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Wonderware Introduces SECS-II/GEM Equipment Kit At SEMICON West 99.

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 12, 1999--

Wonderware Debuts SECS-II/GEM Equipment Kit --

Communication Interface to SECS-II/GEM Host Kit

Wonderware Corporation Monday announced the introduction of its SECS-II/GEM Equipment Kit, a companion product to the previously released SECS-II/GEM Host Kit.

These complimentary products combine to provide host-side and equipment-side SECS-II communication capability to a variety of ActiveX enabled products. Designed to support Wonderware's FactorySuite(TM) integrated suite of automation software, which includes InTouch(TM), InTrack(TM), InBatch(TM), InControl(TM) and IndustrialSQL Server(TM) products, both the Equipment and Host Kits will be demonstrated July 12-14 at SEMICON West 99 in San Francisco. Wonderware's booth (No. 8510) is located in the Yerba Buena Hall in the Marriott, adjacent to the Moscone center.

"The introduction of SECS-II/GEM Equipment Kit is an important step in our evolution as a total manufacturing solutions provider to the semiconductor industry," said Carl Hoffman, product marketing manager, Wonderware. "We're excited to be able to provide this interface with compliance to SECS-I, SECS-II, HSMS-SS and GEM, which has been tested with GW Associates' SECSIM Pro(TM)."

Wonderware's SECS-II/GEM Equipment Kit and Host Kit

The SECS-II/GEM Equipment Kit is used as a drop-in addition to InTouch (Human Machine Interface) by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) who want an easy way to add GEM-compliant SECS-II capability to equipment that uses InTouch as an operator faceplate with standard I/O servers communicating to any on-board PLCs. The Equipment Kit interface provides an easy-to-use configuration to reduce setup time versus writing specific, customized code.

"The Equipment Kit in conjunction with InTouch provides an elegant way to create a GEM-compliant equipment interface that also takes full advantage of the spectrum of Wonderware's product offerings," said Louis Ross, product engineer, Wonderware. "The only development time is spent configuring a data model of the equipment -- no code to write."

The Host Kit is intended for customers who operate fabrication facilities, and want to use InTouch, InTrack or InBatch to control semiconductor equipment over a SECS-II connection. The Host Kit is able to communicate with many Tools (equipment) simultaneously through both SECS-I (serial RS-232) and HSMS-SS (TCP/IP) protocols.

About Wonderware

Wonderware is the world's leading independent supplier of industrial automation software and is a unit of the Invensys plc Industrial Automation division. Founded in 1987, Wonderware pioneered the use of Microsoft(R) Windows(R) based, human-machine-interface (HMI) automation software for manufacturing operation systems. Wonderware's FactorySuite(TM) 2000, the industry's most powerful suite of automation tools, is an integrated set of Windows NT(TM)-based application development modules used to configure factory automation systems for supervisory control and data acquisition; PC-based control; work-in-process tracking; batch process management; a real-time relational database; and Internet remote application viewing capabilities.

Wonderware is based in Irvine and has regional offices in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia to provide support to its network of more than 150 distributor offices. The company has more than 100,000 software installations in more than 25,000 plants worldwide. Visit the Wonderware home page at: http://www.wonderware.com or for specific SECS-II/GEM product information, contact secs@wonderware.com.

SECSIM Pro(TM) is a trademark of GW Associates Corp. All Trademarks and Registered Trademarks mentioned herein are property of their respective owners.
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