EtherCAT Technology Group marks 10th meeting of Semiconductor Technical Working Group

  • June 13, 2016
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June 9, 2016 – Recently, the Semiconductor Technical Working Group of the EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) met for the 10th time. Strong participation in the working group yields significant results for the semiconductor industry. The high level support of some of the industry’s biggest tool manufacturers demonstrates the high acceptance level of EtherCAT technology in the semiconductor manufacturing industry and highlights the consistency with which the ETG develops industry-specific solutions together with its member companies. The meeting was hosted by the ETG member company Lam Research, which welcomed the 50 participants at their headquarters facility in Fremont, Calif. Just in time for the 10th meeting, a series of EtherCAT specification updates have been finalized, adding numerous extensions for the long-approved slave device standards as implemented in semiconductor manufacturing processes. Based on these updates, automated tests have also been optimized and prepared for approval. Another highlight of the meeting was the establishment of two new working groups, as subsets of the greater Semiconductor Technical Working Group, whose task is to define device profiles for chillers and VI probes (special voltage measuring systems). Furthermore, the semiconductor manufacturers announced strong interest on the part of large clients in the development of further specific device profiles. The active member participation, the initiation of new profile development, as well as the demand for new profiles from customers highlights the major impact the Semiconductor Technical Working Group has on suppliers and machine builders. Just some of the reasons for this include the fact that semiconductor-specific device profiles for a unique interface have been published in the past and currently serve as the basis for faster development of reliable machines for tool manufacturers. In addition to the currently available specifications and their extensions, a further benefit comes from how the working group, together with the ETG specialists, reliably makes new profile tests available in parallel to guarantee high quality EtherCAT implementations. The next meeting of the ETG Semiconductor Technical Working Group is scheduled for October 2016 and will be hosted by industry heavyweight Applied Materials in Santa Clara, Calif. About EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG): The EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) is an association in which key user companies from various industries and leading automation suppliers join forces to support, promote and advance the EtherCAT technology. With over 3,700 members from 62 countries, the EtherCAT Technology Group has become the largest fieldbus organization in the world. Founded in November 2003, it is also the fastest growing association of its kind. About EtherCAT: EtherCAT is the fastest Industrial Ethernet technology and stands for high-performance, low-cost, ease of use and a flexible topology. It was introduced in 2003 and became an international standard and a SEMI standard in 2007. The EtherCAT Technology Group promotes EtherCAT and is responsible for its continued development. EtherCAT is also an open technology: anyone is allowed to implement or use it.

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