Making Connections to Improve Lives

Making Connections to Improve Lives

The energy was obvious and the connections were working on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Tech Museum in San Jose, CA … both as 40 students worked in teams to build “We Share Solar Suitcases” and when the switch was flipped on their creations to generate electricity to power a 100-watt light bulb.  Best yet, the students knew that the suitcase they engineered would power the first lights for schools and orphanages in Africa.
Game Changers: Energy Science, Innovation and the Future of America

Game Changers: Energy Science, Innovation and the Future of America

What does it really mean to change the game in energy technologies? Not to change a single game  – as with a last-second shot at the buzzer, a Hail Mary pass, or a diving catch to close out the inning – but to transform the entire game, with new rules, new technologies, and often-unexpected new results.In the National Laboratory system, we are working on new energy technologies that could transform the ways we generate, store and use energy, and that could protect our environment while recharging our national economy. But as we tackle the fundamental scientific research we need to discover and develop disruptive new energy technologies, it’s worthwhile to ask: What does game-changing technology look like, and what are currently our best prospects for game changers? 
This Blog Moves the Needle

This Blog Moves the Needle

Wondering what Corporate Social Responsibility blogs to follow in 2013?Look no further. We have the answer for you right here. The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC), a resource and voice for businesses and their social and philanthropic interests, recently published its inaugural list of 9 Corporate Citizenship Blogs to Read — and Watch which spotlights our very own Applied Materials Blog!
2013: Facing Unprecedented Precision Engineering Challenges

2013: Facing Unprecedented Precision Engineering Challenges

Originally published in Solid State Technology.Mobility is the biggest influence shaping the semiconductor industry and is the main driver of chip development. Smartphone sales are expected to surpass 700 million units growing at a 50% growth rate year over year and demand for tablets is set to exceed 110 million units growing at an 85% rate year over year. The race to manufacture chips for the surging mobile markets is driving the industry to explore new materials and technologies to enable essential breakthroughs for higher, more power-efficient performance.  For the PC market, we will see the advent of Ultrabooks and the new Windows 8 operating system – both of which can spur a technology upgrade cycle and drive growth.
Changing Lives Through Innovation

Changing Lives Through Innovation

Innovation changes lives on a daily basis – and in very dramatic ways for people challenged by some of our world’s greatest problems.  Educational inequity, access to clean water, poverty, health issues, and limited opportunities for economic prosperity.It is reassuring to know that some of today’s best and brightest innovators are using technology to benefit humanity.  Each fall, a select group of these humanitarians is honored at the Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials, which raises funds for the Tech Museum in San Jose, CA.Get a glimpse into some of these Tech Laureates’ solutions to our society’s most critical problems by watching this short and inspiring video.
Radical New Approach to Interconnects is Coming

Radical New Approach to Interconnects is Coming

Chip makers and equipment suppliers are taking new steps forward in exploring revolutionary materials and techniques needed to continue enabling breakthroughs in microchip performance.  The pace of innovation is ramping at a rate never-before experienced in the industry.  We’re going to see more changes in the next five years than we’ve seen in last 15. Without these efforts, the innovation engine that has produced generation after generation of mobility and computing devices capable of astonishing capabilities will stall. One area where disruptive change is coming is the interconnect. Following is a short explanation of this transition.
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Investing in Innovative Collaborations for Teachers

Veteran and novice teachers are learning together how to improve educational outcomes for their students at William C. Overfelt High School in San Jose, California.Led by the New Teacher Center, this professional collaboration is helping to transform teaching and learning at the high school in one of the lowest income neighborhoods in Silicon Valley, and it exemplifies the Applied Materials Foundation’s investment in teachers.  In addition to funding the New Teacher Center’s work at Overfelt, the Foundation is supporting similar efforts in Austin, Texas, Portland, Oregon, and Kalispell, Montana, all communities where Applied Materials has a presence.