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JEFF CLIFFORD, AvantCom Network, Inc., Fremont, CA, USA


Companies that manufacture chips are pressured to run at peak efficiency. Reducing down time by 1% on the 50 most critical tools in a typical factory could save the fab one hundred million dollars annually. The solution involves a trade of data for knowledge between fabs and equipment suppliers. The most important requirement is a secure, global data network. The data gathered will help suppliers recommend predictive maintenance practices. Equipment suppliers can share recommendations with each other. Having more knowledge about the tools in their installed base will enable equipment suppliers to help their customers in the research and development, ramp, and equipment resale phases as well as during normal production.
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