Brooks-PRI Automation Selects IONA Orbix E2A Application Server Platform to Support Semiconductor Clean Room Automation

10/1/2002 - IONA®, the leading e-Business platform provider for Web Services Integration, announced Brooks-PRI Automation, which delivers total automation for semiconductor manufacturing, is using IONA's Orbix E2ATM Application Server Platform as the foundation of its CLASS MCSTM real-time, material control system.

Brooks-PRI CLASS MCSTM; is an automated material handling solution designed to control AMHS equipment and manage carriers and data movement within the semiconductor fab and flat panel display fab, from raw material to packaged product. IONA's Orbix E2A Application Server Platform supports Brooks-PRI Automation's CLASS MCS software, enabling 24x7 coordination of mission-critical applications that orchestrate the function of robotics and other machinery responsible for maintaining a clean room environment.

"High availability and fail-over are extremely important in our business. If CLASS MCS goes down for even an hour a year, our customers' businesses can be compromised," said Mike Thompson, vice president of planning and logistics solutions, Brooks-PRI Automation. "CLASS MCS is one of the largest Java applications in the world, and IONA's Orbix E2A allows us to connect the multiple components of the system centrally to ensure zero-downtime and maximum production for our customers."

"Brooks-PRI Automation's CLASS MCS software is critical to the operations of many major semiconductor manufacturer in the world, where reliability and quality are always a top priority," said Bob Potter, executive vice president of business operations at IONA. "Brooks-PRI Automation, Inc. recognizes the strength and performance capabilities of our Orbix E2A Application Server Platform, and we're proud to be part of a solution that customers can purchase with confidence."

About Brooks-PRI Automation
Brooks-PRI (NASDAQ: BRKS) delivers total automation. The company's hardware, software and services can manage every wafer, reticle and data movement in the fab, helping semiconductor manufacturers accelerate time-to-market while reducing their risk. Brooks-PRI products are used in virtually every fab in the world.

About IONA
IONA is the leading e-Business Platform provider for Web Services Integration with more than 4,500 customers worldwide. IONA Orbix E2ATM, which consists of the award-winning Orbix E2A Web Services Integration Platform and Orbix E2A Application Server Platform, enables the flow of information across disparate systems and the liberation of application assets for new business opportunities. Founded in 1991, IONA® (NASDAQ: IONA) is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with U.S. headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts and offices worldwide.

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