Discovering the Next Breakthrough

Intensely Focused on Innovation

As a global technology leader, research and development is the lifeblood of our company.  Applied Materials has a proven track record of innovation and industry breakthroughs that have significantly contributed to the growth of the semiconductor industry.  At Applied, our Innovations Make Possible a Better Future for everyone.   

With our deep expertise in materials engineering, Applied is constantly developing solutions that solve our customers’ high-value problems better and faster. Staying close to our customers, understanding their toughest challenges and working to develop innovative products are keys to our success.

In labs around the world, Applied’s scientists are developing technologies and using materials in ways no one would have thought possible. Each year, we invest billions of dollars in research and development. With approximately 19,600 patents, our IP portfolio is the strongest in our industry. We foster an innovation network through venture investments and joint research and development programs with customers, partners, universities and research institutes. 

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Transforming the World with Semiconductors

Applied’s focus on advancing semiconductor technology is transforming nearly every aspect of our lives. The world as we know it today would not exist without semiconductors. They are the “brains” of modern electronics. Semiconductors are an essential component of electronic devices, enabling advances in communications, computing, healthcare, transportation, clean energy, and countless other applications. Semiconductors power the computers we use to conduct business, the phones and mobile devices we use to communicate, the cars and planes that get us from place to place, the machines that diagnose and treat illnesses, and the electronic gadgets we use to listen to music, watch movies and play games, just to name a few. 

Our R&D capabilities help achieve breakthroughs that Make Possible a Better Future. For instance, in 1984, mobile phones weighed about 2.5 pounds, sold for $4,000 and held a charge for only about 30 minutes of talk time. Compared to your smartphone today, the difference is tremendous. In fact, a single smartphone today has far more computing power than the computers used by NASA to land a person on the moon in 1969. Smarter, faster and more energy-efficient chips are enabling life-changing innovations.

Delivering the Future of Technology

The Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) all require dramatic improvements in chip performance, power, area, cost and time-to-market (PPACt™). Chipmakers are looking for simultaneous improvements in all five areas. After all, this is how mobile phones the size of a brick evolved into the sleek, powerful smartphones they are today.

The R&D teams at Applied are developing new architectures, 3D structures, new materials, new ways to shrink chips and new types of chip packaging.  Applied is driving innovative and unique materials engineering advancements that are critical to the chip industry’s future.

State-of-the-Art Innovation Centers

We’ve created advanced R&D facilities around the world to enhance our collaboration with chipmakers and ecosystem partners to help move inventions from idea to market faster.

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Maydan Technology Center
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Maydan Technology Center

The Maydan Technology Center (MTC) is a billion-dollar, state-of-the-art facility designed to accelerate our customers’ time to market. It is the heart of Applied’s innovation engine, where more than 500 Applied engineers collaborate alongside our customers to bring new semiconductor process technology to life.

With $100M reinvested each year, MTC is on the cutting edge of rapid testing and development. MTC is both a fab and a test lab, which allows customers to test each manufacturing step under one roof. With more than 120 advanced process tools ranging from lithography to deposition and etch, as well as 80 metrology and inspection tools, the Center provides customers with a unique capability to speed transitions to new technologies, shorten cycle times to production and bring new products to market with reduced risk.

META Center
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Materials Engineering Technology Accelerator (META Center)

The Materials Engineering Technology Accelerator is a world-class hub for innovation in materials engineering R&D. The META Center accelerates the availability of new chipmaking materials and process technologies that empower breakthroughs in semiconductor performance, power and cost.

The Center focuses on solutions development for both traditional semiconductor device inflections as well as other industrial initiatives, such as ICAPS (IoT, Communications, Automotive, Power and Sensors) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) spaces.

This first-of-its-kind facility, located in Albany, New York, features a broad suite of Applied’s most advanced process systems along with complementary technologies needed for new chip materials and structures.

Advanced Packaging Development Center
Advanced Packaging Development Center
Advanced Packaging Development Center 

The Advanced Packaging Development Center is a state-of-the-art cleanroom that is among the most advanced wafer-level packaging labs in the world. It houses the industry’s broadest portfolio of products that enable the foundational building blocks of heterogeneous integration, including advanced bump and micro-bump, fine-line redistribution layer (RDL), TSV and hybrid bonding. 

As computing has progressed from PCs to mobile devices and now to AI and Big Data, we’re seeing the rise of heterogeneous design, which has designers rethinking how to best integrate both chips and systems. Heterogeneous design and advanced packaging are now a competitive imperative for the world’s leading semiconductor and systems companies and the Advanced Packaging Development Center gives Applied a unique ability to optimize process technologies and fully validate their robustness.

The Center was established as a joint lab partnership with the Institute of Microelectronics (IME), a research institute of Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), which enables Applied to leverage the deep R&D capabilities in wafer-level packaging, assembly processes and thermo-mechanical modelling built by IME over the years.

Tainan Display Manufacturing Center and Lab
Tainan Display Manufacturing Center and Lab
Tainan Display Manufacturing Center and Lab 

Displays provide a window between people and the information universe. Humans crave information and we live in an era where digital information - entertainment, news, education, social networking, and much more – is readily available. Tainan Display Lab (TDL) plays a strategic role in employing deep display expertise to enable the next generation of displays. It is the world’s first combined display equipment manufacturing facility and R&D laboratory. The lab helps display makers transform their ideas into reality and pave the way for the next generation of displays.

TDL plays a key role in advancing improvements such as image resolution and quality, size increases, and new form factors as the display industry has evolved from CRTs to LCDs, and now to OLED.  These innovations, along with reduced costs, have enabled new products and driven the proliferation of displays that create dynamic and stunning visual experiences for consumers. 

The facility, which occupies about 5.1 hectares includes two cleanrooms and a laboratory. It is located close to customers in the Tainan Science Park, to provide fast support to our display customers throughout Asia.

EPIC Center
EPIC Center

Rendering of the future Applied Materials Equipment and Process Innovation and Commercialization (EPIC) Center

Rendering of the future Applied Materials Equipment and Process Innovation and Commercialization (EPIC) Center.

EPIC Center – Expected in 2026

The new Equipment and Process Innovation and Commercialization (EPIC) Center is planned as the heart of a high-velocity innovation platform designed to accelerate development and commercialization of the foundational technologies needed by the global semiconductor and computing industries. To be located at the Applied campus in Sunnyvale, Calif., the multibillion-dollar facility is designed to provide a breadth and scale of capabilities that is unique in the industry, including more than 180,000 square feet of state-of-the-art cleanroom for collaborative innovation with chipmakers, universities and ecosystem partners. Designed from the ground up to accelerate the pace of introducing new manufacturing innovations, the new EPIC Center is expected to reduce the time it takes the industry to bring a technology from concept to commercialization by several years, while simultaneously increasing the commercial success rate of new innovations and the return on R&D investments for the entire semiconductor ecosystem. 

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Maydan Technology Center

The Maydan Technology Center (MTC) is a billion-dollar, state-of-the-art facility designed to accelerate our customers’ time to market. It is the heart of Applied’s innovation engine, where more than 500 Applied engineers collaborate alongside our customers to bring new semiconductor process technology to life.

With $100M reinvested each year, MTC is on the cutting edge of rapid testing and development. MTC is both a fab and a test lab, which allows customers to test each manufacturing step under one roof. With more than 120 advanced process tools ranging from lithography to deposition and etch, as well as 80 metrology and inspection tools, the Center provides customers with a unique capability to speed transitions to new technologies, shorten cycle times to production and bring new products to market with reduced risk.

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Materials Engineering Technology Accelerator (META Center)

The Materials Engineering Technology Accelerator is a world-class hub for innovation in materials engineering R&D. The META Center accelerates the availability of new chipmaking materials and process technologies that empower breakthroughs in semiconductor performance, power and cost.

The Center focuses on solutions development for both traditional semiconductor device inflections as well as other industrial initiatives, such as ICAPS (IoT, Communications, Automotive, Power and Sensors) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) spaces.

This first-of-its-kind facility, located in Albany, New York, features a broad suite of Applied’s most advanced process systems along with complementary technologies needed for new chip materials and structures.

Advanced Packaging Development Center
Advanced Packaging Development Center 

The Advanced Packaging Development Center is a state-of-the-art cleanroom that is among the most advanced wafer-level packaging labs in the world. It houses the industry’s broadest portfolio of products that enable the foundational building blocks of heterogeneous integration, including advanced bump and micro-bump, fine-line redistribution layer (RDL), TSV and hybrid bonding. 

As computing has progressed from PCs to mobile devices and now to AI and Big Data, we’re seeing the rise of heterogeneous design, which has designers rethinking how to best integrate both chips and systems. Heterogeneous design and advanced packaging are now a competitive imperative for the world’s leading semiconductor and systems companies and the Advanced Packaging Development Center gives Applied a unique ability to optimize process technologies and fully validate their robustness.

The Center was established as a joint lab partnership with the Institute of Microelectronics (IME), a research institute of Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), which enables Applied to leverage the deep R&D capabilities in wafer-level packaging, assembly processes and thermo-mechanical modelling built by IME over the years.

Tainan Display Manufacturing Center and Lab
Tainan Display Manufacturing Center and Lab 

Displays provide a window between people and the information universe. Humans crave information and we live in an era where digital information - entertainment, news, education, social networking, and much more – is readily available. Tainan Display Lab (TDL) plays a strategic role in employing deep display expertise to enable the next generation of displays. It is the world’s first combined display equipment manufacturing facility and R&D laboratory. The lab helps display makers transform their ideas into reality and pave the way for the next generation of displays.

TDL plays a key role in advancing improvements such as image resolution and quality, size increases, and new form factors as the display industry has evolved from CRTs to LCDs, and now to OLED.  These innovations, along with reduced costs, have enabled new products and driven the proliferation of displays that create dynamic and stunning visual experiences for consumers. 

The facility, which occupies about 5.1 hectares includes two cleanrooms and a laboratory. It is located close to customers in the Tainan Science Park, to provide fast support to our display customers throughout Asia.

EPIC Center

Rendering of the future Applied Materials Equipment and Process Innovation and Commercialization (EPIC) Center

Rendering of the future Applied Materials Equipment and Process Innovation and Commercialization (EPIC) Center.

EPIC Center – Expected in 2026

The new Equipment and Process Innovation and Commercialization (EPIC) Center is planned as the heart of a high-velocity innovation platform designed to accelerate development and commercialization of the foundational technologies needed by the global semiconductor and computing industries. To be located at the Applied campus in Sunnyvale, Calif., the multibillion-dollar facility is designed to provide a breadth and scale of capabilities that is unique in the industry, including more than 180,000 square feet of state-of-the-art cleanroom for collaborative innovation with chipmakers, universities and ecosystem partners. Designed from the ground up to accelerate the pace of introducing new manufacturing innovations, the new EPIC Center is expected to reduce the time it takes the industry to bring a technology from concept to commercialization by several years, while simultaneously increasing the commercial success rate of new innovations and the return on R&D investments for the entire semiconductor ecosystem.