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IDEA Elects Jury to Board of Directors

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

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MRSI Appoints Product Manager

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IMAPS Appoints Treasurer

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Agile Completes Additional Financing to Power Growth

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Rockwell Collins Elects New Board Member

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Indium Hires Technical Manager, Global Accounts

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

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Xicor Appoints Director of Quality and Reliability

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Amphion Names Vice President of Worldwide Sales

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Indium Promotes Director of Sales, Global Accounts

(February 28, 2002) Utica, N.Y. -- Indium Corp. of America (ICA) has appointed David A. Preische to the position of director of sales, global accounts.

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

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APW Sells Zero Cases Division

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Solectron CEO to Serve on U.S.-Japan Private Sector/Government Commission

(February 27, 2002) Milpitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. chairman, president and CEO Koichi Nishimura has been selected to serve on the U.S.-Japan Private Sector/Government Commission.

Ansoft's Electromechanical Design Workshop Series Concludes in Europe

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Walter Hewlett Outlines Higher Value Strategic Alternatives for Proposed Compaq Merger

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IPC Releases New Catalog

(February 26, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces the release of the 2002-2003 IPC Publications Catalog.

AIM Announces New European Distributors

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Agilent Technologies Adopts Computer I/O Standards to Ease Computer Connectivity to Test and Measurement Equipment

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Palomar Technologies' High Precision Equipment Selected by Digital Optics

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Photon Control Technologies Appoints President/CEO

(February 25, 2002) Escondido, Calif. -- Photon Control Technologies (PCT) has appointed Mark Thomas as president and CEO.

Technical Devices Celebrates 50 Years

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IPC Announces Release of GenCAM 2.0

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Newsletter Covers Best Practices in Component Analysis and Parts Evaluation

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SMTA Organizes Conferences for NEPCON West, Fiberoptic Automation Expo

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Mentor Graphics Extends Tender Offer for IKOS Systems

(February 22, 2002) Wilsonville, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. has extended its $11 per share cash tender offer for all outstanding shares of the common stock of IKOS Systems Inc. to tonight at midnight, New York City time, unless further extended.

DEK's Heimsch to Chair APEX Steering Committee

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Sheldahl to Close Endicott, N.Y. Facility

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Tusonix Debuts New Interactive Web Site

(February 21, 2002) Tucson, Ariz. -- Tusonix Inc. has introduced a new and improved interactive Web site complete with a database system that offers customers the convenience of viewing individual part data sheets.

Kulicke & Soffa to File $250 Million Shelf Registration Statement

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Kycon Launches New Web Site

(February 20, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Kycon Inc. has launched a new Web site, which makes it easier for engineers and buyers to find parts through a parametric search function.

Gartner Dataquest Says Worldwide Optical Transmission Industry to Recover by 2003

(February 20, 2002) Egham, UK -- The worldwide optical transmission systems market struggled in 2001 as revenue declined 10 percent, but the market is forecast to show positive growth in 2002, according to Dataquest Inc., a unit of Gartner Inc.

Mentor Graphics Names New Director

(February 20, 2002) Wilsonville, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. has named Sir Peter Bonfield, CBE, FREng, to its Board of Directors.

Uniroyal Technology Reports First Quarter

(February 20, 2002) Sarasota, Fla. -- Uniroyal Technology Corp.'s sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2002 increased 107 percent to $2.4 million versus $1.2 million in the first quarter of the previous fiscal year.

AIM Announces Awards for Top Growth Distributor, Manufacturer's Representative at APEX

(February 19, 2002) Montreal -- AIM announced its 2001 awards for Top Growth Distributor and Manufacturer's Representative at APEX in San Diego, Calif. last month.

IEC Electronics Corp. Reports First Quarter 2002 Results

(February 19, 2002) Newark, N.Y. -- IEC Electronics Corp. has reported results for the first quarter of fiscal 2002.

IPC Capitol Hill Day 2001 Spurs Congressional Tour at TTM Power Circuits

(February 19, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces that IPC member TTM Technologies recently opened its doors to Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) for a tour through its Santa Ana, Calif.-based facility.

UTZ Engineering Changes Name to UTZ Technologies

(February 19, 2002) Clifton, N.J. -- UTZ Engineering has changed its corporate name to UTZ Technologies Inc.


IPC Files Comments on EPA's RCRA Vision Paper

(February 15, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has filed comments stressing that the current designation of electroplating sludge as a hazardous waste does not support the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) goal of emphasizing materials recovery and recycling under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

Oki Semiconductor Standardizes on Mentor Graphics Calibre Physical Verification Tool to Enable Multi-Million-Gate ICs

(February 15, 2002) Sunnyvale, Calif. and Wilsonville, Ore. -- Oki Semiconductor has standardized on Mentor Graphics Corp.'s Calibre(r) physical verification tool for designs in advanced process technologies of 0.35, 0.25, 0.22 and 0.16 micron.

Mentor Graphics Extends Tender Offer for IKOS Systems Inc.

(February 15, 2002) Wilsonville, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. has extended its $11 per share cash tender offer for all outstanding shares of the common stock of IKOS Systems Inc. to tonight at midnight, New York City time, unless further extended.

Tyco Cuts 1,000 Jobs at Fiber Cable Unit

(February 15, 2002) Boston -- Tyco International Ltd. has cut approximately 1,000 jobs at its undersea fiber-optic cable business, TyCom Ltd., which was recently renamed Tyco Telecommunications, citing continued weakness in the telecommunications industry.

DuPont Photomasks Plans Upgrades to Shanghai Facility to Serve Growing Chinese Markets

(February 14, 2002) Round Rock, Texas -- DuPont Photomasks Inc. will upgrade the capabilities of DuPont Photomasks Co. Ltd. in Shanghai, its joint venture photomask manufacturing facility in Shanghai, China.

Siliconix Reports Annual Earnings of 51 Cents per Share

(February 14, 2002) Santa Clara, Calif. -- Siliconix Inc., an 80.4 percent owned subsidiary of Vishay Intertechnology Inc., reported that net income for the year ended December 31, 2001, was $15.1 million, or 51 cents per share, as compared to $107.6 million, or $3.60 per share, achieved in 2000.

MSL Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Fiscal Year Financial Results

(February 14, 2002) Concord, Mass. -- MSL has reported cash EPS of 15 cents for the quarter ended December 31, 2001, exceeding analysts' earnings consensus for the fourth quarter.

Teradyne Files Amendment No. 1 to Registration Statement

(February 14, 2002) Boston -- Teradyne Inc. has filed Amendment No. 1 to its Registration Statement on Form S-3 with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the resale of its outstanding 3.75 percent Convertible Senior Notes due October 15, 2006, and the shares of its common stock into which such notes are convertible.

Hovatter Named President of Connectronics

(February 13, 2002) St. Louis -- Connectronics Inc. has appointed Michele Hovatter as president of the firm.

Century Printed Circuits Purchases Cimnet Systems' Paradigm(r) Software

(February 13, 2002) Downers Grove, Ill. and Hong Kong -- Cimnet Systems Inc. has sold its Paradigm(r) specialized enterprise resource planning (S/ERP) software to Century Printed Circuits Ltd. for its plant in Shenzhen, China.


IPC Issues Call for Participation for Lead-Free Electronic Assemblies Conference

(February 13, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has issued a call for participation in the IPC International Conference on Lead-Free Electronic Assemblies, taking place April 30-May 2, 2002, at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose, Calif.

LaBarge Sales and Earnings Increase for Fiscal 2002 Second Quarter and First Half

(February 13, 2002) St. Louis -- LaBarge Inc. reports sharply higher sales and earnings for its fiscal 2002 second quarter and first half ended December 30, 2001.

Benchmark Electronics Reports Fourth Quarter Results

(February 12, 2002) Angleton, Texas -- Benchmark Electronics Inc. announced sales revenue of $270 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2001, compared to $258 million in the previous quarter and $490 million in the same quarter of the prior year.

Mentor Graphics Corp. Calls for a Special Meeting of IKOS Stockholders

(February 12, 2002) Wilsonville, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Corp.'s wholly owned subsidiary, Fresno Corp., sent a letter to IKOS Systems Inc. on February 4, calling for a special meeting of IKOS stockholders.

Photronics Files Shelf Registration Statement for Resales by Holders of Its 4-3/4 Percent Convertible Subordinated Notes Due 2006

(February 12, 2002) Jupiter, Fla. -- On February 4, Photronics Inc. filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) a registration statement for resales by the holders of its 4-3/4 percent convertible subordinated notes due 2006, $200 million principal amount of which was previously issued.

Richardson Electronics Awarded Federal Supply Schedule

(February 12, 2002) LaFox, Ill. -- Richardson Electronics Ltd.s' Security Systems Division has been awarded a contract to provide its comprehensive line of security products to federal government agencies.

Walter Hewlett Responds to Hewlett-Packard Statement on Vote

(February 11, 2002) Palo Alto, Calif. -- Walter B. Hewlett, on behalf of The William R. Hewlett Revocable Trust and its trustees, has issued the following statement in response to the assertion by Carleton Fiorina, chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, on the outcome of the vote of the Compaq transaction to be held March 20.

Indium, Motorola Develop QuickStart Program

(February 11, 2002) Utica, N.Y. and Schaumburg, Ill. -- Indium Corp. of America (ICA) and Motorola Inc. have developed a joint program called QuickStart.

IPC Honors Best Papers at APEX(r) 2002

(February 11, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) recognized the winners of this year's Best U.S. and International Papers at IPC SMEMA Council's APEX(r) 2002, held January 19-24, in San Diego, Calif.

Orbotech Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2001 Results

(February 11, 2002) Yavne, Israel -- Orbotech Ltd. has announced its consolidated financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2001.


Mentor Graphics Extends Offer for IKOS Systems Inc.

(February 8, 2002) Wilsonville, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. has extended its $11 per share cash tender offer for all outstanding shares of the common stock of IKOS Systems Inc. to tonight at midnight, New York City time, unless further extended.

AIM Expands International Technical Support

(February 8, 2002) Cranston, R.I. -- AIM has appointed Kevin Pigeon to the position of international technical support manager.

ERNI Launches North American High-Technology Backplane and Systems Business Unit

(February 8, 2002) Chester, Va. -- ERNI Components Inc. has launched a new high-speed backplane and technology products division, ERNI Systems Inc. USA, for the North American market.

IPC Unveils Wire Harness Acceptance Standard at APEX(r) 2002

(February 8, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announced the release of the IPC/WHMA-A-620 standard, Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies, at IPC SMEMA Council's APEX(r) 2002, held January 19-24, in San Diego, Calif.

Assembly East Provides Manufacturers in the Mid-Atlantic Region with Access to Automated and Manual Assembly Solutions

(February 7, 2002) Norwalk, Conn. -- Assembly East brings a wide range of assembly solutions, services and strategies to manufacturers in the mid-Atlantic region.

IPC Issues Call for Participation for Optoelectronics Conference

(February 7, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces a call for participation in the IPC International Conference on Optoelectronics, taking place June 12 through 13, 2002, at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in San Francisco.

Semiconductor Venture Fair Announces 75 Presenting Companies

(February 7, 2002) San Francisco -- In another sign of recovery for the chip sector, the Semiconductor Venture Fair, held February 20-21, 2002, at the San Francisco Airport Marriott, has announced the full list of 75 presenting companies.

Trompeter Hires Manufacturing Manager

(February 7, 2002) Westlake Village, Calif. -- Trompeter Electronics has hired Satinder Otal as manufacturing manager.

Manufacturers Speak Out

(February 7, 2002) Gail Stout, Editor-in-Chief of SMT magazine, spoke to industry leaders exhibiting at APEX last month about technology, the market, their innovations at APEX, and their predictions for the future.

Autron, Assembleon Announce New Partnership for Growth in Asia-Pacific

(February 6, 2002) Singapore and The Netherlands -- Autron Corp. Ltd. and Royal Philips Electronics' subsidiary Assembleon NV have formed a partnership with the aim of growing their Asia-Pacific business.


Innovative Products Highlighted at IPC Printed Circuits Expo(r) 2002

(February 6, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces that the best new products for the PCB industry will be highlighted in the Innovative Technology Showcase (ITS) at IPC Printed Circuits Expo(r) 2002, to take place March 26 through 28, at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, Calif.

Kulicke & Soffa Announces Organizational Change, Additional Production Moves to Asia

(February 6, 2002) Willow Grove, Pa. -- Kulicke & Soffa Industries Inc. has implemented a series of organizational and operational changes designed to reduce costs and enhance efficiencies.

Photon Dynamics Offers 2.5 Million Shares Priced at $40.14 Per Share

(February 6, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Photon Dynamics Inc.'s public offering of 2.5 million shares of common stock, at a price to the public of $40.14 per share, has been declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Avnet Design Services Announces SpinCircuit and Promiere as Founding Members of the Avalon Reference Design System Alliance

(February 5, 2002) Santa Clara, Calif -- SpinCircuit and Promiere have joined the new ADS Avalon(TM) Reference Design System Alliance as founding members.

Celestica Announces Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results

(February 5, 2002) Toronto -- Celestica Inc. has announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2001.

Merix Corp Provides Mid-Quarter Guidance for the Third Quarter of Fiscal 2002

(February 5, 2002) Forest Grove, Ore. -- Merix Corp. has provided updated guidance for the third quarter of fiscal 2002.

Richardson Electronics Announces New Design for its Web Sites

(February 5, 2002) LaFox, Ill. -- Richardson Electronics Ltd. has redesigned its corporate Web site and its nine other market-focused Web sites, including the newest site featuring fiber optic products.

Nobel Prize Winner to Speak at 2002 IEEE International Reliability Physics Symposium

(February 4, 2002) Dallas -- The International Reliability Physics Symposium (IRPS) will have Nobel Prize winner Jack Kilby, the inventor of the microchip, as its reception speaker at the 40th symposium.

IPC Issues Call for Papers for APEX 2003

(February 4, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has announced a call for papers at IPC SMEMA Council's APEX(r) 2003, taking place March 31-April 2, 2003, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

SOLDERTEC Announces Lead-free Solder Award Winners

(February 4, 2002) Uxbridge, Middlesex, UK -- SOLDERTEC granted two solder awards to Professor Katsuaki Suganuma of the Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University, Japan; and Carol Handwerker, Ph.D., chief of the Metallurgy Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.


Solectron Negotiating Manufacturing Agreement with Lucent

(February 4, 2002) Milipitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. is negotiating toward an agreement to purchase specialized equipment and usable inventory from Lucent Technologies for between $250 million and $290 million in cash.

Agilent Technologies Names Test Technology Associates as Official Channel Partner

(February 1, 2002) Palo Alto, Calif. and Richardson, Texas -- Agilent Technologies Inc. has named Test Technology Associates (TTA) as an Agilent Channel Partner.

Nam Tai Electronics JIC Subsidiary Seeks Listing on Hong Kong Stock Exchange

(February 1, 2002) Vancouver, British Columbia -- Nam Tai Electronics Inc. entered into a restructuring agreement with the joint liquidators of Albatronics (Far East) Co. Ltd. on January 14.

OK International Acquires Impell Purification Technologies LP

(February 1, 2002) Menlo Park, Calif. and Suwanee, Ga. -- OK International has acquired Impell Purificaiton Technologies LP.

Viasystems Group Inc. Reports Fourth-Quarter 2001 Earnings

(February 1, 2002) St. Louis -- Viasystems Group Inc. announces results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2001.

IPC Honors Members at APEX(r) 2002

(January 31, 2002) Northbrook, IL -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) honored 59 individuals at the IPC SMEMA Council's APEX(r) 2002, held January 19-24, 2002, in San Diego, Calif., for their contributions to IPC and the electronics industry.

Nam Tai Electronics to Announce Fourth Quarter Results

(January 31, 2002) New York -- Nam Tai Electronics Inc. will release its fourth quarter earnings on Monday, February 4, 2002, at 10 a.m. EST.

Polyclad Laminates Dalian China Operation Receives OHSAS 18001 Certification

(January 31, 2002) Londonderry, N.H. -- Polyclad Laminates Inc. received certification to the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 specification for its operation located in Dalian, P.R., China.

NEMI Project Recommends SnAgCu Alloy

(January 31, 2002) San Diego -- The National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative Inc. (NEMI) reported on its Lead-free Assembly Project at APEX last week. The 30-month project has concluded that the tin-silver-copper alloy it has recommended for reflow soldering is as good as, or better than, the tin-lead solder commonly used today.

Solectron to Issue $500 Million of Senior Unsecured Notes

(January 30, 2002) Milipitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. will offer $500 million of senior unsecured notes.


Agilent Technologies Receives Logitech Supplier Award

(January 30, 2002) Palo Alto, Calif. -- Agilent Technologies Inc. has received a supplier award from Switzerland-based Logitech, in recognition of Agilent's contribution to Logitech's success in the optical mouse and PC camera markets.

Amkor Technology Files $750 Million Shelf Registration Statement

(January 30, 2002) Chandler, Ariz. -- Amkor Technology Inc. has filed a shelf registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which will permit the company, from time to time, to offer and sell various types of securities.

Sanmina-SCI Announces First Quarter Results

(January 30, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Sanmina-SCI Corp. has reported financial results for its first quarter ended December 29, 2001.

IPC Releases Book-to-Bill Ratios for December 2001

(January 29, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces that the U.S. Printed Wiring Board Industry Book-to-Bill Ratio for December 2001 was 0.94.

KEMET Announces Organizational Changes

(January 29, 2002) Greenville, S.C. -- KEMET Corp.'s president and COO, Charles M. Culbertson, has resigned to pursue other business and professional opportunities.

Merix Corp. Schedules Mid-Quarter Update Conference Call on January 30

(January 29, 2002) Forest Grove, Ore. -- Merix Corp. will provide an update for the third quarter of fiscal 2002 on Wednesday, January 30, 2002, after the close of market.

Richardson Electronics Division Pixelink Announces ISO 9001:2000 Certification

(January 29, 2002) LaFox, Ill. -- Richardson Electronics Ltd. integration display division Pixelink has been awarded ISO 9001:2000 registration from Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL).

Agilent Technologies, Motorola Form Alliance to Promote Improved Manufacturing Productivity

(January 28, 2002) Palo Alto, Calif. and Schaumburg, Ill. -- Agilent Technologies Inc. and Motorola Inc. have formed an agreement that is expected to result in a complete shop-floor information solution for electronic assembly manufacturing and test.

Avnet Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2002 Results

(January 28, 2002) Phoenix -- Avnet Inc. has reported results for its second quarter ended December 28, 2001.

CogniTens Honored with Photonics Circle of Excellence Award

(January 28, 2002) Ramat Hasharon, Israel -- CogniTens Ltd. was chosen to be one of the winners of the 2001 Photonics Circle of Excellence Awards, which honors the 25 most technically innovative products of the year.


KMI Research Presents New Forecasts for Worldwide Optical Fiber and Fiber Optic Cable Markets

(January 28, 2002) Providence, R.I. -- A surplus of optical fiber and fiber optic cable was manufactured in 2001 that will affect the amount required for 2002, according to KMI Research.

Dy 4 Systems Joins With Force Computers Through C-MAC Acquisition

(January 25, 2002) Fremont, Calif. -- Force Computers, a Solectron company, has acquired Dy 4 Systems as a business unit due to parent company Solectron's December 2001 merger with C-MAC Industries.

PEMSTAR Inc. to Webcast Fiscal Third Quarter Conference Call

(January 25, 2002) Rochester, Minn. -- PEMSTAR Inc. will host a live webcast of its fiscal third-quarter earnings conference call Tuesday, January 29 at 4 p.m. CST.

Tyco to Separate into Four Independent, Publicly Traded Companies

(January 25, 2002) Pembroke, Bermuda -- Tyco International Ltd. will separate Tyco into four independent, publicly traded companies: Security and Electronics, Healthcare, Fire Protection and Flow Control, and Financial Services.

Cadence Design Systems Reports Record 2001 Results

(January 25, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- Cadence Design Systems Inc. announces fourth quarter revenue of $378 million and pro forma diluted earnings per share of 27 cents.

Dow Corning Establishes Thin Film Technology Platform

(January 24, 2002) Midland, Mich. -- Dow Corning Corp. has launched a new program, the Thin Film Technology Platform, to identify, develop and promote new products based on thin-film materials and processes.

IKOS Board Concludes Mentor Proposal Would Result in Transaction More Favorable to IKOS Stockholders than Synopsys Merger

(January 24, 2002) San Jose, Calif. -- IKOS Systems Inc.'s Board of Directors has unanimously determined in good faith that the proposal of Mentor Graphics Corp. submitted to IKOS by correspondence from Mentor's outside counsel dated January 16, 2002, would result in a transaction more favorable to IKOS stockholders than the merger under the merger agreement with Synopsys Inc.

APEX News: Teradyne Launches New Products to Boost Electronics Manufacturer Competitiveness

(January 24, 2002) San Diego, Calif. -- Teradyne has introduced four new products designed to help electronics manufacturers improve their competitive positions by optimizing supply chain execution, improving product quality, and reducing test costs.

Universal Display Announces Advanced OLED Manufacturing Patent Issued for OVPD Technology

(January 24, 2002) Ewing, N.J. -- Universal Display Corp. announces that its research partner, Princeton University, has been issued a new patent for an organic vapor phase deposition (OVPD) process that can provide substantial advantages for the manufacturing of organic light emitting diode (OLED) flat panel displays.

APEX News: DEK Encourages Further Participation in ProFlow DirEKt Imaging Licensing Program

(January 23, 2002) Flemington, N.J -- DEK Printing Machines Ltd. is renewing an invitation for equipment manufacturers to enter licensing agreements for its updated ProFlow(r) DirEKt Imaging, alongside its release.


APEX News: EKRA Receives Market Engineering Award for Market Penetration from Frost & Sullivan

(January 23, 2002) Marlboro, Mass. -- EKRA was awarded Frost & Sullivan's 2001 Market Engineering Award for Market Penetration for demonstrating strategic excellence in product innovation, marketing and sales strategies.

APEX News: EMC, Miele Sign Distributor Agreement

(January 23, 2002) Doylestown, Pa. and Germany -- EMC Global Technologies Inc., a supplier of cleaning equipment and precision fixtures to the global electronics assembly industry, and Miele Professional, a supplier of laboratory batch cleaners, have formed a strategic sales and marketing relationship.

APEX News: Samsung Technology Inc. Teams with Torenko

(January 23, 2002) Horsham, Pa. and Dallas -- Samsung Technology Inc. has appointed Torenko & Associates as a new sales representative in the West & Mexico region.

APEX News: Data I/O Unveils ProLINE-RoadRunner Automated Programming System for Assembleon

(January 22, 2002) Redmond, Wash.-- Data I/O Corp., an innovator in device programming and handling solutions, has begun taking orders for the Assembleon version of ProLINE-RoadRunnerTM, an in-line automated programming solution containing what the company claims is the world's fastest Flash programming architecture.

APEX News: DEK Awarded ISO9001:2000 Certification

(January 22, 2002) Flemington, N.J. -- DEK Printing Machines Ltd. has completed the quality audit process required to receive the newest version of the ISO quality standard at all of the company's manufacturing headquarters.

APEX News: Palomar Launches Process Support, Metrology Services for Component Assembly Companies

(January 22, 2002) Vista, Calif. -- Palomar Technologies, a manufacturer of automated high-precision assembly systems for broadband communications, announces a Process Support and Metrology Services package that offers expert assistance to emerging and established photonics and high-frequency wireless manufacturers for process development, prototyping and pilot production.

APEX News: Advanced Component Taping Inc. Launches Receiving Inspection Service

(January 22, 2002) Corona, Calif.-- Advanced Component Taping Inc. offers a full receiving inspection service to its customers.

Cimnet Systems Introduces Valor ODB++(X) Interface to ERP and Engineering Products

(January 21, 2002) Downers Grove, Ill. and Yavne, Israel -- Cimnet Systems Inc. will support Valor Computerized Systems' ODB++(X) electronics CAD/CAM data format within its Paradigm(r) and EngenixTM products.

Filter Elements Used in Fiber Optic Communications Will Reach $498 Million by 2011, According to ElectroniCast

(January 21, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- According to ElectroniCast Corp.'s new "Fiber Optic Filters Global Market Forecast," North American communication networks in 2001 consumed 62 percent of selected fiber optic filter value.

Paxton Products Fills New General Manager Position

(January 21, 2002) Camarillo, Calif. -- Paxton Products Corp. has named longtime company employee Duane Breazell to the newly created position of general manager. He assumes the post after serving as the company's operations manager.


Philips Lighting Strengthens Supply Chain with Teradyne's GR Force/SCE Software

(January 21, 2002) Westford, Mass. and Eindhoven, The Netherlands -- Teradyne's Assembly Test Division's GR Force/SCETM supply chain software has been selected for deployment by Philips Lighting Electronics Europe.

Amkor Technology Announces Assembly Services Agreement with Agilent

(January 18, 2002) Chandler, Ariz. and Palo Alto, Calif. -- Amkor Technology Inc. has formed an agreement with Agilent Technologies Inc. where Agilent will outsource its printer application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) assembly requirements to Amkor.

EXFO Reports First Quarter Results

(January 18, 2002) Quebec City, Canada -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. has announced first quarter results for fiscal 2002.

Lamina Ceramics Receives $12 Million in Venture Funding

(January 18, 2002) Princeton, N.J. -- Lamina Ceramics Inc. has obtained $12 million in venture capital funding from Morgenthaler, a leading venture capital and buyout firm.

Richardson Electronics Announces Executive Promotions

(January 18, 2002) LaFox, Ill. -- Richardson Electronics Ltd. announces the high-level management promotions of Murray J. Kennedy and Greg J. Peloquin.

APW Ltd. Announces Shareholder Approval of Directors

(January 17, 2002) St. Michael, Barbados -- APW Ltd. has reelected Jack L. Heckel and Gerald McGoey as directors to serve three-year terms until 2005 and the election of Bruno d'Avanzo to serve a two-year term until 2004.

Fiber Optic Optoelectronic Transmitter/Receiver Market Will Reach $20.5 Billion by 2006, According to ElectroniCast

(January 17, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- According to ElectroniCast Corp.'s new "Fiber Optic Optoelectronic Transmitter/Receiver Global Market Forecast," the global consumption of fiber optic optoelectronic transmitter/receiver pairs (T/R pair) used for communications applications in 2001 was $4 billion.

Richardson Electronics Announces Third Quarter Dividend

(January 17, 2002) LaFox, Ill. -- Richardson Electronics Ltd.'s Board of Directors voted to declare a cash dividend for the third quarter of fiscal 2002 to all holders of common stock.

Teradyne Announces Fourth Quarter Results

(January 17, 2002) Boston -- Teradyne Inc. reported sales of $220.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2001, and a net loss of $75.6 million, or 42 cents per share, excluding special charges.

Duraswitch, DataHand in Cooperative Agreement to Develop Low-Cost Ergonomic Keyboards

(January 16, 2002) Phoenix -- Duraswitch Industries Inc. and DataHand Systems Inc. have formed a cooperative agreement to design Duraswitch technology into the ErgoHand, a low-cost DataHand(r) ergonomic keyboard.


Fiber Optic Component Automated Assembly & Test Equipment Global Consumption to Reach $1.71 Billion by 2005, Study Says

(January 16, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- According to ElectroniCast Corp.'s "Automated Assembly & Test of Fiber Optic Components" study, the global consumption of fiber optic component assembly equipment plus related test units will advance from $722 million in 2000 to $1.72 billion in 2005.

Mentor Graphics Announces Expiration of Hart-Scott-Rodino Waiting Period on Proposed Acquisition of IKOS Systems

(January 16, 2002) Wilsonville, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. announces that the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act has expired without the Federal Trade Commission taking any action in opposition to the proposed acquisition of IKOS Systems Inc.

UMass Lowell Offers Fiber Optics and Photonics Certificate Programs Online

(January 16, 2002) Lowell, Mass. -- UMass Lowell's new online graduate certificate in photonics and optoelectronics allows students to earn a degree or certificate from their home or office computer at their convenience using the Web, e-mail, online chat and other Internet-based resources.

High Tech Optimistic New Education Bill Will Bolster Technology Workforce

(January 15, 2002) Washington, D.C. -- AeA commended both Congress and the Bush administration for their work on HR 1, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, which the president signed on January 8.

PCMI Elects New Director, Announces Changes in Committee Leadership

(January 15, 2002) Littleton, Mass. -- At the 2001 Fall Conference of the Photo Chemical Machining Institute (PCMI), the PCMI members elected Phil Edelstein of Phibro-Tech Inc. to the PCMI Board of Directors.

RD Automation Names General Manager

(January 15, 2002) Piscataway, N.J. -- RD Automation has named Robert Keus as general manager.

SMTA Forms SMTA International Technical Committee for 2002

(January 15, 2002) Minneapolis -- The SMTA has formed the SMTA International Technical Committee for 2002, co-locating its world-class SMTA International conference with Assembly Tech Expo in Chicago from September 22 through 26, 2002.

AMD Announces Earnings Conference Call

(January 14, 2002) Sunnyvale, Calif. -- AMD will hold its quarterly conference call to discuss fourth quarter results and 2002 outlook on Wednesday, January 16, 2002, at 2:30 p.m. PST.

Mentor Graphics Expects Earnings to Exceed Estimates on Revenues of Approximately $165 Million

(January 14, 2002) Wilsonville, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. expects fourth quarter 2001 earnings before goodwill and charges to exceed First Call(r) consensus estimates of 42 cents.

Polyclad Laminates First Materials Supplier to Conform to IPC-4101A Specification

(January 14, 2002) Franklin, N.H. -- Polyclad Laminates Inc., a Cookson Electronics Co., announces that its Polyclad(r) LD-621 low Dk/Df laminates and prepegs are the first materials to conform to the requirements of IPC-4101A: Specification for Base Materials for Rigid and Multilayer Boards, released in December 2001.


Teradyne Expands Design-to-Build Leadership to Include all Test & Inspection Platforms

(January 14, 2002) Westford, Mass. -- Teradyne Inc.'s Design-to-Build (D2B) software solutions - GR Force A3TM and GR Force/StrategistTM -- are now available on all of its circuit board test and inspection platforms.

Planar Waveguide Circuits Global Market to Reach $4.2 Billion by 2011, Study Says

(January 11, 2002) San Mateo, Calif. -- According to ElectroniCast Corp.'s new "Planar Waveguide Circuits Global Market Forecast," the consumption of planar waveguide circuits (PWCs) will grow from $173 million in 2001 to more than $4.2 billion by 2011.

Instron Selects IEC as its Primary Source for Volume Electronics Manufacturing Services

(January 11, 2002) Newark, N.Y. and Canton, Mass. -- IEC Electronics Corp. has been named Instron Corp.'s key EMS provider.

Plexus Completes Acquisition of MCMS Inc.

(January 11, 2002) Neenah, Wis. -- Plexus Corp. has completed its acquisition of MCMS Inc., a leading global EMS provider. The purchase price of approximately $45 million, subject to certain adjustments, was funded through Plexus' current available cash.

Polyclad Laminates Asian Operations Receive ISO 14001 Certifications

(January 11, 2002) Londonderry, N.H. -- Polyclad Laminates Inc., a Cookson Electronics company, has received certification to the international environmental management standard ISO 14001 for its operations located in Huizhou, People's Republic of China and Taoyuan, Taiwan.

Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium: February 7

(January 11, 2002) Minneapolis -- The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) will present the Seventh Annual Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium from February 5-7, 2002, in Maui, Hawaii. This is a forum that focuses on the Pacific Basin, and gives microelectronics professionals a chance to network and learn. SMT Online is pleased to bring you the currently available paper abstracts from the last day of the symposium, Thursday, February 7.

Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium: February 7

(January 11, 2002) Minneapolis -- The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) will present the Seventh Annual Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium from February 5-7, 2002, in Maui, Hawaii. This is a forum that focuses on the Pacific Basin, and gives microelectronics professionals a chance to network and learn. SMT Online is pleased to bring you the currently available paper abstracts from the last day of the symposium, Thursday, February 7.

Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium: February 6

(January 10, 2002) Minneapolis -- The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) will present the Seventh Annual Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium from February 5-7, 2002, in Maui, Hawaii. This is a forum that focuses on the Pacific Basin, and gives microelectronics professionals a chance to network and learn. SMT Online is pleased to bring you the currently available paper abstracts from the second day of the symposium, Wednesday, February 6.

DPAC Technologies Sees $3.2 Million in New LP-Stack Orders

(January 10, 2002) Garden Grove, Calif. -- DPAC Technologies Corp. has received approximately $885,000 in new orders and a written customer forecast for an additional $2.3 million for DPAC's patented LP-StackTM stackable memory products for shipment over the next three months.

NEC, Celestica Expand Relationship

(January 10, 2002) Tokyo and Toronto -- NEC Corp. and Celestica Inc. have entered into an agreement regarding a strategic outsourcing relationship, under which the companies will, on closing, commence a five-year supply agreement, with total estimated revenue of approximately $2.5 billion.


Mentor Graphics Names New Marketing Vice President

(January 10, 2002) Wilsonville, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. has named Brian Derrick as the vice president of corporate marketing.

Nu Horizons Reports Financial and Operating Results for the Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2002

(January 10, 2002) Melville, N.Y. -- NuHorizons Electronic Corp. has reported financial and operating results for the three- and nine-month periods ending November 30, 2001.

ECD's System to Ship with Heller Ovens

(January 9, 2002) Milwaukee, Ore and Florham Park, N.J. -- ECD Inc.'s AutoM.O.L.E.(r)Xpert System is now being shipped as an option with all Heller Industries reflow soldering ovens.

Mentor Graphics Announces OnLine Knowledge Center

(January 9, 2002) Wilsonville, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. has introduced its customized Web-based training offering, the Mentor Graphics(r) OnLine Knowledge CenterSM.

Merix Announces New Member of Board of Directors

(January 9, 2002) Forest Grove, Ore. -- Merix Corp. announces the election of Donald D. Jobe to the Board of Directors.

M~Wave Sells Texas Facility

(January 9, 2002) Bensenville, Ill. -- M~Wave Inc. has sold its facility located in Frisco, Texas.

Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium: February 5

(January 9, 2002) Minneapolis -- The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) will present the Seventh Annual Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium from February 5-7, 2002, in Maui, Hawaii. This is a forum that focuses on the Pacific Basin, and gives microelectronics professionals a chance to network and learn. SMT Online is pleased to bring you the currently available paper abstracts from the first day of the symposium, Tuesday, February 5.

Cimetrix, Motorola Break 1,500 SMT Machine Connection Mark

(January 8, 2002) Salt Lake City, Utah and Elk Grove Village, Ill. -- Cimetrix Inc. and Motorola Inc. announce that Manufacturing PulseTM with Cimetrix's GEM Host ManagerTM has passed a new milestone, with connections to more than 1,500 SMT machines.

SMTA Mobile Classroom's First Stop is Toronto

(January 8, 2002) Minneapolis -- The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) is offering industry professionals the chance to learn more about the hottest topics when they attend the Academy program in Toronto on April 3-4, 2002, co-located with The Canadian High Tech Show.

Teradyne's Flying Prober Test Solution Deployed at Benchmark

(January 8, 2002) Manchester, UK and Boston -- Benchmark Electronics Inc. has selected Teradyne Inc.'s GR Pilot LXTM fixtureless flying prober test system and Teradyne GR Force/A3 test and inspection data preparation solution as their standard for the testing of PCB prototypes at its design and new product introduction (NPI) center in Cork, Ireland.


Uniroyal Technology Announces Consolidation Program to Position for 2002 Recovery

(January 8, 2002) Sarasota, Fla. -- Uniroyal Technology Corp. announces a program of consolidation to further its goal of transitioning to a high-technology company focused on optoelectronics and electronic devices.

Flextronics to Report Third Quarter Ending Results

(January 7, 2002) Singapore -- Flextronics will report third quarter results on Wednesday, January 23.

New IPC Chairman Begins Tenure

(January 7, 2002) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) introduces Stan Plzak, executive vice president of SMTC Corp., as its new chairman of the board. Plzak replaces outgoing Chair Ron Underwood, president and CEO of Circuit Center Inc.

Rohm and Haas Announces Fourth Quarter 2001 and Year End Earnings Release Date and Conference Call

(January 7, 2002) Philadelphia -- Rohm and Haas Co. will release fourth quarter and year-end earnings before the market opens on Monday, February 4, 2002.

AIM Australia Expands

(January 7, 2002) Sydney, Australia -- Due to unprecedented demand for AIM's newest generation of solder products, AIM Australia has expanded its Sydney facility.

Advanced Forecasting's Quantitative Model Confirms Turning Point for IC Industry

(January 4, 2002) Cupertino, Calif. -- Relying on a model that has accurately predicted peaks and troughs of IC sales over the past 16 years, quantitative forecasting firm Advanced Forecasting (AFI) confirms its IC Recovery Index now is pointing in a positive direction.

BTC Appoints Inventory Assets Manager

(January 4, 2002) Raleigh, N.C. -- BTC Electronic Components has appointed Ken Weber to the newly created position of inventory assets manager.

PerkinElmer Announces Sale of Detection Systems Business

(January 4, 2002) Boston -- PerkinElmer Inc. has sold its Detection Systems business to L-3 Communications for approximately $100 million.

Group Technologies Changes Name to Sypris Electronics LLC

(January 4, 2002) Tampa, Fla. -- Group Technologies Corp., a subsidiary of Sypris Solutions Inc., has changed its name to Sypris Electronics LLC effective January 1, 2002.

Hover-Davis Announces Promotions

(January 3, 2002) Rochester, N.Y. -- Hover-Davis Inc. has announced the promotions of three members of its staff.


Infinite Graphics Reports Second Quarter Results

(January 3, 2002) Minneapolis -- Infinite Graphics Inc. virtually broke even, after a $90,000 restructuring charge, on sales of $2.5 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2002 ending October 31, 2001.

Jabil Circuit Reports First Quarter Results

(January 3, 2002) St. Petersburg, Fla. -- Jabil Circuit Inc. reported revenue of $885 million for its first quarter of fiscal 2002, which ended November 30. The company had revenue of $1.1 billion for first quarter 2001.

Universal Technology Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter

(January 3, 2002) Sarasota, Fla. -- Uniroyal Technology Corp. reported its fourth quarter results, announcing that it continues to make sales progress at its technology segment as the company moves to become a vertically integrated compound semiconductor company focusing on optoelectronics and electronic devices.

Cadence Completes Acquisition of Silicon Perspective Corp.

(January 2, 2002) San Jose and Santa Clara, Calif. -- Cadence Design Systems Inc. has completed its acquisition of Silicon Perspective Corp. (SPC). Financial terms were not disclosed.

Mentor Graphics Extends Tender Offer for IKOS Systems

(January 2, 2002) Wilsonville, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. has extended its $11 per share cash tender offer for all outstanding shares of the common stock of IKOS Systems Inc. to midnight, New York City time, on Friday, January 25, 2002, unless further extended.

Surface Mount Techniques, UPTIME Inc. Announce Strategic Partnership

(January 2, 2002) Laguna Hills and Fremont, Calif. -- Surface Mount Techniques and UPTIME Inc. have formed a strategic partnership in which UPTIME will provide Surface Mount Techniques customers in Silicon Valley and in the Northern California area with service and support.

Teradyne to Announce Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2001 Earnings

(January 2, 2002) Boston -- Teradyne Inc. will release earnings for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2001 on Tuesday afternoon, January 15, 2002, following the close of markets.

EGL Joins Cooperative Partnership Program

(December 28, 2001) Houston -- Eagle Global Logistics (EGL) will join the Elkhart, Ind.-based CTS Corp. cooperative partnership Alliance.

IKOS Board Recommends Stockholders Reject Mentor Graphics' Contingent Tender Offer

(December 28, 2001) San Jose, Calif. -- IKOS Systems Inc.'s Board of Directors unanimously recommended that IKOS stockholders reject the pending unsolicited cash tender offer commenced by Wilsonville, Ore.-based Mentor Graphics Corp. on December 7 to purchase all shares of IKOS common stock at $11 per share, and not tender their shares in the Mentor tender offer.

IPC Releases Book-to-Bill Ratios for November 2001

(December 28, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces that the U.S. Printed Wiring Board Industry Book-to-Bill Ratio for November 2001 was 0.87.


Solectron Announces Adjustable Conversion-Rate Equity Security Units Offering

(December 28, 2001) Milipitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. announces a public offering of $1 billion, or 40 million units, of Adjustable Conversion-Rate Equity Securities, or ACESTM.

ElectroniCast Celebrates 20 Years of Success

(December 27, 2001) San Mateo, Calif. -- ElectroniCast Corp. is celebrating its 20-year anniversary as an independent technology-based forecasting firm for the fiber optic, optoelectronic and photonic industries.

Park Electrochemical Reports Third Quarter Results

(December 27, 2001) Lake Success, N.Y. -- Park Electrochemical Corp. reported sales of $52.6 million for the third quarter ended November 25, 2001, compared to $142.6 million for the third quarter of 2000.

Solectron Obtains Commitment for $500 Million of Credit Facilities

(December 27, 2001) Milipitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. has received a commitment for $500 million of revolving credit facilities.

Express Manufacturing Designated 2001 Supplier of the Year by Datum Irvine

(December 27, 2001) Santa Ana, Calif. -- Express Manufacturing Inc. has been designated 2001 Supplier of the Year by Datum Inc., selected from among dozens of companies as the top supplier to Datum's Irvine headquarters.

August Technology Establishes Engineering Services Group

(December 26, 2001) Bloomington, Minn. -- August Technology Corp. has established an Engineering Services Group dedicated to customizing standard August Technology solutions to meet unique customer requirements.

IPC Names New Director of PWB Standards and Technology

(December 26, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces that Tom Newton has been named director of PWB Standards and Technology.

Probe Manufacturing Wins Award of Excellence

(December 26, 2001) Costa Mesa, Calif. -- Probe Manufacturing Industries Inc. has been notified by the California Council for Excellence (CCE) that it has won the California Award for Performance Excellence (CAPE).

Solectron Reports First-Quarter Results in Line with Guidance

(December 26, 2001) Milipitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. reported fiscal first-quarter sales of $3.2 billion and cash earnings per share of 5 cents, consistent with guidance the company had provided.

AVX, Lucent Technologies Enter Strategic Alliance to Improve Time-to-Market

(December 21, 2001) Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Murray Hill, N.J. -- AVX Corp. and Lucent Technologies have entered into a strategic alliance agreement designed to use AVX's advanced component technologies in order to enhance Lucent's product development and time-to-market conditions.


Fiber Optic Couplers Global Consumption to Reach $2.8 Billion by 2010, Study Says

(December 21, 2001) San Mateo, Calif. -- According to a new market study from ElectroniCast Corp., the estimated global consumption of fiber optic couplers in 2001 is $602 million. The consumption value will increase at a moderate pace to reach $1.18 billion in 2005 and then to $2.8 billion by 2010.

EMS Technologies Employee Honored as IEEE Fellow

(December 21, 2001) Piscataway, N.J. -- James Howell, corporate chief engineer and one of only three Technical Fellows at Atlanta-based EMS Technologies Inc. has been selected as an IEEE Fellow, the Institute's most prestigious honor.

KEMET Corp. Announces Cost Saving Initiatives

(December 21, 2001) Greenville, S.C. -- KEMET Corp. has announced major cost-saving initiatives in the face of projected reduced production levels in 2002.

NEMI to Kick Off 2002 Roadmap March 20-22 in the Silicon Valley

(December 20, 2001) Herndon, Va. -- The National Electronics Manufacturing Institute (NEMI) has scheduled the kick-off meeting for its 2002 roadmap for March 20-22, 2002, in the San Jose, Calif. area.

DDi to Sponsor Virginia Universities' PCB Design and Manufacturing R&D Project

(December 20, 2001) Anaheim, Calif. -- DDi Corp. will participate in collaborative sponsorship of a PCB technology project benefiting the high technology and electronics engineering academia of two leading Virginia universities.

Polyclad Technologies Appoints Manager of OEM Requirements

(December 20, 2001) West Haven, Conn. -- Polyclad Technologies, a Cookson Electronics company, has appointed Gary R. Sutcliffe manager, OEM requirements, Enthone PWB Materials.

Tyco International Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend

(December 20, 2001) Pembroke, Bermuda -- The Board of Directors of Tyco International Ltd. has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of 1.25 cents per common share.

Cadence Hosts Annual Electronic Design Forum

(December 19, 2001) Bangalore, India -- ED Forum 2001, hosted by Cadence Design Systems Inc., will be held December 21 here.

MRSI Appoints East Coast Sales Manager

(December 19, 2001) North Billerica, Mass. -- MRSI has appointed John Medernach as east coast sales manager, providing sales support to customers east of the Mississippi River.

MYDATA Opens Customer Support Office in Scotland

(December 19, 2001) Scotland -- MYDATA automation Ltd. has opened a second customer support office in the UK.


Tyco Electronics Expands Relationship with Future Electronics

(December 19, 2001) Harrisburg, Pa. -- Tyco Electronics has expanded its existing relationship with Future Electronics.

MRSI Strengthens Presence in Asia Pacific with Appointment

(December 18, 2001) North Billerica, Mass. -- MRSI Group has appointed Nicholas Nee to Asia Pacific sales manager.

SMTA TechScan Compendium Features the Best Technical Papers

(December 18, 2001) Minneapolis -- A new CD by the Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) includes the best papers from 2001 educational programs, which cover a wide range of timely topics from optimizing steps in the design, soldering and test processes of electronics assembly to newer issues on MEMS and optoelectronics.

Avnet Kent Appoints New President

(December 18, 2001) Phoenix -- Avnet Kent has named Tom McCartney, a 20-year veteran of the electronic components distribution industry, president. He will assume the post on January 1, 2002.

ESSEMTEC Takes Over Dispensing Specialist MC-SOFT

(December 18, 2001) Switzerland -- ESSEMTEC Ltd. has taken over dispensing specialist MC-SOFT.

PCB Design Business Detects Upturn in Electronics Sector

(December 17, 2001) Dunfermline, Scotland -- The managing director of Cadenergy believes the electronics sector is on the verge of an upturn following a surge in inquiries.

Chase EMS Group Promotes Materials Manager

(December 17, 2001) West Bridgewater, Mass. -- Chase EMS Group has promoted Rick Wilder to materials manager.

Control.com Adds New Engineering Positions at Open Control Laboratory

(December 17, 2001) Westboro, Mass. -- Control.com Inc. has appointed two senior engineers at the Open Control Laboratory, an independent testing facility dedicated to the advancement of interoperability in the industrial controls industry.

Raytheon Launches ReliabilityAnalysisLab.com

(December 17, 2001) Lexington, Mass. -- Raytheon Co. has launched ReliabilityAnalysisLab.com (RAL) to put advanced electronic component analysis services into the hands of the world's design engineers, manufacturing organizations and testing laboratories.

Optical Communications Components Industry Expert Joins ElectroniCast Research Team

(December 14, 2001) San Mateo, Calif. -- ElectroniCast Corp. has added optical communications components industry expert Ranjit Mand, Ph.D., to its research analyst team.


AIM, Nihon Almit Sign Lead-Free License Agreement

(December 14, 2001) Montreal, Canada and Tokyo -- AIM Inc. and Nihon Almit Co. Ltd. have signed a worldwide license agreement for AIM's patented lead-free alloy, trade-named CASTINTM. The agreement allows Nihon Almit to manufacture and sell the CASTIN alloy throughout the world.

IMAPS, SMTA Jointly Plan First Telecom Hardware Solutions Conference

(December 14, 2001) Washington, D.C. and Edina, Minn. -- The International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS) and the Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) announce the first Telecom Hardware Solutions Conference & Exhibition, May 15-16, 2002, at the Doubletree Hotel in Plano, Texas.

IPC Anticipates Full Show Floor at IPC Printed Circuits Expo 2002

(December 14, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces that preparations are well underway for IPC Printed Circuits Expo(r) 2002, to take place March 24 through 28, 2002, at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, Calif.

Anvik Establishes Research & Technical Solutions Division

(December 13, 2001) Hawthorne, N.Y. -- Anvik Corp. has established its Research and Technical Solutions (RTS) Division, which offers solutions to a variety of research and technical problems in diverse application areas.

Worldwide Electronic Manufacturing Services Industry Downturn to Recover in 2002, IDC Says

(December 13, 2001) Framingham, Mass. -- The worldwide electronics manufacturing services (EMS) industry is expected to decrease by $8 billion (7 percent) in 2001. But according to preliminary research by IDC, a slight gain of 7.5 percent is expected in this industry in the first quarter 2002.

IMAPS Announces Education Foundation Grant Awards

(December 13, 2001) Washington, D.C. -- The International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS) announces the 2001 Dr. Sidney J. Stein Education Foundation grant recipients.

ViTechnology, Siemens Dematic Cooperate to Improve Manufacturing Process

(December 13, 2001) Haverhill, Mass. and Atlanta -- ViTechnology and Siemens Dematic Electronics Assembly Systems Inc. have formed a stronger bond between the companies to provide the highest level of manufacturing excellence to their customers in the Americas.

ART Appoints Sales Manager for Mexico

(December 12, 2001) Saint-Laurent, Canada -- ART Advanced Research Technologies Inc. (ART) has appointed Joerg H. Baetzel as Mexico sales manager for the company's ISISTM product line of infrared circuit inspection systems.

IPC Releases New Industry Statistics

(December 12, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has created the PCB Business Report, a statistical report tracking the dynamics of the U.S. printed circuit board industry.

MRSI Appoints JIPAL Corp. Taiwan Agent

(December 12, 2001) North Billerica, Mass. -- MRSI announces the appointment of JIPAL Corp. as its exclusive agent for sales and service of MRSI equipment in Taiwan.


PI Builds 140,000 Sq Ft. Factory

(December 12, 2001) Palm-Bach, Germany -- Physik Instrumente (PI) has built a 140,000 sq ft. factory here to meet the increased demand for its ultra-precision products in industries such as biotechnology, fiber optics, semiconductors, data storage and aerospace engineering.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation to Vote Against Hewlett-Packard/Compaq Merger

(December 11, 2001) Los Altos, Calif. -- The David and Lucile Packard Foundation announced it has preliminarily determined to vote its shares of Hewlett-Packard Co. against the company's proposal involving the merger with Compaq Computer Co.

Siemens Dematic Offers Business Strategy to Mid-Size EMS Companies

(December 11, 2001) Atlanta and Alameda, Ga. -- Siemens Dematic Electronics Assembly Systems Inc. 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.

SMTA Issues Call for Participation for SMTAI 2002

(December 11, 2001) Minneapolis -- The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) has issued a call for papers for Surface Mount Technology Association International (SMTAI), which will be held at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in conjunction with Assembly Technology Expo, September 22 through 26, 2002.

High-tech Industry Commends House Approval of Bill for Trade Promotion Authority; Urges Senate Action

(December 11, 2001) Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. High-Tech Coalition on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is gratified with the result of the vote in the House of Representatives to approve H.R. 3005, the Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority Act of 2001, and urges the Senate to take similar action.

IPC Printed Circuits Expo Conference to Examine Recent Technological Advances

(December 10, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has announced the technical conference sessions to be presented at IPC Printed Circuits Expo(r) 2002, taking place March 24 through 28, 2002, at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, Calif.

Mentor Graphics Offers to Acquire IKOS Systems

(December 10, 2001) Wilsonville, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. is offering to acquire IKOS Systems Inc. for $11 in cash per share of IKOS common stock.

Solectron Strengthens Post-Manufacturing Services with Acquisition of Artesyn Solutions

(December 10, 2001) Milipitas, Calif. and Boca Raton, Fla. -- Solectron Corp. has acquired Artesyn Solutions Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Artesyn Technologies Inc.

Universal Display Corp. Receives Additional $5 Million in Funding from August Private Placement

(December 10, 2001) Ewing, N.J. -- Universal Display Corp. has received $5 million in funding, representing the balance of the purchase price for the preferred stock it sold to investors in August 2001.

IHS, PartMiner Introduce One-Stop Electronics Component and Parts Database

(December 7, 2001) Denver and Melville, N.Y. -- IHS Engineering has teamed up with PartMiner Inc. to offer an electronics decision support tool for the electronics marketplace.


Solectron Completes Acquisition of C-MAC Industries

(December 7, 2001) Milipitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. has completed its combination with Montreal-based C-MAC Industries Inc.

Soldering Technology International Expands Training Resources

(December 7, 2001) Madison, Ala. -- Soldering Technology International (STI) Inc. has opened a new training facility here.

kSARIA Captures $20 Million in Second-Round Venture Funding

(December 7, 2001) Wilmington, Mass. -- kSARIA Corp. has raised $20 million in second-round venture funding. The latest investment follows completion of kSARIA's initial $15 million in venture funding nearly a year ago.

EFTC Names Vice President of Sales and Marketing

(December 6, 2001) Phoenix -- EFTC Corp. has named John Kulp vice president, sales and marketing.

Kulicke & Soffa Chairman Adopts Securities Trading Plan

(December 6, 2001) Willow Grove, Pa. -- Kulicke & Soffa Industries Inc.'s chairman and chief executive officer, C. Scott Kulicke, has established a plan under rule 10b5-1 of the Securities and Exchange Commission, to provide for pre-determined sales of a portion of his K&S common stock, subject to certain price restrictions and other contingencies.

New England Laminates Appoints Account Manager for the Midwest Territory

(December 6, 2001) Newburgh, N.Y. -- New England Laminates Co. Inc., a subsidiary of Park Electrochemical Corp., announces that Thom Knipp has joined the company as account manager.

Synopsys to Acquire Avant! Corp.

(December 6, 2001) Mountain View, Calif. -- Synopsys Inc. and Avant! Corp. have entered into a definitive agreement for Synopsys to acquire Avant!.

QUALCOMM Selects Agilent Technologies 93000 SOC Series for Testing Next-Generation Cellular Baseband Processor Devices

(December 5, 2001) Palo Alto, Calif. -- Agilent Technologies Inc. announces that QUALCOMM Inc. has added two new Agilent 93000 SOC Series test systems to their existing array of 93000 systems.

Optical Modulator Market to Reach $3.7 Billion by 2011, Study Says

(December 5, 2001) San Mateo, Calif. -- According to a new study by ElectroniCast Corp., North America leads global consumption of optical modulators in 2001 with a 37.1 percent relative market share, or $100.1 million.

IPC's PWB President's Management Meeting to Address Outlook of Industry

(December 5, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) will discuss the future of the industry at its PWB Presidents' Management Meeting, which will be held March 25 through 26, 2002, at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, Long Beach, Calif.


CyberOptics Names President and COO

(December 5, 2001) Minneapolis -- CyberOptics Corp. has named Kathleen (Kitty) P. Iverson as president and chief operating officer.

Advanced Interconnections Corp. Names Select Electronics as New Representative

(December 4, 2001) West Warwick, R.I. -- Advanced Interconnections Corp. has named Santa Ana, Calif.-based Select Electronics as its exclusive manufacturer's representative for Southern California and Southern Nevada.

Conexant Systems Reports Improving Revenue

(December 4, 2001) Newport Beach, Calif. -- Conexant Systems Inc. announces that its revenue for the December quarter will rise as much as 7 percent from the prior quarter, due in large part to higher orders from wireless telecommunication equipment manufacturers.

Hitachi Announces Names of Presidents and Directors of Consumer Products and Industrial Components and Equipment Companies

(December 4, 2001) Tokyo -- Hitachi Ltd. announces the names of the presidents and directors of its new consumer products company and industrial components and equipment company that are to be set up under a reorganization announced on September 27, 2001.

IMAPS 2001 a Success; IMAPS 2002 Planned for Denver

(December 4, 2001) Washington, D.C. -- According to the International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS), IMAPS 2001 was a success in terms of attendance and exhibitor satisfaction, with the number of exhibitors participating and booth spaces sold at a high since 1998 in San Diego.

Agilent Technologies to Lay Off 4,000

(December 3, 2001) Palo Alto, Calif. -- Agilent Technologies Inc. will slash 4,000 more jobs, bringing the total jobs cut this year to 8,000.

Specialty Optical Fiber Global Consumption to Reach $4.38 Billion by 2010, Study Says

(December 3, 2001) San Mateo, Calif. -- According to a market study from ElectroniCast Corp., the worldwide use of selected specialty optical fiber in communication products will grow from $239 million in 2000 to $4.38 billion in 2010.

SMT Plus Publishes New Book

(December 3, 2001) Scotts Valley, Calif. -- SMT Plus Inc. announces the release of a new book authored by James C. Blankenhorn.

Solectron Announces Results of Special Meeting with Shareholders

(December 3, 2001) Milipitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp.'s shareholders approved the issuance of shares of Solectron common stock to shareholders of C-MAC Industries Inc. to complete Solectron's acquisition of C-MAC.

Fitch Lowers Solectron's Rating

(November 30, 2001) Chicago -- Fitch has lowered the rating for Solectron Corp.'s senior unsecured debt to BBB- from BBB. The Rating Outlook remains negative.


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