Fremont, Calif.--Oct. 30, 1997--Asyst Technologies Inc., the leading supplier of minienvironment and SMIF-based technology to the worldwide semiconductor industry, announced a major multimillion-dollar order from United Semiconductor Corp. (USC), a subsidiary of United Microelectronics Corp. Group (Hsinchu, Taiwan).
The order, for multiple Asyst SMIF-LPT (Load Port Transfer) systems, minienvironments, and computer integrated manufacturing -related products, extends Asyst's dominance as the leading SMIFprovider in the Taiwanese semiconductor market. Installation of the Asyst LPT systems for 8-inch wafer processing will begin at the end of 1997.
USC will use the highly adaptable LPTs in its recent foundry expansion to produce various integrated circuits (ICs) with 0.25-(m design rules.
Asyst reports that as chipmakers in the Asia-Pacific region prepare to meet aggressive production schedules, Asyst continues to experience accelerated adoption of SMIF manufacturing among the region's key players. According to recent projections from independent market research firm Dataquest (San Jose, Calif.), the Asia-Pacific region will experience the fastest growth in semiconductor production, with a forecasted compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.4 percent from 1995 to 2001, outpacing the worldwide CAGR of 13.8 percent.
With this order, Asyst now provides SMIF-based technology for 95 percent of the semiconductor manufacturing facilities in Taiwan.
USC plans to use the Asyst LPT systems to maintain or increase its 40,000 wafer-per-month output level for new 0.25-(m design rules. The LPTs will provide USC with an ultraclean wafer environment solution without incurring the high costs or significant facility downtimes associated with cleanroom expansions.
Lisa Garcia or Doug McCutcheon
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