The Revolutionary Impact of 3D Chip Packaging

The Revolutionary Impact of 3D Chip Packaging

Personal mobile devices like smartphones, tablets and laptop PCs are rapidly evolving, becoming faster, smaller and functionally more sophisticated. To maintain this dramatic progress in device capability, the semiconductor industry is now at a new inflection point – the era of 3D chip packaging.In this video, Applied’s Sesh Ramaswami discusses the fundamentals of advanced packaging and the revolutionary impact this technology is having on the gadgets we buy and the cloud infrastructure that makes mobility work.
The Art of Innovation

The Art of Innovation

Recently, women from some of the most innovative companies in Silicon Valley left their cleanrooms, computers, and cubes to immerse themselves in the world of art … and discovered that inspiration and creativity are traits shared across sectors, industries, and disciplines. The reps from Yahoo! Women in Tech had an amazing time as stated in a recent post.Visiting the San Jose Museum of Art exhibit by Joan Brown, guests were challenged to examine how an artist – or any innovator – grapples with the complexities of a problem. They explored the results of bold experimentation and risk-taking leadership. The art prompted conversations on authenticity, cross-cultural communication, and opportunities that bring people of diverse backgrounds together in shared experiences – at work and in the community.
Applied Materials Hosts Congressman Mike Honda

Applied Materials Hosts Congressman Mike Honda

I recently had the great pleasure of hosting California Democratic Congressman Mike Honda during a town hall meeting at Applied Materials where he discussed a variety of issues including education, the deficit, and the significance of government, private partnerships to ensure U.S. competitiveness.During the town hall meeting, Congressman Honda described how he is leading efforts to establish a two-year public-private partnership between the industry and the federal government to help the industry’s transition to 450mm—a transition that is scheduled to take place in the future. To learn more about this initiative read Honda’s latest op-ed in The Hill.Honda is Silicon Valley’s representative in Congress. He is Budget Task Force chairman for the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the author of “The People’s Budget,” and a member of the House Appropriations and Budget committees.
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Worth the Wait for Social Innovation

As I sat through a three-hour session of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors meeting recently and waited for my agenda item to be discussed, I realized – once again – that sometimes the wait is worth it.I have been working on solving the issue of chronic homelessness for years and, backed by the Applied Materials Foundation, have been involved as a steward of Destination: Home, a local nonprofit dedicated to providing permanent housing solutions and support services to some of the most difficult people to house in our community.
Celebrating President's Day and Innovation

Celebrating President's Day and Innovation

The Applied Materials blog is celebrating President's Day with a look at the "Mount Rushmore" of past presidents and the impact they had directly on invention, technology advancements and innovation, and the amazing discoveries that took place during their time in office. George Washington (1789-1797)
Applied Materials Foundation Supports Schools Honored

Applied Materials Foundation Supports Schools Honored

I was pleased to see that 13 of the 16 schools being honored for academic improvement at the annual meeting of SJ2020, a community-wide collaboration to eliminate the academic achievement gap are part of the Applied Materials Foundation Education Initiative effort. In fact, The Applied Materials Foundation was a founding member of SJ2020 because of its 10-year Education Initiative, dedicated to improve educational outcomes for students in San Jose, Calif. The event provided credibility that our education contributions were paying nice dividends. Although we know much work remains.
New Memories Take Center Stage

New Memories Take Center Stage

In the same way that various prophets of doom foretell the imminent demise of Moore’s Law, we often hear that conventional memory technologies are going to run out of steam soon. However, the semiconductor industry is highly-skilled at extending its existing architectures rather than making the leap to shiny new ones with apparently compelling advantages. Thus, incremental advances in conventional technology have delayed the introduction of a raft of exciting new memory technologies. When will the tipping point be reached that pushes one or more into the mainstream? Read what the some of the best-informed minds in the business have to say after the jump.