Driven by Moore's Law, nanoelectronics appears to be the largest single nanotechnology end market for the foreseeable future. Underlying the increased levels of integration and resulting cost reduction have been a multitude of materials, process and productivity innovations that have enabled the semiconductor industry today to produce well over 1018 transistors per year at costs down to a few nanodollars per transistor. This presentation explores technology challenges in IC nanomanufacturing and reviews the most likely directions needed to sustain the pervasive growth of semiconductor content. Other applications of related nanomanufacturing technologies are also examined, most notably flat panel displays and photovoltaics, where the combination of materials engineering and highly productive processing platforms have spurred significant high growth markets.
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About the speaker:
Dr. Mark Pinto is the Chief Technology Officer, Senior Vice President, and General Manager of the New Business and New Products Group at Applied Materials. Dr. Pinto is responsible for Applied’s technology direction, its advanced R&D programs and for developing new business opportunities. His group includes equipment and services for the flat panel display industry as well as the company's recent entry into the solar energy segment. He also is responsible for Applied's IP licensing business and Applied Ventures, the companys's VC arm. Dr. Pinto holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Prior to joining Applied Materials, Dr. Pinto spent 19 years with the Research Division of Bell Laboratories and the Lucent Microelectronics Group, later spun off as Agere Systems. He was named a Bell Labs Fellow, the company's highest technical honor, for his contributions to semiconductor technology. He is also a Fellow of the IEEE and served as an Adjunct Professor at Yale University.
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