Spotfire’s semiconductor solution gives high-tech manufacturers a return on their expertise

Spotfire Analytics for Semiconductor Blends Customer-Specific Analysis Techniques and Industry-Proven Guided Workflows to Help Solve Pervasive Manufacturing Problems Faster

February 6, 2006 — /BUSINESS WIRE/ — SOMERVILLE, Mass. — Spotfire, Inc., a leading provider of analytics software for business professionals, announced the immediate availability of Spotfire Analytics for Semiconductor, a collection of proven tools and workflows that apply process-specific interactive analytics to customer engineering and manufacturing data to reduce time to market for new high tech products.

The analytic solution, built on the DecisionSite(R) platform, contains guided workflows for Outlier and Limits Management, Commonality Analysis, Zone Analysis, and Defect Interaction, plus enhanced statistics and data mining tools. Taken together, these capabilities help engineers of multiple disciplines to more easily drive their products through complex development and manufacturing cycles and out to market quickly. Aspects of the solution are already in use today at top semiconductor, flat panel, printed circuit board and packaging facilities around the world.

DecisionSite alone increases analysis productivity through an innovative user experience that helps engineers visualize and interact with data to find signals faster. The addition of this analytic-ready solution puts DecisionSite to work immediately in customer manufacturing environments, by integrating DecisionSite with existing systems and delivering pre-configured workflows expressly designed to address common semiconductor challenges.

“Systematic use of trusted analysis practices can have an immediate and dramatic impact on engineering productivity and manufacturing yield. Every aspect of our semiconductor solution was developed in close partnership with existing customers, so new customers can be confident that the guided workflows and tools have been validated in real-world situations,” said Rock Gnatovich, Spotfire’s president.

As the industry continues to produce increasingly complicated and proprietary applications that are difficult to learn and use, engineers, and their managers, have found that more intuitive tools that allow them to apply their own expertise are better suited to rapidly solve increasingly complex problems. Some have reverted to commonly available spreadsheets or desktop statistics packages, but these can’t be easily connected to infrastructure systems and don’t provide any context for the specific business problems to be solved. Spotfire DecisionSite and Spotfire Analytics are changing the way high-tech manufacturers tackle both general and process specific data analysis.

Because Spotfire Analytics for Semiconductor is built on the DecisionSite platform, any of the tools and guides can be extended to meet specific customer needs, either by Spotfire Professional Services or by customers themselves, using Spotfire’s developer resources, support, and extensive APIs. Through this process, customers can turn their own innovative analysis methods into fully deployed standard practices quickly and get a higher return on their own expertise.

“Our customers tell us that their biggest opportunity for competitive advantage comes from the knowledge and experience of their own engineers and managers,” said Brad Hopper, Spotfire’s senior director of applications. “Spotfire Analytics for Semiconductor provides an analytical foundation that can deploy immediately, and then continuously evolve to take advantage of customer proprietary problem solving techniques and methodology.”

Engineers and managers working in every aspect of high tech manufacturing use DecisionSite. In 2005, Spotfire’s visual, interactive analytics software delivered an information advantage to over 25 new semiconductor and high tech manufacturing facilities around the world.

About Spotfire

For thousands of business professionals faced with day-to-day decisions, Spotfire analytics offers the platinum user experience for visually interacting with information. Distinguished by its intuitive ease and analytic power, Spotfire software rapidly reveals unseen threats and illuminates new opportunities, creating unprecedented economic value. Spotfire’s customers include industry leaders among the Global 2000 that have deployed Spotfire analytics to gain an information advantage over their competitors. For more information, visit http://www.spotfire.com.

Spotfire and DecisionSite are registered trademarks of Spotfire, Inc. Other company or product names may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Contacts
Spotfire, Inc.
Amy Groden-Morrison, 617-702-1710
amy.groden@spotfire.com
or
fama PR Inc.
Michael DiLorenzo, 617-758-4143
spotfire@famapr.com

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