A very short word for a hugely important technology, without which there would be no microchips. Etch is the process by which images of circuit features printed on a silicon wafer are engraved into the films below. Put another way, etch makes circuits real.
It might be the understatement of the year to say that Flash memory is popular. Every year, we consume nearly twice as many bits as the year before.
Consider these nuggets: Today’s smart phones have more Flash memory than a desktop computer’s hard drive from the mid-1990s. Even budget phones can capture high-definition (HD) video and share it on the web. Flash-based solid state drives have moved from exotic to commonplace in just the last couple of years.
This has been made possible by a precipitous fall in the cost-per-bit. Every five years, the cost falls by an order of magnitude. How do memory makers cope with this treadmill?
Applied Materials chairman and CEO, Mike Splinter, in an interview with Shereen Bhan on CNBC’s special show Forbes India discusses the semiconductor market, the solar industry and doing business with India.