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Powerchip 30mm wafer fab to use PRI reticle system

Posted: 14 May 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PRI Automation? Guardian Bare Reticle Stocker? bottleneck? lithography bay? 300mm?

Taiwan memory chip maker Powerchip Semiconductor Corp. has selected PRI Automation Inc.'s Guardian Bare Reticle Stocker for its new 300mm wafer fab. The order represents PRI's first bare reticle management system in Taiwan.

PRI claims the Guardian enables semiconductor manufacturers to store reticles in one-fifth the footprint required by competitive systems. It is also said to be able to save customers $500,000 or more in carrier costs by storing the reticles bare in a specially designed, ultra-clean chamber, called the Vault, which provides total reticle isolation while still offering a 40 percent reduction in cycle time for reticle storage and retrieval.

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