SEMI PV2 Standard Presents Framework to Standardize PV Manufacturing Equipment Communication Interfaces

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SEMI PV2 Standard Presents Framework to Standardize
PV Manufacturing Equipment Communication Interfaces

Association Announces Publication of Three Technical New Standards

SAN JOSE, Calif. – July 15, 2009 – SEMI today announced the publication of three new technical standards applicable to the semiconductor, MEMS and photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing industry. One of the new standards, PV2-0709, or “PV2,” marks a significant industry milestone, as it defines a unified equipment communication interface for PV production system, and is expected to provide multiple benefits to the PV industry including shorter ramp-up times, increased functionality, simplified requirement specifications, and increased potential cost savings for manufacturers.

“Up until now, the PV industry has lacked a unified communication standard between production equipment and the shop floor,” said James Amano, director of SEMI International Standards. “Through the creation and implementation of the PV2 standard, major production line processes can now be fully automated by shop floor IT systems that rely on communications with production equipment.”

The other new standards include:

SEMI D54–Specification for Substrate Management of FPD Production: standardizes communication between host and equipment at glass substrate transfer points in FPD fab automated material handling systems (AMHS).

SEMI E152–Mechanical Specification of EUV Pod for 150 mm EUVL Reticles: specifies the mechanical interface requirements of a new reticle handling and protection method, i.e., EUV-pod reticle carrier, in Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography of the next generation semiconductor manufacturing.

SEMI Standards are published three times a year. The new standards, part of the July 2009 publication cycle, join more than 780 standards that have been published by SEMI during the past 35 years. The new standards, developed by technical experts from equipment and materials suppliers, device manufacturers and other companies participating in the SEMI International Standards Program, are available for purchase at

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