The AI Era of computing is fueling exponential growth in data generation, and the entire technology ecosystem depends on the semiconductor industry finding new ways to scale DRAM architectures to keep pace with bit demand. New hard mask patterning films can enable thinner capacitors with the highest possible aspect ratios, while new dielectric insulating materials can reduce the spacing between metal lines, both resulting in new ways to shrink.
We are now at the start of the next display technology wave, as OLEDs replace LCDs in consumer devices. There are also other interesting technologies forthcoming, each with different strengths, challenges, applications and time horizons.
Applied Materials recently hosted top-tier bio-entrepreneurs from San Francisco’s QB3 incubator to explore opportunities for coupling great science with great engineering to create innovations in life science.
Given the inherently complex nature of semiconductor manufacturing, chip makers are increasingly using automated software systems to make fabs more intelligent and responsive, with the ultimate goal of improving productivity and yield.
As we wrap up 2016, it is an ideal time to reflect on the accomplishments of Applied teams around the world who have demonstrated a commitment to the company’s core value of operating with responsibility and integrity.
While the mainstay applications of the MEMS segment continue to be strong performers, 2016 saw a big push toward lots of new and potentially high-volume MEMS devices. This presents many exciting opportunities, but the challenges are plenty.