'Building an Efficient Soldering Process' for Profitability Kicks Off Vitronics Soltec's European Advanced Technology Tour
(August 29, 2002) Oosterhout, The Netherlands -- Vitronics Soltec is launching the 2nd European Advanced PCB Assembly Technology Tour, this year's theme "Building an Efficient Process."
ElectroniCast Forecasts SAN and RSAN Consumption Will Reach $1.32 Billion in 2006
(August 29, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- According to ElectroniCast's Storage Area Network (SAN) Fiber Optic Interconnect study, global consumption of fiber optic components in SANs and remote storage area networks (RSAN), with transfer capability of 100 Gbps and higher, reached $142 million in 2001 (down from $181 million in 2000) and will expand at an average 53 percent per year reaching $1.32 billion by 2006.
Rockwell Scientific Delivers Long Wave Infrared Sensor Chip Assemblies for New U.S. Satellite Surveillance System
(August 28, 2002) Thousand Oaks, Calif. and Lexington, Mass. -- Rockwell Scientific Co. LLC (RSC) has delivered two very long wave infrared (VLWIR) sensor chip assemblies to Raytheon Co. for use on the U.S. Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Low program.
W.L. Gore & Associates, Alvesta Cross-License Quadlink 10-Gbit Optical Transceivers
(August 27, 2002) Elkton, Md. and Sunnyvale, Calif. -- W. L. Gore & Associates Inc. and Alvesta are cross-licensing four-channel parallel optic transceivers as defined by the QuadLink MSA, a multi-source agreement defining small footprint 4-channel optical transceivers.
Wilson Named President of Hitachi Computer Products (America) Ltd.
(August 27, 2002) Brisbane, Calif. -- Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., has appointed George Wilson as president of its Hitachi Computer Products (America) Inc. subsidiary based in Norman, Okla.
IPC and JEDEC Revise, Release Two Component Assessment Standards
(August 26, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) and JEDEC-the Solid State Technology Association have released two newly revised, jointly developed standards.
Flexible, In-line Technology for Commercial Wafer Level Processing
(August 26, 2002) Weymouth, UK -- Advanced packages such as chip scale package (CSP) and system in package (SiP) offer the electrical performance and small outline required to enable future generations of pervasive electronic products. This article explains how back end packaging processes and technology must become more flexible -- and better suited to in-line deployment -- for manufacturers to produce these packages at commercial prices.
Speaking of this Week -- August 23, 2002
Progress rules! This week, there was lots of good ol' moving forward, which is good to see. Many companies in the electronics assembly industry continue to pair up and work together, and there's personnel news and announcements from trade associations and on upcoming trade shows as well. There's also a fly in the ointment this week.
Varian Medical Systems CEO Receives AeA/Stanford Executive Institute Alumnus Award
(August 23, 2002) Santa Clara, Calif. -- AeA has presented Dick Levy, president and CEO of Varian Medical Systems, with the first annual AeA/Stanford Executive Institute Award for Outstanding Achievement by an alumnus.
EDS, Tecnomatix Team to Deliver Breakthrough End-to-End Software Solution for Digitizing Manufacturing
(August 20, 2002) Plano, Texas and Nashua, N.H. -- EDS and Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. have formed an alliance to jointly develop and deliver Manufacturing Process Management (MPM) software and best-practice solutions designed to decrease clients' manufacturing costs, shorten time-to-market, and increase quality.
Jerry Sameth Receives Charles H. Glasier Award
(August 20, 2002) Parsippany, N.J. -- Jerry Sameth, an engineering manager at Matheson Tri-Gas Inc., has been awarded the Charles H. Glasier Safety Award.
The Impact of Automation on the Fiber Optic Industry is Keynote Topic for Three Co-located Manufacturing Events
(August 19, 2002) Norwalk, Conn. -- Attendees of Fiberoptic Automation Expo, NEPCON West and Assembly West will hear a free keynote address by Jeff Montgomery, founder and chairman of ElectroniCast Inc. on Thursday, December 5, 2002, at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif.
Speaking of this Week -- August 16, 2002
With the electronics industry in its annual August slowdown, the industry is taking the time to examine itself, with several studies and reports coming out this week. There's also word on several upcoming trade shows, as well as the ever-present progress news. Alliances and mergers move to the rear this week, as does personnel news.
AeA Survey Finds 84 Percent of High-Tech Workers Receive Stock Options
(August 16, 2002) Washington, D.C. -- A survey conducted by AeA, the nation's largest high-tech trade association, finds that public high-tech companies on average grant stock options to 84 percent of their employees.
Job Seekers, Employers Meet Through New Service at IMAPS 2002 in Denver
(August 16, 2002) Denver -- IMAPS 2002, The 35th International Symposium on Microelectronics, will provide, for the first time, an Employment Center that will bring together both job seekers looking for the "right" opportunity, and employers seeking qualified personnel.
ElectroniCast President Montgomery will Keynote at IPTC 2002 in Korea
(August 15, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- ElectroniCast President Stephen Montgomery will be the keynote speaker at the Current State of the Photonics Industry Lecture Series at the International Photonics Technology Conference (IPTC), September 5 through 7, 2002, at the COEX Convention Center in Seoul, Korea.
Cookson Electronics Equipment Completes Relocation of Camalot Manufacturing Facility
(August 14, 2002) Franklin, Mass. -- Cookson Electronics Equipment, formerly Speedline Technologies, has completed relocating the CAMALOT(r) manufacturing facility from Haverhill, Mass. to the company's corporate headquarters here.
IPC Announces Professional Development Course Schedule for 2002 IPC Annual Meeting
(August 14, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has released its schedule of professional development courses for the 2002 IPC Annual Meeting, taking place November 3 through 7 at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans.
SMTA Announces 2003 Pan Pacific Symposium Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities
(August 13, 2002) Minneapolis -- The Eighth Annual Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium and Exhibit, held February 18 to 20, 2003, at the Orchid at Mauna Lani Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii, is an international event promoting the exchange of technical information, which provides a forum for extensive networking among microelectronics professionals.
Avnet RF & Microwave Launches Wavelength Design Solutions
(August 13, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Avnet RF & Microwave, a division of Avnet Electronics Marketing, has launched Wavelength Design Solutions (WDS), a new business unit that will provide services and products to offer a total solution to customers incorporating wireless technology into their end products.
Industry Report Names Tecnomatix Leader in Growing Manufacturing Process Management Space
(August 12, 2002) Nashua, N.H. -- In a recently published report by the Frost & Sullivan research firm, the Manufacturing Process Management (MPM) market is "primed for robust growth" in both the mechanical and electronics manufacturing arenas.
IPC Annual Meeting Technical Conference Focuses On Industry's Redefining Technologies
(August 12, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has announced the technical conference sessions to be presented Nov. 5 through 6, as part of the 2002 IPC Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, La.
Frost & Sullivan Releases Study on the European MES Market
(August 12, 2002) London -- Over recent years, companies have ramped up investments in improving control operations on the plant floor with programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and, at the next level, supervisory control and data acquisition systems (SCADA) that provide real-time display and visualization of plant processes, enabling operator interaction and the functionality of flagging alarms.
Motorola Sells Equipment Manufacturing Assets to Zen Voce Manufacturing
(August 9, 2002) Schaumburg, Ill. and Singapore -- Motorola Inc. has entered into an agreement to sell some equipment manufacturing assets of Motorola Manufacturing Solutions -- Asia to Zen Voce Manufacturing Pte Ltd (Zen Voce), a wholly owned subsidiary of Zen Voce Holdings Pte Ltd.
Mentor Graphics Receives Patent for IC Simulation Inventions
(August 9, 2002) Wilsonville, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. has been awarded U.S. Patent 6,397,172 on its adaptive model evaluation technology, a key component of its Mach TA IC simulation design tool.
Speaking of this Week -- August 9, 2002
This has been a slow week (blame it on August), but what's come under the transom has been varied. We've got progress news this week, as well as the ever-present alliances and mergers, although not as many as in recent weeks. Trade associations weigh in on new laws, and two major companies announced their financial results, with one more in the works. Finally, there's a bit of personnel news.
Hitachi OMD Expands Sales Network for Contract Manufacturing
(August 8, 2002) Norman, Okla. -- Hitachi Computer Products (America) Inc. - Oklahoma Manufacturing Division (OMD) has signed five additional Manufacturing Representative firms to represent Hitachi Contract Manufacturing Services, bringing the total number of firms to 11, some with multiple locations.
Alternative Outsourcing Models Gain Popularity in Electronics Industry
(August 8, 2002) Alameda, Calif. -- As quickly as traditional contract manufacturing has grown (on average 25 percent per year since the 1970s), alternative outsourcing modes are now growing even faster, according to Technology Forecasters Inc.'s Quarterly Forum for Electronics Manufacturing Outsourcing and Supply Chain.
LogicVision Forms New Engineering Support and Services Division
(August 7, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- LogicVision Inc. has formed the Engineering Support and Services Division, dedicated to providing engineering and consulting services for chip, board and system-level design for test (DFT).
Ansoft to Announce First Quarter Financial Results Conference Call and Webcast
(August 7, 2002) Pittsburgh -- Ansoft Corp. will release financial results for the first quarter ended July 31, 2002, after market close on Wednesday, August 21.
Standards Council of Canada Selects Flood for IEC President Nomination
(August 5, 2002) Rosslyn, Va. -- NEMA, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, endorses the Standards Council of Canada's nomination of Tony Flood as a candidate for the President of IEC for the term of 2005 to 2007.
Speaking of this Week -- August 2, 2002
Here in summer's doldrums, companies in the electronics assembly industry are finding each other's company, as evidenced by partnerships galore. Financial news and progress seem to point in an up direction, and there's a smattering of personnel news this week as well.
Coreco Reports Second Quarter Results
(August 2, 2002) Montreal -- Coreco Inc. has reported revenue for the second quarter ended June 30, 2002 of $4.9 million, an increase of 2 percent on a sequential basis from $4.8 million in the first quarter of 2002 and a decrease of 36 percent from $7.6 million reported in the second quarter of 2001.
Esterline to Sell Automation Segment
(August 2, 2002) Bellevue, Wash. -- Esterline Technologies plans to sell its Automation business segment, consisting of two separate companies, Excellon Automation Co. and W.A. Whitney Co., leading manufacturers of specialized equipment used in the manufacture of printed circuit boards and the fabrication of heavy plate steel, respectively.
Siliconix Quarterly Earnings Jump 120 Percent to 37 Cents per Share
(August 1, 2002) Santa Clara, Calif. -- Siliconix inc. announces net income of $11.2 million, or 37 cents per share, for the second quarter ended June 29, 2002.
Enthone Licenses Lucent Technologies Electroplating Processes
(August 1, 2002) West Haven, Conn. -- Enthone Inc. has obtained a license from Lucent Technologies that grants Enthone global rights to Lucent's tin, tin-alloy, gold, palladium, palladium alloys and rhodium electroplating technologies, processes and patents.
Five New Companies Join NEMI
(August 1, 2002) Herndon, Va. -- Five organizations have joined the ranks of the National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI): FCI, Heraeus Inc., Jabil Circuit Inc., kSARIA Corp. and Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corp.
GSI Lumonics Web Site Available in Multiple Languages
(July 31, 2002) Ottawa and Wilmington, Mass. -- GSI Lumonics Inc. has translated key portions of its web site into seven languages, including German, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and both simplified and traditional Chinese.
IPC and CAT Inc.'s PCQR2 Database Strengthens Links in Supply Chain Management
(July 31, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) and Conductor Analysis Technologies Inc. (CAT Inc.) announce that 26 unique submittals have been received for their joint Printed Board Process Capability, Quality and Relative Reliability (PCQR2) Benchmark Database.
IPC Opens Office in China
(July 30, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) opened its IPC Shanghai, China office on Wednesday, July 24, 2002.
Henkel Loctite Adds Technical Seminar on Lead-free Solder Technology
(July 29, 2002) Industry, Calif. -- Henkel Loctite Corp. will hold the latest in its a series of technical seminars on "Understanding Lead Free Solder" on August 29, 2002, at Siemens Dematic, located at 3140 Northwoods Parkway in Norcross, Ga., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Speaking of this Week -- July 26, 2002
With the end of the second quarter on June 30, financial news has come back to the forefront this week. In addition, partnerships continue to make headlines, as well as news of partnerships. Finally, three trade organizations weigh in with announcements this week.
Newport Corp. Reports Second Quarter and Six-Month 2002 Results
(July 25, 2002) Irvine, Calif. -- Newport Corp. has reported financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2002, reflecting continued strength in orders and sales to its semiconductor capital equipment customers and other end markets, offset in part by ongoing weakness in its fiber optic communications business.
BTU International Announces CEO Succession
(July 25, 2002) North Billerica, Mass. -- Mark R. Rosenzweig, formerly chief executive of BOC Edwards America, has succeeded Paul J. van der Wansem as president and CEO of BTU International.
Cookson Electronics Equipment and REsys Deliver Advanced Cleaning and Filtration Systems
(July 25, 2002) Franklin, Mass. and Salem, Ore. -- Cookson Electronics Equipment and REsys Inc. have announced two new water treatment and recycling systems, Value-Loop and Jet-Loop.
IPC and NEMI Sponsor Symposium on Lead-Free Electronics September 18-19 in Montreal
(July 24, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. and Herndon, Va. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) and the National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) are sponsoring a symposium on lead-free electronics September 18 and 19 in Montreal.
Tessera and Walton Advanced Electronics Sign Licensing Agreement
(July 22, 2002) Taiwan and San Jose, Calif. -- Walton Advanced Electronics has signed a Tessera Compliant Chip license that will enable Walton to build advanced packages for high-performing DRAM chips used in gaming consoles, corporate servers and other performance-intensive computing products.
Benchmark Electronics Reports Sequential Quarterly Increases in Revenues and Earnings for Second Quarter 2002
(July 22, 2002) Angleton, Texas -- Benchmark Electronics Inc. announced sales revenue of $404.4 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2002, compared to $329.2 million in the previous quarter and $317.4 million in the same quarter of the prior year.
Speaking of this Week - July 19, 2002
I'm writing this late at night in a hotel room in San Jose, Calif., where I'm attending SEMICON West. The show floor is buzzing with traffic, good news, new faces and news of partnerships. Likewise, the word from the electronics assembly industry overwhelmingly is weighted toward companies coming together (and reaping the fruits of their labor from doing so), personnel news, good news and information about upcoming tradeshows.
MRSI Expands Asia Pacific Operations with Appointment of Vincent Chin
(July 19, 2002) North Billerica, Mass. -- MRSI, a Newport Corp. company, has appointed Vincent Chin to the position of applications engineer for the Asia-Pacific region.
Richardson Electronics Subsidiary Awarded QS-9000 Registration
(July 18, 2002) LaFox, Ill. -- Richardson Electronics Ltd.'s North American Center of Excellence, TRL Technologies Inc., has been awarded QS-9000 registration from Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL).
IPC Newsletter Earns National Recognition
(July 18, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries'(r) online management newsletter, The Balance Sheet, received the 2002 Award for Publication Excellence, sponsored by the editors of Writing that Works: The Business Communications Report.
AIM Signs CASTIN Lead-free License Agreements with Accurus and Dyfenco of Taiwan
(July 17, 2002) Cranston, R.I. and Taiwan -- AIM Inc. has signed a worldwide license agreement for AIM's patented lead-free alloy, trade-named CASTIN with Accurus Scientific Co., Ltd. and Dyfenco Electronic Chemical Corp.
Photon Dynamics Completes Acquisition of Infrared Screening and Inspection Solutions
(July 17, 2002) San Jose, Calif. and Montreal, Quebec, Canada -- Photon Dynamics Inc. completed its acquisition of the Infrared Screening and Inspection Solutions (ISIS) Division of ART Advanced Research Technologies Inc. (ART) on Friday, July 12, 2002, after market close.
Cookson Electronics Provides Worldwide Access to All Major Lead-free Solder Technologies
(July 16, 2002) Franklin, Mass. -- The execution of an exclusive lead-free licensing agreement between Cookson Electronics Assembly Materials and the Iowa State University Research Foundation (ISURF) for access to its Sn/Ag/Cu U.S. patent means that, when combined with similar agreements already in place, Cookson can offer worldwide access to all the most significant lead-free solder technologies being considered in the electronics assembly industry.
Hirotaka Takeuchi Joins Flextronics' Board of Directors
(July 16, 2002) Singapore -- Hirotaka Takeuchi, Ph.D., dean of the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy at Hitotsubashi University, one of Japan's most prominent universities, was appointed to Flextronics' Board of Directors.
Xanoptix Inc. Announces Tyco Electronics as Licensee for High Fiber Count MT Ferrule
(July 15, 2002) Merrimack, N.H. and Harrisburg, Pa. -- Xanoptix Inc. and Tyco Electronics Corp. have completed a licensing agreement for the use of Xanoptix's high fiber count MT-based ferrule in Tyco Electronics' fiber optic cable assemblies.
Parlex Corporation Receives `Best In Class' Supplier Award from PSC Inc.
(July 15, 2002) Methuen, Mass., Salem, N.H., and Portland, Ore. -- Parlex Corp.'s Laminated Cable operations were recently recognized for their outstanding performance as a preferred supplier to PSC Inc.
Speaking of this Week -- July 12, 2002
This week's news can be summed up in three simple categories: progress, mergers and alliances, and tradeshow news. Oh, and there's a personnel announcement thrown in for good measure.
ITRI and Tin Technology Appoint New President
(July 11, 2002) Brunel University Science Park, UK -- ITRI Ltd (formerly International Tin Research Institute) and its sister organization, Tin Technology Ltd., has appointed Dato' Mohd Ajib Anuar as its new president.
Engineering Focus Groups Help Create Web-based Adhesive Selection and Procurement Resource
(July 11, 2002) Bridgewater, N.J. -- Permabond, together with the research input of design and manufacturing engineers from the United States and Europe, has created a Web-based engineering adhesives design, application, selection and procurement tool.
Polyclad Laminates Taiwan Operation Receives OHSAS 18001 Certification
(July 10, 2002) Londonderry, N.H. -- Polyclad Laminates, Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business, received certification to the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 specification for its operation located in Yangmei Taoyuan, Taiwan R.O.C.
SMTA International Conference Program Finalized
(July 10, 2002) Minneapolis -- The SMTA Annual Conference, SMTA International (Sunday, September 22 through Thursday, September 26, at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.), is dedicated to surface mount, advanced packaging and related technologies and will address today's most pressing issues facing the electronics manufacturing and assembly industry.
BuS Elektronik Chooses Viscom AOI 'QuickScan' Technology
(July 9, 2002) Riesa, Germany and Norcross, Ga. -- BuS Elektronik has selected Viscom's new C3043 QuickScan AOI inspection system to handle its high-volume, high inspection quality requirements as it integrates AOI into its manufacturing process.
Cookson Electronics Marks 2,500th Shipment of MPM Ultraprint Stencil Printer to Bontec
(July 9, 2002) Franklin, Mass. -- Cookson Electronics Equipment, formerly Speedline Technologies, has shipped the 2,500th MPM Ultraprint 2000 Stencil Printer to Bontec, a Korean manufacturer of components for the automotive industry.
Fortieth Annual NEPCON East Event a Successful Gathering for East Coast Electronics Manufacturing Industry
(July 8, 2002) Norwalk, Conn. -- The 40th annual NEPCON East electronics manufacturing trade show and conference, held June 10 through 12, 2002, at the Bayside Expo and Conference Center in Boston, drew 2,754 attendees interested in the latest products and technologies available to help reduce cycle times, minimize defects and cut costs.
Speaking of this Week - July 5, 2002
This short week for many of us started out with a bang -- and I'm not talking about the fireworks yesterday. On Monday the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting threshold for lead compounds was cut from 25,000 lb to 100 lb. In the good news department, personnel news came back on the front burner, acquisitions were flying, and there was progress and financial news galore.
Dominic Yeo Appointed Director of Global Facilities Engineering, Polyclad Laminates
(July 5, 2002) Londonderry, N.H. -- Dominic Yeo has been appointed Director of Global Facilities Engineering, Polyclad Laminates by Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry.
SMTA International Events Focus on 0201 Assembly
(July 5, 2002) Minneapolis -- For industry professionals involved in 0201 assembly, three technical sessions and one lecture during SMTA International (September 22-26 at Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.) will be dedicated to issues regarding design, assembly, inspection, and cost of using 0201 components.
A Look at the Electronics Market from a European Perspective
(July 2, 2002) Nuremberg, Germany -- At the SMT/Hybrid/Packaging Conference this June, Horst Lettner, CEO of SEHO Seitz & Hohnerlein GmbH, presented electronics market figures from the Productronics Association of VDMA, The German Engineering Federation in Frankfurt, Germany.
Photon Dynamics Provides Equipment for World's First Fifth-Generation Production Facility
(July 1, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Photon Dynamics Inc. is continuing its relationship with LG.Philips LCD to produce the world's largest and first fifth-generation, thin-film transistor (TFT)-LCD fabrication facility.
Former Arrow Executive Joins NRC
(July 1, 2002) Boca Raton, Fla. -- Renee Michon, former general manager of Arrow Electronics of South Florida, has been named vice president of sales of NRC Electronics Inc.
Speaking of this Week - June 28, 2002
This week, Northbrook, Ill.-based IPC(r) -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries released its bellwether Book-to-Bill Ratio for May. There's also lots of good news to be found in announcements of progress of different kinds, as well as the ever-present industry alliances, a bit of personnel news, and some tradeshow and legislation announcements.
IPC President Visits Capitol Hill on Behalf of Small Business
(June 28, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) president Denny McGuirk recently testified before the House of Representatives Small Business Committee Government Reform and Oversight Subcommittee on "The Lead Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Rule: Costs, Compliance and Science."
Crown International Signs Three Year Agreement With M~Wave
(June 28, 2002) Elkhart, Ind. and Bensenville, Ind. -- Crown International, a Harman International company, has signed a three-year Supply Chain Management agreement with M~Wave Inc. using its Virtual Manufacturing Concept.
Northrop Grumman Senior Executive to Address Presidents at 2002 IPC Annual Meeting
(June 27, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connection Electronics Industries(r) announces that Frank G. Brandenberg, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman's Component Technologies sector, will be the keynote speaker at a joint management session taking place at the 2002 IPC Annual Meeting, November 3 through 7, at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans.
The Latest On Laser Marking For SMT Traceability -- An Interview With Rofin-Baasel
(June 26, 2002) Boxborough, Mass. -- Traceability is no longer a matter of simple "travelers." Today it must encompass all information relevant to the design, verification, components, production, build and test of each total assembly. Indemnification information, company-specific coding, and often tamper-proof encryption of information may also be added to protect highly proprietary technologies.
SEMICON West - San Francisco - Program Highlights
(June 25, 2002) San Francisco -- Held here July 22 through 24, 2002, at the Moscone Center, SEMICON West (Wafer Processing) is packed with courses, classes and networking opportunities.
SEMICON West San Jose - Program Highlights
(June 24, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Held here July 17 through 19, 2002, at the San Jose Convention Center, SEMICON West (Final Manufacturing) is packed with courses, classes and networking opportunities.
IRC Names Comstrand as New Sales Rep for Minnesota Territory
(June 24, 2002) Boone, N.C. and Corpus Christi, Texas -- IRC Inc. and Welwyn Components, divisions of TT electronics plc, have appointed Comstrand as the sales representative for Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and western Wisconsin.
Speaking of this Week - June 21, 2002
This week, there's a whole lot of progress, especially expansion into Asia, particularly China. Companies continue to team up, and there's more personnel news, a good sign. In the meantime, trade organizations are busy with the upcoming tradeshow season.
Palm Inc.'s Michael Mace to Keynote NEPCON West
(June 21, 2002) Norwalk, Conn. -- Michael Mace, chief competitive officer of PalmSource Inc., will present his insights into the future of the mobile device market with attendees on Wednesday, December 4 at NEPCON West 2002.
Universal Instruments Opens $1 Million Technology Excellence Center in China
(June 19, 2002) Binghamton, N.Y. -- Universal Instruments Corp. is increasing its commitment to China with the opening of a new US$1 million research and training technology center in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China.
Solectron Completes Optical Equipment Transaction with Lucent
(June 18, 2002) Milpitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. has completed a transaction that makes it the primary manufacturing services provider for Lucent Technologies' advanced optical systems, including key Lambda and WaveStar product families.
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.