Relentless pressure rooted in 50 years of Moore’s Law, compounded by an unending flow of new products forces semiconductor manufacturers to constantly upgrade process capability and manage capacity, while driving down cost.


Product introduction cycles shrink rapidly as the cost of bringing a new chip to market rises. Customers demand more:

  • Automotive demands multi-chip packages, test data and zero defects
  • Mobile demands higher yields (even during development) to lower cost.
  • IoT demands massive proliferation of products as chip designers push rapidly into both consumer and enterprise markets

Some semiconductor manufacturers focus on product design, taking the fabless route and choosing to outsource production. They become dependent on their foundry partner to monitor the impact of product and process changes on ever critical yields.

Many semiconductor manufacturers continue to use legacy, in-house developed or unsupported commercial applications. As these systems age, the company accumulates support cost, business risk and loss of competitive advantage.

Managers of greenfield facilities are under tremendous pressure to quickly bring new products online and validate new processes on new equipment. They require immediate quality feedback results for their product and process engineers while ramping production.

Speed, innovation, productivity & quality at lower cost

Critical Manufacturing removes the risks associated with legacy systems while simultaneously providing production insights available now for the first time in the industry.

Industry 4.o scalable architecture

Based on a modern and modular architecture, Critical Manufacturing Semiconductor MES provides manufacturers the flexibility and agility to get products to market quickly and ramp up production while maximizing line and die yields.

Large scale, mature fabs have the security of an experienced company dedicated to advancing the state of the art in equipment, connectivity and MES technology.

Smaller, greenfield or prototype facilities gain advanced functionality at a lower cost, buying only what they need.

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Advanced modeling, deep Semiconductor specific functionality

Enable Plant modeling and increased visibility to allow companies across your supply chain to share information, ensure quality, comply with regulatory requirements, and reduce time to market

Deep application functionality allows product engineers to match bills of material to assembly steps, track input materials at point of use and accurately capture and analyze quality data

Total visibility to manage a product in its supply chain, either between design companies and foundries, or between fabs and packaging facilities across the globe

Simple and robust equipment connectivity using both industry standard SECS/GEM protocol, while adding connectivity for the whole new generation of IoT devices and sensors

Efficiently manage process and product changes, reduce variability, and ramp both yield and production at lower cost in a single solution

Ensure closed-loop quality system processes with workflows for exceptions, non-conformances, OCAPs and all SOPs .

Achieve full traceability and a Plant 3D digital twin for instant views of equipment location and status

Boost flexibility to easily model lines for high-mix, low volume, frequent changeovers

Speed new product introduction by improving yield, cycle time, equipment utilization, quality and lifecycle management KPIs in a way that’s visible to engineering, production and R&D

Flexibility, agility and scalability

Maximum flexibility to design, model, deploy and monitor operations

Increased visibility to manage product flow within a company, or between companies in the supply chain

Easy equipment and device integration allowing electronic capture of quality data, including next generation IoT devices and sensors

Leverage Industrial IoT with a distributed architecture designed for Industry 4.0

Complete modular scalability for companies ranging from single site to global multi-site enterprise

White Paper:

Guide to Successful MES Replacement. Migration Strategies Explained.

Cost, flexibility, efficiency, quality, innovation, response times… When any of these are unacceptable, it’s a sound reason to replace a legacy MES with a modern system.

Choosing the right migration strategy matters. Use this guide to understand all your options.


Case Study:

Real Time Fab Monitoring At A High Volume Semiconductor Back-End

Case Study

This Case study describes the Critical Manufacturing MES implementation process at one of the world's largest providers of semiconductor manufacturing assembly and test services facility, in one of the company’s sites in China.