PRI Automation receives multi-million dollar order from TSMC, the world's largest semiconductor foundry.BILLERICA, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 24, 1997--
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"We are investing U.S. $1.2-billion in our Fab V to ensure TSMC's leadership in the foundry business," said Jyan-Bang Chen, Senior Director of TSMC North Site. "TSMC Fab V is the first fab in Taiwan to feature a 'stacked' design--two three-story cleanrooms on top of one another--to save land. We are very delighted to be working with PRI in building a state-of-the-art fab that will best serve our customers' needs."
"TSMC is the world's largest foundry, as well as the largest chip maker in Taiwan. We're excited to be working with them," said PRI's president Mitch Tyson. "PRI is committed to becoming the leading factory automation supplier to Asian semiconductor manufacturers, and this customer relationship is a significant milestone for us."
PRI has captured more than 90% of the U.S. and European markets, and won major orders in the Pacific Rim Pacific Rim, term used to describe the nations bordering the Pacific Ocean and the island countries situated in it. In the post–World War II era, the Pacific Rim has become an increasingly important and interconnected economic region. from semiconductor manufacturers such as Samsung, Mosel Vitelic, Anam Semiconductor and TI-Acer. "Part of PRI's growth strategy is to enlarge its customer base via geographical expansion, and the growing Pacific Rim market presents a tremendous opportunity for us," noted Tyson.
About PRI Automation
PRI Automation, Inc., headquartered in Billerica, Mass., is the leading U.S. supplier of factory automation systems that serve the needs of large, mid-sized and specialty semiconductor manufacturers and the flat panel display A thin display screen for computer and TV usage. The first flat panels appeared on laptop computers in the mid-1980s, and the LCD technology became the standard. Stand-alone LCD screens became available for desktop computers in the mid-1990s and exceeded sales of CRTs for the first time industry. The Company combines advanced robotics technology with material handling software to automate the complex processes of integrated circuit integrated circuit (IC), electronic circuit built on a semiconductor substrate, usually one of single-crystal silicon. The circuit, often called a chip, is packaged in a hermetically sealed case or a nonhermetic plastic capsule, with leads extending from it for manufacturing. PRI's systems--which include overhead monorails, wafer stockers, reticle stockers, material control software, and factory simulation and other services--maximize wafer yield and equipment utilization in a wide range of semiconductor manufacturing environments, while providing efficient work-in-process logistics to optimize manufacturing throughput. PRI currently has more than 1,400 systems, including 30 full-fab automation systems, installed at approximately 100 locations worldwide. -0- AeroTrak and TransNet are trademarks of PRI Automation.
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