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*** Exercise Your Right to Vote *** Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Shareholder Meeting to Be Held on March 8, 2018. APPLIED MATERIALS, INC. Meeting Information Meeting Type: Annual Meeting of Shareholders For holders as of: January 10, 2018 Date: March 8, 2018 Time: 11:00 a.m., Pacific Time Location: Applied Materials, Inc. Corporate Offices 3050 Bowers Avenue Building I Santa Clara, California 95054 3225 OAKMEAD VILLAGE DRIVE P.O. BOX 58039, M/S 1241 SANTA CLARA, CA 95054 You are receiving this communication because you hold shares in Applied Materials, Inc. as of the record date. This is not a ballot. You cannot use this notice to vote these shares. This communication presents only an overview of the more complete proxy materials that are available to you on the Internet. You may view the proxy materials online at or easily request a paper copy (see reverse side). We encourage you to access and review all of the important information contained in the proxy materials before voting. See the reverse side of this notice to obtain proxy materials and voting instructions. E35558-P01027-Z71625



Before You Vote How to Access the Proxy Materials Proxy Materials Available to VIEW or RECEIVE: PROXY STATEMENT AND ANNUAL REPORT TO SHAREHOLDERS How to View Online: Have the information that is printed in the box marked by the arrow XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX (located on the following page) and visit: How to Request and Receive a PAPER or E-MAIL Copy: If you want to receive a paper or e-mail copy of these documents, you must request one. There is NO charge for requesting a copy. Please choose one of the following methods to make your request: 1) BY INTERNET: 2) BY TELEPHONE: 1-800-579-1639 3) BY E-MAIL*: * If requesting materials by e-mail, please send a blank e-mail with the information that is printed in the box marked by the arrow XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX (located on the following page) in the subject line. Requests, instructions and other inquiries sent to this e-mail address will NOT be forwarded to your investment advisor. Please make the request as instructed above on or before February 22, 2018 to facilitate timely delivery. How To Vote Please Choose One of the Following Voting Methods Vote In Person: At the meeting, you will need to request a ballot to vote these shares. Vote By Internet: To vote now over the Internet, go to You may vote over the Internet up until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Have the information that is printed in the box marked by the arrow XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX (located on the following page) available and follow the instructions.Vote By Telephone: You can vote by telephone by requesting a paper copy of the materials, which will include a proxy card containing a toll-free telephone number. Vote By Mail: You can vote by mail by requesting a paper copy of the materials, which will include a proxy card. E35559-P01027-Z71625



Voting Items The Board of Directors recommends you vote FOR all of the nominees listed below and FOR proposals 2 and 3: 1. Election of Directors Nominees: 1a. Judy Bruner 1b. Xun (Eric) Chen 1c. Aart J. de Geus 1d. Gary E. Dickerson 1e. Stephen R. Forrest 1f. Thomas J. Iannotti 1g. Alexander A. Karsner 1h. Adrianna C. Ma 1i. Scott A. McGregor 1j. Dennis D. Powell 2. Approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of Applied Materials’ named executive officers for fiscal year 2017.3. Ratification of the appointment of KPMG LLP as Applied Materials’ independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal year 2018.The Board of Directors recommends you vote AGAINST proposals 4 and 5:4. Shareholder proposal to provide for right to act by written consent.5. Shareholder proposal for annual disclosure of EEO-1 data.NOTE: The proposals to be voted on may also include such other business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof. E35560-P01027-Z71625