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SAN JOSE Sanmina-SCI reported first-quarter revenue of $2.53 billion, up a slight 0.8% sequentially and down almost 9% year-over-year. The results were inline with company guidance.
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ELKHART, INCTS Corp. will acquire privately held Tusonix Inc. for $12.25 million cash. The deal is expected to close by the end of January. No other terms were disclosed.

Tusonix designs and manufactures ceramic EMI/RFI filters, capacitor assemblies and related components, serving the military, industrial, instrumentation and telecom markets. The company operates from facilities in Tucson, AZ and Nogales, Mexico.

First year sales are estimated at approximately $15 million. The worldwide market for the acquired products is estimated to exceed $100 million.

CTS provides EMS services and builds automotive components.
STOCKHOLM – EMS firm Note will acquire Gloucestershire, U.K.-based EMS company Proqual, the companies announced today. No financial terms of the agreement were disclosed.

Note also announced the sacking of 124 employees in Sweden last week, as the company moves production to China and Poland.

Proqual specializes in prototype and small-run production. The company has annual sales of $7 million and 40 employees.

Note had 2006 sales of $270.9 million, and employs 1,200 worldwide. 
SHANGHAIZestron Asia/Pacific has relocated to a larger facility in Shanghai. 
 
Located in the Zun Xuan Industrial Park, the facility reportedly contains the largest Asia/Pacific application technology center. 
 
The facility was designed to meet increasing customer demand for qualifying cleaning processes, and to evaluate and compare cleaning performances, Zestron said.
 
NEENAH, WIPlexus Corp. announced first-quarter revenue of $458 million, up 7.7% sequentially and 27% year-over-year. For the quarter, the EMS firm earned $27.3 million, up 44.7% year-over-year.

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ORLANDO – The SMTA requests abstracts for the AIMS Harsh Environment Electronics workshop, taking place Aug. 18-19 in Orlando.
 
The SMTA, with Auburn University, is moving the program from Indianapolis to Orlando to co-locate with SMTA International. 
 
The workshop will focus on harsh environments with an added emphasis on military and space. Abstracts with new and timely information on the latest developments are solicited.
 
Specific subject areas may include semiconductor technology; substrate advancements; connectors and interconnect technology; lead-free implementation; advancements in materials; next-generation harsh environment automotive systems; the latest developments in thermal cycle testing for extreme environment electronics; substrate surface finishes for harsh environment applications; chemical, thermal and vibration considerations for industrial electronics; reliability (ESS, HALT, HASS), and operating environments for military electronics (land, sea, air and space).
 
The deadline for abstracts is Feb. 29.
 
Speakers will be required to submit presentation materials for inclusion in the workshop proceedings.  Please note there is not a paper requirement for this event. 
 
Interested participants should send a 200-300 word abstract to Melissa Serres at melissa@smta.org or to the SMTA Web site at http://www.smta.org/education/education.cfm#harsh.
 
 
EL SEGUNDO, CA – After two lackluster quarters, plasma display panel shipments rebounded during the third quarter because of increased consumer demand driven by rapid price declines, according to iSuppli Corp.
 
Global shipments of PDPs, which are used mainly in TVs, reached 3 million units, up 27.1% sequentially, and up 15% year-over-year. In contrast, PDP-TV shipment growth in the second quarter was an anemic 4.5%, following a sequential drop of 16.6% in the first quarter, iSuppli says. The first half of 2007 saw no growth compared to the equivalent period in 2006.
 
“The attractive pricing of plasma television sets has captured the attention of consumers, especially for the 50" and larger sizes, boosting the market prospects for PDPs,” said Riddhi Patel, principal analyst for television systems and plasma panels at iSuppli. 
“However, the rise in consumer attention presently isn’t making any of the leading panel makers rejoice – and it isn’t convincing them to add any capacity at this time, as they remain cautious,” Patel added. 
iSuppli believes a balanced supply situation is likely to prevail in 2008 and beyond for PDP makers as they retain their cautious attitude toward adding capacity. Furthermore, plasma will maintain its stronghold in the large-screen market – 50" and larger diagonally – as TV makers continue to offer less-expensive televisions with larger screen sizes. 
Although competition from LCDs has had a dramatic impact on the plasma market in the consumer and business segments, PDP shipments are continuing to grow at a slow but steady pace. PDP suppliers continue to work on improving their technology and cutting costs to remain competitive, adopting new technologies and techniques, including single-scan technology, lower power consumption and improved materials, according to the research firm.  
“These improvements are helping panel makers to reduce production costs,” Patel said. “This will make PDP television sets more attractive to buyers that are comparing plasma sets with LCD-TVs—not only based on resolution—but also on price. While profitability is still a worry, price declines are inevitable due to the severe competition from the LCD market as well as from microdisplay-based rear-projection sets.” 
Global PDP market revenue is expected to amount to $7.64 billion in 2011, virtually unchanged from $7.63 billion in 2006. On the other hand, units will double to 20.1 million by 2011, rising at a CAGR of 14.9% from 2006. This will be a result of a decline in per-panel ASPs to $380 by 2011, down from $761 in 2006, says iSuppli.
 
Looking at the big-three suppliers of PDPs, Matsushita (Panasonic) maintained its lead in the third quarter with a 30.2% share of unit shipments, followed by Samsung SDI with 29.1% and LG Electronics with 28.9%. 
The Top-3 plasma panel makers in the third quarter accounted for 88.1% of total production and are likely to maintain this commanding position in the market for the next five years, according to iSuppli.
 
For PDP suppliers, the main challenges continue to be the cost of panel production and the slower uptake in the end markets. With revenue expected to remain flat during the next five years, these problems aren’t likely to solve themselves, iSuppli believes.
ATLANTA – Registration for PCB Austin 2008 is now open at www.pcbshows.com/austin.
 
Scheduled for Mar. 4-6 at the Wingate by Wyndham & Conference Center in Round Rock, TX, PCB Austin will feature PCB design and fabrication experts teaching full and half-day courses.
 
Scheduled speakers include Cadence Design Systems, Doug Brooks, Happy Holden, National Instruments, Susy Webb and Wayne Pulliam. Course topics include signal integrity, HDI, designing for the Asian fabrication market, PCB design basics and BGA routing.  

PCB Austin 2008 consists of three days of targeted conference courses; a one-day tabletop exhibition; several free technical presentations, and an evening reception on the show floor sponsored by National Instruments.

Part of the PCB Shows family of conferences, PCB Austin 2008 is produced by UP Media Group, parent company of Circuits Assembly and Printed Circuit Design & Fab.
 
For more information, visit www.pcbshows.com/austin.
 
PCB Shows are the premier conferences and exhibitions for PCB engineering, design and manufacture professionals. PCB East (www.pcbeast.com) and PCB West (www.pcbwest.com) are annual showcases for emerging technologies used in the design and manufacture of PCBs, programmable logic devices (PLDs), multichip modules (MCMs), high-density interconnect (HDI), flexible circuits and related technologies.
 
For additional information, visit www.pcbshows.com.
BANNOCKBURN, IL— The IPC has formally urged the European Commission not to change the RoHS Directive, and to hold any proposed changes until their technical feasibility can be reviewed.

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ARLINGTON, VA -- Just months after splitting from its former parent, the Government Electronics and Information Technology Association will merge with the Information Technology Association of America, the associations announced.

The merger will bring together nearly 400 technology companies to focus on public
policy, business development, technology standards and market intelligence under the
ITAA banner. The merger is set to close on or about April 1.

Until last year, the GEIA was part of the EIA.

“We are creating a single place for companies to come together and move the technology
industry forward, whether those firms are focused on the government or commercial
markets; IT or electronics,” said ITAA chairman Henry Steininger, in a statement.

GEIA’s membership and programs will become a new group within ITAA. GEIA’s current board of directors will continue to oversee the activities of the GEIA group.

The ITAA board will be adjusted to provide equal representation of ITAA and GEIA
members.

Former U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce Phil Bond will continue to serve as president and chief executive of the combined organization. GEIA president Dan Heinemeier becomes executive vice president and chief operating officer of ITAA.
KALMAR, SWEDEN -- Hoping to expand its business in Europe, Ethertronics has acquired Flextronics' design center here for an undisclosed sum.


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BANNOCKBURN, IL – A new report on silicon-on-chip and system-in-package integration identifies embedded components as a key emerging technology in component and product miniaturization. The research, by Prismark Partners, looks at the impact of miniaturization on the supply chain and how it drives certain technology and business shifts.  Read more ...

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