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MILPITAS, Calif. – July 20, 2020 – SEMI and Semiconductor Digest today announced finalists for the Best of West award to be presented at the virtual SEMICON West 2020. Presented annually, the Best of West award recognizes innovative new products or services that significantly advance the electronics manufacturing supply chain or a particular manufacturing capability.

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The following Best of West 2020 finalists will showcase their judged products in their booths at SEMICON West 2020, being held virtually this year for the first time:

Advanced Energy: eVoS™LE
A unigue technology that enables tightly targeted ion energy control, essential for precise processing of advanced etch and deposition applications used to create leading-edge device features at 5nm and below. Providing an alternative to conventional sinusoidal RF bias plasma power, that uses complex multi-frequency systems, eVoS produces customized narrow ion energy distributions in a singular solution.

Edwards Vaccum: ESV-X
The ESV-X automated mobile robot (AMR) is a future-focused product that utilizes inventive lifting and transport mechanisms to create a safe and efficient operating environment and is the first step toward the future vision of an automated sub-fab. Edwards’ versatile payload delivery platform lays the foundation for an interconnected sub-fab maintenance system that can be expanded upon to include field service assistance and smart storage.

Flexciton: Wafer Fab Scheduling Software
The scheduling software provides near-optimal fab plans with fast solution times and seeks to bridge the gap between heuristic and pure-optimization approaches. A hybrid-optimization model based on mixed-integer linear programming (MILP) employs advanced exact and approximate decomposition techniques and is able to significantly reduce the problem complexity, yet retain near-optimality.

SPTS Technologies Limited: Ascent™
This end-point detection technology is a novel method to monitor the progress of a SiC via etch to a GaN base layer. Launched earlier this year, it has been well received by the leading RF device manufacturers looking to implement process control, increase throughput, and maximize yields in volume production.

The Best of West award-winner will be announced during SEMICON West on Thursday, July 23, 2020. Learn more at

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