TSMC, Motorola, ASE launch RosettaNet link-up

Nick Land, The China Post

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. (TSMC), Motorola, Inc, and Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc. (ASE) recently introduced a common Internet-based communication standard to integrate their activities within the electronic manufacturing supply chain.

By implementing the RosettaNet Work-In-Process (WIP) Partner Interface Process (PIP) 3D8 standard across the three companies the IC manufacturing process can be tracked and coordinated from upstream probing and die assembly, through foundry operations, to downstream device assembly and marketing.

The implementation of RosettaNet 3D8 under TSMC leadership marks a first for the industry, and is the most comprehensive foundry-based supply chain management system yet introduced. According to Quincy Lin, chief information officer and senior vice president of TSMC, “The RosettaNet 3D8 standard allows us to raise the work-in-process visibility of wafers and die. This shortens IC manufacturing lead-time and improves business planning for faster time-to-volume. By linking the foundry’s information with back-end wafer probing, die assembly and final test information, we’re providing an environment that can significantly boost manufacturing efficiencies, setting new milestones and further improving our leadership position in the foundry industry.”

Motorola’s director of worldwide wafer external technology Ron Waters also underscored the importance of the new link-up. “This early implementation of the RosettaNet 3D8 standard between three major partners in the IC manufacturing process proves the value of a standards-based supply chain management approach,” he noted.

RosettaNet is an independent non-profit consortium dedicated to the formulation of open Internet-based business standards, and supported by companies representing over US$1 trillion in IT revenues. Further information, including a list of participating companies, can be found at www.rosettanet.org.

TSMC is the world’s largest pure-play semiconductor foundry, and a key innovator in the technology and business organization of electronic manufacturing supply chains and outsourcing arrangements. TSMC’s corporate headquarters is located in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Motorola is the world’s top producer of embedded processors, with worldwide semiconductor sales of US$7.9 billion in 2000. ASE is one of the world’s largest independent semiconductor packaging and testing services providers.