PFSC release history

Current release

Release information

Version:
1.3
Release Date:
December 17, 2021
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What’s new in this release

With the recent increase in demand for semiconductor products, the industry has accelerated efforts to advance automation in their factories. Back-end manufacturing facilities in particular are adopting 300mm SEMI Standards for more advanced automation capabilities, gain additional data insights, and streamline the integration of new equipment.

In this release of PFSC™, we have added support for the rapid implementation of 300mm standards-compliant automation of semiconductor equipment. Similar to GEM-based Station Controller solutions, PFSC is designed for fast integration with 300mm equipment, including accelerated model creation, an intuitive and robust interface to communicate with the equipment, and realistic tool simulation.

This release also includes our new web-based user interface infrastructure which gives you the flexibility to adopt new manufacturing capabilities such as remote collaboration as well as access from virtually any smart device.

Previous releases

Release information

Version:
1.1
Release Date:
November 19, 2020
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What’s new in this release

Data access is the most critical factor in successful Smart Manufacturing. Without data, you can’t perform upstream analytics for preventive maintenance, nor can you calculate OEE. However, not every tool has a well-established 300mm standards-compliant SECS/GEM interface, let alone any SECS/GEM interface. That’s where PFSC can help.

In this release of PFSC, we have augmented our SECS/GEM communication capabilities, adding a file data collection infrastructure that lets you normalize, collect, and store almost any process or results file data on the equipment – all without writing any code. If there’s additional data you’d like to harvest from the tool’s PLC, we’ve enhanced our most popular PLC drivers to collect more data faster and more efficiently. We’ve added support for arrays, complex types, methods, and events to our OPC UA PLC driver and provided a high-speed communication option for our ADS Twincat PLC driver. And, once you’ve stored data in PFSC’s database, you can visualize it with PFSC’s newly enhanced charting that helps you contextualize what you’re looking at through annotations (e.g., recipe step completed) and statistical calculations (e.g., min, max, average, standard deviation).

Release information

Version:
1.1
Release Date:
March 19, 2020
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What’s new in this release

This release provides building blocks to accelerate your station controller development and fully utilize PFSC capabilities. We’ve added a SECS/GEM station controller sample configuration for a deposition tool, complete with simulated factory systems (MES and RMS) and robust tool simulation. For each custom component in the sample configuration, we’ve included underlying source code and design artifacts along with a suite of documentation (Developer’s Guide, Getting Started Guide, API reference manual) to help you leverage this powerful automation platform for your station controller development. And, for those of you who learn visually, we’ve added to our library of PFSC instructional videos to help kick-start your station controller development.

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