TDK HDD Head Wafer Fab Upgrades to Version 5.6 of FabTime Software, Renews Maintenance Contract

MENLO PARK, Calif.--()--Nov. 24, 2003--FabTime Inc. today announced that TDK's HDD head wafer fab in Saku, Japan has upgraded to Version 5.6 of FabTime's cycle time management software, and renewed its maintenance contract for the next year. FabTime's software is also installed at TDK's subsidiary, Headway Technologies, in Milpitas, California.

Version 5.6 is a significant software upgrade for TDK. The new functionality includes the ability to share individual home pages with other users, new A20/A80 charts for equipment availability analysis, the FabTime bulletin board - users with bulletin board permissions can create messages for the login page, home pages, or specific users' home pages - and support for WIP transaction reversals.

"We are pleased with FabTime's support, and their responsiveness to our requests for the software," said Hideki Mori, Senior Manager of wafer production group, Head Products Division. "We believe that the shared home page tabs in this version will be particularly useful for TDK."

"TDK's suggestions and their attention to detail have helped us to continuously improve the functionality of the software, and to increase its applicability for Japanese customers," said Frank Chance, President of FabTime. "We look forward to supporting TDK during the coming year."

FabTime is a web-based digital dashboard designed for wafer fabs. In real-time, it provides managers and supervisors a comprehensive view of fab performance. More information about FabTime's software is available at www.FabTime.com/software.htm.

About TDK

TDK Corporation (NYSE:TDK) is a leading global electronics company based in Japan. It was established in 1935 to commercialize "ferrite," a key material in electronics and magnetics. TDK's current product line includes ferrite materials, electronic components and semiconductors, wireless computer networking products, magnetic heads for hard disk drives (HDD), digital recording hardware and advanced digital recording media.

About FabTime Inc.

FabTime Inc. is the first company to focus solely on the challenging problem of cycle time management for semiconductor wafer fabrication facilities. FabTime sells cycle time management training, consulting, and software. Unlike traditional reporting tools, which were designed for industrial engineers and IT specialists, FabTime's software is designed for hands-on use by fab managers. FabTime is currently installing version 5.6 of the software. New features in this version include A20/A80 availability charts and shift-level production planning capability. FabTime's website is located at www.FabTime.com. FabTime also offers a free email newsletter on wafer fab cycle time management - subscribe at www.FabTime.com/newsletter.htm.

Contacts

FabTime Inc.
Jennifer Robinson, 408-549-9932
press.releases@FabTime.com

Contacts

FabTime Inc.
Jennifer Robinson, 408-549-9932
press.releases@FabTime.com