July 11, 2005 13:19 ET

ISMI and Cimetrix to Accelerate EDA Implementation by Providing EDA Reference Client

AUSTIN, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 11, 2005 -- International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI) said today that it will collaborate with software provider Cimetrix to produce a design reference artifact that suppliers can use for development and to confirm their EDA implementations.

The artifact, Equipment Data Acquisition (EDA) Client Connection Emulator, acts as a representative EDA client during equipment software development and verification. EDA, also known as Interface A, has been developed as a SEMI standard to help meet the industry's need for high-speed access to more and better data, essential to increasing future fab productivity.

ISMI will provide copies of the EDA Client Connection Emulator to equipment suppliers at no cost in an effort to speed EDA availability in the industry. EDA is a critical enabling technology for providing high-speed, rich equipment data. Current deficiencies in the availability and quality of data are considered constraints to improved factory productivity and cost controls beyond the 90 nm technology node.

"This emulator will represent the consensus common characteristics of the factory-side clients of our member companies, said Steve Fulton, ISMI project manager. "While it is based upon Cimetrix' mature EDA technology, extending the emulator to support multiple environments and SOAP packages will provide realistic samples of factory client environments for the supplier during development."

"Many suppliers, faced with implementing EDA, have been requesting insight into the factory use environment," Fulton continued. "We expect this design reference to allow accelerated implementation, promote standardization, and improve first pass success at reduced cost. The benefit to the ISMI member companies is the delivered capability meeting their needs."

"We are glad to be a part of the industry cooperative effort for EDA implementation," said Dave Faulkner, executive vice president of Cimetrix. "The adoption of mainstream computing technologies to provide advanced factory automation and integration capabilities matches our strengths and product strategy perfectly, while delivering real value to everyone in the supply chain."

ISMI is a global alliance of the world's major semiconductor manufacturers, dedicated to reducing cost per wafer, and ultimately cost per die, through cooperative programs focused on manufacturing effectiveness. The consortium conducts programs in manufacturing infrastructure, methods, standards, and productivity, with the aim of reducing the costs of producing finished wafers and chips and driving solutions to major productivity challenges. ISMI is a wholly owned subsidiary of SEMATECH of Austin, TX.

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