3D NAND - On its Way

3D NAND - On its Way

The past several weeks have been big for 3D NAND flash technology.Samsung announced it had begun mass production of its first 3D vertical NAND flash memory, a 128GB chip using 24 cell layers. Following this news, at the Flash Memory Summit, Samsung Executive Vice President and General Manager E.S. Jung delivered  a special keynote address,  titled ”Ushering in the 3D Memory Era with Vertical NAND.”  In his talk, he told the audience that Samsung’s implementation of 3D NAND was delivering impressive performance benefits over its previous 19nm planar NAND:  2 times higher density, 2 times faster write speed, 50 percent less power consumption and 10 times better endurance.
Innovating While Retrofitting

Innovating While Retrofitting

Team UOW – from the University of Wollongong in Australia – took first place at the Solar Decathlon China!  Not only did their entry score the highest points in the competition but it received recognition as the oldest house in the event.  The Team avoided the environmental impacts of new construction by retrofitting a typical existing Australian home built in the period of the 1950’s and 60’s.
The Evolution of the Cell Phone: A 40 Year Retrospective

The Evolution of the Cell Phone: A 40 Year Retrospective

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first cell phone call, and one would be hard pressed to think of a more ubiquitous high tech device. Market research firm mobiThinking puts the total number of worldwide cell phone subscribers in 2012 at more than 6.8 billion. That’s equivalent to about 96 percent of the world’s population!How did the cell phone become the most widely used communication technology in human history? A major factor is the ongoing advancement of high-performance, low-power semiconductor components. These advancements improve battery life and enable the continuous addition of new features and functionality that make today’s smartphones a reality. Taking this one step further, the advancements in semiconductor technology are largely the result of work by thousands of engineers and scientists to push the limits of the physical and material sciences.
Applied Materials

What is Going on with Sub-20nm Flash?

This week I’ll be participating in a panel discussion at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, CA. The panel’s topic, Flash Below 20nm: What is Coming and When?, couldn’t be more timely. Particularly in light of a leading NAND manufacturer’s recent announcement that they will begin mass production of the semiconductor industry’s first 3D vertical NAND flash memory later this year.3D NAND presents some significant changes to the traditional semiconductor manufacturing model.
Advancing Science and Math Education

Advancing Science and Math Education

Applied Materials hosted United States Congressman Mike Honda and members of the newly formed Silicon Valley STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Advisory Board to discuss advancing STEM programs throughout schools across the U.S. to ensure that the children of today have the educational background to become the tech innovators of tomorrow.
Innovation Shines at China and U.S. Solar Decathlons

Innovation Shines at China and U.S. Solar Decathlons

The wait is over as 20 student teams from 35 universities across 13 countries on six continents have officially arrived in Datong, China for the first-ever Solar Decathlon held in Asia.  The China Solar Decathlon runs from August 2-11 and challenges college teams to complete against one-another to design and build an energy-efficient home that is attractive, affordable and ready for occupancy.