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Executive Viewpoint

Fri, 8 Aug 2008
Shrink the iPhone
By Jim Stratigos, Jacket Micro Devices
Apple's recently introduced 3G iPhone is a marvel of engineering from just about any perspective; compact, feature rich, cool touch screen, and a plethora of wireless functions. It's also an indication of how far the electronics industry has yet to achieve in terms of miniaturization of complex analog circuits.

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.


Laird phase change material enables stencil applied TIM

Sat, 4 Apr 2011

Laird Technologies released the Tpcm 580SP Series phase change material, a high-performance, screen-printable or stencilable thermal interface material with a thermal conductivity of 4.0W/mK that provides an alternative to thermal grease.


AKM consigns chip test equipment to ChipMOS' ThaiLin under new service agreement

Tue, 11 Nov 2011

ChipMOS subsidiary ThaiLin Semiconductor Corp. will take on dedicated semiconductor testing capacity for a new long-term service agreement with its client Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation (AKM).


Printed, flexible integrated circuits in real-world applications

Wed, 3 Mar 2010

Peter Harrop, Ph.D., chairman, IDTechEx, describes advances in the manufacturing of stretchable electronics, printed medical electronics applications, printed batteries, energy harvesters, edible electronics, and more.


Screen-printable Ink

Sat, 4 Apr 2000
120-07 is a screen-printable, electrically conductive ink, coating and adhesive that is conductive even when cured at low temperatures. It is suitable for stamping, screen printing, dipping and syringe dispensing. Applications include polymer thick film circuitry, EMI/RFI shielding of polyimide flexible circuits, membrane switches and anode coatings for tantalum capacitors. Curing temperatures range from 50 to 150°C.

Touchscreen display manufacturing method born out of PCB fab sector

Mon, 4 Apr 2012

Rainbow Technology developed a touchscreen display manufacturing method that offers cost, speed, and environmental benefits over current methods, the company says.


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.


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.


Touchscreen controller IC market tripling thanks to mobile devices

Wed, 3 Mar 2012

Shipments of touch screen displays in devices like smartphones and media tablets are booming, causing the market for touch controller integrated circuits (ICs) to almost triple in size during a five year span.


Kodak, Heraeus projected capacitive touch screen showcases ITO alternative

Mon, 2 Feb 2012

Eastman Kodak and Heraeus Precious Metals will demonstrate a 3.5" touchscreen panel for cell phone applications using Kodak HCF-225 Film/ESTAR Base as the transparent conductive component at Flexible Electronics & Displays 2012.


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.


Conductive touchscreen ink boasts lower cost with less silver

Thu, 3 Mar 2012

Creative Materials Inc.'s 125-43A/B119-44 solvent-resistant electrically conductive ink for touch screen and shielding applications boasts a lower cost than conventionally manufactured silver inks.


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.


Atmel touchscreen sensor offers ITO alternative for new displays

Mon, 4 Apr 2012

Atmel touchscreen sensor offers ITO alternative for new displays

Mon, 4 Apr 2012

Neonode licenses optical touchscreen tech to OEM

Mon, 1 Jan 2012

Neonode Inc. signed a technology license agreement with a global consumer OEM. The unnamed customer will integrate Neonode's zForce optical touchscreen technology with color LCD panels on consumer devices


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.


Qualcomm MEMS Technologies reports 2 e-reader design wins in China

Thu, 1 Jan 2012

Qualcomm MEMS Technologies Inc.'s mirasol display technology is used in 2 new e-readers for the Chinese market, the Hanvon C18 and the Bambook Sunflower from Shanda Networking.


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.


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.


Cambrios takes ITO-alternative to strategic phase with Samsung investment, new leader

Tue, 1 Jan 2012

Cambrios Technologies Corporation appointed John LeMoncheck as president and CEO, and announced a $5 million Series D-3 financing round from Samsung Venture Investment Corporation.


Apple iPhone 4S steals smartphone show in Q4 2011; Samsung wins the year

Fri, 1 Jan 2012

While Apple's release of the iPhone 4S in Q4 2011 "unleashed tremendous pent-up demand" from consumers, Samsung used its broad range of smartphones to take the top spot, reports IHS.


Rapid touch sensor display growth: Details on the 4 categories

Wed, 4 Apr 2012

Touch sensors for displays grew to 66% to 9.6 million square meters in 2011, according to NPD DisplaySearch. This includes resistive, projected capacitive, sensor-on-cover, and on-cell touch sensors. Touch sensors will continue growing, attracting new entrants and raising concerns about supply/demand balance.


Conference Report: MRS Spring 2012, Day 5

Mon, 4 Apr 2012

Blogger Mike Fury reports from the MRS Spring 2012 meeting in San Francisco. Highlights from the fourth day: electronic skin, energy storage with nanowires, printable inks, gas sensing, inkjet printing, semiconductor polymers for organic devices, CNTs, OFETs, touch screen fabrics, and the coffee breaks.


Touchscreens evolve from GG and GFF architectures

Fri, 4 Apr 2012

All-glass touchscreens from Dawar offer enhanced sensitivity

Wed, 4 Apr 2012

Dawar unveiled its all-glass Multi-Touch Projected Capacitive Touch (PCT) Screen technology with advanced optics for medical, instrumentation, and industrial displays.


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.


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.


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.


Neonode debuts multi-touch technology for next-gen displays

Wed, 2 Feb 2012

Neonode introduced Multi-Sensing technology, which is calls a "more augmented and profound user experience" than traditional multi touch displays.


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.


Texas Instruments collaborates on touchscreen tech with UniPixel

Wed, 2 Feb 2012

UniPixel entered a memorandum of understanding with Texas Instruments (TI) for collaboration on touchscreen controllers and sensors.


Asian Research Network develops CNT touch sensors, electronic ink

Tue, 2 Feb 2012

Several Asian universities and research institutes launched the Asian Research Network to strengthen research and educational cooperation across Asia. ARN members have produced transparent touch sensors using CNT, and electronics inks.


Cypress Semiconductor unveils single-layer touchscreen sensor ITO

Tue, 2 Feb 2012

Cypress Semiconductor released a single-layer touchscreen sensor with multitouch capability, the SLIM sensor. SLIM is a single-substrate, single-layer ITO touchscreen sensor with no additional insulation layers or bridges. It can be deposited directly on the display's cover glass.


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.


Neonode enters consumer display sector with new licensing agreement

Fri, 3 Mar 2012

Neonode Inc. (OTC BB:NEON) signed a technology license agreement with a leading global manufacturer of consumer displays to use its optical touch technology.


Touchscreens a $14 billion market in 2012

Thu, 3 Mar 2012

The touchscreen display market will reach $14 billion in 2012, driven by the two largest applications, mobile phones and tablet PCs, IDTechEx reports. While projected capacitive touch sensors are the main technology, several others exist for various touch display applications.


Touch controller ICs see fast growth, capacitive display controllers gaining share

Mon, 4 Apr 2012

The global touch controller IC market is growing quickly, thanks to emerging natural user interfaces and touchscreens’ rapid adoption in consumer electronics. From 2011 to 2016, global touch controller revenue will grow from 0.4% of the total semiconductor industry to 1.65%.


Touchscreen tech company Neonode to list as NEON on NASDAQ

Fri, 4 Apr 2012

Multi-sensing touchscreen technology developer Neonode Inc. was approved by The NASDAQ Stock Market to begin listing its common stock on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol NEON.


Neonode optical touch technology replaces resistive touch on office equipment line

Fri, 3 Mar 2012

Neonode entered into a multi-year license agreement with a global office equipment manufacturer, replacing low-performance resistive touch technology with its zForce Multi-Sensing technology.


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).

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.


In-cell touch, DITO tech gaining ground for mobile device displays

Fri, 11 Nov 2012

More than 7% of all mobile phones will use in-cell touch technology in 2012 while tablet PCs start adopting "DITO" film structures, as both technologies strive to overcome production challenges, explains NPD DisplaySearch.


Printed electronics materials swell to $2.6B by 2017

Thu, 11 Nov 2012

The market for materials used in printed electronics manufacturing will nearly double over the next five years as new materials are brought forth to support low-cost volume production of printed electronic devices, according to Lux Research.


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.


Touch panel makers face changes and challenges in 2012

Mon, 8 Aug 2012

The touch panel display industry is up against low profit margins and increased competition for business, as well as new touch sensor technologies on the scene in 2012, according to a report offered by Research and Markets.


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.


Touchscreen tech responds to gloved as well as bare hands

Fri, 6 Jun 2012

Scriptel Corporation debuted its GloveCap capacitive touchscreen technology that is capable of registering contact through most types of electrically insulated materials, such as gloves.


Touchscreen trends: New touch technologies growing and application trends

Tue, 7 Jul 2012

Total touchscreen module revenue will reach $16 billion in 2012, and nearly double in six years, reaching $31.9 billion by 2018, according to the most recent NPD DisplaySearch 2012 Touch Panel Market Analysis.


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.


New report analyzes touchscreen technology patents

Wed, 5 May 2012

Smartphones typically use projected capacitance touchscreens: a tempered window, touch sensor, and flexible printed circuit board. However, various touch sensor technologies exist, and each company uses a different method to detect touch input.


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.


Transparent touchscreen tech combines multi-touch and stylus input with 1 sensor

Mon, 6 Jun 2012

Multi-touch touchscreen display technology developer Stantum and film material supplier Nissha Printing Co., Ltd. introduced FineTouch Z pressure-based transparent touch-panel technology.


E Ink subsidiary Hydis adds on-cell touchscreen tech to LCD portfolio

Fri, 6 Jun 2012

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

NLT Technologies adds PCAP to touchscreen display tech line-up

Thu, 5 May 2012

NLT Technologies developed new LCD modules on projected capacitive (PCAP) touch panel technology, augmenting its existing touchscreen technology portfolio of original surface capacitive and resistive touch panels.


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.


SCHOTT offers cover glass innovations for next-gen displays

Fri, 6 Jun 2012

SCHOTT announced the market entry of its Xensation cover glass, an alumino-silicate glass offering improved resistance to breakage and scratches for touchscreen panels. The company also debuted a special anti-glare effect capable of significantly reducing glare on high-resolution displays.


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.


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.


iPhone 5: Which semiconductor suppliers are the big winners?

Fri, 9 Sep 2012

As the dust settles after the launch of the iPhone 5, analysts tally which suppliers in the semiconductor ecosphere are most likely to gain the most.


Intel lowers 3Q outlook: What's the real driving factor?

Fri, 9 Sep 2012

Analysts weigh the reasons behind Intel's downwardly-revised 3Q12 results, from macroeconomic sluggishness to tablet-PC cannibalization -- and whether its pullback in 2012 capex plans spells trouble for the market overall.


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.


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.


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.


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.


The iPhone 5 bottleneck of in-cell touchscreens -- Can Sharp, LG, and Japan Display meet demand?

Fri, 8 Aug 2012

Barclays Capital provides its analysis of Apple iPhone 5 display manufacturing -- will the phone’s display suppliers be able to achieve acceptable yields and throughput on the new in-cell architecture?


New touchscreens complete high-end smartphone appeal

Thu, 8 Aug 2012

Despite overall weaker shipments in 2012, new display and touch technology in small/medium devices continues to drive demand, especially in the smartphone sector.


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.


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.


Tablet IC sales to rise 37% in 2013

Tue, 6 Jun 2013

New market update shows integrated circuit revenues for tablets hitting $27 billion in 2016.


Transparent electrode market to grow to $5.1 billion by 2020

Wed, 5 May 2013

Transparent electrodes refer to oxide degenerate semiconductor electrodes that possess a high level of light transmittance (more than 85 percent) in the visible light spectrum, and low resistivity (less than 1×10-3 Ω-㎝) at the same time.


First quarter shipments of touch-screen notebook post 4.57M units, up 51.8% QoQ

Thu, 5 May 2013

With Microsoft introducing Windows 8 operating system that provides the touch interface in the fourth quarter of 2012, notebook PCs with touch-screen panels were released. And this led to the opening of a new market, for projected capacitive touch panels of 10 inches or larger.


Atmel launches first single chip touch screen controller for 15 inch touchscreens

Wed, 5 May 2013

Atmel Corporation, a developer of microcontroller and touch technology solutions, this week announced the maXTouch T Series, its next-generation family supporting touchscreens up to 23 inches for applications such as handsets, tablets, Ultrabooks, notebooks and all-in-one computers.


IHS discusses how PCs can survive the tablet invasion

Tue, 5 May 2013

In order to stave off the onslaught of popular media tablets and smartphones, notebook PCs need to evolve, adopting touch technology that has proved so popular among consumers.


Innovation could bring flexible solar cells, transistors, displays

Wed, 5 May 2013

Researchers have created a new type of transparent electrode that might find uses in solar cells, flexible displays for computers and consumer electronics and future "optoelectronic" circuits for sensors and information processing.


One quarter of all notebooks to ship with touchscreens by 2016

Wed, 5 May 2013

Driven by falling prices and a major initiative from Intel Corp., shipments of touch-enabled mobile PCs are expected to enjoy rapid growth in 2013 and the coming years, rising to about 25 percent of all notebooks by 2016.


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.


Global touch-screen panel shipments to double by 2016

Fri, 5 May 2013

Worldwide shipments of touch-screen panels are set to double from 2012 to 2016, reaching nearly 3 billion units as a wide variety of products beyond smartphones and tablets adopt the technology, particularly notebook PCs.


Flexible devices manufactured by roll-to-roll technologies to reach nearly $22.7 billion by 2017

Thu, 5 May 2013

The diffusion of roll-to-roll technologies is expected to have a marked effect in lowering the unit prices of flexible devices. Consequently, while consumption in terms of volume is forecast to rise very rapidly, revenues will increase somewhat more moderately.


Intel VP to discuss low-cost computing initiative in IHS/SID 2013

Fri, 5 May 2013

Will the enabling and investment strategy of Intel Corp. lead to low-cost touch-screen-enabled notebooks that drive new demand for PCs and yield innovation in the global display market?


Cambrios opens Japan office

Thu, 4 Apr 2013

Cambrios Technologies Corporation, a developer of nanowire-based solutions for the transparent and flexible conductor markets, today announced the establishment of its branch office in Tokyo, Japan, and the appointment of Takashi Murayama as Country Manager for Japan.


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.


Touch panel market projected for 34% growth in 2013

Wed, 1 Jan 2013

The touch panel market size in 2012 was 1.3 billion units, a 39.4% growth over 2011. The market is projected to grow 34% in 2013, growing to more than 1.8 billion units, according to a new research report from Displaybank.


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.


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.


QLED market forecast reports mass production of commercialized quantum dots is a game-changer

Thu, 3 Mar 2013

Quantum dots will cascade into the marketplace. They offer lower cost, longer life, and brighter lighting, according to WinterGreen Research’s  new study Quantum Dot and Quantum Dot Display (QLED) Market Shares, Strategy, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2013 to 2019. 


Pixelligent Technologies launches PixClear Zirconia nanocrystals for increased light output in touchscreens

Thu, 3 Mar 2013

Pixelligent Technologies, a manufacturer of nanocrystal additives for the electronics and semiconductor markets, last week announced the launch of its PixClear Zirconia nanocrystals. When incorporated into existing products, the nanoadditives can dramatically increase light output and readability of modern touch screens and displays.


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.


Reader me this: The evolution and future of e-reader technology

Wed, 1 Jan 2010

After slow adoption, 2009 became "the year of the e-reader." Semico Research's Michell Prunty breaks down the rise of e-readers and the technology inside them, and what new functionalities, content, and technology are next.


Inside IC shipment trends: Portable, tablets driving CAGR

Fri, 12 Dec 2010

IC shipments are surging again as the key PC market rebounds off three dismal years with renewed strength thanks to portable computers, which are widening the sales gap with chip-stalwart desktop systems, according to a new IC Insights forecast.


Capacitive touch displays take resistive market share; new fab techniques develop

Thu, 12 Dec 2011

While mobile phone applications are the main driver for capacitive touch display adoption, the 2012 release of touch-optimized Windows 8 will bring PC growth as well. A new manufacturing process, sensor-on-cover, should see rapid growth, shows NPD DisplaySearch, and other new techniques are lowering fab costs.


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.


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.


Kodak, Heraeus touchscreen conductive film proves completely invisible

Wed, 11 Nov 2011

The Conductive Polymers Division of Heraeus Precious Metals GmbH & Co. KG and Eastman Kodak Company

Amazon Kindle Fire puts Ilitek on the map

Mon, 11 Nov 2011

In an IHS iSuppli Teardown Analysis, IHS found that Amazon is using previously unknown Jorjin and Ilitek for its WLAN module and touchscreen controller IC, respectively, in the new Kindle Fire media tablet. Other teardown findings? TI is all over the new product, and a Kindle Fire costs more than its price.


Synaptics accelerating Cambrios ClearOhm conductive film use in capacitive touch sensors

Fri, 4 Apr 2011

Synaptics will develop reference designs incorporating Cambrios ClearOhm material as a transparent electrode in projected capacitive touch sensors, enabling a wide variety of clear, multi-touch solutions for electronic devices.


AMAT touch panel fab system enables simultaneous film stack processing

Wed, 4 Apr 2011

Applied AKT-Aristo Twin system for manufacturing touch-enabled displaysApplied Materials Inc. (AMAT) launched the Applied AKT-Aristo Twin system for manufacturing touch-enabled displays. Featuring two independent processing tracks on a single system, the AKT-Aristo Twin enables simultaneous fabrication of two different film stacks.


MRS Day 2: The III-V future of CMOS, the return of spin-on low-k

Wed, 4 Apr 2011

Michael A. Fury continues reporting from this year's MRS Spring meeting, looking at second-day papers. Highlights: pushing III-V CMOS, the resurgence of spin-on low-k, work with nanomaterials (nanowires, graphene, nanotubes), and improvements in photovoltaics, LEDs, and printed electronics.


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.


WFE projections, solar growth, tablets & 200mm highlight AMAT's analyst day

Fri, 3 Mar 2011

Key takeaways from Applied Material's analyst day meetings this week: Where wafer-fab equipment demand is strongest, how solar manufacturing technology can expand, and why tablet computers and electric vehicles are underpinning a resurgence in 200mm demand.


Diverse touchscreen technologies drive industry transition

Mon, 9 Sep 2011

Displaybank report on capacitive touch panel technology, structures and manufacturing process trends: capacitive touch panels without separate touch sensors, and a move away from film-based and single-layer glass-based panels.


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.


Touchscreens in 97% of smartphones by 2016

Mon, 8 Aug 2011

Touchscreens went from showing up in 7% of smartphones in 2006 to being integrated into 75% of the devices in 2010. The next 5-year period will increase touchscreen infiltration to 97% of all smartphones by 2016.


Berliner Glas, system elektronik develop next-generation OEM HMI assemblies

Thu, 9 Sep 2011

Berliner Glas and system elektronik will share their glass processing, bonding, display, and touchscreen technologies to develop OEM human machine interface (HMI) assemblies. The team will investigate new methods for optical bonding of viewing panes and touchscreens.


UniPixel expands ITO-replacement sampling program

Fri, 10 Oct 2011

UniPixel expanded its design and sampling program for UniBoss transparent conductive film technology and products. OEMs and display and touch panel manufacturers can now evaluate the films, which UNXL calls high-performance, low-cost alternatives to ITO transparent conductors.


ISS 2007: What's next? Plenty

Tue, 1 Jan 2007
Consumers' continuous thist for more capacity and lots more memory will drive a powerful upgrade cycle for already popular portable products like the iPod. Beyond these follow-ons to existing products, look for the emergence of a dazzling array of clever chip-based gadgets, including virtual objects, brain fingers, bird song sleuths, and a "health buddy" for the chronically ill, all described at the Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) at Half Moon Bay, CA.

Why innovation could be the next killer app

Tue, 6 Jun 2007
Semico Research's latest semiconductor market revenue forecast calls for a slight (0.5%) decline for the remainder of 2007 but shows a highly elastic (20%) rebound in 2008, with continued double-digit expansion for the next several years. Fueling this growth will be not a single killer app, but a host of innovative consumer electronic products, according to Jim Feldhan, president of the market research firm, speaking at a recent SEMI New England Breakfast meeting near Boston.

Report: DRAM module makers ride PC makers' gains

Fri, 6 Jun 2007
June 29, 2007 - Kingston and Smart Modular Technologies continued to lead the DRAM module sector in 2006, but other firms shot up the ladder riding success at customers Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard, according to data from iSuppli Corp.

SST September 2007: Looking inside Apple's iPhone: Rad-hard technology?

Tue, 9 Sep 2007
EXECUTIVE OVERVIEW In this edition of Chip Forensics, Dick James tears down Apple's 8GB iPhone, and the reverse engineering of a Peregrine RF switch similar to the one used by Apple within it, to look at the unusual silicon-on-sapphire (SoS) process used for its manufacture.

Toshiba Matsushita Display to mass-produce touch-panel LCDs

Thu, 3 Mar 2005
March 17, 2005 - Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology Co. will begin mass-producing liquid crystal panels with touch panel capability next fall, according to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun. This new product, developed by the company last December, has sensors built inside a 3.5-inch liquid crystal panel that can detect the movement of fingers touching the screen.

Sheldahl Announces Indium Tin Oxide Coating for Plastic LCDs

Fri, 6 Jun 2000
NORTHFIELD, MN--June 23, 2000--A new line of Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) films from Sheldahl Inc. has been designed for use in applications such as electroluminescent lighting, liquid crystal displays (LCDs), and touchscreen panels.

Taylor Hobson Markets PDA-based Control of Metrology System

Wed, 7 Jul 2000
MOBILE, Ala.--July 19, 2000--Taylor Hobson has developed a menu-driven touch screen interface that allows customers to control its Form Talysurf Intra's measuring equipment. The program will run on a PDA.

Spectrum-SPBR-Secures UV Technology Sterilization Device

Tue, 11 Nov 2001
November 27, 2001 -- HAUPPAUGE, NY -- Spectrum Homeland Security Solutions, Inc. (SHSS) has signed an exclusive distribution, marketing and global internet rights agreement with Spectronics Corporation, for the DEGERM-INATOR.

Particle Counters

Tue, 7 Jul 2008
Particle monitoring is an integral part of maintaining adequate cleanliness levels.

FEI introduces Vitrobot Mark IV

Tue, 7 Jul 2007
July 12, 2007 -- /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- HILLSBORO, OR -- FEI has introduced the next generation of its popular Vitrobot(TM) cryo sample preparation tool, the Vitrobot Mark IV.

BREAKING NEWS: Lighthouse unveils ultra-sensitive particle counter

Tue, 7 Jul 2003
JULY 15--MILPITAS, Calif.--Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions has unveiled the Handheld 2016, a 0.2-micron particle counter that displays both cumulative and differential particle count data

Touch International expands

Thu, 3 Mar 2004
MARCH 25--AUSTIN, Texas--In response to the rapid growth of demand for touch components in global markets, Touch International has expanded its business operations to new corporate headquarters here.

Aerosol particle sensor

Wed, 10 Oct 1997
Particle Measuring Systems` new family of Airnet aerosol sensors offers a small footprint and provides continuous measurement of contaminants at multiple locations within a cleanroom environment. Sizing sensitivities start at 0.2 microns, and flow rates are available at 0.1 or 1.0 cfm for sampling in critical production areas. Two or four channels are available to enable an operator to analyze specific sizes. Airnet sensors are constructed of non-shedding material and contain no pumps or fans, e

Sterilizers

Mon, 3 Mar 1999
These Class 100 sterilizers feature a flush front door with an automatic, pneumatically powered interlock mechanism that incorporates a hidden latch system. The units also come with a touchscreen PLC, temperature recorder, a custom transfer card, a 66-ft3 workspace, and a maximum temperature of 280 degrees Celsius. They are suitable for biotech, medical and diagnostic applications.

Particle Counters

Mon, 3 Mar 2004
Worldwide growth in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, plus a move toward global adaptation of ISO standards, make the particle counter an increasingly important tool for contamination control.

NEWS particles

Sat, 5 May 2004

Graphene races CNT for nanomaterial commercialization

Wed, 9 Sep 2011

Both graphene and carbon nanotubes (CNT) suit applications from flexible displays to silicon-replacing transistors. In a relatively short time, graphene has emerged as a low-cost, tunable material for all kinds of electronics. Will graphene overtake CNTs as the nanomaterial of future devices?


IBM Research graphene circuit wins nano contest

Fri, 10 Oct 2011

IBM Research has emerged as the winner in the ITRI-sponsored Global Nano Innovation Contest. IBM Research presented its graphene nanoelectronics: wafer-scale single atomic layer carbon RF devices and circuits.


Printed electronics innovators awarded by IDTechEX

Fri, 12 Dec 2011

Printed electronics materials and equipment suppliers, as well as academics and industry, were honored with annual awards at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA 2011 in Santa Clara, CA.


Graphene creates flexible film to rival ITO

Fri, 8 Aug 2011

Rice University researchers combined single-layer graphene with a fine aluminum nanowire mesh to create a transparent, flexible, conductive material to rival the more expensive indium tin oxide (ITO) in LEDs, displays, and solar cells.


Oxford Nanopore licences Harvard graphene DNA sequencing tech

Fri, 3 Mar 2011

Oxford Nanopore Technologies signed an exclusive agreement with Harvard University's Office of Technology Development for the development of graphene for DNA sequencing. Oxford Nanopore has exclusive rights to develop and commercialize methods for the use of graphene for the analysis of DNA and RNA, developed in Harvard labs.


Eikos commences first round financing

Wed, 9 Sep 2002
Eikos Inc., a Franklin, Mass., polymer and nanotube-based materials developer, announced a strategic and equity investment from JFC Technologies for an undisclosed amount. The investment is part of an ongoing first round of funding.

Report: Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene for Electronics Apps

Thu, 6 Jun 2009
June 18, 2009 -- Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene exhibit extraordinary electrical properties for organic materials, and have a huge potential in electrical and electronic applications such as sensors, semiconductor devices, displays, conductors and energy conversion devices (e.g., fuel cells, harvesters and batteries).

FEI demos tabletop SEM on Capitol Hill

Wed, 3 Mar 2007
FEI Company has demonstrated Phenom-Ed, its tabletop scanning electron microscope designed specifically for education, on Capitol Hill. The Phenom-Ed provides magnification up to 20,000x.

USPTO issues patent for nanotube-based transparent electrodes; Unidym licenses from Clemson

Thu, 9 Sep 2007
Unidym, Inc., a majority-owned subsidiary of Arrowhead Research Corp., announced that U.S. Patent No. 7,265,174 has been issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. With respect to transparent conductive films, Clemson University has exclusively licensed this patent to Unidym.

Unidym - CNI merger is bellwether for nanotech business

Thu, 3 Mar 2007
Nanotube manufacturer Carbon Nanotechnologies Inc. (CNI), co-founded by late Nobel Laureate and nanotube pioneer Richard Smalley, has announced plans to merge with nanotube patent aggregator and product developer Unidym. The move gives Unidym control of 59 U.S. issued carbon nanotube-related patents.

Cypress touchscreen solutions include multi-touch all point offering on a single chip

Tue, 6 Jun 2008
June 24, 2008 -- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (www.cypress.com) has introduced the TrueTouch touchscreen solution based on the PSoC programmable system-on-chip architecture.

Nano-C awarded patents for carbon nanotube and fullerene manufacturing

Tue, 9 Sep 2008
September 16, 2008: Nano-C, Inc., developer of nanostructured carbon materials, has been issued US Patent Nos. 7,335,344 and 7,396,520 by the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office. These newly issued patents cover the manufacture of Nano-C's core products, carbon nanotubes and fullerenes.

Ultrabook outlook slashed for 2012-2013, but growth still promising

Thu, 10 Oct 2012

High pricing and ineffective marketing are weighing down expectations for ultrabook demand, but the future's still bright with new models promising new features -- and that's great news for one component sector.


Rolith successfully demonstrates ITO-alternative technology based on rolling mask lithography

Tue, 8 Aug 2013

Rolith, Inc., a developer of advanced nanostructured devices, yesterday announced the successful demonstration of Transparent Metal Grid Electrode technology based on its disruptive nanolithography method (Rolling Mask Lithography – RMLTM).


Tablet display market more than doubles in Q1

Fri, 8 Aug 2013

Booming demand for low-priced 7.x-inch products helped shipments of panels used in media tablets to more than double in in the first quarter.


IHS boosts tablet panel shipment forecast

Tue, 7 Jul 2013

Boosted by orders from unbranded, white-box Chinese manufacturers, global demand for tablet panels is exceeding expectations, spurring IHS to increase its forecast for displays by six percent for 2013.


University of Pennsylvania develops computer model that will help design flexible touchscreens

Tue, 9 Sep 2013
Electronic devices with touchscreens are ubiquitous, and one key piece of technology makes them possible: transparent conductors. However, the cost and the physical limitations of the material these conductors are usually made of are hampering progress toward flexible touchscreen devices.

Booming market for touch-screen notebook PC displays hits speed bump in second quarter

Thu, 10 Oct 2013
How bad were conditions in the notebook PC market during the second quarter?

Shipments of touch-screen panels for notebook PCs accelerate in Q4

Thu, 12 Dec 2013
After a decline in the second quarter of 2013 and a tepid expansion in the third, demand for touch-screen panels used in notebook PCs is set to rebound to double-digit growth during the last three months of the year.

Cypress adds one hundredth capacitative touchscreen patent

Thu, 1 Jan 2014
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. today announced the US Patent Office has issued Cypress its one hundredth patent related to its TrueTouch capacitive touchscreen controllers.

Touch International unveils new highly advanced projected capacitive touch technology

Tue, 3 Mar 2014
Specialty touch screen and display enhancement manufacturer, Touch International confirmed today the release of a new touch sensing technology that overcomes the limitations of current projected capacitive (p-cap) offerings.

Cima NanoTech showcases ultra responsive, large format 42” touch screen at Display Week 2014

Wed, 6 Jun 2014
Cima NanoTech, a smart nanomaterials company specializing in high performance transparent conductors, showcased an ultra responsive, non-ITO film-based 42” large format touch screen at SID Display Week.

Amdolla Group and Cima NanoTech announce industry's first non-ITO film-based 42" multi-touch module

Wed, 6 Jun 2014
Cima NanoTech, a smart nanomaterials company specializing in high performance transparent conductive films, announced today the industry’s first ultra responsive, non-ITO film-based, 42-inch projected capacitive multi- touch module for large format touch applications.

SABIC collaborates with Cima NanoTech on breakthrough display technology

Thu, 6 Jun 2014
As smart materials become one of the fastest growing areas of materials technology, SABIC and Cima NanoTech, a Singapore and US-based company, have announced the joint development of a plastics industry first: a transparent conductive polycarbonate film that has the potential to revolutionize the materials used in consumer electronics, household goods, automotive, architecture and healthcare.

Renasas Electronics announces development of new capacitive-touch sensing technology

Wed, 7 Jul 2014
Renesas Electronics America Inc., a supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced development of innovative new intellectual property (IP) that implements capacitive-touch sensing technology ideal for home appliances and healthcare equipment.

Capacitive touch controller IC market to grow at double-digit CAGR until 2017

Wed, 7 Jul 2014
The capacitive touch controller IC market is predicted to reach about $2.8 billion in 2017, an increase of nearly 50 percent from $1.9 billion in 2013, according to a new report from IHS Technology.