ILS Technology on SEMICON West Floor With Enhanced Factory-to-Enterprise Connectivity Solutions

New eCentre Features Illustrate IC Industry's Confidence in e-manufacturing Security

BOCA RATON, Fla., July 6 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time at SEMICON West in San Francisco, Calif., ILS Technology will showcase its suite of software solutions for e-manufacturing connectivity in the Emerging Technologies Hall, where technologies on display are driving Moore's Law to its limits and beyond in nanotechnology, e-manufacturing, EDA and MEMS. Focus of the company's demonstrations will be on recent enhancements to eCentre(TM) -- the centerpiece of ILS Technology's product offerings. eCentre has been deployed worldwide for e-manufacturing capability involving secure connections between semiconductor equipment in the fab and OEM, or fab engineers both in or outside of the factory.

"We have added some significant new features to eCentre based on extensive feedback from fab equipment manufacturers (OEMs) operating at several different IC manufacturers (ICMs)," said Bill Ramus, senior vice president of commercial management at ILS Technology. "The gist of the new features is increased efficiency in monitoring and updating OEM tools, with access to knowledge and data from the OEM's home site directly into the fab, and vice-versa. This is all done with the leading security capability for which ILS is known. Now, OEMs can have all the information they need at their tools on the fab floor, and each new feature can be toggled on or off as required by the hosting ICM's security team."

Briefly described, eCentre's software components facilitate worldwide e-manufacturing access to and from a production floor, allowing remote monitoring of equipment for real-time data access and factory tool control. The capability of eCentre has been proven in semiconductor manufacturing where it has met International SEMATECH e-diagnostic guidelines for secure collaboration between equipment and personnel located within or external to user's wafer fabs.

    New features added to eCentre include:

     --   OEM Connector -- access to an OEM intranet while an OEM engineer is
          in a wafer fab, behind the fab's SSL Secure Sockets Layer/Virtual
          Private Network;
     --   Remote Application Access -- allows fab-approved remote telnet-like
          capability from an OEM site to their tools in wafer fabs, enabling
          the sending of a specific command line to and response from a tool;
     --   HTTP Proxy -- allows fab-approved OEM access to a Web server, on
          their tool, from outside the fab, enabling greater access to
          troubleshooting data and files;
     --   HTTP Reverse Proxy -- allows fab-approved HTTPS based applications
          to call servers from a customer site to the OEM site, for
          transmitting important subsystem performance parametrics,
          reliability data or periodic reports;
     --   Automatic Data Collection -- multi-site version of the existing
          eCentre FTP scheduler and real-time data-collection clients, to
          automate collection and installation of tool files and software;

"This is an impressive list of enhancements to e-manufacturing capability," said Ramus. "Even more significant, because the root source for these features is from OEMs who are already working in an e-manufacturing environment in production wafer fabs, it clearly shows that OEMs and ICMs using eCentre have developed confidence in its security and are now comfortable adding features that enhance the efficiency of e-manufacturing. The types of features added to eCentre were not possible when security was a concern."

Also on display at Semicon West are ILS Technology's Flexible Security Wrapper (FSW) and ServiceNet(TM) options. When ILS Technology's FSW is added to eCentre's capability, it enhances the control of data access based on real-time situational and context factors. Simply described, FSW filters a user's access to data based on a defined role regarding use of the data. Each individual user when accessing data, is authenticated -- a username and password (i.e., "connection approved"), and upon successful authentication, the set of rules that specify a list of dynamic conditions, including business conditions, individual user profiles, cumulative data collected, equipment states, etc. (i.e., "connection and context approved") is initiated to determine the specific data access flow to the user.

"We excel at providing a security solution in a shared e-manufacturing environment with which users are comfortable; we have removed the classic concerns," Ramus commented.

To enable a secure communication channel between factory equipment suppliers and manufacturing plants, ILS Technology's ServiceNet provides a cost-effective global hosting network. At the network hub, connected parties create a VPN-to-VPN tunnel between their companies based upon eCentre authentication. "With secured hubs located around the globe, ServiceNet is unmatched in its performance for speed in data access and transfer," said Ramus.

Demonstrations of the above products will be available in the Emerging Technologies Hall, booth # 4312. ILS Technology will also be present at the Microsoft booth # 4011, the Asyst Technologies booth #1338 South Hall and the WonderWare booth # 2826.

About ILS Technology

ILS Technology provides solutions for real-time manufacturing intelligence, helping its customers extract the information they need from production operations to make informed decisions and to reduce the costs of manufacturing. Its solutions are computer system "agnostic" -- capable of multiple operating system platforms to fit any chosen information technology environment, whether it is Linux, Unix, Windows, AIX, Sun, Win CE or Palm OS. ILS Technology's software solutions are being used in e-manufacturing applications in the semiconductor and automotive industries, and other embedded industrial applications. ILS Technology is wholly owned subsidiary of Park-Ohio Holdings. Park-Ohio, is a leading provider of supply chain logistics services and a manufacturer of highly engineered products for industrial original equipment manufacturers. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, the Company operates 24 manufacturing sites and 32 supply chain logistics facilities. Visit the Company Web site at http://www.pkoh.com for more information.

Contact: Bill Ramus of ILS Technology, +1-802-985-5400.

CONTACT: Bill Ramus of ILS Technology, +1-802-985-5400

Web site: http://www.pkoh.com//


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