The Machine Behind the TouchscreensS

You don't need me to tell you how ubiquitous touch screens are. Some things even have two of them. Apple might've even bought 60 percent of the world's touchscreen supply this year. That's a lot of touchscreens. And something's gotta make them.

Enter Applied Materials' AKT-Aristo Twin PVD, which pumps out twice as many touch panels while taking up almost half the space as its previous-gen touch panel manufacturing equipment. It's able to produce two different kinds of touch panels on one system, using two two vacuum processing tracks that can run completely independently. Faster production means more supply, which means cheaper panels—and hopefully, cheaper gadgets. [Applied Materials]

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