Profile: Applied Materials Inc (AMAT.O)
27 Sep 2016
Applied Materials, Inc. (Applied), incorporated on March 18, 1987, provides manufacturing equipment, services and software to the semiconductor, display, solar photovoltaic (PV) and related industries across the world. The Company operates in four segments: Silicon Systems, Applied Global Services, Display, and Energy and Environmental Solutions. Its manufacturing activities consist of assembly, test and integration of various commercial parts, components and subassemblies that are used to manufacture systems. The Company caters to customers, including manufacturers of semiconductor chips, liquid crystal and other displays, solar PV cells, and other electronic devices. It has implemented a distributed manufacturing model under which manufacturing and supply chain activities are conducted in various countries, including Germany, Israel, Italy, Singapore, Taiwan, the United States and other countries in Asia.
The Company's Silicon Systems segment develops, manufactures and sells a range of manufacturing equipment used to fabricate semiconductor chips, also referred to as integrated circuits (ICs). The Silicon Systems segment includes semiconductor capital equipment for deposition, etch, ion implantation, rapid thermal processing, chemical mechanical planarization, metrology and inspection, and wafer packaging. The majority of its new equipment sales are to integrated device manufacturers and foundries across the world. Its transistor and interconnect products and technologies have enabled various generations of device scaling from planar transistors to three-dimensional (3D) multi-gate FinFET transistors. It offers products and technologies for transistor and interconnect fabrication, including epitaxy, ion implantation, oxidation and nitridation, rapid thermal processing, chemical vapor deposition, physical vapor deposition, chemical mechanical planarization and electrochemical deposition. Many of these process steps are used multiple times throughout the semiconductor chip fabrication process. Its Transistor and Interconnect Technologies' products include Centura RP Epi, VIISta Systems, Vantage Systems and Raider Platform. It offers patterning and packaging products and systems that enable the transfer of patterns onto device structures, making it possible to etch masks used for photolithography, and perform deposition, etching and related processes. Its Patterning and Packaging Technologies' include Olympia System, Producer Systems, and Centris and Producer Systems. It offers a suite of metrology, inspection and review systems for front- and back-end-of-line applications. These systems' imaging capabilities and algorithms employ optical and e-beam technologies to meet the technical demands, such as self-aligned double and quad patterning, extreme ultraviolet layers, measurement-intensive optimal proximity correction mask qualification, and 3D architectures. The Company delivers capabilities that enable chipmakers to establish statistical process control, ramp up production runs rapidly and achieve high production yields. Its Imaging and Process Control Technologies' products include SEMVision G6 Defect Analysis and Aera4 Mask Inspection.
Applied Global Services
The Company's Applied Global Services (AGS) segment provides integrated solutions to optimize equipment and fab performance and productivity, including spares, upgrades, services, remanufactured earlier generation equipment and factory automation software for semiconductor, display and solar products. Customer demand for products and services is fulfilled through a global distribution system with trained service engineers located in close proximity to customer sites in various countries to support approximately 33,000 installed Applied semiconductor, display and solar manufacturing systems across the world. It offers various services and products under the Applied Global Services segment, including certified services, fab consulting, parts programs, subfab equipment, legacy equipment and automation software.
The Company's Display segment consists of products for manufacturing liquid crystal displays (LCDs), organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), and other display technologies for televisions, personal computers (PCs), tablets, smart phones and other consumer-oriented devices. The Display segment offers various technologies and products, including array test, chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and physical vapor deposition (PVD). Its products include Electron Beam Array Tester, AKT PECVD Systems, AKT Aristo and PiVot Systems.
Energy and Environmental Solutions
The Company's Energy and Environmental Solutions segment includes products for fabricating crystalline-silicon (c-Si) solar PV cells, as well as high throughput roll-to-roll deposition equipment for flexible electronics, packaging and other applications. The technologies and products offered in the Energy and Environmental Solutions segment include Cell Manufacturing and Roll-to-Roll WEB Coating. It offers fine Line Double Print process, which enables solar manufacturers to produce cells with less paste. Its Roll-to-Roll coating systems provide production solutions for packaging, flexible electronics and security industries. WEB systems utilize physical vapor deposition, thermal evaporation, chemical vapor deposition and e-beam technology to deposit tiny layers of metal onto flexible substrates. Its products include Baccini Systems, TopBeam, TopMet and SmartWeb Systems.
Applied Materials Inc
3050 Bowers Ave
SANTA CLARA CA 95054-3299
Company Web Links
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