Applied Materials, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells semiconductor fabrication equipment worldwide. The companyâ€™s Silicon segment provides a range of manufacturing equipment used to fabricate semiconductor chips or integrated circuits. It offers systems that perform primary processes used in chip fabrication including: atomic layer deposition, chemical vapor deposition, physical vapor deposition, etch, rapid thermal processing, chemical mechanical planarization, and wafer metrology and inspection, as well as systems that etch, clean, measure, and inspect circuit patterns on masks used in the photolithography process. Its Applied Global Services segment offers products and services designed to improve the performance and productivity and reduce the environmental impact of the fab operations of semiconductor, LCD, and solar cell manufacturers. The companyâ€™s Display segment provides equipment to fabricate thin film transistor LCDs for televisions, computer displays, and other consumer-oriented electronic applications. Itâ€™s Energy and Environmental Solutions offers manufacturing solutions for the generation and conservation of energy. This segment also provides manufacturing solutions for wafer-based crystalline silicon, and glass-based thin film applications to enable customers to increase the conversion efficiency and yield PV devices. In addition, the company offers roll-to-roll vacuum Web coating systems for high-performance deposition of a range of films on flexible substrates for functional, aesthetic, or optical properties, as well as large-area sputtering equipment for the production of low-emissivity and solar control architectural glass. It primarily serves manufacturers of semiconductor wafers and chips, flat panel liquid crystal displays, and solar photovoltaic cells and modules. Applied Materials, Inc. was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.
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