IBM SiView Standard provides fast track to higher yields
Keeping ahead of the game is tougher than ever in today's semiconductor industry. Competition is worldwide and markets are fast becoming price sensitive. Product and plant floor improvements appear almost overnight. Competitive advantage can disappear due to shorter product life cycles.
Globally, companies are reaching higher productivity, with better quality, at lower costs, with faster turns due to advances in plant floor technology. How you integrate technology into your business is critical to continued growth and prosperity.
Now, there's a powerful set of tools to help you achieve higher levels of integration in semiconductor manufacturing - IBM IndustryView for Semiconductor for Multiplatforms, or SiView Standard.
Building upon the legacy of IBM Poseidon, an award-winning factory automation solution, SiView Standard provides an open, multiplatform environment designed to adapt readily to changing plant floor requirements.
You need to upgrade fabs and equipment to manage introductions of new technology - 300MM and beyond. You need to eliminate mistakes during the manufacturing process. To do that, you need greater automation of process and material handling equipment, and real-time feedback and analysis of process equipment and product data.
And that's just the beginning! You also need solutions to everyday business challenges, like yield learning, equipment utilization, production scheduling to satisfy tougher, stricter quality and customer service requirements. A better Manufacturing Execution System (MES), like SiView Standard, is part of the solution.
SiView Standard. Proven performance, complete plant integration.
Long term profitability depends upon the flexibility to adopt new technical innovations. Since the average fab operates for 15 years or more, it is important to choose an open, flexible CIM system that's easy to customize and integrate while being compatible with industry standards.
SiView Standard is an integrated Manufacturing Execution System (MES) and equipment automation offering from IBM that's compatible with the SEMY/SEMATECH CIM Framework and Object Management Group (OMG) standards. It uses object-oriented technology with plug-and-play flexibility, to let you fine tune the performance you need to gain competitive advantage.
Just as important, SiView Standard comes from a company that has deep skills and experience in semiconductor manufacturing, and leverages the latest network and collaborative technologies on the plant floor. SiView Standard can integrate with powerful technologies such as Tivoli Systems for systems management, Lotus Notes for collaborative computing, Visualization Data Explorer for visualization and data mining, and network computing. It's all open so you can more easily communicate; it supports and enhances efficient 24/7 operations; and it leverages the advanced products other developers bring to the table.
The benefits of SiView Standard are far-reaching: it becomes a cornerstone of continuing improvement in manufacturing processes.
Because SiView Standard is object-oriented, you can adapt factory operations to new and changing technologies more quickly. That helps you boost process yields, optimize equipment use, reduce lead times and efficiently shrink system development time. So SiView Standard can make a difference when time to market is key to profitability.
Plant Integration for the 21st Century... Today
SiView Standard takes IBM's proven Poseidon functionality to the next level by fully conforming to SEMY/SEMATECH's CIM Framework and OMG standards, as well as with object-oriented technology. SiView Standard offers new features and benefits to the semiconductor industry.
Designed for flexibility and extendibility
The SEMY/SEMATECH framework provides interface specifications for components within an MES system. This allows customers to have many options in the configuration of their particular MES solution, including connection to existing legacy systems, as well as new functions and technology.
IBM SiView Standard's capabilities for substitution and extension include easy-to-customize options, support for the complete override of existing behaviors via object-oriented techniques, and complete component substitution. It truly leads the industry in conformance to the SEMY/SEMATECH CIM Framework.
Designed for around-the-clock manufacturing operations
Today's semiconductor factory operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So MES and automation software must provide total reliability under those same demands. SiView Standard uses proven database technology and managed application technology from IBM and its subsidiary, Tivoli Systems. The database technology allows continual operations, and the application management technology allows rapid and dynamic distribution of software updates and configuration changes.
Enabled for platform portability
SiView Standard is available on a variety of platforms, including AIX for servers, and Windows NT for clients. SiView Standard will be enabled for any CORBA 2.0 compliant Object Request Brokers (ORBs).
Offers graphical build-time tools and flexibility
SiView Standard provides a graphical interface that exploits visualization and simulation tools, and allows you to modify on line manufacturing process flows.
SiView Standard takes an HACMP approach for high availability manufacturing operations, with automated backup and recovery capabilities. It's a fault tolerant hardware architecture for 24/7 operations.
Designed for fast integration
Industry standard components make integration easy.
Combine that with the use of the SEMY/SEMATECH framework for applications, Object Management Architecture standards for infrastructure, and ORBs, and SiView Standard truly stands apart: it allows substitutability, integration, portability and significantly improved ease of use.
Provides full automation
SiView Standard provides machine language interface tools that can help reduce costs and eliminate delays associated with the integration and automation of new process or material handling equipment. The adaptability and robustness of the embedded technology is the result of over ten years of equipment integration and automation experience in IBM fabs worldwide. The SiView Standard automation interface can also support connection to Murata Machinery's Muratec Automation Control System (MACS) and Brooks Automation's CLASS MCS products.
An overview of SiView Standard Architecture
SiView Standard contains two major object-oriented architectural blocks: Common Object Support Services (COSS) and SEMY/SEMATECH CIM Framework conformant MES applications. The chart depicts the SEMY/SEMATECH conformant architecture of SiView Standard.
Object-oriented applications a strength of SiView Standard.
Five major applications showcase the richness of SiView Standard's feature set. Each conforms with SEMY/SEMATECH's CIM framework.
This powerful application is designed for production planning capable of managing operations across multiple levels of a manufacturing site. It's very adaptable to rapidly changing manufacturing requirements, including the increased automation and real-time equipment control necessary for 300MM. For long-term planning, it interfaces with your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system or other advanced scheduling systems to produce lot process schedules based upon customer commitments.
A planner that works in conjunction with the current status of floor equipment and work-in-progress can use the data to develop real-time optimized production schedules. Queue control can be used as a basis for selecting lot process sequencing for each work shift.
At the dispatch level, operators receive "What's next?" processing guidance, or, depending upon the level of automation, can route product to the next step without manned intervention. In addition, the scheduling application can interface with Brooks Automation's Advanced Productivity Facility (APF). The real time dispatching facility of APF can be used by SiView for product dispatching.
It provides two unique and related components: product specification and document management. Product specification defines the factory process flows that build a product. Document management controls policies regarding the versions and activation of product specification documents.
In addition, document management manages other types of documents such as bill of material specifications, chemical safety information, and operator instructions.
It releases all material into the factory and tracks the material throughout. It tracks all the material of different types: products, durables and consumables. Products are formed into lots that are units of processing in the factory.
Durables and consumables are tracked to ensure they are available when needed for lot processing. SiView Standard provides floor monitors that graphically depict the location and status of product in production.
This application uses advanced logic based on data captured on line and stored in a relational database to support quality management, yield improvement and real-time statistical process control. Western Electric rules are applied to evaluate data and detect errors. A full range of corrective actions can then be taken, to increase yields and reduce rework.
This application supports the SECS and GEM standard automation interfaces to facilitate management and control of process equipment. It also supports the download of equipment control parameters, and the upload of resulting equipment process and product data for analysis. It can be purchased as a separate module, which can hook to any other MES without disrupting the entire fab. The module provides communications capability and real-time statistical process control (SPC).
The manager also provides automation control for stand-alone and cluster tools, stockers and intra/inter bay transports. It allows operation in manual, semi-automated or fully automated modes, so it adapts as your needs change.
But that's not all. SiView Standard also provides Reporting and Central Floor Monitor modules for various levels of external interface and factory status reporting. Each of these modules are developed using facilities of the innovative new COSS infrastructure.
Common Object Support Services (COSS) from IBM
COSS provides an essential object-oriented infrastructure to ease application development and flexibility, which provides extendibility and substitutability. Using IONA Technology's ORBIX as an object request broker, COSS provides common services for all object-oriented industry solutions.
These common services include naming, persistence, life cycle, security, concurrency, event management and transaction management. As depicted in the diagram on the previous page, COOS provides three major subsystems.
Event Notification Services
This subsystem supports the publish- and-subscribe paradigm, guaranteed event delivery, persistent events, event subscriptions, and filterable events. It provides a CORBA 2.0 compliant events interface that is an OMG standard "event broker." The interface thus eases configuration/mapping of SEMY/SEMATECH events to correct CORBA event channels.
Business Object Server
This subsystem provides a framework for easy implementation of reusable business objects. It separates application business logic from the underlying infrastructure, capturing low-level CORBA services such as security, transactions, life cycle, concurrency and persistence. Data object classes handle mapping to persistent store. The managed object framework coordinates object life cycles.
In addition, this subsystem simplifies business object deployment and ORBIX server development. It makes it easier for clients to use business objects accessed and referenced as normal CORBA objects. The business objects always appear to be in memory when they are referenced, and the server run-time manages concurrent client access.
This subsystem integrates Tivoli's Application Manager Enabler with several components within COSS: ORBIX ORB, COSS services, the event notification system, business object server and CIM framework base classes. Tivoli excels in key systems management disciplines including deployment, monitoring, command and control. These systems management capabilities are required for highly available manufacturing operations.
The IBM Advantage
In the fast-paced and demanding manufacturing environment of today, global competition and highly specialized operations are facts of life. Choosing an effective, proven MES solution such as SiView Standard is more critical than ever. And IBM is ready to help you with the enterprise-wide planning to implement SiView Standard on a local or global basis.
IBM teams, including Microelectronics Division, Software Solutions, Global Services and Global Embedded and Production Solutions are just a few of the organizations that contribute top experts and resources to ensure that SiView Standard is state-of-the-art. These teams have real expertise in object-oriented development, automation, data warehousing, distributed transaction management, and semiconductor manufacturing.
Because integration is critical in any MES implementation, IBM is uniquely positioned as your prime contractor. IBM is the only vendor that can implement a total enterprise solution that incorporates a powerful manufacturing solution. It begins with IBM's business transformation solution offering, ERPConnect, which supports supply chain management, data mining, data warehousing and enterprise resource planning (ERP). But that's not all. It includes the latest hardware, network and collaborative computing software such as Lotus Notes and Internet/intranet initiatives, and telecommunications technologies and services. This is especially important for companies requiring the solution consistency and support for multi-plant or global operations.
With the benefit of IBM's practical expertise in real world business solutions, and a responsive service group around the world, you're in touch with the resources to give your company a competitive advantage for years to come.