David Thompson

David Thompson leads a team of chemists at Applied Materials tasked with supporting the discovery and identification of chemistries for new differentiated tool offerings. He did his undergraduate studies in chemical engineering and received a Ph.D. in the organometallic chemistry of fullerenes and nanotubes. Both of these degrees were obtained at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. David has 56 granted US patents in semiconductor chemistry, process, and integration.


Beyond Von Neumann: Applied Materials and Arm Lead DARPA-Funded Research on a Neuromorphic Switch for AI

Back in July, Applied Materials announced that we’d been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop technology for AI. At the core of this project are the efforts of Applied Materials, Arm and Symetrix to develop a correlated electron switch. This of course begs the question, “what the heck is a correlated electron?”