Indium Corporation acquired a manufacturing facility in Rome, NY, to expand its production capacities of indium-, gallium-, germanium-, and tin-based materials, as well as other compounds.
Dr. Phil Garrou reports from the 2nd annual Georgia Tech 2.5D Interposer Conference: what's the market projection for silicon and glass interposers, what's preventing high-volume manufacturing, and is there a crossover with flat-panel display glass manufacturing?
The media tablet computer market took off when Apple launched the first iPad in April 2010. Apple uses a 9.7" display; Amazon's Kindle Fire uses a 7" screen: Samsung offers Galaxy Tabs with 7", 8.9" and 10.1" displays. NPD In-Stat analyzed the tablet market by display size.
New TP-S30 thermal interface pads from MH&W International provide 3.0 W/mK of thermal conductivity between hot components and heat sinks at lower costs than competing gap filler materials.
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s share of unit shipments in the US liquid crystal diplay (LCD) market reached a record high in Q4 2011, shows the IHS iSuppli Television Systems Service.
Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab 7.7 uses an AMOLED display, gaining benefits in the weight, thickness, and battery life, but at a higher material cost, says research firm Displaybank, part of IHS.
Kyocera Corporation will expand its LCD offering with the acquisition of LCD manufacturer Optrex Corporation, forming Kyocera Display Corporation.
Samsung Electronics officially spun out its LCD Business as new corporation Samsung Display, aiming to gain market share to leap from #2 to #1 display panel maker. Donggun Park will lead Samsung Display as CEO.
As electronic devices with ITO-based displays proliferate, as is the case with smartphones and media tablets, indium market prices are soaring, Displaybank reports. ITO electrodes are also prone to cracking, which presents a problem for flexible displays.
Strong competition in the TV market and low display panel orders have pushed Sharp's Gen 10 display panel fab in Sakai, Japan, to low capacity utilization rates. Reuters reports that Sony, the original partner in the Gen 10 joint venture, will not make any further investments in the plant. Now Hon Hai/Foxconn will invest JPY 66.4 billion, (US$0.8 billion, a 46.5% share) as joint venture capital into Sharp, reports NPD Displaysearch.
eMagin was awarded a $1.12 million SBIR contract from the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to optimize its WUXGA OLED micro display for mass production.
The electronics industry will edge out coal-fired boilers as the biggest purchaser of ultrapure water systems and consumables in 2012, according to the McIlvaine report: Ultrapure Water World Markets.
Corning execs Wendell Weeks and James Flaws share the company's new technologies for displays and other applications, as well as Corning's plan for $10 billion in sales by 2014.
Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) and Samsung Mobile Display Co. Ltd. will establish a new equity venture for the manufacture of specialty glass substrates for organic light emitting diode (OLED) devices.
Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW), Samsung Corning Precision Materials Co. Ltd., and the AMLCD division of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. renewed, for five more years, the two main agreements for their businesses.
Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TEL) restructured its organization, with a new "Organic EL Division" established under GM Takeshi Okubo, as well as other new and consolidating subsidiaries in the semiconductor and liquid crystal production segments.
The new Apple iPad uses a 2048 × 1536, 264 ppi retina display, quadrupling the pixels of the previous generation. However, Apple may be losing its cutting-edge status when it comes to gesture recognition beyond touchscreens. IHS iSuppli, NPD DisplaySearch, and IMS Research examine the new iPad display.
90% of smartphone users in a recent survey (US and UK) gravitated to a larger diplay on a new device, reports Strategy Analytics. The consumers were not willing to trade off device thickness or weight for the beefier display, however.
Rainbow Technology Systems introduced the Panda Coater for high-performance coating of sheet and reel-to-reel materials. It offers an alternative to coventional roller-in-bath systems.
Worldwide television shipments fell in 2011, the first decline since NPD DisplaySearch began tracking global TV shipments in 2004. LCD TV shipments rose 7%, not enough to offset declines in plasma and CRT TVs.
The US DoD awarded QD Vision Inc. a $1.38 million/12-month contract for specialized devices based on electroluminescent quantum dots. The program will result in prototype devices for armed forces.
UniPixel Inc. (NASDAQ:UNXL) tapped Carestream Tollcoating to manufacture and distribute its Diamond Guard protective cover films for displays.
Blogger Mike Fury reports from the MRS Spring 2012 meeting in San Francisco. Highlights from the second day: OLED TFT displays, single transistor DRAMs, silicon photonic wires, CNTs, 3D optical interconnects, graphene for RF and sensing, transparent ZnO, epidermal electronic systems, stretchable electronics, ultra-low-k dielectrics, patterning of electroceramics, PRAM (an alternative to NRAM), and inkjet printing of superconducting films.
Blogger Mike Fury reports from the MRS Spring 2012 meeting in San Francisco, describing recent work with graphene, organic electrochemical transistors, pentacene organic TFTs, and functional inks made of CNTs and other nanomaterials.
Optical display film revenues are declining in 2012, after a compound annual growth rate of 19% from 2009 to 2011, according to NPD DisplaySearch Q1’12 Quarterly Display Optical Film Report.
The FPD market's growth is pushing next-generation display technologies forward, as profitability worsens for a-Si TFTs. New core technologies are needed to improve the performance of TFTs, such as oxide TFTs.
AMOLED TVs drew a crowd at CES, but manufacturing challenges and expensive fab materials will limit global shipments of the sets for several years, says IHS iSuppli. IHS compares the 55" AMOLED TVs from LG Display and Samsung, each using different manufacturing technologies.
The LCD TV market saw a rapid shift toward sizes larger than 40" at the end of 2011, as consumers, particularly in North America and China, took advantage of new sizes and affordable prices. The increase in LCD TV area demand means more capacity consumption.
Air Liquide Electronics completed a series of expansions at its ALOHA manufacturing sites in the US, France and Japan, doubling its advanced precursor production capacity for semiconductor manufacturing applications.
SEMI presented its annual SEMI Award for North America to QD Vision. QD Vision team members made significant progress on the integration and manufacturing processes essential to the commercialization of quantum dot (QD) technology.
While the FPD industry faces severe challenges, long-term supply demand models show a positive future. DisplaySearch tracks the near- and long-term outlook for FPDs, with input from Barclays Capital and IHS.
FlexTech Alliance awarded its 2012 FLEXI Awards for flexible, printed electronics and displays industry to PARC and Thin Film Electronics, Western Michigan University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
For the first time, Apple Inc. has publicly published a list of over 150 companies that the electronics giant says represent 97% of its procurement expenditures for materials, manufacturing, and assembly of products worldwide.
The LCD TV Association, a global, not-for-profit marketing trade association for the LCD TV supply chain, added two new sustaining members: IC maker ATMEL Corporation and gas supplier Linde.
EV Group signed a joint-development and licensing agreement with Eulitha AG, integrating Eulitha's PHABLE mask-based UV photolithography technology with EVG's automated mask aligner platform.
Turner Investments shares the 7 display and semiconductor/microelectronics makers it expects to benefit the most from tablet PC proliferation out of Apple, Samsung, and Amazon.com.
OLED manufacturing advanced rapidly in 2011, making gains in organic materials, color patterning, electronic driving methods, and encapsulation, shows NPD DisplaySearch.
AMOLED shipments are estimated to have reached 90 million units in 2011, up 97% Y/Y, while revenue is expected to grow to $3.36 billion, up 169% Y/Y, according to NPD DisplaySearch.
US FPD Smart Displays -- From Emerging to Mainstream, taking place in February in San Diego, will feature forecasts and analysis from DisplaySearch and In-Stat analysts, as well as presentations from smart display industry executives. Check out the sessions preview.
Tablet PCs occupy more than a quarter of the mobile computing market share now, but will face competition as prices come down on notebook PCs, and the new ultrabook device type ramps up, shows NPD Displaysearch.
With consumers' TV demand softening as the CRT-to-FPD transition tails off and mature markets around the world, bigger panel TVs (40"+) will grow 12% in 2012, while those smaller will fall off by 3%, shows NPD DisplaySearch. Overall, TV shipments will grow 2% this year.
Gore introduced a 20nm-rated PTFE filter, available in a HDPE cartridge. The filter is optimized for bulk processing high-purity chemicals used in semiconductor and flat panel display manufacturing.
Qualcomm MEMS Technologies Inc. and e-reader provider Koobe announced the next-generation Jin Yong Reader uses MEMS display technology. The original Jin Yong Reader had a black and white display.
Solid State Technology editor Pete Singer caught up with Janos Veres, area manager for printed electronics in the electronic materials and devices laboratory at PARC.
Jenoptik's Optical Systems division, optical systems supplier to the semiconductor and flat panel display (FPD) equipment segment, received an order from an Asian customer worth several million euros.
Charles Annis, DisplaySearch, shares 10 trends in LCD manufacturing, covering LTPS, IGZO, alignment technologies, metallization techs, 2µm resolution lithograhy patterns on Gen 8, and more.
As semiconductor nodes shrink, filter manufacturers and cleanroom designers must offer products that remove the smallest possible particles. While hardware can accomplish much of this, the cleanliness of a room is a function of the motion of the employees in the room.
LCD panel prices are declining, and demand for public digital signage is increasing, growing the worldwide signage and professional display market by 12.6% in 2012, according to IHS.
Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) will be a nearly $11 billion market in 2017, and will take some display market share from the $100-billion LCD sector, according to a Lux Research report.
SBG Labs, Inc., electro-holographic materials and device maker, will bring to market avionics and military displays based on its switchable waveguide DigiLens optics, under a 10-year agreement with Rockwell Collins.
EPIC, the European Photonics Industry Consortium, announced at its annual general meeting that Carlos Lee has been appointed as director general, succeeding Thomas Pearsall, who has led the association since its founding in 2003.
Sony Corporation will implement series of initiatives, under its new management team, to “revitalize and grow the electronics business to generate new value, while further strengthening the stable business foundations of the Entertainment and Financial Service businesses.”
Active matrix organic light-emitting diodes (AMOLEDs) are moving from small-quantity development into higher volumes, with shipments destined for smartphones driving growth in the small- and medium-sized display market in February, said IHS.
Blogger Mike Fury reports from the MRS Spring 2012 meeting in San Francisco. Highlights from the third day: leakage and TDDB in low- κ dielectrics, flexible energy storage and conversion, Mn capping layers and diffusion barriers, hard masks for Cu interconnects, nanogenerators, Cu in RF, flexible temperature sensors, NEMS and MEMS in HDD, ZnO nanostructures, and various aspects of CMP.
Samsung Electronics' Board of Directors approved a merger with Samsung LED, Ltd. The BOD also decided to request Samsung Mobile Display to pay infrastructure construction costs.
Samsung Electronics is under rumors about spinning off its LCD manufacturing division, which could lead into a displays business restructuring involving Samsung Mobile Display and Samsung LCD. NPD DisplaySearch shares the root motivation for changes, and how Samsung's potential moves will affect the industry.
US FPD Smart Displays Conference: From Emerging to Mainstream will take place February 28-29 in San Diego, CA with speakers from display materials, components, user interfaces, connectivity, content platforms, delivery and display systems, and retail sectors. Check out the agenda.
Ferro Corporation and Baotou Jin Meng Rare Earth formed a China JV to manufacture and sell cerium oxide-based polishing materials for LCD and electronics cover glass.
Manz AG won a new order totalling around EUR 33 million for flat panel display (FPD) component production tools.
JSR Corporation began operations at its new Research and Development Facility at JSR Micro Taiwan, which manufactures and sells LCD materials in Taiwan.
The Innovation Award Laser Technology 2012 recognized 3D metal micro-structuring laser technology from Schepers, excimer laser design for OLED and LCD display fab from Coherent, and a laser brazing head technology from Precitec Optronik.
OLEDs are gaining adopters in small screen sizes, and just moving into large-size displays. Mass production color-patterning technology for large-area OLED is increasingly an issue. Displaybank looks at new technologies under development at major display makers.
With tentative consumers in developed regions, growth in TV shipments will remain in check in 2012. LCDs will continue to take market share from CRT and plasma TVs; OLED TVs are hitting the market in 2012.
Coherent Inc., supplier of laser power and energy management instruments, achieved a certificate of accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 at its Wilsonville, OR calibration laboratory.
Low-cost direct LED-backlit LCD TVs were introduced in March 2011, targeting share in the entry/mainstream LCD TV market currently dominated by CCFL-backlit TVs. They will eliminate CCFLs by 2014, says DisplaySearch.
eMagin Corporation (NYSE Amex:EMAN) received a $3.1 million follow-on order for OLED microdisplays under an existing US Army Remote Viewer Program.
Many display manufacturers are transitioning tablet panel production to larger plants, including Gen 6 and Gen 8, which will lead to greater capacity for tablet displays, as well as lower prices, shares NPD DisplaySearch.
he top 3 large-area LCD polarizer makers -- LG Chem, Nitto Denko, and Sumitomo Chemical -- are widening their market share (area basis) lead over other makers, achieving 77% market share in 2011, according to Displaybank.
Barclays Capital’s Jones Ku shares details of China's State Council’s RMB26.5 billion subsidy program for household electrical appliances. The program will be in effect for one year and cover FPD television sets, refrigerators, energy-efficient vehicles and more.
3M Optical Systems Division enabled what is says is the “first all-in-one zero client capable of being powered by Type 1 power-over-Ethernet (PoE, IEEE 802.3af),” using 3M’s Dual Brightness Enhancement Film for LED-backlit monitors.
After a surge in 2010 and oversupply in 2011 that suppressed 2012 fab, LED makers will see a leveling out of supply and demand into better equilibrium, according to NPD DisplaySearch. Demand will shift from LCD-backlit LEDs to LEDs for lighting.
Following a “long-standing over-supply” in the TFT LCD industry, which induced lower panel prices, panel makers are “restructuring and adding new technologies and processes” to improve costs and performance, said David Hsieh, NPD DisplaySearch. Hsieh sees 2012 as a year of “gradual recovery,” when panel prices rebound and shipments increase. Q2 2012 is an example, with double-digit growth in shipment units, shipment area, and revenues.
SENSIRION introduced the SLQ-QT105 semiconductor-grade flow sensor for flow rates below 2cc/sec (120ml/min) of hydrocarbon-based liquids, such as photoresists and solvents.
Harvard researchers developed a new kind of tunable color filter that uses optical nanoantennae to control color output. A single active filter under exposure to different types of light can produce a range of colors.
FPDs for use in automotive applications will see shipments grow about 50% from 2011 to 2015, says NPD DisplaySearch. The better quality of TFT LCDs is pushing passive matrix displays to the shoulder.
TFT LCD panel shipments are largely dictated by end markets (tablet PC panels are growing fastest) and panel prices (ongoing erosion), says NPD DisplaySearch. The TFT LCD industry is undergoing "unprecedented changes."
The National Physical Laboratory in the UK is leading a new EMRP project on thin film manufacturing metrology for industries such as opto electronics, plastic and printed electronics, displays and lighting, memories and solar cells.
Dynamic changes in the FPD industry range from new LCD, AMOLED, touch, and flexible technologies to the emergence of China as the leading consumer and manufacturer of display products. FPD China covers the entire industry supply chain.
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. recently spun off its LCD operations, which IHS analysts say will boost the short-term competitiveness of the business, and may herald the long-term dominance of AMOLED in display technology.
Europe’s leading organic and large-area electronics (OLAE) organizations have joined forces in the Framework 7 project COLAE, which aims to speed up the commercialization and adoption of organic and large area electronics by promoting collaboration between industry clusters throughout Europe.
SouthWest NanoTechnologies Inc. (SWeNT) will debut new display manufacturing materials at Display Week 2012 in Boston this June.
Active matrix small/medium displays, less than 9”, recorded 6% unit growth and 29% revenue growth in 2011, said NPD Displaysearch. Toshiba, Sony, and Hitachi's Japan Display Inc. venture could challenge the #1 Samsung SMD this year.
A*STAR’s IMRE in Singapore and their commercial partners developed a plastic that reflects 0.09-0.20% of the visible light hitting its surface, thanks to a nanostructuring that mimics the folds in a moth’s eye, fabricated with nanoimprinting.
Quantum dots will grow to a $7480.25 million market by 2022, at a ten-year CAGR of 55.2%, according to Electronics.ca Publications.
M’s Optical Systems Division made its flexible, optically clear 3M FTB3-50 and FTB3-125 films available commercially, to protect sensitive electronics displays from water vapor and oxygen. The films previously were sold under limited R&D agreements.
DisplaySearch's Paul Gray advises that TV makers “think deeply about how consumers are watching long-form video at home” before leaping to conclusions about OLED’s impact. “The industry need not take billion dollar technology bets to provide better products.”
SEMI is seeking papers for technical sessions and presentations at the upcoming SEMICON Europa 2012, October 9-11 in Dresden, Germany. Technical presentation abstracts are due April 30.
H.C. Starck notes that the majority of FPD production occurs in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China. The rapid growth of OLED screens in the FPD industry punctuates the increased need for high-tech materials, the company asserts.
Japan's limited presence in the display manufacturing industry, as well as higher-than-usual inventory levels at panel makers, made the March 2011 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan a minor event for the LCD panel manufacturing sector, shows IHS.
The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) inaugurated its Dow Seoul Technology Center, a global R&D center with focus on technological advances in display and semiconductor applications.
Taiwan raised investment ceilings for Chinese investors in LCDs, semiconductors, IC assembly and test, microelectronics production equipment, and metal tool manufacturing.
Applied Materials Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) debuted a SiO2 PECVD film technology for display manufacturers targeting the high resolution needs of tablet devices and TVs.
LCD panel shipments to Chinese TV makers peaked in December, fell sharply in January, and recovered in February, shows NPD DisplaySearch. Panel makers need to reduce their shipment plans to better react to soft demand and avoid inventory problems.
Public displays, or large-format displays, have shown solid and steady growth in recent years. However, Q4 2011 witnessed the first sequential decline over the last three years in the LCD portion of this market.
Active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) displays manufacturing is virtually 100% concentrated in Korea, according to Displaybank, with Samsung Mobile Display (SMD) and LG Display (LGD) scaling up capacity.
Confovis will begin providing MountainsMap imaging and surface analysis software from Digital Surf with its ConfoCAM LED grid-confocal measuring systems for inspection and research.
Total 3D TV panel shipments in 2011 reached 21.2 million, accounting for 10% of all LCD TV panels shipped, reports NPD DisplaySearch. Shutter glass technology use is still larger than patterned retarder technology.
Photronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLAB) purchased its US nanoFab building from Micron Technology Inc., paying approximately $35 million. PLAB expects to save $5 million annually after the deal.
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed the first functional oxide thin films that can be used efficiently in electronics, opening the door to an array of new high-power devices and smart sensors.
One of every three LCD TVs is expected to be produced through an outsourcing partner in 2012, reports Displaybank in "LCD TV Outsourcing Production Industry Analysis and Forecast."
Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of Panasonic, will transfer its Mobara plant to Japan Display Inc., a new company.
Materials experts from across the supply chain gathered at the 2012 Strategic Materials Conference 2012 in San Jose in October, discussing key materials needs for micromanufacturing outside the CMOS mainstream: OLEDs and GaN-on-silicon power semiconductors, graphene, CNTs, and self-assembling polymers.
Despite continued delays from its two big proponents, OLED TV technology will finally start ramping over the next year, reaching one million unit shipments in 2014 and a 3% market penetration by 2016, says NPD DisplaySearch.
Applied Materials has announced two new tools for display manufacturing: one with a new design for depositing IGZO films for TFTs, the other handling bigger LTPS-deposited substrates to help lower manufacturing costs.
This year is shaping up to be a historically lousy year for makers of flat-panel display (FPD) manufacturing equipment, but expectations are looking up that demand will catch up to supply in 2013 and balance the market, according to NPD DisplaySearch projections.
DisplaySearch explains why larger panel sizes are a big reason the flat-panel display industry is back on the road to recovery, despite excess capacity and eroding prices (and profits): larger panel sizes. Plus: a Black Friday deal tip-off.
Worldwide flat-panel display (FPD) revenues will reach a record $120 billion in 2012, up 8% from a challenging year in 2011, and the recovery is entirely on the backs of TFT-LCDs and AMOLED displays, according to NPD DisplaySearch.
In the seventh installment in a series called Process Watch, the authors discuss cycle time and the impact of inspection. Authored by experts at KLA-Tencor, Process Watch articles focus on novel process control solutions.
With this week's IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM 2012) now underway, here are four of the papers that were accepted late: on 90nm integrated silicon photonics, ZnNO for next-gen displays, and III-V TFETs for the 7nm node.
NPD DisplaySearch's examination of the projected 2013 LCD TV panel product mix finds some big differences between what suppliers offer and what buyers want.
NPD DisplaySearch analyst Paul Gagnon took the pulse of consumer shoppers on Black Friday and came away with three observations: bargains are a priority, consumers want bigger upgrades, and Walmart flexed its muscles.
Qualcomm Incorporated announced an expansion of its display technology agreement between its subsidiary Pixtronix, Inc. and Sharp Corporation to develop and commercialize high-quality color, low-power MEMS displays incorporating IGZO technology.
Increased tablet adoption, with Apple's continued dominance and emergence by new players (see Google, Microsoft) are changing the mobile PC competitive landscape -- and supply-chain partners are having to rethink their strategies to stay atop the game.
Apple’s new iPad uses a 9.7” QXGA display, which is difficult to manufacture with existing TFT-LCD processes, due to the high resolution and strict quality requirements. This may be causing Apple to adjust its display panel supplier mix or cut back production, according to a blog by David Hsieh of DisplaySearch.
With OLED adoption, the total market value of materials used in OLED applications will grow quickly from about $500 million in 2012 to over $7 billion by the end of 2019, reports NanoMarkets.
The global market for public displays is strong, but in recent quarters, FPD manufacturers have emphasized revenue and profit over volume, thus lowering the overall unit shipment outlook for this category, according to NPD DisplaySearch.
Charles Annis, DisplaySearch, reports on new thin glass products for lighter, thinner, and flexible displays, and shares the pros and cons of thinned glass and polymer substrates.
Most firms offering alternatives to ITO focus on the touch-screen sensor market; however, this sector is too small for many of these firms to generate significant revenues. NanoMarkets outlines the various ITO alternatives, and their possible application spaces.
Average retail pricing for U.S. flat-panel televisions rose to the highest level in 2.5 years during Q2, thanks to advanced features and larger displays in a growing proportion of TV sets, according to IHS (NYSE:IHS).
Teknek debuted an elastomer roller care system for all contact cleaning rollers. Unlike IPA cleaning, the elastomer Roller Doctor rejuvenation pad exfoliates the roller surface with a precise quantity of proprietary cleaning solution.
Edwards (NASDAQ:EVAC) debuted the iXL250Q and iXL750Q dry pumps, joining the iXL500Q pump in flat panel display (FPD) Gen-4 through Gen-10 fabs.
JP Sercel Associates Inc. released the IX-6168-PS picosecond-laser-based micromachining platform, using lasers with 5-500 picosecond pulse lengths.
Panasonic and Sony will combine their core and printing technology to jointly develop next-generation organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panel and module manufacturing technology.
A federal court jury found that Toshiba Corporation and its subsidiaries conspired with the world’s other leading manufacturers of Thin Film Transistor-Liquid Crystal Displays (TFT-LCDs) to raise and fix the prices of TFT-LCD panels and certain products.
Seiko Epson reached the milestone of 80 million high-temperature polysilicon (HTPS) TFT LCD panels for 3LCD projectors, enough for more than 26.5 million projector units.
Ultra-high resolution, called 4K x 2K, displays may be the new selling point for LCD TVs. The architecture requires changes to manufacturing methods, including more photomask layers, notes David Hsieh, DisplaySearch, in this summary of the feature and its effects.
Samsung Mobile Display (SMD) wiill purchase dopant materials used in the transport layers of its AMOLED display modules from Novaled. Novaled will also provide its proprietary PIN OLED technology to SMD for use in the production of SMD’s AMOLED display modules.
OLED thin film encapsulation technology is the one of technologies emerging as the core technology of flexible OLED, and technology development and patent securing competition between world’s leading OLED companies will increase accordingly, shows Displaybank.
Cambridge NanoTech entered a licensing agreement with Ghent University in Belgium to commercialize an ALD particle coating technology that uses thermal and plasma processes.
Dr. Stephen Woo, president of Samsung Electronics’ Device Solutions will keynote the 2013 International CES, January 8-11 in Las Vegas, NV, hosted by the CEA.
LG Display and Samsung Display dominated the tablet display panel market in 2011, but several more companies grabbed small pieces of the tablet pie than had in 2010, says IHS. That trend will continue in 2012.
Kuraray Co. Ltd. has completed its acquisition of MonoSol LLC, manufacturer of polyvinyl alcohol (poval) film, expanding Kuraray’s core Vinyl Acetate Chemical Chains Business.
Linde LienHwa, The Linde Group and LienHwa MiTAC Group JV, signed a long-term deal with Samsung Electronics to supply gases for its latest Gen-8.5 TFT-LCD manufacturing plant in Suzhou, China.
Industrially proven and robust, picosecond lasers are proving their worth in cutting and patterning of delicate materials for a wide variety of industrial applications.
Gamma Scientific is releasing the Display Reflectance Spectrophotometer System, which tests thin-film optical coatings on displays at production line speeds.
Novaled debuted a class of n-doped electron transport layer (ETL) materials for OLED TV and mobile displays.
SouthWest NanoTechnologies (SWeNT) released SG65i, a single-wall carbon nanotube product with >95% semiconducting concentration, before secondary processing to remove metallic SWCNT content.
Ultrasonic Systems Inc. (USI), ultrasonic spray coating tool manufacturer, developed new options for its MAX-800 coating system, such as an automated reel-to-reel system, tablet-glass handling conveyor, and more.
Barclays Capital reports on LCD demand and display fab equipment and materials at the company’s BarCap 2012 Global TMT Conference.
Transparent displays will hit the market this year, and create an $87.2 billion market by 2025, according to Displaybank.
Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ: PANL) introduced new red, green, and yellow UniversalPHOLED products, combining UniversalPHOLED emitter materials with novel host systems.
The Society for Information Display (SID), a global organization dedicated to the advancement of electronic display technology, announced the winners of its 17th annual Display Industry Awards.
The ConFab’s sessions opened with “The Economic Outlook for the Semiconductor Industry,” featuring Jackie Sturm of Intel, Dan Hutcheson of VLSIresearch, and Jim Feldhan of Semico.
Glasses-free 3D display developer Dimenco released Dimenco Clear View (DCV) technology, with a “unique lens design and manufacturing process” to enable deeper black levels, no brightness loss, wider viewing angle, and lower cross-talk.
The next big thing according to Charlotte Soens, manager mm-wave communication program at imec, is that people will start using these mobile devices to watch high-quality photos and videos, stored in the cloud. Soens presented details at imec's International Technology Forum.
Rudolph Technologies launched the MetaPULSE FP thin film metrology system with an initial sale to a major manufacturer of flat panel displays (FPD) for handheld mobile devices.
ATMI introduced BrightPak, its next-generation liquid containment and delivery system for high-value liquid material transfers during advanced photolithography processes in semiconductor, FPD, and LED manufacturing.
AMOLED is entrenched in the small- and medium-sized displays market. For the technology to capture significant market share in the large-size, TV-bound display market, manufacturers will need to invest in better, higher throughput processing, shares Displaybank.
ITO is the basis of more than 90% of TCFs, used in displays, flexible photovoltaics, and other devices, reports Cathleen Thiele, IDTechEx. With indium prices rising, and technical challenges related to indium’s brittle nature, manufacturers are looking to new technologies, such as finely printed conductive meshes, layers of silver or copper that are highly transparent, organic transparent conductors and variations such as carbon nanotubes and graphene.
Air Liquide will supply the ultra-pure carrier and electronic specialty gases to 3 new cutting-edge display fabs manufacturing advanced AMOLED, LTPS, MEMS, and OLED displays. Those technologies are currently under commercial development.
Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ: PANL) announced record-breaking performance of its white organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lighting technology.
3M Optical Systems Division unveiled its OneFilm optical film technology, which incorporates the functionality of three individual light management films into a single enhancement film for LCD backlights.
Chinese suppliers of large-size LCD panels are the fastest growing segment of the industry, although major South Korean brands continue to dominate, according to IHS.
Nanosys Inc. will supply the Optical Systems Division of 3M Company with quantum-dot-based technologies to allow LCDs to display 50% more color.
FUJIFILM sold its 1,200+ OLED patents and patent applications to Universal Display for $105 million, with the companies embarking on a strategic relationship in this technology space.
DisplaySearch has lowered its 2012 mobile phone displays forecast from 1,917 million units to 1,729 million units. Comparing last quarter's forecasts and actual shipment results by technology, NPD DisplaySearch found that AMOLED actually had higher growth, but other technologies showed declines.
Panasonic, LG Chem and Philips are among the presenters for the upcoming 14th annual OLEDs World Summit, September 26-28, in San Francisco, CA.
Polarizers used in display manufacturing will form a $9.94 billion market in 2012, up 4% from 2011, according to Displaybank. Sequentially, the polarizer market decreased by 9% in Q1 2012, hitting 2.235 billion. This was down 6% from Q1 2011.
UniPixel completed the production-level qualification of its Diamond Guard Hard Coat film with its manufacturing and distribution partner, Carestream Tollcoating.
SRC-sponsored researchers developed new sensor-based metrology technology that can significantly reduce water and related energy usage during semiconductor manufacturing.
IPC and JPCA released their first operational-level standard for the printed electronics industry, defining terms and establishes basic requirements for substrate materials used in printed electronics: ceramic, organic, metal, glass and other.
Universal Display broadened its work with Plextronics to accelerate the development and commercialization of solution-based OLED material systems. They will combine Plextronics’ hole injection and hole transport materials with Universal Display’s phosphorescent OLED emissive layer materials.
Worldwide TV shipments fell almost 8% year over year Y/Y in Q1 2012. The biggest contributor to this decline was a slowdown in shipments of LCD TVs, which fell Y/Y for the first time in the history of the category, declining just over 3%, to 43 million units, says NPD DisplaySearch.
Day 2 of the 2012 TechConnect World Summit, Expo & Showcase opened with fifteen parallel sessions ranging from printed and flexible electronics to device modeling to green chemistry and water to nanotechnology for cancer diagnostics. The unifying theme for this conference is promising technology in search of funding and the opportunity for market validation.
Samsung Electronics’ UN46ES8000F TV is a high-end product with electronics and display integration. Displaybank performed a teardown analysis of the product.
In mid-2011, semiconductor manufacturing and assembly equipment supplier Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) acquired Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates Inc. Now, the company is adding Varian’s former CEO Gary Dickerson as president.
MicroVision Inc. (Nasdaq:MVIS), ultra-miniature laser display maker, closed an underwritten public offering, with Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. as underwriter.
As LEDs replace CCFLs for backlighting of LCDs, manufactures face LCD upgrades and supporting electronics redesigns. ERG developed the Smart Bridge module to quickly, easily and economically upgrade to LEDs, using the system’s existing input power signals.
Dontech released the VCG-Series glass filters, formed with next-generation glass fabrication and thin-film vacuum deposition technology to provide exceptional optical transparency and environmental durability.
Despite the gloomy economy and softness in consumer LCD products, suppliers of thin-film transistor liquid crystal displays (TFT-LCD) expect moderate 8%-13% growth in sales and shipments in 2012, according to DisplaySearch.
Three leaders in their respective fields have formed a technology alliance to bring a new glass cutting technology to market. InnoLas Systems GmbH licensed process technology developed by FiLaser LLC and will use ultra-short pulse lasers produced exclusively for InnoLas by LUMERA LASER GmbH.
In 2011, LEDs were expected to grab market share from CCFLs in the display backlighting segment. However, prices for CCFL-backlight TVs fell alongside prices for LED-backlit TVs. Now, CCFL raw materials costs have exploded, setting the stage for market share grabs by LEDs, albeit later than expected, reports Jimmy Kim, DisplaySearch.
The PVA protection film industry will change significantly in 2012, with many display makers actively pursuing PVA-free and TAC-free designs. Display manufacturers are looking for costs savings, designs that suit tablet PCs and smartphones, and alternatives to Fuji Film, Displaybank reports.
The FlexTech Alliance announced the Call for Papers is open for the 12th annual Flexible Electronics & Displays Conference & Exhibition.
AMOLED displays are growing rapidly and offer many performance benefits over LCDs. However, 55” AMOLED TV displays cost 8-10x as much as a comparable LCD to manufacture. NPD DisplaySearch looks at ways to improve costs/fab.
AIXTRON launched the PRODOS-200 PVPD system for deposition of organic thin film materials, used to make OTFT displays and OLEDs, and in other manufacturing applications.
Brown University developed a simpler, cheaper, solution-based manufacturing process for indium tin oxide (ITO) conductive films used in displays and solar cell manufacturing.
Learn about the changes in semiconductor manufacturing as well as related markets -- photovoltaics, displays, LEDs, etc -- at the 2012 Strategic Materials Conference (SMC), to be held on October 23-24 in San Jose, CA. SEMI reports.
LG Display more than doubled its tablet display sales revenue sequentially in Q2, thanks to panel shipments for Apple's iPad, according to IHS. LGD is also moving forward on a plan to convert some a-Si LCD production to LTPS, despite a yield loss inherent in the change.
3D movies often rely on glasses for the viewer and a cumbersome 2-projector method. Researchers at South Korea’s Seoul National University have developed a quarter-wave retarding film that changes light polarization, applied to the display screen as a specialized coating.
MIT researchers are building various electronic components out of a 2D form of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2). This is the start of a “new realm” of research into 2D materials for electronic materials and devices, according to one researcher.
Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ:RMBS), a technology licensing company, will undergo a restructuring and related cost saving measures to cut its expenses by$30-35 million annually.
Printing is emerging as a technology that can replace traditional photolithography processes for electronics manufacturing, reducing costly material use, very complex processes, and expensive equipment.
Following a sharp 30% drop during Q1 2012, worldwide shipments of flat-panel televisions returned to growth in Q2, according to IHS's Displaybank.
Shipments of tablets are booming, and that means demand for tablet displays is set to spike as well -- and some new panel makers are getting in on the action, reports IHS iSuppli.
NEMO, a three-year European project to research solution-processable materials for OLEDs, has concluded with newly developed materials that can be integrated into large-surface OLED components and are suited for printing processes.
Linde Electronics has added a new high-purity nitrous oxide (N2O) plant in China's Jiangsu Province to support increased adoption of metal oxide transistors by display manufacturers.
Sharp Corp. reportedly is in discussions with Intel to use the Japanese firm's LCD panels in new ultrabook laptops, and could be seeking a more substantial partnership that would make the chipmaking giant its top stakeholder.
The glass slimming market topped $600 million in value in 2012 and is forecast to continuously grow to surpass $1 billion in 2014, according to a new report released by Displaybank.
ISORG and Plastic Logic have co-developed the first conformable organic image sensor on plastic, with the potential to revolutionize weight/power trade-offs and optical design parameters for any systems with a digital imaging element.
A new report from IHS Displaybank analyzes the scope of the flexible OLED patents issued.
Shipments in March of large-sized liquid crystal displays (LCD) exceeded total production when measured in terms of area, the result of a deliberate move by panel manufacturers to digest accumulated inventory.
In recent years, TFT-LCD technology has dominated the display panel market, everything from small, medium and large screens, to the point where all other rival display technologies such as e-paper, PDP, and CRT have steadily been losing their positioning.
During the keynote speech, Kim said that the future of displays will change considerably, with special attention to be given for the virtually infinite number of imaging possibilities in AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) display technology.
TowerJazz today announced collaboration with TLi (Technology Leaders and Innovators), a fabless company that designs non-memory integrated circuits (ICs) focused on timing controllers and driver ICs on TFT-LCD panel modules.
Although active-matrix organic light-emitting-diode (AMOLED) televisions headlined last month’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), shipments of these high-end panels will remain limited in the coming years, according to the Displaybank at information and analytics provider IHS (NYSE: IHS).
The multibillion-dollar secondary or used semiconductor equipment market has gone through significant changes over the past five years and has become increasingly sophisticated in its approach.
Active matrix OLED (AMOLED) displays will continue to encroach upon LCD technology through small and medium-sized (9-in. and smaller) displays used in mobile phones, according to recent analysis by NPD DisplaySearch.
Roland Thomas, subcommittee chair of ISSCC, writes of the substantial growth and future in key areas of technology.
Hoi-Jun Yoo, subcommittee chair of ISSCC 2013, writes on the focus of technology directions in the field of large-area and low-temperature electronics.
Among the usual confluences of useful and cool gadgets (not to mention bizarre) at this week's annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, two types of devices with new formfactors aimed to rethink the PC model.
As the annual Consumer Electronics Show and hordes of techie enthusiasts descends over Las Vegas this week, NPD DisplaySearch revisits the battle between two display technologies -- 4K × 2K vs. OLEDs.
Reports are circling around Apple's supply chain of a potential shift in the company's display technology for its future iPhones and iPads -- moving back to LCDs and away from touch panels -- but a drastic realignment of its supply chain is probably not likely, observes DisplaySearch.
Printed, flexible, and organic electronics have garnered more than $7.5 billion in venture funding from 1996-2011, though it's declined sharply since 2007. A new Lux Research report looks at who's getting attention and who's not.
Touch panel makers are seeking ways to catch both greater specifications and lower cost at the same time, amid rapidly falling touch panel prices. Displaybank analyzed and forecasted the ITO film and glass market, technologies, and industry.
TFT LCD panel suppliers are forecast to ship 2.6 million 4K×2K LCD TV panels (also known as Ultra HD) worldwide in 2013, up more than 40-fold from 63 thousand in 2012, according to the latest NPD DisplaySearch Quarterly Large Area TFT Panel Shipment Report.
The Flexible Electronics and Display Center (FEDC) at Arizona State University and PARC, a Xerox company, today announced that they successfully manufactured the world's largest flexible X-ray detector prototype using advanced thin film transistors (TFTs).
Within the mobile handset display market, the market share for AMOLED displays is forecast to grow from 7.9% in 2013 to 15.2% in 2017, as presented in the figure below. AMOLED’s market share for 4-inch or larger handset displays employed in smartphones is set to increase to 24.4% in 2017, up from 23.0% in 2013.
Ditch the 3D glasses. Thanks to a simple plastic filter, mobile device users can now view unprecedented, distortion-free, brilliant 3D content with the naked eye.
Techcet's Michael A. Fury continues his observations from this year's IEEE International Interconnect Technology Conference (IITC) meeting near San Francisco. From Day 1: Themes including variations on 3D and through-silicon vias (TSV), and barrier films for reducing copper electromigration.
Hui-Jung Wu, et al., from Novellus discuss process developments and mechanisms of improving electromigration reliability, a growing concern for copper interconnects at advanced technology nodes.
Execs from Novellus Systems describe how the company's new Sola xT ultraviolet thermal processing system addresses high-volume manufacturing of advanced logic devices at 45nm and below -- and how it potentially stacks up in wafer-to-wafer performance vs. competitors' offerings.
Organic electronics such as TIPS pentacene show promise for lower costs and improved functionality in applications from handheld displays to sensors to RFID -- but a steep learning curve means collaborative multidisciplinary efforts are essential, explain David Redinger and Karl Manske from 3M.
There is often a direct relationship between PECVD chambers failing first-pass film checks and the gapping method used to examine the gap between a heater and gas showerhead. Craig Ramsey from CyberOptics Semiconductor describes an automated gap measurement method used in a 300mm fab's thin-film production that uses a wireless gapping device.
SEMI has announced that Applied Materials, Inc. is the recipient of its 2010 SEMICON West Sustainable Technologies Award in recognition of the Applied iSYS Integrated Subfab System. The Sustainable Technologies Award winner was selected with technical guidance from a panel of technology industry environmental, health and safety experts.
Shipments of large area TFT LCDs climbed to 170 million units, with 9% Q/Q and 31% Y/Y growth rate. The revenues reached $22.9 billion, which was the second-highest quarter on record.
GEO Semiconductor Inc., provider of high-performance, programmable video and geometry pixel processor ICs for LED-backlit LCD displays and smartphone cameras (optics through sensor), raised $2 million in additional funding comprised of venture debt and equity.
The Conformal Film Deposition (CFD) suite of dielectric films consists of oxide, doped oxide and nitride films that are deposited below 450
JSR Corporation's subsidiary JSR Micro Korea will begin operation of a new
Wrapping up the Organic Microelectronics & Optoelectronics Workshop, Michael A. Fury reports on vertical structures for OLEDs, solution processing for OLEDs and organic TFTs, small-molecule organic semiconductors, and characterizing mobility and recombination in organic PV devices.
Techcet's Michael A. Fury reports from the Organic Microelectronics & Optoelectronics Workshop in San Francisco, where talks delved into flexible displays, organic molecular tunnel junctions, thin-film microprocessors, and a microphone that can "see" sound.
Each market in which Edwards is a supplier -- semiconductors, flat panel, photovoltaics, LEDs, has its own cycles and technology requirements. Matthew Taylor, CEO of Edwards, discusses the needs and market personality of each sector.
United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) launched the A+ technology platform, a specialized 0.11
Kyocera completed a share transfer agreement with three investment funds operated by Japan Industrial Partners to acquire all shares of Optrex Corporation, a specialized liquid crystal display (LCD) manufacturer.
Advanced manufacturing methods, such as using high-mobility semiconductor materials, will be the key to serving mobile-electronics TFT displays with high brightness and low power consumption, shows NPD Displaysearch analysis. These require technical expertise and skill, but can yield higher profits and better products.
Sony Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. will transition their current LCD panel business relationship, with Samsung acquiring all of Sony's shares of S-LCD Corporation (S-LCD), the LCD panel manufacturing joint venture, making S-LCD a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung.
Displays for pure-play e-book readers will see 108% higher shipments in 2011, but slower growth ahead. In the future, e-reader makers will turn to color display technologies, predicts IHS iSuppli.
Ultrasonic Systems Inc. released the MAX-800-FP precision spray coating system with nozzle-less ultrasonic spray head technology. The system applies thin, uniform coatings used in the flat panel display manufacturing process.
JUSUNG Engineering Co. Ltd. released a pioneering deposition technology that enables flat panel display (FPD) makers to dramatically enhance high definition resolution in the next generation displays.
Teknek, contact cleaning technology provider, introduced the Ultracleen range of cleaning roller for flat panel display (FPD), solar photovoltaic (PV), touch panel, and other thin films.
Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) said today the company plans to maintain production levels at its Shizuoka and Sakai City LCD glass facilities during Sharp Corporation’s temporary production curtailment of LCD panels.
Displaybank reports that LG Chemical secured its number one position in the large-area TFT-LCD polarizer market for the second straight year, followed by Nitto Denko and Sumitomo Chem. For the large-area TFT-LCD polarizer market in 2010, these top 3 suppliers' market share exceeded 80% of the total market.
Novellus Systems (NASDAQ: NVLS) debuted the VECTOR Excel for pre- and/or post-processing of dielectric films, such as diffusion barriers. New interface engineering reduces the RC delay constant without incorporating new materials into the back-end-of line (BEOL) integration scheme.
CAPRES A/S, semiconductor metrology systems maker for the direct nano- and micro-scale electrical characterization of materials, announced a repeat order for its fully automated 300mm microRSP-A300 from an industry-leading foundry in Asia.
CEA-Leti and Edwards demonstrated an energy-saving controller system for subfabs that automatically puts process-support equipment in idle mode when fab processes are not running. It communicates with the load lock and process pumps to determine the process status of the tool.
Shipments of large-area TFT LCD panels were 185.5 million in Q3 2011, unchanged from Q2, but up 12% Y/Y. The TFT LCD industry has been in over-supply for six quarters in a row, suppressing prices, says DisplaySearch.
Panasonic Corporation's subsidiary Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co. Ltd. has reached an agreement in principle to transfer its Mobara plant to Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ).
Applied Materials Inc. (Nasdaq:AMAT) presented five companies with awards for helping Applied meet its strategic business goals in 2011.
3M, via the 3M New Ventures organization, invested an undisclosed sum in Pixel Qi Corp., a fabless LCD panel developer a low-power, sunlight-readable LCD screen technology.
ULVAC Inc. uncrated the UNECS-3000A spectroscopic ellipsometer, which can measure the thinness of a thin film and optical constant. The noncontact film measurement tool targets semiconductor and liquid crystal display (LCD) manufacturing control.
Asia's cleanroom hardware and consumables spending will hit $7.5 billion in 2015, comprising over 60% of the global market, according to the latest revision to the McIlvaine Cleanrooms: World Markets report.
The Future of Mobile Display by ROA Holdings finds that larger panels are increasing mobile device usage, and AMOLED is replacing LCD as the mainstream display technology. Mobile device companies, rather than display makers, are leading the drive for new technologies.
3D-capable thin film transistor (TFT) panel shipments were primarily for LCD TVs, reaching 4.9 million units in Q2 2011. According to the DisplaySearch Quarterly Large-Area TFT LCD Shipment Report, panel makers are targeting 53% growth in 3D LCD TV panel shipments for Q3.
University of Florida researchers developed a manufacturing process for quantum dot LEDs that is lower cost and higher volume than previous attempts, eliminating vacuum-based steps. The research spawned a start-up company: NanoPhotonica.
The IEEE Photonics Conference 2011, previously known as the IEEE LEOS Annual Meeting, will offer more than 550 technical presentations by the world
Edwards Limited expanded its iXH harsh process dry pump family with the iXH500H series of 500m3/h pumps optimized for flat panel display (FPD), solar, and advanced semiconductor processes requiring high gas flows and flexible pump temperature profiles.
Taiwan's ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute) developed an environmentally friendly polarizer protective film, HyTAC, for consumer-sector LCD displays. By avoiding toxic solvents, the polarizer sheet can be produced with less exhaust collection.
DuPont has signed a technology licensing agreement allowing an Asian display maker to use DuPont process technology to make large AMOLED television displays at significantly lower cost than alternative technologies.
Researchers from Taiwan's ITRI, Winbond Electronics, and TPO Displays discuss case scenarios and follow-up procedures for mitigating airborne molecular contaminants (AMC) -- and improving yields -- in semiconductor and TFT-LCD manufacturing environments.
Applied Materials is making a splash at this year's SEMICON Japan with the release of three new tools: a dual-wafer CMP platform, a system for NiSi contact-layer annealing, and an integrated abatement/pumping system for emissions control.
Semiconductor, flat-panel display, solar manufacturing, and scientific instrumentation industries have driven recent developments in vacuum pumping technology and are likely to continue to do so. Edwards CTO Stephen Ormrod describes the future of vacuum technology and summarizes the design changes that will likely be needed.
Brewer Science says its high-transparency, highly conductive coatings utilize a photopolymer and an electrically conductive polymer dispersed in a solvent system. These new compositions, says the company, can be applied to a variety of substrates.
The growing consumer appetite for large-area flat-panel displays (FPDs) -- particularly for TVs, but also for notebook computers and PC monitors -- presents enormous opportunities for FPD makers. But to meet demand they must first overcome some major technological and manufacturing hurdles, according to Jyh Chau Wang, VP of Taiwanese LCD supplier Chi Mei Optoelectronics, speaking at the recent Industry Strategy Symposium.
Researchers from the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) and the University of Cambridge created a full-color high-resolution 4" quantum dot light emitting diode (QD-LED) display using transfer printing.
Pixtronix Inc. and Chimei Innolux Corp. (CMI) collaborated on the development of 5"-diagonal micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) display prototypes. The displays use Pixtronix's proprietary MEMS technology and were built by CMI.
Qualcomm MEMS Technologies and Kyobo Book Centre of Korea launched the first e-reader using mirasol display technology. The touch display features vibrant color in bright sunlight and power management enables weeks of reading.
Jerry Su and Jimmy Huang, research analysts at Credit Suisse, expect low LCD TV inventory levels in Asia to trigger an LCD panel buying spree in the near term to restock in time for consumer spending at Chinese New Year. Panel makers, as well as backend foundries and driver IC suppliers, will benefit.
The Industrial Consortium On Nanoimprint (ICON), led by A*STAR's Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), will roll out 2 commercial-volume roll-to-roll (R2R) manufacturing process for creating nano-scale textures on films and other surfaces.
Dolomite has embedded electrodes into microfluidic chips to integrate microfluidics and electrochemistry. Dolomite implemented its thermal bonding process to create complex, leak-free microfluidic structures with electrodes as small as 2μm.
DARPA awarded QD Vision Inc. $900,000 to advance their quantum-dot-based infrared materials and deliver two prototype devices in the next 12 months.
Pico projectors, projector modules that can be integrated into cell phones and other electronics, are just gaining market adoption. However, expect pico projectors to exceed 97.5 million units, with revenues hitting $10 billion, by 2017, says Global Industry Analysts Inc.
QD Vision Inc. relocated to a new, high-volume production facility in Lexington, MA, gearing up for new product launches in 2012.
Stanford University placed an order for two Plasma-Therm deposition systems: a VERSALINE HDPCVD system and a Shuttlelock PECVD system. The tools will be installed at Stanford’s Nanofabrication Facility.
Elliot Scientific debuted the CRAIC Technologies 308 PV UV-visible-NIR spectrophotometer as an accessory for microscopes and probe stations. It can non-destructively analyse the spectra of samples by absorbance, reflectance, luminescence and fluorescence.
According to a recently published report from iRAP, Inc., ET-110 Nanolithography Equipment for IT, Electronics and Photonics – A Technology, Industry and Global Market Analysis, the overall market for wafers and nanofabrication equipment is expected to grow at 11% a year for the next five years, from an estimated $65.8 billion in 2009 to $111 billion in 2014.
SEMICON West is less than 2 months away, July 10-12 in San Francisco, CA. Plan your attendee schedule now with highlights from the Extreme Electronics “show within a show;” 4 strong keynotes; sessions on device architecture and node shrink, lithography, 450mm wafers and more.
Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology's Nanofab800 Agile system aims to influence the growth of nanostructures by delivering control of alignment and dimensions.
The market for MOEMS is poised for exponential growth, reports Semico. MEMS devices are established in projection applications, and MEMS for direct view displays are emerging.
Qualcomm will scale back its mirasol display technology, which uses interferometric modulation, a MEMS-based technology capable of creating color from ambient reflected light. Qualcomm will scale Mirasol back into a limited set of products, and will look to license it to industry partners.
Texas Instruments (TI, NASDAQ:TXN) DLP Products released DLP LightCrafter, an advanced, compact evaluation module for TI's spatial light steering DLP technology. The evaluation kit is built around the reference design for TI’s 0.3" WVGA resolution DLP chipset.
After 5 straight months of steep declines, prices for large-sized LCD panels stabilized in December 2011, thanks to better-than expected sales and decreased production, says IHS.
Weak demand and rising production in China, combined with efforts by South Korean suppliers to cut manufacturing charges in order to stimulate demand, is resulting in pronounced price reductions in the third quarter for popular sizes of liquid-crystal display television (LCD TV) panels.
BOE Technology Group announced that it has placed significant orders for advanced Gen 8.5 and Gen 5.5 display production equipment from Applied Materials for use in multiple facilities.
Global inventory of liquid-crystal display television (LCD TV) panels is set to rise to its highest level in 19 months in August, with the elevated stockpiles expected to contribute to a decline in prices in the second half of the year.
Making a stellar debut, high-resolution liquid-crystal display (LCD) panels featuring resolutions of 300 pixels per inch (ppi) or more are appearing in media tablets for the first time this year, with shipments set to approach 13 million units.
In a season when their sales should be rising sharply, suppliers of large-sized liquid-crystal (LCD) panels instead are encountering weak demand growth in the third quarter, exacerbating the glut already plaguing the market.