EIB Factory

Connect your factory and manage your big data faster

EIB® Factory is a SEMI Standards-compliant framework that 200mm and 300mm semiconductor factories use to connect factory host systems to equipment, enabling equipment communication and data collection. EIB Factory supports various equipment interfaces and provides the flexibility to develop custom interfaces.

Product type Communications Operating system
Framework Libraries SECS/GEM GEM300 EDA Windows Linux Solaris
.NET X X ** X
EIB Factory

**To enable EDA data collection in your factory, use EIB Factory plus PEER EDA Tuner.

EIB Factory is a multi-connection, multi-protocol connectivity software solution for factories that reduces the cost of integrating diverse equipment into your factory control system and enables unprecedented direct access to real-time data from your manufacturing equipment.

This secure access is available to multiple clients, from individual or multiple tools, and can be enjoyed via multiple standard communication protocols. EIB is a single, integrated platform that delivers flexible automation communication SEMI standards SECS/GEMGEM300Equipment Data Acquisition (EDA) and custom interfaces – used in semiconductor, PV, LED, MEMS and other high-technology manufacturing.

Store 10x more data, 450x faster than with a SQL database, and use only 1/10th of the database size

Storage and retrieval

In the Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 era, all semiconductor manufacturers and OEMs collect more data than ever from equipment, sensors and IIoT devices. More data collection means more required storage so your big data is available for analysis.

EIB® offers leading-edge advancements in data management; it leverages time-series data collection used for data that is collected sequentially, e.g., from processing equipment and sensors. While the need to store time-series data is not new, the growing amount of big data generated in semiconductor manufacturing has created demands that cannot be supported by typical database solutions. Fast and scalable data management (collection, storage and retrieval) is the foundation for solid Smart Manufacturing solutions and time-series databases are optimized to handle the challenges of managing massive amounts of data.

EIB has a specialized time-series database optimized to manage volumes of big data

EIB’s time-series data management solution outperforms our fastest SQL solution and can scale to collect and store 10,000 data points 10 times per second (10Hz). That’s 100,000 data points per second! And, it uses only 1/10 of the storage capacity required by SQL.

The following chart shows EIB storage and retrieval rates compared to SQL for traces with 1,000 variables at 1Hz.

EIB time-series database storage: Variables/second

EIB time-series database retrieval: Variables/second

Use EIB to advance your equipment software with real-time or historical data collection for high-value, cost-saving add-ons such as equipment management, risk analysis, process optimizations and failure predictions.

Flexible and easy configuration

EIB Factory is a single, flexible connectivity software platform that results in a solution which is efficient to implement and deploy. It is easy to configure for any tool type — process, metrology, inspection — and any tool topography – single substrate, batch, cluster, multi-chamber and continuous flow.

You can configure EIB to represent a single tool or multiple tools, giving your factory full control over how equipment is controlled and how data collection is managed. EIB easily communicates with SEMI standard compliant equipment as well as any partially compliant and non-standard tools.

Factories can isolate the variations in equipment automation capabilities and communication protocols from their factory applications ensuring stable integration. EIB supports multiple non-proprietary communication protocols and allows customized protocols, providing flexible integration, lower cost and risk-free implementations.

With its multiple connection capability, EIB enables the efficient and cost-effective realization of advanced manufacturing application capabilities such as e-Diagnostics, SPC, APC, Fault Detection and Run-to-Run (R2R) Control. Real-time and historical data collection and storage is fully configurable allowing easy access to equipment data for caching, visualization and data analysis.


EIB Factory is built on the Equipment Information Bridge (EIB), a patented and industry-proven software technology platform that provides a robust and flexible connectivity solution meeting the demands of mission-critical equipment software and your evolving manufacturing needs.

Both EIB Factory and EIB OEM are built upon the same technology which means that many OEMs are using the same automation software technology as their customers.

EIB Factory is the next-generation solution for Plex4SECS™, a SECS multiplexer, and SECS4Hosts®, which adds SECS to any Windows application.

As the foundation for all next-generation PEER Group connectivity products, EIB enables fast and reliable communications to any number and type of equipment such as sensors, end-point detectors, and add-on chambers. EIB provides the latest factory automation standards including SECS/GEM, GEM300, PV2, and EDA as well as general purpose communication protocols such as OPC, Microsoft COM, .NET, and WCF. Custom communication mechanisms are easily added in order to integrate specialized software applications, non-standard equipment communications, or 3rd party peripheral devices to your host.

With EIB Factory’s configuration, factory deployment, debugging and troubleshooting utilities, and code samples you can further reduce your implementation time. Using EIB’s data management client sample, Data Management Explorer, data client development time is accelerated enabling rapid validation of data collection plan configuration, plan activations and transmitted data.



EIB Factory is built on the Microsoft .NET Framework, allowing factories to take full advantage of .NET’s programming which can reduce integration time by as much as 50%. The .NET implementation enables a number of other features, including improved threading and memory management, full object exposure, and multiple programming languages (C#, J#, VB#, C, COM).

Key Utilities Benefits
Model Builder Quickly create equipment models which integrate your equipment and host communications using a variety of time-saving features
EIB Explorer Reduce debugging time by using EIB Explorer to validate your equipment communications and data management
Log Viewer Resolve errors quickly using EIB’s Log Viewer to analyze your real-time or historical log files
Security Administration Control access to secure data within EIB
EDA Pro Client Verify your EDA implementation during development by using EDA Pro Client to test individual EDA messages
Data Storage Administration Easily execute, monitor and manage your data management database


  • Acts as a data server, simplifying the management and coordination of information flow between the host and equipment
  • Provides multiple simultaneous, independently-managed connections which include multiple:
    • Client applications including one for control and multiple for data collection
    • Types of equipment
  • Incorporates a full range of SEMI equipment automation standards such as SECS/GEM, GEM300, EDA, and PV2 as well as other emerging standards in a single, configurable solution
  • Leverages the Microsoft .NET Framework for both 32-bit and 64-bit client and server deployments
  • Enables single or multiple instances of EIB to be deployed on a single machine providing additional deployment flexibility
  • Creates an equipment model using the SEMI E120 Common Equipment Model (CEM) standard
  • Provides rapid integration using OPC for PLC-based equipment that use HMI/SCADA software packages such as Modbus, Rockwell’s RSView32 and FactoryTalk View, Wonderware Intouch, GE’s Cimplicity and iFix, Siemen’s SIMATIC WinCC, and National Instrument’s Labview
  • Supports popular factory and equipment control system communication protocols including HSMS, TCP/IP, Serial, ASCII, OPC, Soap, and COM/DCOM as well as the technologies .NET Remoting and WCF
  • Extends beyond traditional host communications with custom interfaces, message handling, and state management
  • Protects your state information with data persistence, simplifying your host application recovery (optional)

Experience EIB Factory in action

Try a fully functioning evaluation of EIB Factory that lets you explore its connectivity, SEMI Standards-compliant communications, EDA and data collection capabilities. Contact PEER Group Sales to arrange your product evaluation.

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