EDAConnect, from Cimetrix Incorporated (OTC: CMXX), is a client-side software library designed to assist integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) and third party software providers in creating applications that can utilize the rich data available via the new Interface A connectivity standards commonly known as Equipment Data Acquisition (EDA).
Created by Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) in cooperation with International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI), the Interface A standards provide a second connectivity port for on-demand, high-quality data to be used by IDM critical equipment engineering systems such as Advanced Process Control. EDAConnect allows IDMs to upgrade existing fab software systems or create new systems to make use of the Interface A data. Third party software equipment engineering systems providers can also use EDAConnect to upgrade their software to be Interface A enabled. EDAConnect can be used to generate Interface A testing solutions.
Providing high performance and ease of use, EDAConnect is designed using Microsoft .NET 2.0 and 3.0 technologies. A key feature of the new solution is an abstraction layer, which allows for SEMI standard version independence, providing both the client and the equipment the ability to use the same versions of the SEMI Interface A standards. As Interface A is adopted and revised, IDMs and third party software suppliers will have to support multiple, concurrent versions. The EDAConnect abstraction layer creates a migration path as the Interface A standards are upgraded as well as the ability to handle mixed standards versions within the same fab. Additional features include simplified data collection setup and data reception and built-in logging, caching, and queuing to minimize network bandwidth issues.