Applied Celebrates Randhir Thakur’s Elevation to IEEE Fellow


Today, almost all the hundreds of processing steps used to make microchips are carried out one silicon wafer at a time. This wasn’t always the case. From the birth of the integrated up until the mid-1980s, batch processing – where dozens of wafers are processed simultaneously – was the norm. Batch processing is simple and productive, but ultimately has limited precision, limiting how small transistors and other chip features can be made.

Dr. Randhir Thakur recognized that the limitations of batch processing, particularly for thermal processes such as annealing, could be overcome by moving to single-wafer techniques. The single-wafer machinery and methods that he invented and commercialized are now standard practice across the industry. It’s no exaggeration to say that without his work, making the nanoscale transistors that power your smartphone today would be extraordinarily difficult.

In recognition of his achievements, Randhir (now executive vice president and general manager of Applied Materials’ Silicon Systems Group) was recently made a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology.

To celebrate Randhir’s ongoing achievements, we made this video highlighting one of the semiconductor industry’s most prolific inventors and successful leaders.

For more details about Randhir’s work, see this press release.