2013 was a transformative and exciting year for Applied Materials. It was also a year filled with important achievements in the semiconductor and display industries.
In May, Applied Materials hosted one of the most powerful men in the world, U.S. President Barack Obama. In September we announced that Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron are combining to create a new global innovator for the semiconductor and display industries. It comes to no surprise that these topics are among the most widely read blog posts this past year.
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.
Applied Materials Executive Chairman Mike Splinter was recognized this week at the Semiconductor Industry Association’s (SIA) 36th annual awards dinner, where he received the Robert N. Noyce Award, the industry’s highest honor, for his significant contributions to the U.S. semiconductor industry in technology and public policy.
A well-known and respected industry veteran, Mike successfully led Applied Materials as CEO for more than a decade, expanding the company’s position as a leading global equipment provider to the semiconductor, display and solar industries, and helping to drive critical innovations in transistor design to further Moore’s Law, the foundation of all modern day electronics.
For the past six years, Montana's senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus has brought together some of the world's most important trading partners to visit Montana's top businesses and to participate in an Economic Development Summit, where the delegates meet with Montana leaders to discuss how to create local jobs through overseas trade.
This year's summit also included an "Ambassador's Tour," featuring ambassasdors from China, Germany, Japan, Peru, and Canada. This part of the summit commenced at Applied Materials' Kalispell facility last month.
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.
Applied Materials drives innovation in a variety of ways, including investing in internal R&D to continue to offer new products and technologies and collaborating with the world’s leading universities, research institutions, industry associations and consortia as well as government entities.
We’ve also developed internal programs to advance technology breakthroughs by encouraging and funding disruptive ideas that can accelerate product development.
Applied Materials Executive Chairman Mike Splinter was interviewed by Liz Claman earlier this week as part of FOX Business’ “Three Days in the Valley” series. Mike explained how materials innovations are key to enabling the low power, high performance chips used in cutting-edge mobile products such as wearables and smartphones like those launched recently by Samsung and Apple.
Applied Materials announced today that the Board has appointed Gary Dickerson as president and chief executive officer (CEO) and Mike Splinter as executive chairman of the Board, effective September 1, 2013.
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) announced that Applied Materials Chairman and CEO, Mike Splinter, is this year’s recipient of the Robert N. Noyce Award for his outstanding achievements and leadership in support of the U.S. semiconductor industry.
Yesterday we learned that Asiana Airlines flight 214 – inbound from Incheon Airport, Seoul, South Korea – crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport. First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the passengers, crew and their family members. Three Applied Materials employees were on the plane and, thankfully, all three are safe, though they did suffer minor injuries and received medical attention. We know that many of our customers, suppliers and industry colleagues are travelling to San Francisco for this week’s SEMICON West and assume some may have been on board the flight. Our hope is for the safety of all who have been affected by this incident. While we are thankful that our colleagues and most passengers are safe, we take a moment to remember those who suffered tremendous loss.
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.
U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Applied Materials in Austin, Texas today to tour one of our semiconductor manufacturing lines and deliver remarks on making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing.
Applied Materials recently hosted Congressman Lamar Smith, representative for the 21st Congressional District of Texas, at the company’s Austin facility for an in-depth overview of the semiconductor industry, global challenges and opportunities ahead and Applied’s leadership role in the industry.
Congressman Smith chairs the influential Science, Space and Technology Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, which has jurisdiction over important programs within the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, (IEEE) has bestowed the title of Fellow on Dr. Randhir Thakur, executive vice president and general manager of Applied Materials’ Silicon Systems Group, for his groundbreaking contributions to microchip fabrication.
To celebrate Randhir’s ongoing achievements, we made this video highlighting one of the semiconductor industry’s most prolific inventors and successful leaders.
In a fast-moving world, disruptive technological change is a constant, and for most companies, one of the central challenges of the coming decades will be how to innovate fast enough to stay ahead of customer needs
It’s a New Year and with that comes a new blog look!
To better tell the whole Applied Materials story in a more dynamic and interactive way, we've redesigned the blog. The new blog will provide readers with a richer and more vibrant environment by featuring highly visual images and videos. These will provide a glimpse into the various roles Applied Materials plays as a leader in the semiconductor, solar and display industries as well as a socially responsible company.
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.
Applied Materials is deeply saddened by the passing of Gary Fazzino on Tuesday evening after a long battle with cancer. Gary joined Applied Materials as Vice President, Government Affairs in July 2009 after a long and successful career at Hewlett-Packard Company. In addition to serving as a government affairs executive in the private sector, Gary was a dedicated public servant in Palo Alto, serving on the City Council from 1977 to 1981 and from 1989 to 2002. He was elected Mayor of Palo Alto in 1992 and again in 1999.