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 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.
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).
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.
Rainbow Technology developed a touchscreen display manufacturing method that offers cost, speed, and environmental benefits over current methods, the company says.
Kyocera Corporation will expand its LCD offering with the acquisition of LCD manufacturer Optrex Corporation, forming Kyocera Display Corporation.
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.
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.
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.
The new Apple iPad uses a 2048 × 1536, 264 ppi retina display, quadrupling the pixels of the previous generation. However, Apple may be losing its cutting-edge status when it comes to gesture recognition beyond touchscreens. IHS iSuppli, NPD DisplaySearch, and IMS Research examine the new iPad display.
90% of smartphone users in a recent survey (US and UK) gravitated to a larger diplay on a new device, reports Strategy Analytics. The consumers were not willing to trade off device thickness or weight for the beefier display, however.
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 Inc. (NASDAQ:UNXL) tapped Carestream Tollcoating to manufacture and distribute its Diamond Guard protective cover films for displays.
Blogger Mike Fury reports from the MRS Spring 2012 meeting in San Francisco. Highlights from the second day: OLED TFT displays, single transistor DRAMs, silicon photonic wires, CNTs, 3D optical interconnects, graphene for RF and sensing, transparent ZnO, epidermal electronic systems, stretchable electronics, ultra-low-k dielectrics, patterning of electroceramics, PRAM (an alternative to NRAM), and inkjet printing of superconducting films.
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
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 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.
US FPD Smart Displays -- From Emerging to Mainstream, taking place in February in San Diego, will feature forecasts and analysis from DisplaySearch and In-Stat analysts, as well as presentations from smart display industry executives. Check out the sessions preview.
Tablet PCs occupy more than a quarter of the mobile computing market share now, but will face competition as prices come down on notebook PCs, and the new ultrabook device type ramps up, shows NPD Displaysearch.
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 Technologies Corporation appointed John LeMoncheck as president and CEO, and announced a $5 million Series D-3 financing round from Samsung Venture Investment Corporation.
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.
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.
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.
Dawar unveiled its all-glass Multi-Touch Projected Capacitive Touch (PCT) Screen technology with advanced optics for medical, instrumentation, and industrial displays.
US FPD Smart Displays Conference: From Emerging to Mainstream will take place February 28-29 in San Diego, CA with speakers from display materials, components, user interfaces, connectivity, content platforms, delivery and display systems, and retail sectors. Check out the agenda.
Ferro Corporation and Baotou Jin Meng Rare Earth formed a China JV to manufacture and sell cerium oxide-based polishing materials for LCD and electronics cover glass.
JSR Corporation began operations at its new Research and Development Facility at JSR Micro Taiwan, which manufactures and sells LCD materials in Taiwan.
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 introduced Multi-Sensing technology, which is calls a "more augmented and profound user experience" than traditional multi touch displays.
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.
UniPixel entered a memorandum of understanding with Texas Instruments (TI) for collaboration on touchscreen controllers and sensors.
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 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 displays, less than 9”, recorded 6% unit growth and 29% revenue growth in 2011, said NPD Displaysearch. Toshiba, Sony, and Hitachi's Japan Display Inc. venture could challenge the #1 Samsung SMD this year.
A*STAR’s IMRE in Singapore and their commercial partners developed a plastic that reflects 0.09-0.20% of the visible light hitting its surface, thanks to a nanostructuring that mimics the folds in a moth’s eye, fabricated with nanoimprinting.
Neonode Inc. (OTC BB:NEON) signed a technology license agreement with a leading global manufacturer of consumer displays to use its optical touch technology.
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.
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%.
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 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.
This year is shaping up to be a historically lousy year for makers of flat-panel display (FPD) manufacturing equipment, but expectations are looking up that demand will catch up to supply in 2013 and balance the market, according to NPD DisplaySearch projections.
DisplaySearch explains why larger panel sizes are a big reason the flat-panel display industry is back on the road to recovery, despite excess capacity and eroding prices (and profits): larger panel sizes. Plus: a Black Friday deal tip-off.
Worldwide flat-panel display (FPD) revenues will reach a record $120 billion in 2012, up 8% from a challenging year in 2011, and the recovery is entirely on the backs of TFT-LCDs and AMOLED displays, according to NPD DisplaySearch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Charles Annis, DisplaySearch, reports on new thin glass products for lighter, thinner, and flexible displays, and shares the pros and cons of thinned glass and polymer substrates.
Most firms offering alternatives to ITO focus on the touch-screen sensor market; however, this sector is too small for many of these firms to generate significant revenues. NanoMarkets outlines the various ITO alternatives, and their possible application spaces.
Scriptel Corporation debuted its GloveCap capacitive touchscreen technology that is capable of registering contact through most types of electrically insulated materials, such as gloves.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Multi-touch touchscreen display technology developer Stantum and film material supplier Nissha Printing Co., Ltd. introduced FineTouch Z pressure-based transparent touch-panel technology.
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.
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 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 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 completed the production-level qualification of its Diamond Guard Hard Coat film with its manufacturing and distribution partner, Carestream Tollcoating.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The FlexTech Alliance announced the Call for Papers is open for the 12th annual Flexible Electronics & Displays Conference & Exhibition.
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 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.
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?
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 is emerging as a technology that can replace traditional photolithography processes for electronics manufacturing, reducing costly material use, very complex processes, and expensive equipment.
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.
New market update shows integrated circuit revenues for tablets hitting $27 billion in 2016.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Among the usual confluences of useful and cool gadgets (not to mention bizarre) at this week's annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, two types of devices with new formfactors aimed to rethink the PC model.
As the annual Consumer Electronics Show and hordes of techie enthusiasts descends over Las Vegas this week, NPD DisplaySearch revisits the battle between two display technologies -- 4K × 2K vs. OLEDs.
Reports are circling around Apple's supply chain of a potential shift in the company's display technology for its future iPhones and iPads -- moving back to LCDs and away from touch panels -- but a drastic realignment of its supply chain is probably not likely, observes DisplaySearch.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The Conductive Polymers Division of Heraeus Precious Metals GmbH & Co. KG and Eastman Kodak Company
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 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.
Applied 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.
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.
Displaybank reports that LG Chemical secured its number one position in the large-area TFT-LCD polarizer market for the second straight year, followed by Nitto Denko and Sumitomo Chem. For the large-area TFT-LCD polarizer market in 2010, these top 3 suppliers' market share exceeded 80% of the total market.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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, 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).
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.
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.