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Samsung Intros TFT for Double-sided LCDs

Fri, 1 Jan 2007
(January 5, 2007) SEOUL, Korea — Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., created an LCD panel that generates two independent displays, front and back, using proprietary amorphous silicon gate (ASG) technology in conjunction with double-gate thin-film transistors (TFTs).

USCD Names CTO

Thu, 5 May 2007
(May 24, 2007) SAN JOSE, CA — The U.S. Display Consortium (USDC) appointed Mark A. Hartney, Ph.D., as chief technical officer (CTO), responsible for directing the partnership's R&D and technical programs in the flat panel display (FPD) industry. Bob Pinnel, Ph.D., will retire from the post, after serving as CTO since USDC's inception in 1993.

Laser-based Materials Processing

Tue, 1 Jan 2007
The IX-70 ChromAblate on-target inspection and short-deletion system is said to deliver high precision and power in a small footprint. The laser-based materials-processing system has a compact benchtop configuration.

Driver IC shortage to hurt Taiwan?

Sat, 4 Apr 2000
TAIPEI - Prices of thin-film transistor liquid-crystal displays (TFT-LCDs) have been rising since the third quarter of 1999 due to a severe shortage, according to Nikkei Business reports. The price increases have prompted TFT-LCD makers in Japan, Korea and Taiwan to expand operations, which in turn has resulted in a paucity of key components. The shortage of driver integrated circuits (ICs) will affect Taiwan manufacturers` expansion plans in 2000, according to market analysts.

Tegal to Acquire Alcatel Micro Machining Systems Product Line

Fri, 9 Sep 2008
(September 5, 2008) PETALUMA, CA — Tegal Corporation announced an agreement with Alcatel Micro Machining Systems (AMMS) and Alcatel-Lucent to acquire their deep reactive ion etch (DRIE) and plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) products, and the related intellectual property. The addition of these capabilities to Tegal's plasma-etch and deposition systems will reportedly enable Tegal to further expand into MEMS and 3D wafer level packaging applications.

Indium expands electronics materials manufacturing with new facility in NY

Wed, 5 May 2012

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.


Will the $2 interposer be silicon or glass?

Tue, 11 Nov 2012

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?


Declining display costs lower large tablet prices in 2016

Mon, 3 Mar 2012

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.


Thermal Gap Fillers from MH&W International

Wed, 6 Jun 2010

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 LCD TVs gain market share in US

Tue, 4 Apr 2012

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.


AMOLED display gives Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 the edge on weight, thickness, battery life

Mon, 4 Apr 2012

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 Display Corporation adds touchscreen tech, back-end modularization, more with Optrex buy

Mon, 4 Apr 2012

Kyocera Corporation will expand its LCD offering with the acquisition of LCD manufacturer Optrex Corporation, forming Kyocera Display Corporation.


Samsung Display established as new corporation

Mon, 4 Apr 2012

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.


Soaring indium costs drive hunt for alternative in transparent electrodes

Fri, 3 Mar 2012

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.


Hon Hai joins Sharp in Gen 10 display fab

Thu, 3 Mar 2012

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.


FPD makers order EUR40M of Manz equipment

Wed, 3 Mar 2012

USSOCOM awards eMagin $1M+ to optimize OLED micro display for mass production

Tue, 2 Feb 2012

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.


Semiconductors to use most ultrapure water in 2012

Tue, 2 Feb 2012

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 ultra-thin glass could enable new displays, roll-to-roll fab

Mon, 2 Feb 2012

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, Samsung Mobile Display form OLED glass substrate venture

Fri, 2 Feb 2012

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, Samsung Corning renew LCD substrates agreements

Fri, 2 Feb 2012

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 (TEL) establishes organic EL and FPD departments, eliminates MEMS dev

Fri, 2 Feb 2012

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.


Does Apple's new iPad display technology go far enough?

Fri, 3 Mar 2012

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.


Bigger displays on smartphone users' wish lists

Thu, 3 Mar 2012

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.


Reel-to-reel coater eliminates waste of roller-in-bath tools

Thu, 3 Mar 2012

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.


TV shipments fall on slower LCD growth

Thu, 3 Mar 2012

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.


DoD orders quantum dot electroluminescent devices from QD Vision

Wed, 3 Mar 2012

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 names manufacturing partner for display cover films

Tue, 3 Mar 2012

UniPixel Inc. (NASDAQ:UNXL) tapped Carestream Tollcoating to manufacture and distribute its Diamond Guard protective cover films for displays.


Conference report: MRS Spring 2012, Day 2

Wed, 4 Apr 2012

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.


Conference Report: MRS Spring 2012, Day 1

Tue, 4 Apr 2012

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 films undergo cyclical changes

Mon, 4 Apr 2012

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.


Oxide TFT comes to the fore with FPD growth

Wed, 4 Apr 2012

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 TV manufacturing status, price trends

Tue, 1 Jan 2012

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.


Rapid LCD TV shift to 40"+ display panels signals production capacity boost

Tue, 1 Jan 2012

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 doubles semiconductor fab precursor production

Thu, 1 Jan 2012

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 award honors quantum dot research at QD Vision

Wed, 1 Jan 2012

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.


FPD manufacturers face 2012 crunch before 2013 rebound

Tue, 2 Feb 2012

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.


Georgia Institute of Technology, PARC + Thin Film Electronics, Western Michigan University win FLEXIs for flexible electronics advances

Thu, 2 Feb 2012

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.


Apple shares list of suppliers

Fri, 1 Jan 2012

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.


Atmel, Linde join LCD TV Association

Wed, 1 Jan 2012

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.


EVG integrates UV lithography from Eulitha on mask aligner

Tue, 1 Jan 2012

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.


7 semiconductor and display suppliers to benefit from tablet wars

Fri, 1 Jan 2012

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 trends: Materials, color patterning advances and the display race

Fri, 1 Jan 2012

OLED manufacturing advanced rapidly in 2011, making gains in organic materials, color patterning, electronic driving methods, and encapsulation, shows NPD DisplaySearch.


AMOLED displays draw attention on smartphone adoption

Thu, 1 Jan 2012

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.


Attend US FPD Smart Displays -- From Emerging to Mainstream

Thu, 1 Jan 2012

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.


Tablets dominate mobile computing; ultrabooks await consumers, thin display techs

Wed, 1 Jan 2012

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.


Flat-panel TV market: Bigger is better

Tue, 1 Jan 2012

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 debuts high-purity 20nm PTFE filter for semiconductor, FPD fab

Wed, 2 Feb 2012

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 brings color display to Jin Yong e-reader

Tue, 1 Jan 2012

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.


Progress in Printed Electronics: An Interview with PARC’s Janos Veres

Tue, 1 Jan 2012

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.


Asian flat panel display (FPD) equipment maker orders Jenoptik optical systems

Mon, 1 Jan 2012

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.


Top 10 LCD manufacturing trends of 2012

Fri, 1 Jan 2012

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.


Semiconductor makers spend most on cleanroom hardware in 2012

Wed, 4 Apr 2012

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 prices, display advances enable more public digital signage

Wed, 4 Apr 2012

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.


OLEDs erode LCD dominance, starting in small displays

Fri, 4 Apr 2012

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.


Rockwell Collins partners on switchable waveguide displays from SBG

Fri, 4 Apr 2012

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 names new director general, promises closer ties with EU

Thu, 4 Apr 2012

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 restructures to boost leading-edge display, electronics products

Fri, 4 Apr 2012

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.”


AMOLED use in small/medium displays prompts more suppliers, more adopters

Thu, 4 Apr 2012

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.


Conference Report: MRS Spring 2012, Day 3

Thu, 4 Apr 2012

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 approves LED business absorption

Mon, 2 Feb 2012

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.


Will Samsung reorganize LCD and AMOLED display units?

Mon, 2 Feb 2012

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.


Attend US FPD Smart Displays

Fri, 2 Feb 2012

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 forms LCD glass polishing materials JV with rare earth supplier in China

Fri, 2 Feb 2012

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 receives FPD equipment order worth EUR33M

Thu, 2 Feb 2012

Manz AG won a new order totalling around EUR 33 million for flat panel display (FPD) component production tools.


JSR Micro Taiwan opens LCD materials research lab

Thu, 2 Feb 2012

JSR Corporation began operations at its new Research and Development Facility at JSR Micro Taiwan, which manufactures and sells LCD materials in Taiwan.


3D micro-structuring, OLED display fab nab laser awards

Fri, 5 May 2012

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.


OLED manufacturers develop new color patterning technologies for large-area fab

Thu, 5 May 2012

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.


TV shipments to stay flat in 2012

Thu, 5 May 2012

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 achieves ISO/IEC 17025 certification at laser calibration lab

Wed, 5 May 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.


Lower-cost LED backlights darken CCFL's future

Mon, 5 May 2012

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.


EMAN wins OLED micro-display follow-on order from Army

Fri, 5 May 2012

eMagin Corporation (NYSE Amex:EMAN) received a $3.1 million follow-on order for OLED microdisplays under an existing US Army Remote Viewer Program.


Display manufacturers transition tablet panel fab to Gen-6, Gen-8 facilities

Thu, 5 May 2012

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.


Top LCD polarizer makers show dominance in 2011

Thu, 5 May 2012

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.


China's RMB26.5B household electrical appliances subsidy and LCD panel production

Thu, 5 May 2012

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 dual-brightness enhancement film enables PoE LED-backlit LCD

Wed, 5 May 2012

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.


Is the LED boom and bust cycle leveling out?

Wed, 5 May 2012

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.


Large-area TFT-LCD panel makers see rising shipments, revenues in Q2 2012

Mon, 5 May 2012

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.


Semiconductor-grade flow sensor measures photoresist, solvent supply

Mon, 5 May 2012

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.


Optical nano-antennae tune display colors depending on polarization

Fri, 2 Feb 2012

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.


TFT LCDs gain share on passive matrix displays in automotive apps

Wed, 2 Feb 2012

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.


Large-area TFT LCD panels: Tablet PCs, price erosion, and what to expect in 2012

Tue, 2 Feb 2012

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."


Metrology project launches in Europe for thin films

Fri, 3 Mar 2012

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.


Attend FPD China for next-gen display technologies and China's displays industry role

Thu, 3 Mar 2012

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's LCD spin-out brings AMOLED to the display forefront, more efficiency

Wed, 2 Feb 2012

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.


European collaboration to develop organic and large-area electronics

Mon, 2 Feb 2012

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 to debut display materials at Display Week

Wed, 5 May 2012

SouthWest NanoTechnologies Inc. (SWeNT) will debut new display manufacturing materials at Display Week 2012 in Boston this June.


Active-matrix small/medium display growth tips Japan/Korea showdown

Wed, 5 May 2012

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.


Nanoimprinted anti-reflective plastics improve viewing angle on next-gen displays

Wed, 5 May 2012

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 to see 55% 10-year CAGR on LED, display, healthcare, other applications

Tue, 5 May 2012

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.


3M flexible barrier films for displays come to market

Tue, 5 May 2012

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.


OLED is a technology, not an answer, for TVs: DisplaySearch

Mon, 5 May 2012

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.”


SEMICON Europa 2012 seeks presenters

Fri, 3 Mar 2012

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.


HC Starck tailors thin-film sputtering for OLED displays

Fri, 3 Mar 2012

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.


Display industry barely felt Japan's March 2011 earthquake, shows IHS

Thu, 3 Mar 2012

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.


DOW opens semiconductor/display R&D center in Seoul with OLED focus

Thu, 3 Mar 2012

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 allows higher Chinese investments in LCDs, semiconductors, fab equipment, more

Wed, 3 Mar 2012

Taiwan raised investment ceilings for Chinese investors in LCDs, semiconductors, IC assembly and test, microelectronics production equipment, and metal tool manufacturing.


AMAT CVD films improve display resolution

Tue, 3 Mar 2012

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 TV panel shipments slow down to prevent inventory build-up

Tue, 5 May 2012

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.


Global LCD public display market sees first sequential downturn

Mon, 4 Apr 2012

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.


AMOLED scales up with virtually 100% concentration in Korea

Fri, 4 Apr 2012

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 taps Digital Surf for metrology tool imaging software

Fri, 3 Mar 2012

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.


3D LCD TV panels achieved 10% penetration in 2011

Thu, 3 Mar 2012

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.


Photomask maker Photronics buys out Micron building

Wed, 3 Mar 2012

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.


NCSU researchers create functional oxide films

Wed, 3 Mar 2012

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.


LCD TV production outsourcing on the rise

Tue, 3 Mar 2012

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."


SEMI acquires Plastic Electronics Conference and Exhibition

Mon, 3 Mar 2012
SEMI has acquired the Plastics Electronics Conference and Exhibition, a move which will help advance the successful commercialization of new products in the field of organic and inorganic large area electronics (OLAE).

Panasonic LCD fab transferred to Japan Display

Mon, 3 Mar 2012

Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of Panasonic, will transfer its Mobara plant to Japan Display Inc., a new company.


SMC 2012: Supply chain opportunities in OLEDs, energy storage, and power semiconductors

Fri, 11 Nov 2012

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.


OLED TV panels' breakout year delayed, but it's coming

Mon, 11 Nov 2012

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 unveils new PVD, PECVD tools for display manufacturing

Wed, 10 Oct 2012

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.


After worst-ever 2012, FPD equipment to see a brighter 2013

Tue, 10 Oct 2012

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.


Why bigger is better for FPD recovery and growth

Wed, 10 Oct 2012

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.


Flat-panel displays rebounding in 2012 as prices fall, performance rises

Thu, 10 Oct 2012

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.


Process Watch: Cycle time’s paradoxical relationship to inspection

Tue, 12 Dec 2012

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.


IEDM 2012: Late papers on silicon photonics, large TFTs, III-V devices

Tue, 12 Dec 2012

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.


Mapping the mismatch in the LCD TV supply chain

Thu, 11 Nov 2012

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.


Black Friday impressions: Bargains, bigger TVs, and Walmart's muscle

Wed, 11 Nov 2012

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 expands IGZO display tech agreement with Sharp

Tue, 12 Dec 2012

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.


Tablet PCs are shifting supply chain strategies...can you say 100M iPads?

Wed, 12 Dec 2012

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 display may be causing a supplier shakeup

Tue, 8 Aug 2012

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.


OLED materials ramp to $7B in 2019

Tue, 8 Aug 2012

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.


FPD makers lower overall unit shipments in favor of high-profit public display designs

Mon, 8 Aug 2012

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.


Thin glass or polymers for display substrates?

Fri, 8 Aug 2012

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.


ITO alternatives for transparent conductors: From nanotubes to ZnO, adoption varies

Wed, 8 Aug 2012

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.


Larger displays and advanced features enable Q2 TV prices to rise in US

Tue, 7 Jul 2012

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).


New cleaning system maintains contact cleaning rollers better than IPA

Mon, 7 Jul 2012

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 optimizes dry vacuum pumps for FPD fab

Tue, 6 Jun 2012

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.


JPSA picosecond laser micromachining platform reduces debris and thermal damage

Tue, 6 Jun 2012

JP Sercel Associates Inc. released the IX-6168-PS picosecond-laser-based micromachining platform, using lasers with 5-500 picosecond pulse lengths.


Sony, Panasonic combine OLED manufacturing expertise to achieve large-panel, low-cost fab

Mon, 6 Jun 2012

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.


TFT-LCD price fixing case brings $261M charge against Toshiba

Wed, 7 Jul 2012

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.


Epson ships 80M HTPS TFT panels for 3LCD projectors

Mon, 7 Jul 2012

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.


How 4K x 2K LCD TVs affect display panel manufacturing, yields

Mon, 7 Jul 2012

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 sources OLED materials from Novaled

Mon, 7 Jul 2012

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 key to new applications

Fri, 6 Jun 2012

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.


ALD partnership enables surface functionalization of powders

Fri, 6 Jun 2012

Cambridge NanoTech entered a licensing agreement with Ghent University in Belgium to commercialize an ALD particle coating technology that uses thermal and plasma processes.


Samsung president Woo to keynote 2013 International CES

Mon, 7 Jul 2012

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.


Tablet growth, diversification attracts more display panel suppliers

Fri, 6 Jun 2012

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 bolsters poval film offering with MonoSol acquisition

Fri, 7 Jul 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.


Samsung taps LLH for TFT-LCD manufacturing gases at Gen-8.5 Suzhou display plant

Fri, 6 Jun 2012

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.


Picosecond laser enables new high-tech devices

Thu, 7 Jul 2012

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 combines spectroradiometers and gonioreflectometer heads for production-speed display test

Thu, 5 May 2012

Gamma Scientific is releasing the Display Reflectance Spectrophotometer System, which tests thin-film optical coatings on displays at production line speeds.


Novaled's new OLED materials set could double OLED lifetimes

Thu, 5 May 2012

Novaled debuted a class of n-doped electron transport layer (ETL) materials for OLED TV and mobile displays.


CNTs produced with >95% semiconducting content now available from SWeNT

Thu, 5 May 2012

SouthWest NanoTechnologies (SWeNT) released SG65i, a single-wall carbon nanotube product with >95% semiconducting concentration, before secondary processing to remove metallic SWCNT content.


USI updates coating tool for tablet, large display fab and R2R processing

Thu, 5 May 2012

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.


Display fabs focus spending on retrofitting for LTPS/OLED production

Tue, 5 May 2012

Barclays Capital reports on LCD demand and display fab equipment and materials at the company’s BarCap 2012 Global TMT Conference.


Transparent displays unveil new applications for display technology

Mon, 5 May 2012

Transparent displays will hit the market this year, and create an $87.2 billion market by 2025, according to Displaybank.


Universal Display intros novel emission layer systems for OLEDs

Tue, 6 Jun 2012

Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ: PANL) introduced new red, green, and yellow UniversalPHOLED products, combining UniversalPHOLED emitter materials with novel host systems.


Exciting display products take awards at Display Week

Tue, 6 Jun 2012

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: Semiconductor industry experts look to the future

Mon, 6 Jun 2012

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.


Dimenco enhances glasses-free 3D displays with new lens tech

Sun, 6 Jun 2012

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.


ITF: Reconfigurable radios and scaled CMOS for a true mobile life

Fri, 5 May 2012

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.


ITF: Entering the booming market of mobile displays

Fri, 5 May 2012

Rudolph launches noncontact metal film metrology for FPD panels

Wed, 7 Jul 2012

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 aims for safer, cleaner liquid containment during semiconductor and related fab

Tue, 7 Jul 2012

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 manufacturing improvements to enable TV market share grab

Mon, 7 Jul 2012

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 alternatives infiltrating transparent conductive films market

Thu, 7 Jul 2012

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.


Advanced display fabs tap Air Liquide for production gases

Thu, 7 Jul 2012

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.


PANL hits white OLED performance record

Mon, 6 Jun 2012

Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ: PANL) announced record-breaking performance of its white organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lighting technology.


3M debuts LCD backlight film with power of 3

Mon, 6 Jun 2012

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.


Large-size LCD panel suppliers: China's got the growth, South Korea holds majority share

Thu, 6 Jun 2012

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.


3M chooses quantum dots for LCD color boost

Wed, 6 Jun 2012

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 sells OLED patent portfolio to Universal Display for $105M

Thu, 7 Jul 2012

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.


2012 smartphone displays forecast lowered, but display type matters

Thu, 7 Jul 2012

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.


OLEDs World Summit agenda doubles focus on lighting

Wed, 7 Jul 2012

Panasonic, LG Chem and Philips are among the presenters for the upcoming 14th annual OLEDs World Summit, September 26-28, in San Francisco, CA.


Polarizer film trends: AMOLED growth, and acrylics move in

Wed, 7 Jul 2012

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 offers glass-alternative coating to displays industry

Wed, 7 Jul 2012

UniPixel completed the production-level qualification of its Diamond Guard Hard Coat film with its manufacturing and distribution partner, Carestream Tollcoating.


Real-time monitoring slashes water and energy usage in semiconductor manufacturing on 300mm and 450mm wafers

Mon, 7 Jul 2012

SRC-sponsored researchers developed new sensor-based metrology technology that can significantly reduce water and related energy usage during semiconductor manufacturing.


Printed electronics standards initiative starts with substrate materials

Fri, 7 Jul 2012

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.


PANL, Plextronics expand OLED partnership to cover hole injection, transport materials

Fri, 7 Jul 2012

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.


Global LCD TV shipments fall for the first time

Thu, 6 Jun 2012

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.


Conference report: TechConnect, Day 2

Thu, 6 Jun 2012

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 TV teardown report released: Advanced LCD cover, 3D display

Wed, 6 Jun 2012

Samsung Electronics’ UN46ES8000F TV is a high-end product with electronics and display integration. Displaybank performed a teardown analysis of the product.


AMAT’s Varian integration continues with Dickerson named president

Wed, 6 Jun 2012

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.


OLED adoption means shifting reqs for OLED materials

Mon, 6 Jun 2012

Display maker MicroVision plans fundraising through public stock offer

Fri, 6 Jun 2012

MicroVision Inc. (Nasdaq:MVIS), ultra-miniature laser display maker, closed an underwritten public offering, with Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. as underwriter.


ERG Smart Bridge eases LCD transitions from CCFL to LED backlights

Thu, 6 Jun 2012

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 glass filters optimize display clarity and contrast

Thu, 6 Jun 2012

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.


DisplaySearch: LCD industry poised for recovery in 2012

Wed, 9 Sep 2012

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.


Technology alliance formed for glass and brittle materials processing

Fri, 8 Aug 2012

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.


LEDs to get backlighting market share help from rising CCFL costs

Mon, 8 Aug 2012

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.


2012 brings major changes to the display polarizer films

Fri, 8 Aug 2012

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.


Call for Papers: Flexible Electronics and Displays Conference

Thu, 8 Aug 2012

The FlexTech Alliance announced the Call for Papers is open for the 12th annual Flexible Electronics & Displays Conference & Exhibition.


How to reduce large-size AMOLED display fab costs

Thu, 8 Aug 2012

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 tool supports OTFT, OLED, other organic electronics manufacturing

Thu, 8 Aug 2012

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.


Spincast solution-based ITO could enable cheaper display manufacturing

Wed, 8 Aug 2012

Brown University developed a simpler, cheaper, solution-based manufacturing process for indium tin oxide (ITO) conductive films used in displays and solar cell manufacturing.


Dynamic changes impacting advanced electronic materials industry

Wed, 8 Aug 2012

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 doubles tablet display sales revenues with Apple orders

Wed, 8 Aug 2012

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.


Quarter-wave retarding film could enable simpler 3D large-screen displays

Tue, 8 Aug 2012

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.


Molybdenum disulfide has all the 2D potential of graphene, with a bandgap

Thu, 8 Aug 2012

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.


Technology licensing company Rambus restructures, creates CTO role

Thu, 8 Aug 2012

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 methodologies for various electronic devices

Tue, 8 Aug 2012

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.


Flat-panel TV shipments recover in Q2 2012

Tue, 8 Aug 2012

Following a sharp 30% drop during Q1 2012, worldwide shipments of flat-panel televisions returned to growth in Q2, according to IHS's Displaybank.


Tablet display shipments booming in 2012, big panel makers joining the fray

Mon, 9 Sep 2012

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.


EU partners complete three-year OLED materials program

Tue, 9 Sep 2012

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 adds China N2O plant, expands display gases reach in Asia

Tue, 9 Sep 2012

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, Intel tieup rumored for ultrabook LCDs

Mon, 9 Sep 2012

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.


Displaybank releases new industry analysis of glass slimming market

Tue, 6 Jun 2013

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 co-develop the world’s first image sensor on plastic

Tue, 6 Jun 2013

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.


Patent analysis: Flexible OLED structures

Tue, 5 May 2013

A new report from IHS Displaybank analyzes the scope of the flexible OLED patents issued.


Shipments of large-sized LCD display panels outpace production in March

Wed, 5 May 2013

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.


AMOLED panel makers: To chase or to lead, that is the question

Fri, 4 Apr 2013

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.


AMOLED displays to have major influence on innovation in the cloud computer era

Wed, 5 May 2013

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 and TLi Korea to collaborate on sensor ICs for mobile market

Mon, 5 May 2013

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.


AMOLED TV panel market to see limited shipments in coming years

Wed, 2 Feb 2013

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).


2013: Outlook for secondary equipment

Thu, 1 Jan 2013

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.


Small, medium-size AMOLED displays doubling by 2015

Thu, 1 Jan 2013

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.


ISSCC 2013: Imagers, MEMS, medical and displays

Mon, 2 Feb 2013

Roland Thomas, subcommittee chair of ISSCC, writes of the substantial growth and future in key areas of technology.


ISSCC 2013: Large-area flexible electronics

Mon, 2 Feb 2013

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.


CES: Phablets and table PCs break the PC mold

Fri, 1 Jan 2013

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.


Look for 4K LCDs, OLEDs at CES

Mon, 1 Jan 2013

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.


Is Apple changing its mind on touch panel structures?

Tue, 1 Jan 2013

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.


Report: "Glaring imbalances" in printed electronics venture funding

Thu, 1 Jan 2013

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.


ITO film market undergoing a sea of changes

Mon, 3 Mar 2013

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.


4Kx2K LCD TV panel shipments expected to reach 2.5M in 2013

Thu, 3 Mar 2013

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.


Arizona State and PARC produce world’s largest flexible X-ray detector

Wed, 3 Mar 2013

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).


AMOLED display shipments to grow to 447.7M units in 2017

Mon, 3 Mar 2013

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.


Singapore researchers unveil glasses-free 3D display tech

Tue, 4 Apr 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.


IITC Day 1: 3D/TSV, Cu barrier films, critical collaboration

Fri, 6 Jun 2010

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.


Electromigration improvement for advanced technology nodes

Mon, 1 Jan 2010

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.


Novellus launches SOLA xT UVTP system for sub-45nm HVM

Mon, 1 Jan 2010

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.


TIPS for the future of organic electronics

Fri, 4 Apr 2010

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.


Automated gap-measurement method improves thin-film production

Fri, 7 Jul 2010

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.


Applied Materials iSYS Integrated Subfab System wins SEMICON West Sustainable Technologies Award

Mon, 7 Jul 2010

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.


Q2 large-area TFT LCD shipments make record high

Thu, 8 Aug 2010

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 closes $2 million in venture debt and equity financing

Wed, 9 Sep 2010

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.


Novellus uncrates conformal films for sub-2Xnm

Wed, 7 Jul 2011

The Conformal Film Deposition (CFD) suite of dielectric films consists of oxide, doped oxide and nitride films that are deposited below 450

LCD materials research lab opens at JSR Micro Korea

Fri, 7 Jul 2011

JSR Corporation's subsidiary JSR Micro Korea will begin operation of a new

Organic Electronics Workshop, Day 3: OLEDs, OTFTs, OPV, and futile resistance

Thu, 7 Jul 2011

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.


Organic Electronics Workshop: TFTs, FETs, and a seeing microphone

Wed, 7 Jul 2011

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.


Semi, PV, LED, FPD: Each sector has special reqs

Tue, 7 Jul 2011

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.


UMC debuts 200mm Al BEOL fab process

Fri, 12 Dec 2011

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) launched the A+ technology platform, a specialized 0.11

Kyocera acquires Optrex to grow touchscreen, LCD fab biz

Tue, 12 Dec 2011

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.


Mobile drives display materials development in 2012

Tue, 12 Dec 2011

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.


Samsung acquires LCD panel manufacturing JV share from Sony

Mon, 12 Dec 2011

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.


Color displays could boost e-reader sales in coming years

Tue, 12 Dec 2011

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.


FPD spray coater from USI boasts high throughput

Wed, 11 Nov 2011

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 develops MOCVD advance for FPD fab

Fri, 11 Nov 2011

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 roller cleans FPD, PV thin films

Tue, 5 May 2011

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.


Sharp's LCD curtailment won't affect Corning LCD glass production

Mon, 4 Apr 2011

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.


Large-area-TFT-LCD-polarizer-market-for-2010: LG Chemical holds top position

Tue, 2 Feb 2011

Large-area TFT-LCD report, DisplaybankDisplaybank 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-reduces-RC-delay-for-sub-28nm-dielectric-film-processing

Tue, 3 Mar 2011

Novellus VECTOR ExcelNovellus 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-wins-repeat-metrology-order-from-Asia-foundry

Mon, 3 Mar 2011

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.


Energy-saving subfab controller enables idle mode

Tue, 2 Feb 2011

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.


Will LCD TV panel shipments decrease in 2011?

Tue, 11 Nov 2011

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 Liquid Crystal Display to transfer Mobara plant to INCJ

Tue, 11 Nov 2011

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' 2011 supplier awards

Tue, 11 Nov 2011

Applied Materials Inc. (Nasdaq:AMAT) presented five companies with awards for helping Applied meet its strategic business goals in 2011.


3M invests in Pixel Qi LCD technology

Wed, 9 Sep 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 spectroscopic ellipsometer debuts for 300mm wafers

Mon, 9 Sep 2011

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.


Cleanroom spending dominated by Asia for foreseeable future

Thu, 8 Aug 2011

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.


AMOLED and other new technologies drive displays

Thu, 9 Sep 2011

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 TFT LCD panel shipments grow quarterly

Thu, 9 Sep 2011

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.


Quantum dot OLEDs fabbed via spin coating

Thu, 9 Sep 2011

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.


IEEE Photonics conference highlights lasers, LEDs, optical communications, sensors, displays and more

Tue, 8 Aug 2011

The IEEE Photonics Conference 2011, previously known as the IEEE LEOS Annual Meeting, will offer more than 550 technical presentations by the world

Edwards dry pump optimized for solar, FPD, semiconductor fab

Wed, 10 Oct 2011

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.


ITRI LCD polarizer film avoids toxic solvents, saves production costs

Tue, 10 Oct 2011

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 AMOLED fab tech draws TV display maker's interest

Thu, 11 Nov 2011

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.


"SAIL" ready to fly

Thu, 5 May 2008
by Ed Korczynski, senior technical editor, Solid State Technology
May 14, 2008 - The highlight of a recent regional meeting of the American Vacuum Society's Thin-Film Users Group on printable electronics was a detailed presentation on self-aligned imprint lithography (SAIL), developed by HP and PowerFilm Solar for their roll-to-roll IC line.

Analyst: Display driver ICs "maturing" as FPD demand surges

Tue, 6 Jun 2008
June 2, 2008 - As global flat-panel displays become ubiquitous, sales of display driver ICs are about to decelerate due to pricing pressures and technology advancements, according to a report from iSuppli.

SVTC opens solar R&D center, names first partner & customer

Wed, 6 Jun 2008
June 25, 2008 - SVTC Technologies has officially opened its Silicon Valley Photovoltaic Development Center in San Jose, with a new solar-cell manufacturing line, solar-module certification equipment, and a major silicon-wafer solar cell customer.

AMAT + ASMI: What's in it for both sides?

Mon, 6 Jun 2008
by James Montgomery, News Editor, Solid State Technology
June 8, 2008 - Applied Materials has made a verbal unsolicited $400M-$500M offer to buy ASMI's atomic layer deposition (ALD) and plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) businesses. Gartner research VP Dean Freeman helps WaferNEWS brainstorm the most likely reasons behind AMAT's offer (and some unlikely-yet-interesting-but-good-luck-proving-it possibilities), and what it means for ASMI.

Sharp tips details on thin-film capacity expansion

Fri, 3 Mar 2008
Mar. 28, 2008 - Sharp is disclosing more details about its investment in thin-film solar cell capacity at a plant in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, scheduled to come online in 2010 with a projected capacity of 480MW, and ultimately scale up to 1GW/year peak capacity. Sharp also has a projected 160MW capacity in its Katsuragi plant in Nara Prefecture.

SEMI publishes standards for FPD, substrate handling, MEMS fluidics

Tue, 2 Feb 2008
Feb. 12, 2008 - SEMI has published its latest batch of 3x/year new technical standards for semiconductor, flat panel display (FPD), and MEMS manufacturing. This latest batch of eight standards involve testing for leak integrity in gas delivery systems; design/materials guides for interfacing MEMS microfluidic systems; and EHS guidelines for FPD manufacturing.

Sumitomo/Axcelis: What's next, what's possible

Tue, 2 Feb 2008
by James Montgomery, News Editor, Solid State Technology
Feb. 12, 2008 - Industry watchers tell WaferNEWS what likely spurred the unsolicited proposal from Sumitomo to acquire JV partner Axcelis; what's good and bad about such a combination; and how might a changed implant sector landscape be positioned for the next key period: 22nm and vertical transistors.

What solar cells can learn from electronics

Wed, 3 Mar 2008
by Katherine Derbyshire, Contributing Editor, Solid State Technology
Flat-panel displays and solar panels free ICs from the tyranny of the cathode ray tube (or teletype) and the power grid, respectively -- yet neither benefits from Moore's Law. Without Moore's Law to help, FPD relied on large-scale manufacturing and heavy use of automation to break out of the laptop computer niche. Solar manufacturers hope to use the same methods to compete with fossil fuels.

Hitachi, Matsushita finalize LCD panel partnership

Tue, 2 Feb 2008
Feb. 18, 2008 - Hitachi and Matsushita Electric Industrial (soon to be formally "Panasonic") have finalized their formal contract involving their proposed LCD panel business alliance, which also involves Canon.

Orbotech buying Photon Dynamics for $290M

Thu, 6 Jun 2008
June 26, 2008 - Israeli firm Orbotech, a supplier of automated optical inspection equipment for printed circuit boards and flat-panel displays, has agreed to purchase Photon Dynamics for $290M in cash in an effort to spur growth and diversify their FPD businesses.

Tegal+AMMS eyes growth in 3D packaging, MEMS

Mon, 9 Sep 2008
Tegal Corp.'s proposed acquisition of Alcatel Micro Machining Systems' (AMMS) deep reactive ion etch (DRIE) and plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) products is "a critical part of our growth strategy" to extend into higher-growth markets in 3D IC packaging and MEMS devices, the company asserts.

Vacuum processing for solar cells

Fri, 10 Oct 2008
Like integrated circuit and flat-panel display manufacturing, solar cell manufacturing depends on a variety of vacuum-based processes, from PECVD silicon deposition to lamination of the finished module. Yet vacuum-based processes in solar cell manufacturing pose special challenges for pump designers.

AMAT: 3Q was "trough," but 2009 recovery still tenuous

Tue, 8 Aug 2008
Applied Materials' fiscal 3Q08 results were generally in line with expectations, with sales and profits dropping sharply during what CEO Mike Splinter called the "trough" of the industry's current downcycle. Here's a quick bullet-point summary of highlights from the company's quarterly conference call.

AMAT adds VC firm Francisco, pitches for ASMI's entire frontend biz

Tue, 6 Jun 2008
June 17, 2008 - A day after its $400M-$500M offer for ASMI's ALD/PECVD units was rebuffed -- but with an asterisk -- Applied Materials has pitched a new proposal: buying all of ASMI's frontend business activities, with help from Francisco Partners.

AMAT-ASMI redux: No thanks, but we're listening

Mon, 6 Jun 2008
June 16, 2008 - In a scenario reminiscent of the recent Axcelis/Sumitomo public M&A tussle, ASMI board members say they aren't interested in selling their ALD and/or PECVD businesses to Applied Materials "as such" though the firm "is willing to explore and discuss [...] any alternative arrangements" that could be beneficial to the company and its shareholders.

Novellus execs lay out case for industry, market growth opportunities

Tue, 7 Jul 2008
Beneath the industry's current schizophrenia -- slump in mainstream IC, growth in PV solar -- there are opportunities to compete and succeed with specific technologies and products tuned to the unique needs of both logic and memory customers, explained Novellus execs in a packed-theater presentation.

Toray/Samsung JV boosts FPD circuit substrate capacity

Fri, 4 Apr 2008
Apr. 25, 2008 - A JV between Japan's Toray Industries and Korea's Samsung Electronics is increasing output capacity for film circuit substrates on which FPD chips are mounted.

Shedding light on alternative to LCD manufacturing

Mon, 1 Jan 2008
Uni-Pixel says its flat-panel color display technology, called time-multiplexed optical shutter (TMOS), provides thin-film transistor (TFT) system manufacturers with an alternative to the current LCD manufacturing process, while leveraging their current infrastructure. WaferNEWS spoke with the company's CFO, Jim Tassone, about the technology, timeline, and the company's business model.

AMAT accelerating TSV implementation, launches Silvia etch tool

Mon, 12 Dec 2008
Sizing up a TSV market beyond the early adopters, Applied Materials is collaborating with material and equipment suppliers (and others) to ensure the full readiness of TSV implementation. AMAT execs update SST on the firm's TSV efforts, including a new TSV process sequence developed with Semitool and a new etch tool.

Tegal to Acquire Alcatel's DRIE, PECVD product lines

Wed, 9 Sep 2008
Sept. 3, 2008 - Tegal Corp., a designer and manufacturer of plasma etch and deposition systems, has agree to acquire ' (AMMS) and Alcatel-Lucent's deep reactive ion etch (DRIE) and plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) products and related IP in a $5M in cash-and-stock transaction.

TFT-LCD method uses 75% less indium

Fri, 4 Apr 2008
Apr. 25, 2008 - A technique developed by a team from the Kochi U. of Technology, Casio Computer, and Geomatec can be used to manufacture TFT-LCD panels using far less of the increasingly costly material indium, reports the Nikkei Business Daily.

Analysts: LCD tool spending dips, 2009 outlook unclear

Tue, 11 Nov 2008
Manufacturing output for TFT-LCD displays is expected to hit record highs in 2008, but look for spending to fall off a cliff in 2009, according to separate analyst reports.

Controlling AMCs in semiconductor and LCD fabs

Tue, 9 Sep 2009

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.


SPIE keynote: "Virtuous cycle" for ICs, LCD applies to PV too

Tue, 2 Feb 2009
The same "Virtuous Cycle" that has led to business success in semiconductor and display markets can be used to generate significant growth in PV markets, according to Applied Materials SVP Gilad Almogy, in his SPIE keynote address.

Tool trio: AMAT launches CMP, anneal, energy monitoring systems

Tue, 12 Dec 2009

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.


Current and future trends in vacuum process technology

Mon, 10 Oct 2009

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 issued polymer, wet-developable patents

Fri, 11 Nov 2009

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.


LCD manufacturing technologies target increasing transmission to reduce panel costs

Mon, 1 Jan 2009
LCD prices are on a relentless downward trend. Lower prices are key to stimulating more demand and further growing the total market in terms of units as well as shifting demand to larger panel sizes. In order to maintain margins as prices fall, LCD producers constantly strive to lower costs. This trend is being exacerbated by the current weak economic environment and significant oversupply, causing prices to fall near cost levels, ever intensifying the focus on cost reduction.

AU Optronics eyes solar inroads

Thu, 1 Jan 2009
AU Optronics, Taiwan's biggest maker of TFT-LCD panels, says it will extend its work with display technology into a pilot line for solar-cell panels at the Central Taiwan Science Park in Taichung during this year. The company also is establishing a new "Energy Project Office" to direct its efforts in green energy.

Reduction of PFC emissions from heat transfer fluids

Tue, 7 Jul 2009
This technical brief describes the use of commercially available alternative heat transfer fluids as the basis to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from microelectronic manufacturing facilities that use perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and perfluoropolyethers (PFPEs) by 58% to over 99%.

Challenging market conditions for 2009

Thu, 1 Jan 2009
Market outlook in the semiconductor equipment industry is notoriously difficult due to its infamous cyclicality, but this year's global turmoil in the financial markets has added a new dimension of complexity and uncertainly. Add to this the new synergistic segments such as flat-panel display (FPD) and solar, with their unique business drivers, and we now have an exponentially more complex planning situation.

Customer's about-face spells bad year for AMAT's PV biz

Tue, 4 Apr 2009
A mystery customer that made waves a year ago with a $1.9 billion order for Applied Materials SunFab thin-film tandem junction solar PV line has apparently changed its mind -- and the company is drastically rewriting its near-term expectations for its solar business.

Taiwan DRAM bailout redux: Bailout numbers, who wants in, Elpida's role

Tue, 1 Jan 2009
Taiwan's National Development Fund reportedly is ready to appropriate about US $6B to underpin its DRAM and flat-panel display industries, but individual companies are still hashing out whether their individual needs will be met. And an outside party is stumping to be the island's DRAM consolidator to challenge Samsung.

Novellus, SEMATECH ATDF forge ahead with ULK test wafers

Mon, 7 Jul 2006
July 10, 2006 - SEMATECH's Advanced Technology Development Facility (ATDF) and Novellus Systems Inc. are readying next-generation porous low-k test wafers for equipment makers and materials suppliers to evaluate their products with leading-edge ultralow-k (ULK) materials, eyeing the 2007 production target set down by the ITRS.

Researchers pushing work on flexible thin-film transistors

Mon, 8 Aug 2006
August 7, 2006 - Arrowhead Research Corp. and the U. of Florida say they will collaborate on development of flexible thin-film transistors (TFT) using carbon nanotubes.

SEMI: China's TFT-LCD capacity set to soar

Wed, 8 Aug 2006
August 30, 2006 - Chinese manufacturers of thin-film transistor liquid-crystal displays will invest between $4-$5 billion on equipment and materials per year in 2007-2008, while the rest of the world slows down TFT-LCD capacity, according to a new report from SEMI.

AMAT sheds light on solar plans, growth strategy

Tue, 9 Sep 2006
September 5, 2006 - In a launch dubbed "the new face of solar," Applied Materials has unveiled its strategy to make solar photovoltaic equipment its biggest growth engine, leveraging recent acquisitions and existing technology and processes from its semiconductor and flat-panel areas.

Photronics cuts 3Q outlook, cites FPD mask slump

Tue, 8 Aug 2006
August 1, 2006 - Photronics Inc., Brookfield, CT, has lowered its outlook for fiscal 3Q06, citing a shortfall in flat-panel display mask orders and shipments vs. previous forecasts, particularly in Korea and Taiwan.

Air Products building Korean NF3 site

Wed, 10 Oct 2006
October 4, 2006 - Air Products says it will build a new nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) plant adjacent to existing facilities in Ulsan, South Korea, to support growing demand from domestic manufacturers of semiconductors and liquid-crystal displays. Phase One of the new site will ramp to around 500 metric tons/year by late 2007, accounting for about 20% of the company's projected NF3 global output of 2500 metric tons/year.

Taiwan TFT-LCD makers to raise $5.2B in 2006

Wed, 10 Oct 2006
October 4, 2006 - Major Taiwanese manufacturers of thin-film transistor liquid-crystal displays (TFT-LCD) are expected to borrow roughly US $5.18 billion this year, to make up for a poor business climate suffered in 2Q, according to the Taiwan Economic News.

Applied sees sparkling growth with solar plans

Mon, 9 Sep 2006
At a recent Applied Materials investor meeting in New York, CEO Mike Splinter announced the company's entry into the rapidly growing solar photovoltaic (PV) market. Manufacturing PV modules is a different ballgame than making ICs or FPDs, but the company believes it can apply technology similar to what it's supplied to those core markets to help drive down costs in the PV industry, and capture a major share of the equipment market.

Honeywell, USDC to make new FPD materials

Wed, 10 Oct 2006
October 4, 2006 - Honeywell Electronic Materials and the US Display Consortium have agreed to jointly develop new materials for flat panel displays, focusing on overcoming the challenges of planarization in fabricating thin-film transistors on low-temperature flexible substrates, and improve display performance for use in ultrathin, lightweight, and rugged displays.

AMAT beams into solar market with Applied Films purchase

Thu, 5 May 2006
May 4, 2006 - Applied Materials Inc., Santa Clara, CA, has agreed to acquire Longmont, CO-based Applied Films Corp. for approximately $464 million in stock, giving the semiconductor equipment giant complementary thin-film deposition technologies for its flat-panel display systems as well as inroads into the fast-growing solar market.

Korean firm promises tiny single-chip display driver chip

Fri, 6 Jun 2006
June 9, 2006 - Korean fabless chip firm Tomato LSI and IP licensing firm Clairvoyante say they have produced the world's smallest single-chip IC driver for amorphous silicon TFT VGA display panels, in response to demand for high-resolution panels used in handheld mobile devices.

Report: TFT-LCD firms slashing equipment spending

Wed, 11 Nov 2006
November 1, 2006 - Manufacturers of thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal-displays (TFT-LCD) are expected to reduce their equipment investments by roughly 30% over the next three years, to help maintain manufacturing pace, ease overcapacity, and keep prices from falling, according to market research firm DisplaySearch.

Taiwan's MOEA maps out FPD industry expansion plans

Wed, 11 Nov 2006
November 29, 2006 - Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) is laying out plans that it hopes will support a doubling of production value for Taiwan's flat-panel display (FPD) industry by 2009, according to the Taiwan Economic News.

Photon Dynamics axing FPD inspection line

Fri, 11 Nov 2006
November 17, 2006 - Days after posting significantly lower financial results and even weaker next-quarter projections, Photon Dynamics Inc., San Jose, CA, says it will discontinue its PanelMaster line of flat-panel display inspection products.

Report: Thin-film electronics to top $15B in five years

Thu, 2 Feb 2006
February 23, 2006 - Applications for thin-film electronics applications will generate $15.5 billion in revenue in the year 2011, more than half of which will be used for emerging markets, according to a new report from NanoMarkets.

US firm claims validated vs. Canon in nano patent ruling

Fri, 2 Feb 2007
February 23, 2007 - Nano-Proprietary Inc., an Austin, TX-based firm, says a US District Judge has granted its motion for summary judgment and was entitled to terminate its license with Canon Inc., regarding use of nanotechnology with potential application in displays.

Thin is in with Novellus' Vector Express

Mon, 4 Apr 2007
Tim Archer, SVP of Novellus' dielectrics business group, tells WaferNEWS how the company's latest 300mm wafer Vector PECVD tool increases system throughput >10% for all films, and up to 50% for ultra-thin films through use of a thermal soak.

Report: Canon dodges bullet in SED litigation

Mon, 5 May 2007
May 7, 2007 - In the latest legal wrangling between Canon Inc. and Nano-Proprietary Inc., an Austin, TX jury has dismissed fraud claims brought against Canon and all claims against Canon USA, ruling that the US firm had sustained no damages. A previous ruling concerning breach of contract is still in place, though.

Report: Taiwan TFT-LCD equipment firms paving solar inroads

Thu, 5 May 2007
May 3, 2007 - Some equipment suppliers to Taiwanese makers of thin-film transistor liquid-crystal displays (TFT-LCD) are looking to find even greener pastures in the latest hot market: solar cell manufacturing, notes the Taiwan Economic News.

Taiwan LCD equipment firms forge R&D alliance, as panel makers cut back investments

Fri, 2 Feb 2007
February 2, 2007 - Seven Taiwanese equipment suppliers are banding together to explore R&D of key manufacturing equipment for the $30B flat-panel display industry -- even as global capital spending by top panel makers is expected to brake significantly, according to reports in the Taiwan Economic News.

Semi printing startup gains funding

Mon, 4 Apr 2007
April 16, 2007 - Semprius Inc., a company developing transfer printing technology for manufacturing semiconductor devices, has closed a $4.1 million round of Series A venture funding

Canon assumes control of SED JV from Toshiba

Mon, 1 Jan 2007
January 15, 2007 - In an effort to overcome legal concerns with a US licensor, Canon Inc. is taking full control over its 50-50 joint venture with Toshiba Corp. to bring to market a new display technology, which promises cost and quality advantages in cost and quality -- and is potentially the first significant major opportunity to bring nanoelectronics into a volume-produced product.

CEA/Leti, Alcatel forge DRIE pact for 3D interconnects

Thu, 7 Jul 2007
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Novellus launches new PECVD system, new PVD source at SEMICON West

Wed, 7 Jul 2007
July 18, 2007 - Novellus Systems Inc. has launched the VECTOR Extreme plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) system and the INOVA NExT with HCM IONX ionized physical vapor deposition (PVD) source at SEMICON West.

ISS 2007: Hot LCD market poses technology challenges

Tue, 1 Jan 2007
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 (ISS) at Half Moon Bay, CA.

AMAT touts new low-k barrier system

Mon, 6 Jun 2007
June 4, 2007 - Applied Materials Inc. has launched an upgraded deposition system to provide advanced barrier low-k technology for 45nm and 32nm chip manufacturing processes.

VLSI: AMAT tops FPD tool supplier ranks

Thu, 5 May 2007
May 16, 2007 - Applied Materials was the biggest supplier of equipment to flat-panel display manufacturers in 2006 with just under $1 billion in sales, after seeing its business grow 24%-30% each of the last two years, according to recent rankings from VLSI Research Inc.

Process control firm Tevet tacks on new funding

Fri, 7 Jul 2007
July 13, 2007 - Days after appointing a new CEO and president, Israeli metrology firm Tevet Process Control Technologies Ltd. says it has received $2.75 million in new financing, including support from the VC arm of customer Intel Corp.

Semi printing startup gets boost from AMAT's VC arm

Wed, 7 Jul 2007
July 11, 2007 - Weeks after securing $4 million in Series A funding and a government SBIR research grant, Semprius Inc., a company developing transfer printing technology for manufacturing semiconductor devices, says it's received a separate "strategic investment" from Applied Ventures, LLC, the VC arm of Applied Materials Inc.

Photronics cuts outlook on FPD, photomask slowdowns

Wed, 8 Aug 2007
August 1, 2007 - Photronics Inc. says 3Q07 sales will be 6%-14% below previous projections to a range of $101-$103 million, due to a shortfall in photomask orders from FPD and European semiconductor customers.

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ISS 2007: Hot LCD market poses technology challenges

Thu, 3 Mar 2007
By Phil LoPiccolo, Editor-in-Chief

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.

AMAT: Foundries are the key to dimmed outlook

Thu, 8 Aug 2007
August 15, 2007 - Applied Materials said fiscal 3Q07 profits slid about 7.5% to $473.5M on almost-flat sales of $2.56B, which was better than analysts expected -- though the firm cast some cloudy doubt on prospects for business through the rest of this year, particularly foundry spending that has not rebounded as expected.

Analyst: Ugly 2007 TFT-LCD tool sales to bounce back big

Wed, 9 Sep 2007
September 19, 2007 - Sales of TFT-LCD array processing equipment are stuck in the mud this year, with all the top firms expected to suffer big declines from a year ago, according to data from DisplaySearch.

Analyst: Notebooks, TVs flex strength in TFT-LCD shipments

Mon, 9 Sep 2007
September 17, 2007 - AU Optronics shipped 7.6 million thin-film transistor/flat-panel displays (TFT-LCD) in August, exceeding SEC and LPL to become the first Taiwanese firm to unseat Korean suppliers, according to data from DisplaySearch.

AMAT opens solar R&D site in Germany

Mon, 10 Oct 2007
October 29, 2007 - Applied Materials Inc. has opened its SunFab Technology Center in Alzenau, Germany, to serve as the company's principal solar R&D center, focusing on boosting module conversion efficiency and lowering production costs.

Edwards sells abatement tools to Advent Solar

Thu, 10 Oct 2007
October 18, 2007 - Vacuum tool supplier Edwards (nee BOC Edwards) says it has sold multiple exhaust abatement (hot oxidation) systems to Advent Solar for an undisclosed amount, to abate PECVD exhaust gases during solar cell manufacturing at Advent's plant in Albuquerque, NM. The tools already have started shipping.

Rohm & Haas, SKC launch display films JV

Mon, 12 Dec 2007
December 3, 2007 - Rohm and Haas and SKC Co. Ltd. have officially opened their joint venture to make advanced optical and functional films for flat-panel displays, three months after announcing their partnership. Meoung-Han Kim will lead the business, having most recently served as managing director of SKC's display division.

Reports: Samsung lays off thousands after chip, FPD woes

Mon, 11 Nov 2007
November 19, 2007 - Samsung Electronics has laid off more than 1600 workers in its first large-scale restructuring since 2002, following disappointing results this year in both its semiconductors and flat-panel businesses, according to media reports.

BOC Edwards to make bulk gas investments in Taiwan sector

Wed, 11 Nov 2004
November 10, 2004 - BOC Edwards has announced it is making major investments in 7 gas plant facilities to ensure bulk gas supply to 9 new semiconductor and FPD manufacturing fabs under construction, said the company. These pave the way for multiple supply contracts and are being developed as part of a US$75 million investment with BOC's JV partner, BOC Lienhwa Industrial Gases Company Ltd (BOCLH).

LG Electronics to buy more LCD panels from Taiwanese suppliers

Mon, 11 Nov 2004
November 8, 2004 - LG Electronics will equip 30% of its liquid-crystal display (LCD) televisions with Taiwan-made panels this year and is planning to team up with Taiwanese suppliers to produce the TVs next year, according to the South Korea electronic giant's executives, said the China Economic News Service.

Air Products, Air Liquide contract with China TFT-LCD manufacturer

Thu, 11 Nov 2004
November 11, 2004 - Air Products and Air Liquide have signed a long-term contract with Beijing BOE Optoelectronics Technology Co. Ltd. to supply bulk gases to its newest TFT-LCD manufacturing facility in the Beijing Economic Technological Development Area (BDA).

Asyst Technologies resolves customer contract dispute

Wed, 11 Nov 2004
November 24, 2004 - Asyst Technologies Inc. has announced that Asyst Shinko, Inc. (ASI), the company's 51%-owned joint venture with Shinko Electric Co. Ltd. of Japan, has resolved the customer contract dispute referenced in the company's press release of Nov. 3, 2004.

ASMI unveils new ultralow-k process

Mon, 11 Nov 2004
November 1, 2004 - ASM International NV, Bilthoven, The Netherlands, has developed a new process that enables porous low-k insulator materials in copper interconnects for 65nm devices.

Japan consumer electronics shipments up 7.6% in Sept.

Fri, 10 Oct 2004
October 22, 2004 - In September, consumer electronics shipments in Japan grew 7.6% from a year before to 200.6 billion yen (US$1.8 billion), up for the 10th consecutive month, an industry group said Thursday, according to Jiji Press Ltd.

BOC Edwards and AUECC move forward with China wet chemical production plan

Fri, 10 Oct 2004
October 15, 2004 - Following announcement of its equity position in AUECC (Asia Union Electronic Chemical Corp.), BOC Edwards has said that AUECC is moving forward with plans to supply wet process chemicals to the electronics manufacturing industry in China, and has formed an equity joint venture with Shanghai Huayi (Group) Co. The new venture is called Shanghai Huayi Microelectronic Material Co. Ltd.

LG.Philips starts mass production at Korean TFT-LCD factory

Fri, 9 Sep 2004
September 24, 2004 - LG.Philips LCD Co. Ltd. has announced that its new sixth-generation TFT-LCD fabrication plant, "P6," in Gumi, South Korea, began mass production last month. The plant will produce TFT-LCDs (thin-film transistor liquid crystal displays) for large- and wide-screen LCD TVs and desktop monitors.

Samsung unwraps a-Si LCD

Mon, 8 Aug 2004
August 9, 2004 - Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has unveiled what it calls a world's first: a 2.6-in. TFT-LCD with 300ppi (pixels/inch) image quality, built on amorphous silicon (a-Si) rather than polycristalline silicon.

National Semi and Samsung announce license deal

Mon, 5 May 2004
May 24, 2004 -- National Semiconductor Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today announced the development of an advanced bus system interface (ABSI) and chipset for chip-on-glass (COG) notebook and monitor panels.

Taiwan capital spending to top $15 billion

Wed, 5 May 2004
May 11, 2004 - Capital spending in Taiwan's semiconductor and TFT-LCD industries is expected to top $15.02 billion this year, according to the China Economic News Service. Three domestic sectors -- IC foundries, IC packaging/testing, and large-sized TFT-LCD panels -- are predicted to take the world's no. 1 positions, respectively.

Korea IT exports up, but does a "crisis" loom?

Thu, 5 May 2004
Technology exports were up more than 42% in April to $5.88 billion, but South Korea's electronics industry could be facing "huge challenges" over the next couple of years, according to an analyst.

Sony bolts Japan group for LCD production

Mon, 3 Mar 2004
March 8, 2004 - Bucking the will of the Japanese government's national LCD project, Sony Corp. has finalized a 50-50 joint venture with Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. to produce amorphous TFT-LCD products, a project that's been in the works since October 2003.

CVD signs pact to purchase assets of First Nano

Tue, 5 May 2005
May 16, 2005 - CVD Equipment Corp. has signed a contract with First Nano Inc., of Carpinteria, CA, to purchase certain assets of its nanotechnology process development and equipment business. First Nano develops solutions for single and multiwall nanotube and nanowire synthesis and manufactures CVD process equipment suitable for the synthesis of a variety of carbon nanotubes, 1-D nanostructures, and nanomaterials.

Photronics launches strategy to drive advanced photomask R&D

Mon, 5 May 2005
May 9, 2005 - Photronics has announced its strategy to drive advanced photomask R&D through a network of global corporate R&D centers. Photronics said its photomask R&D center in Austin, TX, and the recently launched Photronics-PKL R&D center in Cheon-an, Choong-nam, Korea, are working to develop next generation fabrication processes to manufacture high performance IC products down through the 45nm node.

Internat'l DisplayWorks to acquire Three-Five System's Beijing LCD business

Fri, 4 Apr 2005
April 1, 2005 - International DisplayWorks Inc., a designer and manufacturer of liquid crystal displays (LCDs), modules and assemblies, has announced an agreement to purchase all the outstanding stock of Three-Five System's LCD manufacturing facility and business in Beijing, China. Closing of the transaction, which is subject to normal conditions, is expected to occur within two weeks.

SEMATECH, Novellus partner on ultra low-k deposition and UVTP curing

Tue, 6 Jun 2005
June 7, 2005-Novellus Systems Inc. and global technology research consortium SEMATECH are partnering to develop and evaluate low-k dielectric films with k values <2.2, and explore the limits of ultra low-k integration. As part of the joint development agreement, SEMATECH will purchase a VECTOR PECVD system for depositing ultra low-k films and a ultraviolet thermal processing (UVTP) system for post-deposition film curing.

LG.Philips LCD selects BOC Edwards vacuum pump systems for new plant

Thu, 5 May 2005
May 5, 2005 - BOC Edwards announced yesterday it has been selected to supply a majority of the vacuum pump systems for LG.Philips LCD Plant 7, currently under construction in Paju, Korea.

Philips, TPV sign agreement on flat-panel business

Mon, 6 Jun 2005
June 27, 2005 - Royal Philips Electronics has agreed to sell its monitor and entry-level flat-screen television business to TPV Technology Ltd. TPV will take over Philips' existing original equipment manufacturing (OEM) monitor business and produce monitors and entry-level flat TV products that Philips will continue to market and sell under its own brand, according to the Taiwan Economic News.

Dainippon Ink to make materials for TFT LCDs

Mon, 11 Nov 2005
November 14, 2005 - Dainippon Ink & Chemicals Inc. plans to start producing materials for thin-film transistor (TFT) LCDs in early 2006, The Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported. The company intends on spending 500 million yen (US$4.2 million ) to procure production equipment for its Saitama Prefecture plant and then to start supplying materials for computer monitors and eventually LCD televisions by April 2006

Fuji Photo to mass-produce PDP films in early 2006

Thu, 11 Nov 2005
November 3, 2005 - Fuji Photo Film Co. will start mass production of electromagnetic interference films for plasma display television sets in early 2006 with initial film production for 100,000 units of PDP TVs per month, senior official Masaaki Otani said in an interview with the Jiji Press.

Samsung generates largest high-res flexible LCD

Mon, 11 Nov 2005
November 28, 2005 -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Seoul, Korea, has reportedly manufactured the largest flexible thin-film transistor liquid-crystal display (TFT-LCD) that shows high enough resolution for digital television.

Samsung develops 5-inch transmissive plastic TFT-LCD panel

Thu, 1 Jan 2005
January 13, 2005 - Samsung Electronics has announced that it has developed the largest 5-inch transmissive plastic TFT-LCD display for portable applications such as mobile phones and notebook computers. The display delivers qSVGA resolution with 100 pixels/inch.

Hitachi to acquire Fujitsu Hitachi Plasma Display shares and patents

Mon, 3 Mar 2005
March 28, 2005 - Hitachi Ltd. has reached an official agreement with Fujitsu Limited concerning Fujitsu Hitachi Plasma Display Limited (FHP), a joint venture of the two companies, in accordance with a basic agreement signed on February 2. Under the agreement, both companies will provide financial assistance to FHP and Hitachi will acquire some of Fujitsu's shareholding in FHP and Fujitsu patents relating to plasma display panel (PDP) technology.

Photronics expands FPD mask fabrication, service into Taiwan

Tue, 3 Mar 2005
March 22, 2005 - Photronics Inc. has announced plans to expand its flat panel display (FPD) mask capacity through the construction of a state-of-the-art FPD mask fabrication facility in Taichung, Taiwan. This new 10,100 sq. m. facility will support Taiwan's rapidly expanding FPD fabrication industry.

Sharp LCD shows different images from left or right

Fri, 7 Jul 2005
July 15, 2005 - Sharp Corp. said yesterday that it has developed a thin-film-transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panel that can simultaneously display two different images depending on whether it is viewed from the right or from the left, according to various foreign news reports.

Matsushita to cut 1000 jobs at Japan Microchip operation

Tue, 7 Jul 2005
July 5, 2005 - Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. plans to reduce the number of domestic workers engaged in semiconductor development and production by 1000, or 6%, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported Sunday, citing company sources.

Cymer, Carl Zeiss form JV to improve FPD processes

Tue, 7 Jul 2005
July 19, 2005 - Cymer Inc. and Carl Zeiss SMT AG announced the creation of TCZ GmbH, a joint venture (60% Cyber, 40% Carl Zeiss) focused on production equipment for flat panel displays (FPDs). Based on their combined laser and optics expertise, the companies have developed a production tool to improve low temperature polysilicon (LTPS) processes for thin film transistor (TFT) displays.

Dielectric Systems touts radical new alternative for low-k

Thu, 5 May 2002
Though it's hard to figure out just what they're really doing, a Silicon Valley startup claims to have a radical new low-k material that offers k values of 2.2 - without all the problems of porosity.

Advanced Energy seeks to overturn jury verdict

Tue, 5 May 2002
Fort Collins, CO - Advanced Energy Industries Inc. (AE) will file a motion to overturn a May 17 jury verdict. The jury ruled in a Delaware court that AE infringed on a patent held by the applied science and technology division of MKS Instruments Inc., and awarded $4.2 million in damages.

Novellus expands with new facility in OR

Thu, 5 May 2002
May 9, 2002 - San Jose, CA - Novellus Systems Inc. has opened a new manufacturing facility in Tualatin, OR.

Fairchild Semiconductor opening Shanghai office and applications lab

Mon, 6 Jun 2002
South Portland, ME - Fairchild Semiconductor International, a supplier of power products for multiple end markets, has opened an expanded sales office and applications laboratory in Shanghai, China.

Analyst claims motherglass shortage pending

Thu, 4 Apr 2002
A worldwide shortage in motherglass could cause the growing popularity of flat panel displays, notebook computers, PDAs, and cell phone handset screens to become an even more expensive trend, according to business intelligence firm Provizio, Meridian, ID.

Intersil acquires Elantec in $1.4B deal

Mon, 3 Mar 2002
Irvine and Milpitas, CA - Intersil Corp. has acquired Elantec Semiconductor Inc. in a $1.4B cash/stock deal.

Micronas, UMC achieve first-pass silicon success

Tue, 4 Apr 2002
April 2, 2002 - Micronas, the Germany-based IC developer, and Taiwanese foundry UMC have announced the first-pass silicon success of the DPS 9450 video controller chip.

Hynix creditors to lend BOE Tech $210M

Tue, 11 Nov 2002
Nov. 12, 2002 - Seoul, Korea - Creditor banks of Hynix Semiconductor Inc. plan to lend China's BOE Technology Group Co. about $210 million to finance its purchase of Hynix's FPD unit, an official from Korea Exchange Bank (KEB) said.

Samsung to build TFT-LCD plant in China

Mon, 10 Oct 2002
Oct. 28, 2002 -- Seoul, South Korea -- Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced the construction of a new TFT-LCD module assembly plant at the Suzhou Industrial Park in China's Jiangsu Province. The new plant will cover 100,000 square meters (1 million square feet) of a 545,500-square-meter site acquired for future facility expansions.

Photon Dynamics acquires Intevac's RTP business

Mon, 11 Nov 2002
Nov. 4, 2002--San Jose, CA--Photon Dynamics Inc. has completed its acquisition of the rapid thermal processing (RTP) portion of the flat panel display (FPD) capital equipment business of Intevac Inc., Santa Clara, CA.

Changes at NEC

Fri, 11 Nov 2002
Nov. 1, 2002 - Santa Clara, CA - NEC Electronics Inc. has announced that it has changed its name to NEC Electronics America Inc. as part of the launch of its parent company, NEC Electronics Corporation.

SEMI publishes 13 new standards

Tue, 6 Jun 2003
June 2, 2003 - San Jose, CA - SEMI has published 13 new technical standards relating to important aspects of semiconductor and flat panel display manufacturing.

Ultrapure water systems market to bounce back by 2004

Thu, 3 Mar 2003
March 27, 2003 - Northfield, IL - The downturn in semiconductors forced a 20% overall drop in the ultrapure water system market in 2001 over 2000. However growth in pharmaceutical and coal-fired power segments will help push the market past the 2000 peak of $2 billion by 2004. In Ultrapure Water: World Markets published by the McIlvaine Co. the world forecast for 2004 is $2.2 billion for systems and materials. The 2005 market will be $2.4 billion and then jump to $2.8 billion in 2006.

Micronic unveils mask metrology system

Fri, 10 Oct 2003
October 23, 2003 - Micronic Laser Systems AB, Taby, Sweden, has introduced a new registration measurement system for TFT-LCD photomasks.

Unlocking the secret of pyramids

Fri, 10 Oct 2003
October 10, 2003 - Atomnics Laboratory Inc. has developed new technology aimed at increasing chip mount density onto printed boards.

Samsung reports rising profits

Mon, 10 Oct 2003
October 17, 2003 - Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. wowed investors with a 3Q03 profit up 6.6% from last year, due to record sales of flash memory chips used in digital cameras and mobile devices.

Unaxis unveils etch system

Tue, 9 Sep 2003
September 15, 2003 - Unaxis Semiconductors, St. Petersburg, FL, has unveiled an addition to its line of deposition and etching systems.

China mask firm sets production date

Mon, 8 Aug 2003
August 14, 2003 - Allied Integrated Patterning Co. (AIPC) says it will complete equipment move-in and begin mass production of TFT-LCD photo masks by 2Q04. The affiliate of Allied Materials Technology Corp. (AMTC) hopes to generate sales of $130.8 million in sales by 2008, after an initial capital investment of $52.3 million.

Cleanrooms to clean up in '04 and beyond

Fri, 9 Sep 2003
September 10, 2003 - A new report proclaims that a turnaround is waiting in the wings for cleanroom equipment makers, thanks in large part to a brightened outlook for the semiconductor industry.

Report Says TFT LCD Market Will Realize Strong Growth

Thu, 8 Aug 2000
AUSTIN, Texas--Aug. 24, 2000--A new report indicates the TFT LCD market is poised to realize significant growth for the next five years due to increasing demand from notebook, PC, LCD monitor, LCD TV, mobile phone, and other applications.

Hynix considers selling factory

Tue, 10 Oct 2001
October 9, 2001 - Seoul, Korea - Hynix Semiconductor Inc., said it is considering selling one of its semiconductor facilities as part of its restructuring efforts, but denied reports that it is in advanced talks with a Chinese consortium, according to the Korea Herald.

USDC seeks FPD RFPs

Tue, 10 Oct 2001
The United States Display Consortium (USDC), aimed at developing the flat panel display (FPD) supply chain, is issuing four new Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and an Open Solicitation for RFPs.

LCD TV production to quadruple in 2001, to 810,000 units

Thu, 8 Aug 2001
Nikkei Market Access says production of 10-inch and larger TFT LCD modules for flat screen televisions will reach 810,000 units in 2001, four times last year's level.

Fujitsu to cut 9% of work force

Mon, 8 Aug 2001
August 20, 2001 - Tokyo, Japan - Japanese manufacturer Fujitsu is slashing 9% of its global work force as part of its turnaround strategy.

Photon Dynamics, Sanmina-SCI enter manufacturing agreement

Wed, 12 Dec 2001
Dec. 12, 2001 - San Jose, CA - Photon Dynamics Inc., a supplier of integrated yield management solutions for the display, electronics, and glass markets, has entered into a manufacturing agreement with Sanmina-SCI Corp., an electronics manufacturing services provider.

DC/DC boost converter for driving white LEDs now available from Micrel

Tue, 2 Feb 2001
February 27, 2001--San Jose, California--A super-high efficiency DC/DC boost converter for driving white LEDs and biasing Notebook PC LCD panels is now available from Micrel Semiconductor, an industry leader in analog and power management ICs.

Winbond sees 2000 as most profitable year

Wed, 2 Feb 2001
February 21, 2001--Taipei, Taiwan--Winbond Electronics Corp. recently announced that its annual revenue for 2000 was NT $49.158 billion, an increase of approximately 52% compared with NT $32.347 billion in 1999. Overall, the financial results for 2000 are the most profitable to-date in the company's 14-year history.

Samsung on top of TFT-LCD market for 3rd consecutive year

Tue, 1 Jan 2001
Seoul, Korea--A recent thin film transistor-liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) market survey by ICD Japan market researchers places Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. on top of the market for the third consecutive year--with a 20.1% market share at the end of 2000.

Axcelis, ASM Int. enter low-k integration program, focus on resist strip processes for advanced dielectric materials

Tue, 7 Jul 2001
July 17, 2001 - Beverly, MA, and Bilthoven, Netherlands - Axcelis and ASM International N.V. will work together to further develop dry strip methods for removing photoresist over advanced low-k dielectric materials.

Dow Corning opens PECVD dielectrics application laboratory

Tue, 2 Feb 2001
February 27, 2001--Midland, Michigan--Dow Corning Corp. has established a dedicated Dow Corning PECVD Dielectrics application lab in a Class-1 certified cleanroom for customer sampling and process integration work.

SEMI Publishes Eight New Technical Standards

Tue, 2 Feb 2008
(February 12, 2008) San Jose, CA — SEMI has published eight new technical standards applicable to the semiconductor, flat panel display (FPD), and MEMS manufacturing industries. One of the standards, the SEMI MS6, provides a guide for design and materials for interfacing MEMS microfluidic systems.

Ultratech says orders are coming in!

Thu, 12 Dec 2003
(December 18, 2003) San Jose, Calif.—Ultratech Inc., a supplier of photolithography systems used to manufacture semiconductors and nanotechnology devices, announced that it has received a multiple-system order for 200-mm bump tools from the world's largest merchant gold-bump foundry.

Chunghwa Picture Tubes to Enter LED Market

Mon, 12 Dec 2007
(December 17, 2007) TAIPEI, Taiwan — In line with the increasing use of LED backlight modules in display applications, Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd. (CPT) reportedly plans to step into upstream LED manufacturing, according to industry sources, reported CENS. CPT reportedly plans to have its affiliated Sintronic Technology Inc. take charge of LED packaging, and San Chih Semiconductor Co., Ltd. will be responsible for LED epitaxy.

FPD China '06 Packed with Opportunities

Fri, 3 Mar 2006
Shanghai, China — FPD China 2006, to take place March 28–30, 2006, at the Shanghai Mart in Shanghai, China, targets the global supply chain for the flat panel display (FPD) industry in China, and will showcase product and technology exhibits, business and technical seminars, and industry standards meetings.

TSMC Releases 40-V CMOS Process

Wed, 11 Nov 2004
(November 24, 2004) Hsinchu, Taiwan—Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) announces that volume production is available for its 0.18-micron process technology with 40-V capability. The high-voltage process will allow designers to produce single-chip TFT LCD drivers for portable applications that reduce chip count and save space and power.

SEMICON WEST JULY 17 EVENTS

Mon, 7 Jul 2003
The following are press conferences and educational sessions that will be held at SEMICON West in San Jose, Calif. on July 17, 2003.

SEMI publishes 25 new standards

Thu, 2 Feb 2004
(February 5, 2004) San Jose, Calif.—SEMI has published 25 new technical standards applicable to the semiconductor and flat panel display manufacturing industries.

Chip renaissance?

Thu, 3 Mar 2004
(March 11, 2004) El Segundo, Calif.—If 2001 and 2002 were the dark ages for the semiconductor industry (and they were!), last year represented the start of a chip renaissance, with sales rising at a healthy 14.2 percent rate, according to data from iSuppli Corp., a provider of market intelligence services for the EMS, OEMs and supplier communities.

Semiconductor Industry Should Overcome Technical Hurdles

Wed, 1 Jan 2005
(January 12, 2005) Half Moon Bay, Calif. — The semiconductor industry will overcome the hurdle of the next two technology nodes, but the long list of required new materials will need to be shortened to make it economically viable, according to speakers on the second day of SEMI ISS 2005.

Binghamton University Wins R&D Contract from the USDC

Mon, 1 Jan 2005
(January 24, 2005) Binghamton, N.Y., and San Jose, Calif. — Binghamton University and the U.S. Display Consortium (USDC) announce that the University has been awarded a competitively bid contract from the USDC to establish and operate the Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing (CAMM).

Quanta receives orders from Sharp, looks to expand capacity

Thu, 3 Mar 2002
March 28, 2002--Taipei--Quanta Display Inc. received an order to assemble rear-end TFT-LCD (thin film transistor-liquid crystal display) modules from Japan--based Sharp.

Praxair commissions silane transfill facility in Taiwan

Mon, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 19- DANBURY, CT-- Praxair Chemax Semiconductor Materials Co., Ltd., Praxair's joint venture with China Petrochemical Development Co. (Taiwan), has commissioned the first silane (SiH4) transfill facility in Taiwan.

Toppoly Optoelectronics Planning New Plant, Cleanrooms

Mon, 7 Jul 2001
July 16, 2001 TAIWAIN -- Toppoly Optoelectronics Inc., is building a new manufacturing plant that will include 452,000 square feet of ISO Class 4-ISO Class 7 (Class10-10,000) cleanroom space.

Air Products signs supply deal with Signet Solar

Thu, 1 Jan 2008
January 14, 2008 -- /PRNewswire/ -- LEHIGH VALLEY, PA -- Air Products today announced it has signed an agreement with Signet Solar Inc. to supply turnkey installation of gas delivery systems and services and related gas needs for a new, thin-film photovoltaic module production facility in Mochau, Germany.

Fujitsu, Hitachi aiming high for sales

Mon, 3 Mar 2004
MARCH 8--TOKYO--A plasma display panel (PDP) joint venture between Fujitsu Ltd. and Hitachi Ltd said on Monday it planned to nearly triple sales to$1.78 billion by the business year to March 2007.

Air Products breaks ground on new NF3 production facility in Korea

Tue, 2 Feb 2007
February 12, 2007 -- /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa. -- Air Products (NYSE:APD) today announced it has broken ground on the first phase of its nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) plant in Ulsan, Korea.

Membrane dryers

Mon, 3 Mar 1999
Variodry membrane dryers are suitable for compressed air system applications. They are installed in-line and require no electrical connections. Air flows through a bundle of hollow fibers with semi-permeable membranes contained within the dryer. Moisture then diffuses across the membrane and is carried away by a portion of air flow that is swept back across the outside of the fiber bundle. According to the manufacturer, pressure dewpoints ranging from 0 to 35 degrees Celsius PDP at moderate flow

Quantum-dot LED display made via transfer printing

Thu, 10 Oct 2011

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.


MEMS display from Pixtronix and Chimei Innolux boasts low power, high resolution

Wed, 10 Oct 2011

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 display launched in Korean e-readers

Thu, 11 Nov 2011

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.


TFT-LCD primed for near-term buying spree in Asia

Mon, 11 Nov 2011

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.


ICON rolls out 2 roll-to-roll nano imprinting processes

Wed, 7 Jul 2011

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 intros lab-on-a-chip with integrated electrodes

Tue, 8 Aug 2011

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 funds quantum dot prototype devices from QD Vision

Thu, 8 Aug 2011

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.


Embedded pico projectors steal the show through 2017

Wed, 8 Aug 2011

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.


Quantum dot maker QD Vision relocates for volume launch

Fri, 9 Sep 2011

QD Vision Inc. relocated to a new, high-volume production facility in Lexington, MA, gearing up for new product launches in 2012.


Stanford buys Plasma-Therm CVD systems for nanofabrication

Tue, 7 Jul 2010

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.


U.S.-Israeli outfit greases wheels of nano commercialization

Tue, 2 Feb 2005
Back in 1992 a team of researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel was looking for a technology to convert solar energy into electricity. What they found instead was a substance that was an excellent lubricant, had great shock absorbing powers, and was an efficient semiconductor. Today, a U.S.-Israeli startup, ApNano Materials, is commercializing that serendipitous discovery.

Tegal announces etch tool orders

Fri, 12 Dec 2005

SEMI expands nano emphasis, names nano director

Fri, 1 Jan 2005

August Technology, Nanometrics end merger agreement

Tue, 6 Jun 2005

Colorado company opens inkjet facility

Wed, 4 Apr 2006

PARC and Uni-Pixel collaborate on new display technology

Fri, 5 May 2006
Uni-Pixel Inc. announced that it has entered into an agreement with the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) to collaborate on the development and commercialization of Uni-Pixel's TMOS display technology.

Braggone announces new optical nanostructures for display applications

Tue, 10 Oct 2006
Optoelectronic materials supplier Braggone of Oulu, Finland, announced a new product line intended to enable end-user manufacturers of flat panel displays to cost effectively tune their newest product models to significantly better levels of quality and performance.

Oxford Instruments to equip new UK lab

Thu, 12 Dec 2007
Oxford Instruments has received an order for nine process tool systems worth more than £2.5m ($5m) to equip a new cleanroom facility at the University of Southampton in the UK, the company announced in a news release.

DuPont intros new Fodel photoimageable thick-film pastes

Tue, 1 Jan 2007
DuPont Microcircuit Materials, part of DuPont Electronic Technologies, announced the introduction of its 7th Generation DuPont Fodel photoimageable thick-film pastes for the metallization of the front bus electrode used in plasma display panels (PDPs).

Eikos gets $860,000 Air Force contract

Wed, 5 May 2004

Qualcomm to acquire Iridigm Display

Thu, 9 Sep 2004
Wireless communications firm Qualcomm Inc. announced plans Thursday to acquire Iridigm Display Corp., a MEMS-based, flat panel display maker. Qualcomm, which originally invested in Iridigm in 2002 and followed up in July of this year, said it would pay about $170 million for the 86 percent of Iridigm it does not own.

Itochu invests in nanotube ink maker Eikos

Wed, 2 Feb 2004
Eikos Inc., a Franklin, Mass., developer of transparent carbon nanotube inks for conductive coatings and circuits, received a $1 million investment from Itochu International Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of Itochu Corp. of Japan, according to a news release.

Pursuit of a small tech building block goes down to the nanowire

Mon, 1 Jan 2004
When is a wire more than a wire? When you add the "nano" prefix, of course. On one level, "nanowire" is a literal term: a channel for electrons or photons no wider than a few thousand atoms. But scientists have conjured fine filaments they also call nanowires that may one day serve as lasers or detectors of dangerous molecules or defective genes.

Akustica collaborating with Ricoh

Wed, 6 Jun 2006
Akustica announced a collaboration with Ricoh Company Ltd. aimed at a new camera module for optimized audio and video performance in Universal Serial Bus audio/video applications.

Nano start-up activity in Finland more than doubles in two years

Fri, 4 Apr 2007
Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, says its latest research shows impressive growth for the Finnish nanotechnology sector. The number of Finnish companies active in nanotechnology has more than doubled from 61 to 134 in just two years. More than 40 of these companies already have commercial products based on nanotechnology.

Companies bet their money on nano's workhorse: the quantum dot

Tue, 5 May 2003
One scientist calls them the ball bearings of the 21st century. Yet quantum dots tend to get less attention than carbon nanotubes. They are, however, the stuff of which future flat panel displays, lasers and lighting may be made. The field "is wide open" says one analyst.

Nanopage digital screen can 'roll up like a blueprint'

Thu, 9 Sep 2003
Jean Chretien Favreau refers to himself as an “architect/inventor.” He seemed to have been wearing both hats when he first got the idea for Nanopage, a flexible digital screen. “I would do a lot of computer-assisted design and I was always frustrated by the small-sized screen,” he said. “So I imagined a screen you could roll up like a blueprint.” That little idea has come a long way.

Motorola releases flat panel display prototype

Tue, 5 May 2005

Nanosys raises blockbuster $30M despite skeptical VC community

Thu, 4 Apr 2003

Nanosys round shows small tech turning heads in big boardrooms

Tue, 6 Jun 2003
In another sign that established companies are paying more attention to small tech startups, a pair of decidedly old-economy firms are investing in Nanosys Inc. The extension of the Palo Alto, Calif., nanotech outfit's second funding round was announced this morning.

SI Diamond falls on hard times, but hangs on by a nanotube thread

Thu, 11 Nov 2002
SI Diamond Technology has been forced to pare down to what its CEO called "the core of the company" – its subsidiary Applied Nanotech Inc., which develops nanotech for displays, medical cathode devices and sensors. With a recent quarterly filing that listed assets of $1.6 million and liabilities nearly double that, the company is banking on its increased focus on nanotechnology to stay alive.

Paper-thin product partnership
could create some thick profits

Thu, 10 Oct 2002
Partner, partner, partner. That's the best way to get a so-called disruptive technology to the point where it might actually disrupt something, according to Daniel Gamota of Motorola. His company is partnering with the likes of Xerox, IBM, 3M and Lucent to create printable circuits for displays, which he says represents a $300 billion market.

GE partners on award with nanotube developer

Mon, 12 Dec 2002
GE Global Research, the Niskayuna, N.Y., central research & development arm of General Electric Co., and Molecular Nanosystems, a Palo Alto, Calif., provider of carbon nanotubes, jointly won a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Advanced Technology Program (ATP) award, according to a news release.

Totally tubular Rosseter tries to take miracle molecule to next level

Mon, 12 Dec 2002
When it comes to nanotubes, the small tech world has been in ready, steady – wait! mode for a while now. Hailed as a wondermaterial, the tubes have been slow to make their way into products. The industry will be one step closer once Rosseter Holdings Ltd. sets up its licensing agreement with an unnamed company in Taiwan. The Cyprus-based concern has been waiting for a break like this.

Spectrophotometer for micro-analysis apps

Tue, 9 Sep 2010

Craic Technologies 308 PV UV-visible-NIR spectrophotometer.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.


Nano-Proprietary targets big screen manufacturers

Mon, 10 Oct 2003
Armed with a new name, streamlined operations and a thick portfolio of patents, Nano-Proprietary aims to dominate the big screen television market by licensing its carbon nanotube technology to manufacturers. The goal is to dramatically cut the cost of these giant in-home screens.

NANOVENTURES 2002: SCIENCE IS COOL,
BUT THE PROFITS WILL SOON TURN HOT

Fri, 3 Mar 2002

PAPER-QUALITY CHASE: DUBLIN FIRM
WANTS NANOCHROMICS TO ERASE LCD

Tue, 3 Mar 2002

An Irish nanotechnology company hopes to challenge the dominance of liquid crystal in the $18 billion on-screen display market. Ntera's NanoChromics display technology can be used for billboards, supermarket shelf displays, e-books, medical testing and smart cards. NTera's goal is to become a leader in the flat-panel display market, which is expected to be worth $40 billion globally in 2005.

Iridigm increases equity financing

Wed, 7 Jul 2002

NANOTEXAS: THE LAND OF BIG OIL
IS NOW BOOMTOWN FOR THE TINY

Mon, 7 Jul 2001

Texas is making a name for itself in the smallest of small tech -- nanotechnology. The state is home to scores of research centers, incubators and businesses betting that nanoscale will be gargantuan.

SMALL TECH WORLD IN BRIEF
Oct. 19, 2001

Fri, 10 Oct 2001

COMPANIES IN HOT PURSUIT OF SECRET
TO MASS-PRODUCING SUPERMOLECULE

Fri, 12 Dec 2001

Business is sometimes likened to a Darwinian world where companies compete for dominance, in the process winnowing out the weak to leave a few strong commercial enterprises. That scenario seems to be playing out in what is perhaps the hottest and most hyped branch of nanotechnology, carbon nanotubes.

Optiva closes $30 million round

Tue, 1 Jan 2003
Optiva Inc., a South San Francisco-based developer of nanomaterials for display applications, announced a second closing of $21 million to its oversubscribed Series C funding round, bringing the total for the round to $30 million.

Molecular electronics group formed

Thu, 8 Aug 2002

CNI introduces its new BuckyPearls

Mon, 9 Sep 2002
Carbon Nanotechnologies Inc.(CNI) officially unveiled a bead form of single-wall carbon nanotubes today that it says makes tubes easier to process and handle. Called BuckyPearls, the pellets are 2 to 4 millimeters in diameter and retain the numerous properties of single-wall carbon nanotubes.

Report: Nanofabrication equipment and wafers market to grow 11%

Fri, 12 Dec 2009

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.


Liquidia Technologies' founder receives prestigious $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize

Wed, 6 Jun 2008
June 25, 2008 -- Liquidia Technologies announced that Professor Joseph DeSimone, Liquidia Founder and chancellor's eminent professor of chemistry at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC) has received the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize for outstanding inventors.

Tegal to Acquire Alcatel Micro Machining product lines

Wed, 9 Sep 2008
September 3, 2008: Tegal Corp., a designer and manufacturer of plasma etch and deposition systems, has agree to acquire Alcatel Micro Machining Systems' (AMMS) and Alcatel-Lucent's deep reactive ion etch (DRIE) and plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) products and related IP, directed at advanced 3D wafer-level packaging applications.

Flexible, printed electronics sector grows, but challenges remain

Mon, 2 Feb 2008
Smart credit cards with embedded displays, e-packaging with printed RFID chips, and mobile devices with rollable, e-paper screens are among the flexible, printed, and organic electronics (FPOE)-enabled gizmos that have reached or are about to reach commercialization. But significant manufacturing and infrastructure challenges remain for this to become a multibillion-dollar market, as Small Times Senior Contributing Editor Tom Cheyney explains

SEMICON West preview: Conference keynotes and "Extreme Electronics"

Fri, 5 May 2012

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 launches latest Nanofab system

Tue, 9 Sep 2009

Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology's Nanofab800 Agile system aims to influence the growth of nanostructures by delivering control of alignment and dimensions.


NanoGram, Teijin to push printed silicon for PV, TFT

Mon, 3 Mar 2009
March 16, 2009: NanoGram Corp., which develops and manufactures advanced products and solutions for optical, electronic and energy applications, has entered into a technology development agreement (TDA) with Teijin Ltd. to further develop NanoGram's printed silicon ink.

MOEMS grow with new applications in displays

Fri, 4 Apr 2012

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 scales back MEMS-based Mirasol display venture

Wed, 7 Jul 2012

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) debuts DLP evaluation module

Mon, 1 Jan 2012

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.


Large-size LCD panel prices stabilize

Mon, 2 Feb 2012

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.


NanoGram expands into cleantech with $32M round

Fri, 3 Mar 2008
Nanotechnology developer NanoGram Corp. branched out into the cleantech space when it closed on a third equity round of $32M to expand its solar technology and nanomaterials businesses.

UniPixel unveils polymer MEMS-based TMOS flat-panel displays

Mon, 5 May 2008
May 19, 2008 -- Uni-Pixel Inc. is making its first public demonstration of Time Multiplexed Optical Shutter (TMOS) flat panel color display prototypes this week. TMOS technology leverages polymer MEMS, and also uses Frustrated Total Internal Reflection (FTIR) to transmit light to the display viewer.

Price erosion accelerates for LCD TV open call panels in Q3

Tue, 8 Aug 2013

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 and Applied Materials to deliver leading-edge display technologies

Wed, 7 Jul 2013

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.


LCD TV panel inventory rises to excess level, spurring price drops

Fri, 7 Jul 2013

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.


High-resolution tablet panels debut with strong shipments in 2013

Fri, 7 Jul 2013

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.


Weak increase in TV demand spurs larger-than-expected glut of LCD panels in Q3

Fri, 7 Jul 2013

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.


AMOLED compensation circuit patent analysis

Tue, 9 Sep 2013
OLED, a self-light-emitting diode, has been touted as the next big thing in display technology for its exceptional properties including no need for a backlight, wide viewing angle, quick responding speed and low current consumption.

Applied Materials launches new metal oxide display tech

Wed, 10 Oct 2013
Applied Materials, Inc. today announced new technology systems for manufacturing large size and ultra-high definition (UHD) LCD and OLED displays that meet the demand for greater screen performance, clarity, color and brightness.

CPI presents ultra-flexible OTFT device array suitable for foldable AMOLED displays of the future

Thu, 1 Jan 2014
The work undertaken demonstrates progress towards optimum Organic Semiconductor (OSC)/OTFT processing and performance to enable their integration into ultra-flexible active matrix organic light emitting diode AMOLED backplanes.

Dow Corning releases new terminal sealant for manufacturing TFT LCD displays

Tue, 2 Feb 2014
Dow Corning today introduced new Dow Corning EA-2000 Silicone Adhesive, a high-performance terminal sealant for faster, more cost-effective manufacturing of thin-film transistor (TFT) LCD displays.

A silicon replacement? USC Viterbi School of Engineering overcomes major issue in carbon nanotube tech

Mon, 6 Jun 2014
Researchers from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering describe how they have overcome a major issue in carbon nanotube technology by developing a flexible, energy-efficient hybrid circuit combining carbon nanotube thin film transistors with other thin film transistors.

In rapidly changing display industry, metal oxide TFT backplanes are promising

Tue, 8 Aug 2014
MarketResearchReports.Biz released a new market research report this week entitled "Metal Oxide TFT Backplanes For Displays 2014-2024: Technologies, Forecasts, Players."