Inc. today announced that it has been awarded an integrated service contract
by Fujitsu Microelectronics Ltd. to support its advanced 300mm semiconductor
factory in Mie, Japan. Under the program, Applied will service over 100 Applied
chipmaking systems utilizing its innovative Applied Performance Service™
solution that scales service levels to match factory loading. In addition, Applied
will implement its Applied E3™ advanced equipment and process control
technology on Fujitsu Microelectronics Mie plant's entire toolset to increase
the efficiency, predictability and profitability of Fujitsu Microelectronics'
system-on-chip (SoC) manufacturing process.
“The SoC market requires a high degree of application-specific customization,
resulting in a constantly changing product mix. Maintaining tight process control
on every wafer is critical to profitability,” said Kiyoshi Watanabe, corporate
vice president, Fujitsu Microelectronics Ltd. “The Applied Performance
Service Program paces service and price to actual utilization rates to provide
us with committed uptime performance at a low, predictable cost that tracks
The uniquely flexible Applied Performance Service program can reduce maintenance
costs by an average of 15%, making it a particularly powerful strategy for chipmakers
producing SoC and other cost-sensitive logic devices, especially in times of
rapidly changing demand. Using proprietary fingerprinting algorithms, the Applied
E3 solution further raises cost-efficiency by optimizing and tracking the process
performance of every tool in the fab. The E3 system's fault detection
and classification (FDC) technology provides rapid feedback on tool, wafer and
lot performance to avoid unexpected excursions that impact productivity and
cycle time, while run-to-run control (R2R) adjusts processing parameters in
real time to enable more consistent output and higher device yields.
“Applied's high-tech service approach is a perfect match for a
sophisticated and agile fab such as Fujitsu Microelectronics' Mie plant,”
said Charlie Pappis, vice president and general manager of Applied Global Services.
“By combining variable service with equipment and process automation,
customers can reduce costs and take advantage of the unused potential of their
existing assets. The growing momentum of our service business in Asia is a testament
to Applied's unique ability to provide innovative support solutions.”
For more information, visit www.appliedmaterials.com/products/performance_services_2.html.