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Turning data into action

The importance of on-tool data brokers for enabling big data analytics and increasing fab productivity

Turning data into actionThese slides were presented at SEMICON Europa 2016 during the Fab Productivity and Smart Manufacturing Session.

In today’s connected world, Smart Manufacturing initiatives make it possible for semiconductor device makers to leverage data, gain insights into their processes, and make manufacturing decisions and processing modifications that will improve fab productivity.

Data collection has always been an essential part of semiconductor manufacturing and now, successful big data solutions enable intelligent analysis and allow manufacturers and suppliers to turn their collected data into action. As the cost of adding more sensors and data sources to equipment continues to become more affordable, it’s important to consider how to broker high volumes of sensitive data at high speeds from disparate sources, how to consolidate the data on a single tool or across multiple tools to enable data analytics, and how to segregate IP and share information securely across business partners.

Interconnecting equipment and process data provides new opportunities to fabs and OEMs to feed efficiency gains back into the manufacturing process.

  • OEMs can analyze the data near-tool or even remotely and make equipment adjustments, ensure optimal equipment performance during production, and provide a higher standard of service to the fab through more efficient and cost-effective tool support.
  • The fab will benefit from more efficient, autonomous manufacturing as it leverages equipment data to remove production inefficiencies, reduce costs, and improve uptime and yield.
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