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USPTO seeks nominees for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Tue, 1 Jan 2012

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."

Gold wires go brittle at nanoscale

Mon, 8 Aug 2011

Gold wires are used in electronic devices due to the material's flexiblity and conductive quality. At the nanoscale, however, gold wires (<20nm wide) become "brittle-like" under stress, according to a new study at Rice University.

Henkel brings adhesives into Holst Centre research network on flexible electronics

Mon, 4 Apr 2011

Adhesives with electrical conductivity, moisture barriers, etc. are needed for heterogeneous integration of silicon and plastic electronics, lamination and interconnection of functional foils to form working devices such as flexible solar cells, OLED lighting, or flexible displays, and other technologies. Henkel will work in various research areas at Holst.


Wed, 11 Nov 2010

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.

Moisture Barrier Bags

Tue, 2 Feb 2000
Statshield EMI/RFI High Moisture Barrier Bags provide a dry ESD-protected package for ESDS devices. The moisture transmission rate is < 0.005 gr, and the 6.5 mil thickness offers over 30 pounds of puncture resistance. Static dissipative properties comply with EIA-583-1 and available sizes range from 4 x 6≤ to 18 x 24≤. Desiccant and humidity indicator cards are available.

Soaring indium costs drive hunt for alternative in transparent electrodes

Fri, 3 Mar 2012

As electronic devices with ITO-based displays proliferate, as is the case with smartphones and media tablets, indium market prices are soaring, Displaybank reports. ITO electrodes are also prone to cracking, which presents a problem for flexible displays.

Pervasive Displays partners with Energy Micro for electronic paper dev kit

Tue, 3 Mar 2012

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.

2012 Flexible Electronics & Displays: The future is flexible

Wed, 2 Feb 2012

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.

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

Thu, 3 Mar 2012

Rainbow Technology Systems introduced the Panda Coater for high-performance coating of sheet and reel-to-reel materials. It offers an alternative to coventional roller-in-bath systems.

UniPixel names manufacturing partner for display cover films

Tue, 3 Mar 2012

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

Conference report: MRS Spring 2012, Day 2

Wed, 4 Apr 2012

Blogger Mike Fury reports from the MRS Spring 2012 meeting in San Francisco. Highlights from the second day: OLED TFT displays, single transistor DRAMs, silicon photonic wires, CNTs, 3D optical interconnects, graphene for RF and sensing, transparent ZnO, epidermal electronic systems, stretchable electronics, ultra-low-k dielectrics, patterning of electroceramics, PRAM (an alternative to NRAM), and inkjet printing of superconducting films.

Commercialization of stretchable electronics: The mc10 example

Tue, 4 Apr 2012

Commercialization of stretchable electronics: The mc10 example

Tue, 4 Apr 2012

Polyera readies flexible semiconductors for launch with $24.5M funding round

Thu, 4 Apr 2012

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.

Oxide TFT comes to the fore with FPD growth

Wed, 4 Apr 2012

The FPD market's growth is pushing next-generation display technologies forward, as profitability worsens for a-Si TFTs. New core technologies are needed to improve the performance of TFTs, such as oxide TFTs.

imec launches flexible OLED display manufacturing research with Holst Centre

Thu, 1 Jan 2012

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 award honors quantum dot research at QD Vision

Wed, 1 Jan 2012

SEMI presented its annual SEMI Award for North America to QD Vision. QD Vision team members made significant progress on the integration and manufacturing processes essential to the commercialization of quantum dot (QD) technology.

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

Thu, 2 Feb 2012

FlexTech Alliance awarded its 2012 FLEXI Awards for flexible, printed electronics and displays industry to PARC and Thin Film Electronics, Western Michigan University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Organic printed electronics roadmap recognizes market entry

Mon, 1 Jan 2012

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.

Thin Film Electronics, Lockheed Martin execs join FlexTech Alliance

Fri, 1 Jan 2012

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.

ROI potential for OLED, emerging display technologies

Mon, 1 Jan 2012

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.

OLED trends: Materials, color patterning advances and the display race

Fri, 1 Jan 2012

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

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

Tue, 1 Jan 2012

Solid State Technology editor Pete Singer caught up with Janos Veres, area manager for printed electronics in the electronic materials and devices laboratory at PARC.

Thinfilm forms printed display and battery partnerships

Tue, 1 Jan 2012

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.

OLEDs erode LCD dominance, starting in small displays

Fri, 4 Apr 2012

Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) will be a nearly $11 billion market in 2017, and will take some display market share from the $100-billion LCD sector, according to a Lux Research report.

Conference Report: MRS Spring 2012, Day 3

Thu, 4 Apr 2012

Blogger Mike Fury reports from the MRS Spring 2012 meeting in San Francisco. Highlights from the third day: leakage and TDDB in low- κ dielectrics, flexible energy storage and conversion, Mn capping layers and diffusion barriers, hard masks for Cu interconnects, nanogenerators, Cu in RF, flexible temperature sensors, NEMS and MEMS in HDD, ZnO nanostructures, and various aspects of CMP.

FLEXcon supports flexible electronics with new R&D center in MA

Thu, 5 May 2012

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.

Organic complementary logic aim of 2 European research projects

Fri, 5 May 2012

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.

Top 10 innovative technology firms in Q1

Fri, 5 May 2012

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.

Metrology project launches in Europe for thin films

Fri, 3 Mar 2012

The National Physical Laboratory in the UK is leading a new EMRP project on thin film manufacturing metrology for industries such as opto electronics, plastic and printed electronics, displays and lighting, memories and solar cells.

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

Thu, 3 Mar 2012

Dynamic changes in the FPD industry range from new LCD, AMOLED, touch, and flexible technologies to the emergence of China as the leading consumer and manufacturer of display products. FPD China covers the entire industry supply chain.

Kent Displays triples flexible LCD production capacity with second R2R line

Thu, 3 Mar 2012

Kent Displays is installing its second roll-to-roll (R2R) production line at its Kent, OH headquarters, manufacturing flexible Reflex No Power LCDs.

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

Wed, 2 Feb 2012

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. recently spun off its LCD operations, which IHS analysts say will boost the short-term competitiveness of the business, and may herald the long-term dominance of AMOLED in display technology.

Asian Research Network develops CNT touch sensors, electronic ink

Tue, 2 Feb 2012

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

European collaboration to develop organic and large-area electronics

Mon, 2 Feb 2012

Europe’s leading organic and large-area electronics (OLAE) organizations have joined forces in the Framework 7 project COLAE, which aims to speed up the commercialization and adoption of organic and large area electronics by promoting collaboration between industry clusters throughout Europe.

3M flexible barrier films for displays come to market

Tue, 5 May 2012

M’s Optical Systems Division made its flexible, optically clear 3M FTB3-50 and FTB3-125 films available commercially, to protect sensitive electronics displays from water vapor and oxygen. The films previously were sold under limited R&D agreements.

SEMICON Europa 2012 seeks presenters

Fri, 3 Mar 2012

SEMI is seeking papers for technical sessions and presentations at the upcoming SEMICON Europa 2012, October 9-11 in Dresden, Germany. Technical presentation abstracts are due April 30.

Arkema enters microelectronics manufacturing research area with CEA

Tue, 5 May 2012

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.

Dupont Teijin Films exec joins FlexTech Alliance leadership

Thu, 3 Mar 2012

FlexTech Alliance, focused on developing the flexible, printed electronics industry supply chain, appointed its 2012 Governing Board members.

SEMI acquires Plastic Electronics Conference and Exhibition

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

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

Fri, 11 Nov 2012

Materials experts from across the supply chain gathered at the 2012 Strategic Materials Conference 2012 in San Jose in October, discussing key materials needs for micromanufacturing outside the CMOS mainstream: OLEDs and GaN-on-silicon power semiconductors, graphene, CNTs, and self-assembling polymers.

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

Mon, 11 Nov 2012

Despite continued delays from its two big proponents, OLED TV technology will finally start ramping over the next year, reaching one million unit shipments in 2014 and a 3% market penetration by 2016, says NPD DisplaySearch.

OLED lighting sales could reach $1.7B by 2020 -- if panel makers commit now

Fri, 11 Nov 2012

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.

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

Tue, 10 Oct 2012

This year is shaping up to be a historically lousy year for makers of flat-panel display (FPD) manufacturing equipment, but expectations are looking up that demand will catch up to supply in 2013 and balance the market, according to NPD DisplaySearch projections.

Why bigger is better for FPD recovery and growth

Wed, 10 Oct 2012

DisplaySearch explains why larger panel sizes are a big reason the flat-panel display industry is back on the road to recovery, despite excess capacity and eroding prices (and profits): larger panel sizes. Plus: a Black Friday deal tip-off.

Roll-to-roll plasma etch equipment project completed

Wed, 10 Oct 2012

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.

Process Watch: Cycle time’s paradoxical relationship to inspection

Tue, 12 Dec 2012

In the seventh installment in a series called Process Watch, the authors discuss cycle time and the impact of inspection. Authored by experts at KLA-Tencor, Process Watch articles focus on novel process control solutions.

Breakthrough in contact lens displays unveiled

Wed, 12 Dec 2012

A new breakthrough in contact lens displays can turn your eyes in to dollar signs, but they aren’t an alternative to Google glasses.

EV Group completes cleanroom expansion, opens new R&D labs

Wed, 11 Nov 2012

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.

FlexTech Alliance, 4D Technology developing R2R surface metrology system

Fri, 12 Dec 2012

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.

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

Wed, 12 Dec 2012

Increased tablet adoption, with Apple's continued dominance and emergence by new players (see Google, Microsoft) are changing the mobile PC competitive landscape -- and supply-chain partners are having to rethink their strategies to stay atop the game.

E Ink plans SiPix acquistion to bolster electronic paper displays offering

Fri, 8 Aug 2012

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.

Thin glass or polymers for display substrates?

Fri, 8 Aug 2012

Charles Annis, DisplaySearch, reports on new thin glass products for lighter, thinner, and flexible displays, and shares the pros and cons of thinned glass and polymer substrates.

Panasonic reorgs R&D along medium-, long-term roadmaps

Fri, 8 Aug 2012

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.

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

Wed, 8 Aug 2012

Most firms offering alternatives to ITO focus on the touch-screen sensor market; however, this sector is too small for many of these firms to generate significant revenues. NanoMarkets outlines the various ITO alternatives, and their possible application spaces.

SEMICON West preview: OLED displays and lighting adopt printing processes, flexible substrates

Tue, 7 Jul 2012

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.

OLED thin-film encapsulation technology key to new applications

Fri, 6 Jun 2012

OLED thin film encapsulation technology is the one of technologies emerging as the core technology of flexible OLED, and technology development and patent securing competition between world’s leading OLED companies will increase accordingly, shows Displaybank.

Polyera prints n-type organic semiconductors for flexible displays

Thu, 7 Jul 2012

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.

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

Thu, 5 May 2012

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

AGC carrier glass enables ultra-thin display fab in existing production lines

Wed, 5 May 2012

AGC has developed 0.5mm carrier glass for handling and transport of its 0.1mm-thick ultra-thin glass during product manufacturing processes.

Largest flexible OLED display fabbed with mixed-oxide TFT

Wed, 5 May 2012

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.

Exciting display products take awards at Display Week

Tue, 6 Jun 2012

The Society for Information Display (SID), a global organization dedicated to the advancement of electronic display technology, announced the winners of its 17th annual Display Industry Awards.

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

Fri, 5 May 2012

The next big thing according to Charlotte Soens, manager mm-wave communication program at imec, is that people will start using these mobile devices to watch high-quality photos and videos, stored in the cloud. Soens presented details at imec's International Technology Forum.

ITF: Entering the booming market of mobile displays

Fri, 5 May 2012

USHIO UV irradiance meter offers thin form factor for optical film process control

Mon, 7 Jul 2012

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 alternatives infiltrating transparent conductive films market

Thu, 7 Jul 2012

ITO is the basis of more than 90% of TCFs, used in displays, flexible photovoltaics, and other devices, reports Cathleen Thiele, IDTechEx. With indium prices rising, and technical challenges related to indium’s brittle nature, manufacturers are looking to new technologies, such as finely printed conductive meshes, layers of silver or copper that are highly transparent, organic transparent conductors and variations such as carbon nanotubes and graphene.

PANL hits white OLED performance record

Mon, 6 Jun 2012

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

Printed electronics researchers in Europe install Optomec jet deposition tools

Fri, 7 Jul 2012

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).

UniPixel offers glass-alternative coating to displays industry

Wed, 7 Jul 2012

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

Printed electronics standards initiative starts with substrate materials

Fri, 7 Jul 2012

IPC and JPCA released their first operational-level standard for the printed electronics industry, defining terms and establishes basic requirements for substrate materials used in printed electronics: ceramic, organic, metal, glass and other.

Conference report: TechConnect, Day 2

Thu, 6 Jun 2012

Day 2 of the 2012 TechConnect World Summit, Expo & Showcase opened with fifteen parallel sessions ranging from printed and flexible electronics to device modeling to green chemistry and water to nanotechnology for cancer diagnostics. The unifying theme for this conference is promising technology in search of funding and the opportunity for market validation.

Panasonic re-ups imec research partnership on CMOS, flexible electronics, more

Thu, 6 Jun 2012

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.

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

Fri, 9 Sep 2012

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

Call for Papers: Flexible Electronics and Displays Conference

Thu, 8 Aug 2012

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

AIXTRON tool supports OTFT, OLED, other organic electronics manufacturing

Thu, 8 Aug 2012

AIXTRON launched the PRODOS-200 PVPD system for deposition of organic thin film materials, used to make OTFT displays and OLEDs, and in other manufacturing applications.

Spincast solution-based ITO could enable cheaper display manufacturing

Wed, 8 Aug 2012

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

Aixtron ships Prodos polymer PVD tool to Asian flexible electronics maker

Tue, 8 Aug 2012

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.

Printing methodologies for various electronic devices

Tue, 8 Aug 2012

Printing is emerging as a technology that can replace traditional photolithography processes for electronics manufacturing, reducing costly material use, very complex processes, and expensive equipment.

imec advances electronics that flex and stretch

Tue, 9 Sep 2012

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.

IBM demos high-performance CMOS on flexible plastic substrates

Tue, 9 Sep 2012

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.

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

Mon, 9 Sep 2012

Shipments of tablets are booming, and that means demand for tablet displays is set to spike as well -- and some new panel makers are getting in on the action, reports IHS iSuppli.

Sumitomo Chemical joins Holst Center for OLED materials research

Wed, 9 Sep 2012

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).

EU partners complete three-year OLED materials program

Tue, 9 Sep 2012

NEMO, a three-year European project to research solution-processable materials for OLEDs, has concluded with newly developed materials that can be integrated into large-surface OLED components and are suited for printing processes.

Linde adds China N2O plant, expands display gases reach in Asia

Tue, 9 Sep 2012

Linde Electronics has added a new high-purity nitrous oxide (N2O) plant in China's Jiangsu Province to support increased adoption of metal oxide transistors by display manufacturers.

ISORG and Plastic Logic co-develop the world’s first image sensor on plastic

Tue, 6 Jun 2013

ISORG and Plastic Logic have co-developed the first conformable organic image sensor on plastic, with the potential to revolutionize weight/power trade-offs and optical design parameters for any systems with a digital imaging element.

Flexible display market to reach nearly 800 million unit shipments by 2020

Thu, 6 Jun 2013

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.

Transparent electrode market to grow to $5.1 billion by 2020

Wed, 5 May 2013

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

Patent analysis: Flexible OLED structures

Tue, 5 May 2013

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

Printed, flexible and organic electronics sees 15.2% CAGR over the next decade

Fri, 5 May 2013

The new report from IDTechEx titled "Printed, Organic & Flexible Electronics: Forecasts, Players & Opportunities 2013-2023" finds that the total market for these technologies will grow from $16.04 billion in 2013 to $76.79 billion in 2023.

Smart glass shipments to rise to 10 million by 2016, thanks to Google Glass

Wed, 4 Apr 2013

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.

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

Wed, 5 May 2013

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

Innovation could bring flexible solar cells, transistors, displays

Wed, 5 May 2013

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

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

Wed, 5 May 2013

During the keynote speech, Kim said that the future of displays will change considerably, with special attention to be given for the virtually infinite number of imaging possibilities in AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) display technology.

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

Thu, 5 May 2013

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

FlexTech Alliance elects Keith Rollins Chairman of the Board

Wed, 2 Feb 2013

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.

Small, medium-size AMOLED displays doubling by 2015

Thu, 1 Jan 2013

Active matrix OLED (AMOLED) displays will continue to encroach upon LCD technology through small and medium-sized (9-in. and smaller) displays used in mobile phones, according to recent analysis by NPD DisplaySearch.

ISSCC 2013: Imagers, MEMS, medical and displays

Mon, 2 Feb 2013

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

ISSCC 2013: Large-area flexible electronics

Mon, 2 Feb 2013

Hoi-Jun Yoo, subcommittee chair of ISSCC 2013, writes on the focus of technology directions in the field of large-area and low-temperature electronics.

Patent analysis: Flexible roll-to-roll processing

Tue, 2 Feb 2013

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.

CES: Phablets and table PCs break the PC mold

Fri, 1 Jan 2013

Among the usual confluences of useful and cool gadgets (not to mention bizarre) at this week's annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, two types of devices with new formfactors aimed to rethink the PC model.

Look for 4K LCDs, OLEDs at CES

Mon, 1 Jan 2013

As the annual Consumer Electronics Show and hordes of techie enthusiasts descends over Las Vegas this week, NPD DisplaySearch revisits the battle between two display technologies -- 4K × 2K vs. OLEDs.

Is Apple changing its mind on touch panel structures?

Tue, 1 Jan 2013

Reports are circling around Apple's supply chain of a potential shift in the company's display technology for its future iPhones and iPads -- moving back to LCDs and away from touch panels -- but a drastic realignment of its supply chain is probably not likely, observes DisplaySearch.

Fraunhofer IAP opens pilot line for organic electronics

Tue, 1 Jan 2013

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.

Report: "Glaring imbalances" in printed electronics venture funding

Thu, 1 Jan 2013

Printed, flexible, and organic electronics have garnered more than $7.5 billion in venture funding from 1996-2011, though it's declined sharply since 2007. A new Lux Research report looks at who's getting attention and who's not.

Production process doubles speed and efficiency of flexible electronics

Wed, 2 Feb 2013

Stretched-out clothing might not be a great practice for laundry day, but in the case of microprocessor manufacture, stretching out the atomic structure of the silicon in the critical components of a device can be a good way to increase a processor's performance.

Large-Area Flexible Electronics Trends

Tue, 12 Dec 2012

New Product: Engineered Material Systems introduces die attach for temperature-sensitive applications

Tue, 2 Feb 2013

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.

Corning believes flexible displays with Willow glass are still three years out

Fri, 3 Mar 2013

CEO believes that the technology may be made available in simple products this year.

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

Wed, 3 Mar 2013

The Flexible Electronics and Display Center (FEDC) at Arizona State University and PARC, a Xerox company, today announced that they successfully manufactured the world's largest flexible X-ray detector prototype using advanced thin film transistors (TFTs).

Printed electronics sector takes hard look at the flexible future

Tue, 3 Mar 2013

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.

Polarizer market to grow to $14 billion by 2016

Thu, 4 Apr 2013

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.

Flexible barrier films for electronics experience 39.8% CAGR over the next decade

Wed, 3 Mar 2013

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.

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

Thu, 7 Jul 2011

Wrapping up the Organic Microelectronics & Optoelectronics Workshop, Michael A. Fury reports on vertical structures for OLEDs, solution processing for OLEDs and organic TFTs, small-molecule organic semiconductors, and characterizing mobility and recombination in organic PV devices.

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

Wed, 7 Jul 2011

Techcet's Michael A. Fury reports from the Organic Microelectronics & Optoelectronics Workshop in San Francisco, where talks delved into flexible displays, organic molecular tunnel junctions, thin-film microprocessors, and a microphone that can "see" sound.

SEMICON West 2012: Submit an abstract today

Mon, 12 Dec 2011

SEMI is looking for presenters for technical sessions and other opportunities at SEMICON West 2012, July 10-12 in San Francisco, CA.

Large OLEDs top lists in China

Thu, 4 Apr 2011

Small-sized OLEDs are mature, now that rapid adoption has occured in the mobile phone sector. With technical advances and mass production processes, larger-sized OLEDs will come to the fore, according to CCID Consulting. Advancements are needed in the areas of process equipment and driver IC technology for China to become an OLED leader. CCID and NanoMarkets summarize their OLED market assessments for China, Japan, and Korea.

MRS Day 3: Memory, hardmasks, low-k -- nothing's confidential

Thu, 4 Apr 2011

Michael A. Fury continues reporting from this year's MRS Spring meeting. Highlights from Day 3: PCM and other memory devices; damascene vs. amorphous carbon hardmasks, more on low-k and ULK materials, and studies of barrier materials and deposition processes.

SmartKem wins Welsh grant for flexible semiconductor materials

Wed, 1 Jan 2011

SmartKem Ltd, developer of novel printable semiconductor materials for flexible electronics, announced that the Welsh Assembly Government has awarded the company £335,000 in funding to further develop its flexible printed electronics solutions.

AMOLED and other new technologies drive displays

Thu, 9 Sep 2011

The Future of Mobile Display by ROA Holdings finds that larger panels are increasing mobile device usage, and AMOLED is replacing LCD as the mainstream display technology. Mobile device companies, rather than display makers, are leading the drive for new technologies.

DuPont AMOLED fab tech draws TV display maker's interest

Thu, 11 Nov 2011

DuPont has signed a technology licensing agreement allowing an Asian display maker to use DuPont process technology to make large AMOLED television displays at significantly lower cost than alternative technologies.

Printed electronics improve displays, lithium-ion batteries, c-Si solar cells

Fri, 10 Oct 2011

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.

Vitex touts flexible CIGS lifetime achievement

Thu, 6 Jun 2008
June 12, 2008 - Vitex Systems says it has achieved a "key breakthrough" in protecting flexible copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) solar cells with its "Flexible Glass," achieving 1100 hrs of testing in high-temperature and humidity conditions with stable efficiency.

IMEC touts optical links in flexible substrate

Thu, 10 Oct 2008
European R&D consortium IMEC says it has made first functional optical links embedded in a flexible substrate, paving the way toward optical sensing foils for use in monitoring irregular or moving surfaces.

Researchers pushing work on flexible thin-film transistors

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

IMEC unveils bendable chip package

Tue, 4 Apr 2006
April 4, 2006 - IMEC and its associated laboratory at the U. of Ghent have developed a new process flow for ultrathin chip packages resulting in bendable packaged chips. The process has been demonstrated with silicon chips thinned down to 20-30µm, with total thickness of 50µm.

Korean firm promises tiny single-chip display driver chip

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

AMAT invests in solar wafer maker Solaicx

Mon, 11 Nov 2006
November 20, 2006 - Furthering its newfound interests in the high-growth solar market, Applied Materials Inc. says it has invested $3.0 million in Solaicx, a privately held manufacturer of single-crystal silicon wafers for the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry. The firm plans to use the investment to open a second manufacturing site in the US by next year.

OLED films maker shifts to IP licensing

Thu, 2 Feb 2006
February 23, 2006 - Vitex Systems Inc., San Jose, CA, a developer of equipment and films used for organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays, says it is changing its business model to focus on licensing IP for its thin-film encapsulation technology.

PV silicon firm nails down $27M funding

Wed, 5 May 2007
May 9, 2007 - Solar PV silicon startup Solaicx says it has closed a Series C round of funding totaling $27.1 million, led by the D.E. Shaw group, with participation from several VC firms as well as an increased investment from Applied Materials' VC arm.

Taiwan's ITRI investing in flexible electronics R&D

Wed, 1 Jan 2007
January 3, 2007 - Taiwan's government-funded Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has set an aggressive budget over the next two years to support research and development of flexible electronic technologies and products, according to the Taiwan Economic News.

EV Group adds research facilities in AZ, NY

Wed, 9 Sep 2004
September 8, 2004 - EV Group, Scharding, Austria, is expanding its operations in North America in response to increased business and customer demand. EV Group Inc., the company's US subsidiary, will combine its headquarters, Technology Center, and Customer Support Division in the ASU Research Park in Tempe, AZ.

Seiko Epson develops bendable SRAM device

Tue, 10 Oct 2005
October 4, 2005 - Seiko Epson Corp. has made what it claims is the world's first bendable SRAM (static random access memory) device, using low-temperature polysilicon TFTs (thin film transistors), according to the Nikkei English News.

October 2005 Exclusive Feature: MATERIALS

Multilayer barrier coatings for flexible organic electronics

Fri, 9 Sep 2005
L.L. Moro, N.M. Rutherford, X. Chu, R.J. Visser, Vitex Systems, San Jose, California

All electronic and optoelectronic devices require protection from the influences of the environment. A thin-film, transparent, and flexible moisture and gas barrier called Barix can be applied at low temperatures (e.g., <80°C). Although this type of barrier layer can be used in many applications, its attributes make it a key enabling technology for creating plastic flexible substrates...

DuPont Displays, UDC form alliance to develop displays

Wed, 12 Dec 2002
Dec. 11, 2002 - Wilmington, DE, and Ewing, NJ - DuPont Displays, a business unit of DuPont and a developer and manufacturer of polymer OLED displays, together with Universal Display Corp. (UDC), an innovator of OLED technologies, have signed a joint development agreement to create a new generation of soluble OLED materials and technology.

From the Editor: Getting My Fix

Tue, 1 Jan 2008
I'm becoming an emerging technology junkie. One of the great things about my job is learning about new developments before everyone else in the world. Most of the time, I get to write about what I learned. Sometimes I don't. It's that word "embargoed" and the phrase "off-the-record" that hold me back. Eventually, I usually get to write about it — hopefully before anybody else does.

ZESTRON Asia/Pacific Relocates to Larger Facility

Thu, 1 Jan 2008
(January 24, 2008) MANASSAS, VA — ZESTRON Asia/Pacific has announced its recent relocation to a much larger facility in Shanghai, China. Located in the Zun Xuan Industrial Park, ZESTRON's new facility is reportedly home to the largest Asia/Pacific Application Technology Center.

Honeywell to Develop Flexible Electronics Materials with USDC

Thu, 1 Jan 2008
(January 24, 2008) SAN JOSE, CA — Honeywell Electronic Materials and the US Display Consortium (USDC), a public/private partnership chartered with developing the supply chain for the flat panel display industry, have announced a new agreement to develop materials for flexible electronics. Under this new $500,000 agreement, Honeywell will focus on developing materials to prevent short circuits in leading-edge flexible electronics for devices used by the US military.

Thin-film Batteries Attract Funding

Sun, 10 Oct 2006
GOLDEN, CO - To build high-volume manufacturing facilities for its proprietary thin-film batteries, Infinite Power Solutions (IPS) attracted funding from existing and new corporate investors.

Emerging High-Tech Industry at German Electronics Show

Fri, 10 Oct 2007
(October 26, 2007) FRANKFURT, Germany — Leaders in the emerging printed electronics sector will be showcasing technological advances at the 3rd Global Plastic Electronics Conference from October 29-30th in Frankfurt, Germany. Printed electronics technology enables new products or significant improvements, in applications such as handheld devices, flexible displays, or printed sensors and batteries.

Advance Made in Transparent Electronics

Wed, 12 Dec 2004
(December 29, 2004) Corvallis, Ore.—Researchers at Oregon State University and Hewlett Packard have reported their first example of an entirely new class of materials that could be used to make transparent transistors that are inexpensive, stable, and environmentally benign. This could lead to new industries and a broad range of new consumer products, scientists say.

Chip renaissance?

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

Honeywell expands AclarR production for pharmaceutical industry

Thu, 3 Mar 2008
March 27, 2008 -- /PRNewswire/ -- PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Honeywell (NYSE:HON) announcesthat it will expand production of AclarR film to meet growing demand for the clear, moisture-barrier material, which is used extensively in pharmaceutical packaging.

Moisture barrier

Sat, 5 May 1999
The 3300 Moisture Barrier Bag offers long-term protection from moisture, high-frequency protection and static shielding to protect sensitive electronic components or parts. According to the manufacturer, the bag is constructed of a multi-layer 3.6 mil film that provides puncture and tear resistance, meets the requirements of EIA-583 Class I and contains no amines, amides or N-Octanoic acid. Bags are available in standard and custom sizes.

Packaging products

Mon, 6 Jun 1998
These cleanroom packaging products help control contamination as well as provide ESD and moisture barrier protection. The line includes clear barrier laminates; high barrier foil laminates; static protective moisture barrier; low, medium and high density polyethylene; static shielding bags. All items are manufactured in a Class 100 cleanroom certified to Federal Standard 209E.

Flexible e-paper's cholesteric liquid crystals avoid power consumption

Wed, 10 Oct 2011

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.

Quantum-dot LED display made via transfer printing

Thu, 10 Oct 2011

Researchers from the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) and the University of Cambridge created a full-color high-resolution 4" quantum dot light emitting diode (QD-LED) display using transfer printing.

DuPont printed electronics material does more with less

Tue, 11 Nov 2011

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.

Printed electronics innovators awarded by IDTechEX

Fri, 12 Dec 2011

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

Solvay puts up $15M for Plextronics' printed electronics tech

Wed, 7 Jul 2011

Silicon nano-ribbons = flexible, stretchable ICs, says ConFab presenter David Icke

Thu, 5 May 2011

Silicon nano-ribbons manufactured by mc10The holy grail of flexible electronics would combine the performance of ICs with a form factor that could be stretched, twisted, and conformed to unconventional shapes. David Icke, CEO, MC10 Inc. spoke about flexible electronics in his ConFab Emerging Technologies talk, "Electronics Anywhere: Conformal, Stretchable Electronics Technology & Applications."

Large organic semiconductors developed at Wake Forest

Tue, 8 Aug 2011

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.

Plastic Logic changes CEO

Wed, 9 Sep 2011

Plastic Logic, plastic electronics technology development company, named Indro Mukerjee as CEO, succeeding 4-year CEO Richard Archuleta. 

Quantum dots manufactured in continuous flow process

Wed, 9 Sep 2011

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.

Nanocomposites in nature fuel OPV flex electronics

Thu, 1 Jan 2011

Chiton teeth. Source: Northwestern UniversityResearchers at Northwestern University are using an atomic-scale imaging tool to study organic/inorganic interfaces. Understanding how composites like the Eastern beaded chiton's teeth are designed can help scientists intelligently construct new materials.

Carbon nanotubes printed on paper

Thu, 8 Aug 2006
U.S. scientists using an off-the-shelf inkjet printer have developed a technique for printing patterns of carbon nanotubes on paper and plastic surfaces.

NANOIDENT claims world's largest printed semiconductor photodetector array

Tue, 5 May 2007
NANOIDENT Technologies AG says it has delivered the world's largest printed semiconductor-based photodetector array on a flexible PET foil substrate. The company says the array eliminates the need for costly optical filters.

Nantero, HP join to explore flex-electronics apps

Tue, 7 Jul 2007
Nantero, Inc. says it is working with HP to explore the use of HP inkjet technology and Nantero's carbon nanotube formulation to create flexible electronics products and develop low-cost printable memory applications.

Advance Nanotech subsidiary lists on London exchange

Fri, 1 Jan 2007
Advance Nanotech Inc., a New York-based provider of financing and support services to drive the commercialization of nanotechnology related products for homeland security and display technologies, announced that its subsidiary, Advance Display Technologies plc (ADT), commenced trading on the PLUS-quoted market in London.

Xerox seeks to push print for plastic circuits

Mon, 4 Apr 2004

E-books: A new chapter or same old story?

Thu, 6 Jun 2004
You'll have to try this as a thought experiment if you're not in Japan: Imagine you're reading this on a handheld device the size of a paperback book. The device looks like an over-sized Palm handheld, except the screen doesn't glow. Instead, it reflects the light around you, like paper. Would you switch to a handheld electronic device? Sony Corp. is betting you will say yes.

A gadget geek’s dream come true: Punch ‘print’ for anything you want

Fri, 7 Jul 2003
Imagine your kitchen blender conks out the day you’re hosting a large cocktail party. You search an online catalog, decide on a model, and click the “buy” button. But instead of waiting for the appliance to be shipped to your door, a new kind of printer on your desk springs into action, literally building the blender for you from the bottom up in a matter of hours. Call it desktop manufacturing. And thanks to small tech, it’s becoming a reality.

Nanosys raises blockbuster $30M despite skeptical VC community

Thu, 4 Apr 2003

One man's solution to micromachines' power problem looks good on paper

Fri, 6 Jun 2003
If Baruch Levanon of Israel’s Power Paper Ltd. has his way, billions of batteries may soon be rolling off the printing presses just like your morning newspaper. Levanon believes it is just a matter of time before his slender, flexible batteries are used to power applications ranging from smarter smart cards to MEMS-driven health-care devices.

Second-quarter report card shows how small tech is maturing

Thu, 8 Aug 2003
If the second quarter is any guide, some small tech companies are "growing up." Late stage investments accounted for more small tech venture dollars than in previous quarters and experts say small tech startups – especially in nanotech – are defining themselves more by the markets in which they operate than by the technologies they use.

Nanotubes pass acid test: Rice U research method untangles long tubes, clears hurdle toward armchair quantum wire

Wed, 7 Jul 2010

Rice University scientists have found the ultimate solvent for all kinds of carbon nanotubes (CNTs), a breakthrough that brings the creation of a highly conductive quantum nanowire closer.

Nobel_Laureate_graphene_researcher_Kostya_Novoselov plans SEMICON Europa talk

Mon, 10 Oct 2010

Dr. Kostya Novoselov will present, "Graphene: Materials in the Flatland." His talk will be given within the Plastic Electronics Conference on Thursday, October 21 in the plenary hall of Messe Dresden.

Flextech Alliance, Western MI U develop materials registry

Thu, 7 Jul 2010

The registry targets more timely, efficient, and accurate selection of the most appropriate material sets for flexible, printed electronics industry product developments, and serve all manufacturing platforms. The project is being funded in response to an identified critical industry need for more reliable performance and applications data on the variety of materials used in flexible, printed and organic (FPO) electronics applications.

Find more online!

Sat, 3 Mar 2008
Besides the obvious bonus in this issue—inclusion of the annual Small Tech Business Directory—this issue features another one: For the first time, Small Times is supplementing its standard print features with “Web exclusive feature articles” available only online.


Tue, 11 Nov 2010

The FlexTech Alliance has awarded a contract to Cambridge NanoTech to develop a high-speed atomic layer deposition (ALD) system. When completed, the system will enable the manufacture of large-area and flexible substrates for use in organic electronics, solar cells, biomedical devices, and displays.

Northwestern, Baxter Healthcare form innovation alliance

Fri, 1 Jan 2009
January 9, 2009: Northwestern Univesity and Baxter Healthcare Corp. will create a multidisciplinary research and innovation alliance, building on their existing collaboration on topics ranging from stem cell and nanotechnology research to student recruitment.

New England nanotech center renews funding

Wed, 8 Aug 2009
August 25, 2009: The Nanoscale Science and Engineering Research Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing, a joint venture pooling efforts from Northeastern, U. of Massachusetts/Lowell, and U. of New Hampshire, has received a five-year, $12.25M renewal grant from the National Science Foundation to continue its work with commercializing nanoscale scientific process.

EV Group sells flexible-display production tool

Wed, 1 Jan 2008
EV Group, a supplier of manufacturing equipment for the advanced packaging/3D interconnect, MEMS, SOI (silicon-on-insulator), nanotechnology, compound semiconductor and silicon-based power devices markets, says it has received a multi-million-Euro order from a leading European plastic electronics manufacturer for the high-volume production of flexible displays.

Researchers bend nanowires to create new class of electronic components

Thu, 3 Mar 2007
Georgia Tech researchers have used the semiconducting and piezoelectric properties of zinc oxide nanowires to create a new class of electronic components and devices that could provide the foundation for a broad range of new applications.

Army funding will help Universal Display develop 'Dick Tracy' wristphone

Thu, 10 Oct 2007
Before "Star Trek" devices became near-prototypes for futuristic real-life gadgets, the "Dick Tracy" wristwatch phone inspired generations of engineers. Universal Display's PHOLED technology is helping to make the tiny-display portion of that dream a reality.

Flexible electronics reach consumers, but manufacturing remains a challenge

Thu, 2 Feb 2007
As the first commercial flexible electronics reach consumers, significant manufacturing and technological obstacles remain for the potential multibillion-dollar market. This was one of the key themes at last week's Flexible Display & Microelectronics Conference.


Wed, 6 Jun 2008
June 18, 2008 -- The U.S. Display Consortium (USDC), a public/private partnership chartered with developing the flat panel display (FPD) and flexible electronics industry infrastructure, today announced a significant expansion to its 8th annual Flexible Electronics and Displays Conference, which returns February 2-5, 2009.

Flexible, printed electronics sector grows, but challenges remain

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

Inside the NIST gold/Si "sandwich" molecular switch

Fri, 9 Sep 2009

NIST materials scientist Mariona Coll Bau gives Small Times more insight into recent work with molecular switches and organic-silicon/metal "sandwiches," utilizing a flip-chip lamination process.

Konica Minolta moves to MEMS for OLED-printing inkjet head

Tue, 2 Feb 2012

In the company's first use of MEMS technology, Konica Minolta developed the KM128SNG-MB high-precision inkjet printhead for manufacturing printed electronics.

Binghamton University opens microelectronics manufacturing center

Thu, 4 Apr 2008
Binghamton University inaugurated its Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing (CAMM) facility this week. A collaborative effort by Binghamton University, Endicott Interconnect Technologies and Cornell University, the CAMM plans to pioneer microelectronics manufacturing research and development in a roll-to-roll (R2R) format.

Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing's "revolutionary" technology for nanoscale assembly

Fri, 5 May 2008
May 16, 2008 -- Researchers at the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN) at Northeastern University say they have discovered "an innovative technology that will have a tremendous impact on the nanotechnology industry." And they plan to demonstrate a prototype next month.

Solterra plucks new science chief from AZU display center

Mon, 11 Nov 2008
November 24, 2008: Hague Corp., a solar technology and quantum dot manufacturing company, has appointed Ghassen E. Jabbour to the position of chief science officer, to lead development and characterization of thin-film quantum dot solar cell products at recently acquired Solterra Renewable Technologies.

Stanford scientists publish theory, formula to improve 'plastic' semiconductors

Tue, 9 Sep 2013
A better understanding of the conductive properties of flexible semiconductors will aid in the development of bendable electronics.

A new photoresist technology for organic semiconductors enabling submicron patterns

Thu, 9 Sep 2013
Fujifilm and imec have developed a new photoresist technology for organic semiconductors that enables the realization of submicron patterns.

The flexible OLED sector grows slower than expected

Tue, 8 Aug 2013

After experiencing runaway growth in recent years, the OLED display market is gearing up to make another big leap.

Flexible substrate market to top $500 million in 2020

Wed, 8 Aug 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.

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

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

Flexible OLED market to rise to $100 million in 2014

Wed, 9 Sep 2013
Following Samsung’s introduction of the first flexible organic light-emitting diode (OLED) products this year, demand for these elastic displays is expected to grow by more than a factor of four next year, with sales reaching nearly $100 million in 2014.

Flexible display market to reach $67.7 billion by 2023

Thu, 11 Nov 2013
The display industry has developed towards in realizing large-screen and high quality image so far. But in the future, the development directions would go toward the reasonably priced flexible displays.

Nanotubes can solder themselves, markedly improving device performance

Tue, 11 Nov 2013
University of Illinois researchers have developed a way to heal gaps in wires too small for even the world’s tiniest soldering iron.

Flat panel displays get flexible

Tue, 3 Mar 2014
Flexible displays is a technological field that has been in R&D and pre-commercial development for several years, but what needs to happen to make volume production a reality, in areas including substrates, materials and production processes?

Samsung Display recognized for flexible display technology at Display Week 2014

Wed, 6 Jun 2014
Samsung Display announced today that it won the Gold Display of the Year Award with the world's first 5.68-inch curved super AMOLED display panel at the Society for Information Display’s (SID) Display Week 2014 being held in the San Diego Convention Center June 3-5.

SID announces winners of 2014 Display Industry Awards

Wed, 6 Jun 2014
Yesterday, the Society for Information Display (SID) unveiled the winners of its prestigious 19th annual Display Industry Awards.

Flexible glass firms branch into new applications

Sun, 6 Jun 2014
Ultrathin glass is well suited for use as interposers in semiconductor packaging applications.

Printed, flexible, and organic electronics: A growing opportunity

Tue, 7 Jul 2014
In wearable gadgets, flexible electronics may have met its dream application. And that’s no stretch of the imagination.

A cool approach to flexible electronics

Thu, 7 Jul 2014
A nanoparticle ink that can be used for printing electronics without high-temperature annealing presents a possible profitable approach for manufacturing flexible electronics.

FlexTech Alliance announces 2015FLEX conference theme, Call for Papers and advisory committee

Tue, 8 Aug 2014
FlexTech Alliance announced the conference theme, Call for Papers, and the industry chairs for the 14th Annual Flexible & Printed Electronics Conference & Exhibition -- 2015FLEX -- set for February 23 – 26, 2015 at the Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.

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

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

Copper shines as flexible conductor

Fri, 8 Aug 2014
Bend them, stretch them, twist them, fold them: modern materials that are light, flexible and highly conductive have extraordinary technological potential, whether as artificial skin or electronic paper.

Toward optical chips

Fri, 9 Sep 2014
A promising light source for optoelectronic chips can be tuned to different frequencies.

Future flexible electronics based on carbon nanotubes

Wed, 9 Sep 2014
Study in Applied Physics Letters show how to improve nanotube transistor and circuit performance with fluoropolymers

Flexible LEDs

Wed, 9 Sep 2014
Flexible light-emitting diode (LED) displays and solar cells crafted with inorganic compound semiconductor micro-rods are moving one step closer to reality, thanks to graphene and the work of a team of researchers in Korea.

Printed, flexible, and organic electronics will account for 18% of wearable athletics sensors in 2024

Fri, 9 Sep 2014
Printed, flexible and organic electronic (PFOE) sensors can offer flexible form factors, larger area, lower cost, lower power, and better disposability compared to conventional sensors, key attributes for wearable applications.

Smartwatches storm wearables market; Flexible displays are critical

Fri, 10 Oct 2014
Wearable electronics are going from geek to chic, as new smartwatches from the likes of Apple and Samsung have set a new standard for technological bling.

Printing in the hobby room: Paper-thin and touch-sensitive displays on various materials

Mon, 10 Oct 2014
What if you could integrate paper-thin displays into the cards, which could be printed at home and which would be able to depict self-created symbols or even react to touch? Those only some of the options computer scientists in Saarbrücken can offer.

New 3D display technology promises greater energy efficiency

Thu, 10 Oct 2014
LCD technology developed in Hong Kong maintains the 3D images it displays without drawing power.

Rice chemists gain edge in next-generation energy

Tue, 11 Nov 2014
Rice University scientists who want to gain an edge in energy production and storage report they have found it in molybdenum disulfide.

Better bomb-sniffing technology

Tue, 11 Nov 2014
University of Utah engineers have developed a new type of carbon nanotube material for handheld sensors that will be quicker and better at sniffing out explosives, deadly gases and illegal drugs.

Trans-Lux introduces TL Vision court side LED displays

Wed, 11 Nov 2014
Trans-Lux Corporation has released a new series of modular court side LED displays under its premier TL Vision brand.

Crocus MLU sensors aim to put more 'flex' into flexible displays

Wed, 11 Nov 2014
Crocus Technology, a provider of magnetically enhanced semiconductor technologies and products, today announces a new Magnetic Logic Unit (MLU) based solution that can detect the position and shape of flexible two dimensional surfaces.

Clearing a path for electrons in polymers: Closing in on the speed limits

Wed, 11 Nov 2014
Researchers from the University of Cambridge have identified a class of low-cost, easily-processed semiconducting polymers which, despite their seemingly disorganised internal structure, can transport electrons as efficiently as expensive crystalline inorganic semiconductors.

ORNL thermomagnetic processing method provides path to new materials

Thu, 11 Nov 2014
For much the same reason LCD televisions offer eye-popping performance, a thermomagnetic processing method developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory can advance the performance of polymers.

Freescale wearable technology selected as 2015 CES Innovation Awards honoree

Wed, 11 Nov 2014
Freescale Semiconductor has been named a 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honoree for its Wearable Reference Platform (WaRP).

Bending -- but not breaking -- in search of new materials

Wed, 11 Nov 2014
Researchers at Drexel University and Dalian University of Technology in China have chemically engineered a new, electrically conductive nanomaterial that is flexible enough to fold, but strong enough to support many times its own weight.

Display industry recognizes Plastic Logic's flexible AMOLED technology with Innovation Excellence Award

Thu, 11 Nov 2014
Plastic Logic, experts in the development and industrialisation of flexible organic electronics, won the OLED Innovation Excellence award for its truly flexible AMOLED display technology.

New way to move atomically thin semiconductors for use in flexible devices

Thu, 11 Nov 2014
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new way to transfer thin semiconductor films, which are only one atom thick, onto arbitrary substrates, paving the way for flexible computing or photonic devices.

Holst Centre, imec and CARTAMUNDI join forces to create the near field communication chip of the future

Wed, 11 Nov 2014
Holst Centre, set up by the Belgian nanoelectronics research center imec and the Dutch research institute TNO, and Cartamundi NV have announced a collaboration to develop ultra-thin flexible near field communication (NFC) tags.

SmartKem announces new TFT fabrication facility to meet market demand for flexible semiconductors

Thu, 11 Nov 2014
SmartKem, a supplier of high performance semiconductor materials for the manufacture of truly flexible displays and electronics, has announced the opening of a new thin-film-transistor (TFT) fabrication and testing facility at the company’s Manchester site – doubling the size of the company.

A path to brighter images and more efficient LCD displays

Thu, 11 Nov 2014
University of Utah engineers have developed a polarizing filter that allows in more light, leading the way for mobile device displays that last much longer on a single battery charge and cameras that can shoot in dim light.

Research yields material made of single-atom layers that snap together like Legos

Tue, 11 Nov 2014
Physicists at the University of Kansas have fabricated an innovative substance from two different atomic sheets that interlock much like Lego toy bricks.

Explosive growth forecast for quantum dot LCD TV technology

Wed, 1 Jan 2015
LCD TV makers are responding to the challenge of OLED, with quantum dot (QD) technology, curved screens and other innovations.

Global diagnostic display shipments are on the rise

Wed, 1 Jan 2015
Global shipments of diagnostic displays are forecast to grow at a 5 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), between 2014 and 2018.

Quantum Materials increasing quantum dot production capacity to meet 4K LCD TV and display demand

Thu, 1 Jan 2015
North American quantum dot manufacturer Quantum Materials Corp today announced it is increasing production capacity to 2000 kilograms (2 metric tons) of quantum dots and nanoparticles per annum in Q2 2015.

IHS identifies technologies to transform the world over next five years

Mon, 1 Jan 2015
The Internet of Everything, cloud computing/big data and 3-D printing are the three technologies most likely to transform the world during the next five years, according to IHS Technology.

Carbon nanotube finding could lead to flexible electronics with longer battery life

Fri, 1 Jan 2015
University of Wisconsin-Madison materials engineers have made a significant leap toward creating higher-performance electronics with improved battery life -- and the ability to flex and stretch.

Silver nanowires demonstrate unexpected self-healing mechanism

Fri, 1 Jan 2015
With its high electrical conductivity and optical transparency, indium tin oxide is one of the most widely used materials for touchscreens, plasma displays, and flexible electronics. But its rapidly escalating price has forced the electronics industry to search for other alternatives.

Gov. Baker announces $4M grant to UMass Lowell to fuel emerging printed electronics cluster

Thu, 1 Jan 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker today announced a $4 million dollar grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (“MassTech”) to UMass Lowell to support development of a printed and flexible electronics industry cluster, an emerging field that has the potential to become a $76 billion global market in the next decade.

Sapphire industry: What we could expect after Apple’s withdrawal last September

Thu, 2 Feb 2015
The announcement by GTAT and Apple in late 2013 of a more than $1 billion combined investment to set up the largest sapphire crystal growth facility in the world had raised hopes that adoption of sapphire in smartphones would rapidly reach a massive scale, with Apple setting up the pace and forcing its competitor to follow suit.

Applied's merger with TEL: Still a work in progress

Wed, 2 Feb 2015
Applied Materials on Wednesday reported that its proposed merger with Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TEL) is still under way, without giving a deadline or expected date of conclusion.

Smartphone display manufacturers facing pressure to further reduce prices in 2015

Fri, 2 Feb 2015
Even as smartphone panel resolution continues to rise, and as display sizes continue to grow, panel manufacturers are facing pressure to reduce prices.

SmartKem collaborates with Centre for Process Innovation to support customer pre-production

Tue, 2 Feb 2015
SmartKem has announced an extensive collaboration programme with the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) for the development of pre-production prototypes featuring the SmartKem unique range of semiconductor inks for the manufacture of ultra flexible thin-film transistors (TFT).

Samsung, LGE and Sony to account for nearly half of all TV display panels shipping in 2015

Fri, 3 Mar 2015
Leading global TV brands, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and Sony, gained market share and increased their year-over-year shares of LCD TV shipments by an average of 11 percent in 2014, which is higher than the market average.

Engineers create chameleon-like artificial 'skin' that shifts color on demand

Thu, 3 Mar 2015
Borrowing a trick from nature, engineers from the University of California at Berkeley have created an incredibly thin, chameleon-like material that can be made to change color -- on demand -- by simply applying a minute amount of force.

Roll up your screen and stow it away?

Tue, 3 Mar 2015
Tel Aviv University researchers develop molecular backbone of super-slim, bendable digital displays.

C3Nano Inc. and Kimoto Ltd. Japan partner in a strategic alliance

Thu, 4 Apr 2015
C3Nano, Inc., a developer and supplier of solution-based, transparent conductive inks and films announced today that it has entered into a partnership with Kimoto, Ltd. Japan.

C3nano seals acquisition of Asia's largest manufacturer of silver nanowire, Aiden Co. Ltd. Korea

Tue, 4 Apr 2015
C3nano, Inc. announced today that it has acquired the major supplier of silver nanowire (AgNW) in Asia, Aiden Co. Ltd. of Korea.

Canatu launches high transmittance CNB transparent conductive film for touch sensors

Mon, 4 Apr 2015
Canatu, a manufacturer of next generation transparent conductive films and touch sensors, announces a new generation of high optical transmittance CNB (Carbon NanoBud) transparent conductive films at Printed Electronics Europe.

Global LCD TV panel shipments reached monthly record high in March 2015

Tue, 4 Apr 2015
LCD TV panel shipments from global panel makers reached 23.9 million in March 2015, growing 20 percent month over month and 11 percent year over year.

Improving organic transistors that drive flexible and conformable electronics

Tue, 5 May 2015
A revolution is coming in flexible electronic technologies as cheaper, more flexible, organic transistors come on the scene to replace expensive, rigid, silicone-based semiconductors, but not enough is known about how bending in these new thin-film electronic devices will affect their performance.

Random nanowire configurations increase conductivity over heavily ordered configurations

Fri, 5 May 2015
Researchers at Lehigh University have identified for the first time that a performance gain in the electrical conductivity of random metal nanowire networks can be achieved by slightly restricting nanowire orientation.

Smartwatch display shipments to reach record 34M units in 2015

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
Smartwatch display unit shipments are expected to grow 250 percent year-over-year, reaching a record 34 million units in 2015, led by demand for the new Apple Watch.

Flat panel display equipment spending forecast to reach $9B in 2015

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
Revenues for flat panel display (FPD) manufacturing equipment are expected to grow for the third consecutive year to reach $9.1 billion.

The impact of consumer demand for cutting-edge display technology on the gases market

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
How gases are used in the manufacture of displays is being impacted by new technologies, consumer demand, and the burgeoning China market.

Going organic: The cost-down route to foldable display manufacture

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
Organic semiconductors now offer the performance, cost and route to adoption, for foldable displays; from ultra-thin, conformal, wearables to truly foldable smartphones and tablets.

A KAIST research team develops the first flexible phase-change random access memory

Mon, 6 Jun 2015
Phase change random access memory (PRAM) is one of the strongest candidates for next-generation nonvolatile memory for flexible and wearable electronics.

4K TV panel shipments reached a monthly record of 3M units in April 2015

Mon, 6 Jun 2015
Of all TV panels expected to ship in 2016, one in five is forecast to be 4K TV.

Optimized printing process enables custom organic electronics

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
They are thin, light-weight, flexible and can be produced cost- and energy-efficiently: printed microelectronic components made of synthetics. Flexible displays and touch screens, glowing films, RFID tags and solar cells represent a future market.

Researchers create transparent, stretchable conductors using nano-accordion structure

Thu, 6 Jun 2015
Researchers from North Carolina State University have created stretchable, transparent conductors that work because of the structures' "nano-accordion" design. The conductors could be used in a wide variety of applications, such as flexible electronics, stretchable displays or wearable sensors.

The peaks and valleys of silicon

Mon, 6 Jun 2015
When the new iPhone came out, customers complained that it could be bent -- but what if you could roll up your too big 6 Plus to actually fit in your pocket? That technology might be available sooner than you think, based on the work of USC Viterbi engineers.

Graphene flexes its electronic muscles

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
Flexing graphene may be the most basic way to control its electrical properties, according to calculations by theoretical physicists at Rice University and in Russia.

Flexible display revenue to comprise 15 percent of total display market in 2024

Fri, 7 Jul 2015
Flexible displays are not only leading to sprawling applications and revolutionizing the display market, but they are also an increasingly important segment of overall display market revenues

Smartphone and tablets still drive demand for cover glass, as industry looks to smart watches for growth

Fri, 7 Jul 2015
With screen sizes increasing, smartphones continue to lead total area demand in the cover glass market; however, as the markets for smartphones and tablets mature, cover glass industry revenue growth is declining from 39 percent year over year in 2013 to 11 percent in 2015.

Traditional notebook display shipments drop as Chromebooks rise

Fri, 8 Aug 2015
Global consumers have lately become less interested in acquiring conventional notebooks with 15-inch displays, and they are instead shifting their spending to smaller product segments.

Status of flexible encapsulation to enable flexible electronics

Mon, 8 Aug 2015
In 2020, flexible barrier manufacturing for flexible electronic devices such as displays will be a market worth more than US$184 million, according to IDTechEx Research.

FlexTech Alliance receives $75M Department of Defense Award

Fri, 8 Aug 2015
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) today awarded FlexTech Alliance a Cooperative Agreement to establish and manage a Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) for Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE MII).

Flexible 7 inch touch panel with integrated OLED display developed

Tue, 9 Sep 2015
Together with ITRI, Taiwan, Heraeus, demonstrated the integration of Clevios conductive polymer based touch panel with AM OLED technology in a highly flexible device.

Turning clothing into information displays

Thu, 9 Sep 2015
Researchers from Holst Centre (set up by TNO and imec), imec and CMST, imec’s associated lab at Ghent University, have demonstrated the world’s first stretchable and conformable thin-film transistor (TFT) driven LED display laminated into textiles.

Overlooked resistance may inflate estimates of organic-semiconductor performance

Thu, 3 Mar 2016
If unaccounted for, 'non-ideal' behaviors can inflate estimates of charge-carrier mobility.

Rising Flexible Display Technology Patents Herald Future Market Growth

Tue, 9 Sep 2015
With a recent sharp rise in the number of patent applications for flexible display technologies, the market for various types of flexible displays is expected to broaden.

Dialog Semiconductor to acquire Atmel for $4.6 billion

Mon, 9 Sep 2015
Dialog Semiconductor and Atmel Corporation announced today that Dialog has agreed to acquire Atmel in a cash and stock transaction for total consideration of approximately $4.6 billion.

Functionalized graphene ink opens door to innovative screen-printing applications

Tue, 9 Sep 2015
A screen-printable functionalized graphene ink supplied by Goodfellow performs better than normal carbon-based ink.

2015 IEEE International Electron Devices meeting to showcase the latest technology developments in micro/nanoelectronics

Wed, 9 Sep 2015
At the 61st annual IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) subjects under discussion will encompass a range of topics critical to the continuing progress of the industry.

SEMI announces FlexTech Alliance as first Strategic Association Partner

Wed, 10 Oct 2015
SEMI announced today that FlexTech Alliance has become the first SEMI Strategic (Association) Partner.

UK collaboration seeks to develop new ultra-barrier materials based on Graphene interlayers

Mon, 10 Oct 2015
The Centre of Process Innovation (CPI) has announced that it is part of a UK based collaboration to develop the next generation of ultra-barrier materials using graphene for the production of flexible transparent plastic electronic based displays.

FlexEnable spearheads breakthrough in flexible electronics

Wed, 10 Oct 2015
FlexEnable has successfully validated a new class of high performance organic semiconductors in a million pound project funded by Innovate UK.

China to dominate flat panel display manufacturing by 2018, IHS

Thu, 11 Nov 2015
China is quickly adding capacity in all flat-panel display (FPD) manufacturing segments.

Advance could bring commercial applications for silver nanowires

Tue, 11 Nov 2015
New research suggests wrapping silver nanowires with an ultrathin layer of graphene protects the structures from damage and could represent a key to realizing their commercial potential.

Xaar and Lawter collaborate to deliver nanoink printing

Tue, 11 Nov 2015
Xaar plc and Lawter announced a collaboration to optimize the performance of a line of nanosilver conductive inks in the Xaar 1002 industrial inkjet printhead.

Printing & vacuum deposition: Competing for market share in the flexible electronics sector

Fri, 11 Nov 2015
Flexible electronic devices are starting to experience significant proliferation, with more and more devices with innovative form factors being brought to market, from small components such as disposable sensors that have been in the market for quite some time now, all the way to new flexible smart phones currently being demonstrated by consumer electronics giants like Samsung and LG.

China to dominate flat panel display manufacturing by 2018, says IHS

Fri, 11 Nov 2015
While conventional thin film transistor liquid crystal (TFT LCD) displays are rapidly trending towards commoditization and currently suffering from declining prices and margins, China is quickly adding capacity in all flat-panel display (FPD) manufacturing segments.

Highlights from Day 1 of IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA 2015

Thu, 11 Nov 2015
IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA 2015, held in Santa Clara, CA Nov 18-19, is one mega conference with eight co-located tracks ranging from sensor technology & wearables to IoT, energy harvesting & storage to electric vehicles, 3D printing and graphene.

2015 large area display shipment unit decline offset by increase in shipment area

Tue, 11 Nov 2015
While unit shipments are forecast to fall 5 percent this year, total shipment area is expected to rise 5 percent.

Photonic 'sintering' may create new solar, electronics manufacturing technologies

Thu, 12 Dec 2015
Engineers at Oregon State University have made a fundamental breakthrough in understanding the physics of photonic "sintering," which could lead to many new advances in solar cells, flexible electronics, various types of sensors and other high-tech products printed onto something as simple as a sheet of paper or plastic.

Nanoscale drawbridges open path to color displays

Fri, 12 Dec 2015
A new method for building "drawbridges" between metal nanoparticles may allow electronics makers to build full-color displays using light-scattering nanoparticles that are similar to the gold materials that medieval artisans used to create red stained-glass.

LG shows off 18 inch rollable OLED display at CES 2016

Wed, 1 Jan 2016
LG is showcasing a handful of futuristic concepts at CES 2016 this week, including an 18 inch prototype of an OLED display that can roll up like a newspaper.

Flexible hybrid electronics market heating up in 2016

Thu, 1 Jan 2016
Flexible and printed electronics applications are becoming real. Forecasters are predicting a nearly $30 billion market for internet-connected devices in a combined industry and consumer sector.

Oversupply to overshadow LCD market in 2016

Tue, 1 Jan 2016
The ongoing issue of liquid crystal display (LCD) oversupply -- exacerbated by China’s aggressive investment in production capacity as well as high fab utilization -- will continue well into 2016.

2016FLEX to gather over 600 experts in flexible hybrid electronics

Fri, 2 Feb 2016
Over 600 electronics professionals are expected to attend the 15th annual Flexible and Printed Electronics Conference and Exhibition (2016FLEX) at the Monterey Marriott February 29-March 3.

Seeing the future in flexible AMOLED displays, manufacturers expand production capacity in 2016

Thu, 2 Feb 2016
With the growing popularity of the Samsung Galaxy Edge series and the Apple Watch, display manufacturers are expanding their production capacity of flexible AMOLED displays.

Applied Materials' Robert Visser honored by Society of Information Display

Wed, 2 Feb 2016
Applied Materials, Inc. today announced that Dr. Robert Visser has received a 2016 Special Recognition Award from the Society of Information Display.

Call for Papers open for SEMICON Europa 2016 and 2016FLEX Europe

Wed, 2 Feb 2016
SEMI today announced the "Call for Papers" for technical sessions and presentations for SEMICON Europa 2016 which takes place 25-27 October in Grenoble, France.

Wearable device display unit shipments to hit $39M by 2016

Fri, 2 Feb 2016
The growing popularity of wearable applications is driving up shipments of the displays used in these devices.

World's thinnest lens to revolutionize cameras

Fri, 3 Mar 2016
Scientists have created the world's thinnest lens, one two-thousandth the thickness of a human hair, opening the door to flexible computer displays and a revolution in miniature cameras.

EV Group scales up nanoimprint lithography for display manufacturing

Mon, 3 Mar 2016
EV Group (EVG), a supplier of wafer bonding and lithography equipment for the MEMS, nanotechnology and semiconductor markets, today introduced the EVG 7200 LA SmartNIL system for display manufacturing and other applications that require large-area substrates.

Replacement for silicon devices looms big with ORNL discovery

Thu, 3 Mar 2016
Two-dimensional electronic devices could inch closer to their ultimate promise of low power, high efficiency and mechanical flexibility with a processing technique developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Effective graphene doping depends on substrate material

Tue, 3 Mar 2016
Juelich physicists have discovered unexpected effects in doped graphene - i.e. graphene that is mixed with foreign atoms.

The future is here: Interactive screens on your packages

Fri, 4 Apr 2016
Instead of reading a label, consumers could be interacting with an electronic screen on packaging in the future, thanks to a revolutionary new development by scientists at the University of Sheffield.

What screens are made of: New twists (and bends) in LCD research

Mon, 4 Apr 2016
Using a pioneering X-ray technique developed at Berkeley Lab, a research team has recorded the first direct measurements confirming a tightly wound spiral molecular arrangement that could help unravel the mysteries of its formation and possibly improve LCD performance.

Researchers develop new semiconducting polymer for forthcoming flexible electronics

Wed, 4 Apr 2016
A joint research team has developed a new n-type semiconducting polymer with superior electron mobility and oxidative stability.

UW-Madison engineers fabricate fastest flexible silicon transistor

Wed, 4 Apr 2016
Working in collaboration with colleagues around the country, University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have pioneered a unique method that could allow manufacturers to easily and cheaply fabricate high-performance transistors with wireless capabilities on huge rolls of flexible plastic.

Melissa Grupen-Shemansky appointed SEMI's CTO for flexible electronics and advanced packaging

Wed, 5 May 2016
SEMI today announced the appointment of Melissa Grupen-Shemansky, Ph.D., as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the FlexTech Group and for SEMI’s Advanced Packaging program.

New research shows how silver could be the key to gold-standard flexible gadgets

Wed, 5 May 2016
Research published in the journals Materials Today Communications and Scientific Reports has described how silver nanowires are proving to be the ideal material for flexible, touch-screen technologies while also exploring how the material can be manipulated to tune its performance for other applications.

FlexTech completes flexible hybrid electronics projects with ENrG, nScrypt, and PARC

Wed, 5 May 2016
FlexTech, a SEMI Strategic Association Partner, today announced the formal completion of three flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) R&D projects under its U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) technology investment agreement.

John Caldwell appointed as chairman of AMD Board of Directors

Fri, 5 May 2016
AMD today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Board member John Caldwell as Chairman.

The CEA announces expanded collaboration with Intel

Wed, 5 May 2016
The CEA (Atomic Energy Commission) and Intel are boosting their collaboration through a new R&D agreement signed in Paris on Thursday 12 May.

Changing markets drive smarter manufacturing by IC sector

Mon, 6 Jun 2016
The changing market for ICs means the end of business as usual for the greater semiconductor supply chain. Smarter use of data analytics looks like a key strategy to get new products more quickly into high yield production at improved margins.

Wide color gamut displays to comprise 17% of display shipment area in 2018

Tue, 6 Jun 2016
Shipment area of wide color gamut (WCG) displays is expected to reach 32 million square meters in 2018, which represents 17 percent of total display shipment area.

Flexible medical device manufacturing developments

Thu, 7 Jul 2016
The SEMICON West 2016 Flexible Electronics Forum provided two days of excellent presentations by industry experts on these topics, and the second day focused on the medical applications of flexible circuits.

Wearable and mobile devices leading to rise in flexible displays

Thu, 7 Jul 2016
Flexible displays for tablet PCs, near-eye virtual reality devices, automotive monitors and OLED TVs expected by 2022.

OLED to become leading smartphone display technology in 2020

Mon, 7 Jul 2016
Although liquid-crystal display (LCD) has dominated mobile phone displays for more than 15 years, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display technology is set to become the leading smartphone display technology in 2020.

Challenging the 'rigidity' for smart soft electronics

Wed, 8 Aug 2016
Soft electronic devices, such as a smartphone on your wrist and a folding screen in your pocket, are looking to much improve your lifestyle in the not-too-distant future. That is, if we could find ways to make electronic devices out of soft organic materials instead of the existing rigid inorganic materials.

McMaster researchers resolve a problem that has been holding back a technological revolution

Tue, 8 Aug 2016
Researchers at McMaster University have cleared that obstacle by developing a new way to purify carbon nanotubes -- the smaller, nimbler semiconductors that are expected to replace silicon within computer chips and a wide array of electronics.

Continuous roll-process technology for transferring and packaging flexible LSI

Mon, 8 Aug 2016
A research team led by Professor Keon Jae Lee from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and by Dr. Jae-Hyun Kim from the Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM) has jointly developed a continuous roll-processing technology that transfers and packages flexible large-scale integrated circuits.

Imec scientist awarded ERC Starting Grant to develop breakthrough flexible electronics

Tue, 9 Sep 2016
Nanoelectronics research center imec announces that Kris Myny, one of its young scientists, has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant.

The future of Europe pitch their startups at SEMICON Europa's Innovation Village

Wed, 9 Sep 2016
SEMI today announced that twenty-one start-ups have been selected to pitch to investors and exhibit their products at SEMICON Europa's INNOVATION VILLAGE in Grenoble, France at the Alpexpo from 25-27 October, 2016.

Solid State Technology announces expanded conference for The ConFab 2017

Wed, 9 Sep 2016
The conference and networking event, will be held at the iconic Hotel del Coronado in San Diego on May 14-17, 2017.

Applied Materials brings its e-beam review technology to the display industry

Wed, 9 Sep 2016
Applied Materials, Inc. today introduced the display industry's first high-resolution inline e-beam review (EBR) system, increasing the speed at which manufacturers of OLED and UHD LCD screens can achieve optimum yields and bring new display concepts to market.

South Korean IT display manufacturers replacing LCD with OLED

Wed, 10 Oct 2016
Due to increasing capacity from China, South Korean LCD panel makers are quickly realizing that LCD displays profitability may eventually erode, due to growing capacity and price competition from China, so they are betting their future on organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays.

Bendable electronic paper displays whole color range

Fri, 10 Oct 2016
Less than a micrometre thin, bendable and giving all the colours that a regular LED display does, it still needs ten times less energy than a Kindle tablet. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed the basis for a new electronic "paper".

SEMI Korea Members Day provides industry insights and networking

Wed, 10 Oct 2016
SEMI Korea has hosted a SEMI member event every year for its members since 2008 to provide networking opportunities and insight on the ever-changing issues in the industry.

Kateeva takes home award for YIELDjetT FLEX System

Thu, 11 Nov 2016
Last night at the Printed Electronics USA conference in Santa Clara, Calif., Kateeva’s YIELDjet FLEX inkjet printing system was named the winner of the prestigious Technical Development Manufacturing Award.

Display panel makers increase fab utilization rate to 90% in Q4 2016

Thu, 11 Nov 2016
The overall utilization rate at fabrication plants (fabs) used for display panel production is expected to reach 90 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016, up 7 percentage points from the same period in the previous year, and up 1 percentage point from the previous quarter.

Global semiconductor sales increase 5% year-over-year in October

Thu, 12 Dec 2016
The global semiconductor market has rebounded in recent months, with October marking the largest year-to-year sales increase since March 2015.

ANU invention to inspire new night-vision specs

Mon, 12 Dec 2016
Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have designed a nano crystal around 500 times smaller than a human hair that turns darkness into visible light and can be used to create light-weight night-vision glasses.

Flexible display shipments to increase sharply in 2017

Mon, 12 Dec 2016
As more smartphone manufacturers build designs using flexible display technology, shipments of flexible displays are expected to reach 139 million units in 2017, an increase of 135 percent compared to 2016.

Advance in intense pulsed light sintering opens door to improved electronics manufacturing

Thu, 12 Dec 2016
Faster production of advanced, flexible electronics is among the potential benefits of a discovery by researchers at Oregon State University's College of Engineering.

Chinese panel makers top over 1M units in quarterly shipments for AMOLED smartphone displays

Thu, 12 Dec 2016
Significant improvement in Chinese panel manufacturing technology offers domestic smartphone brands an alternative AMOLED supplier.

A year in review: Top 10 stories of 2016

Fri, 12 Dec 2016
From the ground-breaking research breakthroughs to the shifting supplier landscape, these are the stories the Solid State Technology audience read the most during 2016.

NUS researchers achieve major breakthrough in flexible electronics

Fri, 1 Jan 2017
New classes of printable electrically conducting polymer materials make better electrodes for plastic electronics and advanced semiconductor devices.

Large area displays market to witness growth owing to the high investments in OLED displays

Wed, 1 Jan 2017
According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global large area displays market is expected to reach USD 78.41 billion by 2021, growing at a CAGR of close to 2%.

As larger TVs gain popularity, TV panel area demand to grow 8% in 2017

Mon, 1 Jan 2017
Demand for TV panels in terms of area is forecast to reach 143 million square meters in 2017, up 8 percent from 2016, contributing to a 6 percent growth in the overall display market, according to IHS Markit.

Executive viewpoints: 2017 outlook

Wed, 1 Jan 2017
Each year, Solid State Technology turns to industry leaders to hear viewpoints on the technological and economic outlook for the upcoming year. Read through these expert opinions on what to expect in 2017.

Do not go where the path may lead

Fri, 1 Jan 2017
What follows, in Part 1 of this two-part article, is a quick look back at the industry in 2016 and the road ahead in 2017 followed by what SEMI achieved in 2016 and where SEMI’s road will lead in 2017 to keep pace our industry charging forward where there is no path.

SEMI 2020: "There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind"

Wed, 2 Feb 2017
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail,” was how I started last week’s article. In that article we looked back on 2016 and the incredible progress of the industry and how it continually cuts new trail and keeps moving at the speed of Moore’s Law.

UniPixel prepares for flexible display market

Tue, 2 Feb 2017
UniPixel touch sensors pass 200,000 cycle fold test.

UNIST engineers oxide semiconductor just single atom thick

Wed, 2 Feb 2017
A new study, affiliated with UNIST has introduced a novel method for fabrication of world's thinnest oxide semiconductor that is just one atom thick. This may open up new possibilities for thin, transparent, and flexible electronic devices, such as ultra-small sensors.

Intel announces $7B investment in next-gen semiconductor fab in Arizona

Thu, 2 Feb 2017
The announcement was made by U.S. President Donald Trump and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich at the White House.

Is a stretchable smart tablet in our future?

Wed, 2 Feb 2017
Engineering researchers at Michigan State University have developed the first stretchable integrated circuit that is made entirely using an inkjet printer, raising the possibility of inexpensive mass production of smart fabric.

Breakthrough in 'wonder' materials paves way for flexible tech

Thu, 2 Feb 2017
Gadgets are set to become flexible, highly efficient and much smaller, following a breakthrough in measuring two-dimensional 'wonder' materials by the University of Warwick.

BOE takes first spot in large display unit shipment, IHS Markit reports

Tue, 2 Feb 2017
BOE, a Chinese display maker, takes top position in terms of large TFT-LCD display unit shipments in January 2017, according to IHS Markit.

SEMI announces Japan's first flexible hybrid electronics conference

Thu, 3 Mar 2017
Today, FlexTech, a SEMI Strategic Association Partner, announced the agenda for 2017FLEX Japan, the first flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) conference in Tokyo on April 11-12.

Kateeva expands Silicon Valley headquarters

Wed, 3 Mar 2017
The company has leased an adjacent building at its Newark campus, adding 75,000 sq. ft. that is zoned for manufacturing and business operations.

SEMICON China 2017 opens tomorrow in Shanghai

Mon, 3 Mar 2017
Over 60,000 attendees are expected at SEMICON China opening tomorrow at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC).

Revenues from flexible AMOLED display on pace to exceed rigid AMOLED panel in Q3 2017

Tue, 3 Mar 2017
As demand for the flexible AMOLED display continues to sharply increase, its revenues are expected to reach $3.2 billion in the third quarter of 2017, exceeding that of rigid AMOLED panels at $3.0 billion, according to IHS Markit.

New ultrafast flexible and transparent memory devices could herald new era of electronics

Fri, 3 Mar 2017
An innovative new technique to produce the quickest, smallest, highest-capacity memories for flexible and transparent applications could pave the way for a future golden age of electronics.

Spray-on memory could enable bendable digital storage

Tue, 4 Apr 2017
Nanowire ink enables flexible, programmable electronics on materials like paper, plastic or fabric.

New quantum liquid crystals may play role in future of computers

Fri, 4 Apr 2017
New state of matter may have applications in ultrafast quantum computers.

Wonder material? Novel nanotube structure strengthens thin films for flexible electronics

Mon, 4 Apr 2017
Reflecting the structure of composites found in nature and the ancient world, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have synthesized thin carbon nanotube (CNT) textiles that exhibit both high electrical conductivity and a level of toughness that is about fifty times higher than copper films, currently used in electronics.

ASML, ZEISS file joint patent infringement lawsuits against Nikon

Fri, 4 Apr 2017
ASML and ZEISS today announced that both companies are filing initial legal claims against Nikon for infringement of more than 10 patents.

Flexible, organic and biodegradable: Stanford researchers develop new wave of electronics

Tue, 5 May 2017
A new semiconductor developed by Stanford researchers is as flexible as skin and easily degradable. It could have diverse medical and environmental applications, without adding to the mounting pile of global electronic waste.

Tianma selects Orbotech solutions for its flex AMOLED Gen 6 fab

Mon, 5 May 2017
Orbotech Ltd. announced today that Tianma Micro-electronics Co. Ltd. has selected Orbotech's ArrayChecker and Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) solutions for its production line upgrade to flexible AMOLED technology.

2017FLEX Korea: First flexible hybrid electronics conference in Korea

Wed, 5 May 2017
Today FlexTech, A SEMI Strategic Association Partner, announced the full agenda for the inaugural flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) conference coming up on May 31-June 1 in Seoul at COEX Exhibition Center.

2017FLEX Monterey focuses on accelerating to manufacturing as industry growth escalates

Mon, 5 May 2017
FlexTech's annual Flexible Electronics Conference and Exhibit -- 2017FLEX -- is set for the Hyatt Regency Hotel & Spa in Monterey, Calif. from June 19-22, 2017.

The first nanometrically-sized superelastic alloy

Fri, 6 Jun 2017
UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country's researchers have explored superelasticity properties on a nanometric scale based on shearing an alloy's pillars down to nanometric size.

To connect biology with electronics, be rigid, yet flexible

Mon, 6 Jun 2017
Researchers uncover design principles to make polymers that can transport both ions and electrons.

New class of 'soft' semiconductors could transform HD displays

Thu, 6 Jun 2017
Berkeley Lab researchers find tunable halide perovskites could usher in new generation of optoelectronic devices.

Taiwan largest semiconductor materials market, as SEMICON Taiwan approaches

Wed, 7 Jul 2017
Taiwan is the world's largest consumer of semiconductor materials for the seventh consecutive year, bringing new opportunities in this increasingly critical sector.

AMOLED fine metal mask market expected to reach $1.2B by 2022

Thu, 7 Jul 2017
As active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) displays quickly displace liquid crystal displays (LCDs) in smartphones, panel makers are rapidly adding new production capacity, accelerating the demand for the fine metal mask.

AMOLED panel market to surge 63% in 2017

Thu, 7 Jul 2017
The global active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) panel market is forecast to surge 63 percent in 2017 from a year ago to $25.2 billion on growing demand for AMOLED panels in the smartphone and TV industries.

Ultrathin device harvests electricity from human motion

Mon, 7 Jul 2017
A new electrochemical energy harvesting device developed at Vanderbilt University can generate electrical current from the full range of human motions and is thin enough to embed in clothing.

Ultrathin Layers with Large Contact Area on Carbon Fibers as High-Performance Electrode

Tue, 8 Aug 2017
To meet the novel functions of next-generation electronics, including foldable displays, flexible power sources are needed.

Flexible hybrid electronics & sensors impacting the automotive industry

Tue, 9 Sep 2017
FlexTech, a SEMI strategic association partner, will host a one-day Flexible Hybrid Electronics and Sensors Automotive Industry workshop in Detroit, Michigan on September 13, 2017 to explore how FHE adds functionality, decreases weight and impacts design. Automotive and electronics industry leaders will gather to discuss the market demands and challenges with automotive technology and present disruptive changes brought by flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) and sensors.

Flex Logix joins TSMC IP Alliance Program

Tue, 9 Sep 2017
Flex Logix Technologies, Inc., the supplier of embedded FPGA IP and software, today announced that it has joined the TSMC IP Alliance Program included in TSMC's Open Innovation Platform.

Driven by TV size migration, large TFT display market continues to grow 6% by area in 2017

Fri, 9 Sep 2017
The large thin film transistor (TFT) display market is expected to continue to expand in 2017 despite slower end-market demand, according to IHS Markit.

SEMICON Europa moves to Munich: Empowering innovation and shaping the value chain

Wed, 9 Sep 2017
New programs on Materials, Automotive, and Flexible Electronics expand SEMICON Europa's impact.

Team builds flexible new platform for high-performance electronics

Wed, 10 Oct 2017
A team of University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers has created the most functional flexible transistor in the world -- and with it, a fast, simple and inexpensive fabrication process that’s easily scalable to the commercial level.

Flexible display shipments will increase to 643M units annually by 2022

Wed, 10 Oct 2017
In 2017, key flexible display components achieved cost and performance parity with their rigid counterparts for the first time, thus removing a key market barrier and opening the door to rapid adoption in a variety of otherwise-rigid devices such as e-readers and wearables.

2017 IEDM features rich technical program, focus sessions

Tue, 10 Oct 2017
Each year at the IEDM, the world's best technologists in micro/nano/bioelectronics converge to participate in a technical program consisting of more than 220 presentations, along with other events.

SEMICON Japan brings smart applications and IoT

Wed, 10 Oct 2017
Over 30,000 attendees are expected to convene at SEMICON Japan at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo on December 13-15.

Sussex physicists have breakthrough on brittle smart phone screens

Wed, 10 Oct 2017
New 'potato stamp' technique combining silver and graphene may create cheaper, more flexible and eco-friendly screens.

NVIDIA, Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology to accelerate Taiwan AI revolution with NVIDIA AI computing platform

Thu, 10 Oct 2017
NVIDIA today announced that it is collaborating with Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) to accelerate the development of artificial intelligence across Taiwan's commercial sector in support of its recently announced AI Grand Plan to help foster domestic AI-related industries.

China's first Gen6 flexible AMOLED production line put into mass production

Thu, 10 Oct 2017
On October 26, China's first Gen6 flexible AMOLED line - BOE Chengdu Gen6 flexible AMOLED production line has put into mass production in advance.

Global AMOLED panel production capacity set to more than quadruple over next five years

Fri, 10 Oct 2017
Samsung Display and LG Display to remain as market leaders.

Costs of 55-inch OLED TV display production catch up to LCD TV panels

Fri, 11 Nov 2017
Unit cost for 55-inch UHD OLED TV panels recorded a 55 percent decline in second quarter of 2017 since its introduction in early 2015.

Electronics industry conference to debut in Kuala Lumpur

Wed, 11 Nov 2017
SEMICON Southeast Asia 2018 to bolster growing semiconductor industry in the region.

Flexible AMOLED panel supply capacity to exceed demand by 44% in 2018

Thu, 11 Nov 2017
With flexible active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) panel fabs building at a quicker pace than global demand, supply capacity of flexible AMOLED panels is forecast to be 44 percent higher than global demand in 2018, according to IHS Markit.

Kateeva names Dr. Homer Antoniadis as Executive Vice President of Technology

Fri, 11 Nov 2017
Kateeva, a developer of OLED production equipment solutions, today appointed Dr. Homer Antoniadis to the newly created role of Executive Vice President of Technology.

Kateeva introduces the YIELDjet EXPLORE product family for OLED RGB pixel deposition

Tue, 11 Nov 2017
Suite of inkjet deposition systems to enable R&D and pilot production of large-size OLED displays

SEMI-FlexTech Committee in China kicks off to drive global exchange and collaboration

Mon, 12 Dec 2017
On October 27, SEMI China held a kickoff meeting for a new FlexTech Committee in Suzhou. FlexTech, a SEMI Strategic Association Partner, is devoted to fostering the growth, profitability and success of the flexible and printed electronics supply chain, and enabling the many smart products enabled by this new class of electronic intelligence.

Advancing the path to organic electronics beyond cell phone screens

Fri, 1 Jan 2018
A discovery by an international team of researchers from Princeton University, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Humboldt University in Berlin points the way to more widespread use of an advanced technology generally known as organic electronics.

Nanostructured gate dielectric boosts stability of organic thin-film transistors

Tue, 1 Jan 2018
A nanostructured gate dielectric may have addressed the most significant obstacle to expanding the use of organic semiconductors for thin-film transistors.

2018FLEX highlights opportunities, advances in flexible hybrid electronics

Thu, 1 Jan 2018
2018FLEX, the Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) Conference and Exhibition, will bring together more than 600 experts from around the world for business-critical insights and the latest technology in both flexible electronics and MEMS and sensors.

Turbulent times ahead for trade

Thu, 1 Jan 2018
International trade is one of the best tools to spur growth and create high-skill and high-paying jobs. Over 40 million American jobs rely on trade, and this is particularly true in the semiconductor supply chain. Over the past three decades, the semiconductor industry has averaged nearly double-digit growth rates in revenue and, by 2030, the semiconductor supply chain is forecast to reach $1 trillion.

Kateeva appoints Marc Haugen as Chief Operating Officer

Tue, 1 Jan 2018
Kateeva, a developer of inkjet deposition equipment solutions for OLED display manufacturing, today announced that the company has expanded its executive team by appointing Marc Haugen as chief operating officer (COO).

MicroLED displays: the patent landscape reflects the dynamism of the sector

Wed, 1 Jan 2018
This year again, the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, 2018 edition allowed us to discover the latest innovations in numerous fields including the microLED displays sector.

Chinese panel makers catching up fast in LTPS LCD panel shipments for mobile phones

Mon, 2 Feb 2018
Total shipments of mobile phone displays, including thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT LCD) and active matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) panels, reached 2.01 billion units in 2017, up 3 percent from 2016.

2018 FLEXI awards innovation and leadership in flexible hybrid electronics

Tue, 2 Feb 2018
The 2018 FLEXI Awards today recognized groundbreaking accomplishments in the Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) sector in 2017.

Driven by size migration and high-end products, large TFT display market continued to grow in 2017

Fri, 2 Feb 2018
Despite slower demand from end market and panel price erosion, the large thin-film transistor (TFT) display market expanded in 2017 in all three aspects -- unit shipments, area shipments and revenue.

Individual quantum dots imaged in 3-D for first time

Tue, 2 Feb 2018
Researchers have developed an imaging technique that uses a tiny, super sharp needle to nudge a single nanoparticle into different orientations and capture 2-D images to help reconstruct a 3-D picture. The method demonstrates imaging of individual nanoparticles at different orientations while in a laser-induced excited state.

Executive viewpoints: 2018 outlook

Mon, 3 Mar 2018
Each year, Solid State Technology turns to industry leaders to hear viewpoints on the technological and economic outlook for the upcoming year. Read through these expert opinions on what to expect in 2018.

Flexible AMOLED market more than tripled to $12B in 2017

Tue, 3 Mar 2018
Thanks to a sudden increase in demand , shipment revenue of flexible active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) displays more than tripled in 2017, accounting for 54.6 percent of total AMOLED panel shipment revenue.

SEMICON West 2018 to spotlight smart technologies, workforce development

Tue, 3 Mar 2018
SEMICON West has opened registration for the July 10-12, 2018, exposition at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California.

U.S. trade tensions with China hit fever pitch

Wed, 3 Mar 2018
Stiff tariffs and the dismantling of longstanding trade agreements – cornerstones of these new actions – will ripple through the semiconductor industry with particularly damaging effect.

Market for organic materials used to manufacture OLED panels showed remarkable growth in second half of 2017

Wed, 3 Mar 2018
Revenue of OLED materials increased by 20 percent in second half of 2017, following a slump from 2016.

U.S. federal government R&D spending for 2018 finalized

Fri, 4 Apr 2018
Although many months past due, Congress on March 23 finalized the federal spending for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2018, only hours before a what would have been the third government shutdown of the year.

AMOLED panel demand in smartphone market expected to grow much slower than expected

Mon, 4 Apr 2018
After showing triple-digit growth in 2017, flexible AMOLED panel is only expected to grow 34 percent in 2018 compared to the previous year.

Flexible TVs and high performance wearable smart tech one step closer

Thu, 4 Apr 2018
Flexible televisions, tablets and phones as well as 'truly wearable' smart tech are a step closer thanks to a nanoscale transistor created by researchers at The University of Manchester and Shandong University in China.

Demand for higher resolution oxide panels expected to grow 30% in 2018

Thu, 4 Apr 2018
Rise in LCD and OLED display applications has contributed to momentum in demand growth for panels using this technology.

Shipment area of AMOLED panel expected to more than quadruple by 2024

Mon, 4 Apr 2018
With demand growing for active matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) TV panels, shipments of overall AMOLED panels by area is forecast to more than quadruple to 22.4 million square meters by 2024 from 5.0 million square meters in 2017.

Tech bends light more efficiently, offers wider angles for light input

Tue, 5 May 2018
Engineering and physics researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new technology for steering light that allows for more light input and greater efficiency - a development that holds promise for creating more immersive augmented-reality display systems.

Researchers offer new technology for liquid-crystal displays

Fri, 5 May 2018
An international research team from Russia, France, and Germany has proposed a new method for orienting liquid crystals.

LG Display retains its lead in area shipments of large displays in first quarter of 2018

Tue, 5 May 2018
Large display panel shipments show better-than-expected results compared to previous first quarters.

Global, U.S. electronics supply chains see healthy midyear business conditions

Fri, 5 May 2018
The first quarter of this year was very strong globally, with growth across the entire electronics supply chain.

Transparent, conductive films promising for developing flexible screens

Thu, 6 Jun 2018
Researchers demonstrate silver-based electrode films that could be used for flexible touch displays, televisions and solar cells.

SEMI-FlexTech invites proposals for flexible hybrid electronics advances

Tue, 6 Jun 2018
FlexTech, a SEMI Strategic Association Partner, is now soliciting proposals for projects that advance flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) for sensors, power and other key electronic components.

AMD celebrates breakthrough successes in 2017 by recognizing key suppliers

Mon, 6 Jun 2018
AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) today announced awards for key suppliers that contributed to the successful launch of 10 new high-performance computing and graphics product families in 2017.

SEMICON West 2018 highlights smart technologies, workforce development, industry growth

Mon, 7 Jul 2018
Smart technologies take center stage tomorrow as SEMICON West, the flagship U.S. event for connecting the electronics manufacturing supply chain, opens for three days of insights into leading technologies and applications that will power future industry expansion.

Future electronic components to be printed like newspapers

Fri, 7 Jul 2018
A new manufacturing technique uses a process similar to newspaper printing to form smoother and more flexible metals for making ultrafast electronic devices.

Tokyo Tech Hosono's story of IGZO TFT development features in Nature Electronics

Wed, 7 Jul 2018
Each issue of the journal Nature Electronics contains a column called 'Reverse Engineering,' which examines the development of an electronic device now in widespread use from the viewpoint of the main inventor. The July 2018 column tells the story of the IGZO thin film transistor (TFT) through the eyes of Professor Hideo Hosono of Tokyo Tech's Institute of Innovative Research (IIR), who is also director of the Materials Research Center for Element Strategy.

Shipments of flexible AMOLED panels expected to exceed rigid panels by 2020

Mon, 8 Aug 2018
Amid growing demand for active matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) panels for smartphones, shipments of flexible AMOLED panels are expected to account for more than 50 percent of total AMOLED panel shipments by 2020.

SEMI integration of ESD Alliance underway

Tue, 8 Aug 2018
SEMI today announced that all legal requirements have been met for the ESD (Electronic Systems Design) Alliance to become a SEMI Strategic Association Partner.

Universal Display Corporation announces recipients of the 2018 UDC Innovative Research and Pioneering Technology Awards at IMID Korea

Fri, 8 Aug 2018
These awards were presented at the 18th International Meeting of Information Display (IMID) conference on August 30, 2018 in Busan, Korea by Dr. Julie Brown, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Universal Display.

Tight supplies impede LCD panel cost reduction in third quarter of 2018

Mon, 9 Sep 2018
Tight supplies of display panel materials and components, such as driver integrated circuit (IC), glass substrate and polarizer, are expected to slow the decline rate of liquid crystal display panel costs.

FLEX/MSTC 2019 Call for Papers deadline is September 28, 2018

Wed, 9 Sep 2018
Educate the industry with the latest in flexible, hybrid and printed electronic innovations OR sensor systems enabling autonomous mobility.

Two quantum dots are better than one: Using one dot to sense changes in another

Wed, 9 Sep 2018
Osaka University-based collaboration fabricates the first nanoelectronic device that can detect single-electron events in a target quantum dot using a second dot as a sensor.

MagnaChip to begin volume production of new automotive display driver IC

Mon, 10 Oct 2018
MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor platform solutions, today announced that volume production of a new Display Driver IC (DDIC) for automotive panel displays has begun.

German research institute drives flexible electronics innovations

Tue, 10 Oct 2018
SEMI spoke with Prof. Christoph Kutter, executive director, Fraunhofer EMFT, about trends and innovations in flexible hybrid electronics ahead of his presentation at the 2018 FLEX Europe - Be Flexible conference at SEMICON Europa 2018, 13-16, November 2018, in Munich, Germany.

FlexTech Taiwan Committee launched to advance flexible hybrid electronics

Tue, 11 Nov 2018
SEMI Taiwan today announced the formation of the FlexTech Taiwan Steering Committee.

Bigger screen TVs surged in the third quarter of 2018

Wed, 12 Dec 2018
In the holiday season lead-in, 4K TV shipments rose to 44 percent of TV shipments and over 70 percent of revenue.

FLEX 2019 and MSTC to highlight SMART medtech, transportation and IoT innovations

Wed, 12 Dec 2018
Flexible and printed electronics innovations and autonomous mobility sensors will take center stage as more than 700 attendees gather for 120 market and technical presentations, 70 exhibits and four short courses at the co-located FLEX 2019 and MEMS & Sensors Technical Congress (MSTC) in Monterey, California, February 18-21, 2019.

Samsung unveils future of displays with groundbreaking modular microLED technology at CES

Mon, 1 Jan 2019
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today introduced its latest innovations in modular MicroLED display technology during its annual First Look CES event at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

Breakthrough in organic electronics

Mon, 1 Jan 2019
Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have discovered a simple new tweak that could double the efficiency of organic electronics. OLED-displays, plastic-based solar cells and bioelectronics are just some of the technologies that could benefit from their new discovery, which deals with "double-doped" polymers.

Large TFT LCD panel shipments increased in 2018 despite market concerns

Wed, 1 Jan 2019
Global shipments of large thin-film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) panels rose again in 2018 despite concerns of over-supply in the market.

Innovative technique could pave way for new generation of flexible electronic components

Thu, 1 Jan 2019
Researchers at the University of Exeter have developed an innovative technique that could help create the next generation of everyday flexible electronics.

SEMI-FlexTech issues 2019 request for proposals to advance flexible electronics ecosystem 

Mon, 2 Feb 2019
SEMI-FlexTech, an industry-led, public/private partnership, today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for artificial intelligence (AI), Human-Machine Interface (HMI), sensor system and other projects to advance the flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) ecosystem.

Mark Majewski named new intelliFLEX CEO

Mon, 2 Feb 2019
Electronics industry veteran succeeds founding CEO Peter Kallai as organization shifts head office from Ottawa to GTA.

ePaper 2.0: Color and video come to electronic paper

Fri, 2 Feb 2019
With over 25 years of experience in the technology industry, Sri Peruvemba, CMO of CLEARink Displays, is a longtime advocate of electronic display technology.

Molecular Lego blocks

Fri, 2 Feb 2019
Chemical data mining boosts search for new organic semiconductors.

SEMI-FlexTech announces 2019 FLEXI Awards winners in flexible hybrid electronics

Thu, 2 Feb 2019
The 2019 FLEXI Awards has recognized outstanding accomplishments in the Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) industry in 2018.

Introducing Semiconductor Digest

Tue, 4 Apr 2019
Semiconductor Digest is a new magazine dedicated to the worldwide semiconductor industry