Applied Materials Top 10 Blog Posts of 2011

Following is a list of Applied Materials' top 10 blog posts of 2011.

1. Charlie Gay ‘Ask Me Anything’ LIVE on Reddit                                       

In recognition of the summer solstice, the day the sun shines in the northern hemisphere for the longest period of time all year, Applied Materials’ president of Solar, Dr. Charlie Gay is hosting an “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) thread on Reddit.

2. Update on Applied Materials Operations in Japan

The more than 13,000 members of the Applied Materials family have spent the past several days gripped with shock and sadness by the historic tragedy occurring in Japan. Our thoughts and prayers are with our employees and their families in the region, the many friends we have made in Japan over the years we have been fortunate enough to do business there, and all the victims of this disaster.

3. Applied Materials Celebrates Summer Solstice 2011

Summer solstice, the day of the year with the most sunlight, is significant to our team here at Applied Materials. Today we released the results of our third annual solar energy survey and we discovered that although still in the minority, a significant amount of American consumers would consider installing solar panels on their homes.

4. Applied Materials to Acquire Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates /varian

Applied Materials announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement under which Applied will acquire Varian for $63 per share in cash for a total price of approximately $4.9 billion on a fully-diluted basis.

5. The Mechanical Ballet of a Solar Cell Production Line

Applied Materials launched its new Applied Baccini Pegaso solar cell manufacturing platform today. The Pegaso system represents the new state of the art in solar cell manufacturing and will help to drive the solar industry into the future.

6. Making a Chip One Atom at a Time

Everyone knows that the transistors in a modern microprocessor are on the small side. So small, in fact, that it’s hard to get a grasp on the concept. Some of the critical film layers in the transistor are only a few atoms thick and well over a million transistors would fit inside the period at the end of this sentence.

7. 1,000 households, 10 schools, 10,000 individuals: Electrifying Villages and Schools in India                                    

In India, according to the World Bank, approximately 400 million people are without access to reliable electricity and an estimated 100,000 villages are without access to the national grid and receive no electricity. In these cases, the use of coal, kerosene, and other "dirty" fuel sources for power, cooking, and lighting provide energy with intermittent quality and reliability, as well as serious health and environmental concerns.

8. Graphene: Materials in the Flatland           

I’ve been invited to be part of Applied Materials’ distinguished Engineering and Technology (ET) speaker series to meet with employees and give a talk on graphene.

Why graphene?

9. Applied Materials Demonstrates Commitment to Russian Microelectronics and Photovoltaic Manufacturing Industries

SEMICON/SOLARCON Russia, the largest annual gathering of Russian companies that supply equipment used to make semiconductors and photovoltaic solar modules, takes place this year in Moscow on May 31 to June 2. Applied Materials, the world’s largest equipment supplier to both markets, will exhibit independently for the first time — an indication of the company’s commitment to the Russian microelectronics industry and the growing strength of semiconductor and solar industries in Russia.

10. A Day Made of Glass

Earlier this week I gave the keynote speech at the Emerging Display Technologies Conference in San Jose, Calif. and discussed the five waves of demand for the display industry and where we’ll be headed in the near future.

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