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New Product: CIMAC offers packaged service solution for legacy MES migration

09 September 2008 | By Mark Osborne | Product Briefings > Fab Management

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200mm fabProduct Briefing Outline: CIMAC is now offering a new MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems) migration packaged service solution for semiconductor fabs with obsolete server platforms. These server platforms run the manufacturing control software that coordinates the movement and processing of material through the fab. Hewlett-Packard (HP) has announced dates when support for their AlphaServer and HP PA-RISC 9000 Server platforms will no longer be available. This could effect up to 100 mostly 200mm fabs. Legacy MES software including WorkStream, PROMIS and FACTORYworks (Applied Materials) all have software versions that run on HP AlphaServers Open as well as HP 9000 Servers.

Problem: The obsolescence of these server platforms presents a huge challenge to fab IT departments running legacy MES software. Even though there are other solutions to this obsolescence problem, the migration is the least risky and most cost effective for semiconductor manufacturers. Several of the other solutions could not meet the high reliability expectations of semiconductor fabs.

Solution: MES migration is the compilation and porting of the old MES source code and the data. CIMAC will develop a plan for each fab that will take the source code of the existing MES, including the customized code that almost every fab employs, and migrate it to a new server. Each MES migration plan will be customized to the individual fab for its specific set of tools and resources. The packaged solution from CIMAC includes: Requirements gathering; Migration plan; Design phase; QA and Test Deployment and
performance testing. After deployment, performance testing will help CIMAC ‘fine tune’ the migration with the fab IT department to optimize the MES. Migration can be performed while the fab is up and running with minimal disruption of manufacturing.

Applications: AlphaServer and HP PA-RISC 9000 Server platforms running WorkStream, PROMIS and FACTORYworks.

Platform: Founded in 1997 CIMAC engineers and program mangers are experts in the fields of Fab Connectivity & Control (FCC), Factory Software Systems (FSM), IT Services (ITS), Quality Assurance & ACM (QA) and Equipment Capability (ECM).

Availability: September 2008 onwards.

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Reader comments

It's good to hear that there are now service solution for semiconductor fabs with obsolete server platforms. The obsolescence of these server platforms has also been a challenge to our department. I will look forward for this Manufacturing Execution Systems offered by CIMAC.
By Valerie Fakturierung on 17 December 2008

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