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Meeting the Long-Term Need to Support Legacy Semiconductor 200mm Wafer Fabrication Tools


Semicon wafer fabrication tools have evolved from 100mm to 200mm, and now 300mm wafers, which are active today. A complete move from 200mm to 300mm tools as an industry standard was charged to occur around 2007, but instead 200mm tools made an unexpected comeback.

Wafer fabrication tools in 200mm size first appeared in 1990 and became the industry standard for years. Over time, 200mm was expected to decline as chipmakers began to transfer to 300mm fabs in the 2000s. However, around 2014-15, the industry saw an unexpected surge for chips made in 200mm fabs. This overwhelmed the supply chain, causing shortages of 200mm fab capacity, which remains a struggle today—a lot of demand with a lot less supply.

Why the rebound in 200mm fab tools? A big reason is that a lot of growing technologies entering the market surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT) aren’t necessarily made with chips from newer 300mm Semicon foundries. Many of the components used in automotive vehicles, smartphones—and additional IoT devices—require MEMS, analog, and RF chips. These can be made more efficiently from a 200mm wafer.

Growing demand for MEMS, analog, and RF chips continues to cause critical shortages for both 200mm fab capacity and equipment. With no signs of demand letting up, customers needing to meet the need of wafer fabrication are looking for access to—and maintenance of—past, phased-out 200mm computer platforms. This is where Advantech can help.

The Solution

Demand for 200mm tools is alive and well, and is pushing chipmakers and fab tool vendors to take the technology supply chain seriously. Many in the industry expect 200mm fabs to remain viable at least until 2030. To meet these needs, Advantech supplies long-life, revision-controlled industrial compute platforms based on the Intel embedded long-life CPU road map.

Advantech is able to produce the motherboards, and chassis that were Copy Exact built to original, legacy PCs used in 200mm tools. Copy Exact Project Management offers the advantages of detailed project development, engineering management, maintaining of phased-out components and advanced end-of-life (EOL) notifications—all contributing to a lower rate of risk.

Advantech’s global team is able to provide numerous end-of-life devices, such as CPUs, RAM, HDDs, and more, fromlong-established, reputable vendors. With the changing needs of Semicon wafer fabrication tools, Advantech is able tocontinue manufacturing the Industrial PCs used in 200mm tools, meeting Intel’s Copy Exact policy. This means theSemicon industry is able to continue ensuring 200mm product quality and production efficiency, while also maintaining alonger process lifecycle.

Why Advantech?

Advantech is a leading-edge Industrial PC manufacturer that recognizes the need to supply Semicon, Medial, Military, andadditional markets that require both leading-edge compute platforms and complete revision-controlled, long-life computesystems (including the 3rd-party peripherals used in them).

Featured Product Solutions

Ultra-Compact Motherboards and Chassis

Advantech’s Compact IPC series, combined with chassis and exclusive motherboard, is the ultra-compact modular system designed to function as the intelligent edge for manufacturing industrial equipment. The PCIe/PCI slots for integrating diverse add-on cards can support artificial intelligence for automated optical inspection (AOI) operations. Also, the wide power input range and front-facing I/O can ensure easy deployment for IoT installations with limited cabling space and complex power requirements. 

IPC-240 / IPC-220, Compact Industrial Computer System with 6th/7th Gen Intel® Core™ i CPU Socket

  • Intel® 6th/7th Gen Core™ i CPU socket-type (LGA1151) with Intel® Q170/H110 chipset
  • 3 x independent displays (third display output via optional cable)
  • 2 x GigaLAN and 6 x USB 3.0
  • 2 x RS-232/422/485 and 2 x RS232 serial ports
  • 2 x 2.5” HDD/SSD, and 1 x mSATA
  • 19 ~ 24 VDC input power range
  • Support power out 12V/5V - 2A
  • Supports Advantech iDoor technology Versatile LED for system status and alarm
  • Supports Advantech SUSIAccess and embedded software APIs
  • Chassis IPC-240-01A1 compatible with motherboard PCE-2029 & PCE-2129
  • Chassis IPC-240-00A1 compatible with motherboard PCE-2129
  • Chassis IPC-220 compatible with motherboard PCE-2029 and PCE-2129

MIC-7700 + MIC-75G20, Compact System with Nvidia GPU iModule

Featured with strict validation to ensure thermal, and mechanical, electrical compatibility with GPU cards, plus industrial grade anti-vibration, high temperature operation capabilities, as well as modular and compact-sized design, Advantech AI Inference Computer is perfect hardware platform for markets of industrial equipment manufacturing, intelligent factory and smart city.

MIC-7700, Intel® 6th/7th Generation Core i Desktop Compact Fanless System

  • Intel® 6th/7th Generation Core i Desktop CPU (LGA1151) with Q170/H110 chipset
  • 2 x RS-232/422/485 and 4 x RS232 serial ports (with expansion cable)
  • 1 x 2.5” HDD, 1 x CFast, 1x mSATA and 1 mini-PCIe with SIM
  • Supports 2 LAN, Isolation COM, 32-bit GPIO modules
  • 2 x GigaLAN and 8 x USB 3.0
  • VGA and DVI output Supports Advantech’s i-module, SUSIAccess, and embedded software APIs
  • 9 ~ 36 V DC input power range
  • Wide operating temperature

MIC-75G20, GPU i-Module, 1 PCIe x16 + 1 PCIe x4

  • Offering powerful GPU solution with NVIDIA 250W, 2-slot width/285mm length GPU cards for new AI application
  • Dual 24VDC power inputs with reliable power and OCP solution for up to 600W maximum peak power currency
  • Intelligent power status indicating LED for system and GPU card independently
  • Versatile wall-mount, table-mount, suitable for any industrial environment deployed
  • Dual-front accessible storage bay for easy swap
  • Up to 40°C op. temp., 0.5 Grms op. vibration
  • IP30 rating with fan filter, suitable for outdoor or industrial environment
  • Compact size design

Industrial Servers and Storage

From 1U to 4U Rackmount Server Chassis, Advantech aims to provide the best solutions and fulfill the most complex requests from different industries. The tower chassis series are IPC chassis featuring enhanced storage and highefficiency power supplies beneficial to Industrial servers and applications, such as AOI.

Advantech Serverboards support Intel Xeon Processor, DDR4, IPMI 2.0 with iKVM and Quad LANs features. The serverboards enable various system configurations and diverse options of modules to help fulfill various field applications.

ACP-2320MB, 2U Rackmount Chassis for ATX/ MicroATX Motherboard

  • LED indicators and audible alarm notification for system fault detection
  • ACP-2320: One Slim optical disk drive, two internal 3.5” drives and dual how-swap SATA HDD trays
  • Various riser card options to support three full-size PCI or PCIe cards for expansion
  • Supports 250W /350W single power supply
  • Reusable and washable air filters
  • Built-in Intelligent System Module enabling whole system fan control and remote manageability

ACP-4320, Quiet 4U Rackmount Chassis with Dual Hot-Swap SATA HDD Trays

  • Supports either an ATX motherboard or a PICMG backplane with up to 15 slots
  • Support dual SATA hot-swap HDD trays
  • LED indicators and alarm notification for system fault detection
  • Low noise system fans
  • Built-in Intelligent System Module enabling whole system fan control and remote manageability

ACP-4340, 4U Rackmount Chassis for Full-size SHB/SBC or ATX/MicroATX Motherboard

  • Supports a PICMG backplane with up to 14 slots or an ATX/Micro-ATX motherboard
  • Shock-resistant disk drive bay holds four hot-swap 3.5” and 2.5” SATA disk trays, one slim optical disk drive, and one 2.5” internal drive
  • Dual front USB 3.0 ports
  • Front-accessible system fan without opening top cover for easy maintenance
  • LED indicators and alarm notification for system fault detection
  • Smart fan speed control
  • Built-in Intrusion switch function
  • Built-in Intelligent System Module enabling whole system fan control and remote manageability

ASMB-786, LGA 1151 Intel® Xeon® E & 8th/9th Generation Core™ ATX Server Board

  • LGA 1151 Intel® Xeon® E & 8th/9th Generation Core™ i7/i5/i3 processors with C246 chipset
  • DDR4 2666/2400/2133 MHz ECC/Non-ECC UDIMM up to 64 GB
  • 1 Gen 3.0 PCIe x16 link (or 2 PCIe x16 slots with x8 link), 2 PCIe x4
  • Triple displays - DVI-D, VGA and HDMI 2.0 ports
  • 8 SATA3 ports and 6 USB 3.1 ports
  • Rackmount optimized placement with positive air flow design
  • 0° C ~ 60° C ambient operating temperature range
  • Support OS including Windows 10 (64-bit) and Server 2016/2019 (64-bit)

Learn More

To learn more about how Advantech can help with system integration, check out our eBook “How Advantech Can Help with System Integration for Industrial Equipment Manufacturing.”