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Applied Materials Mourns the Loss of Gary Fazzino

Applied Materials is deeply saddened by the passing of Gary Fazzino on Tuesday evening after a long battle with cancer.  Gary joined Applied Materials as Vice President, Government Affairs in July 2009 after a long and successful career at Hewlett-Packard Company.  In addition to serving as a government affairs executive in the private sector, Gary was a dedicated public servant in Palo Alto, serving on the City Council from 1977 to 1981 and from 1989 to 2002.  He was elected Mayor of Palo Alto in 1992 and again in 1999.
Something BIG is Happening...

Something BIG is Happening...

A “sneak peek” of the much anticipated 2.5 megawatt wind turbine — one of the largest turbines on the eastern seaboard — which is making its way to the Applied Materials Gloucester, MA site!When completed, the installation of the wind turbine will supply greater than 30% of the site’s electricity and reduce site operating expenses by more than $1 million annually. What’s more, 99% of the power generated by the turbine will be used on-site, resulting in a 34% projected reduction in CO2 emissions—greatly reducing Applied’s carbon footprint.
Epitaxy: Seeking Crystalline Perfection

Epitaxy: Seeking Crystalline Perfection

Epitaxy is one of the fundamental processes used to make all kinds of semiconductor devices: LEDs, power electronics and, of course, microchips.Epitaxy was first used in chipmaking to grow ultrapure silicon films – the starting point for making high-performance CMOS transistors. Today, we use epitaxy for a whole lot more.
Seeking Silicon Valley: The Art & Technology Network

Seeking Silicon Valley: The Art & Technology Network

I was a bit hesitant when encouraged to interact with a gigantic, spiked, helium-filled orb.  But punching and pushing the transparent balloon to, literally, leave my mark – in charcoal on the white walls, ceiling and floor of the exhibit - at the opening of the Zero1 Biennial was actually great fun!But not until the creator of the kinetic sculpture, Karina Smigla-Bobinski, explained to me that the work, named “Ada,” was actually an analog interactive installation linked to both Lord Byron and Charles Babbage did I start to see the giant globe as living at the intersection of technology and art.That is what Zero1’s “Seeking Silicon Valley” is all about.  The Festival runs from September 14 through December 8 both online and at venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area in California.  Check out the solar phone booth at Gore Park, visit the Computer History Museum to learn about Google Doodles, enjoy live performances and public art, and be sure to go meet Ada at the Garage!
Designing for Impact

Designing for Impact

This was my third year attending the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting (CGI). It seems to get better every year. Between the world leaders, superstar nonprofit organizations, social entrepreneurs, foundations and corporations, former President Clinton has created a movement that is changing the world in sustainable ways.  At my first meeting, I was learning about environmental philanthropy and investigating potential partners.  Today it is all about our commitment to action, the amazing results of our first CGI commitment, and the announcement of our second. In the video below I discuss our commitment in a bit more detail.
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The Collaborative Economy and the Planet

Can sharing goods and services help save the planet?  That was one of a number of provocative questions posed by Van Jones in a Master class offered by the Presidio Graduate School.  You may recall Jones as the passionate human rights and green jobs proponent who served briefly in the Obama Administration.  The problem statement with which he launched the class was that consumerism is threatening the planet’s future as we extract more and more resources and throw away more and more things, i.e. waste.  Collaborative economics was described as a “nation of neighbors”, where we share with one another and rely more on our social capital than strictly upon financial capital.  Jones capsulized it as follows:  “do we want to treat our planet as if we are locusts (consuming the planet) or as honeybees (living, building and producing together)?”Sharing can be part of the solution to the ecological problems that come from excess consumerism.
Innovating Out of the Solar Winter – Dan Hutcheson Interviews Applied’s Jim Mullin

Innovating Out of the Solar Winter – Dan Hutcheson Interviews Applied’s Jim Mullin

The end market for solar power is booming, thanks to tremendous cost decreases over the last few years. However, it’s a crowded market for the companies that actually make the solar cells. Last week, Applied’s Giorgio Cellere blogged about how new manufacturing technology can help solar cell makers gain a competitive edge.Recently, Dan Hutcheson, CEO of VLSIresearch, explored this same subject in more depth with Jim Mullin, vice president of Solar Marketing at Applied Materials, in a video interview titled “Innovating out of the Solar Winter with Technology”.
Accessing Information to Improve the Way People Live

Accessing Information to Improve the Way People Live

In our highly-connected daily lives, the loss of a smart phone is a catastrophe.  Disrupted electricity in the aftermath of a storm is a major inconvenience.  And, low power warnings on a laptop can send colleagues scurrying for cords and wall sockets.  Access to technology-based information is a given for most of us. But for millions of people in developing countries around the world, the ability to gather information is a challenge because of lack of electricity, high illiteracy rates, and geographic isolation.  How do you get vital, relevant information to rural communities that will allow residents to improve their livelihood?
IIT Bombay and Applied Materials Collaborate on Technology Certification

IIT Bombay and Applied Materials Collaborate on Technology Certification

Professor Devang Khakhar, Director, IIT Bombay (left) and Dr. B. K. Murthy Director, CDAC & Head National Knowledge Network Division, Department of IT, Ministry of Communications and IT, Government of India, listen to remarks given by Applied Materials’ Chief Technology Officer, Omkaram Nalamasu during the inauguration event.The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) and Applied Materials recently launched India’s first certification course in semiconductor technology and manufacturing. The course addresses a critical need for developing a trained, high-tech workforce in India to help meet the country’s growing demand for electronic devices.