Can Legacy Fabs Keep Up with IoT Demand?

Can Legacy Fabs Keep Up with IoT Demand?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is set to drive demand and innovation in the semiconductor market over the next decade. While some consumer IoT applications will require semiconductors manufactured using cutting-edge technologies to deliver fast performance and low power consumption, the vast majority of chips for IoT applications will be utilized in client-side applications. These chips, such as a sensor monitoring room temperature in a connected HVAC system, require processing capabilities that can be met using legacy process (90 and 45nm) technologies manufactured on 200mm wafers.And herein lies the opportunity and challenge for legacy manufacturing.
Happy 24th Anniversary, Endura!

Happy 24th Anniversary, Endura!

The Endura® system is recognized as the most successful metallization tool in the history of the semiconductor industry. Since its introduction, through continuous infusions of new innovations and process technologies, it has enabled customers to advance Moore’s Law from the .75 micron node to today’s sub-20 nanometer nodes, and can continue beyond to sub-10 nanometer designs.To appreciate what made the Endura a truly landmark system, and how the value it provides has been sustained over decades, I'd like to reference the recent VLSIresearch feature and highlight some key points.
Named a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company

Named a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company

Applied Materials was named a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute, a leading independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance. Now in its eighth year, Ethisphere’s annual award recognized Applied for continuing to demonstrate ethical leadership and corporate behavior.“Ethical business practices are foundational to Applied Materials’ success,” said Tom Larkins, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Applied Materials.  “We recognize that ethics are a shared responsibility and would like to thank our employees for their continued commitment.”
The Service Model Evolution

The Service Model Evolution

The growing complexity of manufacturing chips, displays and solar cells together with higher investment costs of advanced production facilities are changing service and support requirements.  The service business is still driven by the need to keep systems up and running: identifying mechanical problems, adjusting hardware, replacing parts, etc. However, today’s semiconductor fabs are also under increasing pressure to accelerate and maximize yield, reduce cost and improve productivity.
Enabling Wearable Electronics in the Internet of Things (IoT) Era

Enabling Wearable Electronics in the Internet of Things (IoT) Era

As part of its growth focus for Applied Materials, the Office of the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) aims to do the following: Identify, incubate and commercialize growth opportunities in new and adjacent markets Build a culture of open innovation at Applied Materials Address market inflections and high value problems through differentiated solutions Shape the future of our growth markets worldwide The Internet-of-Things (IoT), the concept of connecting physical objects to each other and to the internet through sensors within or attached to the objects, is a key market inflection that is opening up new opportunities and ways of obtaining information. Cisco Systems estimates there will be 50 billion connected devices by 2020—creating a tidal wave of data! Wearable Computing or “wearables” is a small but rapidly growing segment within the IoT space and is one of the potential killer applications that could fuel IoT.