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Applied Materials Names CFO

Applied Materials Names CFO

Applied Materials announced today that Bob Halliday has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer.  Halliday previously was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates prior to Applied’s acquisition of the company in November 2011.Read the press release on our website.
The Big Lift

The Big Lift

Our project to install a 2.5 megawatt wind turbine at Applied’s Varian Semiconductor Equipment site at Gloucester, MA is nearing completion.Last month we posted a time-lapse video showing the transport of one of the 160-foot long rotor blades through the streets of Gloucester.Now, here are some snapshots from the process of mounting the rotor assembly to the nacelle which sits atop the 328 foot tall tower. With National Grid approval scheduled for November 26 we’re just days away from throwing the switch!Click through to see all the photographs.
Something BIG is Happening...

Something BIG is Happening...

A “sneak peek” of the much anticipated 2.5 megawatt wind turbine — one of the largest turbines on the eastern seaboard — which is making its way to the Applied Materials Gloucester, MA site!When completed, the installation of the wind turbine will supply greater than 30% of the site’s electricity and reduce site operating expenses by more than $1 million annually. What’s more, 99% of the power generated by the turbine will be used on-site, resulting in a 34% projected reduction in CO2 emissions—greatly reducing Applied’s carbon footprint.
Innovating Out of the Solar Winter – Dan Hutcheson Interviews Applied’s Jim Mullin

Innovating Out of the Solar Winter – Dan Hutcheson Interviews Applied’s Jim Mullin

The end market for solar power is booming, thanks to tremendous cost decreases over the last few years. However, it’s a crowded market for the companies that actually make the solar cells. Last week, Applied’s Giorgio Cellere blogged about how new manufacturing technology can help solar cell makers gain a competitive edge.Recently, Dan Hutcheson, CEO of VLSIresearch, explored this same subject in more depth with Jim Mullin, vice president of Solar Marketing at Applied Materials, in a video interview titled “Innovating out of the Solar Winter with Technology”.
Ion Implantation 101: Spicing up Silicon

Ion Implantation 101: Spicing up Silicon

Pure silicon isn’t terribly thrilling. It’s neither a perfect insulator nor a perfect conductor. It’s somewhere in the middle.Inserting a smattering of boron or phosphorus atoms into the silicon crystal lattice really spices things up. This process is called ion implantation and it’s one of the fundamental processes used to make microchips.Since we launched new ion implantation technology today, in the form of the Applied Varian VIISta® Trident high current system, it seems a good time to take a closer look at the fundamentals of ion implantation
Harnessing the Power of Wind

Harnessing the Power of Wind

 In recognition of Earth Day — a day to appreciate the earth’s natural environment and remind us to be smarter about the resources we use— I thought I’d tell you about an exciting project I am very proud to be spearheading, which will once again demonstrate Applied Materials’ leadership in renewable energy and the company’s commitment to corporate responsibility.Applied’s Varian Semiconductor Equipment business unit is moving full steam ahead with the installation of a 2.5 megawatt wind turbine at the Gloucester, MA site—one of the largest turbines on the eastern seaboard at one of the strongest land-based wind production sites in the state.
Expanding our Capabilities

Expanding our Capabilities

Today is significant for two reasons: first, it’s Applied Materials’ 44th anniversary—we’ve come a long way since 1967—working with amazing people, developing great products and creating an innovative culture; and secondly, it’s now official —Applied Materials and Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates have become one company, combining the best of each to help the world’s leading chip makers solve the challenges of today’s increasingly more complex transistors.
Applied Materials to Acquire Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates

Applied Materials to Acquire Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates

Applied Materials announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement under which Applied will acquire Varian for $63 per share in cash for a total price of approximately $4.9 billion on a fully-diluted basis.The acquisition will extend Applied's leadership in wafer fabrication equipment (WFE) with the addition of the technology leader in ion implantation - a critical step in integrated circuit manufacturing.