Applied Materials was recently featured in an article for The Hindu Business Line regarding semiconductor manufacturing in India. Below are short excerpts from the article including quotes from Dr. Randhir Thakur, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Silicon Systems Group who was interviewed for the feature.
Applied Materials engineer Rozalia Beica guest-blogs for The Huffington Post's education section in a blog post published this week as part of non-profit organization Change The Equation 's campaign encouraging education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Rozalia's inspiring story speaks to how she stumbled into the engineering field as a shy student and eventually came to love engineering and the excitement and collaboration of working in the semiconductor industry. She is now seen as an expert in the field helping to enable cutting edge technology of the future as part of Applied Materials' Silicon Systems Group .
Applied Materials' Christi Marrufo shares her career path in the high tech industry in a recent issue of Workforce Diversity for Engineering and IT Professionals magazine.
In a feature on computer science as a top career field, Christi details her responsibilities as Director of Front End Services, Global Information Services, and speaks to what she enjoys most about working in the IT industry. Below is an excerpt from the article:
In this month's issue of Profiles in Diversity Journal magazine, Mary Humiston, Group Vice President, Global Human Resources (HR), is profiled as one of the publication's annual "Women Worth Watching" in the coming year for her critical role in an organizational transformation that requires Applied Materials to attract, retain and inspire the best possible talent around the world. By driving key initiatives including manager excellence, leadership development, and employee engagement, Mary and her team are re-inventing the way Applied Materials enables its workforce, while reinforcing HR’s role as a critical business partner to the company’s continued success.
Would you believe that the largest threat facing today’s word is the energy crisis? And that energy, right up there with food, water and shelter, ranks among the top necessities for human existence? In a Forbes.com article posted today, the energy crisis is credited with opening the door for a variety of alternative energy sources and companies, such as Applied Materials, who represent key components to an alternative energy future. It goes on to say that clean technology is one of the most promising areas for investment today, with exponential growth potential over the next several decades. Click here to check it out!
In 1960 the semiconductor industry was in its infancy. The first integrated circuits contained just a few transistors and the production costs were about $1,000 per circuit in 1960 dollars. The only viable applications for this early technology were two programs, the Minuteman missile and the Apollo space program. And these programs bought nearly every circuit produced between 1960 and 1963.
The result of this early market creation by these government programs was that the cost per circuit dropped to an astonishing 98 percent to $25 by 1963 -- and an industry was born. This year, the world will produce about a quintillion transistors or one to the 18th power and the semiconductor industry will generate about $300 billion in revenue. As for the cost per transistor – today’s $200 MP3 player produced in 1975 would have cost about $3 billion.
Gary Fazzino, Applied Materials’ VP of Government Affairs, contributed to the National Journal's Energy/Enviro Experts blog this week, speaking to the need for America to transition to clean and renewable energy sources that will help stimulate the U.S. economy.
Applied Materials’ Ken MacWilliams, Jen Shu, Andrea Moretto and Farhan Ahmad contributed to an article in the latest issue of Photovoltaics World magazine, where they focus on lower cost crystalline silicon solar panels and their potential to help us reach grid parity -- where the cost to generate power on rooftops meets the cost to purchase power from the grid. Below is an excerpt from the article:
Applied Materials is mentioned in a recent New York Times Op-Ed by columnist Tom Friedman on the importance of energy technology and the expected Climate/Energy policy to the United States. Below is an excerpt from the column:
In case you missed it, this month Power Engineering magazine features Kirk Hasserjian, Applied Materials' VP and GM for the company's SunFab thin film solar business, on the four independent metrics contributing to the cost-comepetitveness of solar PV. Below is an excerpt from the article:
Applied Materials technologists are featured in the cover story of the current issue of Solid State Technology speaking to how energy consumption and the resulting carbon footprint can be reduced more than 20 percent in customer subfabs. To read the article, click here.
The third annual Applied Materials Solar Car Race is a friendly competition among employee teams assembling and racing miniature cars to raise money for local food bank at multiple sites across North America including Santa Clara, Calif., and Austin, Texas. The solar car race is one of many events taking place as part of Applied Materials’ North America Food Drive, where employees throughout the country join together to donate time, food and funds in order to make a difference in communities where they live and work.
China is quickly becoming a renewable energy power house and has been aggressively investing in developing green technologies attracting many of the top clean tech companies as a result. NPR’s Louisa Lim features Applied Materials and the company's recently launched advanced solar research facility in Xi'an, China.
Applied Chairman and CEO Mike Splinter visited with fifth grade students at Grant Academy in San Jose earlier this week to talk to them about renewable energy and the importance of math and science in preparing for a career in the clean tech industry.
President of Applied Solar, Charlie Gay gives GreenTech Media's Michael Kanellos a tour of the company's solar lab to learn more about the benefits of amorphous silicon solar modules and the importance of technology in scaling solar and making it more affordable than other sources of energy such as fossil fuels.