Applied Materials Inc develops engineering solutions for the semiconductor, flat-panel display, and solar PV industries. The company's mission is to make innovations like smartphones, flat-screen TVs, and solar panels affordable and accessible to consumers and businesses around the world. Israel is the headquarters of Process, Diagnostics & Control (PDC), an Applied Materials business group. PDC was established in 1997 upon the acquisition of Orbot Instruments and Opal Technologies Ltd. This unit develops and manufactures control and inspection tools that integrate a wide variety of cutting-edge technologies designed for the world's leading chip manufacturers. Applied Materials Israel also maintains a service center to support its local clients. The Israeli operation branch plays a significant role in enabling the production of the next generation of semiconductors.