November 1, 2011 — Crossing Automation Inc. introduced its Crossing Spartan 450mm Development Platform and Crossing Certon 450 Loadport. The company has received orders for both products from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and has already been shipping the Loadport. The Development Platform will start shipping in the first quarter of 2012.
Also read: 450mm wafer sorter debuts from Crossing Automation from September 2011.
The development platform (see the figure above) enables OEMs to move wafers in and out of process chambers. The single FOUP EFEM accelerates OEMs’ 450mm development efforts by eliminating the need to spend engineering time on platform development — a possibility discussed in detail by the company