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Is Automation Software Useful in LED Manufacturing?

In his blog, James Moyne talked about Applied Materials’ software footprint as it relates to crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar production. James highlighted a specific scenario where advanced process control plays an important role in addressing issues associated with solar cell printing. As this type of technology becomes widely adopted, the c-Si solar industry will collectively improve processes and drive the quality and conversion efficiency of the product to new highs.The LED manufacturing world has an interesting mix of semiconductor technology and c-Si manufacturing practices. This raises the question: can automation software be beneficial—and affordable—for LED production lines? The answer is YES, and I’ll begin to tell you why.
Fixing a Planar Problem

Fixing a Planar Problem

For the past several years, the industry has been transitioning to high k metal gate (HKMG) transistors in high-performance logic chips. It’s been a tough engineering challenge requiring extensive research into new materials and production processes. But today, HKMG transistors are successfully being produced in high volume manufacturing for advanced logic devices.
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Applied Materials Awarded Sustainable Technologies Award

Achieving sustainable manufacturing is a critical goal for leading technology companies driven by growing concerns about the environmental impact of their businesses and by increasingly stringent government regulations and reporting requirements. Product sustainability extends not only to their operations, but also to the products that they manufacture.At Applied Materials we design our products with the environment in mind. Our goal is to make our products at least 20% more energy efficient and environmentally friendly by 2010 and we’re making great progress.