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Turnkey Control Decision

Spire to use Rudolph’s process control software in its turnkey solar cell lines

Spire Corporation and Rudolph Technologies have announced
they have reached an agreement to include Rudolph's
Discover Solar Yield Analysis and Process Management Software as part of
Spire's turnkey manufacturing product lines.

“Rudolph's Discover
Solar software provides all the process information to our solar cell
production lines. It will allow our customers to bring new lines up to
profitable yields and volumes even faster than they can now,” said
Dr. Avishai Kepten, Vice President of Solar Cell Lines of Spire
Corporation. “Customers will be able to achieve higher average cell
efficiencies and reduce manufacturing costs. Discover software will give our
customers a competitive edge.”

“We are delighted to
have this opportunity to work with Spire,” said Mike Plisinski,
Vice President and General Manager of Rudolph's
Data Analysis business. “Discover Solar software is the first yield management
tool specifically designed to help PV manufacturers to maximize the efficiency
of their cell devices, as well as optimize their production processes.”

Although it builds on Rudolph's extensive experience in fab
management tools for integrated circuit manufacturing, Discover Solar was
completely designed from the ground up to accommodate the needs of PV
manufacturing. Using Discover Solar, PV process engineers can monitor the
health of multiple production lines, analyze different paths through the
process, evaluate individual process steps and variables, compare batches of
incoming material, discover correlations and chart trends to maximize cell
efficiency and process yield. Discover Solar accepts data from virtually any
step in the manufacturing process. Multi-variate analysis, statistical process
control, and a knowledge base for automated root cause analysis delivers
critical information to the right people fast.

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