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  • April 24, 2013

Chinese Integrated Circuit Laboratory on the NetBeans Platform

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
Integrated Service Technology (IST group) is a leading lab-service company in China, specialized in the development of integrated circuit (IC) product testing & analysis, failure analysis, debugging, reliability testing, and material analysis. Apart from developing testing technologies for upstream IC design and semiconductor industries, the IST group has expanded to provide a full-spectrum of services for mid and downstream companies in the electronics industry.

Since the company's major business is focused on doing various tests for the electronics industry, it can be compared to an electronics laboratory. An application, named "eApp", has been created internally, on the NetBeans Platform, as the company's order production system. It manages customer orders and gives laboratory engineers the ability to record quantities of finished samples. When all customer tests are completed, eApp sends out notification e-mails to customers to inform them that all requests have been completed.

Though an order production system may appear to be a very simple process, the company has over a
thousand kinds of tests. Each test has different conditions and may
distribute to other branch labs throughout China. Therefore, eApp is
used to connect all of these as a core process in the company. Since the
company's branches are found across mainland China, conditions vary
considerably. Some branches may have only a slow xDSL connection, making
regular web services or direct database connections slow, even leading
to timeouts on large data transfers.

To solve these issues,
AmfConnection, the Adobe Blazes open source version, is used in the
"eApp" application, created on the NetBeans Platform, to connect to
GlassFish, and then to query/upload data to the back-end database
server.

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