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New Updates of CIMConnect and SECSConnect are Now Available for Download

Posted by David Francis: Director of Product Management on Nov 18, 2015 1:00:00 PM

My parents built a house in 1953 and still live in it today. It’s a good house and they haven’t felt any need to move, but over the years they have done projects to refresh the house and add new features that weren’t available when they originally built it. They have painted many times, installed new carpeting, updated the kitchen with new cabinets and modern appliances, and added a new room off the back of the house to provide a little extra space. Just like my parent’s house, CIMConnect has been around for a while providing reliable GEM Host connectivity to hundreds of semiconductor equipment manufacturers, so over the better part of 2015, we at Cimetrix have been giving CIMConnect a little refreshing.

Here are some of the updates we made to reinvigorate CIMConnect:

  • Created support for the latest SEMI GEM communication standards

  • Validated it on new operating systems

  • Developed a new control panel to make it easier for customers to interact with and monitor the application. The new control panel provides simplified checking and monitoring of variable values, better visibility of collection event states, and more efficient loading of large EPJ files

  • Added a new support tool to automatically gather information necessary for Cimetrix Support to help diagnose problems

  • Integrated a new 64-bit Value COM object for easier use with 64-bit equipment control applications

  • Included support for the new SEMI E173 – Specification for XML SECS-II Message Notation (SMN) standard

  • Improved logging and log message readability

  • Incorporated a new log file viewer with enhanced diagnostic tools

In addition, we have also released a new update to SECSConnect as it too was in need of a little sprucing up. This version also integrates the new 64-bit Value COM object for easier use with 64-bit equipment control applications as well as supports the new SEMI E173 standard just as the new CIMConnect does.

If that weren’t enough, Cimetrix has also added a new License Manager that will be included with all Cimetrix products going forward. The License Manager provides a better way for managing software licenses for Cimetrix products for our clients that we hope will make your life a little easier.

Just like my parent’s house, CIMConnect and SECSConnect have been around for a long time and they were due for a little freshening up. As always, Cimetrix is committed to continually providing reliable, stable products that our clients can count on for meeting their connectivity needs and so we felt it was time to release updates to both products. We will continually make improvements to our current products to provide support for our clients now, while we provide innovative new products to help our clients in the future.

Topics: Licenses, CIMConnect, Doing Business with Cimetrix, SECSConnect

To Better Serve Our Clients, We Will Be Discontinuing the Mailing of CDs and Hardcopy COAs for Runtime Licenses

We here at Cimetrix are excited that we are implementing a new process that will both benefit our clients and the environment. We have always delivered our software runtime license orders to our clients on CDs along with hardcopies of their Certificates of Authenticity (COA). Well, starting January 1st, we will begin delivering orders to our clients through emails that will include a digital COA for each runtime license and instructions on how to download their software.

As a company, we have always prided our self on providing the finest quality customer experience possible so we feel that this new process is just one more step in improving our service. There are a number of benefits of this change:

  • Most of our clients integrate Cimetrix’s software with their own software by using the Software Development Kit (SDK), most runtime license CDs are simply thrown away, which in today’s world is really not acceptable. By making this simple change, we will be eliminating thousands of pounds of potential waste.

  • We are constantly improving our software products and the latest version should always be obtained from our Support website (—not from a CD stored on a shelf somewhere for who knows how long. This change ensures that the latest version of our software will always be used.

  • The shipping cost and time delay by sending CDs by a carrier will be eliminated which will be a direct cost savings to you. 

  • The proof-of-purchase for our runtime license is the COA, not the CD. The COA number is what is used to obtain the license code using our online license generator. 

So the only thing we need our clients to do is to make sure we have an email address on file of where they would like their future orders sent. It’s that simple. We do foresee a period of adjustment for some clients, so for those that still want CDs and hardcopy COAs delivered, we will have this option available for an additional fee.

Of course, if you have any questions or comments regarding this policy, we are always happy to hear from you.  You can contact us at

Topics: CIMPortal, CIMControlFramework, Support, CIM300, CIMConnect, EDAConnect, SECSConnect

Implementing SECS Connections

Posted by Cimetrix on Jan 11, 2011 2:41:00 PM

By: Bill Grey
Director of R&D, Cimetrix Inc.

One of the hurdles people new to the semiconductor equipment industry need to overcome is learn how to establish a physical connection between the fab network and new equipment.  To help people, we have developed a primer to provide the foundation for how to do that.

The primer provides a background for SECS/GEM communication over HSMS by describing how to configure the connections, the terminology involved, troubleshooting, and common messages.


 SEC GEM Diagram resized 600

In a factory SECS/GEM implementation, there are two parties, the host, and equipment.  The equipment runs GEM interface software, which must implement and comply with the SEMI standards, on one of its computers.  The manufacturer (factory) runs GEM host software that establishes communication with the equipment's GEM interface.

The SECS Messaging Primer is a companion to the Introduction to the SECS/GEM standard white paper available on the Cimetrix SEMI Standards web page.  That white paper provides an overview of the SEMI SECS/GEM standard. 

To get the primer, go to the Cimetrix SEMI Standards web page.  Go to the White Papers section and click on SECS Messaging Primer.  Let us know what you think.

Topics: SEMI Standards, SECS/GEM, Semiconductor Industry, SEMI, SECSConnect

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