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Silterra acquires Brooks-PRI equipment for fab expansion

Posted: 29 Oct 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ic chips? wafers? automated material handling system? wafer stockers? track and integration services?

Malaysian foundry Silterra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. has purchased additional automation equipment from Brooks-PRI Automation Inc. for Silterra's planned capacity expansion of its fab manufacturing IC chips on eight-inch wafers.

A full-fab automation system consisting of Brooks-PRI software and hardware is already in production at Silterra's facility. This latest order from Silterra is for an expansion of its Automated Material Handling System (AMHS), which includes wafer stockers, track and integration services. Brooks-PRI expects to begin equipment and services delivery in second quarter of fiscal 2003.

"As a foundry, Silterra produces many types of devices, often in small quantities, so it is crucial that our facility be as flexible as possible," said Tahiruddin Hamdan, Senior Manager of Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) and Automation at Silterra. "The automation system from Brooks-PRI not only ensures that the right lot is at the right place at the right time, but also that the lot is processed correctly. We have seen metrics such as cycle-time variability and time-to-market improve dramatically since implementing automation."

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