Credence Announces Fourth Quarter 2001 Earnings Release Date, Conference Call
(November 7, 2001) Fremont, Calif. -- Credence Systems Corp. will release its fourth quarter 2001 earnings results on November 28, 2001, following the close of markets.
Cadence Raises $1.6 Million for RAFT, American Red Cross and N.Y. Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Fund
(November 5, 2001) San Jose, Calif. -- Cadence Design Systems Inc. announces that its annual Stars & Strikes bowling tournament raised a record $800,000 for local and regional charities.
Sun Microsystems Honors Solectron, Celestica
(November 2, 2001) Toronto and Milipitas, Calif. -- Sun Microsystems Inc. awarded Solectron Corp. with the Best-in-Class Supplier Performance Award for Electronics Manufacturing, while awarding Celestica Inc. a Supplier Performance Award for the fifth year in a row.
Kulicke & Soffa Receives Order for Ball Bonders
(November 1, 2001) Willow Grove, Pa. -- Kulicke & Soffa Industries Inc. announces that Taiwan-based Siliconware Precision Industries Co. Ltd. (SPIL), a multinational semiconductor assembly subcontractor, has placed orders for 166 Model 8028-PPS ball bonders.
Agilent Technologies, ASSET InterTech Collaborate to Reduce Development Costs for Electronic Test
(October 31, 2001) Palo Alto, Calif. and Richardson, Texas -- Agilent Technologies Inc. and ASSET InterTech Inc. have formed an agreement to integrate ASSET's ScanWorks boundary-scan test system into Agilent 3070 ICT systems.
Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium Preliminary Program Announced
(October 31, 2001) Minneapolis -- The Seventh Annual Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium, held February 5-7, 2002, at the Westin Maui Hotel in Maui, Hawaii, promotes international technical interchange, and provides a premier forum for extensive networking among microelectronics professionals and business leaders throughout the Pacific Basin.
Merix Corp. Schedules Mid-Quarter Update Conference Call on November 1
(October 30, 2001) Forest Grove, Ore. -- Merix Corp. will provide an update for the second quarter of fiscal 2002 on November 1, 2001, after the close of market.
Sanmina Announces Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results
(October 30, 2001) San Jose, Calif. -- Sanmina Corp. has reported financial results for its fourth quarter and 12 months ended September 29, 2001. Results for the prior periods have been restated to reflect the company's March 1, 2001, acquisition of Segerstrom & Svensson.
NEC, Solectron Announce Plan for Manufacturing Partnership
(October 29, 2001) Milipitas, Calif. and Tokyo -- Solectron Corp. and NEC Corp. have formed a plan to enter an agreement under which NEC would transfer the manufacturing business of its Ibaraki, Japan facility to Solectron, and Solectron would provide manufacturing services for workstation, server and storage products.
Credence Shows Portfolio of Design-to-Test Solutions at International Test Conference
(October 26, 2001) Fremont, Calif. -- Credence Systems Corp. will showcase its design-to-test solutions at the 2001 International Test Conference (ITC), held from October 31 through November 1, 2001, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore.
Viasystems Group Reports Third Quarter 2001 Earnings
(October 26, 2001) St. Louis -- Viasystems Group Inc.'s earnings, adjusted for goodwill amortization, from ongoing operations for the quarter ended September 30, 2001, were a loss of $27 million, or 19 cents per fully diluted share. Revenue for the quarter was $268.1 million.
Vishay Intertechnology Announces Conference Call
(October 26, 2001) Malvern, Pa. -- Vishay Intertechnology Inc. will release results for the third quarter ending September 30, 2001 before the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) opens on November 5, 2001.
Changhong TV Selects Cadence PCB Tools for High-End Consumer Designs
(October 25, 2001) Chengdu, People's Republic of China and San Jose, Calif. -- Sichuan Changhong Electric Co. Ltd. has selected Cadence Design Systems Inc.'s high-speed PCB tools to design its next-generation, high-end consumer electronics line.
Agilent, STATS to Deliver High-End, Mixed-signal Communications Device Testing
(October 24, 2001) Palo Alto, Calif. and Singapore -- Agilent Technologies Inc. and ST Assembly Test Services Ltd. (STATS) have formed an agreement to jointly deliver mixed-signal device testing for emerging technologies in the communications market.
SCI Systems Acquires IBM's Japan EMS Design and Engineering Operations
(October 24, 2001) Huntsville, Ala. -- SCI Systems Inc. has reached an agreement with IBM Corp. to acquire IBM's Design and Product/Test Engineering and EMS operations based in Yasu, Japan, complementing the company's existing activities in Asia.
Registration Deadline Approaches for SMTA Dallas
(October 24, 2001) Edina, Minn. -- The early bird registration deadline for SMTA Dallas, which will be held November 13-15, 2001, is today. Those who register by the end of the day can save 10 percent.
International Reliability Physics Symposium to Mark 40th Anniversary with Dallas Convention
(October 23, 2001) Dallas -- The International Reliability Physics Symposium (IRPS) will celebrate its 40th year as a forum for the scientific exploration of microelectronic reliability from April 7 to 11, 2002, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel here.
SSK Ltd. Becomes Cimnet Systems' First Customer in Japan
(October 22, 2001) Downers Grove, Ill. -- Cimnet Systems Inc. announces a sale of its Paradigm(r) specialized enterprise resource planning (S/ERP) software by Cermatronics Boeki, Cimnet Systems' distributor in Japan, to Hitachinaka, Japan-based SSK Ltd.
Die Products Workshop Brings Technical Information on Latest Microelectronics Trends
(October 19, 2001) Austin, Texas -- Technical topics and market updates about the latest system-in-a-package (SIP) enabling technologies, as well as networking opportunities, captured the attention of 90 attendees at the Eighth Annual Known Good Die (KGD) Packaging and Test Workshop in Napa, Calif., September 10-12.
EKRA Receives Market Engineering Award for Market Penetration from Frost & Sullivan
(October 19, 2001) 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.
IPC Honors Members at IPC Annual Meeting
(October 18, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries honored 16 members at the IPC Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla., for their contributions to IPC and the electronics industry.
Park Electrochemical Announces Realignment of Dielektra GmbH
(October 18, 2001) Lake Success, N.Y. -- Park Electrochemical Corp. announces that Dielektra GmbH, Park's advanced electronic materials business located in Cologne, Germany, is realigning its operations.
Robert Ballard to Keynote IPC Printed Circuits Expo 2002
(October 17, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces that noted author, explorer and scientist Robert Ballard, Ph.D. will deliver the keynote presentation at IPC Printed Circuits Expo, taking place at the Long Beach Convention Center on March 24 through 28, 2002.
Solectron, Sierra Wireless Partner to Manufacture Wireless Data Products
(October 17, 2001) Milipitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. has entered into an agreement with Vancouver, British Columbia-based Sierra Wireless Inc. to provide Sierra with design support, prototype, pilot and volume manufacturing services for the development of wireless data products.
Valor Opens New Sales Office in Taiwan
(October 17, 2001) Yavne, Israel -- Valor Computerized Systems has opened a new office in Taiwan to sell and support its Enterprise 3000 DFM verification system, Trilogy 5000 CAM engineering system and e4eNet collaboration solution to the PCB electronics industry.
Die Products Award Presented at Napa Workshop
(October 16, 2001) Austin, Texas -- The Second Annual Die Products Industry Achievement Award was presented to Tetsuya Onishi during the Eighth Annual International Known-Good-Die (KGD) Packaging and Test Workshop in Napa, Calif., held Sept. 9 through 12.
AeA Announces High-Tech Priorities for Economic Stimulus Package
(October 15, 2001) San Jose, Calif. -- The Board of Directors of AeA, the U.S.'s largest high-tech industry association, took action at their national meeting here to support the Bush Administration and Congress in their efforts to address the need for an immediate economic stimulus package.
Hover-Davis Acquires Pro Automation Inc.
(October 15, 2001) Rochester, N.Y. -- Hover-Davis has acquired Garden Grove, Calif.-based Pro Automation Inc., an engineering and manufacturing company providing print and present labeling automation tailored to customers' needs in the printed circuit board assembly marketplace. Terms were undisclosed.
Kemet Announces Dates for September 2001 Quarter Earnings Release, Conference Call
(October 15, 2001) Greenville, S.C. -- KEMET Corp. will release earnings for the September 2001 quarter after 4 p.m. EST on Monday, Oct. 22, 2001.
SMTA Dallas Will Present Optoelectronics Learning Opportunities
(October 12, 2001) Edina, Minn. -- SMTA Dallas, which will be held in conjunction with Nepcon Texas from Nov. 13 through 15, 2001, will present two concurrent programs.
Nissei Sangyo Forms Partnership with Sales Arm in Southwest
(October 12, 2001) Irving, Texas -- Nissei Sangyo America Ltd. has appointed Wepco Vintek as a sales representative in New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and Mexico excluding Baja.
Sheldahl Temporarily Reduces Workforce in Longmont, Colo.
(October 11, 2001) Northfield, Minn. -- Sheldahl Inc. will temporarily lay off employees from its International Flex Technologies division in Longmont, Colo.
Tyco International to Report Fourth Quarter Results on Oct. 18
(October 11, 2001) Pembroke, Bermuda -- Tyco International Ltd. will be reporting its fourth quarter results before the market opens on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001.
IPC Premieres Management Newsletter
(October 10, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces that its management newsletter, The Balance Sheet, is available electronically for business executives of IPC member companies.
MSL, Venture Technologies Form Alliance
(October 10, 2001) Concord Mass. -- Manufacturers' Services Ltd. (MSL) has entered into a strategic alliance with North Billerica, Mass.-based Venture Technologies Inc. to enhance the breadth of complete product design and engineering services MSL offers its customers.
Surface Mount Techniques Employs Windows NT on Printers
(October 9, 2001) Laguna Hills, Calif. -- Surface Mount Technologies announces that all of its higher-end semi-automated and fully automatic screen and stencil printing machines using the Windows graphical user interface for control are now equipped, as standard, with the Windows NT operating system.
Park Electrochemical Appoints Senior Director, Global Marketing
(October 9, 2001) Lake Success, N.Y. -- Park Electrochemical Corp. announces that Kent Frazer has joined the company as senior director, global marketing and sales RF/microwave materials.
Assembl? Restructures Operations
(October 8, 2001) Alpharetta, Ga. -- Assembl?, formerly known as Electronic Manufacturing Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Philips Electronics, has announced an organizational restructuring.
IMAPS Announces Plenary Session Speaker
(October 8, 2001) Baltimore -- IMAPS 2001's Plenary Session speaker, Ralph J. McNutt, Jr., Ph.D., will speak on a topic on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 8 a.m. that depends crucially on lightweight electronics packaging - Exploring Interstellar Space.
Karl Suss France Expands Manufacturing Capacity to Support Growing Demand for Flip Chip Bonders
(October 5, 2001) Munich, Germany -- Karl Suss France, a subsidiary of Suss MicroTec, has completed the expansion of its flip chip bonder manufacturing facility in France.
Park Electrochemical Corp. Declares Cash Dividend
(October 5, 2001) Lake Success, N.Y. -- Park Electrochemical Corp.'s Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly dividend of 6 cents per share payable Nov. 6, 2001, to stockholders of record at the close of business on Oct. 9, 2001.
Industry Awards to be Presented at APEX 2002
(October 5, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC- Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces that three awards will be presented at IPC SMEMA Council's APEX, to be held at the San Diego Convention Center, Jan. 19-24, 2002.
Park Electrochemical Reports Second Quarter Results
(October 4, 2001) Lake Success, N.Y. -- Park Electrochemical Corp. reported sales of $51.7 million for the second quarter ended Aug. 26, 2001, compared to $129.9 million for the second quarter of 2000.
Sheldahl Announces Reduction of Workforce in Endicott, N.Y.
(October 4, 2001) Northfield, Minn. -- Sheldahl Inc. will lay off employees from its International Flex Technologies (IFT) division in Endicott, N.Y.
Teradyne to Announce Third Quarter 2001 Results
(October 4, 2001) Boston -- Teradyne Inc. will release earnings for the third quarter 2001 on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 16, 2001, following the close of markets.
CEERIS Discounts Reports, Gives to Charity to Help with Sept. 11 Healing
(October 4, 2001) Old Lyme, Conn. -- For orders placed before Dec. 31, 2001, CEERIS is offering a 25 percent discount on all its benchmaking reports, in either paper or HTML format. CEERIS research covers cost of conversion, process quality, line efficiency and warehouse/distribution.
ART Introduces PCBA Test and Inspection Solution at Assembly Tech
(October 3, 2001) Chicago and Montreal, Canada -- ART Advanced Research Technologies Inc. (ART) is showcasing its printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) test and inspection solution Infrared Screening and Inspection Solution (ISISTM) at the Chicago Assembly Technology Expo from October 2 through 4, 2001.
GOEPEL Inspection Day Attracts 70
(October 3, 2001) Jena, Germany -- GOEPEL electronic's first Inspection Day, held on Sept. 25, 2001, presented news and information about automated optical inspection of PCBs and other related topics, and was attended by 70 people.
Faraday Technologies Selects Agilent Technologies' 93000 SOC Series Test System
(October 2, 2001) Palo Alto, Calif. and Hsinchu, Taiwan -- Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced that Faraday Technology Corp. has selected the Agilent 93000 SOC Series test system for verification of IP and ASIC designs.
SMTAI: A Look at Special Events
(October 2, 2001) Chicago -- At Surface Mount Technology Association International (SMTAI), held here Sept. 30 through Oct. 4, 2001 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center, special events that help polish technical skills and knowledge, as well as give showgoers a chance to network with their peers, abound.
Automated Assembly System Demand Down 18 Percent, but Forecast to Return to Growth in 2002
(October 1, 2001) Cleveland -- Advanced Technology Advisors (ATA) reports that while demand for systems, as well as most major components such as grippers, robots, actuators and structural elements is off by 18 percent, some end user segments remain healthy.
SMTAI: Conference at a Glance
(October 1, 2001) Chicago -- With all the activity swirling around the Donald Stephens Convention Center this week at SMTAI, held from Sept. 30 through Oct. 4, 2001, it can be hard to keep track. SMT Online is pleased to bring you the conference at a glance.
E-M-Solutions to Sell Assets to Sanmina Corp.
(September 28, 2001) Fremont, Calif. -- On Sept. 20, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California, Oakland, approved San Jose, Calif.-based Sanmina Corp. as the highest and best bidder to purchase a substantial majority of E-M-Solutions' domestic assets and stock in its foreign subsidiaries.
Bergman Honored at PCB East
(September 27, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries announced that Dieter Bergman, IPC director of technology transfer, has been honored with the Marsh Award at the PCB Design Conference East in Worcester, Mass.
Circadiant Systems Secures $10 Million in Second-Round Funding
(September 26, 2001) Allentown, Pa. -- Circadiant Systems Inc. has secured $10 million in its second round of private funding led by TL Ventures, in an offering not registered under any securities laws, and unveiled plans to deliver a new class of optical testing equipment.
RVSI to Shift Vanguard Automation Product Line to Hauppauge, N.Y.
(September 26, 2001) Canton, Mass. -- Robotic Vision Systems Inc. (RVSI) will move the manufacturing and engineering of its Vanguard Automation ball attach product line to Hauppauge, N.Y. and close the company's Arizona facility.
GSPK Engineering, Enthone Ltd. Install Direct Metallization Process Line at GSPK Circuits
(September 25, 2001) West Haven, Conn.-- Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, UK-based GSPK Engineering, in partnership with Woking, England-based Enthone Ltd., has installed a direct metallization process line at Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, UK-based GSPK Circuits.
IPC Puts Efforts into Optoelectronics Standardization
(September 24, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces that the Optoelectronics Standards Committee will meet at the IPC Annual Meeting, taking place Oct. 9 through 13, 2001, in Orlando, Fla.
Tecnomatix, Zuken Korea Sign Reseller Agreement
(September 24, 2001) Nashua, N.H. -- Tecnomatix-Unicam Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd., and Zuken Korea have entered into a reseller agreement.
VJ Electronix Forms Alliance with REStronics Midwest
(September 24, 2001) Bohemia, N.Y. -- VJ Electronix, a division of V.J. Technologies Inc., has formed an alliance with Fort Wayne, Ind.-based REStronics Midwest for sales representation in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and western Pennsylvania.
Credence Expands CEO's Role to Include Chairman of the Board
(September 21, 2001) Fremont, Calif. -- Credence Systems Corp.'s chief executive officer, Graham Siddall, Ph.D., has expanded his responsibilities to include chairman of the board of directors.
Enthone to Move to New Head Office, Change Name
(September 21, 2001) Langenfeld, Germany -- Enthone in Germany will move to their new head office in Langenfeld, near Cologne and Dusseldorf, in October 2001. At the same time, the company's name will change to Enthone GmbH.
SMTA Announces SMTA Dallas Final Program
(September 20, 2001) Minneapolis -- SMTA Dallas, sponsored by the Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) and set to take place Nov. 14 through 15, 2001, at the Dallas Convention Center, will feature two cutting-edge events.
Solectron, Sanmina to Repurchase Stock
(September 20, 2001) Milipitas, Calif. and San Jose, Calif. -- Demonstrating faith in their companies and the financial markets, Solectron Corp. and Sanmina Corp. both have announced stock repurchase programs.
Suss Expands Asian Presence
(September 20, 2001) Munich, Germany -- Suss MicroTec AG, holding company of Karl Suss, has opened a new sales and service support center in Hsinchu, Taiwan.
Applied Wave Research Appoints President and CEO
(September 19, 2001) El Segundo, Calif. -- Applied Wave Research Inc. (AWR) has promoted James Spoto, a company board member since March 2001, to president and chief executive officer. Joseph E. Pekarek, Ph.D., the former AWR president, will assume a new role as the company's chief technology officer.
Agilent Technologies Aids AMD in Reducing Cost of Test
(September 18, 2001) Palo Alto, Calif. -- Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced that Sunnyvale, Calif.-based microprocessor company Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) has purchased the Agilent 93000 SOC C400e model system to test existing and next-generation AMD AthlonTM processors, AMD's microprocessor product.
Ismeca Reorganizes Production Facilities
(September 18, 2001) La Chaux-du-Fonds, Switzerland and Vista, Calif. -- Ismeca, a leading producer of tape & reel machines, will concentrate production in two main locations: its Switzerland headquarters and its Melaka, Malaysia facilities.
NPL Announces Release of Solderability Measurements Report
(September 18, 2001) Middlesex, UK -- The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) announces the release of their report, Solderability Measurements of PCB Pad Finishes and Geometries, by Deborah Lea, Fredirikus Jonck and Chris Hunt, all working at The Materials Centre at NPL.
Mentor Graphics, Sigrity Partner to Develop Interface for High-Speed Design Solutions
(September 17, 2001) Worcester, Mass. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. has partnered with San Jose, Calif.-based Sigrity Inc. to deliver advanced power plane analysis capabilities for high-speed design solutions.
Speedline Technologies Expands Equipment and Consultancy Services for Asian Manufacturers
(September 17, 2001) Singapore -- Cookson Performance Solutions (CPS), previously part of Cookson Electronics, Speedline Technologies' parent company, has been renamed Speedline Global Services. The integration of Cookson Performance Solutions into Speedline Technologies reportedly provides Asian customers with a complete array of service offerings, from traditional warranty service to process knowledge consulting.
Valor Parts Library Reaches 20 Million Components
(September 17, 2001) Yavne, Israel -- Valor Computerized Systems' Valor Parts Library (VPL), its online library delivering physical models of components, has grown to more than 20 million parts, as compared to the 4 million level reported a year ago.
Stratos Lightwave Announces New Tech Center for R&D of Advanced Fiber Optic Systems, Technologies
(September 14, 2001) Chicago -- Stratos Lightwave Inc. is opening its new Northwest Technology Center, which has as its mission the exploration and development of advanced technologies, subsystems and products for high-end fiber-optic communications.
Andrew Razeghi Advises Attendees at IPC's TMRC Conference
(September 14, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries has announced that Andrew Razeghi, principal with Strategos, will speak at IPC's Technology Market Research Council (TMRC) conference during IPC's Annual Meeting, taking place in Orlando, Fla. on Oct. 8 through 13, 2001.
New Courses Offer Attendees Variety at APEX 2002
(September 13, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries has announced the professional development courses scheduled for IPC SMEMA Council's APEX, to be held at the San Diego Convention Center, Jan. 19-24, 2002.
EFOS Inc. Becomes EXFO Photonic Solutions Inc.
(September 12, 2001) Quebec City, Canada -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. has changed the name of Toronto-based EFOS Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary, to EXFO Photonic Solutions Inc. effective Sept. 5.
IPC Annual Meeting Encompasses More Events
(September 10, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. -- The IPC Annual Meeting and Technical Conference, set to take place Oct. 9 through 13, 2001 at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla., is a product of the merger between the IPCWorks technical conference and standards development meetings and the Fall TMRC and Management Council Meetings.
IPC Annual Meeting: Conference At a Glance
(September 10, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. -- The IPC Annual Meeting and Technical Conference, which will take place October 9 through 13, 2001, at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla., combines the IPCWorks technical conference and standards development meetings with the Fall TMRC and Management council meetings for the first time.
Conexant Signs Five-year Foundry Agreement with UMC
(September 7, 2001) Newport Beach, Calif. - Conexant Systems Inc. has signed a five-year supply agreement with Hsinchu, Taiwan-based United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) where UMC will serve as Conexant's principal advanced CMOS semiconductor wafer supplier for its personal networking business through 2006.
Hi-Tech UK Collaborates with County Council on Comprehensive School Survey
(September 7, 2001) Rotherham, UK - Hi-Tech UK, specialists in fume extraction and manufacturers of Purex extraction and purification equipment, collaborated with the Caerphilly County Borough Council on a survey of its comprehensive schools regarding the hazards found within.
IPC Printed Circuits Expo Sends Out Call for Papers for Technical Conference
(September 6, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. - The IPC Printed Circuits Expo, taking place March 26 through 28, 2002 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif., is accepting abstracts for its technical conference.
Oki to Cut 10 Percent of Workforce
(September 6, 2001) Tokyo - Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd., a Japanese electronics maker, will cut its domestic workforce by 2,200 employees, or 10 percent, to March 2003.
Solectron Announces New Vice President
(September 6, 2001) Milipitas, Calif. - Kiran Patel has joined Solectron Corp., a provider of electronics manufacturing and supply-chain management services, as a senior vice president and officer.
Advanced Interconnections Launches Online Stock Check
(September 5, 2001) West Warwick, R.I. - Advanced Interconnections Corp., an ISO 9001-certified developer and manufacturer of interconnect solutions, has added an online distributor inventory stock check feature to its Web site.
Hewlett-Packard, Compaq Agree to $87 Billion Merger
(September 5, 2001) Palo Alto, Calif. and Houston, Texas - Hewlett-Packard Co. and Compaq Computer Corp. have entered into a definite merger agreement that will create an $87 billion company
ITRI Board Votes to Close Institute
(September 5, 2001) Austin, Texas - The Interconnection Technology Research Institute (ITRI) Board of Directors voted unanimously to dissolve the institute effective Aug. 31, 2001 due to a worsening financial climate for electronics and lack of industry commitment and resources.
X-Rite, Karl Suss America Improve Optical Testing of VCSEL Components at the Wafer Level
(September 5, 2001) Grand Rapids, Mich. - X-Rite Inc.'s electro-optics subsidiary, Labsphere, and Waterbury Center, Vt.-based Karl Suss America Inc. have come together to introduce a turnkey vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSEL) Wafer Prober System.
President Elected to Park Electrochemical's Neltec Inc. Business Unit
(September 4, 2001) Lake Success, N.Y. - Jay B. Grover has been elected as the president of Neltec, Inc., Park Electrochemical Corp.'s high-technology circuitry material business unit located in Tempe, Ariz.
Sheldahl Appoints President and Chief Executive Officer
(September 4, 2001) Northfield, Minn. -- Sheldahl Inc.'s Board of Directors has appointed Benoit Pouliquen as the company's president and chief executive officer beginning today. Pouliquen replaces Donald Friedman, who will become executive vice chairman of the company.
NEMA Offers Industrial Control and Automation Standards on the Internet
(September 4, 2001) Rosslyn, Va. - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), responding to user requests for ready access to the most recent versions of industry standards, is continuing its program of providing free access to industry standards.
Hi-Tech UK Launches Purex Web Site
(August 31, 2001) Rotherham, UK - Hi-Tech UK, manufacturers of Purex fume extraction and purification systems, has launched a new Web site that contains information on which processes can produce hazardous material, and highlights a range of Purex systems designed as a solution.
Universal Display Completes Private Placement
(August 31, 2001) Ewing, N.J. - Universal Display Corp., a developer of flat-panel display technology, has completed a $25 million private placement with institutional investors.
Valor Appoints Product Marketing Specialist
(August 31, 2001) Yavne, Israel -- Valor Computerized Systems announces the appointment of Dale Lee as product marketing manager for its component data service, the Valor Parts Library (VPL); and for Trilogy 5000, Valor's CAM software for virtual prototyping and assembly and test.
IPC Selects Custer for Hall of Fame
(August 30, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. - IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries has selected Walt Custer, president of Custer Consulting Group, as the 2001 recipient of the Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame Award.
NEPCON West Moves to Silicon Valley in December 2002
(August 30, 2001) Norwalk, Conn. - NEPCON West, the nation's longest running electronics manufacturing tradeshow and conference, will be co-locating with FIBEROPTIC Automation Expo and Assembly West, Dec. 4 through 6, 2002, at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.
Credence Announces New Executive Appointments
(August 29, 2001) Fremont, Calif. - Credence Systems Corp., a manufacturer of automatic test equipment (ATE) for the worldwide semiconductor industry, has appointed Barry Baril to chief technical officer (CTO) and Bart Freedman to senior vice president of field operations.
Group Technologies Wins GSA Contract
(August 29, 2001) Tampa, Fla. - Group Technologies Corp., an EMS provider, has been awarded a five-year, $20 million contract with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to provide engineering services to several federal agencies.
Flextronics to Acquire Telecom Global Solutions
(August 29, 2001) Singapore -- Flextronics International Ltd. will acquire Irving, Texas-based Telecom Global Solutions Inc. Telecom provides network planning, design and optimization services, as well as wireless network and RF consulting services, to the world's leading telecommunications OEMs.
Micro Dynamics to Open New Facility
(August 28, 2001) Eden Prairie, Minn. -- Micro Dynamics, an EMS provider that provides manufacturing, test development, material procurement, design and prototypes to its customers, announces the grand opening of its new manufacturing facility, which will also serve as its headquarters.
Aries Expands Web Site to Include Check Stock Availability Feature
(August 28, 2001) Frenchtown, N.J. - Aries Electronics Inc., a leader in standard and custom interconnection and packaging technology, has expanded its Web site to include an automated inventory availability feature that enables customers to check the availability of stock at all participating Aries distributors, as well as the company's own factory.
Atlantic Technology Gains QS 9000 Certification
(August 28, 2001) Crumlin South Wales, U.K. - Atlantic Technology, Europe's largest IC probe, assembly and RF test services subcontractor, has been QS 9000 Third Edition-certified by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance.
Italian Tektronix Division Chooses Dot Hill SAN Storage System
(August 28, 2001) Carlsbad, Calif. -- Dot Hill Systems Corp., a provider of carrier-class information storage and storage area network (SAN) solutions, announces that Tektronix Padova S.p.A., the Italian division of Beaverton, Ore.-based Tektronix Inc., has chosen the SANnet 3210 as the storage standard for its Telco management system.
CirTran Receives Multiple Purchase Orders, Letter of Intent from Tempo Communications
(August 27, 2001) Salt Lake City - CirTran Corp. has entered into an agreement with Rockford, Ill.-based Tempo Communications Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., that includes purchase orders issued for three current products and a letter of intent on multiple additional projects.
Solectron to Buy Iphotonics
(August 27, 2001) Milipitas, Calif. - Solectron Corp., a provider of electronics manufacturing and supply-chain management services, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Glen Burnie, Md.-based Iphotonics Inc., a provider of core optical manufacturing services.
SMTA Dallas Conference on OE and Telecom: Paper Abstracts
(August 27, 2001) Edina, Minn. -- The Surface Mount Technology Association's (SMTA) upcoming conference on OE and telecom, SMTA Dallas, co-located with Nepcon Texas, will take place on November 14 and 15, 2001 at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas. This event's paper sessions will be a prime opportunity to learn about opto devices and components and assembly.
Cypress to Acquire In-System Design
(August 24, 2001) San Jose, Calif. - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire In-System Design Inc. of Boise, Idaho, a privately held system-on-chip design company specializing in personal communication application.
MRSI Group President and CEO Named Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist
(August 24, 2001) North Billerica, Mass. - Neil Srivastava, Micro Robotics Systems Inc. (MRSI) group president and CEO, has been named a finalist in the 15th annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program in San Diego, Calif.
Tessera Appoints New Senior Vice President of Operations
(August 24, 2001) San Jose, Calif. - Tessera Inc. has appointed Nicholas Colella, Ph.D., to the position of senior vice president of operations. In his new role, Colella will be responsible for Tessera's services and R&D functions.
Agilent's R&D Manager Appointed to President of IVI Foundation
(August 23, 2001) Palo Alto, Calif. - Agilent Technologies has announced that Joe Mueller, R&D section manager within Agilent's Technology Center, has been elected president of the Interchangeable Virtual Instruments (IVI) Foundation.
Credence Combines Its Fluence and IMS Units
(August 23, 2001) Fremont, Calif. - Credence Systems Corp. has merged its wholly owned DFT subsidiary, Fluence Technology, with its newly acquired Integrated Measurement Systems Inc. (IMS).
Tecnomatix Appoints New Head of Asian Operations
(August 23, 2001) Nashua, N.H. - Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd., a provider of manufacturing process management software, has appointed George Guo to Vice President and General Manager of Tecnomatix-Unicam's Asia operations.
Fujitsu to Cut 16,400 Jobs
(August 22, 2001) Tokyo - Japanese manufacturer Fujitsu will slash 16,400 jobs from its work force of 180,000, representing 9 percent of its global work force.
Printed Circuit Alliance to Join Forces with IPC CCA
(August 22, 2001) San Francisco - IPC, Connecting Electronics Industries, announced that the Printed Circuit Alliance (PCA) of San Francisco has joined forces with the IPC California Circuit Association (CCA) under the IPC CCA's Environmental Health and Safety Legislative division.
BTexact Technologies Launches Network Testing Facility
(August 21, 2001) Martlesham, UK - BTexact Technologies, BT's research and technology business, has opened an independent commercial carrier-grade testing and evaluation facility for next-generation network equipment.
GenRad Selected for Functional Test for Broadband Manufacturing
(August 21, 2001) Paris - GenRad Inc., an electronics testing and manufacturing solutions leader, has announced that its GENEVA GR4000 Functional Test Solution has been selected as an approved test platform for a new range of Ericsson broadband access products.
NEMA Releases Conduit Standard
(August 21, 2001) Rosslyn, Va. - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has released conduit standard FB 1-2001, Fittings, Cast Metal Boxes and Conduit Bodies for Conduit, Electrical Metallic Tubing and Cable.
Xilinx Licenses Communications Chip Design
(August 21, 2001) Concord, Mass. - API NetWorks, a company that sells chip designs enabling use of the high-speed HyperTransport connection technology developed by AMD, has licensed its design to San Jose, Calif.-based chipmaker Xilinx.
The 2001 Symposium on Lead-Free Soldering Technology: Abstracts and Sessions
(August 21, 2001) -- As part of SMTA International, which will be co-located with Assembly Tech Expo from September 30 to October 4 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Chicago, the 2001 Symposium on Lead-Free Soldering Technology is free with VIP, Leading Edge or Technical Conference Registration.
Vectron's AOI Inspection Services an Alternative to Capital Investment
(August 21, 2001) San Diego - Vectron Inc., a supplier of vision inspection systems for populated printed circuit boards, has taken advantage of the industry's need for AOI systems, even against the backdrop of a temporary freeze in capital equipment buys, by offering on-demand AOI inspection services.
Cognex Adds EtherNet/IP to In-Sight Sensors
(August 20, 2001) Natick, Mass. - Cognex Corp., a leading supplier of machine vision systems, has added the Ethernet Industrial Protocol (EtherNet/IP) to its In-Sight family of networkable vision sensors.
Polese Co. Awarded ISO 9002 Certification
(August 20, 2001) Armonk, N.Y. - The San Diego, Calif. manufacturing facilities of Polese Co., a subsidiary of SEMX Corp., have been awarded ISO 9002 certification.
SpeedFam-IPEC to Cut Workforce by 18%
(August 20, 2001) Chandler, Ariz. - SpeedFam-IPEC Inc., a supplier of high-throughput chemical mechanical planarization systems for semiconductor manufacturing, will cut its worldwide headcount by 18%, or approximately 160 employees.
Polyclad Laminates and Rexam Sign Agreement
(August 20, 2001) Londonderry, N.H. and Matthews, N.C. - Polyclad Laminates Inc., Rexam Image Products Inc. and Rexam CFP Ltd. have signed a global agreement to supply the electronics market with resin-coated copper foil for use in the manufacture of printed wiring boards (PWBs).
Varian Semiconductor Ships Single Wafer Platform Systems to Samsung
(August 17, 2001) Gloucester, Mass. -- Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates Inc., a supplier of ion implementation systems used in semiconductor manufacture, has shipped multiple 300 mm high- and medium-current implanters to Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., the world's largest memory chipmaker.
IBM and Peregrine Systems Form Infrastructure Alliance
(August 17, 2001) San Diego and Armonk, N.Y. - Peregine Systems Inc. and IBM have formed a strategic alliance in which the two companies will help customers accelerate the transformation of their enterprise workplace assets into scalable, flexible business environments.
Omron, Stanley Electric to Cooperate in High Luminance LEDs
(August 17, 2001) Kyoto, Japan - Omron Corp. of Kyoto, Japan, and Stanley Electric Co. Ltd. of Tokyo will cooperate in the field of high luminance LEDs. Through this tie-up, the two companies will develop and produce a high luminance LED based on Omron's DR (double reflection)-LED technology.
Karl Suss and DELTA Form New Collaboration
(August 17, 2001) Munich, Germany - Karl Suss and DELTA Danish Electronics, Light & Acoustics will work together to develop new methods and equipment for testing micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) at wafer level with non-electrical stimuli and detection.
Vishay to Acquire General Semiconductor
(August 17, 2001) Malvern, Pa. - Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., the largest U.S. and European manufacturer of passive electronic components, will acquire General Semiconductor Inc. of Melville, N.Y., a manufacturer of power management devices.
Excelerate Technologies Delivers SECS/GEM Automation Solution to Inspex
(August 17, 2001) Wellesley Hills, Mass. - Excelerate Technologies, a provider of automation solutions for equipment manufacturers for the advanced 200 mm and 300 mm semiconductor market, will provide GEMCom and GEMCom 300 products to Billerica, Mass.-based Inspex Inc., a leader in semiconductor IC yield management.
Cognex Corp. In-Sight Vision Sensors Now 21 CFR Part 11-Compliant
(August 16, 2001) Natick, Mass. - Cognex Corp.'s In-Sight family of networkable vision sensors is compliant with the U.S. FDA's 21 CFR Part 11 regulations. As part of its compliance initiative, the company has authored and published detailed Application Guidelines that provide recommendations for developing 21 CFR Part 11-compliant automation projects which incorporate machine vision technology.
PennWell Acquires New International Title
(August 16, 2001) Tulsa, Okla. - PennWell, a diversified global media company, has acquired SMT Germany from EMP Mediamarketing based in Boblingen, Germany. SMT Germany is a German-language publication and an excellent complement to PennWell's existing SMT Magazine.
Aegis Forms Technology Agreement with Siemens
(August 16, 2001) Philadelphia - Aegis Industrial Software Corp., developer of the CircuitCAM FUSION CIM software system, has entered into a technology integration agreement with Siemens Dematic Electronic Assembly Systems, Inc.
Coghlin Cos. Inc. acquires DCI
(August 15, 2001) Worcester, Mass. - Coghlin Cos. Inc. of Worcester, Mass., has acquired Franklin, Mass.-based Design Components Inc. (DCI). DCI will now be known as DCI Automation Inc.
Jennie S. Hwang, Ph.D. Meets with President Bush
(August 15, 2001) Washington, D.C.-- SMT Editorial Advisory Board member Jennie S. Hwang, Ph.D., recently met with President Bush along with 30 businesswomen from all over the United States on the subject of trade promotion.
Focus of NEMI Optoelectronics Initiatives: Implementation and Cost
(August 15, 2001) Herndon, Va. - The National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) is introducing several new initiatives to focus industry efforts on issues that must be resolved for optoelectronic components to be implemented in electronic assemblies - most notably, those relating to cost.
August Technology Sells NSX Inspection Series to VCSEL Manufacturer
(August 15, 2001) Bloomington, Minn. - August Technology Corp., a supplier of automated visual defect inspection equipment, has sold its NSX Series two-dimensional wafer inspection systems to manufacturers of vertical cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs).
Alcatel Selects GenRad as DSL Test Partner
(August 15, 2001) Munich, Germany - GenRad, a developer of advanced test solutions for electronics manufacturers, has been selected by Alcatel as a global test solutions partner for xDSL products.
SMTA's 2002 Pan Pacific Microelectronics Exhibit Presents Opportunities
(August 14, 2001) Minneapolis - The SMTA's Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium will be held February 5 through 7, 2002, at the Westin Maui Hotel in Maui, Hawaii. Participating in the exhibition presents an opportunity to network and showcase products and services to international microelectronics industry executives and senior technical professionals in an environment tailored to developing close working relationships.
SAP and Tecnomatix Sign Global Strategic Agreement
(August 14, 2001) Waldorf, Germany and Nashua, N.H. - SAP AG of Germany and Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. of Nashua, N.H., have entered into a global strategic development and marketing agreement to integrate Tecnomatix eMPower Manufacturing Process Management solutions with mySAP Product Lifecycle Management (mySAP PLM).
ACT Manufacturing Completes Acquisition of Fisher Rosemount Systems' Leicester Manufacturing Facility
July 31, 2001 - As part of the transaction, ACT to provide Fisher-Rosemount Systems a global, straight-through manufacturing process, from circuit board manufacturing through final assembly.