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As Director of Corporate Public Relations, Ricky is responsible for developing and leading the strategy, global alignment and execution of public relations, social media and influencer programs. He brings more than 15 years of semiconductor and high-tech communications experience to Applied Materials, creating multi-dimensional programs and content to support corporate messaging, thought leadership campaigns and product launches worldwide.
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.
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.
Today, Applied Materials, Inc., and Tokyo Electron, Ltd., announced exciting news – we are combining our companies to form a new global innovator in the semiconductor and display equipment industries. We are bringing together our complementary strengths to create an expanded set of capabilities in precision materials engineering and patterning that are strategically important for customers.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first cell phone call, and one would be hard pressed to think of a more ubiquitous high tech device. Market research firm mobiThinking puts the total number of worldwide cell phone subscribers in 2012 at more than 6.8 billion. That’s equivalent to about 96 percent of the world’s population!How did the cell phone become the most widely used communication technology in human history? A major factor is the ongoing advancement of high-performance, low-power semiconductor components. These advancements improve battery life and enable the continuous addition of new features and functionality that make today’s smartphones a reality. Taking this one step further, the advancements in semiconductor technology are largely the result of work by thousands of engineers and scientists to push the limits of the physical and material sciences.
Cutting-edge technology advancements in the semiconductor and display equipment manufacturing industries increasingly are being driven by mobility. The rapid growth in smartphones and tablets has propelled manufacturers to explore new advanced materials, manufacturing processes, and transistor technologies in order to keep up with the accelerating pace of innovation.
Mobility applications demand higher resolution and higher performance in LCD, OLED and touch panel displays. Enhanced viewing experiences through OLED and flexible displays, combined with thinner, lighter, greener and more portable form factors, are right around the corner.
On July 8 beginning at 1:00pm PT at our Santa Clara, Calif. headquarters, Applied Materials will discuss these trends and the company’s role in advancing the semiconductor and display industries during our annual Analyst Meeting.