Berkeley Process Control Strengthens Position in Semiconductor Market With Introduction of 300mm Wafer Handling Front-Ends

Systems Featuring New Berkeley Robots Debut at Semicon Europa, April 24-26



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Berkeley Process Control, Inc.

    RICHMOND, Calif., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Berkeley Process Control, Inc.
 (Berkeley), a leading provider of semiconductor tool automation, announced
 today that it now offers integrated 300mm wafer handling front-ends, dubbed
 the WaferServer(TM) series. They will be shown at Semicon Europa in April.
 According to Mark Arola, Director of Sales and Marketing for Semiconductor
 Business, this development is a significant expansion of the company's
 semiconductor product lineup. "OEMs have been asking for front-ends
 integrating our powerful BXi machine controller with robust, reliable wafer
 handling mechanical systems. We've done that, and added Autocalibration(TM)
 technology too," said Arola.
 
     System features
     The integrated 300mm front-ends feature Berkeley's new BXr(TM) series
 robots and its remarkable BXi controllers. Berkeley developed separate
 optimized versions of the new WaferServer series front-end to address the
 requirements of single-wafer, and batch process tools. Throughput rates as
 high as 400 wafers per hour are supported. WaferServer front-ends feature
 Berkeley's patented Autocalibration technology that totally eliminates the
 need for the manual robot teaching of conventional front-end designs.
 
     Reliability
     Berkeley Process Control's BXi motion and machine controller integrates
 powerful 64-bit RISC-based processing, fast Ethernet networking, digital I/O,
 and up to 6 driven servo axes into one compact package. This high level of
 integration, and the elimination of multiple disparate controllers simplifies
 front-end design and enhances reliability. BXr series robots feature
 mechanical designs with dramatically lowered parts counts to deliver
 outstanding reliability. Integrated e-Diagnostics enable predictive
 maintenance reducing unscheduled down time, and shorten MTTR.
 
     Performance
     WaferServer front-ends incorporate Berkeley's fast, robust wafer handling
 components including BXr robots and BXpa(TM) pre-aligners. At the heart of
 WaferServer front-end performance is the BXi controller's ability to generate
 and manage shared state information. This enables powerful multitasking and
 coordinated motion capabilities, dramatically increasing throughput.
 WaferServer front-ends deliver reliable throughputs as high as
 400 wafers per hour.
 
     Semicon Europa
     At Semicon Europa, Berkeley Process Control will be showing its new
 WaferServer front-ends in the "Front End Wafer Processing Section," Hall
 A2.452
 
     About Berkeley Process Control
     Berkeley Process Control, Inc., Richmond, California, a privately held
 company founded in 1981, is the leading supplier of advanced automated motion
 and machine control solutions for critical manufacturing processes used in the
 semiconductor, fiber optic, packaging and aerospace industries. Berkeley's
 comprehensive and unique approach to automation enables faster time to market,
 greater machine productivity and seamless integrity for original equipment
 manufacturers. To learn more about Berkeley, visit its web site at
 www.berkeleyprocess.com.
 
 

SOURCE Berkeley Process Control, Inc.
    RICHMOND, Calif., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Berkeley Process Control, Inc.
 (Berkeley), a leading provider of semiconductor tool automation, announced
 today that it now offers integrated 300mm wafer handling front-ends, dubbed
 the WaferServer(TM) series. They will be shown at Semicon Europa in April.
 According to Mark Arola, Director of Sales and Marketing for Semiconductor
 Business, this development is a significant expansion of the company's
 semiconductor product lineup. "OEMs have been asking for front-ends
 integrating our powerful BXi machine controller with robust, reliable wafer
 handling mechanical systems. We've done that, and added Autocalibration(TM)
 technology too," said Arola.
 
     System features
     The integrated 300mm front-ends feature Berkeley's new BXr(TM) series
 robots and its remarkable BXi controllers. Berkeley developed separate
 optimized versions of the new WaferServer series front-end to address the
 requirements of single-wafer, and batch process tools. Throughput rates as
 high as 400 wafers per hour are supported. WaferServer front-ends feature
 Berkeley's patented Autocalibration technology that totally eliminates the
 need for the manual robot teaching of conventional front-end designs.
 
     Reliability
     Berkeley Process Control's BXi motion and machine controller integrates
 powerful 64-bit RISC-based processing, fast Ethernet networking, digital I/O,
 and up to 6 driven servo axes into one compact package. This high level of
 integration, and the elimination of multiple disparate controllers simplifies
 front-end design and enhances reliability. BXr series robots feature
 mechanical designs with dramatically lowered parts counts to deliver
 outstanding reliability. Integrated e-Diagnostics enable predictive
 maintenance reducing unscheduled down time, and shorten MTTR.
 
     Performance
     WaferServer front-ends incorporate Berkeley's fast, robust wafer handling
 components including BXr robots and BXpa(TM) pre-aligners. At the heart of
 WaferServer front-end performance is the BXi controller's ability to generate
 and manage shared state information. This enables powerful multitasking and
 coordinated motion capabilities, dramatically increasing throughput.
 WaferServer front-ends deliver reliable throughputs as high as
 400 wafers per hour.
 
     Semicon Europa
     At Semicon Europa, Berkeley Process Control will be showing its new
 WaferServer front-ends in the "Front End Wafer Processing Section," Hall
 A2.452
 
     About Berkeley Process Control
     Berkeley Process Control, Inc., Richmond, California, a privately held
 company founded in 1981, is the leading supplier of advanced automated motion
 and machine control solutions for critical manufacturing processes used in the
 semiconductor, fiber optic, packaging and aerospace industries. Berkeley's
 comprehensive and unique approach to automation enables faster time to market,
 greater machine productivity and seamless integrity for original equipment
 manufacturers. To learn more about Berkeley, visit its web site at
 www.berkeleyprocess.com.
 
 SOURCE  Berkeley Process Control, Inc.