Semiconductors

Happy 24th Anniversary, Endura!

Happy 24th Anniversary, Endura!

The Endura® system is recognized as the most successful metallization tool in the history of the semiconductor industry. Since its introduction, through continuous infusions of new innovations and process technologies, it has enabled customers to advance Moore’s Law from the .75 micron node to today’s sub-20 nanometer nodes, and can continue beyond to sub-10 nanometer designs.To appreciate what made the Endura a truly landmark system, and how the value it provides has been sustained over decades, I'd like to reference the recent VLSIresearch feature and highlight some key points.
Enabling Wearable Electronics in the Internet of Things (IoT) Era

Enabling Wearable Electronics in the Internet of Things (IoT) Era

As part of its growth focus for Applied Materials, the Office of the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) aims to do the following: Identify, incubate and commercialize growth opportunities in new and adjacent markets Build a culture of open innovation at Applied Materials Address market inflections and high value problems through differentiated solutions Shape the future of our growth markets worldwide The Internet-of-Things (IoT), the concept of connecting physical objects to each other and to the internet through sensors within or attached to the objects, is a key market inflection that is opening up new opportunities and ways of obtaining information. Cisco Systems estimates there will be 50 billion connected devices by 2020—creating a tidal wave of data! Wearable Computing or “wearables” is a small but rapidly growing segment within the IoT space and is one of the potential killer applications that could fuel IoT.
The Shift to Materials-Enabled 3D

The Shift to Materials-Enabled 3D

Every year, media outlets publish year-end reviews and outlooks for the New Year. Solid State Technology, a leading magazine providing the latest electronics manufacturing news, analysis and product information related to semiconductor manufacturing features an annual outlook and invited Randhir Thakur, Executive Vice President, General Manager, Silicon Systems Group, Applied Materials to give his assessment of the major trends for 2014. He identified the shifts to 20 nanometer designs, FinFET transistors and 3D NAND as the game-changing innovations and discussed how Applied is focused on providing the precision materials engineering solutions to address the challenges involved in advancing these technologies.
Applied Ventures Expands Portfolio with Two New Investments

Applied Ventures Expands Portfolio with Two New Investments

With 2013 in our rear-view mirror, I’m pleased to announce that Applied Ventures has completed another successful and busy year, investing more than $18 million in 2013, including closing six new investments in early stage companies.  Altogether, since we first formed Applied Ventures in 2005, we have invested approximately $179 million in more than 50 portfolio companies spanning equipment, materials, device and process providers in the clean energy, semiconductor, display, lighting and energy storage sectors. 
Celebrating Innovation Leadership

Celebrating Innovation Leadership

Innovation is the life-blood of any successful technology company and is naturally embedded in the DNA of Applied Materials as we contribute to moving the semiconductor industry forward. In order to stay innovative, you need to build and sustain an intellectually vibrant culture of open innovation with passionate people that bring fresh ideas and different perspectives.
Happy 66th, Transistor!

Happy 66th, Transistor!

Today marks the 66th birthday of the first working transistor; an opportune time to look back at how far this technological marvel has come. With 66 years of innovations behind it, today’s transistor looks quite different from when it first hit the scene.First, there are so many of them around today. It’s estimated that more than 1200 quintillion transistors will be manufactured in 2015, making the transistor the most ubiquitous man-made device on the planet.