GW Associates to Provide KLA-Tencor 300 MM Connectivity Solution

Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from GW Associates, Inc.

    SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 GW Associates today announced that it has reached agreement with leading
 semiconductor equipment supplier KLA-Tencor whereby GW Associates will provide
 its recently unveiled 300 mm connectivity solution in KLA-Tencor's 300 mm
 semiconductor production equipment.
     Despite the current industry downturn, chipmakers and their suppliers
 continue to ramp up on 300 mm chip equipment and fab needs with the
 anticipation of full production coming in 2002.  Connectivity of critical
 semiconductor equipment has been a growing concern throughout the 300 mm
 transition.  However, within the first four months of 2001, GW Associates has
 overcome this problem by shipping its first GWconX300mm connectivity software
 to more than 30 types of 300 mm process, metrology, and material handling
 equipment.
     The agreement with GW Associates will enable KLA-Tencor to insure their
 300 mm product offerings meet current industry standards.  300 mm fabs demand
 SECS/GEM interfaces are shipped with the tools and are fully compliant out of
 the box.
     "We expect 2001 to be a banner year largely as a result of our ability to
 bring to market our new GWConX300 solution ahead of schedule," commented
 Jack Ghiselli, president of GW Associates.
     According to Ghiselli, "By building on our base of over 30,000 installed
 200 mm SECS/GEM software packages we have addressed an industry need and been
 able to introduce a robust fully compliant 300 mm communications software that
 integrates quickly into all semiconductor production equipment."
     GWconX300 is a software package for semiconductor equipment manufacturers
 to efficiently implement SEMI's new 300 mm equipment connectivity and
 automation standards on all types of process, metrology and material handling
 equipment. All 300 mm wafer fabs today are demanding a standard equipment
 interface, based on the SEMI standards E87, E84, E39, E90 and E40/E94.
 KLA-Tencor will incorporate GW's connectivity software to provide this
 complete interface.
 
     About GW Associates Inc.
     Founded in 1975 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., GW Associates Inc.
 is the semiconductor industry's leader in enabling factory integration
 products that comply with Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International
 (SEMI) Semiconductor Equipment Communications Standards (SECS) and the SEMI
 Generic Equipment Model Standard (GEM), as well as the new 300 mm standards.
 The company also provides computer software and services for factory
 automation a variety of electronics manufacturing environments.  GW Associates
 is located at 1183 Bordeaux Drive, Suite 27, Sunnyvale, CA, 94089.  Visit
 GW Associates on the World Wide Web at http://www.gwa.com .
 
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    SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 GW Associates today announced that it has reached agreement with leading
 semiconductor equipment supplier KLA-Tencor whereby GW Associates will provide
 its recently unveiled 300 mm connectivity solution in KLA-Tencor's 300 mm
 semiconductor production equipment.
     Despite the current industry downturn, chipmakers and their suppliers
 continue to ramp up on 300 mm chip equipment and fab needs with the
 anticipation of full production coming in 2002.  Connectivity of critical
 semiconductor equipment has been a growing concern throughout the 300 mm
 transition.  However, within the first four months of 2001, GW Associates has
 overcome this problem by shipping its first GWconX300mm connectivity software
 to more than 30 types of 300 mm process, metrology, and material handling
 equipment.
     The agreement with GW Associates will enable KLA-Tencor to insure their
 300 mm product offerings meet current industry standards.  300 mm fabs demand
 SECS/GEM interfaces are shipped with the tools and are fully compliant out of
 the box.
     "We expect 2001 to be a banner year largely as a result of our ability to
 bring to market our new GWConX300 solution ahead of schedule," commented
 Jack Ghiselli, president of GW Associates.
     According to Ghiselli, "By building on our base of over 30,000 installed
 200 mm SECS/GEM software packages we have addressed an industry need and been
 able to introduce a robust fully compliant 300 mm communications software that
 integrates quickly into all semiconductor production equipment."
     GWconX300 is a software package for semiconductor equipment manufacturers
 to efficiently implement SEMI's new 300 mm equipment connectivity and
 automation standards on all types of process, metrology and material handling
 equipment. All 300 mm wafer fabs today are demanding a standard equipment
 interface, based on the SEMI standards E87, E84, E39, E90 and E40/E94.
 KLA-Tencor will incorporate GW's connectivity software to provide this
 complete interface.
 
     About GW Associates Inc.
     Founded in 1975 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., GW Associates Inc.
 is the semiconductor industry's leader in enabling factory integration
 products that comply with Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International
 (SEMI) Semiconductor Equipment Communications Standards (SECS) and the SEMI
 Generic Equipment Model Standard (GEM), as well as the new 300 mm standards.
 The company also provides computer software and services for factory
 automation a variety of electronics manufacturing environments.  GW Associates
 is located at 1183 Bordeaux Drive, Suite 27, Sunnyvale, CA, 94089.  Visit
 GW Associates on the World Wide Web at http://www.gwa.com .
 
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