Applied Materials Video Dramatizes 3D NAND Manufacture

Visualization of a column of ions etching a holeIn a little 3-minute video released this  week for the SEMICON West conference, Applied Materials dramatizes the 3D NAND manufacturing process by using hailstorms for atomic level deposition (ALD) and lightning bolts for etch, all while explaining that the wafer’s surface reaches temperatures hotter than the surface of the sun.

For those who already understand 3D NAND manufacture it’s an interesting way to describe an otherwise-arcane process, and the video makes for a fun watch with all of its computer-generated animation and sound effects.  The Memory Guy wonders, though, whether the uninitiated will understand more than the fact that the process involves a lot of challenging steps and that the video is fast-moving, noisy, and dramatic!

No worries if you don’t know anything about the 3D NAND manufacturing process.  I wrote a series of blog posts to explain how 3D NAND is made back in 2013.

Either way, it’s a fun watch.  For the moment it’s on the Applied Materials website HERE, but if you read this after the company has taken the video off of its website, then look for it on YouTube HERE.