Wonderware Announces Beta Version of 'Interface A', a New Suite of Semiconductor Standards for ArchestrA Architecture | Automation.com

Wonderware Announces Beta Version of 'Interface A', a New Suite of Semiconductor Standards for ArchestrA Architecture

September 202004
Key Semiconductor Industry Technology Developed in Collaboration with Cimetrix

AEC/APC SYMPOSIUM, WESTMINSTER, Colo., Sept. 20, 2004 -- Wonderware, a business unit of Invensys Systems, Inc., has announced the availability of the beta version of "Interface A" for Wonderware's ArchestrA architecture for advanced process control (APC) and equipment engineering systems (EES) environments. Interface A is a new suite of SEMI EDA/DDA (Equipment Data Acquisition/Diagnostic Data Acquisition) standards, which is considered a pivotal element in the semiconductor industry's growing use of APC to support the continuation of Moore's Law for declining chip costs.

Wonderware will demonstrate the new Interface A capabilities of its ArchestrA architecture in Booth No. 1150 at the AEC/APC Symposium Sept. 18-23. The company will also demonstrate its developer station and its process station that provide a real-time view of tools and lots in process.

This investment by Wonderware to adapt its offerings to the needs of the semiconductor industry continues the company's tradition of supporting leading communication and information standards. By providing an open development architecture, the ArchestrA architecture offers the agility and scalability that enable semiconductor fabs to continue to successfully meet future market requirements.

The implementation of Interface A (SEMI E134 and related specifications) for the ArchestrA architecture was done in collaboration with software products supplied by Cimetrix Inc. and integration and development services were provided by Alan Weber and Associates.

In the latest International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) report, APC is identified as a key enabler for the industry to stay on "the Moore's Law curve." The ITRS also identifies APC as key to achieving the business agility required for cost-effective semiconductor production.

APC is the ultimate connected application domain. Since APC depends on information from many sources to be effective, it must quickly capture and use process knowledge while supporting continuous factory operations. APC must also support a variety of integration techniques to provide results to these systems, especially in the automated settings that dominate 300mm manufacturing. The ArchestrA architecture provides the tools and technologies to connect from individual sensors to external fab-level systems.

According to Alan Weber, president of Alan Weber & Associates, a consulting company specializing in semiconductor APC, EES, and related manufacturing systems technologies, APC has become a requirement for every new fab or capacity expansion around the world, most importantly in 300mm fabs as they are driven to 90 nanometer manufacturing and beyond.

"Variations of APC technology have been applied across a wide range of processes, time spans and product material groupings -- and each situation has its special set of challenges and solutions," Weber said. "The open, non-proprietary nature of Wonderware's ArchestrA technology enables semiconductor companies to quickly and easily build control applications for wafer fabs that meet their specific requirements, and enables them to scale the technology to meet the needs of future market demands."

Wonderware can connect SECS/GEM process tools with APC applications by combining Cimetrix' CIMPortal Server product with Wonderware's Interface A solution. CIMPortal Server can be purchased directly from Cimetrix and deployed directly on a fab network, giving SECS/GEM-only tools a way to provide both SECS/GEM and Interface A data via the existing SECS/GEM data port.

"Cimetrix products have allowed Wonderware to accelerate its integration efforts with GEM and Interface A which is required for the kind of transition in equipment communications that the industry now faces," said Kevin Tock Wonderware vice president of solutions development. "ArchestrA architecture's combination of a robust object environment, a real-time SQL database and an Interface A solution will open the free flow of process data in a way that the semiconductor industry has never seen before."

CIMPortal Server is purchased directly from Cimetrix and can be deployed on the fab's network to make SECS/GEM-only tools provide both SECS/GEM and Interface A or embedded in new tools as they are introduced on the fab floor with the newly specified equipment data acquisition data port. With Wonderware's Interface A solution, the ArchestrA architecture can take APC data directly from new Interface A ports or from existing SECS/GEM ports via CIMPortal Server.

"The Cimetrix implementation of Interface A in CIMPortal provided both CIMPortal Server for a secure APC data path from fab tools and CIMPortal Client for assisting companies such as Wonderware to benefit from Interface A data as a client," said David Faulkner, executive vice president at Cimetrix.

Companies interested in obtaining a beta version for testing are asked to contact Wonderware at [email protected]. For more information on Wonderware's offerings for the semiconductor market, go to gosemi.wonderware.com.

About Cimetrix
Cimetrix Inc., headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, is a leading developer of software products for equipment connectivity and advanced motion control. Connectivity products include CIM300, an award-winning product family for 300mm semiconductor tools and CIMConnect, a family of enabling general-purpose connectivity solutions for 200mm tools and printed circuit board equipment. Motion control products include Cimetrix Open Development Environment product family, which provides PC-based solutions for motion intensive applications such as surface mount technology equipment, electronics assembly equipment, robotics, and machine tools. For more information, please visit www.cimetrix.com.

About Alan Weber & Associates
Alan Weber & Associates is a provider of consulting, development and systems integration services for advanced process control in the semiconductor industry. Based in Austin, Texas, the company is experienced in all phases of APC implementation and provides extensive production deployment and support. For more information, please visit www.alanweberassociates.com.

About Wonderware and ArchestrA Business Units
Wonderware and ArchestrA are business units of Invensys Systems, Inc. Wonderware is the world's leading supplier of industrial automation and information software. Founded in 1987, Wonderware pioneered the use of the Microsoft Windows operating system in HMI automation software for manufacturing operation systems. Wonderware software powers intelligent plant decisions in real time. The hallmark of the ArchestrA architecture is: "Every system in your plant, working in concert."

Based in Lake Forest, Calif., the Wonderware and ArchestrA business units have regional sales and development offices throughout the North American, European, Latin American and Asia-Pacific regions to provide support to its network of more than 160 distributor offices. Wonderware has approximately 300,000 software licenses in approximately 100,000 plants worldwide, which is about 30 percent of the world's 335,000 plants with 20 or more employees. For more information, visit www.wonderware.com or www.archestra.biz.

About Invensys
Invensys is a global automation, controls and process solutions group. Products, services, expertise and ongoing support enable intelligent systems to monitor and control processes in many different environments. The businesses within Invensys help customers in a variety of industries perform with greater efficiency, safety and cost-effectiveness. Industry areas of focus include hydrocarbons, chemicals, oil and gas, power and utilities, rail, telecommunications, paper, food and beverage, dairy, pharmaceuticals and personal care.

Process Systems provides products, services and solutions for the automation and optimization of plant operation in the process industries. Featuring industry-leading brands such as Foxboro, Triconex, SimSci-Esscor and Wonderware, Process Systems occupies a top-tier position in the DCS, safety, simulation and HMI markets. Products are installed in more than 100,000 plants worldwide. Serving process and batch industries, including hydrocarbons, chemicals, power and utilities and metals and mining, and also the discrete and hybrid manufacturing sectors, Process Systems is at the forefront of technological innovation, with new award-winning technologies such as ArchestrA, Digital Coriolis and DolPhin.

Also within the Invensys Group, APV specializes in process equipment engineered into systems and asset services for food, beverage, personal care, pharmaceutical and chemical clients. Eurotherm is a leading supplier of control and measurement instrumentation solutions and services to industrial and process customers. Rail Systems is a multinational leader in the design, manufacture, supply, installation, commissioning and maintenance of safety-related rail signaling and control systems. Climate Controls is a major provider of the components, systems and services used globally to make commercial and residential environments safer, more comfortable and more efficient. Appliance Controls has the broadest system and component offering for the appliance industry worldwide.

The Invensys Group is headquartered in the U.K. and listed on the London Stock Exchange. With 39,000 employees operating in 60 countries, Invensys helps customers to improve their performance and profitability, building value for end users and shareholders alike.

For more information, visit www.invensys.com.

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