FabGuard provides process diagnostics, fault detection, process completion control
SYRACUSE, N.Y. & ZURICH, Switzerland, Sep 27, 2001 (BUSINESS WIRE) --INFICON Holding AG (Swiss Exchange SWX and NASDAQ: IFCN), a leading developer, supplier, and manufacturer of vacuum instrumentation for the semiconductor and related markets and a worldwide leader in vacuum instrumentation for industrial applications, today announced the successful installation of its FabGuard Sensor Integration and Analysis System at a major Texas-based integrated circuit maker. This includes FabGuard,
a fully automated, real-time early fault detection and analysis system for improving semiconductor equipment and process productivity, and various INFICON in situ diagnostic sensors. The powerful analysis techniques of FabGuard are capable of "smart diagnostics" by combining sensor and tool data for fault detection and classification.
James L. Brissenden, president and chief executive officer of INFICON, said, "INFICON is focusing on providing in situ sensors and data analysis systems in response to demand for greater capability in maximizing wafer processing equipment utilization. In situ sensors are windows into actual process conditions, and FabGuard automates every aspect of these in situ sensors, including interpretation of the data gathered. By providing faster, more robust detection of process faults, FabGuard can prevent the loss of product due to mis-processing. As much as FabGuard is about product and technology, it is about skilled and experienced INFICON people who can help fabs solve process problems and prevent them from occurring again."About INFICON
INFICON is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of vacuum instrumentation used for analysis, monitoring, measurement and control by manufacturers to improve the productivity of their production processes and the quality of their products. INFICON provides the semiconductor and semiconductor-related industries with products used in the manufacturing of semiconductor chips, flat screen televisions and monitors, computer disc drive components, various electronic storage media, such as compact discs, digital video discs and floppy discs. The Company also sells products to the vacuum coatings, air conditioning/refrigeration, automotive, and industrial markets. Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, INFICON has manufacturing facilities in the United States and Europe and worldwide offices in the U.S., China, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. For more information about INFICON and its products, please visit the Company's web site at www.inficon.com
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