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To help address the need for manufacturing cycle time reduction, Intel has adopted an integrated operations management approach that consists of three key components: targeting, near real-time scheduling, and dispatching. These components work in conjunction to maximize fab efficiency. Combined with fully automated execution, this approach allows Intel to implement a coordinated operational management philosophy at its fabrication facilities. OPSched was developed at Intel to fulfill the requirements of the integrated approach. We look at why this approach is suitable for automated semiconductor manufacturing based on the implementation of the OPSched system at Intel's high-volume manufacturing facilities and the results achieved.
Date of Publication: Aug. 2008