Automation

The Customer Need

Industrial Automation

A major OEM designs and builds machines to process the silicon wafers used by semiconductor equipment manufacturers. In this application processing capability, longevity and card interface flexibility are prime application requirements. Option cards that were designed and built by the OEM control specialized sensors and actuators on the wafer processing machines. The latest option cards utilize PCI Express®, but some older cards in the design application are legacy cards using the ISA interface. The cost of re-designing these special purpose ISA cards is prohibitive, so the customer needed a computer architecture capable of multiple interfaces that run the gamut from PCI Express to ISA.

The Trenton Solution

Trenton’s BPG6544 PICMG 1.3 backplane supports ISA, PCI, PCI-X and PCI Express option cards. This backplane capability coupled with a Trenton graphics-class system host board such as the TQ9 provides the system architecture needed by the OEM to support the latest PCI Express option cards as well as legacy PCI and ISA cards. The PICMG 1.3 architecture provides the flexibility the customer needs to support a range of different silicon wafer processing machine configurations.

Trenton Value Delivered

Trenton designed board-level hardware in the OEM’s system solution that have been adopted for cross platform machine configurations. In some applications Trenton designed a custom backplane to meet unique configuration requirements. The OEM and Trenton engineers have been collaborative partners on innovative designs providing the customer with engineering resources that helped them meet their productivity and revenue goals.