July 7, 2014 was a momentous occasion for Applied Materials as we revealed Eteris™ - the new, post-merger name for our combined company with Tokyo Electron. To commemorate the occasion, we’ve gathered up some key pieces of news coverage along with commentary on the new name from our followers and friends.
Today Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron achieved another important milestone in our merger as we unveiled the new company name. Eteris™ is bold, speaks to what makes us unique, and is representative of our future together and what we aim to achieve.
Historically, many of the developments in the semiconductor industry have stemmed from the continued progress in lithography. However, with the persistent uncertainty of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) for future-generation patterning, the industry has developed techniques such as self-alignment double patterning (SADP) to extend optical lithography. In a video produced by SPIETV, Chris Bencher of Applied Materials Office of the Chief Technology Officer, reviews the evolution of SADP and looks to its future.
In a couple weeks the semiconductor equipment industry will descend upon San Francisco, CA. for the annual SEMICON West event. Applied Materials executives will be front and center sharing industry and business outlooks, and providing their perspectives on the company’s strategies, opportunities, products and financial performance. Precision materials engineering will be the central theme as it continues to enable significant inflections in transistors and memory technology.
Innovation is the life-blood of any successful technology company and is naturally embedded in the DNA of Applied Materials as we contribute to moving the semiconductor industry forward. In order to stay innovative, you need to build and sustain an intellectually vibrant culture of open innovation with passionate people that bring fresh ideas and different perspectives.
There’s a lot of excitement building regarding several new mobile product announcements on the horizon, including a concept smartwatch, a new phablet and a new smartphone. These products are sure to be on a lot of consumers’ wish lists this holiday season, and users will expect them to have a sleeker look and feel, while running applications instantly, providing all-day battery life and possessing beautiful, high resolution displays.
As we’ve discussed, mobile devices like smartphones and tablets continue to be the primary driver for semiconductor technology advancements.
U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Applied Materials in Austin, Texas today to tour one of our semiconductor manufacturing lines and deliver remarks on making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing.
Given that today’s advanced chips can contain billions of transistors, 60 miles of copper wiring and 10 billion vertical connections between metal layers, the challenges and potential pitfalls this level of complexity presents are mind-boggling. One major problem on the horizon at 20nm and below is the threat of voids forming in the vertical interconnects commonly called vias.
Transistors are the fundamental building blocks out of which all modern electronic devices are built. Invented in the early 1950s, transistors are the semiconductor switches that control and amplify electronic signals. As demand has grown over the years for greater performance from these devices, chipmakers have responded by packing wafers with twice as many of the transistors that drive that performance every two years – a trend described by the iconic Moore’s Law. Today, an advanced microprocessor may use up to three billion transistors.