As we commemorate Lam’s 35th anniversary, journey back with us to remember and appreciate some amazing semiconductor technology developments and their impact over the years. Electronic devices have come a long way since 1980, when our company was founded. Back then, the Sony Walkman was the hottest consumer product on the market – and today we can barely do anything without using a smart device. These products are literally everywhere, changing and improving our lives in countless ways.
Our industry’s extraordinary pace of innovation has enabled the number of transistors on a chip to double roughly every 12 months. The increase in data storage capacity of DRAM chips has likewise kept pace over the years. Because of these technological advances, the invention of some of the most important and memorable end-user devices were made possible.
Take a look at the timeline below to see how much microchips and the electronic products they helped create have changed over the past 35 years.