Transistor Evolution is Driving Technology
Transistors are semiconductor devices that switch and amplify electronic signals and power. Invented in the early 1950s, they are fundamental building blocks of modern electronic devices. As demands have grown over the years for greater performance from these devices, chipmakers have responded by packing wafers with more of the transistors that drive that performance. Today, an advanced microprocessor may use up to three billion transistors.
What role does Applied Materials play?
Applied Materials is the industry leader in the technologies that have enabled multiple generations of 2D transistor scaling and that will enable the transition to 3D structures–chemical vapor deposition (CVD), high-k/metal gate physical vapor deposition (PVD), ion implantation, rapid thermal processing (RTP), epitaxy, etch, planarization, and defect inspection.
Applied has been the technology leader in enabling generations of planar scaling and is at the leading edge of serving our customers’ transition to 3D.