Palo Alto, Calif.--Aug. 20, 1997--Echelon Corp. (Palo Alto, Calif.) announced the selection of its LONWORKS control network technology as a standard by SEMI (Semiconductor Equipment Materials International). SEMI standard E-61 specifies LONWORKS as a sensor bus for connecting simple as well as complex sensors, actuators, and instrumentation within equipment and between equipment.
LONWORKS is already the de-facto sensor bus standard for semiconductor manufacturing with installations in over half the semiconductor fab plants around the world. According to an independent study by Venture Development Corp. (VDC), LONWORKS represented 60.9 percent of all installed sensor bus nodes in the semiconductor industry in 1995. VDC projects that LONWORKS will maintain this leading position in the semiconductor market with a 55.4 percent market share in 1999, ahead of its nearest competitor--DeviceNet.
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