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MSL also provides Kronos with PCB design support at its Westford, Mass., design center.

SAN JOSE — Uncertainty in the chip industry, falling billings for semiconductor equipment and low bookings have had the effect of strengthening the semiconductor equipment book-to-bill ratio, as published by VLSI Research Inc.

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The San Jose-based market watcher posted a ratio of 1.24 in its Industry Pulse Pro publication released late on Monday July 15, up from 1.16 for the month of May but down from 1.31 posted in April.

Worldwide equipment billings amounted to $2.56 billion in June, 3% down on May's level while bookings at $3.17 billion were only 2% higher than the previous month. Absolute bookings levels are still very low because equipment customers remain indecisive about expansion, the market researcher said.

In June VLSI Research had said billings for the sector were $2.64 billion in May, while bookings were at $3.07 billion.

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Intellect, formerly the FEI, is calling on the government to take urgent action to reform science education in the classroom.Its call came in response to a House of Commons' science and technology committee report, Science Education from 14 to 19, which shows that the science curriculum, especially at the GCSE level, is failing to inspire pupils about science. This, ultimately, is driving students away from following science-based careers.

John Higgins, Intellect's chief executive, said: This is one of the most serious problems facing the country. Despite all the emphasis given in other government policies on the importance of developing knowledge-based industries in the UK economy, this report shows a failure at the most fundamental level.”

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He urges the government to review its education funding priorities to overcome serious shortfalls in the numbers of technicians and laboratory facilities identified in the report: It is central to Britain's economy and future society.”

Paris, France — Qualcomm has inked a CDMA equipment patent license agreement with French telecommunications maker Alcatel. The deal gives Alcatel a worldwide license to develop, manufacture and sell third-generation WCDMA (UMTS) and TD-SCDMA infrastructure equipment based on Qualcomm's patents.

A draft strategy is scheduled for the end of September and the final strategy will be published early in 2003 and will cover the financial years from 2003-6.

STMicroelectronics is forecasting a solid” third quarter revenue performance and expects to easily exceed its comparable year-ago results despite lingering uncertainty about end market demand.

STMicro, based in Paris and Geneva, matched analysts' profits estimates in the June quarter, posting net income of $104.7, or 12 cents a share, down from $154.5 million in the year-ago quarter, but better than the net loss of $164.5 million it recorded in the March 2002 quarter.

Despite the positive third quarter outlook, STMicro said it will slightly lower its capital expenditure to $1 billion from a previous estimate of $1.2 billion.

STMicro continues to dominate the European semiconductor market and has been able to avoid the sharp revenue decline that some of its continental rivals have experienced in recent months.

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