Top 10 Applied Materials Blog Posts for 2013

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.

The following list highlights Applied Materials’ top 10 blog posts for 2013 based on readership. Let us know what you think and what you would like to know more about in the New Year.

1. WATCH LIVE: President Obama Speaks at Applied Materials

The live stream (now a replay) of the speech given by U.S. President Barack Obama at an Applied Materials facility in Austin, Texas on May 9.

2. President Obama Visits Applied Materials

A photo and video summary of President Obama’s visit and tour of the Applied Materials Austin manufacturing facility.

3. Behind the Scenes at Applied’s Maydan Technology Center

In this video, viewers get a behind the scenes look at what it takes to keep a clean room running.

4. 3D NAND: The Future of Flash

As cell-to-cell interferences issues, characteristics of sub-20nm manufacturing processes, threaten to keep NAND from moving to smaller nodes, Applied’s Gill Lee summarizes how the major players in the NAND flash market are looking at different  approaches to implementing NAND in a 3D chip architecture.

5. The Evolution of the Cell Phone: A 40 Year Retrospective

This year marked the 40th anniversary of the first cell phone call. To celebrate the occasion, a timeline was created that examined the evolution of the cell phone over the past 15 years. From large “bricks” to sleek, slim smartphones, this timeline highlights how advancements in the semiconductor industry have resulted in smaller, more portable mobile phones.

6. Creating a New Global Innovator

On September 24, Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron announced a merger of equals to form a new global innovator in the semiconductor and display industries.

7. The Evolution of the Semiconductor Service Model

Charlie Pappis, Group Vice President and General Manager of Applied Global Services, and Dan Hutcheson, CEO of VLSI Research,  explore the evolution of the service model in a video interview titled “Service 3.0 - the New Era of the Partnering Model.”

8. Applied Celebrates Randhir Thakur’s Elevation to IEEE Fellow

A video highlighting one of the semiconductor industry’s most prolific inventors and successful leaders: Randhir Thakur, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Silicon Systems Group, Applied Materials.

9. Next-Generation TVs and Mobile Devices

The largest flat panel display manufacturer in China, BOE Technology Group, teamed up with Applied Materials to meet strong consumer demand of next-generation televisions and mobile devices that require higher performance, longer battery life and thinner form factors.

10. Think Your Smartphone Resolution is Good? Think Again.

This post examines the possibilities that lie ahead for higher resolution smartphones. Applied’s expertise in precision materials engineering is a key enabler of advanced display technology.

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