Customer Challenge

  • The etch equipment OEM from Korea wanted to focus on innovating their hardware practice.


The client: 

• Required tool automation software for their array of 200mm and 300mm line of etch equipment 

• Required host connectivity software compliant to SEMI standards 

• Wanted a strategic engineering services partner who could take care of the entire software stack – equipment automation, factory automation


  • Leveraged QuEST’s in-house tool control framework - Falcon
  • The extensive configuration capabilities were used to develop the framework for the functionality and configuration of each equipment
  • Partnership with Brooks automation and pre-integrated robot interfaces were used to reduce the development time
  • Device interfaces using custom protocols were developed and integrated into Falcon


  • OEM was able to hit market in time and control the R&D costs with usage of Falcon suite
  • OEM was able to fully focus on hardware development and optimization, because QuEST took complete responsibility of the development of automation software and factory connectivity
  • Intuitive rule-based Scheduler achieved higher throughput than required by customer
  • OEM benefitted from our world wide fab experience during FATs (Factory Acceptance Tests) at end customer site
  • High reliability of the software earned appreciation from the customer and was cited as one of the reasons for repeat orders


  • Test automation and Continuous integration frameworks used to improve product quality
  • Test automation framework was developed, incorporating SEMI standards compliance testing tools like CCS Envoy
  • Provided post release, 24x7 support
  • Implemented using local-global approach of QuEST with 15% of the development team onsite at customer site and 85% o‑shore.

Automation of Etch Equipment leveraging Falcon