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What Consumers Want from Their Displays

What Consumers Want from Their Displays

As a leading flat panel display equipment manufacturer driving the industry roadmap, Applied Materials commissioned an international survey of consumers to solicit general attitudes and preferences for mobile displays and flat screen TVs. Insightful and a bit surprising, the results highlight the features consumers want most. 
2014 Analyst Briefings & SEMICON West Sessions

2014 Analyst Briefings & SEMICON West Sessions

In a couple weeks the semiconductor equipment industry will descend upon San Francisco, CA. for the annual SEMICON West event. Applied Materials executives will be front and center sharing industry and business outlooks, and providing their perspectives on the company’s strategies, opportunities, products and financial performance. Precision materials engineering will be the central theme as it continues to enable significant inflections in transistors and memory technology.
The Shift to Materials-Enabled 3D

The Shift to Materials-Enabled 3D

Every year, media outlets publish year-end reviews and outlooks for the New Year. Solid State Technology, a leading magazine providing the latest electronics manufacturing news, analysis and product information related to semiconductor manufacturing features an annual outlook and invited Randhir Thakur, Executive Vice President, General Manager, Silicon Systems Group, Applied Materials to give his assessment of the major trends for 2014. He identified the shifts to 20 nanometer designs, FinFET transistors and 3D NAND as the game-changing innovations and discussed how Applied is focused on providing the precision materials engineering solutions to address the challenges involved in advancing these technologies.
Happy 66th, Transistor!

Happy 66th, Transistor!

Today marks the 66th birthday of the first working transistor; an opportune time to look back at how far this technological marvel has come. With 66 years of innovations behind it, today’s transistor looks quite different from when it first hit the scene.First, there are so many of them around today. It’s estimated that more than 1200 quintillion transistors will be manufactured in 2015, making the transistor the most ubiquitous man-made device on the planet.
Merger of Equals Moving Forward

Merger of Equals Moving Forward

Last week Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron held a media roundtable in Japan to discuss the merger of equals announced on September 24, 2013. Executives from both companies provided updates on the rationale behind the merger, the status of the integration planning, the expected benefits to employees, customers and the industry, as well as answered questions from the audience.  Tetsuro Higashi, Chairman, President and CEO of Tokyo Electron, who will become Chairman of the new company, and Mike Splinter, Executive Chairman of Applied Materials, who will serve as Vice-Chairman, addressed the audience of more than 20 members of the Japanese media.
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3D NAND Is a Reality – What’s Next?

One of the biggest developments taking place in the semiconductor industry is the emergence of 3D NAND memory technology. Products are available today that feature 3D NAND devices. It has taken years to become a reality — since Toshiba first discussed the concept of 3D NAND at the VLSI Symposium in 2007 – and now it is poised to replace planar NAND flash memory for storage. The path that has led to this point is similar to what happened with the logic roadmap; despite innovative workarounds, the era of traditional planar "shrinks" for NAND is running out of steam.  And, just as with logic, it has required significant technical advances to overcome the formidable challenges to successfully manufacture complex vertical 3D NAND designs.
Happy Birthday, Internet!

Happy Birthday, Internet!

What’s the population of Singapore? How many species of salmon are there in the world? Who won the gold medal for men’s downhill skiing in the 1994 Olympic Winter Games? Answers to these questions along with an infinite amount of other information are now easily available to a majority of the world’s fingertips thanks to something that happened 44 years ago today. That’s when two computers, one at UCLA and one at the Stanford Research Institute, connected over ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) to exchange the world’s first “host-to-host” message. This rather inauspicious event is viewed by many as the birth of a technology that became a communication tool now used by billions of people around the world every day. Of course, I’m talking about the Internet.