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.
The USPTO is looking to increase the diversity of honorees for its annual National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI), honoring "this nation's creative geniuses."
Dr. Phil Garrou reports from the 2nd annual Georgia Tech 2.5D Interposer Conference: what's the market projection for silicon and glass interposers, what's preventing high-volume manufacturing, and is there a crossover with flat-panel display glass manufacturing?
The media tablet computer market took off when Apple launched the first iPad in April 2010. Apple uses a 9.7" display; Amazon's Kindle Fire uses a 7" screen: Samsung offers Galaxy Tabs with 7", 8.9" and 10.1" displays. NPD In-Stat analyzed the tablet market by display size.
Applied Materials Inc. (AMAT) signed an agreement with the Institute of Microelectronics to set up a Center of Excellence in Advanced Packaging in Singapore. The Center will have a full line of wafer level packaging processing equipment and will conduct research in semiconductor hardware, process, and device structures.
SiliconBlue Technologies unveiled its mobileFPGA platform device roadmap using TSMC's 40nm low power standard CMOS process. The two distinct families target the two areas where smartphones and other handhelds differentiate.
Tokyo-based JSR Corporation named the first non-Japanese Officer to its Officers Committee. Eric R. Johnson, the current president of the company's US semiconductor materials operations, JSR Micro, has been named as an Officer.
Research in China put out this new report chronicling the advanced semiconductor packaging industry happenings and key companies from 2009 to 2010. The study mainly focuses on CSP and BGA packaging. Technology adoption and costs are analyzed, from eWLB to TSV. Packaging tech usage examples are included here, along with assessments of tech adoption and industry player rankings.
Nordson ASYMTEK was selected by LG Display Co. Ltd. as the exclusive provider of dispensing equipment for LG Display's LED BLU manufacturing operations in Nanjing and Guangzhou, China.
The HDP User Group's Optical Interconnect project aims to alleviate intra-cabinet interconnect bottlenecks envisaged in Tbps systems by connecting electronic devices with optical paths. The project is developing optical interconnect architectures that can respond to capacity and energy efficiency needs of future high-speed systems.
Semtech Corp. (Nasdaq: SMTC), analog and mixed-signal semiconductor supplier, announced the SC442, its first 10-channel white LED driver with an integrated 3A boost power switch.
The Flexible Display Center at Arizona State University announced that AU Optronics has become an industry partner. The companies will collaborate on the development of mixed oxide thin film transistors to accelerate the commercial availability of active-matrix organic light-emitting diode flexible displays.
This case study, a partner piece to Robin Bornoff/Mentor Graphics' discussion of fluid dynamics analysis for IC package design, examines how IDT used CFD thermal analysis in a packaging decision for a recent product launch.
Canon Inc. made its first foray into the semiconductor back-end packaging equipment market with the new FPA-5510iV for through silicon via (TSV) and bump lithography.
Samsung Electronics says it has developed a new heat dissipating packaging technology for display drivers ICs in high-end TVs.
CEA-Leti and SPTS will develop advanced 300mm through-silicon via (TSV) 3D IC processes. The agreement defines their collaboration on a range of 3D TSV processes to optimize etch and deposition technologies used to create next-generation high aspect ratio TSVs.
New TP-S30 thermal interface pads from MH&W International provide 3.0 W/mK of thermal conductivity between hot components and heat sinks at lower costs than competing gap filler materials.
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s share of unit shipments in the US liquid crystal diplay (LCD) market reached a record high in Q4 2011, shows the IHS iSuppli Television Systems Service.
Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab 7.7 uses an AMOLED display, gaining benefits in the weight, thickness, and battery life, but at a higher material cost, says research firm Displaybank, part of IHS.
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.
Samsung Electronics officially spun out its LCD Business as new corporation Samsung Display, aiming to gain market share to leap from #2 to #1 display panel maker. Donggun Park will lead Samsung Display as CEO.
As electronic devices with ITO-based displays proliferate, as is the case with smartphones and media tablets, indium market prices are soaring, Displaybank reports. ITO electrodes are also prone to cracking, which presents a problem for flexible displays.
Strong competition in the TV market and low display panel orders have pushed Sharp's Gen 10 display panel fab in Sakai, Japan, to low capacity utilization rates. Reuters reports that Sony, the original partner in the Gen 10 joint venture, will not make any further investments in the plant. Now Hon Hai/Foxconn will invest JPY 66.4 billion, (US$0.8 billion, a 46.5% share) as joint venture capital into Sharp, reports NPD Displaysearch.
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.
Pervasive Displays partnered with Energy Micro, provider of low-power, ARM-Cortex-processor-based microcontrollers, to develop and prototype a range of electronic paper displays with low power consumption the main focus.
Printed flexible electronics represent the future of sensors, displays, power electronics, and lighting, according to experts at the FlexTech Alliance 2012 Flexible Electronics & Displays Conference & Exhibition.
eMagin was awarded a $1.12 million SBIR contract from the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to optimize its WUXGA OLED micro display for mass production.
The electronics industry will edge out coal-fired boilers as the biggest purchaser of ultrapure water systems and consumables in 2012, according to the McIlvaine report: Ultrapure Water World Markets.
Corning execs Wendell Weeks and James Flaws share the company's new technologies for displays and other applications, as well as Corning's plan for $10 billion in sales by 2014.
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.
Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) and Samsung Mobile Display Co. Ltd. will establish a new equity venture for the manufacture of specialty glass substrates for organic light emitting diode (OLED) devices.
Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW), Samsung Corning Precision Materials Co. Ltd., and the AMLCD division of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. renewed, for five more years, the two main agreements for their businesses.
Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TEL) restructured its organization, with a new "Organic EL Division" established under GM Takeshi Okubo, as well as other new and consolidating subsidiaries in the semiconductor and liquid crystal production segments.
The new Apple iPad uses a 2048 × 1536, 264 ppi retina display, quadrupling the pixels of the previous generation. However, Apple may be losing its cutting-edge status when it comes to gesture recognition beyond touchscreens. IHS iSuppli, NPD DisplaySearch, and IMS Research examine the new iPad display.
90% of smartphone users in a recent survey (US and UK) gravitated to a larger diplay on a new device, reports Strategy Analytics. The consumers were not willing to trade off device thickness or weight for the beefier display, however.
Rainbow Technology Systems introduced the Panda Coater for high-performance coating of sheet and reel-to-reel materials. It offers an alternative to coventional roller-in-bath systems.
Worldwide television shipments fell in 2011, the first decline since NPD DisplaySearch began tracking global TV shipments in 2004. LCD TV shipments rose 7%, not enough to offset declines in plasma and CRT TVs.
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.
The US DoD awarded QD Vision Inc. a $1.38 million/12-month contract for specialized devices based on electroluminescent quantum dots. The program will result in prototype devices for armed forces.
UniPixel Inc. (NASDAQ:UNXL) tapped Carestream Tollcoating to manufacture and distribute its Diamond Guard protective cover films for displays.
Blogger Mike Fury reports from the MRS Spring 2012 meeting in San Francisco. Highlights from the second day: OLED TFT displays, single transistor DRAMs, silicon photonic wires, CNTs, 3D optical interconnects, graphene for RF and sensing, transparent ZnO, epidermal electronic systems, stretchable electronics, ultra-low-k dielectrics, patterning of electroceramics, PRAM (an alternative to NRAM), and inkjet printing of superconducting films.
Blogger Mike Fury reports from the MRS Spring 2012 meeting in San Francisco, describing recent work with graphene, organic electrochemical transistors, pentacene organic TFTs, and functional inks made of CNTs and other nanomaterials.
Optical display film revenues are declining in 2012, after a compound annual growth rate of 19% from 2009 to 2011, according to NPD DisplaySearch Q1’12 Quarterly Display Optical Film Report.
Polyera pulled in $24.5 million in Series C funding, with all existing investors joining co-leaders Chengwei Capital and Tsing Capital, both in China. A good portion of the funding will be invested in Polyera's Asia-Pacific operations.
The FPD market's growth is pushing next-generation display technologies forward, as profitability worsens for a-Si TFTs. New core technologies are needed to improve the performance of TFTs, such as oxide TFTs.
AMOLED TVs drew a crowd at CES, but manufacturing challenges and expensive fab materials will limit global shipments of the sets for several years, says IHS iSuppli. IHS compares the 55" AMOLED TVs from LG Display and Samsung, each using different manufacturing technologies.
The LCD TV market saw a rapid shift toward sizes larger than 40" at the end of 2011, as consumers, particularly in North America and China, took advantage of new sizes and affordable prices. The increase in LCD TV area demand means more capacity consumption.
Air Liquide Electronics completed a series of expansions at its ALOHA manufacturing sites in the US, France and Japan, doubling its advanced precursor production capacity for semiconductor manufacturing applications.
imec and Holst Centre, with associated industry partners, are developing flexible active-matrix OLED display technology, the associated drivers and circuits, and new manufacturing equipment to build the displays, all with an eye on low-cost and high-volume production.
SEMI presented its annual SEMI Award for North America to QD Vision. QD Vision team members made significant progress on the integration and manufacturing processes essential to the commercialization of quantum dot (QD) technology.
While the FPD industry faces severe challenges, long-term supply demand models show a positive future. DisplaySearch tracks the near- and long-term outlook for FPDs, with input from Barclays Capital and IHS.
FlexTech Alliance awarded its 2012 FLEXI Awards for flexible, printed electronics and displays industry to PARC and Thin Film Electronics, Western Michigan University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
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
The Organic Electronics Association released its "OE-A Roadmap for Organic and Printed Electronics," covering application clusters such as flexible displays and smart systems, as well as the outlook on materials, substrates, and patterning processes.
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.
Jennifer Ernst of Thin Film Electronics and Michael C. Dudzik of Lockheed Martin have joined the Governing Board of FlexTech Alliance, a group focused on developing the electronic display and flexible printed electronics industry supply chains.
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.
The LCD TV Association, a global, not-for-profit marketing trade association for the LCD TV supply chain, added two new sustaining members: IC maker ATMEL Corporation and gas supplier Linde.
EV Group signed a joint-development and licensing agreement with Eulitha AG, integrating Eulitha's PHABLE mask-based UV photolithography technology with EVG's automated mask aligner platform.
Printed, flexible, and organic electronics enable next-gen displays and other applications; however, technical hurdles and dev cycles impede ROI. The key is partnerships sharing materials, equipment, and device development expertise, shows Jonathan Melnick, Lux Research.
Turner Investments shares the 7 display and semiconductor/microelectronics makers it expects to benefit the most from tablet PC proliferation out of Apple, Samsung, and Amazon.com.
OLED manufacturing advanced rapidly in 2011, making gains in organic materials, color patterning, electronic driving methods, and encapsulation, shows NPD DisplaySearch.
AMOLED shipments are estimated to have reached 90 million units in 2011, up 97% Y/Y, while revenue is expected to grow to $3.36 billion, up 169% Y/Y, according to NPD DisplaySearch.
US FPD Smart Displays -- From Emerging to Mainstream, taking place in February in San Diego, will feature forecasts and analysis from DisplaySearch and In-Stat analysts, as well as presentations from smart display industry executives. Check out the sessions preview.
Tablet PCs occupy more than a quarter of the mobile computing market share now, but will face competition as prices come down on notebook PCs, and the new ultrabook device type ramps up, shows NPD Displaysearch.
With consumers' TV demand softening as the CRT-to-FPD transition tails off and mature markets around the world, bigger panel TVs (40"+) will grow 12% in 2012, while those smaller will fall off by 3%, shows NPD DisplaySearch. Overall, TV shipments will grow 2% this year.
Gore introduced a 20nm-rated PTFE filter, available in a HDPE cartridge. The filter is optimized for bulk processing high-purity chemicals used in semiconductor and flat panel display manufacturing.
Qualcomm MEMS Technologies Inc. and e-reader provider Koobe announced the next-generation Jin Yong Reader uses MEMS display technology. The original Jin Yong Reader had a black and white display.
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.
Solid State Technology editor Pete Singer caught up with Janos Veres, area manager for printed electronics in the electronic materials and devices laboratory at PARC.
Jenoptik's Optical Systems division, optical systems supplier to the semiconductor and flat panel display (FPD) equipment segment, received an order from an Asian customer worth several million euros.
Charles Annis, DisplaySearch, shares 10 trends in LCD manufacturing, covering LTPS, IGZO, alignment technologies, metallization techs, 2µm resolution lithograhy patterns on Gen 8, and more.
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.
Thin Film Electronics ASA (Thinfilm) announced technology partnerships with printed display and printed battery companies, part of its roadmap for integrating fully printed electronic systems.
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.
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.
LCD panel prices are declining, and demand for public digital signage is increasing, growing the worldwide signage and professional display market by 12.6% in 2012, according to IHS.
Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) will be a nearly $11 billion market in 2017, and will take some display market share from the $100-billion LCD sector, according to a Lux Research report.
SBG Labs, Inc., electro-holographic materials and device maker, will bring to market avionics and military displays based on its switchable waveguide DigiLens optics, under a 10-year agreement with Rockwell Collins.
EPIC, the European Photonics Industry Consortium, announced at its annual general meeting that Carlos Lee has been appointed as director general, succeeding Thomas Pearsall, who has led the association since its founding in 2003.
Sony Corporation will implement series of initiatives, under its new management team, to “revitalize and grow the electronics business to generate new value, while further strengthening the stable business foundations of the Entertainment and Financial Service businesses.”
Active matrix organic light-emitting diodes (AMOLEDs) are moving from small-quantity development into higher volumes, with shipments destined for smartphones driving growth in the small- and medium-sized display market in February, said IHS.
Blogger Mike Fury reports from the MRS Spring 2012 meeting in San Francisco. Highlights from the third day: leakage and TDDB in low- κ dielectrics, flexible energy storage and conversion, Mn capping layers and diffusion barriers, hard masks for Cu interconnects, nanogenerators, Cu in RF, flexible temperature sensors, NEMS and MEMS in HDD, ZnO nanostructures, and various aspects of CMP.
Dawar unveiled its all-glass Multi-Touch Projected Capacitive Touch (PCT) Screen technology with advanced optics for medical, instrumentation, and industrial displays.
Samsung Electronics' Board of Directors approved a merger with Samsung LED, Ltd. The BOD also decided to request Samsung Mobile Display to pay infrastructure construction costs.
Samsung Electronics is under rumors about spinning off its LCD manufacturing division, which could lead into a displays business restructuring involving Samsung Mobile Display and Samsung LCD. NPD DisplaySearch shares the root motivation for changes, and how Samsung's potential moves will affect the industry.
US FPD Smart Displays Conference: From Emerging to Mainstream will take place February 28-29 in San Diego, CA with speakers from display materials, components, user interfaces, connectivity, content platforms, delivery and display systems, and retail sectors. Check out the agenda.
Ferro Corporation and Baotou Jin Meng Rare Earth formed a China JV to manufacture and sell cerium oxide-based polishing materials for LCD and electronics cover glass.
Manz AG won a new order totalling around EUR 33 million for flat panel display (FPD) component production tools.
JSR Corporation began operations at its new Research and Development Facility at JSR Micro Taiwan, which manufactures and sells LCD materials in Taiwan.
The Innovation Award Laser Technology 2012 recognized 3D metal micro-structuring laser technology from Schepers, excimer laser design for OLED and LCD display fab from Coherent, and a laser brazing head technology from Precitec Optronik.
OLEDs are gaining adopters in small screen sizes, and just moving into large-size displays. Mass production color-patterning technology for large-area OLED is increasingly an issue. Displaybank looks at new technologies under development at major display makers.
Adhesive coating/laminating company FLEXcon opened its newly constructed, 20,000sq.ft. Technology and Innovation Center for R&D at its headquarters in Spencer, MA.
With tentative consumers in developed regions, growth in TV shipments will remain in check in 2012. LCDs will continue to take market share from CRT and plasma TVs; OLED TVs are hitting the market in 2012.
Coherent Inc., supplier of laser power and energy management instruments, achieved a certificate of accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 at its Wilsonville, OR calibration laboratory.
Low-cost direct LED-backlit LCD TVs were introduced in March 2011, targeting share in the entry/mainstream LCD TV market currently dominated by CCFL-backlit TVs. They will eliminate CCFLs by 2014, says DisplaySearch.
The Heterogeneous Technology Alliance in Europe is focusing on high-performance organic electronic circuits through 2 projects: COSMIC to develop p- and n-type OTFTs for complementary logic, and POLARIC for shrinking critical dimensions of OTFTs.
Lux Research profiled 328 companies across 15 different emerging technology domains in Q1 2012. Of these, Lux Research selected its top 10, including a gallium-nitride (GaN) power device maker, printed electronics supplier, and others.
eMagin Corporation (NYSE Amex:EMAN) received a $3.1 million follow-on order for OLED microdisplays under an existing US Army Remote Viewer Program.
Many display manufacturers are transitioning tablet panel production to larger plants, including Gen 6 and Gen 8, which will lead to greater capacity for tablet displays, as well as lower prices, shares NPD DisplaySearch.
he top 3 large-area LCD polarizer makers -- LG Chem, Nitto Denko, and Sumitomo Chemical -- are widening their market share (area basis) lead over other makers, achieving 77% market share in 2011, according to Displaybank.
Barclays Capital’s Jones Ku shares details of China's State Council’s RMB26.5 billion subsidy program for household electrical appliances. The program will be in effect for one year and cover FPD television sets, refrigerators, energy-efficient vehicles and more.
3M Optical Systems Division enabled what is says is the “first all-in-one zero client capable of being powered by Type 1 power-over-Ethernet (PoE, IEEE 802.3af),” using 3M’s Dual Brightness Enhancement Film for LED-backlit monitors.
After a surge in 2010 and oversupply in 2011 that suppressed 2012 fab, LED makers will see a leveling out of supply and demand into better equilibrium, according to NPD DisplaySearch. Demand will shift from LCD-backlit LEDs to LEDs for lighting.
Following a “long-standing over-supply” in the TFT LCD industry, which induced lower panel prices, panel makers are “restructuring and adding new technologies and processes” to improve costs and performance, said David Hsieh, NPD DisplaySearch. Hsieh sees 2012 as a year of “gradual recovery,” when panel prices rebound and shipments increase. Q2 2012 is an example, with double-digit growth in shipment units, shipment area, and revenues.
SENSIRION introduced the SLQ-QT105 semiconductor-grade flow sensor for flow rates below 2cc/sec (120ml/min) of hydrocarbon-based liquids, such as photoresists and solvents.
Harvard researchers developed a new kind of tunable color filter that uses optical nanoantennae to control color output. A single active filter under exposure to different types of light can produce a range of colors.
Neonode introduced Multi-Sensing technology, which is calls a "more augmented and profound user experience" than traditional multi touch displays.
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.
The IEEE International Reliability Physics Symposium (IRPS) is set for April 15, 2012 – April 19, 2012, in Anaheim, CA.
TFT LCD panel shipments are largely dictated by end markets (tablet PC panels are growing fastest) and panel prices (ongoing erosion), says NPD DisplaySearch. The TFT LCD industry is undergoing "unprecedented changes."
The National Physical Laboratory in the UK is leading a new EMRP project on thin film manufacturing metrology for industries such as opto electronics, plastic and printed electronics, displays and lighting, memories and solar cells.
Dynamic changes in the FPD industry range from new LCD, AMOLED, touch, and flexible technologies to the emergence of China as the leading consumer and manufacturer of display products. FPD China covers the entire industry supply chain.
Kent Displays is installing its second roll-to-roll (R2R) production line at its Kent, OH headquarters, manufacturing flexible Reflex No Power LCDs.
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.
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.
Europe’s leading organic and large-area electronics (OLAE) organizations have joined forces in the Framework 7 project COLAE, which aims to speed up the commercialization and adoption of organic and large area electronics by promoting collaboration between industry clusters throughout Europe.
SouthWest NanoTechnologies Inc. (SWeNT) will debut new display manufacturing materials at Display Week 2012 in Boston this June.
Active matrix small/medium displays, less than 9”, recorded 6% unit growth and 29% revenue growth in 2011, said NPD Displaysearch. Toshiba, Sony, and Hitachi's Japan Display Inc. venture could challenge the #1 Samsung SMD this year.
A*STAR’s IMRE in Singapore and their commercial partners developed a plastic that reflects 0.09-0.20% of the visible light hitting its surface, thanks to a nanostructuring that mimics the folds in a moth’s eye, fabricated with nanoimprinting.
Quantum dots will grow to a $7480.25 million market by 2022, at a ten-year CAGR of 55.2%, according to Electronics.ca Publications.
M’s Optical Systems Division made its flexible, optically clear 3M FTB3-50 and FTB3-125 films available commercially, to protect sensitive electronics displays from water vapor and oxygen. The films previously were sold under limited R&D agreements.
DisplaySearch's Paul Gray advises that TV makers “think deeply about how consumers are watching long-form video at home” before leaping to conclusions about OLED’s impact. “The industry need not take billion dollar technology bets to provide better products.”
Neonode Inc. (OTC BB:NEON) signed a technology license agreement with a leading global manufacturer of consumer displays to use its optical touch technology.
SEMI is seeking papers for technical sessions and presentations at the upcoming SEMICON Europa 2012, October 9-11 in Dresden, Germany. Technical presentation abstracts are due April 30.
H.C. Starck notes that the majority of FPD production occurs in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China. The rapid growth of OLED screens in the FPD industry punctuates the increased need for high-tech materials, the company asserts.
Japan's limited presence in the display manufacturing industry, as well as higher-than-usual inventory levels at panel makers, made the March 2011 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan a minor event for the LCD panel manufacturing sector, shows IHS.
The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) inaugurated its Dow Seoul Technology Center, a global R&D center with focus on technological advances in display and semiconductor applications.
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.
Taiwan raised investment ceilings for Chinese investors in LCDs, semiconductors, IC assembly and test, microelectronics production equipment, and metal tool manufacturing.
Applied Materials Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) debuted a SiO2 PECVD film technology for display manufacturers targeting the high resolution needs of tablet devices and TVs.
CEA will extend its collaboration with Arkema beyond photovoltaics into microelectronics and organic electronics, setting up two joint public-private research projects in CEA-Leti and CEA-Liten.
LCD panel shipments to Chinese TV makers peaked in December, fell sharply in January, and recovered in February, shows NPD DisplaySearch. Panel makers need to reduce their shipment plans to better react to soft demand and avoid inventory problems.
Public displays, or large-format displays, have shown solid and steady growth in recent years. However, Q4 2011 witnessed the first sequential decline over the last three years in the LCD portion of this market.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FlexTech Alliance, focused on developing the flexible, printed electronics industry supply chain, appointed its 2012 Governing Board members.
Total 3D TV panel shipments in 2011 reached 21.2 million, accounting for 10% of all LCD TV panels shipped, reports NPD DisplaySearch. Shutter glass technology use is still larger than patterned retarder technology.
Photronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLAB) purchased its US nanoFab building from Micron Technology Inc., paying approximately $35 million. PLAB expects to save $5 million annually after the deal.
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed the first functional oxide thin films that can be used efficiently in electronics, opening the door to an array of new high-power devices and smart sensors.
One of every three LCD TVs is expected to be produced through an outsourcing partner in 2012, reports Displaybank in "LCD TV Outsourcing Production Industry Analysis and Forecast."
Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of Panasonic, will transfer its Mobara plant to Japan Display Inc., a new company.
Materials experts from across the supply chain gathered at the 2012 Strategic Materials Conference 2012 in San Jose in October, discussing key materials needs for micromanufacturing outside the CMOS mainstream: OLEDs and GaN-on-silicon power semiconductors, graphene, CNTs, and self-assembling polymers.
Despite continued delays from its two big proponents, OLED TV technology will finally start ramping over the next year, reaching one million unit shipments in 2014 and a 3% market penetration by 2016, says NPD DisplaySearch.
There's a new battleground slowly emerging for OLEDs in lighting applications where the technology could offer some advantages in design and efficiency -- if panel makers are willing to make some sacrifices.
Applied Materials has announced two new tools for display manufacturing: one with a new design for depositing IGZO films for TFTs, the other handling bigger LTPS-deposited substrates to help lower manufacturing costs.
This year is shaping up to be a historically lousy year for makers of flat-panel display (FPD) manufacturing equipment, but expectations are looking up that demand will catch up to supply in 2013 and balance the market, according to NPD DisplaySearch projections.
DisplaySearch explains why larger panel sizes are a big reason the flat-panel display industry is back on the road to recovery, despite excess capacity and eroding prices (and profits): larger panel sizes. Plus: a Black Friday deal tip-off.
Worldwide flat-panel display (FPD) revenues will reach a record $120 billion in 2012, up 8% from a challenging year in 2011, and the recovery is entirely on the backs of TFT-LCDs and AMOLED displays, according to NPD DisplaySearch.
FlexTech Alliance announced the completion of a development project with Etched in Time, Inc. (EITI), for a plasma etch system that is compatible with a wide array of roll-to-roll equipment.
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.
Despite weak financial performances, sluggish global markets and strong regional competition, Japanese consumer electronics giants Sony and Toshiba are increasing their investments in new products to revitalize their businesses.
A new breakthrough in contact lens displays can turn your eyes in to dollar signs, but they aren’t an alternative to Google glasses.
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.
Despite graphene's promise as a material in future electronics with excellent properties in almost all applications, it still faces difficulties in market acceptance, according to a report from IDTechEx.
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.
EV Group has completed its expanded cleanroom IV facility at its corporate headquarters in Austria, which doubled its cleanroom space for process development and pilot production services.
Smart TVs, LED technology, and emerging markets will boost the IC market for TVs, says a new IC Insights study. Another trend: younger tech-savvy consumers are watching TV via the Internet and mobile devices.
Rolla, MO-based Brewer Science introduced a line of conductive CNT ink materials that are surfactant free, require no additional rinse steps, and are compatible with a broad range of printed electronic substrates.
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.
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.
Applied Materials is combining its Display and Energy and Environmental Solutions (EES) under one roof led by former KLA-Tencor exec Ali Salehpour, which also means the departure of those two units' current leaders, Mark Pinto and Tom Edman.
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.
The FlexTech Alliance has awarded 4D Technology (Tucson, AZ) a contract to develop an optical system that addresses a shortcoming in roll-to-roll (R2R) electronics manufacturing: in situ, high-resolution mapping of surface topography and defects on a moving, flexible web.
SMIC is claiming a breakthrough in its development of backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS image sensor (CIS) technology, with the first test chip demonstrating good image quality even in low-light conditions.
Ultratech has acquired the assets of Cambridge Nanotech, a developer and supplier of atomic-layer deposition (ALD) technology, which had quietly been put on the auction block after ceasing operations in November.
Increased tablet adoption, with Apple's continued dominance and emergence by new players (see Google, Microsoft) are changing the mobile PC competitive landscape -- and supply-chain partners are having to rethink their strategies to stay atop the game.
Apple’s new iPad uses a 9.7” QXGA display, which is difficult to manufacture with existing TFT-LCD processes, due to the high resolution and strict quality requirements. This may be causing Apple to adjust its display panel supplier mix or cut back production, according to a blog by David Hsieh of DisplaySearch.
With OLED adoption, the total market value of materials used in OLED applications will grow quickly from about $500 million in 2012 to over $7 billion by the end of 2019, reports NanoMarkets.
The 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.
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.
E Ink Holdings, electronic paper and LCD technology company, signed a definitive agreement to buy shares of SiPix Technology Inc., the maker of electronic paper displays.
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.
Panasonic Corporation (NYSE:PC, TOKYO:6752) will reform its head office and governance as of October 1, aiming to reduce internally focused work and focus on customer needs.
Most firms offering alternatives to ITO focus on the touch-screen sensor market; however, this sector is too small for many of these firms to generate significant revenues. NanoMarkets outlines the various ITO alternatives, and their possible application spaces.
Average retail pricing for U.S. flat-panel televisions rose to the highest level in 2.5 years during Q2, thanks to advanced features and larger displays in a growing proportion of TV sets, according to IHS (NYSE:IHS).
Teknek debuted an elastomer roller care system for all contact cleaning rollers. Unlike IPA cleaning, the elastomer Roller Doctor rejuvenation pad exfoliates the roller surface with a precise quantity of proprietary cleaning solution.
Edwards (NASDAQ:EVAC) debuted the iXL250Q and iXL750Q dry pumps, joining the iXL500Q pump in flat panel display (FPD) Gen-4 through Gen-10 fabs.
JP Sercel Associates Inc. released the IX-6168-PS picosecond-laser-based micromachining platform, using lasers with 5-500 picosecond pulse lengths.
Panasonic and Sony will combine their core and printing technology to jointly develop next-generation organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panel and module manufacturing technology.
Scriptel Corporation debuted its GloveCap capacitive touchscreen technology that is capable of registering contact through most types of electrically insulated materials, such as gloves.
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.
Technology for making circuits with organic materials, non-vacuum processes, and flexible substrates has made striking progress, but it’s been a challenge to find applications where the new technologies offer must-have advantages. Paula Doe, SEMI, reports on flexible and large-area OLED displays and lighting.
Seiko Epson reached the milestone of 80 million high-temperature polysilicon (HTPS) TFT LCD panels for 3LCD projectors, enough for more than 26.5 million projector units.
Ultra-high resolution, called 4K x 2K, displays may be the new selling point for LCD TVs. The architecture requires changes to manufacturing methods, including more photomask layers, notes David Hsieh, DisplaySearch, in this summary of the feature and its effects.
Samsung Mobile Display (SMD) wiill purchase dopant materials used in the transport layers of its AMOLED display modules from Novaled. Novaled will also provide its proprietary PIN OLED technology to SMD for use in the production of SMD’s AMOLED display modules.
OLED thin film encapsulation technology is the one of technologies emerging as the core technology of flexible OLED, and technology development and patent securing competition between world’s leading OLED companies will increase accordingly, shows Displaybank.
Cambridge NanoTech entered a licensing agreement with Ghent University in Belgium to commercialize an ALD particle coating technology that uses thermal and plasma processes.
Historically, only p-type organic semiconductors have been viable when deposited on flexible substrates. With Polyera’s advances in n-type organic semiconductors, CMOS devices from displays to RFID tags can be printed.
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.
Dr. Stephen Woo, president of Samsung Electronics’ Device Solutions will keynote the 2013 International CES, January 8-11 in Las Vegas, NV, hosted by the CEA.
LG Display and Samsung Display dominated the tablet display panel market in 2011, but several more companies grabbed small pieces of the tablet pie than had in 2010, says IHS. That trend will continue in 2012.
Kuraray Co. Ltd. has completed its acquisition of MonoSol LLC, manufacturer of polyvinyl alcohol (poval) film, expanding Kuraray’s core Vinyl Acetate Chemical Chains Business.
Linde LienHwa, The Linde Group and LienHwa MiTAC Group JV, signed a long-term deal with Samsung Electronics to supply gases for its latest Gen-8.5 TFT-LCD manufacturing plant in Suzhou, China.
Industrially proven and robust, picosecond lasers are proving their worth in cutting and patterning of delicate materials for a wide variety of industrial applications.
Gamma Scientific is releasing the Display Reflectance Spectrophotometer System, which tests thin-film optical coatings on displays at production line speeds.
Novaled debuted a class of n-doped electron transport layer (ETL) materials for OLED TV and mobile displays.
SouthWest NanoTechnologies (SWeNT) released SG65i, a single-wall carbon nanotube product with >95% semiconducting concentration, before secondary processing to remove metallic SWCNT content.
Ultrasonic Systems Inc. (USI), ultrasonic spray coating tool manufacturer, developed new options for its MAX-800 coating system, such as an automated reel-to-reel system, tablet-glass handling conveyor, and more.
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.
AGC has developed 0.5mm carrier glass for handling and transport of its 0.1mm-thick ultra-thin glass during product manufacturing processes.
The Flexible Display Center at ASU, in conjunction with Army Research Labs scientists, manufactured what it is reporting as the world's largest flexible, full-color OLED display prototype. FDC used advanced mixed-oxide TFTs to build the 7.4” device.
Barclays Capital reports on LCD demand and display fab equipment and materials at the company’s BarCap 2012 Global TMT Conference.
Transparent displays will hit the market this year, and create an $87.2 billion market by 2025, according to Displaybank.
Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ: PANL) introduced new red, green, and yellow UniversalPHOLED products, combining UniversalPHOLED emitter materials with novel host systems.
The Society for Information Display (SID), a global organization dedicated to the advancement of electronic display technology, announced the winners of its 17th annual Display Industry Awards.
The ConFab’s sessions opened with “The Economic Outlook for the Semiconductor Industry,” featuring Jackie Sturm of Intel, Dan Hutcheson of VLSIresearch, and Jim Feldhan of Semico.
Multi-touch touchscreen display technology developer Stantum and film material supplier Nissha Printing Co., Ltd. introduced FineTouch Z pressure-based transparent touch-panel technology.
Glasses-free 3D display developer Dimenco released Dimenco Clear View (DCV) technology, with a “unique lens design and manufacturing process” to enable deeper black levels, no brightness loss, wider viewing angle, and lower cross-talk.
The next big thing according to Charlotte Soens, manager mm-wave communication program at imec, is that people will start using these mobile devices to watch high-quality photos and videos, stored in the cloud. Soens presented details at imec's International Technology Forum.
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.
Rudolph Technologies launched the MetaPULSE FP thin film metrology system with an initial sale to a major manufacturer of flat panel displays (FPD) for handheld mobile devices.
ATMI introduced BrightPak, its next-generation liquid containment and delivery system for high-value liquid material transfers during advanced photolithography processes in semiconductor, FPD, and LED manufacturing.
AMOLED is entrenched in the small- and medium-sized displays market. For the technology to capture significant market share in the large-size, TV-bound display market, manufacturers will need to invest in better, higher throughput processing, shares Displaybank.
Ushio launched its thinnest UV irradiance meter 'UIT-q365." The meter is 4.9mm thick, used to keep major UV processes within spec. It can be used during optical film manufacturing for flexible electronics, as well as during adhesion of precision optical parts.
ITO is the basis of more than 90% of TCFs, used in displays, flexible photovoltaics, and other devices, reports Cathleen Thiele, IDTechEx. With indium prices rising, and technical challenges related to indium’s brittle nature, manufacturers are looking to new technologies, such as finely printed conductive meshes, layers of silver or copper that are highly transparent, organic transparent conductors and variations such as carbon nanotubes and graphene.
Air Liquide will supply the ultra-pure carrier and electronic specialty gases to 3 new cutting-edge display fabs manufacturing advanced AMOLED, LTPS, MEMS, and OLED displays. Those technologies are currently under commercial development.
Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ: PANL) announced record-breaking performance of its white organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lighting technology.
3M Optical Systems Division unveiled its OneFilm optical film technology, which incorporates the functionality of three individual light management films into a single enhancement film for LCD backlights.
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.
Chinese suppliers of large-size LCD panels are the fastest growing segment of the industry, although major South Korean brands continue to dominate, according to IHS.
Nanosys Inc. will supply the Optical Systems Division of 3M Company with quantum-dot-based technologies to allow LCDs to display 50% more color.
Optomec’s Aerosol Jet deposition tools are being used for printed sensor, display, solar cell, CMOS and passive devices, and other development areas, with new installations at CEA Liten (France), Innovation Lab (Germany) and the University of Sheffield (UK).
FUJIFILM sold its 1,200+ OLED patents and patent applications to Universal Display for $105 million, with the companies embarking on a strategic relationship in this technology space.
DisplaySearch has lowered its 2012 mobile phone displays forecast from 1,917 million units to 1,729 million units. Comparing last quarter's forecasts and actual shipment results by technology, NPD DisplaySearch found that AMOLED actually had higher growth, but other technologies showed declines.
Panasonic, LG Chem and Philips are among the presenters for the upcoming 14th annual OLEDs World Summit, September 26-28, in San Francisco, CA.
Polarizers used in display manufacturing will form a $9.94 billion market in 2012, up 4% from 2011, according to Displaybank. Sequentially, the polarizer market decreased by 9% in Q1 2012, hitting 2.235 billion. This was down 6% from Q1 2011.
UniPixel completed the production-level qualification of its Diamond Guard Hard Coat film with its manufacturing and distribution partner, Carestream Tollcoating.
SRC-sponsored researchers developed new sensor-based metrology technology that can significantly reduce water and related energy usage during semiconductor manufacturing.
IPC and JPCA released their first operational-level standard for the printed electronics industry, defining terms and establishes basic requirements for substrate materials used in printed electronics: ceramic, organic, metal, glass and other.
Universal Display broadened its work with Plextronics to accelerate the development and commercialization of solution-based OLED material systems. They will combine Plextronics’ hole injection and hole transport materials with Universal Display’s phosphorescent OLED emissive layer materials.
Worldwide TV shipments fell almost 8% year over year Y/Y in Q1 2012. The biggest contributor to this decline was a slowdown in shipments of LCD TVs, which fell Y/Y for the first time in the history of the category, declining just over 3%, to 43 million units, says NPD DisplaySearch.
Day 2 of the 2012 TechConnect World Summit, Expo & Showcase opened with fifteen parallel sessions ranging from printed and flexible electronics to device modeling to green chemistry and water to nanotechnology for cancer diagnostics. The unifying theme for this conference is promising technology in search of funding and the opportunity for market validation.
Samsung Electronics’ UN46ES8000F TV is a high-end product with electronics and display integration. Displaybank performed a teardown analysis of the product.
In mid-2011, semiconductor manufacturing and assembly equipment supplier Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) acquired Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates Inc. Now, the company is adding Varian’s former CEO Gary Dickerson as president.
MicroVision Inc. (Nasdaq:MVIS), ultra-miniature laser display maker, closed an underwritten public offering, with Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. as underwriter.
As LEDs replace CCFLs for backlighting of LCDs, manufactures face LCD upgrades and supporting electronics redesigns. ERG developed the Smart Bridge module to quickly, easily and economically upgrade to LEDs, using the system’s existing input power signals.
Dontech released the VCG-Series glass filters, formed with next-generation glass fabrication and thin-film vacuum deposition technology to provide exceptional optical transparency and environmental durability.
imec and Panasonic Inc. have entered into the next phase of a comprehensive and broadened collaboration agreement for joint R&D on healthcare, wireless communication, flexible electronics and advanced CMOS process technologies.
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.
Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim (NTNU) have patented and are commercializing GaAs nanowires grown on graphene.
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.
Despite the gloomy economy and softness in consumer LCD products, suppliers of thin-film transistor liquid crystal displays (TFT-LCD) expect moderate 8%-13% growth in sales and shipments in 2012, according to DisplaySearch.
Three leaders in their respective fields have formed a technology alliance to bring a new glass cutting technology to market. InnoLas Systems GmbH licensed process technology developed by FiLaser LLC and will use ultra-short pulse lasers produced exclusively for InnoLas by LUMERA LASER GmbH.
In 2011, LEDs were expected to grab market share from CCFLs in the display backlighting segment. However, prices for CCFL-backlight TVs fell alongside prices for LED-backlit TVs. Now, CCFL raw materials costs have exploded, setting the stage for market share grabs by LEDs, albeit later than expected, reports Jimmy Kim, DisplaySearch.
The PVA protection film industry will change significantly in 2012, with many display makers actively pursuing PVA-free and TAC-free designs. Display manufacturers are looking for costs savings, designs that suit tablet PCs and smartphones, and alternatives to Fuji Film, Displaybank reports.
The FlexTech Alliance announced the Call for Papers is open for the 12th annual Flexible Electronics & Displays Conference & Exhibition.
AMOLED displays are growing rapidly and offer many performance benefits over LCDs. However, 55” AMOLED TV displays cost 8-10x as much as a comparable LCD to manufacture. NPD DisplaySearch looks at ways to improve costs/fab.
AIXTRON launched the PRODOS-200 PVPD system for deposition of organic thin film materials, used to make OTFT displays and OLEDs, and in other manufacturing applications.
Brown University developed a simpler, cheaper, solution-based manufacturing process for indium tin oxide (ITO) conductive films used in displays and solar cell manufacturing.
Many early-stage tool development projects lack focus in what is needed for tool functionality and performance. Nevertheless, a disciplined phased approach to can resolve many open issues (technical, commercial and market-related) in the first phase of any project.
At the recent imec International Technology Forum Press Gathering in Leuven, Belgium, imec CEO Luc Van den hove outlined uses in blood cell sorting, mobile apps for personalized medicine (such as brain monitoring of EEG activity), and advanced bio research.
Solvay Specialty Polymers USA LLC has extended its line of high-performance polyester compounds with a new version targeting light-emitting diode (LED) TVs with higher heat and light stability.
Learn about the changes in semiconductor manufacturing as well as related markets -- photovoltaics, displays, LEDs, etc -- at the 2012 Strategic Materials Conference (SMC), to be held on October 23-24 in San Jose, CA. SEMI reports.
LG Display more than doubled its tablet display sales revenue sequentially in Q2, thanks to panel shipments for Apple's iPad, according to IHS. LGD is also moving forward on a plan to convert some a-Si LCD production to LTPS, despite a yield loss inherent in the change.
An unnamed "major Asian customer" will use Aixtron's Prodos polymer PVD tool to deposit organic polymer thin films for production of flexible electronic devices.
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.
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?
MIT researchers are building various electronic components out of a 2D form of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2). This is the start of a “new realm” of research into 2D materials for electronic materials and devices, according to one researcher.
Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ:RMBS), a technology licensing company, will undergo a restructuring and related cost saving measures to cut its expenses by$30-35 million annually.
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.
Following a sharp 30% drop during Q1 2012, worldwide shipments of flat-panel televisions returned to growth in Q2, according to IHS's Displaybank.
Responding to consumer demand, TV suppliers are expanding their lineups of low-brightness LED backlight TVs with technology options that actually compete against each other more than traditional CCFL, according to DisplaySearch.
Even though semiconductor manufacturers in Japan are consolidating and transitioning to a "fab-lite" strategy, the region still represents a large installed fab capacity and a major market for equipment and materials suppliers.
imec announced that it has integrated an ultra-thin, flexible chip with bendable and stretchable interconnects into a package that adapts dynamically to curving and bending surfaces.
At IEDM, IBM researchers will demonstrate high-performance state-of-the-art CMOS circuits —including SRAM memory and ring oscillators—on a flexible plastic substrate.
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.
The 58th annual IEDM will take place December 10-12, 2012 at the San Francisco Hilton Union Square, preceded by a full day of Short Courses on Sunday, Dec. 9 and by a program of 90-minute afternoon tutorial sessions on Saturday, Dec. 8.
Sumitomo Chemical has joined the Holst Center's shared research program on printed organic lighting and signage, to contribute to research into multilayer solution processes for high-efficiency organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs).
NEMO, a three-year European project to research solution-processable materials for OLEDs, has concluded with newly developed materials that can be integrated into large-surface OLED components and are suited for printing processes.
Linde Electronics has added a new high-purity nitrous oxide (N2O) plant in China's Jiangsu Province to support increased adoption of metal oxide transistors by display manufacturers.
Sharp Corp. reportedly is in discussions with Intel to use the Japanese firm's LCD panels in new ultrabook laptops, and could be seeking a more substantial partnership that would make the chipmaking giant its top stakeholder.
The glass slimming market topped $600 million in value in 2012 and is forecast to continuously grow to surpass $1 billion in 2014, according to a new report released by Displaybank.
The co-developed imager sensor chip targets high speed, high resolution imaging applications such as next generation HDTV.
The global semiconductor foundry United Microelectronics Corporation announced the opening of its UMC Korea office.
At this week’s International Image Sensor Workshop, imec and Holst Centre presented a large-area fully-organic photodetector array fabricated on a flexible substrate.
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.
Shipments of television sets in the United States declined by 11 percent in the first quarter of 2013 compared to one year earlier.
Demand for flexible displays is set to undergo massive growth during the next seven years, with a broad variety of applications—ranging from smartphones to giant screens mounted on buildings—driving a nearly 250 times expansion in shipments from 2013 through 2020.
Crystal growth equipment manufacturer GTAT is leading the charge and recently created a lot of buzz around this application and on the OEM front.
A new report from IC Insights shows that we could be on the verge of entering into “the post-PC era.”
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.
A new report from IHS Displaybank analyzes the scope of the flexible OLED patents issued.
Shipments in March of large-sized liquid crystal displays (LCD) exceeded total production when measured in terms of area, the result of a deliberate move by panel manufacturers to digest accumulated inventory.
Jon Peddie Research (JPR) announced estimated graphics chip shipments and suppliers’ market share for 2013 Q1. The news was disappointing for Intel, but encouraging for Nvidia and for AMD on the desktop.
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.
Initiated by the arrival of Google Glass and magnified by Google’s efforts to promote application development for the product, the global market for smart glasses could amount to almost 10 million units from 2012 through 2016.
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.
The 59th annual IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) has issued a Call for Papers seeking original work in microelectronics research and development. The paper submission deadline is Monday, June 24, 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.
What would happen if half of all global production for dynamic random access memory (DRAM), two-thirds of NAND flash manufacturing and 70 percent of the world’s tablet display supply suddenly disappeared from the market?
The European Photonics Industry Consortium recently embarked on an ambitious project to map all the companies in Europe active in photonics, which amounts to over 3000 companies.
Spectra-Physics, a Newport Corporation brand, introduces Spirit ps 1040-10, an industrial-grade picosecond laser for precision micromachining applications.
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.
Photonics societies across the United States today announced the launch of the National Photonics Initiative.
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.
IDC expects the semiconductor market to return to growth in 2013 with revenues forecast to increase by 3.5 percent this year.
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.17 billion in orders worldwide in April 2013 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.08.
Bringing an end to a full year of declines, global flat-panel television shipments rose slightly in the first quarter, paving the way for marginal growth in 2013.
3M announced today it is in the final stages of scale-up for its new 3M Quantum Dot Enhancement Film (QDEF). The new film allows up to 50 percent more color than current levels in liquid crystal display (LCD) devices.
China rose to the top of the PC market for the first time ever on an annual basis last year, relegating the United States to second place with a lead of more than 3 million units, according to an IHS iSuppli PC Dynamics Market Brief from information and analytics provider IHS.
Demand for 4-inch or larger AMOLED panels has continued to increase in the fourth quarter of 2012 thanks to strong growth in the market for high-end smartphones with large screens, such as the Galaxy S and Note series by Samsung Electronics.
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.
Global flat-panel television shipments fell by 10 percent in February and by an estimated 4 percent in March compared to the same months in 2012 as Chinese demand plunged following the Lunar New Year buying season.
Despite stronger-than-expected growth during the fourth quarter, 2012 was still a miserable year for the semiconductor market and suppliers, with only eight out of the Top 25 chipmakers managing to eke out revenue growth—but nine suffering double-digit declines.
U.S. television shipments are forecast to decline for a second year in a row in 2013, but growth will resume next year as the liquid crystal display television (LCD TV) segment regains some of the strength it had lost in the past year.
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.
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have developed a way to introduce precisely four copper ions into each and every quantum dot.
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?
Chemists at Ohio State University have developed the technology for making a one-atom-thick sheet of germanium, and found that it conducts electrons more than ten times faster than silicon and five times faster than conventional germanium.
Proposed increases in funds for scientific R&D and a greater emphasis on STEM education in the 2014 budget proposal announced by the White House this week reflect the President’s commitment to science and engineering, SPIE leaders said.
Once a white-hot PC product that sold in the tens of millions of units annually, netbook computers are now marking their final days, with the rise of tablets causing their shipments to wind down to virtually zero after next year, according to an IHS iSuppli Compute Electronics Market Tracker Report from information and analytics provider IHS.
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.
Over the last few years, glass has gained considerable interest from the semiconductor industry due to its very attractive electrical, physical and chemical properties, as well as its prospects for a relevant and cost-efficient solution. The application scope of glass substrates in the semiconductor field is broad and highly diversified.
The quantum dot recently emerged as a next-generation display material. Quantum dots, whose diameter is just a few nanometers, are semiconductor crystals.
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).
FlexTech Alliance, a developer of the flexible and printed electronics industry supply chain, announced today that Dr. Keith Rollins has been elected chairman of the Governing Board.
Recent advances in diamond applications (diamond-on-silicon, MEMS, optical) suggest that its utilization into a broader scope of commercial products is not far away.
Strategies Unlimited has issued new figures since the first edition of this article. Solid State Technology now brings you updated figures and additional information on the worldwide LED market.
Stephen Kosonocky, subcommittee chair of ISSCC, writes on the growing need for technologies to be both energy and cost-efficient.
Tablet and cellphone processors, NAND flash, and telecom-specific ICs to enjoy best growth.
Roland Thomas, subcommittee chair of ISSCC, writes of the substantial growth and future in key areas of technology.
Hoi-Jun Yoo, subcommittee chair of ISSCC 2013, writes on the focus of technology directions in the field of large-area and low-temperature electronics.
Agilent Technologies Inc. announced yesterday the intent to donate a $90 million in software to Georgia Institute of Technology, the largest in-kind software donation ever in its longstanding relationship with the university.
A new report from IHS Displaybank examined a total of 483 patents on roll-to-roll processing technologies, focusing on 32 that were flexible, OLED-related.
At SPIE Photonics West 2013, imec will present a prototype hyperspectral imager for snapshot and video acquisition.
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.
Components are prominent this year, on the main stage, and the CES exhibit floors.Todd Traylor of Smith & Associates reports.
Based on current indications, capital spending would seem to be flat in 2013. However, Semico predicts healthy revenue growth this year, which may encourage more spending, particularly in the second half of the year. This may bring total capex for 2013 into the positive range.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research (IAP) in Potsdam-Golm and fab/cleanroom developer MBRAUN have commissioned a new "near industrial-scale" pilot line for organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and organic solar cells.
Spending on LED fab manufacturing equipment will decline 9.2% in 2013 as the industry faces weak long-term demand and consolidates manufacturing capacity.
Engineered Material Systems, a global supplier of electronic materials for circuit assembly applications, debuts its DB-1568-1 low-temperature cure die attach adhesive for attaching semiconductor die in temperature-sensitive devices.
We are entering the era of cognitive systems, where electronic devices will mimic the human senses—in their own way, to see, smell, touch, taste and hear. IBM assembled this infographic to illustrate what they call the “5 in 5,” five innovations that will change our lives within five years.
China looks a good bet to be the engine of growth again in 2013, while U.S. will see improving PC market and more software growth.
The Touch Panel Transparent Conductive Film, or TCF, market was reported $956 million in 2012. Markets are anticipated to reach $4.8 billion by 2019.
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.
CEO believes that the technology may be made available in simple products this year.
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.
Solid State Technology is proud to announce that Yoon-Woo Lee will be speaking at The ConFab 2013. The event will be held June 23-26, 2013 at The Encore at The Wynn in Las Vegas. Lee is the Executive Advisor of Samsung Electronics.
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).
The flexible and printed electronics community reports encouraging progress in the materials and process ecosystem needed for commercial production — and an increasingly realistic focus on applications that best capitalize on the technology’s strengths. Best near-term prospects now look to be sturdy light-weight displays, smart sensor systems, and flexible and large area biomedical sensors and imagers.
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.
Volunteers sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, were in Washington, D.C., last week to thank Congressional representatives for recent support for photonics R&D and to urge future support for in several key areas vital to economic growth and scientific progress.
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.07 billion in orders worldwide in February 2013 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.10, according to the February Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI. A book-to-bill of 1.10 means that $110 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.
LED makers climb in the overall list of top suppliers of optoelectronics, sensors/actuators, and discretes, says 2013 O-S-D Report.
The polarizer market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6 percent until 2016 to $12 billion in 2013 and to $14 billion in 2016. In 2012, the market amounted to $11.2 billion, up 9 percent year on year, according to “Polarizer Market and Industry Trend Analysis” published by Displaybank, recently acquired by IHS Inc.
It’s no secret that Samsung is up against Apple in many ways, in products, sales and innovation. However, even in the face of Apple’s patent infringement lawsuits, Samsung is still climbing the charts.
Stung by plunging sales in Japan and declining demand in North America and Western Europe, global television shipments in 2012 fell, marking a major inflection point that will have a lasting impact on the market, according to an IHS iSuppli Worldwide Television Market Tracker Report from the IHS TV Systems Intelligence Service at information and analytics provider IHS.
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.
As more and more companies are gearing up and demonstrating flexible display prototypes (LG, Nokia and earlier this year at CES 2013, Samsung’s Youm display are just a few of the latest examples), the need for protection of these new devices that are freed from the constraints of conventional rigid form factors is highlighted once more.
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.
Nanosys, enabling a new generation of high color fidelity, energy-efficient displays with its quantum-dot technology, today announced that it has expanded into a new, high-capacity production facility in Milpitas, California.
LCD panel makers in Taiwan, Japan and Korea have been suffering. Despite the growing demand for LCDs the high number of panel makers and new competition from China has resulted in tough price competition for panel makers, to the point that many panel makers are no longer profitable.
Chip sales showed good growth across all regions in 3Q10, according to the SIA's latest tally ahead of the group's annual forecast update -- but all signs point to a softer ending to the year.
Comments in Applied Materials' fiscal 2Q10 conference call (May 19), and from analysts examining them and the numbers, highlights several key observations for company's various businesses (semiconductors, solar, FPD) and overall market observations.
New data from North America and Japan points to still growing demand for suppliers of semiconductor makers.
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.
Chip sales broke through in positive territory again (compared with a year ago) with a ninth consecutive month of growth in November, and renewed strong demand for chip-consuming electronics devices signal an end-market recovery is occurring, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
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.
According to Dean Freeman, research VP at Gartner, the LED market will see ~11% growth in 2010, and ~35% growth in 2011. Reaping the benefits of the accelerating interest in LEDs is the MOCVD equipment market.
Willbe S&T selected VICTREX PEEK polymer as the material in its chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) retaining rings. Willbe S&T’s insert molded CMP ring provides better performance, longer life and reduced cost compared to traditional two-piece bonded type CMP retaining rings made with stainless steel and polyphenylene sulfide.
Techcet's Michael A. Fury reports from IDTechEx's combined Printed Electronics and PV USA events, where plenty of applications were presented for PE in aerospace, smart medical packaging, crayons and toys, and even the hubbub about airport body scanners. He also reviews thin-film and organic PV work at IBM, NREL, and French oil company Total SA G&P.
SAFC Hitech announced plans to build a new, dedicated facility in Kaohsiung, Taiwan for transfilling, technical service and production of chemical precursors used for high brightness LED and silicon semiconductor manufacturing.
Showa Denko says it will spend ¥200M for a new JV in China to supply photoresist solvent for domestic manufacturers of semiconductors and LCD panels, expanding its business in Asia outside Japan.
Last week's 6.4-magnitude earthquake in Taiwan caused some emergency evacuations and shutdowns among the island's electronics manufacturing sector, with the biggest impact so far seeming to be in the LCD manufacturing sector.
SEMI has announced that Applied Materials, Inc. is the recipient of its 2010 SEMICON West Sustainable Technologies Award in recognition of the Applied iSYS Integrated Subfab System. The Sustainable Technologies Award winner was selected with technical guidance from a panel of technology industry environmental, health and safety experts.
Shipments of large area TFT LCDs climbed to 170 million units, with 9% Q/Q and 31% Y/Y growth rate. The revenues reached $22.9 billion, which was the second-highest quarter on record.
IMS Research’s latest Quarterly GaN LED Supply and Demand Report features a new LED supply and demand model that shows LED supply growth is significantly outpacing demand growth. The research report also shows Samsung leading LG in Q3 and Q4, though LG is expected to consume more LEDs in all of 2010.
Applied Materials (AMAT) launched its new Applied Centura Tetra X Advanced Reticle Etch system capable of etching photomasks needed for challenging device layers at 22nm and beyond. Expanding the capabilities of AMAT's Tetra III platform, the Tetra X breaks the 2nm critical dimension uniformity (CDU) barrier across all feature sizes.
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.
Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) opened Corning Advanced Technology Center in Taipei for glass characterization, product analysis, prototyping, and systems-level testing, as well as education/training.
Applied Materials (AMAT) unveiled the extension of its Reflexion GT chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) system to include planarization of tungsten films. Sidney Huey, director, CMP product manager, CMP Division, Silicon Systems Group at Applied Materials, discusses the tool and the technology.
Applied Materials debuted 3 systems for next-generation DRAM chip manufacturing: the Applied Centura DPN HDTM system to improve the gate insulator scaling; the Applied Endura HAR Cobalt PVD system for high-aspect-ratio contact structures; and the Applied Endura Versa XLR W PVD system for reduced gate stack resistance.
SmartKem Limited tested its advanced semiconductor materials against amorphous silicon at the National Printable Electronics Technology Centre, where it achieved better thin-film transistor (TFT) mobility rating.
Applied Materials Inc. (AMAT) launched the Applied Vantage Vulcan rapid thermal processing (RTP) system for wafer annealing. Backside heating with AMAT's honeycomb lamp reduces "hot spots," enabling 20nm transistor designs.
Lattice Power Corporation and ShineOn Inc. jointly demonstrated a high-brightness LED (HB-LED) product based on GaN-on-Si technology.
SEMICON West preview: Emerging technology and a developing infrastructure for printed electronics is enabling circuitry that is flexible, conformable, and inexpensive to mass-produce, paving the way to a variety of low-cost applications such as electronic packaging, ID tags, and wide-area lighting panels.
As LED adoption continues to grow, LED driver ICs face pressure from increased IC integration, driver-less AC-LEDs and other technologies, and falling prices. However, the driver IC unit can bring performance and power enhancements that consumers want for LED lighting adoption.
Nigel Farrar, Cymer, provides a status report on EUV lithography source technology, extensions to ArF lithography, the laser crystallization process from the company's TCZ display equipment product division, and Cymer's newest DUV source product the OnPulse Plus data monitoring system.
Applied Materials Inc. (AMAT) introduced a toolset for manufacturing low-power, fast interconnects in 22nm and lower logic chips: the Applied Producer Black Diamond 3 deposition system and Applied Producer Nanocure 3 UV curing system.
Applied Materials (AMAT) launched the Applied Centura Integrated Gate Stack system for creating gate dielectric structures in 22nm logic chips. It processes the entire high-k multilayer stack in a single vacuum environment, preserving integrity of film interfaces.
JSR Corporation's subsidiary JSR Micro Korea will begin operation of a new
Techcet's Michael A. Fury reports from the Organic Microelectronics & Optoelectronics Workshop in San Francisco, where talks delved into flexible displays, organic molecular tunnel junctions, thin-film microprocessors, and a microphone that can "see" sound.
Each market in which Edwards is a supplier -- semiconductors, flat panel, photovoltaics, LEDs, has its own cycles and technology requirements. Matthew Taylor, CEO of Edwards, discusses the needs and market personality of each sector.
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.
Advanced manufacturing methods, such as using high-mobility semiconductor materials, will be the key to serving mobile-electronics TFT displays with high brightness and low power consumption, shows NPD Displaysearch analysis. These require technical expertise and skill, but can yield higher profits and better products.
Sony Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. will transition their current LCD panel business relationship, with Samsung acquiring all of Sony's shares of S-LCD Corporation (S-LCD), the LCD panel manufacturing joint venture, making S-LCD a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung.
Displays for pure-play e-book readers will see 108% higher shipments in 2011, but slower growth ahead. In the future, e-reader makers will turn to color display technologies, predicts IHS iSuppli.
Applied Materials, Inc. debuted its defect review scanning electron microscope (DR-SEM) Applied SEMVision G5 system to image and analyze 20nm yield-limiting defects in a production environment without manual intervention.
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.
The Conductive Polymers Division of Heraeus Precious Metals GmbH & Co. KG and Eastman Kodak Company
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.
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.
SEMI is looking for presenters for technical sessions and other opportunities at SEMICON West 2012, July 10-12 in San Francisco, CA.
Techcet's Michael A. Fury spent a day at the recent Printed Electronics/Photovoltaics event, where discussions ranged from past, present, and future applications -- from e-readers, organic LEDs, TFTs, and printed ICs to tissue-box displays, explosive ink, and airplane wing sensors.
Longtime semiconductor exec Takeshi Hattori continues his reporting on the aftermath of the massive Japanese earthquake and tsunami: new aftershocks have pushed back fab recovery efforts, some early estimates of lost productivity, preparing for summertime blackouts, and more tips for traveling to and around Japan.
ACS Motion Control developed an EtherCAT slave Universal Drive Module that directly drives one or two axes. The product suits use in wafer handling robots and positioning stages and optical wafer inspection as well as FPD inspection machines, custom robotics, and medical CT Scanning machines.
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.
Cymer Inc. (Nasdaq: CYMI) introduced a focus drilling technology for its immersion light sources including the XLR 600ix, XLR500i, XLA 400 and XLA 300. Focus drilling provides up to a 2X improvement in the depth of focus on the wafer.
Michael A. Fury concludes his series of reports from this year's MRS Spring meeting. Highlights from Day 5: lots of papers targeting optoelectronics and interconnects with graphene and nanotubes, lots of work in organic materials and devices, and several pathways for technologies in life science applications.
TCZ, Cymer Inc. (Nasdaq: CYMI) display equipment product division, received a volume order for the TCZ-1500B Gen 5.5 crystallization system from a leading Asian flat panel display manufacturer. This is TCZ's second volume order in 2011 and fourth tool customer.
Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology have developed a replacement for indium tin oxide (ITO). This transparent, conducting film is produced in water, and based on electrically conducting carbon nanotubes (CNT) and plastic nanoparticles. The film currently provides a factor 100 lower conductivity than ITO, but this could rapidly change.
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.
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.
Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ: PANL) announced advances in the performance of its UniversalP2OLED solution-processible, phosphorescent OLED material systems for use with solution-based manufacturing processes (such as ink-jet printing).
Longtime semiconductor exec Takeshi Hattori reports on the aftermath of the massive Japanese earthquake and tsunami, updating the status of facilities and the struggles to ramp production in the face of rolling blackouts (hint: overnight operations) and major holes in the supply chain.
Veeco Instruments' new TurboDisc MaxBright GaN MOCVD multi-reactor system is poised to take advantage of what the company believes is an accelerated rate of LED TV penetration. The new system targets manufacturing of HB-LEDs and is capable of single- or multi-chamber layer growth.
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.
Applied Materials Inc. (AMAT) introduced the Applied Centura Conforma, with conformal plasma doping (CPD) targeted for 22nm and beyond logic and memory chips. The technology replaces ion beam implantation for conformal doping of complex 3D structures.
IHS iSuppli provides Japan's semconductor, electronics, and LCD fab stats in the wake of Japan's major earthquake today. The two major DRAM fabs in Japan, operated by U.S. based-Micron and Japan’s Elpida, have not been directly affected, according to preliminary indications from IHS iSuppli contacts.
Shipments of large-area TFT LCD panels were 185.5 million in Q3 2011, unchanged from Q2, but up 12% Y/Y. The TFT LCD industry has been in over-supply for six quarters in a row, suppressing prices, says DisplaySearch.
Panasonic Corporation's subsidiary Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co. Ltd. has reached an agreement in principle to transfer its Mobara plant to Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ).
Applied Materials Inc. (Nasdaq:AMAT) presented five companies with awards for helping Applied meet its strategic business goals in 2011.
China lays out its five-year plan to phase out old bulbs and spur LED demand; and Taiwan leaders invoke painful memories of DRAM and LCD market squeezes to urge more support for their own LED industry.
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.
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.
ULVAC Inc. uncrated the UNECS-3000A spectroscopic ellipsometer, which can measure the thinness of a thin film and optical constant. The noncontact film measurement tool targets semiconductor and liquid crystal display (LCD) manufacturing control.
Asia's cleanroom hardware and consumables spending will hit $7.5 billion in 2015, comprising over 60% of the global market, according to the latest revision to the McIlvaine Cleanrooms: World Markets report.
The viability of LEDs in outdoor applications will be a test for LED technology's competitiveness as a whole. Particularly in China, street lighting is the biggest sector for LED adoption. China is seeing problems with LED quality, while North America tends to see less-eventful LED integration.
The Future of Mobile Display by ROA Holdings finds that larger panels are increasing mobile device usage, and AMOLED is replacing LCD as the mainstream display technology. Mobile device companies, rather than display makers, are leading the drive for new technologies.
3D-capable thin film transistor (TFT) panel shipments were primarily for LCD TVs, reaching 4.9 million units in Q2 2011. According to the DisplaySearch Quarterly Large-Area TFT LCD Shipment Report, panel makers are targeting 53% growth in 3D LCD TV panel shipments for Q3.
University of Florida researchers developed a manufacturing process for quantum dot LEDs that is lower cost and higher volume than previous attempts, eliminating vacuum-based steps. The research spawned a start-up company: NanoPhotonica.
The IEEE Photonics Conference 2011, previously known as the IEEE LEOS Annual Meeting, will offer more than 550 technical presentations by the world
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.
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.
Heading to the AVS Symposium later this month (Oct. 30-Nov. 4) in Nashville, TN? We've scanned the program to pick out some of the sessions that are of interest.
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.
Several speakers at the recent OLEDs World Summit 2011 (9/26-28 in San Francisco) discussed the appeal of organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) for large-format image displays, rising in appeal over liquid-crystal displays (LCD).
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.
Printed electronics can improve existing electronics and energy applications, replacing non-printed layers in displays or increasing crystalline silicon photovoltaics efficiency, among other applications shared by IDTechEx.
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.
Shifts among executive and organizational ranks at Applied Materials suggest new streamlining efforts, but also leave unanswered questions as to why. Here's the skinny on the two major moves out of the lot.
Frank Bok Namgun and Philippe Cochet from Azores discuss the various cost-of-ownership merits of steppers vs. scanners in photolithography for flat-panel displays, including capital equipment and mask costs.
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.
Nanotechnology may have a revolutionary impact on leading-edge semiconductor process technology beyond 32nm when traditional scaling reaches the fundamental limits of physics, but for at least the next five years or so the significant nanotechnology applications in electronics will likely be lower-cost displays and memories, according to SEMI's new Global Nanotechnology Markets and Opportunities study.
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.
The International Symposium on Semiconductor Manufacturing (ISSM), running from Oct. 15-17 in Santa Clara, CA, was full of spirited debate, especially about 450mm, as senior technical editor Debra Vogler reports in her following two articles.
New vertical collaboration, government help called for at Nanotech Conference
With the economy looking up and some chipmakers talking about ramping production, Japan's semiconductor supply chain is suddenly looking downright optimistic as well. Japan's GDP growth is now running at a surprisingly healthy 3.3% annual rate. Economists are cheered by the sweeping reelection of prime minister Junichiro Koizumi with his plan to push economic reform.
Technology for deposition and patterning of OLEDs
VTE has been the leading technology for OLED production, but OVPD, IJP and LITI have the potential to drive display performance and manufacturing efficiencies in future device generations. For OLED technology to advance in FPD applications, its production technology must continue to achieve device performance advances and manufacturing cost reductions.
J. Robert Lineback, Senior Editor
It has been a long time¿perhaps decades¿since the military has been in a position to become a leading driver for potentially huge applications in solid-state technology.
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?
ITRI, Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan, introduced i2R e-Paper, a re-writeable, re-usable, LCD-based electronic paper medium that can be manufactured in a variety of sizes.
Researchers from the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) and the University of Cambridge created a full-color high-resolution 4" quantum dot light emitting diode (QD-LED) display using transfer printing.
Pixtronix Inc. and Chimei Innolux Corp. (CMI) collaborated on the development of 5"-diagonal micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) display prototypes. The displays use Pixtronix's proprietary MEMS technology and were built by CMI.
DuPont Microcircuit Materials (MCM) introduced a screen-printable silver conductor material for the printed electronics market, DuPont 5064H. The silver conductor ink provides resistivity ≤6milliΩ per square per mil.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Current R&D successes with Singapore's A*STAR IMRE prompted Nitto Denko to invest more in Singapore by building a prototyping center there, which will be incubated at local research institute. The prototyping center will focus on an optical waveguide for biosensing applications.
The funding will enable C3Nano to scale up its hybrid carbon nanotube (CNT) based transparent electrode ink and film for use in devices such as touch screens, OLED devices, PV panels and flexible displays and to collaborate with customers.
MicroVision (Nasdaq: MVIS), ultra-miniature display technology provider, opened a research and development center at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. MicroVision plans to staff the new R&D facility with up to 25 engineers by 2012.
DARPA awarded QD Vision Inc. $900,000 to advance their quantum-dot-based infrared materials and deliver two prototype devices in the next 12 months.
Pico projectors, projector modules that can be integrated into cell phones and other electronics, are just gaining market adoption. However, expect pico projectors to exceed 97.5 million units, with revenues hitting $10 billion, by 2017, says Global Industry Analysts Inc.
Robert Bosch GmbH (Bosch), one of the top 4 MEMS suppliers, has standardized on an enhanced custom/analog flow based on Virtuoso v6.1 technology from Cadence Design Systems Inc.
Wake Forest University and international partner researchers developed an extremely large organic semiconductor molecule that is stable and possesses excellent electrical properties at a low cost.
QD Vision Inc. relocated to a new, high-volume production facility in Lexington, MA, gearing up for new product launches in 2012.
Using a microreactor and control software, Quantum Materials Corporation (QMC) and the Access2Flow Consortium of the Netherlands achieved a continuous flow process to mass produce quantum dots.
MicroVision Inc. (Nasdaq: MVIS) secured a committed equity financing facility, wherein it can sell Azimuth Opportunity Ltd. up to $35 million of its shares of common stock over a 24-month period.
Based on COMSOL Multiphysics simulation software, the new COMSOL Inc. Microfluidics Module enables users to study microfluidic devices and rarefied gas flows. The module is designed for microfluidics and vacuum researchers and engineers.
Ntera has debuted technology that can create interactive color-changing electronic displays on just about any type of printed product, at low cost and with minimal power requirements -- a shot across the bow to LCD and other panel technologies.
LCD displays are prevalent in today's handheld devices, but power efficiency and readability issues give incentive to uncover alternative approaches. Qualcomm senior engineer Rashmi Rao shared the company's MEMS-based approach to displays at a recent IEEE Bay Area Nanotechnology Council meeting, reports Neha K. Choksi.
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.
The release of these new SEMI International Standards covers a wide range of applications, including display, PV, and 450 mm wafers. These standards address issues that are active today, and those that will arise when and if the industry moves to larger-diameter silicon.
In his research, by implanting the gold nanoparticles into Bacopa caroliniana plants, Dr. Yen-Hsun Su was able to induce the chlorophyll in the leaves to produce a red emission. Under high wavelength of ultraviolet, the gold nanoparticles can produce a blue-violet fluorescence to trigger a red emission of the surrounding chlorophyll.
According to a recently published report from iRAP, Inc., ET-110 Nanolithography Equipment for IT, Electronics and Photonics – A Technology, Industry and Global Market Analysis, the overall market for wafers and nanofabrication equipment is expected to grow at 11% a year for the next five years, from an estimated $65.8 billion in 2009 to $111 billion in 2014.
SEMICON West is less than 2 months away, July 10-12 in San Francisco, CA. Plan your attendee schedule now with highlights from the Extreme Electronics “show within a show;” 4 strong keynotes; sessions on device architecture and node shrink, lithography, 450mm wafers and more.
Polymer membrane films are being developed to meet the requirements for next-generation display systems and for production using R2R fabrication techniques to further reduce manufacturing costs.
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.
The market for MOEMS is poised for exponential growth, reports Semico. MEMS devices are established in projection applications, and MEMS for direct view displays are emerging.
Qualcomm will scale back its mirasol display technology, which uses interferometric modulation, a MEMS-based technology capable of creating color from ambient reflected light. Qualcomm will scale Mirasol back into a limited set of products, and will look to license it to industry partners.
Texas Instruments (TI, NASDAQ:TXN) DLP Products released DLP LightCrafter, an advanced, compact evaluation module for TI's spatial light steering DLP technology. The evaluation kit is built around the reference design for TI’s 0.3" WVGA resolution DLP chipset.
After 5 straight months of steep declines, prices for large-sized LCD panels stabilized in December 2011, thanks to better-than expected sales and decreased production, says IHS.
In the company's first use of MEMS technology, Konica Minolta developed the KM128SNG-MB high-precision inkjet printhead for manufacturing printed electronics.
Later this month, IC Insights’ August Update to the 2013 McClean Report will show a ranking of the top 25 semiconductor suppliers in 1H13.
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $74.65 billion during the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 6 percent from the first quarter when sales were $70.45 billion.
Photoresists are primarily used in the electronics industry and in high demand from the semiconductor and liquid crystal display (LCD) sectors where photolithography is a main manufacturing process.
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).
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.
Transistors in ultra-high definition displays (UHD) possess particularly fine structures. Only extremely pure sputtering targets are suitable for use as the input materials for the fine conductor paths.
The Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2), a global semiconductor standards consortium, announced today that it has appointed John Ellis as vice president of Engineering and officer of Si2.
The market for semiconductors used in industrial electronics applications relished a better-than-expected first quarter as macroeconomic headwinds turned out to be less severe than initially feared.
Two NJIT researchers have demonstrated that using a continuum-based approach, they can explain the dynamics of liquid metal particles on a substrate of a nanoscale.
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.
After experiencing runaway growth in recent years, the OLED display market is gearing up to make another big leap.
Anapass, Inc, a display SoC solution provider, today announced that it has successfully completed development of a leading-edge panel controller system on chip “SoC” for UHD TV applications and has recently started mass production.
M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings, Inc., a supplier of high performance RF, microwave, and millimeter wave products, today announced it has filed suit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against GigOptix, Inc. (NYSE MKT:GIG) for patent infringement.
The total applied market created by printed electronics technology is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 47 percent to $24.3 billion by 2020 from $3.3 billion in 2013
Whereas the current display industry has developed its technology and products centered on scaling-up to large sizes and realizing high-resolution images, the future industry development direction is expected to focus on flexible displays.
Competitive pressures, collapse of vertically integrated business model, increasing "asset-lite" strategies lead to Japan mergers, spinoffs
SEMI honored 14 industry leaders for their outstanding accomplishments in developing standards for the microelectronics and related industries. The SEMI Standards awards were announced at a reception held during SEMICON West 2013.
Battered by the nonstop onslaught of media tablets, the mobile PC market in 2013 delivered the worst second-quarter performance in 11 years.
With most of the top brands introducing new flagship models in the first half of 2013, smartphone buyers now have more choices than ever, a phenomenon that will contribute to an expected doubling in market shipments from 2012 to 2017.
SEMI today announced that Ajit Manocha, CEO of GLOBALFOUNDRIES, has been selected to receive the “SEMI Outstanding EHS Achievement Award — Inspired by Akira Inoue.”
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.
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.
The future is bright for the future semiconductor and IT industry, according to Samsung exec Yoon Woo (Y.W.) Lee. In a keynote talk at The ConFab, Mr. Lee described a future with dramatic advances in almost every field, including healthcare, nano, energy and the environment, all powered by semiconductors
Global inventory of liquid-crystal display television (LCD TV) panels is set to rise to its highest level in 19 months in August, with the elevated stockpiles expected to contribute to a decline in prices in the second half of the year.
Making a stellar debut, high-resolution liquid-crystal display (LCD) panels featuring resolutions of 300 pixels per inch (ppi) or more are appearing in media tablets for the first time this year, with shipments set to approach 13 million units.
Compound Photonics announced an agreement with RFMD whereby Compound Photonics will purchase Europe's largest gallium arsenide (GaAs) manufacturing facility in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, England.
CEA-Leti today announced that a group of European and Japanese companies, research institutes, universities and cities will work together in the ClouT project to deliver ways for cities to leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing – to become smart cities.
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.
Mike Splinter, chairman and chief executive officer of Applied Materials, was awarded the 2013 Robert N. Noyce Award, presented annually by the Semiconductor Industry Association, for outstanding achievement and leadership in support of the U.S. semiconductor industry. Splinter has been on the SEMI International Board of Directors since 2005.