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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.

Flextronics Reaffirms Outlook for Current Quarter

(November 30, 2001) Singapore -- During a mid-quarter update conference call with analysts, Flextronics International Ltd. said it has booked $800 million worth of annual revenue in new program wins so far this quarter.

IMS Appoints New Reps Nationwide

(November 30, 2001) Portsmouth, R.I. -- International Manufacturing Services Inc. (IMS) has announced the appointment of additional manufacturer's representative organizations to carry its line of products worldwide.

Plexus to Buy Majority of MCMS Assets

(November 30, 2001) Neenah, Wis. and San Jose, Calif. -- Plexus Corp. has signed an Asset Purchase Agreement with MCMS Inc. for Plexus to acquire the majority of the assets of MCMS.

Hewlett-Packard Celebrates 35th Anniversary of HP Labs

(November 29, 2001) Palo Alto, Calif. -- Hewlett-Packard Co. is celebrating the 35th anniversary of HP Labs, outlining a future in which billions of people would be automatically connected to personalized services on the World Wide Web through devices.

Microvias and Laser Technology Focus of IPC Printed Circuits Expo 2002 Workshops

(November 29, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces its tutorial and workshop schedule for IPC Printed Circuits Expo(r) 2002, taking place March 24-28, 2002, at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.

Phoenix|x-ray Extends its Service, Sales and Support Center

(November 29, 2001) Wunstorf, Germany -- After moving its headquarters here in April 2001, extending development and production capabilities in the process, phoenix|x-ray Systems + Services GmbH enlarged its branch office for southern Germany and Europe in Stuttgart to become a service, sales and applications center.

PowerMarket Adds Former Solectron President to Board of Directors

(November 29, 2001) Belmont, Calif. -- PowerMarket Inc. has added Fred Forsyth, a recognized expert on large-scale, complex outsourcing projects to its Board of Directors. He is the Board's fifth member.

F&K Delvotek President Awarded Industry Prize at Entrepreneur of the Year Ceremony

(November 28, 2001) Munich, Germany -- Farhad Farassat, Ph.D., president of F&K Delvotec Bondtechnik GmbH, was awarded the prize in the category Industry at the Entrepreneur of the Year 2001 nationwide competition here in October.

Phoenix|x-ray Relaunches Web Site

(November 28, 2001) Wunstorf, Germany -- Phoenix|x-ray Systems + Services GmbH has relaunched its Web site to include a complete redesign of its layout and optimized navigation.

Picolight Selects Lambda Technologies Rapid MicroCure System

(November 28, 2001) Boulder, Colo. -- Picolight has selected Lambda Technologies and variable frequency microwave technology (VFM) as a tool in the development of vertical cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL)-based products.

SpinCircuit to Charge Fees for Parts Database

(November 28, 2001) San Jose, Calif. -- SpinCircuit Inc. will begin charging fees for access to its ActiveParts database, which allows users to search for parts and generate parts lists ready for the supply chain.

Apex Automation Wins Low-interest Loan from State for Expansion

(November 27, 2001) Elizabethtown, Pa. -- Apex Automation won a $200,000 state low-interest loan to help finance a $1 million expansion to a 15,000 sq. ft newly constructed building here.

Cadence Selected by STMicroelectronics for its Automotive, Digital Consumer Platforms

(November 27, 2001) Geneva, Switzerland and San Jose, Calif. -- STMicroelectronics has selected Cadence Design Systems Inc.'s Cadence(r) Virtual Component Co-design (VCC) for both its automotive and digital consumer platform system-level design methodology and design flow.

Fine Line Ranks 313th Fastest Growing Technology Company on Deloitte & Touche Survey

(November 27, 2001) Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Fine Line Stencil Inc. has ranked No. 313 on the 2001 Deloitte & Touche Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology companies in North America.

IPC Releases Book-to-Bill Ratios for October 2001

(November 27, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces the U.S. Printed Wiring Board Industry Book-to-Bill Ratio for October 2001 was 0.86.

Cimnet Systems Forms Relationships with PNK, ManiaBarco

(November 26, 2001) Downers Grove, Ill. -- Cimnet Systems Inc has formed two relationships to solve a traditional problem of PCB production support -- the lack of integration of data among customer parts, tools, production resources and work orders on the shop floor, as well as the lack of online multi-plant accessibility of all related data at any time.

Institute of Circuit Technology Seeks Nominations for David Kennedy Memorial Award

(November 26, 2001) London -- The Institute of Circuit Technology (ICT) is seeking nominations for the second year of the David Kennedy Memorial Award.

Loctite Acquires Power Devices

(November 26, 2001) Rocky Hill, Conn. and Laguna Hills, Calif. -- Loctite Corp. has acquired Power Devices Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Nam Tai Electronics Issues Correction Regarding Repurchase Program

(November 26, 2001) Vancouver, British Columbia -- Nam Tai Electronics Inc. announces that its press release announcing the enlargement and extension of its repurchase program originally announced on October 1, 2001, to include 3.1 million common stock purchase warrants was made in error.

Speedy Circuits Receives ISO 9002 Registration

(November 21, 2001) Huntington Beach, Calif. -- Speedy Circuits has been awarded ISO 9002 registration by NSF International.

NMTronics to Resell and Support Tecnomatix Manufacturing Process Management Software

(November 21, 2001) Nashua, N.H. -- Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. and Delhi, India-based NMTronics India Pvt. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan-based Nichimen Corp., have entered into an agreement for NMTronics to resell eMPower(r) software to the Indian electronics manufacturing market.

Blackfox Training Institute Invests in Real-time X-ray Inspection Technology

(November 21, 2001) Longmont, Colo. -- Blackfox Training Institute has invested in real-time X-ray inspection technology to support its advanced packaging technology training, which includes ball grid array (BGA) solder and repair courses.

HP Board Declares Cash Dividend

(November 21, 2001) Palo Alto, Calif. -- Hewlett-Packard Co.'s Board of Directors has declared a regular cash dividend of 8 cents per share on the company's common stock.

AeA Commends Senate on Internet Tax Moratorium Extension

(November 20, 2001) Washington, D.C. -- AeA commended the Senate for extending the Internet Tax Moratorium by passing HR 1552.

EMS Managers Able to Gain Certification Through IPC Training Program

(November 20, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces the launch of its Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) Program Manager Training and Certification Program.

NEC Research Institute Grows Gemstone Opals on a Chip

(November 20, 2001) Princeton, N.J. -- Researchers at the NEC Research Institute (NECI) and Princeton University have announced a breakthrough in the development of photonic band gap crystals.

Valor Opens Sales Subsidiary in Singapore

(November 20, 2001) Yavne, Israel -- Valor Computerized Systems has opened a Valor subsidiary in Singapore to sell and support its Enterprise 3000 DFM verification system, Trilogy 5000 CAM engineering system and e4eNet collaboration solution to the PCB electronics industry.

EPA Sponsors Six TRI Compliance Workshops

(November 19, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has lowered the reporting threshold for lead under the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) rule to 100 lb. The rule is effective immediately, and the requirements for lead and lead compound emissions will apply to all lead use and waste management during 2001. The reports for 2001 emissions are due to the EPA by July 1, 2002.

Flextronics to Host Regularly Scheduled Mid-Quarter Conference Call

(November 19, 2001) Singapore -- Flextronics will schedule its regular mid-quarter conference call on Tuesday, November 27.

Teltronics Partners with Ross Engineering

(November 19, 2001) Sarasota, Fla. -- Teltronics Inc. announces the receipt of an EMS' circuit board order from Ross Engineering Co., a privately owned Florida corporation.

Tyco Electronics Unit Cuts 6,000 Jobs

(November 19, 2001) Boston -- Tyco International Ltd. announced the elimination of 6,000 jobs at its electronics unit.

August Technology Implements Additional Cost Reduction Steps

(November 16, 2001) Minneapolis -- August Technology Corp. has taken additional cost-cutting measures in response to the continued industry slowdown.

Camtek to Dual-List for Trading on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange with NASDAQ

(November 16, 2001) Migdal Ha'emek, Israel -- Camtek Ltd.'s Board of Directors has approved the dual listing of its shares on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE), expected to be listed within the next 30 days, under the symbol CAMT subject to approval, in addition to the company's listing on NASDAQ.

IEC, AMIRIX Partnership Offers Concept-to-Volume Manufacturing Solution

(November 16, 2001) Newark, N.Y. -- IEC Electronics Corp. and Halifax, Nova Scotia-based AMIRIX Systems Inc. have entered into a strategic alliance that will offer customers a total end-to-end solution from conceptual design and PCB layout to supply chain management, prototype and volume manufacturing, through box build assembly.

Sheldahl Reports Third Quarter 2001 Earnings

(November 16, 2001) Northfield, Minn. -- Sheldahl Inc. has announced results for the third quarter ending September 28, 2001.

Celestica Completes Omni Acquisition

(November 15, 2001) Toronto, Ontario -- Celestica Inc. has completed its acquisition of Singapore-based Omni Industries Ltd., a diversified Asian EMS provider.

GSI Lumonics Promotes Maher to Vice President and General Manager of Wilmington Facility

(November 15, 2001) Kanata, Ontario and Wilmington, Mass. -- GSI Lumonics Inc. announces the promotion of Joseph A. Mayer Jr. to vice president and general manager of the Semiconductor and Electronics Circuit Trim business units, located at the company's Wilmington facility.

SMTA Presents Third Annual Advanced Technology Symposium

(November 15, 2001) Edina, Minn. -- The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) presents the Third Annual Advanced Technology Symposium as part of the SMTA Boston 2002 conference.

Cimmetry, Valor Team Up

(November 15, 2001) Montreal, Canada and Yavne, Israel -- Cimmetry Systems Inc. will support Valor Computerized Systems' ODB++ (X) electronics CAD/CAM data format within its AutoVue suite of viewing/mark-up tools.

Giga-Byte Selects Orbotech AOI Systems

(November 14, 2001) Yavne, Israel -- Orbotech Ltd. has received a major system order from Taiwan-based Giga-Byte Technology Co. Ltd. for seven Trion-2000 Series automated optical inspection (AOI) systems to be used for post-solder inspection in the manufacturer's production facilities in Taiwan and China.

DDi Opens San Jose Assembly Facility

(November 14, 2001) Anaheim, Calif. -- DDi Corp. has opened a fast track assembly facility in San Jose, Calif. to support time-to-market demands for Northern California OEMs.

MacDermid Inc. to Transfer Production from Waterbury, Conn.

(November 14, 2001) Waterbury, Conn. -- MacDermid Inc. will transfer virtually all production from Waterbury, Conn. to other U.S. manufacturing sites, particularly Ferndale, Mich.

IPC Publishes Final Specifications for Three Product Data eXchange Standards

(November 14, 2001) Herndon, Va. and Northbrook, Ill. -- The National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) announces that IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has published final specifications for three Product Data eXchange (PDX) standards developed by NEMI's Virtual Factory Information Interchange Project (VFIIP).

Assembleon and Speedline Form Alliance

(November 13, 2001) Alpharetta, Ga. and Franklin, Mass. -- Assembleon and Cookson Electronics' Speedline Technologies have formed a strategic alliance.

IPC Testifies Before Congress on EPA's Proposed MP&M Regulation

(November 13, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) testified before a U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business, Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, and Oversight hearing on the impact the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed metal products and machinery (MP&M) effluent limitations will have on the PWB industry.

Park Electrochemical Announces New Personnel

(November 13, 2001) Lake Success, N.Y. -- Park Electrochemical Corp. announces the election of Steven L. Garrette as the president of Waterbury, Conn.-based FiberCote Industries Inc., Park's advanced composite materials business unit.

Parlex Corp. Reports Results for First Quarter FY 2002

(November 13, 2001) Methuen, Mass. -- Parlex Corp. has reported results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2002.

Credence Advances Design-to-Production Test Solution Using IMS VirtualTester Software

(November 12, 2001) Fremont, Calif. and Beaverton, Ore. -- Credence Systems Corp.'s Quartet SeriesTM test systems are now supported by Integrated Measurement Systems' (IMS) pre-silicon test debug solution, VirtualTesterTM.

IPC to Present Economic Cyber Summit

(November 12, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) will offer the inaugural IPC Economic Cyber Summit on Wednesday, December 12, 2001, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. PST, providing PCB manufacturers, EMS companies, OEMs and industry suppliers access to economic information over the World Wide Web.

Panasonic Factory Automation Merges Two Divisions

(November 12, 2001) Franklin Park, Ill. -- Panasonic Factory Automation Co. has merged its Panasert and Create divisions to produce an enhanced single-source provider.

Teradyne No. 1 in Customer Satisfaction in Memory Test

(November 12, 2001) Agoura Hills, Calif. -- San Jose, Calif.-based VLSI Research Inc. announces that Boston-based Teradyne Inc. has scored as the No. 1 supplier of memory automatic test equipment (ATE) in their Customer Satisfaction Survey on chip making equipment for the calendar year 2001.

Teradyne, GenRad United at Productronica

(November 9, 2001) Munich, Germany -- Teradyne Inc. and GenRad Inc. joined forces in late October, and proclaimed it to the world at Productronica, held here this week for the first time in two years.

Valor to Provide Design for Manufacturability Software to Solectron

(November 9, 2001) Yavne, Israel -- Valor Computerized Systems and Milipitas, Calif.-based Solectron Corp. have formed an agreement to deploy Valor's Trilogy 5000 assembly and test engineering software and the Valor Parts Library (VPL) data service at Solectron New Product Introduction (NPI) and design centers worldwide.

Vishay Acquires Tantalum Capacitor Maker

(November 9, 2001) Malvern, Pa. -- Vishay Intertechnology Inc. has acquired Indianapolis-based North American Capacitor Co., a manufacturer of wet tantalum electrolytic capacitors and Mallory products.

Kulicke & Soffa, Amkor Technology Expand Flip Chip Technologies License Agreement

(November 9, 2001) Willow Grove, Pa. and Chandler, Ariz. --Kulicke & Soffa Industries Inc. and Amkor Technology Inc. announce expansion of the 10-year technology transfer agreement between Amkor and Flip Chip Technologies LLC (FCT), a wholly owned subsidiary of Kulicke & Soffa.

EG.COM to Acquire Stake in SMT Tech

(November 8, 2001) Penang, Malaysia -- EG.COM Bhd, an audio speaker systems and parquet flooring maker, is proposing to acquire the entire equity of SMT Technologies Sdn Bhd, a contract manufacturer of PCBs using surface mount technologies, for US$10.5 million.

IPC Releases Long-Range Plan

(November 8, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has announced its objectives for the future, which were recently approved by its Board of Directors at the 2001 IPC Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla.

kSARIA Taps Top Lucent/Bell Technologist for CTO

(November 8, 2001) Wilmington, Mass. -- kSARIA Corp. has selected an optics design technologist who directed many of the next-generation optical projects at Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies as kSARIA's chief technology officer (CTO).

Valor Appoints New European President

(November 8, 2001) Yavne, Israel -- Valor Computerized Systems announces the appointment of Jeff Thomson as president of its European operations, headquartered in Belgium.

Elcoteq Expands Manufacturing Presence in China

(November 7, 2001) Helsinki, Finland -- Elcoteq Network Corp. is building a new facility in the Xingwang (International) Industrial Park, which is operated by Nokia Corp., one of Elcoteq's major customers.

IPC Tackles Range of EMS Topics at APEX 2002

(November 7, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) will cover numerous critical electronics manufacturing services (EMS) topics at its upcoming EMS Management Council Meeting.

SUSS MicroTec to Replace Karl Suss Name and Logo

(November 7, 2001) Munich, Germany -- SUSS MicroTec announces that the Karl Suss Group will operate worldwide under the name SUSS MicroTec, adopting the name of its German holding company.

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.

Benchmark Electronics Announces Facility Consolidations

(November 6, 2001) Angleton, Texas -- Benchmark Electronics Inc. is consolidating and downsizing certain facilities in response to continued economic deterioration.

IMAPS Creates Regional Managers Program

(November 6, 2001) Washington, D.C. -- The International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS) announces the creation of a Regional Manager Program as part of IMAPS' increased effort to provide personal and intensified support to local IMAPS chapters.

SCI Systems to Close Plants

(November 6, 2001) Huntsville, Ala. -- SCI Systems Inc. will close nine plants to restructure its operations for profitability in the current economic downturn before being acquired by San Jose, Calif.-based Sanmina Corp. later in 2001.

Mentor Graphics Provides Outlook

(November 6, 2001) Wilsonville, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. has provided the outlook for the fourth quarter 2001 and the calendar year 2002.

August Technology Wins Tekne Award for Innovation in Advanced Manufacturing

(November 5, 2001) Minneapolis -- August Technology Corp. has received a Tekne Award in the category of Innovation in Advanced Manufacturing from Minnesota Technology Inc. and the Minnesota High Tech Association.

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.

Avnet and Alliances Announce Promiere

(November 5, 2001) Phoenix -- Avnet Inc. announces the launch of PromiereTM, a bundling of design chain, supply chain and inventory optimization information and services for the North American electronics manufacturing industry.

Speedline Technologies Announces German Distribution Partner

(November 5, 2001) Dreieich, Germany -- Speedline Technologies Inc. announces that GPS Technologies GmbH has been selected as the distributor for the German and Austrian markets. GPS Technologies will begin handling all service and support operations within these markets on behalf of Speedline Technologies.

Cadence Design Systems Selects Asera

(November 2, 2001) San Jose, Calif. -- Cadence Design Systems Inc. has signed a multi-million dollar agreement with Belmont, Calif.-based Asera Inc. to license the Asera platform.

IMAPS Elects Treasurer

(November 2, 2001) Washington, D.C. -- The International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS) has elected Michael Alan Stein to the post of the treasurer of the society for 2002.

Siemens Dematic Opens Advanced Assembly Technology Center

(November 2, 2001) Norcross, Ga. -- Siemens Dematic Electronics Assembly Systems Inc. opened its Advanced Assembly Technology (AAT) Center at its U.S. headquarters near Atlanta.

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.

CEERIS Releases 2001 Analysis of PCA Cost of Conversion

(November 1, 2001) Old Lyme, Conn. -- CEERIS has released its 2001 analysis of PCA cost of conversion, which is defined as the difference between transfer/selling price of an ICT-functioning PCA minus the cost of material.

Flextronics Announces All-Time Record Quarterly Revenues

(November 1, 2001) Singapore -- Flextronics has announced results for its second quarter ended September 30, 2001.

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.

Teradyne Completes Acquisition of GenRad

(November 1, 2001) Boston -- Teradyne Inc. has completed its acquisition of Westford, Mass.-based GenRad Inc., following approval by GenRad shareholders and regulatory bodies.

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.

IPC Elects New Officers and Directors

(October 31, 2001) Northbrook, IL --IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) has announced that the IPC membership has elected new officers. All terms begin January 1, 2002.

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.

Trompeter Electronics Excels in 2001 Bishop Survey

(October 31, 2001) Westlake Village, Calif. -- Trompeter Electronics was ranked by customers as one of the industry's top performing connector manufacturers in Bishop & Associates' 2001 Survey of the Connector Industry.

Innoveda Launches Strategic Partner Program

(October 30, 2001) Marlboro, Mass. -- Innoveda Inc. is launching a comprehensive partner program, with more than 60 high-tech companies already participating.

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.

WISE Software Solutions Adds Personnel

(October 30, 2001) Newberg, Ore. -- WISE Software Solutions Inc. announces that former CAM350TM team members Bruce Graff, Larry Bush and Clay Wescott have joined WISE's staff in various roles.

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.

Kulicke & Soffa Opens European Service Center

(October 29, 2001) Willow Grove, Pa. -- Kulicke & Soffa has opened a new European Service Center in Gemering near Munich that will look after key European customers.

Tecan Components Offers Design Resource for RFI Screening

(October 29, 2001) Dorset, England -- Tecan Components Ltd. has expanded the services of its RFI Screening Can Division to include free consultation and ongoing technical support for its current and potential RFI screening can customers.

IPC Releases Book-to-Bill Ratios for September 2001

(October 29, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries(r) announces that the U.S. Printed Wiring Board Industry Book-to-Bill Ratio for September 2001 was 0.89.

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.

Survey Respondents List TYCO Electronics as Best Performing Connector Maker

(October 26, 2001) Harrisburg, Pa. -- TYCO Electronics was chosen by customers as their best performing connector maker in Bishop & Associates' 2001 Survey of the U.S. Connector Industry.

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.

Fine Line Stencil Named One of Colorado's Fastest-Growing Companies

(October 25, 2001) Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Fine Line Stencil Inc. has been named to Deloitte & Touche's Technology Fast 50 Program for Colorado, a ranking of the 50 fastest-growing technology companies in that area.

IMAPS Educational Foundation Changes Name

(October 25, 2001) Washington, D.C. -- The Board of Trustees of the IMAPS Educational Foundation has voted to change the name of the Foundation to the Dr. Sidney J. Stein Educational Foundation.

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.

Manncorp Hires Product Applications Coordinator

(October 24, 2001) Huntington Valley, Pa. -- Manncorp has hired Caldon Driscoll as product applications coordinator.

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.

AIM Expands Specialty Materials Division

(October 23, 2001) Cranston, R.I. -- AIM Inc. announces it has hired Brian O'Neill to its Specialty Materials sales division.

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.

SCI Systems to Shut 10 Percent of Capacity

(October 23, 2001) Huntsville, Ala. -- SCI Systems Inc. reports that it expects pro forma cash EPS from ongoing operations in the range of 9 to 11 cents per share for its quarter ended September 30, lower than earlier expectations.

Teradyne Announces Third Quarter Results

(October 23, 2001) Boston -- Teradyne Inc. reported sales of $249 million and a net loss, before special items, of $53.8 million (31 cents per share) for the third quarter of 2001.

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.

IPC Honors Best Technical Paper at Annual Meeting

(October 22, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC- Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces the winner of this year's IPC Annual Meeting Best Technical Paper award.

Omron to Construct New Research Center

(October 22, 2001) Kyoto, Japan -- Omron Corp. will begin construction of Omron Keihanna Research Center in Kansai Science City (in Seika and Nishikizu districts) this month.

Solectron Completes Acquisition of Iphotonics

(October 22, 2001) Milipitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. has completed its acquisition of Iphotonics Inc., a leading provider of core optical manufacturing services.

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.

Solectron Global Services Announces After-Sales Services Agreement with Microsoft

(October 19, 2001) Milipitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. announces that its Global Services business unit will provide after-sales service and support for the Microsoft XboxTM video game console in North America.

Speedline Introduces Online Courses

(October 19, 2001) Foxboro, Mass. -- Speedline Global Services (SGS) has introduced a comprehensive curriculum of 29 new online courses designed to train operators involved in PCB assembly.

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.

Chase EMS Offers Box Build Capability

(October 18, 2001) West Bridgewater, Mass. -- Chase EMS now offers Box Build capability to its customers.

Meiko Electronics Purchases Cimnet Systems' Paradigm Software

(October 18, 2001) Downers Grove, Ill. -- Cimnet Systems Inc. has sold its Paradigm(r) specialized enterprise resource planning (S/ERP) software to Japan-based Meiko Electronics.

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.

DEK Implements Stencil Manufacture at Flemington Facility

(October 17, 2001) Flemington, N.J. -- DEK has implemented manufacturing of its PumpPrintTM stencils at the company's facility here.

AVX to Close Manufacturing Facility

(October 16, 2001) Myrtle Beach, S.C. -- AVX Corp. will consolidate its ceramic component manufacturing operation in Vancouver, Wash. into other AVX facilities in response to the weak economic environment.

Credence Recognized as Only ATE Manufacturer in Forbes ASAP's Dynamic 100

(October 16, 2001) Fremont, Calif. -- Credence Systems Corp. has been named one of the top 100 most dynamic high-technology firms by Forbes ASAP Magazine.

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.

Philips Electronics Moves into Contract Manufacturing

(October 16, 2001) Eindhoven, The Netherlands -- Philips Electronics NV's printed circuit board assembly division is pushing into contract manufacturing.

Surface Mount Council Concludes Successful Activities

(October 15, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. -- The Surface Mount Council (SMC) has announced that it supports a proposal to declare the council a success and conclude its activities.

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.

Uniroyal Technology's Compound Semiconductor and Optoelectronics Segment Sees Highest Sales Month Ever

(October 12, 2001) Sarasota, Fla. -- Uniroyal Technology Corp.'s Compound Semiconductor and Optoelectronics segment completed its highest sales month in September since its inception.

Able Electronics Develops Online Service for Customer Tracking and Reporting

(October 12, 2001) Hayward, Calif. -- Able Electronics Corp. has launched a proprietary online and real-time customer tracking and reporting system, AbleTraxTM.

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.

Chase EMS Group Appoints Controller

(October 11, 2001) West Bridgewater, Mass. - -Chase EMS Group has appointed George S. Agyare as controller.

KEMET Names Vice President of Technology

(October 11, 2001) Greenville, S.C. -- KEMET Corp. has named Jeffrey Graves, Ph.D., as vice president of technology.

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.

Nam Tai Electronics Launches Stock Repurchase Program

(October 10, 2001) Vancouver, British Columbia -- Nam Tai Electronics Inc.'s Board of Directors has approved a stock repurchase program to buy back up to an aggregate of 2 million common shares in the open market from time to time at prevailing market prices.

Teradyne's Board-to-Board Connector Achieves Telcordia GR-1217 CORE Compliance

(October 10, 2001) Nashua, N.H. -- Teradyne Inc. Connection Systems Division (TCS) announces that its NexLevTM parallel board-to-board connector has met the requirements of Telcordia GR-1217-CORE qualification.

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.

Sanmina Names Executive Vice President

(October 9, 2001) San Jose, Calif. -- Sanmina Corp. has appointed Eric Naroian as executive vice president, worldwide sales and marketing. Naroian joins Sanmina from DDI Corp.

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.

Nissei Sangyo Appoints Regional Sales Manager

(October 9, 2001) Irving, Texas -- Nissei Sangyo America Ltd. (NSA) announces the appointment of Dave Kalen as central regional sales manager.

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.

Chase EMS Group Introduces Conformal Coating Services

(October 8, 2001) West Bridgewater, Mass. -- Chase EMS Group is offering HumiSeal conformal coating services for printed circuit assemblies.

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.

Nissei Sangyo Forms Strategic Alliance with PFI

(October 8, 2001) Irving, Texas -- Nissei Sangyo America Ltd. (NSA) has formed a strategic partnership with PFI of Florida, a manufacturer's representative for 20 years.

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.

MYDATA automation Opens New U.S. Headquarters

(October 5, 2001) Rowley, Mass. -- MYDATA automation Inc. has expanded its North American operations, and moved to a new facility here.

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.

Ion Manufacturing Facility is ANSI ESD S20.20-1999 Certified

(October 3, 2001) Berkeley, Calif. -- Ion Systems Inc. has announced that its manufacturing facility is ANSI ESD S20.20-1999 (S20.20) certified.

Universal Instruments Introduces Advanced Process Training Workshops

(October 3, 2001) Binghamton, N.Y. - Universal Instruments Corp. is introducing its Advanced Process Training Workshop series.

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.

MCMS Receives Approval of First Day Orders

(October 2, 2001) San Jose, Calif. -- The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware has approved first day motions to support MCMS Inc. during the bankruptcy proceedings.

Merix Corp. Strengthens Sales Organization

(October 2, 2001) Forest Grove, Ore. -- Merix Corp. has announced additions to its sales organization.

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.

Solectron Corp. to Acquire Stream International

(October 2, 2001) Milipitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. and Canton, Mass.-based Stream International have signed a definitive agreement for Solectron to acquire Stream.

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.

CTS Corp. Announces Communications Components Products Business Development Center in Taiwan

(October 1, 2001) Elkhart, Ind. -- CTS Corp. has announced a plan to establish a business development center for its communications component products in Taiwan.

IPC Releases Book-to-Bill Ratios for August 2001

(October 1, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries has announced the U.S. Printed Wiring Board Industry Book-to-Bill Ratio for August 2001 was 0.94.

Zuken Upgrades PC Board CAD System

(October 1, 2001) Westford, Mass. -- Zuken USA announced an upgrade to its VISULA PC board CAD system at PCB Design Conference East in Worcester, Mass.

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.

C-MAC Electronic Systems Selects Cogiscan for MSD Tracking

(September 28, 2001) Quebec, Canada -- Montreal-based C-MAC Electronic Systems has installed Cogiscan Inc.'s IC-scan system throughout their factory for moisture sensitive device (MSD) tracking.

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.

Solectron Corp. Meets Fourth Quarter Expectations

(September 28, 2001) Milipitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. has reported fourth-quarter cash earnings per share of 6 cents, within the range of guidance the company provided. Solectron had cash EPS of 28 cents in the year-earlier period.

ViTechnology Names Technical Sales Engineer

(September 28, 2001) Haverhill, Mass. -- ViTechnology LLC has appointed Edgar Cerda as technical sales engineer, Americas for the company's complete lines of AOI and laser rework/repair systems.

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.

Kyocera Flip Chip Build-Up Substrate Passes 260-Degree Solder Reflow Testing

(September 27, 2001) San Diego -- Kyocera America Inc. has introduced the industry's first flip chip build-up substrate capable of withstanding 260 degrees Celsius solder reflow necessary for lead-free processing.

Phoenix Contact Enters Distribution Agreement with Future Electronics

(September 27, 2001) Harrisburg, Pa. -- Phoenix Contact Inc. announces that Montreal-based Future Electronics is an authorized North American distributor of its full line of products.

Tektronix Names Chairman of the Board

(September 27, 2001) Beaverton, Ore. -- Tektronix Inc. announces the Richard H. Wills has been elected to the position of chairman of the board.

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.

Credence Adds EDA and IDM Experience to Board of Directors

(September 26, 2001) Fremont, Calif. -- Credence Systems Corp. has appointed Michael Bosworth and Thomas Franz to its board of directors.

KEMET Corp. Enhances myKEMET Functionality

(September 26, 2001) Greenville, S.C. -- KEMET Corp. has enhanced the myKEMET functionality at

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.

Nortel Networks Taps SCI for PCB Assembly Work

(September 25, 2001) Toronto, Canada -- Nortel Networks has entered into an agreement with Huntsville, Ala.-based SCI Systems Inc. to outsource the company's remaining printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) activities.

Oki Semiconductor Partners with Nu Horizons

(September 25, 2001) Sunnyvale, Calif. -- Oki Semiconductor has entered into a franchise agreement with Melville, N.Y.-based Nu Horizons Electronics Corp. to distribute Oki's products throughout North America and Canada.

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.

Process Sciences Adds New Capabilities to Failure Analysis Analytical Laboratory

(September 25, 2001) Austin, Texas -- Process Sciences Inc. (PSI) has added new capabilities to its failure analysis analytical laboratory.

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.

Camtek Ltd. Approves $3 Million Stock Repurchase Program

(September 24, 2001) Migdal Haemek, Israel -- Camtek Ltd.'s Board of Directors has authorized a stock repurchase program of up to $3 million.

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.

Owens Design Opens Modular Clean Room

(September 21, 2001) Fremont, Calif. -- Owens Design Inc. has announced that its design and manufacturing facilities now include an industry-standard clean room.

Amkor Signs Strategic Agreement with King Yuan Electronics

(September 21, 2001) West Chester, Pa. -- Amkor Technology Inc. has signed a strategic agreement with Taiwan-based King Yuan Electronics.

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.

Tecnomatix Appoints Product Marketing Vice President to Subsidiary Team

(September 20, 2001) Portsmouth, N.H. -- Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. has selected a new vice president of product marketing for the company's Tecnomatix-Unicam Inc. subsidiary.

SEMX Corp. Confirms Retention of Compass Partners

(September 19, 2001) Armonk, N.Y. -- SEMX Corp. has confirmed that Compass Partners International LLC is acting as its exclusive strategic advisor in the sale of its Domestic and European Wafer Reclaim Services operations (ASP).

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.

SMTA Annual Awards Announced

(September 19, 2001) Minneapolis -- The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) will honor seven members at its annual meeting on Oct. 2 during SMTA International in Chicago.

Teradyne Extends Cost-Cutting Programs

(September 19, 2001) Boston -- Teradyne is extending its previously announced cost reduction programs in response to the continuing worldwide economic downturn.

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.

DEK Contributes to Fine-Pitch Stencil Technology Development

(September 18, 2001) Flemington, N.J. -- DEK is participating in an industry initiative to develop parameters for fine pitch printing by contributing both process expertise and a Horizon screen printer.

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.

Zuken Upgrades CADSTAR to Deliver Improvements

(September 17, 2001) Westford, Mass. -- Zuken USA has upgraded its Windows-based desktop printed circuit board (PCB) design software, featuring 44 improvements to increase user productivity and cut time-to-market for new designs and design variants.

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.

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.

Adept Technology Previews Photonics Assembly Solutions at Fiber Optic Industry Conference

(September 14, 2001) San Jose, Calif. -- Adept Technology Inc. has announced the preview of two automated photonic component assembly systems at the Adept Fiber Optic Assembly Conference in Livermore, Calif.

QualMark Corp., Weiss Technik Form Exclusive Strategic Partnership

(September 14, 2001) Denver -- QualMark Corp. and Reiskirchen-Lindenstruth, Germany-based Weiss Umwelttechnik GmbH (Weiss Technik) have formed an exclusive strategic partnership.

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.

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.

MDSI Wins 2002 Technology and Business Vision Award

(September 13, 2001) Chicago -- For the second time in three years, Manufacturing Data Systems Inc. (MDSI) has won the Start Magazine Technology and Business Award for Vision in the category of small business.

MRV Communications CFO Killed in Trade Center Crash

(September 13, 2001) Chatsworth, Calif. -- The horrific crash of two planes into the World Trade Center on Tuesday took the life of Edmund Glazer, CFO and vice president of finance and administration for MRV Communications Inc.

Everett Charles Technologies to Open Manufacturing Facility in Hungary

(September 12, 2001) Pomona, Calif. -- Everett Charles Technologies plans to open a 6,500-square foot test fixture production facility in Hungary in September 2001.

Speedline Technologies Expands European Distributor Network

(September 12, 2001) Frankfurt, Germany -- Speedline Technologies Inc. has announced that it will expand its European distributor network to localize delivery of its technical and support services to European customers.

August Technology Lowers Third Quarter Revenue Expectations

(September 12, 2001) Minneapolis -- August Technology Corp. has announced that third quarter revenue is expected to be significantly below the current year's second quarter as a result of the continuing downturn in the microelectronics industries.

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.

Clare and Linear Dimensions Team Up to Drive Optical Switching Equipment

(September 11, 2001) Beverly, Mass. - Clare Inc. has entered into a product licensing and services agreement with Chicago-based Linear Dimensions Inc. to design, develop and market high-voltage linear amplifier products.

Credence's KalosXW Wins IDEA Product Design of the Year Award

(September 11, 2001) Fremont, Calif. - Credence Systems Corp. and its partner frog design have received top honors for the design of its KalosXW test system from the Industrial Designers Society of America and Business Week magazine.

ON Semiconductor Gets $100 Million Investment

(September 11, 2001) Phoenix -- ON Semiconductor Corp. has announced the closing of a $100 million investment in the company by Texas Pacific Group (TPG), a leading private equity investment firm and the company's majority stockholder.

Worldwide Chip Market Will Grow 23 Percent in 2002, Semico Predicts

(September 11, 2001) Phoenix -- Semico Research Corp. has predicted the worldwide semiconductor market will reach $200 billion in 2002, a growth rate of 23 percent from 2001.

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.

QC Optics to Be Acquired by KLA-Tencor

(September 10, 2001) Wilmington, Mass. -- QC Optics Inc. has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by San Jose, Calif.-based KLA-Tencor Corp.

XeTel and VI Technology Announce Strategic Partnership

(September 10, 2001) Austin, Texas -- XeTel Corp. and VI Technology have formed a partnership to develop automated test systems for XeTel's manufacturing customers.

AIM Appoints Regional Sales Manager

(September 10, 2001) Montreal, Canada -- AIM has appointed Mike Lopez as regional sales manager-Mexico, where he will manage the sales and support efforts for the AIM full line of electronic solders and chemicals with the exception of the Baja territory.

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.

MSL Appoints O'Flanagan to Board of Directors

(September 7, 2001) Concord, Mass. - Manufacturers' Services Ltd. (MSL) has elected Dermott O'Flanagan to the company's board of directors, expanding the board to nine members.

Sanmina Updates Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year Outlook

(September 7, 2001) San Jose, Calif. - Electronics contract manufacturer Sanmina Corp. has announced that its 2001 fourth quarter revenues are being impacted by the continued slowdown in its end-markets.

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.

BTC Appoints Product Manager

(September 6, 2001) Raleigh, N.C. - BTC Electronic Components has appointed Julia Wiggs as product manager.

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.

Conexant Signs Multi-Year Supply Agreement and Strategic Technology Alliance with Photronics

(September 4, 2001) Newport Beach, Calif. and Jupiter, Fla. - Conexant Systems Inc. and Photronics Inc. have formed a strategic technology alliance and multi-year supply agreement.

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.

IPC Releases Book-to-Bill Ratios for July 2001

(August 31, 2001) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces that the U.S. Printed Wiring Board Industry Book-to-Bill Ratio for July 2001 was 0.90.

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.

AIM Receives Silver Supplier Award

(August 30, 2001) Montreal, Canada -- AIM has been awarded the Silver Supplier Award from Des Plaines, Ill.-based Littelfuse Inc. for the second consecutive year.

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.

ViTechnology Names Technical Sales Manager

(August 30, 2001) Haverhill, Mass. - ViTechnology, LLC has appointed Jean Marc Peallat as vision product manager for the Americas for the company's complete line of automated optical inspection (AOI) systems.

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.

Swart Interconnect Announces Proprietary Manufacturing Services in Their Clean Room

(August 29, 2001) San Francisco - Swart Interconnect has made available proprietary high-speed pin into plastics assembly services in its Class 10,000 clean room.

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.

Park Electrochemical Announces Promotion

(August 28, 2001) Lake Success, N.Y. - Park Electrochemical Corp. has promoted David Iguchi to product director, PCB materials processing.

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.

SMTA Board of Directors Election Results Announced

(August 27, 2001) Minneapolis - The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) has announced its election results for the Board of Directors for the term that begins at SMTA International, held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4, 2001.

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.

Speedline MPM Stencil Printing Systems Achieve Clean Room Certification

(August 27, 2001) Franklin, Mass. - Speedline Technologies' MPM brand of stencil printers for circuit board assembly and semiconductor packaging applications are certified clean room compliant.

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.

AIM Opens Office in China

(August 24, 2001) Montreal, Canada - AIM announces the opening of a technical support and sales office in China to support the company's rapidly expanding customer base in the Asia Pacific region.

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).

KVH Industries Hires New Chief Operating Officer

(August 23, 2001) Middletown, R.I. - KVH Industries has hired S. Joseph Bookataub as the company's chief operating officer.

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.

Analog Devices Reports 20 Percent Decline in Revenues

(August 22, 2001) Norwood, Mass. - Analog Devices Inc. has announced revenues of $480 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2001, which ended August 4.

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.

Tower Semiconductor Will Make Logic ICs for ON Semiconductor

(August 22, 2001) Migdal Haemek, Israel - Tower Semiconductor Ltd. has signed a five-year wafer supply agreement to manufacture CMOS logic ICs for ON Semiconductor of Phoenix.

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.

West Bay Semiconductor Names New CFO

(August 20, 2001) Vancouver, British Columbia -- West Bay Semiconductor Inc. has appointed Victor Giacomin as chief financial officer.

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).

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