Happy 66th, Transistor!

Happy 66th, Transistor!

Today marks the 66th birthday of the first working transistor; an opportune time to look back at how far this technological marvel has come. With 66 years of innovations behind it, today’s transistor looks quite different from when it first hit the scene.First, there are so many of them around today. It’s estimated that more than 1200 quintillion transistors will be manufactured in 2015, making the transistor the most ubiquitous man-made device on the planet.
Employees Pack 66,000 Boxes to Help End Hunger

Employees Pack 66,000 Boxes to Help End Hunger

It was truly a sight to see more than 200 of our employees and their families all gathered at Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties on Saturday morning. What were they all doing? Packing 6,000 boxes of nutritious meals at Applied Materials' 18th annual Helping Hands Day for delivery to individuals and families in need in Silicon Valley during the holidays.
Exploring the Future of Touch Screen Panel Technologies

Exploring the Future of Touch Screen Panel Technologies

Last month, Applied Materials hosted a touch screen panel (TSP) workshop in Germany near the company’s Alzenau technology and development center. The objective was to bring together experts in academia, customers and suppliers from around the world to discuss the materials, tool and technology innovations needed to drive growth for the TSP market.
Merger of Equals Moving Forward

Merger of Equals Moving Forward

Last week Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron held a media roundtable in Japan to discuss the merger of equals announced on September 24, 2013. Executives from both companies provided updates on the rationale behind the merger, the status of the integration planning, the expected benefits to employees, customers and the industry, as well as answered questions from the audience.  Tetsuro Higashi, Chairman, President and CEO of Tokyo Electron, who will become Chairman of the new company, and Mike Splinter, Executive Chairman of Applied Materials, who will serve as Vice-Chairman, addressed the audience of more than 20 members of the Japanese media.
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3D NAND Is a Reality – What’s Next?

One of the biggest developments taking place in the semiconductor industry is the emergence of 3D NAND memory technology. Products are available today that feature 3D NAND devices. It has taken years to become a reality — since Toshiba first discussed the concept of 3D NAND at the VLSI Symposium in 2007 – and now it is poised to replace planar NAND flash memory for storage. The path that has led to this point is similar to what happened with the logic roadmap; despite innovative workarounds, the era of traditional planar "shrinks" for NAND is running out of steam.  And, just as with logic, it has required significant technical advances to overcome the formidable challenges to successfully manufacture complex vertical 3D NAND designs.
Global Innovators Solving Critical Problems

Global Innovators Solving Critical Problems

They bring passion, commitment and technological innovation to the streets of Mexico, the watersheds of India, and low income neighborhoods of Nigeria. They are providing clean drinking water to people living in poverty, educating underserved youth, and offering information to improve livelihoods of low-income farmers.  They are using the power of technology to benefit humanity.They are the ten 2013 Tech Laureates who were honored for creatively addressing some of the world’s most critical problems at the annual Tech Awards a gala event benefiting the Tech Museum of Innovation in Silicon Valley.
Applied Named 2014 Military Friendly Employer

Applied Named 2014 Military Friendly Employer

I'm proud to share that Applied Materials has once again been recognized today for its outstanding support of military veterans and National Guard and Reserve members, and has been designated a 2014 Military Friendly Employer by G.I. Jobs magazine.This marks the eighth consecutive year that the company has been included on the list, which was complied from a data-driven survey of more than 5,000 companies whose annual revenues exceeded $500 million.
Mike Splinter Awarded Semiconductor Industry’s Highest Honor

Mike Splinter Awarded Semiconductor Industry’s Highest Honor

Applied Materials Executive Chairman Mike Splinter was recognized this week at the Semiconductor Industry Association’s (SIA) 36th annual awards dinner, where he received the Robert N. Noyce Award, the industry’s highest honor, for his significant contributions to the U.S. semiconductor industry in technology and public policy.A well-known and respected industry veteran, Mike successfully led Applied Materials as CEO for more than a decade, expanding the company’s position as a leading global equipment provider to the semiconductor, display and solar industries, and helping to drive critical innovations in transistor design to further Moore’s Law, the foundation of all modern day electronics.