domainLogix's OBEM XP Grants SECS/GEM Legacy Interfaces E-Diagnostics Capability

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from domainLogix Corp.

    AUSTIN, Texas, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- domainLogix Corporation announced
 the Phase 2 release of its production implementation of OBEM XP(TM) that
 provides the ability to support simultaneous data access from process and
 metrology tools using direct object model communications such as Corba, DCOM
 (used by Microsoft) and RMI (communications to Java programs) as well as via
 legacy SECS/GEM interfaces.
     In support of legacy applications, OBEM XP, domainLogix's commercial
 implementation of the E-98 object based equipment model (OBEM) standard, will
 look like a GEM tool, have GEM capability and implement many of the most-used
 and needed E30 GEM SEMI standards, with full GEM support to follow. This will
 allow users to take advantage of GEM capabilities using OBEM XP on legacy
 systems while simultaneously providing the object-oriented interface.
     "OBEM XP will enable a concept we call the 'super-cluster,'" commented
 Charles Baylis, chief technology officer for domainLogix. "The idea is to
 allow tools to communicate with each other, to cooperate. For example, a
 deposition tool might cooperate with a CMP tool to deliver better
 planarization. As an industry we have dreamed of such inter-tool cooperation
 for years. OBEM XP finally delivers both the rich object model and the
 communication protocols to make it a reality."
     By enabling legacy SECS/GEM interfacing, OBEM XP allows semiconductor
 manufacturers to adapt existing applications to access tool operational data
 directly from the tool and develop new applications following the standard
 remote access methods in popular use today. This provides enhanced
 communications capability, providing methods for remote object access, which
 allows for remote diagnostics and repair.
     "This tool allows the user to get everything it's currently getting out of
 the SECS/GEM protocol, and then taking that data and converting it into
 knowledge that is actionable," stated Rick Scott, vice president of
 domainLogix. "That information then can be transferred out through the web and
 downloaded to Windows to put into an Excel spreadsheet. The engineer can now
 organize, understand and act upon these messages quicker and more efficiently,
 which will reduce meantime between repair and essentially increase tool
 performance."
     In OBEM XP, for example, there will be objects that define the state of a
 tool. If the engineer has an application like Excel and wants to get data from
 the tool into the spreadsheet, the use of DCOM will facilitate this. It allows
 objects to be created and used on remote machines. The DCOM interface allows
 the user to populate engineering spreadsheets directly from the tool through
 OBEM XP without any additional equipment integration development.
     The RMI interface will allow the user to browse the tool model and
 therefore the tool data via an Intranet or Internet connection. This will
 allow the tool manufacturer to develop and implement e-diagnostics
 capabilities or allow the engineer and IT professional to monitor the tool's
 performance remotely. Through OBEM XP, applications are no longer dependent on
 the station controller and current SECS/GEM communications methods as the only
 means to access critical manufacturing data.
     "The advent of e-diagnostics, 300 mm standards and many other demands for
 equipment level communications and data are beyond the limits of the current
 SECS/GEM interface," said Jim Macek, domainLogix CEO. "International SEMATECH
 is currently heading an e-diagnostics group that is driving the
 commercialization of open, secure, Internet-based access methods for suppliers
 to monitor their equipment. The only viable solution moving forward is a
 simple, standard, secure, pug and play, multi-user, web-based interface, and
 we believe OBEM XP is that solution."
     This release will provide tools that enable the user to quickly build a
 model of a process tool in OBEM XP, and validate that model. Templates will be
 provided that help the user easily build a model using both the E-98
 standardized objects as well as objects developed to extend and enhance the
 current standardized objects. In addition, the model validation program
 provides a graphical view of the model as construction is in progress.
 
     About domainLogix
     domainLogix Corporation provides the semiconductor industry and related
 markets, such as silicon wafer, flat panel display, storage media and ink-jet
 manufacturing, with software/systems integration services and software
 products. The company enables high levels of factory integration through
 application of knowledge, reusable processes, procedures, products and
 automation solutions built upon the latest commercial software, technologies,
 and industry standards. Its products are designed to maximize return on
 investment by improving yield and quality, and reducing cycle-time and cost.
 domainLogix is comprised of information technology architects, offering
 consultation, design, development, integration and implementation services, as
 well as factory-wide automation service solutions cross-cutting business and
 manufacturing systems via the factory network infrastructure.
     This release contains statements that constitute forward-looking
 statements within the meaning of section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and
 Section 21 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and are subject to the safe
 harbor provisions of those sections and the Private Securities Litigation
 Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking
 statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risk
 uncertainties and that the actual results or developments may differ
 materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of various
 factors.  Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to,
 domainLogix's limited operating history, number of customers, domainLogix's
 dependence on the implementation of the OBEM standards, the rate by which
 customers move from the existing standards to OBEM, and competition from
 companies with substantially greater resources. We have based these
 forward-looking statements on information currently available and disclaim any
 intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement.
     domainLogix Corporation and OBEM XP are trademarks of domainLogix
 Corporation. All other products or company names mentioned are used for
 identification purposes only, and may be trademarks of their respective
 owners.
 
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    AUSTIN, Texas, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- domainLogix Corporation announced
 the Phase 2 release of its production implementation of OBEM XP(TM) that
 provides the ability to support simultaneous data access from process and
 metrology tools using direct object model communications such as Corba, DCOM
 (used by Microsoft) and RMI (communications to Java programs) as well as via
 legacy SECS/GEM interfaces.
     In support of legacy applications, OBEM XP, domainLogix's commercial
 implementation of the E-98 object based equipment model (OBEM) standard, will
 look like a GEM tool, have GEM capability and implement many of the most-used
 and needed E30 GEM SEMI standards, with full GEM support to follow. This will
 allow users to take advantage of GEM capabilities using OBEM XP on legacy
 systems while simultaneously providing the object-oriented interface.
     "OBEM XP will enable a concept we call the 'super-cluster,'" commented
 Charles Baylis, chief technology officer for domainLogix. "The idea is to
 allow tools to communicate with each other, to cooperate. For example, a
 deposition tool might cooperate with a CMP tool to deliver better
 planarization. As an industry we have dreamed of such inter-tool cooperation
 for years. OBEM XP finally delivers both the rich object model and the
 communication protocols to make it a reality."
     By enabling legacy SECS/GEM interfacing, OBEM XP allows semiconductor
 manufacturers to adapt existing applications to access tool operational data
 directly from the tool and develop new applications following the standard
 remote access methods in popular use today. This provides enhanced
 communications capability, providing methods for remote object access, which
 allows for remote diagnostics and repair.
     "This tool allows the user to get everything it's currently getting out of
 the SECS/GEM protocol, and then taking that data and converting it into
 knowledge that is actionable," stated Rick Scott, vice president of
 domainLogix. "That information then can be transferred out through the web and
 downloaded to Windows to put into an Excel spreadsheet. The engineer can now
 organize, understand and act upon these messages quicker and more efficiently,
 which will reduce meantime between repair and essentially increase tool
 performance."
     In OBEM XP, for example, there will be objects that define the state of a
 tool. If the engineer has an application like Excel and wants to get data from
 the tool into the spreadsheet, the use of DCOM will facilitate this. It allows
 objects to be created and used on remote machines. The DCOM interface allows
 the user to populate engineering spreadsheets directly from the tool through
 OBEM XP without any additional equipment integration development.
     The RMI interface will allow the user to browse the tool model and
 therefore the tool data via an Intranet or Internet connection. This will
 allow the tool manufacturer to develop and implement e-diagnostics
 capabilities or allow the engineer and IT professional to monitor the tool's
 performance remotely. Through OBEM XP, applications are no longer dependent on
 the station controller and current SECS/GEM communications methods as the only
 means to access critical manufacturing data.
     "The advent of e-diagnostics, 300 mm standards and many other demands for
 equipment level communications and data are beyond the limits of the current
 SECS/GEM interface," said Jim Macek, domainLogix CEO. "International SEMATECH
 is currently heading an e-diagnostics group that is driving the
 commercialization of open, secure, Internet-based access methods for suppliers
 to monitor their equipment. The only viable solution moving forward is a
 simple, standard, secure, pug and play, multi-user, web-based interface, and
 we believe OBEM XP is that solution."
     This release will provide tools that enable the user to quickly build a
 model of a process tool in OBEM XP, and validate that model. Templates will be
 provided that help the user easily build a model using both the E-98
 standardized objects as well as objects developed to extend and enhance the
 current standardized objects. In addition, the model validation program
 provides a graphical view of the model as construction is in progress.
 
     About domainLogix
     domainLogix Corporation provides the semiconductor industry and related
 markets, such as silicon wafer, flat panel display, storage media and ink-jet
 manufacturing, with software/systems integration services and software
 products. The company enables high levels of factory integration through
 application of knowledge, reusable processes, procedures, products and
 automation solutions built upon the latest commercial software, technologies,
 and industry standards. Its products are designed to maximize return on
 investment by improving yield and quality, and reducing cycle-time and cost.
 domainLogix is comprised of information technology architects, offering
 consultation, design, development, integration and implementation services, as
 well as factory-wide automation service solutions cross-cutting business and
 manufacturing systems via the factory network infrastructure.
     This release contains statements that constitute forward-looking
 statements within the meaning of section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and
 Section 21 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and are subject to the safe
 harbor provisions of those sections and the Private Securities Litigation
 Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking
 statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risk
 uncertainties and that the actual results or developments may differ
 materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of various
 factors.  Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to,
 domainLogix's limited operating history, number of customers, domainLogix's
 dependence on the implementation of the OBEM standards, the rate by which
 customers move from the existing standards to OBEM, and competition from
 companies with substantially greater resources. We have based these
 forward-looking statements on information currently available and disclaim any
 intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement.
     domainLogix Corporation and OBEM XP are trademarks of domainLogix
 Corporation. All other products or company names mentioned are used for
 identification purposes only, and may be trademarks of their respective
 owners.
 
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