Leading Semiconductor Manufacturer Turns to Camstar for World-Class Multi-site Final Manufacturing Operations
CAMPBELL, Calif. (September 2, 2004) - Camstar Systems, Inc, a leading provider of enterprise manufacturing execution and quality management systems, today announced that Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) is replacing its existing Manufacturing Execution System (MES) with Camstar's InSite™ application suite for test, assembly and packaging operations at its five world-class manufacturing facilities in Singapore, Penang and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Suzhou, China and Bangkok, Thailand. Technology Resources Group (TR-Group), one of the leading system integrators for the semiconductor automation market and a Camstar partner, will provide professional services for this implementation.
AMD will use InSite / Semiconductor Edition tightly integrated into its patented fab automation capabilities known collectively as Automated Precision Manufacturing (APM). With InSite, AMD will improve real-time visibility within its manufacturing operations, enabling it to react faster and with more flexibility to customer demand and improve the ramp-up of new product production. Additionally, this competitive replacement with Camstar's InSite suite of applications will enable AMD to further optimize the use of production assets while reducing costs and improving quality and efficiency.
InSite's technology foundation, which leverages Microsoft .NET technology, including a fully Web-based user interface and ease of integration to existing environment through XML, will allow AMD to smoothly transition to an entirely new MES platform within their manufacturing operations. In addition, InSite provides greater manageability and lower system support costs due to its performance capabilities, open infrastructure and out-of-the-box functionality and integration capability. InSite will be integrated with best-of-breed APM applications, existing legacy applications, and SAP's (NYSE: SAP) enterprise resource planning (ERP) application. By combining InSite with these applications, AMD will be able to improve reception of real-time production information from multiple sites, enabling managers to make more informed business decisions and more quickly modify business processes to meet changing demand.
"InSite's robust technology and easy-to-use interface is ideal for use in our Automated Precision Manufacturing environment," said Charles Clark, director of global manufacturing systems for AMD. "We needed a robust solution that would allow us to easily track production at our five manufacturing facilities, ensure product quality and reduce time to market."
"The relationship between AMD and Camstar was a key factor in the decision to go with InSite," said Mark Remson, director of AMD Asia Pacific Information Technology. "Camstar will provide the solution and service required to support our leading-edge technologies, and we believe Camstar offers the best out-of-the-box MES solution that fully addresses our semiconductor backend operational requirements."
"We are extremely excited that a leading semiconductor manufacturer, such as AMD, has chosen us to manage this key area of their business," said Dave Cone, president and CEO of Camstar. "We have more than 20 years of experience developing manufacturing solutions for the semiconductor industry and are confident that together with TR-Group, we will deliver a world-class manufacturing execution solution that will positively impact their bottom line."
"AMD's standardization on Microsoft .NET for its next-generation manufacturing factories is another endorsement of Microsoft as a provider of proven technology for high-volume, 24x7 operational environments," said Don Richardson, director of the Manufacturing Industry Solutions Group at Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT). "AMD's selection of Camstar, one of our .NET Connected Premium Service partners, further illustrates how a solution based on this technology can deliver considerable value to large companies."
About Camstar Systems, Inc.
Camstar is a leading provider of enterprise manufacturing execution and quality management systems for life sciences, semiconductor, electronics, and other global industrial manufacturers. Camstar's InSite product manages, monitors, and synchronizes manufacturing activities across globally distributed plants and integrates them in real-time with core business processes. The system enables customers to respond rapidly to changing demand, optimize the use of production assets, and quickly ramp the production of new products. More than 100 leading companies, including IBM, Corning, Kodak, Hitachi, Renesas, ASAT, Philips Semiconductor, Roche, Nortel, ZOLL Medical and Zeiss Meditec rely on Camstar as a trusted software partner.
About Technology Resources Group (TR-Group)
Technology Resources Group is a premier systems integrator strategically focused on supplying advanced technology products and services to the semiconductor and high-tech industries. Founded in 2003 by ex-TRW management team, TR-Group has its headquarters in Singapore with presence in Malaysia, Taiwan and China currently. With more than 50 professional consultants in Asia, the team is able to create automation and IT solutions drawing upon its vast industry domain know-how and "best-of-breed" third party product experiences to ensure that its clients operating facilities come online as quickly and efficiently as possible and maintain that efficiency throughout their operating lifetime.
AMD (NYSE:AMD) designs and produces innovative microprocessors, Flash memory devices and low-power processor solutions for the computer, communications and consumer electronics industries. AMD is dedicated to delivering standards-based, customer-focused solutions for technology users, ranging from enterprises and governments to individual consumers. For more information visit www.amd.com.