas -- Elcoteq Inc., the Americas office of Elcoteq Network Corp., announces that its Monterrey, Mexico manufacturing plant has won the company's 2001 Quality Award.

Kulicke & Soffa CEO to Receive Electronics Manufacturing Technology Award

(March 19, 2002) Willow Grove, Pa. -- Kulicke & Soffa Chairman and CEO Scott Kulicke has been selected by the IEEE Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (CPMT) Society to receive the prestigious Electronics Manufacturing Technology Award.

Solectron Appoints Three to Leadership Positions in Technology Solutions Unit

(March 19, 2002) Milpitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. has appointed three people to senior leadership positions in the company's Technology Solutions business unit due to the transition of Ajay Shay, executive vice president of Solectron and president of Technology Solutions, to a role as a non-employee director of the corporation.


IPC PC Expo Presents Free Forums

(March 19, 2002) Held from Tuesday, March 26 through Thursday, March 28, 2002, in Long Beach, Calif., the IPC Printed Circuits Expo(r) 2002 Free Forums offer inside info on the hot topics of today. From new business issues to environmental concerns to the latest on new markets, forum panelists are prepared to discuss the latest developments. Since there are no written proceedings, attendees will be privy to exclusive insights.

AeA Hails Senate Passage of Economic Stimulus Package

(March 18, 2002) Washington, D.C. -- The AeA has hailed the Senate's passage of the Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act, calling the new legislation "worth the wait."

Flextronics Network Services Selected as Preferred Supplier in 3GIS' Rollout of UMTS Network

(March 18, 2002) Stockholm, Sweden -- Flextronics Network Services and 3G Infrastructure Services AB (3GIS) have signed an agreement in which Flextronics Network Services will provide engineering services in 3GIS' Swedish nationwide UMTS rollout.

Teradyne Connection Systems Achieves ISO 14001 Certification

(March 18, 2002) Nashua, N.H. -- The Nashua, N.H. and Cavan, Ireland facilities of Teradyne Inc., Connection Systems Division (TCS) have been certified to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard.

SMTEK Ends Exploratory Merger Discussions with EPI; No Merger Agreement Reached

(March 18, 2002) Thousand Oaks, Calif. -- SMTEK International Inc. has ended exploratory discussions with Electronic Product Integration (EPI) Corp. relating to SMTEK's potential acquisition of EPI.

Flextronics Photonics, Silicon Light Machines Partner to Deliver Optical Technology Products

(March 15, 2002) Singapore and Sunnyvale, Calif. -- Flextronics Photonics and Silicon Light Machines have formed a manufacturing agreement in which Flextronics Photonics will provide packaging design services and manufacture telecommunications equipment for SLM that uses its Grating Light ValveTM (GLV) technology.

MRSI Launches On Demand Manufacturing, Automatic Recipe Selection for Dispense and Assembly

(March 15, 2002) North Billerica, Mass. -- MRSI has introduced automatic recipe selection for its line of assembly and dispense equipment for "On Demand" manufacturing.

Solectron, Pace Micro Technology Announce Global Manufacturing Partnership

(March 15, 2002) Shipley West Yorkshire, UK and Milpitas, Calif. -- Pace Micro Technology has selected Solectron Corp. as its primary provider of EMS for Pace's global product range.

Intertechnique Migrates to Teradyne's Spectrum 9100

(March 15, 2002) Paris and Boston -- Intertechnique, a subsidiary of the Zodiac Group, has selected the SpectrumTM 9100-Series functional test platform from Teradyne's Assembly Test Division to form the backbone of its next-generation functional test systems.

ATG Test Systems, Everett Charles Technologies and WKK Holding Announce Expanded Services in China

(March 14, 2002) Pomona, Calif.; Reicholzheim, Germany; and Hong Kong -- Everett Charles Technologies and atg test systems, along with WKK Holding Ltd. have recommitted to their current relationship in China.


Mentor Graphics, IKOS Systems Sign Merger Agreement

(March 14, 2002) Wilsonville, Ore. and San Jose, Calif. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. and IKOS Systems Inc. have signed a definitive agreement, calling for Mentor Graphics to acquire all outstanding shares of IKOS Systems for $11 in cash per share of IKOS common stock.

Tyco's Electronic Product Group Deploys Centra Web Collaboration Platform

(March 14, 2002) Pembroke, Bermuda and Lexington, Mass. -- Tyco's Electronic Product Group (TEPG) has deployed Centra's Web collaboration platform to enhance and accelerate the delivery of product training.

New IPC Council Formed

(March 14, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces the creation of a new management council for the leadership of the global solder manufacturing industry.

IKOS Reports Synopsys Did Not Revise Merger Terms

(March 13, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- IKOS Systems Inc. announces that it has not received a proposal from Mountain View, Calif.-based Synopsys Inc. to amend the terms and conditions of the merger agreement between IKOS and Synopsys as of 6 p.m. on March 11, 2002.

IMAPS Announces 3-year Strategic Plan

(March 13, 2002) Washington, D.C. -- The International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS) announces its Strategic Plan for 2003-2005, as presented by Peter G. Barnwell, Ph.D., president-elect, as approved by the IMAPS Executive Council.

In-Stat Predicts Optical ICs to Reach $1.8 Billion by 2006

(March 13, 2002) Scottsdale, Ariz. -- Optical networking and its supporting equipment, components and ICs are heading toward a market windfall, according to In-Stat/MDR.

Palomar Technologies' Leaders Named in Fortune Magazine's 'Heroes of U.S. Manufacturing'

(March 13, 2002) Vista, Calif. -- Palomar Technologies' Chairman Gary Gist and President Kevin Conlon were named as two of Fortune magazine's "Heroes of U.S. Manufacturing," an annual special section honoring companies that have achieved innovation in U.S. manufacturing technology.

BI Technology Appoints C-Tech Sales as Carolinas Representative

(March 12, 2002) Fullerton, Calif. -- BI Technologies has added North Carolina-based C-Tech Sales to its list of authorized sales representatives.

Flip Chip 2002 Conference and Exhibition Offers "Latest and Greatest" in Flip Chip Technology

(March 12, 2002) Austin, Texas -- Flip Chip 2002 promises the "latest and greatest" in flip chip technology.

Taiyo Yuden Acquires License to Stonestreet One's Bluetopia Protocol Stack for Use in Bluetooth

(March 12, 2002) Schamburg, Ill. and Louisville, Ky. --Taiyo Yuden Co. Ltd. has signed a licensing agreement with Stonestreet One.


Fiber Optic Isolator Market to Reach $672.7 Million, According to ElectroniCast Forecast

(March 12, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- According to ElectroniCast Corp.'s "Fiber Optic Isolator Global Market Forecast," the global consumption value of fiber optic component isolators will rise steadily, from $296.3 million in 2001 to $672.7 million in 2006.

Genesis Challenges Employees, Businesses with Volunteer Action Day Program

(March 11, 2002) Oldsmar, Fla. -- Genesis Electronics Manufacturing Inc. (GEM) has launched a new employee incentive program, Volunteer Action Day, under which it will coordinate volunteer efforts and reimburse its employees for their participation in community volunteer programs.

Indium Promotes Hosey to Vice President, Operations

(March 11, 2002) Utica, N.Y. -- The Indium Corp. of America (ICA) has promoted Wayne Hosey to the position of vice president, operations.

Universal Instruments Appoints New Director of Global Marketing

(March 11, 2002) Binghamton, N.Y. -- Universal Instruments Corp. has appointed Karen Moore-Watts as director of global marketing.

Duraswitch Announces Fourth Quarter and Year-end Results

(March 8, 2002) Phoenix -- Duraswitch Industries Inc. has announced financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2001.

New Book by National Experts Shows How to Combine Business Systems to Cut Costs and Confusion

(March 8, 2002) Austin, Texas -- "Integrating Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety Systems," by business experts Mary F. McDonald, Terry A. Mors, Ann W. Phillips and Eddie Phillips, shows companies how to keep in compliance.

Fairchild Semiconductor Begins Construction on New 800,000 Sq. Ft. Assembly, Test Facility in China

(March 8, 2002) South Portland, Maine -- Fairchild Semiconductor International has begun construction on a new 800,000 sq. ft. manufacturing and automated warehouse facility in Suzhou, China.

Speedline Technologies Selects Laser Optronic S.p.A as Italian Distribution Partner

(March 8, 2002) Dreieich, Germany and Milan, Italy -- Speedline Technologies Inc. continues its long-term strategy to expand and reinforce its network of European distributors by naming Laser Optronic S.p.A. as the designated distributor for the Italian market.

Flextronics CMO to Speak on the Evolution and Future of EMS at NEPCON East/Electro

(March 7, 2002) Norwalk, Conn. -- Jim Sacherman, chief marketing officer for Singapore-based Flextronics, will examine the history of the electronics contract manufacturing industry and the drivers of its evolution in his keynote presentation, "The Evolution of the EMS Industry: From Boards to Sophisticated Services," on June 11 at NEPCON East/Electro.

Plexus, Tessera Technologies Announce Agreement

(March 7, 2002) Neenah, Wis. and San Jose, Calif. -- Plexus Corp. and Tessera Technologies Inc. have signed a licensing and services agreement.


Tecnomatix Provides Expanded Support for Universal Instruments Machines

(March 7, 2002) Nashua, N.H. and Binghamton, N.Y. -- Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. is providing improved support for Universal Instruments Corp.

Agilent COO to Leave Company

(March 7, 2002) Palo Alto, Calif. -- Agilent Technologies Inc. announces that Alain Couder, executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO), has decided to leave Agilent in order to pursue other opportunities to lead a company as CEO.

AeA Names High-Tech Legislators of the Year

(March 6, 2002) Sacramento, Calif. -- AeA has released the names of the five California legislators to be presented with its High-Tech Legislator of the Year Award.

STMicroelectronics Implements Agilent's 93000 SOC Series for Testing High-Speed Communications Devices

(March 6, 2002) Carrolton, Texas and Palo Alto, Calif. -- STMicroelectronics has successfully implemented Agilent Technologies Inc.'s 93000 SOC Series test system to enable high-speed testing of 10 GBps multiplexer/demultiplexer communications devices.

IDEA Elects Jury to Board of Directors

(March 6, 2002) Rosslyn, Va. -- The Industry Data Exchange Association (IDEA) has elected Victor Jury, president of Albuquerque, N.M.-based Summit Electric, to its Board of Directors.

IKOS Board Determines that Mentor Proposal Constitutes Superior Proposal to Synopsys Merger Agreement

(March 6, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- IKOS Systems Inc.'s Board of Directors has considered Mentor Graphics Corp.'s February 26, 2002 waiver of the condition to its tender offer regarding declines in market indices, and has determined that in light of such waiver, the proposed merger agreement proffered by Mentor constitutes a superior offer as defined under the merger agreement with Synopsys Inc.

AeA Commends White House Appointments to U.S.-Japan Commission

(March 5, 2002) Washington, D.C. -- AeA commends the Bush administration's selection of three representatives from the high-tech sector to serve on the U.S.-Japan Private Sector/Government Commission for year 2002: Koichi Nishimura of Solectron Corp., James Morgan of Applied Materials, and Allen Alley of Pixelworks.

Emerson & Cuming Receives Top Honor From National Starch and Chemical

(March 5, 2002) Billerica, Mass. -- Emerson & Cuming received the 2001 CEO Award for Quality Leadership, the highest honor conferred by National Starch and Chemical Co., in January.

MRSI Appoints Product Manager

(March 5, 2002) North Billerica, Mass. -- MRSI has appointed Bruno Miquel to the position of product manager.

IMAPS Appoints Treasurer

(March 5, 2002) Washington, D.C. -- The International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS) has appointed Steve Capp to the position of treasurer.


Agile Completes Additional Financing to Power Growth

(March 4, 2002) Waterloo, Ontario, Canada -- Agile Systems Inc. has completed an additional private equity placement with its current investors.

January Electronic Component Orders Up Slightly; Industry Leaders Give Mixed Results at Forum

(March 4, 2002) Arlington, Va. -- Electronic component orders were up slightly in January 2002 compared to December 2001, but the 12-month moving average appears to be flat, according to the monthly index from the Electronic Components, Assemblies and Materials Association (ECA).

Rockwell Collins Elects New Board Member

(March 4, 2002) Cedar Rapids, Iowa -- Rockwell Collins' Board of Directors has elected Chris A. Davis to serve on its board.

Nihon Superior and Balver Zinn Jointly Promote Lead-free Wave Soldering Alloy

(March 4, 2002) Osaka, Japan and Balve, Germany -- Nihon Superior Co. Ltd. promoted its lead-free solders at the booth of Balver Zinn Josef Jost GmbH & Co. KG at Productronica in Germany last November.

Amkor Receives Altera's Assembly & Test Supplier of the Year Award

(March 1, 2002) Chandler, Ariz. and San Jose, Calif. -- Amkor Technology Inc. has received the 2001 Supplier of the Year Award from Altera Corp.

Indium Hires Technical Manager, Global Accounts

(March 1, 2002) Utica, N.Y. -- The Indium Corp. of America (ICA) has hired Rich Brooks as technical manager, global accounts. Brooks is also a member of ICA's Global Sales Team.

Universal Display Wins SBIR Contract Focusing on Transparent, Flexible Low Power Displays for the Military

(March 1, 2002) Ewing, N.J. -- Universal Display Corp. has been awarded a $69,951 Phase I contract by the U.S. Department of the Army to demonstrate the feasibility of using three of its proprietary OLED technologies for a conformable, transparent, high-resolution, low-power display for the U.S. Army.

Xicor Appoints Director of Quality and Reliability

(March 1, 2002) Milpitas, Calif. -- Xicor Inc. has named Wayne Bishop to the position of director of quality and reliability, reporting to Todd Smathers, Xicor's senior vice president of operations.

Amphion Names Vice President of Worldwide Sales

(February 28, 2002) San Jose, Calif. and Belfast, North Ireland -- Amphion Semiconductor Ltd. has appointed Daniel V. Hauck as president of Amphion Semiconductor Inc., the wholly owned U.S. subsidiary, and as vice president of worldwide sales.

ESC International, Han-Mi Form Alliance

(February 28, 2002) Ivyland, Pa. and Incheon, Korea -- ESC International and Han-Mi Co. Ltd. have formed a working alliance.


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