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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.