April 2012

Murata show room installation of RTCL

iCADA's reticle management software (RTCL) — a control system based on iCADA's RSM technology — is now installed at Murata's show room in Japan. This installation is a full RTCL / RSM installation, integrating Murata stockers.
December 2011

RTCL in production at a major foundry in the US

iCADA is proud to announce that the reticle management software RTCL (RSM) went productive at a major foundry in the US.  Our short integration time with the customer's application infrastructure enabled RTCL to support the first silicon.
October 2011

RTCL in production at a major foundry in Germany

In September this year iCADA successfully completed the functional acceptance test for the reticle management system at a major foundry in Germany. Early in October, RTCL (based on RSM) went productive and is now managing all reticles at this foundry over their entire life cycle.
July 2011

Tool simulator integrated with a real MCS environment

iCADA completed the integration of a tool simulator from their RSM system with real MCS environment at a US customer's R&D facility. It is the first time that a simulator was combined with the real world, and it shows the potential of iCADA's reticle management software.
June 2010

Management buy-out of iCADA GmbH

Ludwigshafen, Germany, 27. June 2010 — A manage­ment group has acquired iCADA GmbH for an un­dis­closed price.

iCADA will maintain its operation in Ludwigs­hafen and will continue to offer reticle manage­ment solutions for the semi­conductor industry.

“A company being fully focused on critical and highly specialized auto­mation solutions, given the economic constraints of the semi­conductor industry, is the best answer for our customers,” said Tobias Ferber, CTO of iCADA, in a state­ment and continued “with this MBO we have also added to our team extensive management experience in the fields of strategic leader­ship, finance and marketing.”

iCADA provides an award winning reticle management solution that covers the entire reticle life cycle in the wafer fab. The software is used in production by several semi­conductor companies for more than 10 years, and has been setting the standards for reticle information management in the semi­conductor industry.

iCADA was founded in 1999 and then, in 2008, its majority had been acquired by the Tec-Sem Group (Switzer­land).
May 2010


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July 2008

iCADA becomes a Tec-Sem Group company

Tec-Sem Group AG (SWX Swiss Exchange: TSGN) has signed a contract to acquire 55 % ownership of the privately held iCADA GmbH, Ludwigshafen, with an option to purchase the remaining 45 %. The transaction's first step to purchase a 55 % stake in iCADA from the owners has been completed today; the parties have agreed not to disclose the transaction price. Rudy Federici, CEO of Tec-Sem Group AG has sold the total of his 10 % ownership of iCADA and the founders of iCADA have sold the other 45 %. The agreement also provides Tec-Sem Group the right to acquire the remaining 45 % stake in iCADA from the founders until 1 January 2011.

Rudy Federici, Tec-Sem Group's CEO, commented: “iCADA's software is the best of bread for reticle management; with the acquisition of iCADA, our group can now offer a package including the newly introduced reticle storage system and the software used for the entire reticle life-cycle management within wafer-fabs.”

Tobias Ferber, CTO of iCADA, added: “by joining the Tec-Sem Group, we can now take full advantage of the worldwide sales and service organization of the Group, the possibility to offer complete solutions to our customers will lead to additional sales, I am happy to join forces with the Tec-Sem Group AG.”

About Tec-Sem Group AG

Tec-Sem Group AG is a leading provider of high-tech solutions to the global semiconductor industry. Tec-Sem Group AG directly owns highly innovative and specialized Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturing companies that develop and manufacture Wafer and Reticle Management Systems as well as non-contact, non-destructive Wafer Metrology Systems. Our equipment is environmentally friendly and enhances customers' competitiveness. Tec-Sem Group teams of experienced and highly qualified sales and service professionals support the Semiconductor Manufacturers worldwide. The group owns a portfolio of private equity participation from the time before it changed into an industrial holding company; these investments are being prepared for exits.

Tec-Sem Group AG registered shares (TSGN) are listed on the SWX Swiss Stock Exchange. Additional information about Tec-Sem Group AG and its products is available on the company's website: www.tec-semgroup.com

Tec-Sem Group AG
Lohstampfestr. 11
P. O. Box 272
CH-8274 Tägerwilen
June 2008

SEMICON West 2008

July 15–17,
San Francisco, USA

Visit us at:
Tec-Sem booth #2413, South Hall
CamLine booth #5989, North Hall

We present the award-winning Reticle Management Software (RSM). Our products cover the entire reticle and carrier life cycle including mask ordering, CofC validation, incoming qualification, reticle stocker automation, reticle inspection, tracking of movements, status changes, waiver, requal, repell, repair, etc.

Our Advanced Inspection Management provides for triggering and monitoring of reticle inspections, based on a very flexible counter and timer mechanism. Dynamic cycles per reticle or reticle group can be configured, e.g. to reflect the decreasing inspection cycles after reticle cleaning/repair, when counting the exposure dose to monitor crystal growth and haze. Automatic inspection download and analysis of all reticle inspection results (KLA Starlight/TeraScan, ASML IRIS, CANON PPC, NIKON PPD, Dr. Schenk Pollux, etc.) minimize human errors and insure that your business rules are strictly met.

Our Mask Vendor Connectivity (MaVen) provides for monitoring of the entire reticle order process, automatic status and ETA updates from the mask house, automatic read-in and plausibility/validation checks of data prep information, reticle order files (e. g. SEMI P10) and CofC files. Automatic emails to configurable groups of engineers can be sent, based on the validation result or other business rules. Corrective actions can be taken, before the reticle is manufactured or shipped, resulting in tremendous savings in both cost and time.

Our software provides an open interface to integrate seamlessly with any MES and MCS system, as well as photo dispatch and scheduler applications. It is in production since 1999 in many advanced fabs around the world.
February 2008

iCADA is moving

iCADA is growing — and so is our office. We are moving to a new, bigger office in the heart of Ludwigshafen in Germany. Internet and email addresses as well as phone numbers will remain unchanged. We are happy to serve you with the same well known quality at our new directions:

iCADA GmbH, Bahnhofstrasse 63, 67059 Ludwigshafen, Germany
December 2007

iCADA makes donation to Amnesty International 2007

We thank you very much for all your X-Mas cards and the best wishes for the new year. We also want to thank you for your confidence in iCADA and wish you a very prosperous and healthy year 2008. Like every year we have made a donation to Amnesty International instead of sending out X-Mas cards and hope that this finds your favor.

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