Jena, Germany--July 24, 1997--SGS-Thomson Microelectronics has selected Jenoptik Infab, a Jenoptik Group company, to provide all fab automation at its newest SMIF/ minienvironment wafer fabrication facilities in Rousset, France.
The announcement was made by John Scammell, vice president for business development at the new Jenoptik Technology Center in Germany. He said the SGS-Thomson order incorporates such critical responsibilities as CIM system design, software integration, equipment integration, SMIF robots, advanced wafer lot tracking, and minienvironment technologies.
Jenoptik Infab invented the ergonomic SMIF robot three years ago. The company has maintained market share leadership and shipped more than 1,000 robots using these technologies.
Jenoptik Infab was responsible for automation and system integration of the Siemens 8-inch facilities in Newcastle, United Kingdom, and Philips MOS4YOU in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and is currently playing a similar role for other future European and Asian facilities.
The Rousset facilities, the latest in a series of expansions by SGS-Thomson, is scheduled for full production of 0.35-m and even smaller circuits on 8-inch (200 mm) silicon wafers by the end of 1999. The company has continued to grow and expand globally, despite slowdowns by many companies in the industry.
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