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Power Integrations Introduces eSIP Power Package to Support Low-Profile Trend in Consumer Electronics

Mon, 3 Mar 2008
(March 3, 2008) San Jose, CA — Power Integrations today announced the availability of its TOPSwitch-HX series of AC-DC power conversion ICs in the new eSIP-7C eco-single-inline-package. This package exhibits the low thermal impedance of the traditional TO-220, yet stands less than 10mm above the PCB.

Samsung Intros TFT for Double-sided LCDs

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


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

Chip Suppliers Increase Packaging Orders

Mon, 6 Jun 2007
(June 18, 2007) TAIPEI, Taiwan — Suppliers of graphics chips, mobile phone components, LCD driver ICs, and memory modules are driving business growth at packaging houses in Taiwan, according to CENS. Capacity utilization at Taiwan-based SATS providers is reported to be in the 90% range, up from forecasts of 80–90% earlier in 2007. CENS suggests that the increase in packaging capacity will create an increase in demand for substrates and contact probes at Taiwan-based assemblers.

Laser-based Materials Processing

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

Optical Inspection of CSPs

Fri, 11 Nov 2002
Until recently, X-ray technology was the only option for inspecting hidden solder joints on chip scale packages (CSP).

Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International, Tokyo, Japan, has named Hidehiko Katoh director of worldwide flat panel display operations.

Sat, 4 Apr 2000

Consolidation Among Taiwan's Subcontractors

Tue, 10 Oct 2002
HSINCHU and KAOHSIUNG, TAIWAN — Chipbond Technology Corp. and Fupo Electronics Corp., two Taiwan-based packaging subcontractors, will merge.

electronica 2008 Highlights

Thu, 11 Nov 2008
(November 20, 2008) MUNICH, Germany — electronica 2008 attendance was stable this year despite the difficult financial situation facing many exhibitors and attendees, reported event coordinators Messe München International (MMI). Of the 2,800 exhibitors, 58% were international. Around 72,000 people attended.

Wafer Loader Series

Tue, 7 Jul 2008
Designed for ultra-thin wafer handling, especially for back-end inspection, the NWL200 Series of wafer loaders from Nikon Instruments is said to be capable of loading wafers as thin as 100 µm. A chuck system to transfer wafers, an optimized arrangement of sensor beams that allow for accurate detection of wafer shape, and an optional edge-chipping detection function that automatically detects wafer cracking reportedly allows macro inspections of all areas.

Reuters: Samsung Investing $4.3B for Environmentally Friendly Electronics

Mon, 7 Jul 2009
(July 20, 2009) SEOUL, South Korea — Samsung Electronics will invest 5.4 trillion won ($4.3 billion) in green research and development and facilities to make it a leading eco-friendly company by 2013, report Cho Meeyoung and Rhee So-eui, Reuters.

Linde Electronics Roundtable on Gases

Fri, 7 Jul 2009
At Intersolar, held in conjunction with SEMICON West in San Francisco this week, Linde Electronics, supplier of ultra-high purity bulk and specialty gases and services to the semiconductor, flat panel display, PV and electronic packaging industries, held a roundtable discussion.

Indium expands electronics materials manufacturing with new facility in NY

Wed, 5 May 2012

Indium Corporation acquired a manufacturing facility in Rome, NY, to expand its production capacities of indium-, gallium-, germanium-, and tin-based materials, as well as other compounds.

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."

Will the $2 interposer be silicon or glass?

Tue, 11 Nov 2012

Dr. Phil Garrou reports from the 2nd annual Georgia Tech 2.5D Interposer Conference: what's the market projection for silicon and glass interposers, what's preventing high-volume manufacturing, and is there a crossover with flat-panel display glass manufacturing?

Declining display costs lower large tablet prices in 2016

Mon, 3 Mar 2012

The media tablet computer market took off when Apple launched the first iPad in April 2010. Apple uses a 9.7" display; Amazon's Kindle Fire uses a 7" screen: Samsung offers Galaxy Tabs with 7", 8.9" and 10.1" displays. NPD In-Stat analyzed the tablet market by display size.

Applied Materials creates WLP center with Singapore Institute of Microelectronics

Wed, 4 Apr 2011

Applied Materials Inc. (AMAT) signed an agreement with the Institute of Microelectronics to set up a Center of Excellence in Advanced Packaging in Singapore. The Center will have a full line of wafer level packaging processing equipment and will conduct research in semiconductor hardware, process, and device structures.

SiliconBlue 40nm mobileFPGA roadmap targets sensor management, mobile display

Mon, 4 Apr 2011

SiliconBlue Technologies unveiled its mobileFPGA platform device roadmap using TSMC's 40nm low power standard CMOS process. The two distinct families target the two areas where smartphones and other handhelds differentiate.

Semiconductor materials group prez joins JSR Corp's Officers Committee

Thu, 4 Apr 2011

Tokyo-based JSR Corporation named the first non-Japanese Officer to its Officers Committee. Eric R. Johnson, the current president of the company's US semiconductor materials operations, JSR Micro, has been named as an Officer.

Advanced packaging industry today: TSV weak vs FOWLCSP, package-to-PCB assembly a concern for small pitch packages, and more analysis

Thu, 9 Sep 2010

Research in China put out this new report chronicling the advanced semiconductor packaging industry happenings and key companies from 2009 to 2010. The study mainly focuses on CSP and BGA packaging. Technology adoption and costs are analyzed, from eWLB to TSV. Packaging tech usage examples are included here, along with assessments of tech adoption and industry player rankings.


Thu, 11 Nov 2010

Nordson ASYMTEK was selected by LG Display Co. Ltd. as the exclusive provider of dispensing equipment for LG Display's LED BLU manufacturing operations in Nanjing and Guangzhou, China.

Optoelectronics project initiated by packaging group

Mon, 8 Aug 2010

The HDP User Group's Optical Interconnect project aims to alleviate intra-cabinet interconnect bottlenecks envisaged in Tbps systems by connecting electronic devices with optical paths. The project is developing optical interconnect architectures that can respond to capacity and energy efficiency needs of future high-speed systems.

Semtech offers 10-channel LED driver platform in 4x4x0.6mm package

Wed, 8 Aug 2010

Semtech Corp. (Nasdaq: SMTC), analog and mixed-signal semiconductor supplier, announced the SC442, its first 10-channel white LED driver with an integrated 3A boost power switch.


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.

CFD thermal analysis drives a packaging decision at IDT

Tue, 2 Feb 2010

This case study, a partner piece to Robin Bornoff/Mentor Graphics' discussion of fluid dynamics analysis for IC package design, examines how IDT used CFD thermal analysis in a packaging decision for a recent product launch.

Canon enters back-end packaging market with lithography tool debut

Fri, 7 Jul 2011

Canon Inc. made its first foray into the semiconductor back-end packaging equipment market with the new FPA-5510iV for through silicon via (TSV) and bump lithography.

Professor Rao Tummala to Present Keynote at 2009 International Wafer-Level Packaging Conference (IWLPC)

Fri, 5 May 2009
(May 29, 2009) MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Professor Rao Tummala, Advanced Packaging Editorial Advisory Board Member, will keynote the 6th Annual International Wafer-Level Packaging Conference (IWLPC), October 27–30, 2009 at the Santa Clara Marriott Hotel in Santa Clara, CA.

IC Assembly Houses in Taiwan See Robust Business

Mon, 6 Jun 2009
(June 22, 2009) TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan's IC assembly firms are seeing revenues rise quarterly, with Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE) and Siliconware Precision Industry Co. Ltd. expected to see respective revenues rise 50% this quarter and at least 20% next quarter, reports China Economic News Service (CENS) writer Ken Liu.

Samsung tips better heat-dissipating display IC package

Mon, 5 May 2010

Samsung Electronics says it has developed a new heat dissipating packaging technology for display drivers ICs in high-end TVs.

New 300mm TSV production processes aim of SPTS, CEA-Leti partnership

Wed, 10 Oct 2010

CEA-Leti and SPTS will develop advanced 300mm through-silicon via (TSV) 3D IC processes. The agreement defines their collaboration on a range of 3D TSV processes to optimize etch and deposition technologies used to create next-generation high aspect ratio TSVs.

Thermal Gap Fillers from MH&W International

Wed, 6 Jun 2010

New TP-S30 thermal interface pads from MH&W International provide 3.0 W/mK of thermal conductivity between hot components and heat sinks at lower costs than competing gap filler materials.

USDC Promotes FPO Adoption

Mon, 1 Jan 2007
SAN JOSE, CA - The U.S. Display Consortium (USDC) board of directors will launch an initiative to promote flexible, printed, and organic (FPO) electronics, providing services to industry, academia, and government sectors with the aim of developing and expanding the FPO electronics sector and drafting a pertinent technology roadmap.

Optically Clear Adhesives

Sat, 4 Apr 2000
ARclear adhesives are optically clear pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) technologies for the display-screen industry. Assembly of touch screens and FPDs require a number of component surfaces to be bonded in a secure manner without compromising display resolution and functionality. These adhesives are said to offer defect-free technology that does not require curing, which is an alternative to liquid adhesives. They come in either transfer-adhesive or custom-coated film format. FPD-bonding appli

Functional Test System

Tue, 2 Feb 2000
GR Versa features a 21-slot 6U, PXI/CompactPCI backplane and PXIscan modular signal switching architecture. The software driver automates the switching process. The complete system offers a standardized hardware platform, instrumentation and switching modules, configured for specific test requirements.

Toronto, Ontario-based Luxell Technologies Inc. has completed the initial phase of a $3 million expansion program that will double its annual flat panel display manufacturing capacity.

Tue, 2 Feb 2000
Toronto, Ontario-based Luxell Technologies Inc. has completed the initial phase of a $3 million expansion program that will double its annual flat panel display manufacturing capacity. The expansion is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2000.

LCD Market Expands

Sat, 1 Jan 2000
Bountiful, Utah-based AutoSimulations Inc. has shipped its first real-time scheduling software to the liquid crystal display (LCD) industry via an order from Korea`s Samsung LCD. The software will be implemented to improve productivity, increase throughput and reduce work-in-process (WIP) and cycle time. The demand for LCDs is said to be fueled by an increase of 20 percent in wafer fabrication throughput and a concomitant decrease of 40 percent in WIP and cycle time.

Designers Kit

Wed, 3 Mar 2000
Seiko Instruments has introduced a Designer`s Kit to ease the design-in process for engineers using its Vitrium G4, a 1/4 VGA LCD developed using chip-on-glass technology. This kit is said to make the design-in process virtually "plug-and-play." It comes assembled and includes the Vitrium G4 display, a white EL backlight, controller board, a COGI bias voltage board, a parallel interface to any PC, a board for mounting all of the components, a software diskette and all connecting cables and hard

Thermal-profiling Software

Wed, 3 Mar 2000
Thermal-profiling software is now offered as an option by Radiant Technology Corp. (Fullerton, Calif.) on its full product line of ovens and furnaces used for semiconductor packaging, FPDs, hybrid thick film firing, photovoltaics and PCB assembly. The addition of this software is said to enhance ease of use and offer process-control capabilities. Real-time, on-screen profiling and profile prediction reportedly save time and labor during setup by allowing profiling to be completed with minimal pa

Samsung LCD TVs gain market share in US

Tue, 4 Apr 2012

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s share of unit shipments in the US liquid crystal diplay (LCD) market reached a record high in Q4 2011, shows the IHS iSuppli Television Systems Service.

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

Mon, 4 Apr 2012

Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab 7.7 uses an AMOLED display, gaining benefits in the weight, thickness, and battery life, but at a higher material cost, says research firm Displaybank, part of IHS.

Touchscreen display manufacturing method born out of PCB fab sector

Mon, 4 Apr 2012

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

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

Mon, 4 Apr 2012

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

Samsung Display established as new corporation

Mon, 4 Apr 2012

Samsung Electronics officially spun out its LCD Business as new corporation Samsung Display, aiming to gain market share to leap from #2 to #1 display panel maker. Donggun Park will lead Samsung Display as CEO.

Soaring indium costs drive hunt for alternative in transparent electrodes

Fri, 3 Mar 2012

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

Hon Hai joins Sharp in Gen 10 display fab

Thu, 3 Mar 2012

Strong competition in the TV market and low display panel orders have pushed Sharp's Gen 10 display panel fab in Sakai, Japan, to low capacity utilization rates. Reuters reports that Sony, the original partner in the Gen 10 joint venture, will not make any further investments in the plant. Now Hon Hai/Foxconn will invest JPY 66.4 billion, (US$0.8 billion, a 46.5% share) as joint venture capital into Sharp, reports NPD Displaysearch.

Touchscreen controller IC market tripling thanks to mobile devices

Wed, 3 Mar 2012

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

FPD makers order EUR40M of Manz equipment

Wed, 3 Mar 2012

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.

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

Tue, 2 Feb 2012

eMagin was awarded a $1.12 million SBIR contract from the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to optimize its WUXGA OLED micro display for mass production.

Semiconductors to use most ultrapure water in 2012

Tue, 2 Feb 2012

The electronics industry will edge out coal-fired boilers as the biggest purchaser of ultrapure water systems and consumables in 2012, according to the McIlvaine report: Ultrapure Water World Markets.

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

Mon, 2 Feb 2012

Corning execs Wendell Weeks and James Flaws share the company's new technologies for displays and other applications, as well as Corning's plan for $10 billion in sales by 2014.

Kodak, Heraeus projected capacitive touch screen showcases ITO alternative

Mon, 2 Feb 2012

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

Corning, Samsung Mobile Display form OLED glass substrate venture

Fri, 2 Feb 2012

Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) and Samsung Mobile Display Co. Ltd. will establish a new equity venture for the manufacture of specialty glass substrates for organic light emitting diode (OLED) devices.

Corning, Samsung Corning renew LCD substrates agreements

Fri, 2 Feb 2012

Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW), Samsung Corning Precision Materials Co. Ltd., and the AMLCD division of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. renewed, for five more years, the two main agreements for their businesses.

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

Fri, 2 Feb 2012

Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TEL) restructured its organization, with a new "Organic EL Division" established under GM Takeshi Okubo, as well as other new and consolidating subsidiaries in the semiconductor and liquid crystal production segments.

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

Fri, 3 Mar 2012

The new Apple iPad uses a 2048 × 1536, 264 ppi retina display, quadrupling the pixels of the previous generation. However, Apple may be losing its cutting-edge status when it comes to gesture recognition beyond touchscreens. IHS iSuppli, NPD DisplaySearch, and IMS Research examine the new iPad display.

Bigger displays on smartphone users' wish lists

Thu, 3 Mar 2012

90% of smartphone users in a recent survey (US and UK) gravitated to a larger diplay on a new device, reports Strategy Analytics. The consumers were not willing to trade off device thickness or weight for the beefier display, however.

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

Thu, 3 Mar 2012

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

TV shipments fall on slower LCD growth

Thu, 3 Mar 2012

Worldwide television shipments fell in 2011, the first decline since NPD DisplaySearch began tracking global TV shipments in 2004. LCD TV shipments rose 7%, not enough to offset declines in plasma and CRT TVs.

Conductive touchscreen ink boasts lower cost with less silver

Thu, 3 Mar 2012

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

DoD orders quantum dot electroluminescent devices from QD Vision

Wed, 3 Mar 2012

The US DoD awarded QD Vision Inc. a $1.38 million/12-month contract for specialized devices based on electroluminescent quantum dots. The program will result in prototype devices for armed forces.

UniPixel names manufacturing partner for display cover films

Tue, 3 Mar 2012

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

Conference report: MRS Spring 2012, Day 2

Wed, 4 Apr 2012

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

Commercialization of stretchable electronics: The mc10 example

Tue, 4 Apr 2012

Commercialization of stretchable electronics: The mc10 example

Tue, 4 Apr 2012

Conference Report: MRS Spring 2012, Day 1

Tue, 4 Apr 2012

Blogger Mike Fury reports from the MRS Spring 2012 meeting in San Francisco, describing recent work with graphene, organic electrochemical transistors, pentacene organic TFTs, and functional inks made of CNTs and other nanomaterials.

Optical display films undergo cyclical changes

Mon, 4 Apr 2012

Optical display film revenues are declining in 2012, after a compound annual growth rate of 19% from 2009 to 2011, according to NPD DisplaySearch Q1’12 Quarterly Display Optical Film Report.

Atmel touchscreen sensor offers ITO alternative for new displays

Mon, 4 Apr 2012

Atmel touchscreen sensor offers ITO alternative for new displays

Mon, 4 Apr 2012

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.

AMOLED TV manufacturing status, price trends

Tue, 1 Jan 2012

AMOLED TVs drew a crowd at CES, but manufacturing challenges and expensive fab materials will limit global shipments of the sets for several years, says IHS iSuppli. IHS compares the 55" AMOLED TVs from LG Display and Samsung, each using different manufacturing technologies.

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

Tue, 1 Jan 2012

The LCD TV market saw a rapid shift toward sizes larger than 40" at the end of 2011, as consumers, particularly in North America and China, took advantage of new sizes and affordable prices. The increase in LCD TV area demand means more capacity consumption.

Air Liquide doubles semiconductor fab precursor production

Thu, 1 Jan 2012

Air Liquide Electronics completed a series of expansions at its ALOHA manufacturing sites in the US, France and Japan, doubling its advanced precursor production capacity for semiconductor manufacturing applications.

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.

FPD manufacturers face 2012 crunch before 2013 rebound

Tue, 2 Feb 2012

While the FPD industry faces severe challenges, long-term supply demand models show a positive future. DisplaySearch tracks the near- and long-term outlook for FPDs, with input from Barclays Capital and IHS.

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

Thu, 2 Feb 2012

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

Neonode licenses optical touchscreen tech to OEM

Mon, 1 Jan 2012

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

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.

Apple shares list of suppliers

Fri, 1 Jan 2012

For the first time, Apple Inc. has publicly published a list of over 150 companies that the electronics giant says represent 97% of its procurement expenditures for materials, manufacturing, and assembly of products worldwide.

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.

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

Thu, 1 Jan 2012

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

Atmel, Linde join LCD TV Association

Wed, 1 Jan 2012

The LCD TV Association, a global, not-for-profit marketing trade association for the LCD TV supply chain, added two new sustaining members: IC maker ATMEL Corporation and gas supplier Linde.

EVG integrates UV lithography from Eulitha on mask aligner

Tue, 1 Jan 2012

EV Group signed a joint-development and licensing agreement with Eulitha AG, integrating Eulitha's PHABLE mask-based UV photolithography technology with EVG's automated mask aligner platform.

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.

7 semiconductor and display suppliers to benefit from tablet wars

Fri, 1 Jan 2012

Turner Investments shares the 7 display and semiconductor/microelectronics makers it expects to benefit the most from tablet PC proliferation out of Apple, Samsung, and Amazon.com.

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

Fri, 1 Jan 2012

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

AMOLED displays draw attention on smartphone adoption

Thu, 1 Jan 2012

AMOLED shipments are estimated to have reached 90 million units in 2011, up 97% Y/Y, while revenue is expected to grow to $3.36 billion, up 169% Y/Y, according to NPD DisplaySearch.

Attend US FPD Smart Displays -- From Emerging to Mainstream

Thu, 1 Jan 2012

US FPD Smart Displays -- From Emerging to Mainstream, taking place in February in San Diego, will feature forecasts and analysis from DisplaySearch and In-Stat analysts, as well as presentations from smart display industry executives. Check out the sessions preview.

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

Wed, 1 Jan 2012

Tablet PCs occupy more than a quarter of the mobile computing market share now, but will face competition as prices come down on notebook PCs, and the new ultrabook device type ramps up, shows NPD Displaysearch.

Flat-panel TV market: Bigger is better

Tue, 1 Jan 2012

With consumers' TV demand softening as the CRT-to-FPD transition tails off and mature markets around the world, bigger panel TVs (40"+) will grow 12% in 2012, while those smaller will fall off by 3%, shows NPD DisplaySearch. Overall, TV shipments will grow 2% this year.

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

Wed, 2 Feb 2012

Gore introduced a 20nm-rated PTFE filter, available in a HDPE cartridge. The filter is optimized for bulk processing high-purity chemicals used in semiconductor and flat panel display manufacturing.

Qualcomm MEMS Technologies brings color display to Jin Yong e-reader

Tue, 1 Jan 2012

Qualcomm MEMS Technologies Inc. and e-reader provider Koobe announced the next-generation Jin Yong Reader uses MEMS display technology. The original Jin Yong Reader had a black and white display.

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

Tue, 1 Jan 2012

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

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

Tue, 1 Jan 2012

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

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

Mon, 1 Jan 2012

Jenoptik's Optical Systems division, optical systems supplier to the semiconductor and flat panel display (FPD) equipment segment, received an order from an Asian customer worth several million euros.

Top 10 LCD manufacturing trends of 2012

Fri, 1 Jan 2012

Charles Annis, DisplaySearch, shares 10 trends in LCD manufacturing, covering LTPS, IGZO, alignment technologies, metallization techs, 2µm resolution lithograhy patterns on Gen 8, and more.

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

Fri, 1 Jan 2012

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

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.

Semiconductor makers spend most on cleanroom hardware in 2012

Wed, 4 Apr 2012

As semiconductor nodes shrink, filter manufacturers and cleanroom designers must offer products that remove the smallest possible particles. While hardware can accomplish much of this, the cleanliness of a room is a function of the motion of the employees in the room.

Rapid touch sensor display growth: Details on the 4 categories

Wed, 4 Apr 2012

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

LCD prices, display advances enable more public digital signage

Wed, 4 Apr 2012

LCD panel prices are declining, and demand for public digital signage is increasing, growing the worldwide signage and professional display market by 12.6% in 2012, according to IHS.

OLEDs erode LCD dominance, starting in small displays

Fri, 4 Apr 2012

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

Rockwell Collins partners on switchable waveguide displays from SBG

Fri, 4 Apr 2012

SBG Labs, Inc., electro-holographic materials and device maker, will bring to market avionics and military displays based on its switchable waveguide DigiLens optics, under a 10-year agreement with Rockwell Collins.

EPIC names new director general, promises closer ties with EU

Thu, 4 Apr 2012

EPIC, the European Photonics Industry Consortium, announced at its annual general meeting that Carlos Lee has been appointed as director general, succeeding Thomas Pearsall, who has led the association since its founding in 2003.

Touchscreens evolve from GG and GFF architectures

Fri, 4 Apr 2012

Sony restructures to boost leading-edge display, electronics products

Fri, 4 Apr 2012

Sony Corporation will implement series of initiatives, under its new management team, to “revitalize and grow the electronics business to generate new value, while further strengthening the stable business foundations of the Entertainment and Financial Service businesses.”

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

Thu, 4 Apr 2012

Active matrix organic light-emitting diodes (AMOLEDs) are moving from small-quantity development into higher volumes, with shipments destined for smartphones driving growth in the small- and medium-sized display market in February, said IHS.

Conference Report: MRS Spring 2012, Day 3

Thu, 4 Apr 2012

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

All-glass touchscreens from Dawar offer enhanced sensitivity

Wed, 4 Apr 2012

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

Samsung approves LED business absorption

Mon, 2 Feb 2012

Samsung Electronics' Board of Directors approved a merger with Samsung LED, Ltd. The BOD also decided to request Samsung Mobile Display to pay infrastructure construction costs.

Will Samsung reorganize LCD and AMOLED display units?

Mon, 2 Feb 2012

Samsung Electronics is under rumors about spinning off its LCD manufacturing division, which could lead into a displays business restructuring involving Samsung Mobile Display and Samsung LCD. NPD DisplaySearch shares the root motivation for changes, and how Samsung's potential moves will affect the industry.

Attend US FPD Smart Displays

Fri, 2 Feb 2012

US FPD Smart Displays Conference: From Emerging to Mainstream will take place February 28-29 in San Diego, CA with speakers from display materials, components, user interfaces, connectivity, content platforms, delivery and display systems, and retail sectors. Check out the agenda.

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

Fri, 2 Feb 2012

Ferro Corporation and Baotou Jin Meng Rare Earth formed a China JV to manufacture and sell cerium oxide-based polishing materials for LCD and electronics cover glass.

Manz AG receives FPD equipment order worth EUR33M

Thu, 2 Feb 2012

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

JSR Micro Taiwan opens LCD materials research lab

Thu, 2 Feb 2012

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

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

Fri, 5 May 2012

The Innovation Award Laser Technology 2012 recognized 3D metal micro-structuring laser technology from Schepers, excimer laser design for OLED and LCD display fab from Coherent, and a laser brazing head technology from Precitec Optronik.

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

Thu, 5 May 2012

OLEDs are gaining adopters in small screen sizes, and just moving into large-size displays. Mass production color-patterning technology for large-area OLED is increasingly an issue. Displaybank looks at new technologies under development at major display makers.

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.

TV shipments to stay flat in 2012

Thu, 5 May 2012

With tentative consumers in developed regions, growth in TV shipments will remain in check in 2012. LCDs will continue to take market share from CRT and plasma TVs; OLED TVs are hitting the market in 2012.

Coherent achieves ISO/IEC 17025 certification at laser calibration lab

Wed, 5 May 2012

Coherent Inc., supplier of laser power and energy management instruments, achieved a certificate of accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 at its Wilsonville, OR calibration laboratory.

Lower-cost LED backlights darken CCFL's future

Mon, 5 May 2012

Low-cost direct LED-backlit LCD TVs were introduced in March 2011, targeting share in the entry/mainstream LCD TV market currently dominated by CCFL-backlit TVs. They will eliminate CCFLs by 2014, says DisplaySearch.

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.

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

Fri, 5 May 2012

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

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

Thu, 5 May 2012

Many display manufacturers are transitioning tablet panel production to larger plants, including Gen 6 and Gen 8, which will lead to greater capacity for tablet displays, as well as lower prices, shares NPD DisplaySearch.

Top LCD polarizer makers show dominance in 2011

Thu, 5 May 2012

he top 3 large-area LCD polarizer makers -- LG Chem, Nitto Denko, and Sumitomo Chemical -- are widening their market share (area basis) lead over other makers, achieving 77% market share in 2011, according to Displaybank.

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

Thu, 5 May 2012

Barclays Capital’s Jones Ku shares details of China's State Council’s RMB26.5 billion subsidy program for household electrical appliances.  The program will be in effect for one year and cover FPD television sets, refrigerators, energy-efficient vehicles and more.

3M dual-brightness enhancement film enables PoE LED-backlit LCD

Wed, 5 May 2012

3M Optical Systems Division enabled what is says is the “first all-in-one zero client capable of being powered by Type 1 power-over-Ethernet (PoE, IEEE 802.3af),” using 3M’s Dual Brightness Enhancement Film for LED-backlit monitors.

Is the LED boom and bust cycle leveling out?

Wed, 5 May 2012

After a surge in 2010 and oversupply in 2011 that suppressed 2012 fab, LED makers will see a leveling out of supply and demand into better equilibrium, according to NPD DisplaySearch. Demand will shift from LCD-backlit LEDs to LEDs for lighting.

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

Mon, 5 May 2012

Following a “long-standing over-supply” in the TFT LCD industry, which induced lower panel prices, panel makers are “restructuring and adding new technologies and processes” to improve costs and performance, said David Hsieh, NPD DisplaySearch. Hsieh sees 2012 as a year of “gradual recovery,” when panel prices rebound and shipments increase. Q2 2012 is an example, with double-digit growth in shipment units, shipment area, and revenues.

Semiconductor-grade flow sensor measures photoresist, solvent supply

Mon, 5 May 2012

SENSIRION introduced the SLQ-QT105 semiconductor-grade flow sensor for flow rates below 2cc/sec (120ml/min) of hydrocarbon-based liquids, such as photoresists and solvents.

Optical nano-antennae tune display colors depending on polarization

Fri, 2 Feb 2012

Harvard researchers developed a new kind of tunable color filter that uses optical nanoantennae to control color output. A single active filter under exposure to different types of light can produce a range of colors.

Neonode debuts multi-touch technology for next-gen displays

Wed, 2 Feb 2012

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

TFT LCDs gain share on passive matrix displays in automotive apps

Wed, 2 Feb 2012

FPDs for use in automotive applications will see shipments grow about 50% from 2011 to 2015, says NPD DisplaySearch. The better quality of TFT LCDs is pushing passive matrix displays to the shoulder.

IRPS set for April in Anaheim

Tue, 2 Feb 2012

The IEEE International Reliability Physics Symposium (IRPS) is set for April 15, 2012 – April 19, 2012, in Anaheim, CA.

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

Tue, 2 Feb 2012

TFT LCD panel shipments are largely dictated by end markets (tablet PC panels are growing fastest) and panel prices (ongoing erosion), says NPD DisplaySearch. The TFT LCD industry is undergoing "unprecedented changes."

Metrology project launches in Europe for thin films

Fri, 3 Mar 2012

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

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

Thu, 3 Mar 2012

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

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.

Texas Instruments collaborates on touchscreen tech with UniPixel

Wed, 2 Feb 2012

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

Asian Research Network develops CNT touch sensors, electronic ink

Tue, 2 Feb 2012

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

Cypress Semiconductor unveils single-layer touchscreen sensor ITO

Tue, 2 Feb 2012

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

European collaboration to develop organic and large-area electronics

Mon, 2 Feb 2012

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

SouthWest NanoTechnologies to debut display materials at Display Week

Wed, 5 May 2012

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

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

Wed, 5 May 2012

Active matrix small/medium displays, less than 9”, recorded 6% unit growth and 29% revenue growth in 2011, said NPD Displaysearch. Toshiba, Sony, and Hitachi's Japan Display Inc. venture could challenge the #1 Samsung SMD this year.

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

Wed, 5 May 2012

A*STAR’s IMRE in Singapore and their commercial partners developed a plastic that reflects 0.09-0.20% of the visible light hitting its surface, thanks to a nanostructuring that mimics the folds in a moth’s eye, fabricated with nanoimprinting.

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

Tue, 5 May 2012

Quantum dots will grow to a $7480.25 million market by 2022, at a ten-year CAGR of 55.2%, according to Electronics.ca Publications.

3M flexible barrier films for displays come to market

Tue, 5 May 2012

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

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

Mon, 5 May 2012

DisplaySearch's Paul Gray advises that TV makers “think deeply about how consumers are watching long-form video at home” before leaping to conclusions about OLED’s impact. “The industry need not take billion dollar technology bets to provide better products.”

Neonode enters consumer display sector with new licensing agreement

Fri, 3 Mar 2012

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

SEMICON Europa 2012 seeks presenters

Fri, 3 Mar 2012

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

HC Starck tailors thin-film sputtering for OLED displays

Fri, 3 Mar 2012

H.C. Starck notes that the majority of FPD production occurs in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China. The rapid growth of OLED screens in the FPD industry punctuates the increased need for high-tech materials, the company asserts.

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

Thu, 3 Mar 2012

Japan's limited presence in the display manufacturing industry, as well as higher-than-usual inventory levels at panel makers, made the March 2011 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan a minor event for the LCD panel manufacturing sector, shows IHS.

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

Thu, 3 Mar 2012

The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) inaugurated its Dow Seoul Technology Center, a global R&D center with focus on technological advances in display and semiconductor applications.

Touchscreens a $14 billion market in 2012

Thu, 3 Mar 2012

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

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

Wed, 3 Mar 2012

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

AMAT CVD films improve display resolution

Tue, 3 Mar 2012

Applied Materials Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) debuted a SiO2 PECVD film technology for display manufacturers targeting the high resolution needs of tablet devices and TVs.

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.

LCD TV panel shipments slow down to prevent inventory build-up

Tue, 5 May 2012

LCD panel shipments to Chinese TV makers peaked in December, fell sharply in January, and recovered in February, shows NPD DisplaySearch. Panel makers need to reduce their shipment plans to better react to soft demand and avoid inventory problems.

Global LCD public display market sees first sequential downturn

Mon, 4 Apr 2012

Public displays, or large-format displays, have shown solid and steady growth in recent years. However, Q4 2011 witnessed the first sequential decline over the last three years in the LCD portion of this market.

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

Mon, 4 Apr 2012

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

Touchscreen tech company Neonode to list as NEON on NASDAQ

Fri, 4 Apr 2012

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

AMOLED scales up with virtually 100% concentration in Korea

Fri, 4 Apr 2012

Active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) displays manufacturing is virtually 100% concentrated in Korea, according to Displaybank, with Samsung Mobile Display (SMD) and LG Display (LGD) scaling up capacity.

Neonode optical touch technology replaces resistive touch on office equipment line

Fri, 3 Mar 2012

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

Confovis taps Digital Surf for metrology tool imaging software

Fri, 3 Mar 2012

Confovis will begin providing MountainsMap imaging and surface analysis software from Digital Surf with its ConfoCAM LED grid-confocal measuring systems for inspection and research.

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.

3D LCD TV panels achieved 10% penetration in 2011

Thu, 3 Mar 2012

Total 3D TV panel shipments in 2011 reached 21.2 million, accounting for 10% of all LCD TV panels shipped, reports NPD DisplaySearch. Shutter glass technology use is still larger than patterned retarder technology.

Photomask maker Photronics buys out Micron building

Wed, 3 Mar 2012

Photronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLAB) purchased its US nanoFab building from Micron Technology Inc., paying approximately $35 million. PLAB expects to save $5 million annually after the deal.

NCSU researchers create functional oxide films

Wed, 3 Mar 2012

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed the first functional oxide thin films that can be used efficiently in electronics, opening the door to an array of new high-power devices and smart sensors.

LCD TV production outsourcing on the rise

Tue, 3 Mar 2012

One of every three LCD TVs is expected to be produced through an outsourcing partner in 2012, reports Displaybank in "LCD TV Outsourcing Production Industry Analysis and Forecast."

SEMI acquires Plastic Electronics Conference and Exhibition

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

Panasonic LCD fab transferred to Japan Display

Mon, 3 Mar 2012

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

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

Fri, 11 Nov 2012

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

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

Mon, 11 Nov 2012

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

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.

Applied unveils new PVD, PECVD tools for display manufacturing

Wed, 10 Oct 2012

Applied Materials has announced two new tools for display manufacturing: one with a new design for depositing IGZO films for TFTs, the other handling bigger LTPS-deposited substrates to help lower manufacturing costs.

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

Tue, 10 Oct 2012

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

Why bigger is better for FPD recovery and growth

Wed, 10 Oct 2012

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

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

Thu, 10 Oct 2012

Worldwide flat-panel display (FPD) revenues will reach a record $120 billion in 2012, up 8% from a challenging year in 2011, and the recovery is entirely on the backs of TFT-LCDs and AMOLED displays, according to NPD DisplaySearch.

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.

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

Tue, 12 Dec 2012

With this week's IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM 2012) now underway, here are four of the papers that were accepted late: on 90nm integrated silicon photonics, ZnNO for next-gen displays, and III-V TFETs for the 7nm node.

Sony and Toshiba fight declines with chip spending -- can it work?

Mon, 12 Dec 2012

Despite weak financial performances, sluggish global markets and strong regional competition, Japanese consumer electronics giants Sony and Toshiba are increasing their investments in new products to revitalize their businesses.

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.

Mapping the mismatch in the LCD TV supply chain

Thu, 11 Nov 2012

NPD DisplaySearch's examination of the projected 2013 LCD TV panel product mix finds some big differences between what suppliers offer and what buyers want.

IDTechEx forecasts a $100 million graphene market in 2018

Thu, 11 Nov 2012

Despite graphene's promise as a material in future electronics with excellent properties in almost all applications, it still faces difficulties in market acceptance, according to a report from IDTechEx.

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

Wed, 11 Nov 2012

NPD DisplaySearch analyst Paul Gagnon took the pulse of consumer shoppers on Black Friday and came away with three observations: bargains are a priority, consumers want bigger upgrades, and Walmart flexed its muscles.

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.

IC content per television increasing even as TV unit growth slows

Tue, 11 Nov 2012

Smart TVs, LED technology, and emerging markets will boost the IC market for TVs, says a new IC Insights study. Another trend: younger tech-savvy consumers are watching TV via the Internet and mobile devices.

Brewer Science introduces CNT inks for printed electronics

Thu, 11 Nov 2012

Rolla, MO-based Brewer Science introduced a line of conductive CNT ink materials that are surfactant free, require no additional rinse steps, and are compatible with a broad range of printed electronic substrates.

Qualcomm expands IGZO display tech agreement with Sharp

Tue, 12 Dec 2012

Qualcomm Incorporated announced an expansion of its display technology agreement between its subsidiary Pixtronix, Inc. and  Sharp Corporation to develop and commercialize high-quality color, low-power MEMS displays incorporating IGZO technology.

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

Fri, 11 Nov 2012

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

Applied consolidates solar and displays units, two execs leaving

Fri, 11 Nov 2012

Applied Materials is combining its Display and Energy and Environmental Solutions (EES) under one roof led by former KLA-Tencor exec Ali Salehpour, which also means the departure of those two units' current leaders, Mark Pinto and Tom Edman.

Printed electronics materials swell to $2.6B by 2017

Thu, 11 Nov 2012

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

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.

SMIC claims breakthrough in backside-illuminated image sensors

Thu, 12 Dec 2012

SMIC is claiming a breakthrough in its development of backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS image sensor (CIS) technology, with the first test chip demonstrating good image quality even in low-light conditions.

Ultratech buys Cambridge Nanotech assets, adds ALD tech

Thu, 12 Dec 2012

Ultratech has acquired the assets of Cambridge Nanotech, a developer and supplier of atomic-layer deposition (ALD) technology, which had quietly been put on the auction block after ceasing operations in November.

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

Wed, 12 Dec 2012

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

Apple’s new iPad display may be causing a supplier shakeup

Tue, 8 Aug 2012

Apple’s new iPad uses a 9.7” QXGA display, which is difficult to manufacture with existing TFT-LCD processes, due to the high resolution and strict quality requirements. This may be causing Apple to adjust its display panel supplier mix or cut back production, according to a blog by David Hsieh of DisplaySearch.

OLED materials ramp to $7B in 2019

Tue, 8 Aug 2012

With OLED adoption, the total market value of materials used in OLED applications will grow quickly from about $500 million in 2012 to over $7 billion by the end of 2019, reports NanoMarkets.

Touch panel makers face changes and challenges in 2012

Mon, 8 Aug 2012

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

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

Mon, 8 Aug 2012

The global market for public displays is strong, but in recent quarters, FPD manufacturers have emphasized revenue and profit over volume, thus lowering the overall unit shipment outlook for this category, according to NPD DisplaySearch.

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.

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

Tue, 7 Jul 2012

Average retail pricing for U.S. flat-panel televisions rose to the highest level in 2.5 years during Q2, thanks to advanced features and larger displays in a growing proportion of TV sets, according to IHS (NYSE:IHS).

New cleaning system maintains contact cleaning rollers better than IPA

Mon, 7 Jul 2012

Teknek debuted an elastomer roller care system for all contact cleaning rollers. Unlike IPA cleaning, the elastomer Roller Doctor rejuvenation pad exfoliates the roller surface with a precise quantity of proprietary cleaning solution.

Edwards optimizes dry vacuum pumps for FPD fab

Tue, 6 Jun 2012

Edwards (NASDAQ:EVAC) debuted the iXL250Q and iXL750Q dry pumps, joining the iXL500Q pump in flat panel display (FPD) Gen-4 through Gen-10 fabs.

JPSA picosecond laser micromachining platform reduces debris and thermal damage

Tue, 6 Jun 2012

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

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

Mon, 6 Jun 2012

Panasonic and Sony will combine their core and printing technology to jointly develop next-generation organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panel and module manufacturing technology.

Touchscreen tech responds to gloved as well as bare hands

Fri, 6 Jun 2012

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

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

Wed, 7 Jul 2012

A federal court jury found that Toshiba Corporation and its subsidiaries conspired with the world’s other leading manufacturers of Thin Film Transistor-Liquid Crystal Displays (TFT-LCDs) to raise and fix the prices of TFT-LCD panels and certain products.

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.

Epson ships 80M HTPS TFT panels for 3LCD projectors

Mon, 7 Jul 2012

Seiko Epson reached the milestone of 80 million high-temperature polysilicon (HTPS) TFT LCD panels for 3LCD projectors, enough for more than 26.5 million projector units.

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

Mon, 7 Jul 2012

Ultra-high resolution, called 4K x 2K, displays may be the new selling point for LCD TVs. The architecture requires changes to manufacturing methods, including more photomask layers, notes David Hsieh, DisplaySearch, in this summary of the feature and its effects.

Samsung Mobile Display sources OLED materials from Novaled

Mon, 7 Jul 2012

Samsung Mobile Display (SMD) wiill purchase dopant materials used in the transport layers of its AMOLED display modules from Novaled. Novaled will also provide its proprietary PIN OLED technology to SMD for use in the production of SMD’s AMOLED display modules.

OLED thin-film encapsulation technology key to new applications

Fri, 6 Jun 2012

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

ALD partnership enables surface functionalization of powders

Fri, 6 Jun 2012

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

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.

Touchscreen trends: New touch technologies growing and application trends

Tue, 7 Jul 2012

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

Samsung president Woo to keynote 2013 International CES

Mon, 7 Jul 2012

Dr. Stephen Woo, president of Samsung Electronics’ Device Solutions will keynote the 2013 International CES, January 8-11 in Las Vegas, NV, hosted by the CEA.

Tablet growth, diversification attracts more display panel suppliers

Fri, 6 Jun 2012

LG Display and Samsung Display dominated the tablet display panel market in 2011, but several more companies grabbed small pieces of the tablet pie than had in 2010, says IHS. That trend will continue in 2012.

Kuraray bolsters poval film offering with MonoSol acquisition

Fri, 7 Jul 2012

Kuraray Co. Ltd. has completed its acquisition of MonoSol LLC, manufacturer of polyvinyl alcohol (poval) film, expanding Kuraray’s core Vinyl Acetate Chemical Chains Business.

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

Fri, 6 Jun 2012

Linde LienHwa, The Linde Group and LienHwa MiTAC Group JV, signed a long-term deal with Samsung Electronics to supply gases for its latest Gen-8.5 TFT-LCD manufacturing plant in Suzhou, China.

Picosecond laser enables new high-tech devices

Thu, 7 Jul 2012

Industrially proven and robust, picosecond lasers are proving their worth in cutting and patterning of delicate materials for a wide variety of industrial applications.

Gamma Scientific combines spectroradiometers and gonioreflectometer heads for production-speed display test

Thu, 5 May 2012

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

Novaled's new OLED materials set could double OLED lifetimes

Thu, 5 May 2012

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

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

Thu, 5 May 2012

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

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

Thu, 5 May 2012

Ultrasonic Systems Inc. (USI), ultrasonic spray coating tool manufacturer, developed new options for its MAX-800 coating system, such as an automated reel-to-reel system, tablet-glass handling conveyor, and more.

New report analyzes touchscreen technology patents

Wed, 5 May 2012

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

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.

Display fabs focus spending on retrofitting for LTPS/OLED production

Tue, 5 May 2012

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

Transparent displays unveil new applications for display technology

Mon, 5 May 2012

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

Universal Display intros novel emission layer systems for OLEDs

Tue, 6 Jun 2012

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

Exciting display products take awards at Display Week

Tue, 6 Jun 2012

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

@ The ConFab: Semiconductor industry experts look to the future

Mon, 6 Jun 2012

The ConFab’s sessions opened with “The Economic Outlook for the Semiconductor Industry,” featuring Jackie Sturm of Intel, Dan Hutcheson of VLSIresearch, and Jim Feldhan of Semico.

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

Mon, 6 Jun 2012

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

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

Sun, 6 Jun 2012

Glasses-free 3D display developer Dimenco released Dimenco Clear View (DCV) technology, with a “unique lens design and manufacturing process” to enable deeper black levels, no brightness loss, wider viewing angle, and lower cross-talk.

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

Fri, 6 Jun 2012

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

Fri, 5 May 2012

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

ITF: Entering the booming market of mobile displays

Fri, 5 May 2012

NLT Technologies adds PCAP to touchscreen display tech line-up

Thu, 5 May 2012

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

Rudolph launches noncontact metal film metrology for FPD panels

Wed, 7 Jul 2012

Rudolph Technologies launched the MetaPULSE FP thin film metrology system with an initial sale to a major manufacturer of flat panel displays (FPD) for handheld mobile devices.

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

Tue, 7 Jul 2012

ATMI introduced BrightPak, its next-generation liquid containment and delivery system for high-value liquid material transfers during advanced photolithography processes in semiconductor, FPD, and LED manufacturing.

AMOLED manufacturing improvements to enable TV market share grab

Mon, 7 Jul 2012

AMOLED is entrenched in the small- and medium-sized displays market. For the technology to capture significant market share in the large-size, TV-bound display market, manufacturers will need to invest in better, higher throughput processing, shares Displaybank.

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.

Advanced display fabs tap Air Liquide for production gases

Thu, 7 Jul 2012

Air Liquide will supply the ultra-pure carrier and electronic specialty gases to 3 new cutting-edge display fabs manufacturing advanced AMOLED, LTPS, MEMS, and OLED displays. Those technologies are currently under commercial development.

PANL hits white OLED performance record

Mon, 6 Jun 2012

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

3M debuts LCD backlight film with power of 3

Mon, 6 Jun 2012

3M Optical Systems Division unveiled its OneFilm optical film technology, which incorporates the functionality of three individual light management films into a single enhancement film for LCD backlights.

SCHOTT offers cover glass innovations for next-gen displays

Fri, 6 Jun 2012

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

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

Thu, 6 Jun 2012

Chinese suppliers of large-size LCD panels are the fastest growing segment of the industry, although major South Korean brands continue to dominate, according to IHS.

3M chooses quantum dots for LCD color boost

Wed, 6 Jun 2012

Nanosys Inc. will supply the Optical Systems Division of 3M Company with quantum-dot-based technologies to allow LCDs to display 50% more color.

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).

FUJIFILM sells OLED patent portfolio to Universal Display for $105M

Thu, 7 Jul 2012

FUJIFILM sold its 1,200+ OLED patents and patent applications to Universal Display for $105 million, with the companies embarking on a strategic relationship in this technology space.

2012 smartphone displays forecast lowered, but display type matters

Thu, 7 Jul 2012

DisplaySearch has lowered its 2012 mobile phone displays forecast from 1,917 million units to 1,729 million units. Comparing last quarter's forecasts and actual shipment results by technology, NPD DisplaySearch found that AMOLED actually had higher growth, but other technologies showed declines.

OLEDs World Summit agenda doubles focus on lighting

Wed, 7 Jul 2012

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

Polarizer film trends: AMOLED growth, and acrylics move in

Wed, 7 Jul 2012

Polarizers used in display manufacturing will form a $9.94 billion market in 2012, up 4% from 2011, according to Displaybank. Sequentially, the polarizer market decreased by 9% in Q1 2012, hitting 2.235 billion. This was down 6% from Q1 2011.

UniPixel offers glass-alternative coating to displays industry

Wed, 7 Jul 2012

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

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

Mon, 7 Jul 2012

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

Printed electronics standards initiative starts with substrate materials

Fri, 7 Jul 2012

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

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

Fri, 7 Jul 2012

Universal Display broadened its work with Plextronics to accelerate the development and commercialization of solution-based OLED material systems. They will combine Plextronics’ hole injection and hole transport materials with Universal Display’s phosphorescent OLED emissive layer materials.

Global LCD TV shipments fall for the first time

Thu, 6 Jun 2012

Worldwide TV shipments fell almost 8% year over year Y/Y in Q1 2012. The biggest contributor to this decline was a slowdown in shipments of LCD TVs, which fell Y/Y for the first time in the history of the category, declining just over 3%, to 43 million units, says NPD DisplaySearch.

Conference report: TechConnect, Day 2

Thu, 6 Jun 2012

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

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

Wed, 6 Jun 2012

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

AMAT’s Varian integration continues with Dickerson named president

Wed, 6 Jun 2012

In mid-2011, semiconductor manufacturing and assembly equipment supplier Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) acquired Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates Inc. Now, the company is adding Varian’s former CEO Gary Dickerson as president.

OLED adoption means shifting reqs for OLED materials

Mon, 6 Jun 2012

Display maker MicroVision plans fundraising through public stock offer

Fri, 6 Jun 2012

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

ERG Smart Bridge eases LCD transitions from CCFL to LED backlights

Thu, 6 Jun 2012

As LEDs replace CCFLs for backlighting of LCDs, manufactures face LCD upgrades and supporting electronics redesigns. ERG developed the Smart Bridge module to quickly, easily and economically upgrade to LEDs, using the system’s existing input power signals.

Dontech glass filters optimize display clarity and contrast

Thu, 6 Jun 2012

Dontech released the VCG-Series glass filters, formed with next-generation glass fabrication and thin-film vacuum deposition technology to provide exceptional optical transparency and environmental durability.

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.

iPhone 5: Which semiconductor suppliers are the big winners?

Fri, 9 Sep 2012

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

GaAs nanowires on graphene focus of NTNU research

Wed, 9 Sep 2012

Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim (NTNU)  have patented and are commercializing GaAs nanowires grown on graphene.

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.

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.

DisplaySearch: LCD industry poised for recovery in 2012

Wed, 9 Sep 2012

Despite the gloomy economy and softness in consumer LCD products, suppliers of thin-film transistor liquid crystal displays (TFT-LCD) expect moderate 8%-13% growth in sales and shipments in 2012, according to DisplaySearch.

Technology alliance formed for glass and brittle materials processing

Fri, 8 Aug 2012

Three leaders in their respective fields have formed a technology alliance to bring a new glass cutting technology to market. InnoLas Systems GmbH licensed process technology developed by FiLaser LLC and will use ultra-short pulse lasers produced exclusively for InnoLas by LUMERA LASER GmbH.

LEDs to get backlighting market share help from rising CCFL costs

Mon, 8 Aug 2012

In 2011, LEDs were expected to grab market share from CCFLs in the display backlighting segment. However, prices for CCFL-backlight TVs fell alongside prices for LED-backlit TVs. Now, CCFL raw materials costs have exploded, setting the stage for market share grabs by LEDs, albeit later than expected, reports Jimmy Kim, DisplaySearch.

2012 brings major changes to the display polarizer films

Fri, 8 Aug 2012

The PVA protection film industry will change significantly in 2012, with many display makers actively pursuing PVA-free and TAC-free designs. Display manufacturers are looking for costs savings, designs that suit tablet PCs and smartphones, and alternatives to Fuji Film, Displaybank reports.

Call for Papers: Flexible Electronics and Displays Conference

Thu, 8 Aug 2012

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

How to reduce large-size AMOLED display fab costs

Thu, 8 Aug 2012

AMOLED displays are growing rapidly and offer many performance benefits over LCDs. However, 55” AMOLED TV displays cost 8-10x as much as a comparable LCD to manufacture. NPD DisplaySearch looks at ways to improve costs/fab.

AIXTRON tool supports OTFT, OLED, other organic electronics manufacturing

Thu, 8 Aug 2012

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

Spincast solution-based ITO could enable cheaper display manufacturing

Wed, 8 Aug 2012

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

From fuzzy to focused: Phase I in project development

Fri, 10 Oct 2012

Many early-stage tool development projects lack focus in what is needed for tool functionality and performance. Nevertheless, a disciplined phased approach to can resolve many open issues (technical, commercial and market-related) in the first phase of any project.

Semiconductors and healthcare converging

Mon, 10 Oct 2012

At the recent imec International Technology Forum Press Gathering in Leuven, Belgium, imec CEO Luc Van den hove outlined uses in blood cell sorting, mobile apps for personalized medicine (such as brain monitoring of EEG activity), and advanced bio research.

Solvay unveils high-performance polyester material for LED TV components

Mon, 10 Oct 2012

Solvay Specialty Polymers USA LLC has extended its line of high-performance polyester compounds with a new version targeting light-emitting diode (LED) TVs with higher heat and light stability.

Dynamic changes impacting advanced electronic materials industry

Wed, 8 Aug 2012

Learn about the changes in semiconductor manufacturing as well as related markets -- photovoltaics, displays, LEDs, etc -- at the 2012 Strategic Materials Conference (SMC), to be held on October 23-24 in San Jose, CA. SEMI reports.

LG Display doubles tablet display sales revenues with Apple orders

Wed, 8 Aug 2012

LG Display more than doubled its tablet display sales revenue sequentially in Q2, thanks to panel shipments for Apple's iPad, according to IHS. LGD is also moving forward on a plan to convert some a-Si LCD production to LTPS, despite a yield loss inherent in the change.

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.

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

Tue, 8 Aug 2012

3D movies often rely on glasses for the viewer and a cumbersome 2-projector method. Researchers at South Korea’s Seoul National University have developed a quarter-wave retarding film that changes light polarization, applied to the display screen as a specialized coating.

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

Fri, 8 Aug 2012

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

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

Thu, 8 Aug 2012

MIT researchers are building various electronic components out of a 2D form of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2). This is the start of a “new realm” of research into 2D materials for electronic materials and devices, according to one researcher.

Technology licensing company Rambus restructures, creates CTO role

Thu, 8 Aug 2012

Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ:RMBS), a technology licensing company, will undergo a restructuring and related cost saving measures to cut its expenses by$30-35 million annually.

New touchscreens complete high-end smartphone appeal

Thu, 8 Aug 2012

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

Printing methodologies for various electronic devices

Tue, 8 Aug 2012

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

Flat-panel TV shipments recover in Q2 2012

Tue, 8 Aug 2012

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

TV makers expanding low-brightness LED backlit models into entry-level market

Thu, 10 Oct 2012

Responding to consumer demand, TV suppliers are expanding their lineups of low-brightness LED backlight TVs with technology options that actually compete against each other more than traditional CCFL, according to DisplaySearch.

Japan's semiconductor industry: Fabs, equipment, and materials

Wed, 10 Oct 2012

Even though semiconductor manufacturers in Japan are consolidating and transitioning to a "fab-lite" strategy,  the region still represents a large installed fab capacity and a major market for equipment and materials suppliers.

imec 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.

IEDM unveils 2012 program highlights

Mon, 9 Sep 2012

The 58th annual IEDM will take place December 10-12, 2012 at the San Francisco Hilton Union Square, preceded by a full day of Short Courses on Sunday, Dec. 9 and by a program of 90-minute afternoon tutorial sessions on Saturday, Dec. 8.

Sumitomo Chemical 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.

Sharp, Intel tieup rumored for ultrabook LCDs

Mon, 9 Sep 2012

Sharp Corp. reportedly is in discussions with Intel to use the Japanese firm's LCD panels in new ultrabook laptops, and could be seeking a more substantial partnership that would make the chipmaking giant its top stakeholder.

Displaybank releases new industry analysis of glass slimming market

Tue, 6 Jun 2013

The glass slimming market topped $600 million in value in 2012 and is forecast to continuously grow to surpass $1 billion in 2014, according to a new report released by Displaybank.

Imec presents 4K2K CMOS image sensor together with Panasonic

Tue, 6 Jun 2013

The co-developed imager sensor chip targets high speed, high resolution imaging applications such as next generation HDTV.

UMC opens office in Korea

Wed, 6 Jun 2013

The global semiconductor foundry United Microelectronics Corporation announced the opening of its UMC Korea office.

Imec and Holst Centre unveil fully-organic imager

Wed, 6 Jun 2013

At this week’s International Image Sensor Workshop, imec and Holst Centre presented a large-area fully-organic photodetector array fabricated on a flexible substrate.

ISORG and Plastic Logic 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.

US TV shipments decline in Q1 – but prices rise as consumers gravitate to larger screens

Thu, 6 Jun 2013

Shipments of television sets in the United States declined by 11 percent in the first quarter of 2013 compared to one year earlier.

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.

Defense semiconductor and similar applications represent 25% of sapphire industry revenue

Mon, 6 Jun 2013

Crystal growth equipment manufacturer GTAT is leading the charge and recently created a lot of buzz around this application and on the OEM front.

Smartphones forecast to represent over 50% of total cellphone sales for the first time in 2013

Tue, 6 Jun 2013

A new report from IC Insights shows that we could be on the verge of entering into “the post-PC era.”

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.

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

Wed, 5 May 2013

Shipments in March of large-sized liquid crystal displays (LCD) exceeded total production when measured in terms of area, the result of a deliberate move by panel manufacturers to digest accumulated inventory.

First quarter results for graphics chip shipments: Nvidia a clear winner but bad news for Intel

Mon, 5 May 2013

Jon Peddie Research (JPR) announced estimated graphics chip shipments and suppliers’ market share for 2013 Q1. The news was disappointing for Intel, but encouraging for Nvidia and for AMD on the desktop.

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

Thu, 5 May 2013

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

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.

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

Fri, 4 Apr 2013

In recent years, TFT-LCD technology has dominated the display panel market, everything from small, medium and large screens, to the point where all other rival display technologies such as e-paper, PDP, and CRT have steadily been losing their positioning.

IEDM announces 2013 call for papers

Fri, 5 May 2013

The 59th annual IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) has issued a Call for Papers seeking original work in microelectronics research and development. The paper submission deadline is Monday, June 24, 2013.

Atmel 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.

How war on the Korean peninsula could affect worldwide electronics production

Tue, 4 Apr 2013

What would happen if half of all global production for dynamic random access memory (DRAM), two-thirds of NAND flash manufacturing and 70 percent of the world’s tablet display supply suddenly disappeared from the market?

EPIC to develop industry database and interactive map

Wed, 3 Mar 2013

The European Photonics Industry Consortium recently embarked on an ambitious project to map all the companies in Europe active in photonics, which amounts to over 3000 companies.

Spectra-Physics introduces industrial picosecond laser

Fri, 5 May 2013

Spectra-Physics, a Newport Corporation brand, introduces Spirit ps 1040-10, an industrial-grade picosecond laser for precision micromachining applications.

IHS discusses how PCs can survive the tablet invasion

Tue, 5 May 2013

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

Photonics societies launch the National Photonics Initiative to increase R&D and economy

Thu, 5 May 2013

Photonics societies across the United States today announced the launch of the National Photonics Initiative.

Innovation could bring flexible solar cells, transistors, displays

Wed, 5 May 2013

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

One quarter of all notebooks to ship with touchscreens by 2016

Wed, 5 May 2013

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

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

Wed, 5 May 2013

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

IDC predicts semiconductor market to experience 3-4% revenue growth in 2013

Wed, 5 May 2013

IDC expects the semiconductor market to return to growth in 2013 with revenues forecast to increase by 3.5 percent this year.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts April 2013 book-to-bill ratio of 1.08

Wed, 5 May 2013

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.17 billion in orders worldwide in April 2013 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.08.

Shrinking flat-panel TV market wrings out marginal growth in first quarter

Tue, 5 May 2013

Bringing an end to a full year of declines, global flat-panel television shipments rose slightly in the first quarter, paving the way for marginal growth in 2013.

3M announces QDEF; to bring 50% more color to LCD devices

Tue, 5 May 2013

3M announced today it is in the final stages of scale-up for its new 3M Quantum Dot Enhancement Film (QDEF). The new film allows up to 50 percent more color than current levels in liquid crystal display (LCD) devices.

China becomes world’s leading PC market in 2012

Mon, 4 Apr 2013

China rose to the top of the PC market for the first time ever on an annual basis last year, relegating the United States to second place with a lead of more than 3 million units, according to an IHS iSuppli PC Dynamics Market Brief from information and analytics provider IHS.

AMOLED panel shipments get boost from premium smartphones

Thu, 4 Apr 2013

Demand for 4-inch or larger AMOLED panels has continued to increase in the fourth quarter of 2012 thanks to strong growth in the market for high-end smartphones with large screens, such as the Galaxy S and Note series by Samsung Electronics.

Global touch-screen panel shipments to double by 2016

Fri, 5 May 2013

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

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

Thu, 5 May 2013

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

As Chinese demand declines, flat-panel TV shipments plunge in February and March

Wed, 4 Apr 2013

Global flat-panel television shipments fell by 10 percent in February and by an estimated 4 percent in March compared to the same months in 2012 as Chinese demand plunged following the Lunar New Year buying season.

Fourth-quarter reprieve spurs 2013 rebound for semiconductor makers

Wed, 4 Apr 2013

Despite stronger-than-expected growth during the fourth quarter, 2012 was still a miserable year for the semiconductor market and suppliers, with only eight out of the Top 25 chipmakers managing to eke out revenue growth—but nine suffering double-digit declines.

US TV market set for second consecutive year of decline in 2013

Tue, 4 Apr 2013

U.S. television shipments are forecast to decline for a second year in a row in 2013, but growth will resume next year as the liquid crystal display television (LCD TV) segment regains some of the strength it had lost in the past year.

TowerJazz and TLi Korea to collaborate on sensor ICs for mobile market

Mon, 5 May 2013

TowerJazz today announced collaboration with TLi (Technology Leaders and Innovators), a fabless company that designs non-memory integrated circuits (ICs) focused on timing controllers and driver ICs on TFT-LCD panel modules.

Perfectly doped quantum dots yield colors to dye for

Fri, 5 May 2013

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have developed a way to introduce precisely four copper ions into each and every quantum dot.

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

Fri, 5 May 2013

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

Thin-layer germanium may replace silicon in semiconductors

Mon, 4 Apr 2013

Chemists at Ohio State University have developed the technology for making a one-atom-thick sheet of germanium, and found that it conducts electrons more than ten times faster than silicon and five times faster than conventional germanium.

SPIE leaders encouraged by increased science funding in Obama budget proposal

Mon, 4 Apr 2013

Proposed increases in funds for scientific R&D and a greater emphasis on STEM education in the 2014 budget proposal announced by the White House this week reflect the President’s commitment to science and engineering, SPIE leaders said.

Net loss for netbooks: Product set for extinction by 2015

Fri, 4 Apr 2013

Once a white-hot PC product that sold in the tens of millions of units annually, netbook computers are now marking their final days, with the rise of tablets causing their shipments to wind down to virtually zero after next year, according to an IHS iSuppli Compute Electronics Market Tracker Report from information and analytics provider IHS.

Cambrios opens Japan office

Thu, 4 Apr 2013

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

Cracking the potential of the glass wafer market

Thu, 4 Apr 2013

Over the last few years, glass has gained considerable interest from the semiconductor industry due to its very attractive electrical, physical and chemical properties, as well as its prospects for a relevant and cost-efficient solution. The application scope of glass substrates in the semiconductor field is broad and highly diversified.

Key patent analysis on quantum dot displays released

Thu, 2 Feb 2013

The quantum dot recently emerged as a next-generation display material. Quantum dots, whose diameter is just a few nanometers, are semiconductor crystals.

AMOLED TV panel market to see limited shipments in coming years

Wed, 2 Feb 2013

Although active-matrix organic light-emitting-diode (AMOLED) televisions headlined last month’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), shipments of these high-end panels will remain limited in the coming years, according to the Displaybank at information and analytics provider IHS (NYSE: IHS).

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.

2013: The year of the diamond?

Thu, 1 Jan 2013

Recent advances in diamond applications (diamond-on-silicon, MEMS, optical) suggest that its utilization into a broader scope of commercial products is not far away.

UPDATED: Worldwide LED component market grows 9% with lighting

Wed, 2 Feb 2013

Strategies Unlimited has issued new figures since the first edition of this article. Solid State Technology now brings you updated figures and additional information on the worldwide LED market.

ISSCC 2013: Energy efficient digital trends

Tue, 2 Feb 2013

Stephen Kosonocky, subcommittee chair of ISSCC, writes on the growing need for technologies to be both energy and cost-efficient.

10 IC product segments to exceed total IC market growth in 2013

Tue, 2 Feb 2013

Tablet and cellphone processors, NAND flash, and telecom-specific ICs to enjoy best growth.

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.

Agilent Technologies commits $90 million gift of software to Georgia Institute of Technology

Tue, 2 Feb 2013

Agilent Technologies Inc. announced yesterday the intent to donate a $90 million in software to Georgia Institute of Technology, the largest in-kind software donation ever in its longstanding relationship with the university.

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.

imec first to introduce hyperspectral CMOS camera

Fri, 2 Feb 2013

At SPIE Photonics West 2013, imec will present a prototype hyperspectral imager for snapshot and video acquisition.

Touch panel market projected for 34% growth in 2013

Wed, 1 Jan 2013

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

CES 2013: The brains behind smart devices are front and center

Wed, 1 Jan 2013

Components are prominent this year, on the main stage, and the CES exhibit floors.Todd Traylor of Smith & Associates reports.

2013: Healthy revenue growth, but capex likely flat

Fri, 1 Jan 2013

Based on current indications, capital spending would seem to be flat in 2013.  However, Semico predicts healthy revenue growth this year, which may encourage more spending, particularly in the second half of the year.  This may bring total capex for 2013 into the positive range.

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.

LED manufacturing investment declines as industry contemplates future directions

Fri, 1 Jan 2013

Spending on LED fab manufacturing equipment will decline 9.2% in 2013 as the industry faces weak long-term demand and consolidates manufacturing capacity.

Energy-Efficiency Trends

Tue, 12 Dec 2012

Analog Trends

Tue, 12 Dec 2012

RF Trends

Tue, 12 Dec 2012

High-Performance Digital Trends

Tue, 12 Dec 2012

Large-Area Flexible Electronics Trends

Tue, 12 Dec 2012

Imagers, MEMs, Medical & Displays

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.

Infographic: Computers with human senses

Tue, 2 Feb 2013

We are entering the era of cognitive systems, where electronic devices will mimic the human senses—in their own way, to see, smell, touch, taste and hear. IBM assembled this infographic to illustrate what they call the “5 in 5,” five innovations that will change our lives within five years.

Tech spending still strong, despite economic volatility

Mon, 2 Feb 2013

China looks a good bet to be the engine of growth again in 2013, while U.S. will see improving PC market and more software growth.

Touch panel transparent conductive film market worth $4.8 billion by 2019

Fri, 2 Feb 2013

The Touch Panel Transparent Conductive Film, or TCF, market was reported $956 million in 2012. Markets are anticipated to reach $4.8 billion by 2019.

ITO film market undergoing a sea of changes

Mon, 3 Mar 2013

Touch panel makers are seeking ways to catch both greater specifications and lower cost at the same time, amid rapidly falling touch panel prices. Displaybank analyzed and forecasted the ITO film and glass market, technologies, and industry.

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.

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

Thu, 3 Mar 2013

TFT LCD panel suppliers are forecast to ship 2.6 million 4K×2K LCD TV panels (also known as Ultra HD) worldwide in 2013, up more than 40-fold from 63 thousand in 2012, according to the latest NPD DisplaySearch Quarterly Large Area TFT Panel Shipment Report.

Yoon-Woo Lee of Samsung Electronics to give keynote address at The ConFab 2013

Wed, 3 Mar 2013

Solid State Technology is proud to announce that Yoon-Woo Lee will be speaking at The ConFab 2013. The event will be held June 23-26, 2013 at The Encore at The Wynn in Las Vegas. Lee is the Executive Advisor of Samsung Electronics.

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.

AMOLED display shipments to grow to 447.7M units in 2017

Mon, 3 Mar 2013

Within the mobile handset display market, the market share for AMOLED displays is forecast to grow from 7.9% in 2013 to 15.2% in 2017, as presented in the figure below. AMOLED’s market share for 4-inch or larger handset displays employed in smartphones is set to increase to 24.4% in 2017, up from 23.0% in 2013.

SPIE volunteers urge Congress to boost jobs, economy through photonics support

Mon, 3 Mar 2013

Volunteers sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, were in Washington, D.C., last week to thank Congressional representatives for recent support for photonics R&D and to urge future support for in several key areas vital to economic growth and scientific progress.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts February 2013 book-to-bill ratio of 1.10

Fri, 3 Mar 2013

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.07 billion in orders worldwide in February 2013 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.10, according to the February Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.  A book-to-bill of 1.10 means that $110 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

Samsung tops optoelectronics ranking after absorbing LED venture

Thu, 3 Mar 2013

LED makers climb in the overall list of top suppliers of optoelectronics, sensors/actuators, and discretes, says 2013 O-S-D Report.

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.

How Samsung is climbing the charts

Thu, 4 Apr 2013

It’s no secret that Samsung is up against Apple in many ways, in products, sales and innovation. However, even in the face of Apple’s patent infringement lawsuits, Samsung is still climbing the charts.

Following decline of 2012, global TV market won’t recover until 2015

Mon, 4 Apr 2013

Stung by plunging sales in Japan and declining demand in North America and Western Europe, global television shipments in 2012 fell, marking a major inflection point that will have a lasting impact on the market, according to an IHS iSuppli Worldwide Television Market Tracker Report from the IHS TV Systems Intelligence Service at information and analytics provider IHS.

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

Thu, 3 Mar 2013

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

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

Thu, 3 Mar 2013

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

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.

Singapore researchers unveil glasses-free 3D display tech

Tue, 4 Apr 2013

Ditch the 3D glasses. Thanks to a simple plastic filter, mobile device users can now view unprecedented, distortion-free, brilliant 3D content with the naked eye.

Nanosys expands U.S. manufacturing as demand for displays with lifelike color heats up

Tue, 4 Apr 2013

Nanosys, enabling a new generation of high color fidelity, energy-efficient displays with its quantum-dot technology, today announced that it has expanded into a new, high-capacity production facility in Milpitas, California.

OLEDs and the beginning of the end for LCDs

Mon, 4 Apr 2013

LCD panel makers in Taiwan, Japan and Korea have been suffering. Despite the growing demand for LCDs the high number of panel makers and new competition from China has resulted in tough price competition for panel makers, to the point that many panel makers are no longer profitable.

SIA 3Q numbers: Chip sales gliding in to growth forecasts

Mon, 11 Nov 2010

Chip sales showed good growth across all regions in 3Q10, according to the SIA's latest tally ahead of the group's annual forecast update -- but all signs point to a softer ending to the year.

Key takeaways from AMAT: Silicon strong, memory floats, solar sags

Mon, 5 May 2010

Comments in Applied Materials' fiscal 2Q10 conference call (May 19), and from analysts examining them and the numbers, highlights several key observations for company's various businesses (semiconductors, solar, FPD) and overall market observations.

Demand for chip tools, wafers still strong

Mon, 5 May 2010

New data from North America and Japan points to still growing demand for suppliers of semiconductor makers.

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

Wed, 1 Jan 2010

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

Chip sales finally back in black; decline now just single-digits?

Mon, 1 Jan 2010

Chip sales broke through in positive territory again (compared with a year ago) with a ninth consecutive month of growth in November, and renewed strong demand for chip-consuming electronics devices signal an end-market recovery is occurring, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

TIPS for the future of organic electronics

Fri, 4 Apr 2010

Organic electronics such as TIPS pentacene show promise for lower costs and improved functionality in applications from handheld displays to sensors to RFID -- but a steep learning curve means collaborative multidisciplinary efforts are essential, explain David Redinger and Karl Manske from 3M.


Fri, 11 Nov 2010

MOCVD equipment and the LED market: Gartner forecast through 2020According to Dean Freeman, research VP at Gartner, the LED market will see ~11% growth in 2010, and ~35% growth in 2011. Reaping the benefits of the accelerating interest in LEDs is the MOCVD equipment market.

CMP-retaining-rings from Willbe use molded Victrex PEEK design

Tue, 11 Nov 2010

cmp retaining ringWillbe S&T selected VICTREX PEEK polymer as the material in its chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) retaining rings. Willbe S&T’s insert molded CMP ring provides better performance, longer life and reduced cost compared to traditional two-piece bonded type CMP retaining rings made with stainless steel and polyphenylene sulfide.

Vacuum/abatement technology saves the bottom line and the planet

Fri, 10 Oct 2010
Recent advances in vacuum and abatement technology are providing significant reductions in energy costs and carbon footprint for semiconductor, FPD, LED and PV manufacturing operations. Mike Czerniak, Edwards, Clevedon, North Somerset, UK

Printed electronics and PV: A love story

Tue, 12 Dec 2010

Techcet's Michael A. Fury reports from IDTechEx's combined Printed Electronics and PV USA events, where plenty of applications were presented for PE in aerospace, smart medical packaging, crayons and toys, and even the hubbub about airport body scanners. He also reviews thin-film and organic PV work at IBM, NREL, and French oil company Total SA G&P.

SAFC Hitech expands HB-LED operations in Taiwan

Thu, 12 Dec 2010

SAFC Hitech announced plans to build a new, dedicated facility in Kaohsiung, Taiwan for transfilling, technical service and production of chemical precursors used for high brightness LED and silicon semiconductor manufacturing.

Showa Denko JV to make resist solvent in China

Thu, 3 Mar 2010

Showa Denko says it will spend ¥200M for a new JV in China to supply photoresist solvent for domestic manufacturers of semiconductors and LCD panels, expanding its business in Asia outside Japan.

Reports: LCD sector takes brunt of Taiwan quake

Tue, 3 Mar 2010

Last week's 6.4-magnitude earthquake in Taiwan caused some emergency evacuations and shutdowns among the island's electronics manufacturing sector, with the biggest impact so far seeming to be in the LCD manufacturing sector.

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

Mon, 7 Jul 2010

SEMI has announced that Applied Materials, Inc. is the recipient of its 2010 SEMICON West Sustainable Technologies Award in recognition of the Applied iSYS Integrated Subfab System. The Sustainable Technologies Award winner was selected with technical guidance from a panel of technology industry environmental, health and safety experts.

Q2 large-area TFT LCD shipments make record high

Thu, 8 Aug 2010

Shipments of large area TFT LCDs climbed to 170 million units, with 9% Q/Q and 31% Y/Y growth rate. The revenues reached $22.9 billion, which was the second-highest quarter on record.


Wed, 12 Dec 2010

IMS Research’s latest Quarterly GaN LED Supply and Demand Report features a new LED supply and demand model that shows LED supply growth is significantly outpacing demand growth. The research report also shows Samsung leading LG in Q3 and Q4, though LG is expected to consume more LEDs in all of 2010.


Mon, 9 Sep 2010

Applied Materials (AMAT) launched its new Applied Centura Tetra X Advanced Reticle Etch system capable of etching photomasks needed for challenging device layers at 22nm and beyond.Applied Materials (AMAT) launched its new Applied Centura Tetra X Advanced Reticle Etch system capable of etching photomasks needed for challenging device layers at 22nm and beyond. Expanding the capabilities of AMAT's Tetra III platform, the Tetra X breaks the 2nm critical dimension uniformity (CDU) barrier across all feature sizes.

GEO Semiconductor closes $2 million in venture debt and equity financing

Wed, 9 Sep 2010

GEO Semiconductor Inc., provider of high-performance, programmable video and geometry pixel processor ICs for LED-backlit LCD displays and smartphone cameras (optics through sensor), raised $2 million in additional funding comprised of venture debt and equity.

Corning opens Taiwan technology center for glass characterization and prototyping

Wed, 6 Jun 2011

Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) opened Corning Advanced Technology Center in Taipei for glass characterization, product analysis, prototyping, and systems-level testing, as well as education/training.

Applied Materials adds tungsten film planarization to CMP tool

Thu, 6 Jun 2011

Applied Materials (AMAT) unveiled the extension of its Reflexion GT chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) system to include planarization of tungsten films. Sidney Huey, director, CMP product manager, CMP Division, Silicon Systems Group at Applied Materials, discusses the tool and the technology.

AMAT debuts DRAM fab tools for denser transistors

Wed, 7 Jul 2011

Applied Materials debuted 3 systems for next-generation DRAM chip manufacturing: the Applied Centura DPN HDTM system to improve the gate insulator scaling; the Applied Endura HAR Cobalt PVD system for high-aspect-ratio contact structures; and the Applied Endura Versa XLR W PVD system for reduced gate stack resistance.

Novel organic semiconductors from SmartKem best amorphous silicon

Tue, 7 Jul 2011

SmartKem Limited tested its advanced semiconductor materials against amorphous silicon at the National Printable Electronics Technology Centre, where it achieved better thin-film transistor (TFT) mobility rating.

AMAT RTP heats wafer backside for better temp uniformity

Wed, 6 Jun 2011

Applied Materials Inc. (AMAT) launched the Applied Vantage Vulcan rapid thermal processing (RTP) system for wafer annealing. Backside heating with AMAT's honeycomb lamp reduces "hot spots," enabling 20nm transistor designs.

GaN-on-Si HB-LED demo from Lattice Power, ShineOn

Fri, 6 Jun 2011

Lattice Power Corporation and ShineOn Inc. jointly demonstrated a high-brightness LED (HB-LED) product based on GaN-on-Si technology.

Alternative semiconductor fabrication methods enable inexpensive, conformable consumer devices

Wed, 6 Jun 2011

SEMICON West preview: Emerging technology and a developing infrastructure for printed electronics is enabling circuitry that is flexible, conformable, and inexpensive to mass-produce, paving the way to a variety of low-cost applications such as electronic packaging, ID tags, and wide-area lighting panels.

LED adoption pushes driver IC changes and growth

Tue, 6 Jun 2011

As LED adoption continues to grow, LED driver ICs face pressure from increased IC integration, driver-less AC-LEDs and other technologies, and falling prices. However, the driver IC unit can bring performance and power enhancements that consumers want for LED lighting adoption.

Cymer talks EUV, TCZ, light source monitoring upgrade

Wed, 7 Jul 2011

Nigel Farrar, Cymer, provides a status report on EUV lithography source technology, extensions to ArF lithography, the laser crystallization process from the company's TCZ display equipment product division, and Cymer's newest DUV source product the OnPulse Plus data monitoring system.

AMAT deposition and UV curing toolset enables 22nm interconnects

Tue, 7 Jul 2011

Applied Materials Inc. (AMAT) introduced a toolset for manufacturing low-power, fast interconnects in 22nm and lower logic chips: the Applied Producer Black Diamond 3 deposition system and Applied Producer Nanocure 3 UV curing system.

AMAT debuts full-vacuum gate stack tool for 22nm chip fab

Tue, 7 Jul 2011

Applied Materials (AMAT) launched the Applied Centura Integrated Gate Stack system for creating gate dielectric structures in 22nm logic chips. It processes the entire high-k multilayer stack in a single vacuum environment, preserving integrity of film interfaces.

LCD materials research lab opens at JSR Micro Korea

Fri, 7 Jul 2011

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

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

Wed, 7 Jul 2011

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

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

Tue, 7 Jul 2011

Each market in which Edwards is a supplier -- semiconductors, flat panel, photovoltaics, LEDs, has its own cycles and technology requirements. Matthew Taylor, CEO of Edwards, discusses the needs and market personality of each sector.

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

Thu, 12 Dec 2011

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

Kyocera acquires Optrex to grow touchscreen, LCD fab biz

Tue, 12 Dec 2011

Kyocera completed a share transfer agreement with three investment funds operated by Japan Industrial Partners to acquire all shares of Optrex Corporation, a specialized liquid crystal display (LCD) manufacturer.

Mobile drives display materials development in 2012

Tue, 12 Dec 2011

Advanced manufacturing methods, such as using high-mobility semiconductor materials, will be the key to serving mobile-electronics TFT displays with high brightness and low power consumption, shows NPD Displaysearch analysis. These require technical expertise and skill, but can yield higher profits and better products.

Samsung acquires LCD panel manufacturing JV share from Sony

Mon, 12 Dec 2011

Sony Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. will transition their current LCD panel business relationship, with Samsung acquiring all of Sony's shares of S-LCD Corporation (S-LCD), the LCD panel manufacturing joint venture, making S-LCD a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung.

Color displays could boost e-reader sales in coming years

Tue, 12 Dec 2011

Displays for pure-play e-book readers will see 108% higher shipments in 2011, but slower growth ahead. In the future, e-reader makers will turn to color display technologies, predicts IHS iSuppli.

AMAT debuts SEM for automatic 20nm defect inspection

Mon, 12 Dec 2011

Applied Materials, Inc. debuted its defect review scanning electron microscope (DR-SEM) Applied SEMVision G5 system to image and analyze 20nm yield-limiting defects in a production environment without manual intervention.

FPD spray coater from USI boasts high throughput

Wed, 11 Nov 2011

Ultrasonic Systems Inc. released the MAX-800-FP precision spray coating system with nozzle-less ultrasonic spray head technology. The system applies thin, uniform coatings used in the flat panel display manufacturing process.

Kodak, Heraeus touchscreen conductive film proves completely invisible

Wed, 11 Nov 2011

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

JUSUNG Engineering develops MOCVD advance for FPD fab

Fri, 11 Nov 2011

JUSUNG Engineering Co. Ltd. released a pioneering deposition technology that enables flat panel display (FPD) makers to dramatically enhance high definition resolution in the next generation displays.

Amazon Kindle Fire puts Ilitek on the map

Mon, 11 Nov 2011

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

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.

Printed Electronics 2011: Chips, inks, tissue boxes, and apps in between

Thu, 12 Dec 2011

Techcet's Michael A. Fury spent a day at the recent Printed Electronics/Photovoltaics event, where discussions ranged from past, present, and future applications -- from e-readers, organic LEDs, TFTs, and printed ICs to tissue-box displays, explosive ink, and airplane wing sensors.

Update from Japan: Big aftershocks slow fab recoveries

Mon, 4 Apr 2011

Longtime semiconductor exec Takeshi Hattori continues his reporting on the aftermath of the massive Japanese earthquake and tsunami: new aftershocks have pushed back fab recovery efforts, some early estimates of lost productivity, preparing for summertime blackouts, and more tips for traveling to and around Japan.

ACS drive module enhances wafer handling, inspection

Mon, 4 Apr 2011

ACS Motion Control developed an EtherCAT slave Universal Drive Module that directly drives one or two axes. The product suits use in wafer handling robots and positioning stages and optical wafer inspection as well as FPD inspection machines, custom robotics, and medical CT Scanning machines.

Teknek roller cleans FPD, PV thin films

Tue, 5 May 2011

Teknek, contact cleaning technology provider, introduced the Ultracleen range of cleaning roller for flat panel display (FPD), solar photovoltaic (PV), touch panel, and other thin films.


Wed, 3 Mar 2011

Cymer Inc. (Nasdaq: CYMI) introduced a focus drilling technology for its immersion light sources including the XLR 600ix, XLR500i, XLA 400 and XLA 300. Focus drilling provides up to a 2X improvement in the depth of focus on the wafer.

MRS Day 5: Opto, interconnects, organics, Borg?

Tue, 5 May 2011

Michael A. Fury concludes his series of reports from this year's MRS Spring meeting. Highlights from Day 5: lots of papers targeting optoelectronics and interconnects with graphene and nanotubes, lots of work in organic materials and devices, and several pathways for technologies in life science applications.

Asian FPD maker orders Cymer TCZ Gen5.5 crystallization systems

Tue, 4 Apr 2011

TCZ, Cymer Inc. (Nasdaq: CYMI) display equipment product division, received a volume order for the TCZ-1500B Gen 5.5 crystallization system from a leading Asian flat panel display manufacturer. This is TCZ's second volume order in 2011 and fourth tool customer.

"Green" ITO replacement suits flex displays, EMI shielding

Fri, 4 Apr 2011

4-point conductivity measurement of the new transparent conducting film developed by Prof. Cor Koning (left) and prof. Paul van der Schoot (right). The black pot contains a dispersion of carbon nanotubes in water, and the white pot contains the conducting latex. Photo: Bart van Overbeeke.Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology have developed a replacement for indium tin oxide (ITO). This transparent, conducting film is produced in water, and based on electrically conducting carbon nanotubes (CNT) and plastic nanoparticles. The film currently provides a factor 100 lower conductivity than ITO, but this could rapidly change.

AMAT touch panel fab system enables simultaneous film stack processing

Wed, 4 Apr 2011

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

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

Mon, 4 Apr 2011

Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) said today the company plans to maintain production levels at its Shizuoka and Sakai City LCD glass facilities during Sharp Corporation’s temporary production curtailment of LCD panels.

OLED materials progress at Universal Display advances print/deposition fab method

Tue, 4 Apr 2011

Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ: PANL) announced advances in the performance of its UniversalP2OLED solution-processible, phosphorescent OLED material systems for use with solution-based manufacturing processes (such as ink-jet printing).

Live from Japan: Facilities struggling to ramp on power, supply chain disruptions

Tue, 3 Mar 2011

Longtime semiconductor exec Takeshi Hattori reports on the aftermath of the massive Japanese earthquake and tsunami, updating the status of facilities and the struggles to ramp production in the face of rolling blackouts (hint: overnight operations) and major holes in the supply chain.

Veeco GaN MOCVD tool debut

Thu, 2 Feb 2011

Veeco's TurboDisc MaxBright MOCVD, LED TV penetration Veeco Instruments' new TurboDisc MaxBright GaN MOCVD multi-reactor system is poised to take advantage of what the company believes is an accelerated rate of LED TV penetration. The new system targets manufacturing of HB-LEDs and is capable of single- or multi-chamber layer growth.

Energy-saving subfab controller enables idle mode

Tue, 2 Feb 2011

CEA-Leti and Edwards demonstrated an energy-saving controller system for subfabs that automatically puts process-support equipment in idle mode when fab processes are not running. It communicates with the load lock and process pumps to determine the process status of the tool.


Thu, 3 Mar 2011

Applied Materials Inc. (AMAT) introduced the Applied Centura Conforma, with conformal plasma doping (CPD) targeted for 22nm and beyond logic and memory chips. The technology replaces ion beam implantation for conformal doping of complex 3D structures.


Fri, 3 Mar 2011

IHS iSuppli provides Japan's semconductor, electronics, and LCD fab stats in the wake of Japan's major earthquake today. The two major DRAM fabs in Japan, operated by U.S. based-Micron and Japan’s Elpida, have not been directly affected, according to preliminary indications from IHS iSuppli contacts.

Will LCD TV panel shipments decrease in 2011?

Tue, 11 Nov 2011

Shipments of large-area TFT LCD panels were 185.5 million in Q3 2011, unchanged from Q2, but up 12% Y/Y. The TFT LCD industry has been in over-supply for six quarters in a row, suppressing prices, says DisplaySearch.

Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display to transfer Mobara plant to INCJ

Tue, 11 Nov 2011

Panasonic Corporation's subsidiary Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co. Ltd. has reached an agreement in principle to transfer its Mobara plant to Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ).

Applied Materials' 2011 supplier awards

Tue, 11 Nov 2011

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

China lights up LED roadmap; Taiwan leaders seek similar support

Mon, 11 Nov 2011

China lays out its five-year plan to phase out old bulbs and spur LED demand; and Taiwan leaders invoke painful memories of DRAM and LCD market squeezes to urge more support for their own LED industry.

3M invests in Pixel Qi LCD technology

Wed, 9 Sep 2011

3M, via the 3M New Ventures organization, invested an undisclosed sum in Pixel Qi Corp., a fabless LCD panel developer a low-power, sunlight-readable LCD screen technology.

Diverse touchscreen technologies drive industry transition

Mon, 9 Sep 2011

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

ULVAC spectroscopic ellipsometer debuts for 300mm wafers

Mon, 9 Sep 2011

ULVAC Inc. uncrated the UNECS-3000A spectroscopic ellipsometer, which can measure the thinness of a thin film and optical constant. The noncontact film measurement tool targets semiconductor and liquid crystal display (LCD) manufacturing control.

Cleanroom spending dominated by Asia for foreseeable future

Thu, 8 Aug 2011

Asia's cleanroom hardware and consumables spending will hit $7.5 billion in 2015, comprising over 60% of the global market, according to the latest revision to the McIlvaine Cleanrooms: World Markets report.

Outdoor LED adoption trends

Tue, 8 Aug 2011

The viability of LEDs in outdoor applications will be a test for LED technology's competitiveness as a whole. Particularly in China, street lighting is the biggest sector for LED adoption. China is seeing problems with LED quality, while North America tends to see less-eventful LED integration.

AMOLED and other new technologies drive displays

Thu, 9 Sep 2011

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

3D TFT LCD panel shipments grow quarterly

Thu, 9 Sep 2011

3D-capable thin film transistor (TFT) panel shipments were primarily for LCD TVs, reaching 4.9 million units in Q2 2011. According to the DisplaySearch Quarterly Large-Area TFT LCD Shipment Report, panel makers are targeting 53% growth in 3D LCD TV panel shipments for Q3.

Quantum dot OLEDs fabbed via spin coating

Thu, 9 Sep 2011

University of Florida researchers developed a manufacturing process for quantum dot LEDs that is lower cost and higher volume than previous attempts, eliminating vacuum-based steps. The research spawned a start-up company: NanoPhotonica.

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

Tue, 8 Aug 2011

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

Touchscreens in 97% of smartphones by 2016

Mon, 8 Aug 2011

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

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

Thu, 9 Sep 2011

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

Edwards dry pump optimized for solar, FPD, semiconductor fab

Wed, 10 Oct 2011

Edwards Limited expanded its iXH harsh process dry pump family with the iXH500H series of 500m3/h pumps optimized for flat panel display (FPD), solar, and advanced semiconductor processes requiring high gas flows and flexible pump temperature profiles.

AVS Symposium 2011: A pre-show highlight reel

Tue, 10 Oct 2011

Heading to the AVS Symposium later this month (Oct. 30-Nov. 4) in Nashville, TN? We've scanned the program to pick out some of the sessions that are of interest.

ITRI LCD polarizer film avoids toxic solvents, saves production costs

Tue, 10 Oct 2011

Taiwan's ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute) developed an environmentally friendly polarizer protective film, HyTAC, for consumer-sector LCD displays. By avoiding toxic solvents, the polarizer sheet can be produced with less exhaust collection.

OLEDs Summit: OLED TV development and barriers from LG Display, DuPont

Mon, 10 Oct 2011

Several speakers at the recent OLEDs World Summit 2011 (9/26-28 in San Francisco) discussed the appeal of organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) for large-format image displays, rising in appeal over liquid-crystal displays (LCD).

DuPont 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.

UniPixel expands ITO-replacement sampling program

Fri, 10 Oct 2011

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

Qualcomm, Foxlink expanding MEMS work

Thu, 5 May 2008
May 8, 2008 - Qualcomm's MEMS subsidiary and Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co. Ltd. (dba "Foxlink") say they are opening a new dedicated fab in Taoyuan, Taiwan, to make Qualcomm's "mirasol" displays. The plant is slated to become fully operational in 2009.

Photon Dynamics outsourcing more LCD tool work

Thu, 5 May 2008
May 1, 2008 - Photon Dynamics says it has agreed to have Taiwan's C Sun Manufacturing Ltd. manufacture its earlier-generation ArraySaver LCD array repair systems, part of the company's ongoing efforts to better manage costs in the LCD capital equipment market.

"SAIL" ready to fly

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

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

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

Analyst: LCD tool sales doubling by 2010, sharing spotlight with PV

Mon, 6 Jun 2008
June 2, 2008 - Sales of array processing equipment for TFT-LCD manufacturing are expected to more than double between now and 2010 to more than $7.0B, rebounding from significant declines in the past two years -- creating a nice boost to suppliers who turned their sights to brighter prospects in the solar market, according to a report from analyst firm The Information Network.

Sharp tips details on thin-film capacity expansion

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

Taiwan's Kyec Yuan spinning off memory biz

Tue, 3 Mar 2008
Mar. 25, 2008 - Chip test firm King Yuan Electronics Co. (KYEC) is spinning off its memory testing business as an individual company in order to narrow the parent company's focus on logic chip testing operations, according to local reports.

Analyst: Top IC suppliers remain largely unchanged 2007

Tue, 3 Mar 2008
Mar. 18, 2008 - Despite a late-year slowdown among industry and US economic uncertainty, 2007 turned out to be a decent year for major IC and related equipment suppliers, with just a few shufflings in the rankings reflecting marketshare gains and losses, according to new data from VLSI Research.

SEMI publishes standards for FPD, substrate handling, MEMS fluidics

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

Lithography workshop report: 193nm/DEDE for 32nm, still weighing 22nm options

Mon, 1 Jan 2008
Immersion lithography was the central theme at the 2007 [formerly IEEE] Lithography Workshop (Dec. 9-13, Puerto Rico), since 193nm immersion and double exposure/double etch appears the likely choice at 32nm. Also discussed were EUV's trio of major unsolved problems, multibeam's revival, and possible litho inspiration in magnetic discs and flat-panel displays.

Dongbu touts integrated fault detection + yield management capabilities

Thu, 1 Jan 2008
Jan. 24, 2008 - Korea's Dongbu HiTek says it has integrated its yield management system (YMS) and fault detection & classification (FDC) tools into a "Dongbu early trouble detection and analysis system" that reduces fault detection and analysis from 2-3 days to 1hr, while "sharply" increasing wafer yields and process stabilities.

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

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

Analyst: LCD tool sales to rise 20% in 2008

Fri, 3 Mar 2008
Mar. 14, 2008 - Sales of array processing equipment for TFT-LCD manufacturing is expected to rebound to 20% growth in 2008 after slumping ~50% over the past two years, as a prolonged supply glut swings to an industrywide shortage, according to analyst firm The Information Network.

What solar cells can learn from electronics

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

Bulk silicon slims down: doing more with less

Fri, 2 Feb 2008
by Katherine Derbyshire, Contributing Editor, Solid State Technology
Feb. 1, 2008 - Recent interest in thin-film solar cells is driven in part by the high-cost limited supply of bulk polysilicon, the starting material for both integrated circuits and bulk silicon solar cells. Simply using less silicon would reduce cost, but it's not that simple. Instead, the industry is looking at thinner wafers (vs. reduced area), smaller Al contacts, and even thin-film layer transfer techniques.

Hitachi, Matsushita finalize LCD panel partnership

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

Powerchip, Renesas, Sharp team for LCD ICs

Tue, 2 Feb 2008
Feb. 18, 2008 - Powerchip Semiconductor, Renesas, and Sharp have formed a design house in Japan for small and medium-sized LCD panel driver chips.

TEL/Sharp to debut thin-film CVD tools for PV

Mon, 2 Feb 2008
Feb. 18, 2008 - Tokyo Electron has launched its entry into the solar equipment market to commercialize plasma CVD systems for thin-film silicon photovoltaics (PV), via a planned JV with Sharp.

Chartered buys Hitachi 200mm fab, gains Renesas' biz

Fri, 2 Feb 2008
Feb. 15, 2008 - Facing limits in its ability to expand internal capacity, Singapore's Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing has bought 100% ownership of Hitachi's Singapore unit, Hitachi Semiconductor Singapore Pte Ltd (HNS), including a local 200mm fab near its existing campus, for ~$233M in cash.

SEMI tips standards for FPDs, MEMS, chips

Wed, 6 Jun 2008
June 25, 2008 - SEMI has published four new technical standards targeting substrate and processes in LCD, MEMS, and semiconductor manufacturing, as part of its triannual standards update.

Taiwan firm touts nontoxic reclamation process for LCD panels, Si wafers

Wed, 6 Jun 2008
June 18, 2008 - Startup Ben Ten Technology claims to have developed a nontoxic cleaning technology with application in reclaim processes for LCD substrate glass and silicon wafers.

Orbotech buying Photon Dynamics for $290M

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

Holiday spending outlook's a mixed bag

Fri, 10 Oct 2008
With a global financial meltdown in full swing, and oil prices whipsawing to historic highs and back down again, will consumers be in a buying mood? Jim Handy of Objective Analysis shares his views on what to expect with the holiday market for electronics goods.

Chip sales slipping, following consumer concerns

Thu, 10 Oct 2008
Thanks to the global economic shakiness and consumer wariness, the SIA's forecast of ~4.5% growth for 2008 is in jeopardy. Through the first nine months of 2008, chip sales total $196.4B, about 4% higher than the same period a year ago.

Analysts: "Long, dark season" ahead for chip OEMs

Tue, 10 Oct 2008
Many OEMs are holding off on the usual holiday-season production ramp amid expectations of weak consumer demand due to the global economic crisis, and this is creating a ripple effect all along the electronic systems supply chain from ODMs and EMS companies to chip packaging and foundries, and ultimately causing a shortfall in 4Q08 chip orders, notes Gartner in a new research report.

Japan players bet big on emerging thin-film solar

Thu, 8 Aug 2008
Big established players in Japan, led by Mitsubishi Chemical and Sanyo Electric, are putting significant money into major new efforts to move thin-film solar technologies into volume production in the next few years.

SIA lowers chip growth forecast, but industry resilient against macro challenges

Wed, 6 Jun 2008
by James Montgomery, News Editor, Solid State Technology
June 11, 2008 - In its midyear forecast update/Webcast, the SIA has lowered its growth expectations for worldwide semiconductor sales to 4.3% (almost half the 7.7% it said six months ago), but SIA president George Scalise said the industry is actually doing quite well outside of the memory segment and is still showing immunity to broader US macroeconomic concerns.

IMEC, Taiyo Nippon Sanso collaborate on green LEDs

Mon, 10 Oct 2008
Oct. 6, 2008 -- European nanoelectronics research consortium IMEC and Japanese gases/equipment supplier Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corp. (TNSC) say they will jointly develop manufacturing technology for high-efficiency LED devices, TNSC's first such collaboration in Europe.

Report: Samsung, LG to roll out LCD steppers

Thu, 10 Oct 2008
In further efforts to cut production costs, and reduce reliance upon foreign technology providers, Korea's top two electronics manufacturers reportedly are in early stages of collaboration on development of steppers for LCD panel manufacturing.

Vacuum processing for solar cells

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

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

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

Report: Ebara making PFC removal system for fabs

Sat, 7 Jul 2008
Ebara reportedly is ramping production of a new exhaust gas treatment system that filters out perfluoride compounds (PFCs) emitted during semiconductor and LCD panel production.

Toray/Samsung JV boosts FPD circuit substrate capacity

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

Japan news: TEL, Elpida anticipate losses

Fri, 4 Apr 2008
Apr. 11, 2008 - Elpida memory expects a ¥20B (US $197.7M) group operating loss for the just-ended fiscal year, the company's first such loss since its market listing in late 2004. Meanwhile, TEL chip equipment orders during fiscal 4Q08 were at their lowest level in nearly three years.

Report: Distracted Samsung wary of Japan rivals' progress

Fri, 1 Jan 2008
Jan. 17, 2008 - As it weathers softness in the memory markets and domestic allegations of executive mismanagement and slush-fund coverups, Samsung Electronics is increasingly worried about a future showdown with rapidly progressing Japanese rivals, according to a local press report.

Samsung: Chips biz down in 2007, LSIs and LCDs strong, 2008 capex roughly flat

Fri, 1 Jan 2008
Jan. 17, 2008 - The weak memory market continued to weigh on Samsung's bottom line in 4Q, with sales declines in its semiconductor business and plunging profits, and oversupplies and price pressures are seen continuing through 1H08.

Matsushita spending ¥95B to expand chip ops

Wed, 1 Jan 2008
Jan. 9, 2008 - Matsushita Electric Industrial (aka Panasonic) says it will invest about ¥95B (US ~$869M) to boost capacity for chips used in digital home electronics with a new plant in the central Japanese city of Tonami, Toyama Prefecture, according to local reports.

Photon Dynamics outsourcing LCD process modules to Ultra Clean

Wed, 1 Jan 2008
Jan. 9, 2008 - Photon Dynamics and Ultra Clean have forged a partnership to hand over manufacturing and testing of Photon Dynamics' ArrayChecker LCD array test systems, part of the company's plans to better manage costs in the LCD capital equipment market.

Slowing Nov. chip sales darken 2007 growth prospects

Wed, 1 Jan 2008
Jan. 2, 2008 - Worldwide chip sales slowed in November to just a fraction of a percent vs. October, and are on pace for roughly 3% growth for all of 2007, below the Semiconductor Industry Association's (SIA) projections of 3.8% barely a month ago.

Vanguard takes over Winbond's 200mm lines

Wed, 1 Jan 2008
Jan. 2, 2008 - Vanguard International Semiconductor Corp. has officially acquired 200mm chipmaking lines from Winbond Electronics Corp., under a deal announced in March.

Shedding light on alternative to LCD manufacturing

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

Gas supply challenges for PV

Thu, 12 Dec 2008
From last week's Thin-Film Solar Summit (San Francisco, CA, Dec. 2-3), Linde exec Anish Tolia explained how gas technology can significantly impact cost/Watt for PV firms scaling production.

Sharp, Enel deal targets cost savings, global reach

Tue, 12 Dec 2008
A deal between Japan's Sharp Corp. and Italy's largest power company, Enel SpA, to produce both solar cells and modules will help Sharp deepen its reach in Europe's end-markets while slashing shipment costs and protecting against currency valuations, according to local media analysis.

Price is right: Panasonic takes Sanyo gold

Mon, 12 Dec 2008
After rebuffs from a key Sanyo shareholder for what were thought as lowball offers, Panasonic apparently now has a green light from all three top shareholders with a gently sweetened offer -- by a paltry ¥1.

Chip sales climb on consumer demand

Tue, 9 Sep 2008
Worldwide semiconductor sales have picked up a little, thanks to continued strong demand for consumer electronics, PCs, and cell phones, and despite continuing softness in the memory sector, according to the latest data from the Semiconductor Industry Association.

On display: Tech, strategy, glimpses at FPDI

Tue, 11 Nov 2008
Among the high-level takeaways from the recent FPDI displays event in Japan: Digital signage looks like the next "big" near-term market, Hollywood is pinning hopes on 3D technology, LCD TVs continue to improve thanks to backlight technology; and newer technologies (OLEDs, e-inks, R2R) are progressing but not yet ready.

Analysts: LCD tool spending dips, 2009 outlook unclear

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

Gartner: 2009 looking better, but seasonal softness ahead

Fri, 8 Aug 2009
In another growing sign of optimism that the worst may be over for the semiconductor industry, Gartner analysts have again bumped up their forecast for chip sales this year, tacking on about $23B in sales and removing about five percentage points of negative growth.

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

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

First 4Q results point to length, not depth, of downturn

Tue, 2 Feb 2009
Initial industry financial results from the December quarter are ugly as expected, but what's got analysts more concerned isn't the depth of the downturn, but how long it'll last -- 2H09 should be better, but real recovery might take much longer.

Changes at Applied Materials: New SSG head, SunFab moves to EES

Mon, 9 Sep 2009

Shifts among executive and organizational ranks at Applied Materials suggest new streamlining efforts, but also leave unanswered questions as to why. Here's the skinny on the two major moves out of the lot.

COO benefits in manufacturing mobile displays with steppers

Mon, 11 Nov 2009

Frank Bok Namgun and Philippe Cochet from Azores discuss the various cost-of-ownership merits of steppers vs. scanners in photolithography for flat-panel displays, including capital equipment and mask costs.

ECS Day 3: Signs of life after all

Fri, 5 May 2009
Day 3 of the ECS Spring 2009 Meeting showed signs of normalization: good sized audiences in right-sized rooms, and presentations proceeding as scheduled, reports Techcet's Michael A. Fury in his exclusive daily blog for SST. Topics today touched on work in semiconductor-biocell interfaces, organic TFTs, alternative phase-change material, high-k dielectrics, SiGe PMOS/NMOS integration, post-32nm MugFET designs, and graphene aerogels.

Brewer Science issued polymer, wet-developable patents

Fri, 11 Nov 2009

Brewer Science says its high-transparency, highly conductive coatings utilize a photopolymer and an electrically conductive polymer dispersed in a solvent system. These new compositions, says the company, can be applied to a variety of substrates.

LCD manufacturing technologies target increasing transmission to reduce panel costs

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

AU Optronics eyes solar inroads

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

Analysts see bottom for chips...but not tools

Tue, 1 Jan 2009
Ahead of keenly anticipated 4Q08 results that will set the stage for how long the industry's dark winter will be, two analysts are casting their vote for chips and equipment, suggesting the former will touch bottom in 1H09, while the other thinks bad times will persist longer than feared.

Applied debuts "game-changing" wafer tracking system

Mon, 7 Jul 2009
Applied Materials has revealed what it calls a "game-changer" for mature fabs: a hardware/software package that integrates with existing MES software to wirelessly track and direct movements for 200mm and 300mm wafer lots.

The year ahead: A time for innovation

Thu, 1 Jan 2009
Technology-driven growth is still possible in the current downturn, according to SST's poll of executives from across the semiconductor manufacturing supply chain. Even during an economic slump, they remain optimistic about two things: the continuing need to innovate, and the ineveitable upturn.

Challenging market conditions for 2009

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

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

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

MRS Spring Day 4: eCMP alive, Si stretchable, but no brain testing

Sat, 4 Apr 2009
In an exclusive daily blog for SST, Techcet's Michael A. Fury summarizes the day's papers, including several on eCMP, an "elegant" application of CMP to fix SiGe strain channels, and still-stealth "digital CMP." Other notable papers described work on CNT fabrication and electronic devices, inkjet printing to replace sputtering in displays, and optical screening for metal hydrides.

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

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

Chipmakers make the "nice" list for the holidays, say analysts

Tue, 10 Oct 2006
Two of the most hyped demand drivers for holiday electronics sales aren't working out as hoped -- PlayStation won't launch in Europe until March of '07, and Sony has halved its shipment target for this year to the US and Japan. But, there's more to life than video games. Analysts interviewed by WaferNEWS are still pretty bullish that the holidays will prove festive for chipmakers.

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.

AMAT sheds light on solar plans, growth strategy

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

Photronics cuts 3Q outlook, cites FPD mask slump

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

Samsung hikes profits, capex outlook

Mon, 10 Oct 2006
October 16, 2006 - Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has tacked on another 18% to its projected 2006 capital expenditures budget for semiconductors -- the company now expects to spend 6.66 trillion won ($7.03 billion), up from 5.63 trillion won ($5.94 billion).

Brooks, Yaskawa Electric complete Japan JV

Mon, 9 Sep 2006
September 25, 2006 - Brooks Automation Inc. and Yaskawa Electric have officially opened their joint venture, Yaskawa Brooks Automation, a $100 million tool automation company (based on trailing 12-month sales) located in Shin-Yokohama, Japan.

Applied sees sparkling growth with solar plans

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

Honeywell, USDC to make new FPD materials

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

Toshiba selling stake in wafer unit

Tue, 10 Oct 2006
October 31, 2006 - Toshiba Corp. is mulling a possible management buyout of its wafer subsidiary Toshiba Ceramics Co. Ltd., to an investment business owned 50/50 by Unison Capital Group and Carlyle Group.

PDF buys Si Automation to beef up yield loss analysis

Wed, 10 Oct 2006
October 25, 2006 - PDF Solutions Inc. has acquired Si Automation SA (SIA), a privately held developer of fault detection and classification software, for $35.7 million in cash and stock. The deal combines SIA's Maestria and Datapower with PDF's silicon characterization infrastructure, to help companies utilize equipment data to identify and anticipate sources of yield loss.

Princeton, USDC to make flexible TFT materials

Wed, 4 Apr 2006
April 19, 2006 - The US Display Consortium (USDC) and Princeton U.'s Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM) have signed a two-year, $1.7 million agreement to develop amorphous silicon thin-film transistors (a-Si TFTs) on a clear, high temperature-capable polymer foil substrate.

AMAT, DNS forming track biz

Mon, 5 May 2006
May 15, 2006 - Applied Materials Inc., Santa Clara, CA, and Japan's Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co. Ltd. (DNS) are forming a joint venture to offer track technologies for semiconductor manufacturing.

Air Products to supply TSMC, Chi Mei fabs

Wed, 5 May 2006
May 10, 2006 - Air Products has signed contracts to supply nitrogen and bulk gases to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Chi Mei Optoelectronics to serve their semiconductor and flat-panel display manufacturing facilities in Taiwan's Tainan Science Industrial Park.

SMIC, Aurora ramp LCOS chip output

Mon, 5 May 2006
May 8, 2006 - Chinese foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) has ramped to volume production for Aurora Systems Inc.'s liquid-crystal-on-silicon (LCOS) panel chips

Brooks forges JV to tighten Japan ties

Mon, 5 May 2006
May 8, 2006 - Brooks Automation Inc. is forming a joint venture with Japan's Yaskawa Electric to boost its presence in Japan, and acquiring the firm's US subsidiary to enhance its custom manufacturing services business.

Photronics, Micron kick off photomask JV

Mon, 5 May 2006
May 8, 2006 - Photronics Inc., Brookfield, CT, and Micron Technology Inc., Boise, ID, have officially formed a joint venture to develop and produce photomasks based on internal efforts to support 45nm chipmaking processes.

AMAT beams into solar market with Applied Films purchase

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

Mitsubishi unveils organic FPD material

Thu, 5 May 2006
May 18, 2006 - Researchers at Mitsubishi Chemical Corp.'s Science and Technology Research Center (MCRC) and Japan's Ehime U. and Kyushu U. have developed a new organic semiconductor material, processed by low-cost wet coating methods, for use with new large flat-panel displays (FPD).

Report from EIPBN: Accelerating the future of nano fabrication

Tue, 6 Jun 2006
We are entering a new era, in which nano-fabrication is moving beyond IC fabrication. Chasing Moore's Law is still an important challenge, but there are now other interesting challenges, such as making electronics ubiquitous, particularly in the medical field, and harnessing Nature's self-assembly methods. These were among the paths followed at the Electron, Ion, & Photon Beam Technology & Nanofabrication (EIPBN) held May 29 to June 2 in Baltimore, MD.

Seiko, JSR developing inkjet-applied silicon film

Thu, 4 Apr 2006
April 6, 2006 - Researchers at Seiko Epson and JSR Corp. have created a high-quality silicon film formed with a spin coat method and inkjet patterning processes, with performance comparable with films developed through conventional CVD methods.

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.

TSMC, UMC split fabless biz from MediaTek

Wed, 4 Apr 2006
April 26, 2006 - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. reportedly has signed a contract to provide 0.13-micron manufacturing services to MediaTek Inc., Taiwan's top fabless house, for its LCD TV chips.

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.

Renesas, Powerchip expand flash memory pact

Mon, 6 Jun 2006
June 5, 2006 - Renesas Technology Corp., the chipmaking JV between Hitachi and Mitsubishi Electric, has expanded its technology license to Powerchip Semiconductor Co. to supply the Taiwanese company with flash memory devices, according to local news reports.

Test methods, safety, CD photomask spec on SEMI standards list

Mon, 6 Jun 2006
June 5, 2006 - SEMI has published eight new technical standards for the semiconductor, flat-panel display (FPD), and MEMS manufacturing industries, including safety guidelines for hydrogen peroxide storage and handling systems, specifications for critical dimension (CD) measurement information data for photomask manufacturing, and test methods for measurement of the resistivity of resin black matrix for LCD color filters.

Analyst: Fast LCD ramp-up causing sluggish tool market in 2006

Thu, 6 Jun 2006
June 22, 2006 - Aggressive capacity expansion for new 5G-7G LCD facilities in the past two years have resulted in an oversupply situation in 2006, causing sales of TFT-LCD array processing equipment to drop 10% this year, according to The Information Network.

Report: TFT-LCD firms slashing equipment spending

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

BITLINES: New spin for stock options prying; Seeding growth of nanoscientists

Tue, 11 Nov 2006
Congrats to Richard Dyck, president of TCS-Japan and the next recipient of SEMI's annual Bob Graham Award for outstanding contributions in semiconductor equipment and materials marketing... And kudos also goes out to Roger Grace, Northeastern U. grad who is sponsoring funding at his alma mater to support nanomanufacturing education for future scientists...

Tower adds 0.18-micron LDMOS process

Mon, 11 Nov 2006
November 6, 2006 - Israeli pure-play foundry Tower Semiconductor Ltd. has made available a new laterally diffused metal oxide semiconductor process (LDMOS) on its 0.18-micron platform, produced in its Fab 2 facility, targeting use in LCD drivers for cell phones and other handheld displays.

Taiwan's MOEA maps out FPD industry expansion plans

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

Photon Dynamics axing FPD inspection line

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

DNS spending $250M for chip, LCD increases

Mon, 3 Mar 2006
March 27, 2006 - Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co. (DNS) is planning to double its investments to 30 billion yen (about US $256.2 million) over the next three years, to increase capacity for semiconductor and LCD glass substrate manufacturing equipment.

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

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

Strong demand means better year for tool sales, says VLSI

Wed, 4 Apr 2006
April 19, 2006 - The first quarter of the calendar usually means a seasonal slowdown in demand for semiconductor manufacturing equipment. But this year demand remains high, and so VLSI Research Inc. has hiked its projections for the full year to double-digit growth.

Trio developing RFID-based wafer tracking system

Thu, 4 Apr 2006
April 13, 2006 - ChipMOS Technologies Inc., Oracle Corp., and Taiwan's Institute for Information Industry are partnering to develop an information system for semiconductor supply chains based on radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology.

Samsung, Sony expanding JV to 8G LCDs

Tue, 4 Apr 2006
April 11, 2006 - South Korea's Samsung Electronics Corp. and Japan's Sony Corp. plan to invest $2.0 billion for a new facility to produce 8G LCD panels at their existing JV in Tangjeong, South Korea.

Slow LCD stepper sales dent Nikon profits

Mon, 2 Feb 2006
February 6, 2006 - Nikon Corp. posted a profit of ¥12.5 billion (US $105.1 million) in fiscal 3Q06, down 7% from a year ago but up 54% from the prior quarter.

Intel-based iMac taking page from notebook strategy

Tue, 1 Jan 2006
January 24, 2006 - Apple Computer's newest low-end iMac desktop PC is its first system to incorporate an Intel processor, in a much-publicized shift from its longtime IBM/Freescale PowerPC platform. A recent teardown analysis from iSuppli Inc. examines Apple's first efforts to bring dual-core capabilities previously available only in its high-end G5 computers into the rest of its desktop and notebook product lines.

Report: TSMC overflowing capacity, offloading to partner

Thu, 3 Mar 2006
March 16, 2006 - Demand for chips used in handsets and LCD displays has maxed out older-process capacity at top foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), causing the foundry to use up other lines and refer some orders to affiliate Vanguard Semiconductor International Corp.

ChipMOS frontloading capex for Spansion, staying cautious

Wed, 3 Mar 2006
March 15, 2006 - ChipMOS Technologies Ltd. posted a profit of $14.5 million on revenues of $130.4 million in 4Q05, up from a $3.2 million profit and $112.0 million in sales in the same period a year ago.

Lower-cost displays, memories driving near-term nanotech growth

Tue, 1 Jan 2006
By Paula Doe, Contributing Editor

Nanotechnology may have a revolutionary impact on leading-edge semiconductor process technology beyond 32nm when traditional scaling reaches the fundamental limits of physics, but for at least the next five years or so the significant nanotechnology applications in electronics will likely be lower-cost displays and memories, according to SEMI's new Global Nanotechnology Markets and Opportunities study.

US firm claims validated vs. Canon in nano patent ruling

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

Toko shifting to 0.35-micron LCD drivers

Wed, 4 Apr 2007
April 18, 2007 - Toko Inc. is shifting to 0.35-micron process technology for driver chips used in displays to adjust brightness of LEDs, investing 200-300 million yen (US $1.7-$2.5 million) to upgrade etching equipment from 0.64-micron design rules, according to the Nikkei Business Daily.

Japan News: Q&A with Samsung insider

Wed, 5 May 2007
Shizuka Ishikawa, president of Samsung partner Tomen Devices Corp., shares his opinions with the Nikkei Business Daily about ongoing memory price volatility, and whether memory firms are investing too heavily in DRAM.

TDK building ceramic capacitor plant

Tue, 5 May 2007
May 8, 2007 - TDK Corp. says it will build a new plant to produce ceramic capacitors, used in LCD TVs and mobile phone handsets, according to the Nikkei daily paper. Construction of the 50 billion yen (US $416.2 million) site in Yurihonjo, Akita Prefecture, will start in June and come online next spring, boosting TDK's total output capacity for ceramic capacitors by 40%.

Report: Canon dodges bullet in SED litigation

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

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

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

AMAT: Memory holding up until foundry activity recovers

Wed, 2 Feb 2007
February 14, 2007 - Applied Materials Inc. delivered fiscal 1Q07 results that were down sequentially as expected. But an anticipated recovery by the foundry sector and sustained strength in NAND flash could help the company exceed overall projected industry capex growth, executives said in a conference call discussing the numbers.

Analyst: LCD equipment market still plummeting, no recovery until 2008

Fri, 2 Feb 2007
February 9, 2007 - Significant overcapacity problems for flat-panels contributed to a double-digit decline in sales of manufacturing equipment for TFT-LCDs in 2006 -- and the situation will only get worse this year, according to data from The Information Network.

Nikon set to enter photomask glass market

Thu, 2 Feb 2007
February 8, 2007 - Japan's Nikon Corp. has invested about 2.3 billion yen (US $19 million) to start producing glass substrates for liquid-crystal display (LCD) photomasks, according to a Reuters report.

Corning spending $160M on G8 glass expansion in Japan

Thu, 2 Feb 2007
February 8, 2007 - Corning Inc. says its board has approved spending $160 million to expand manufacturing capacity for large-size glass substrates for active matrix liquid-crystal displays (LCD) at its facility in Shizuoka, Japan.

Rohm & Haas buys Kodak light films biz

Fri, 4 Apr 2007
April 20, 2007 - Rohm and Haas Co. has agreed to acquire Kodak's light management films business, which produces films to improve brightness and efficiency of LCDs, as first step in a wide-ranging plan to identify and invest in growth opportunities.

Canon hiking investments for SED production

Fri, 4 Apr 2007
April 20, 2007 - Canon Anelva Corp., a provider of manufacturing equipment for semiconductors and display panels, plans to boost production capacity at its Fuji factory, Yamanashi Prefecture, by 80% over the next three years to get ready to make equipment for display panels based on surface conduction electron emitter display (SED) technology, according to the Nikkei Business Daily.

Nano-Proprietary exploring financial, biz alternatives

Tue, 4 Apr 2007
April 17, 2007 - Nano Proprietary Inc. says it has retained Citi's investment banking division to help review financial and strategic alternatives.

Semi printing startup gains funding

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

Report: Sony won't continue chip JV with NEC, Toshiba

Mon, 4 Apr 2007
April 9, 2007 - After nearly a year working with 45nm technology partners NEC and Toshiba, Sony says it will pursue future development outside the partnership, seen as a blow to efforts to group Japan's chipmakers together to compete against international rivals, according to a Reuters report.

Canon assumes control of SED JV from Toshiba

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

Report: Vista, wireless, LCDs to shake up Taiwan IC designer rankings

Mon, 1 Jan 2007
January 15, 2007 - A shakedown is expected among the top IC designers in Taiwan due to patent lawsuits with foreign rivals and severe competition in the LCD controller market, according to a report by the Taiwan Economic News.

Samsung cuts capex despite higher profits

Fri, 1 Jan 2007
January 12, 2006 - Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has slightly lowered its planned capex for 2007 despite higher sales and profits in 2006, though the company sees better demand in early 2007 and hinted at "significant" growth later in the year from new products.

Analyst: Inventories rise again in 4Q, but not alarmingly

Fri, 1 Jan 2007
January 11, 2007 - Surplus semiconductor inventories rose 4.9% in 4Q06 to $4.3 billion, ensuring that inventories will stay high in the first quarter of 2007, but the problem appears to not threaten industry growth, according to data from iSuppli Corp.

SST ON THE SCENE @ SEMICON WEST: Cooler industry outlook belies heated 450mm controversy

Tue, 7 Jul 2007
Aida Jebens, Senior Economist at VLSI Research, reviews her firm's industry weather forecast for SST On the Scene, which shows a "cooling" and cloudy outlook for display equipment and "flat" for chip tools, though next year's forecast looks to be improved. She also shares thoughts on the renewed debate over a 450mm wafer-size transition, and what has to happen on all sides to pull through -- and what's already being done.

Sumitomo Chemical buys display-LED maker CDT

Tue, 7 Jul 2007
July 31, 2007 - Sumitomo Chemical Co. has agreed to acquire UK-based Cambridge Display Technology, a developer of polymer-organic LED (P-OLED) technologies seen as future LCD replacements in displays, for about $285 million in cash, nearly a 100% premium on CDT's current stock price.

SEMI names 2007 standards award recipients

Thu, 7 Jul 2007
July 19, 2007 - A handful of industry executives were recognized this week by SEMI for contributions to standards development for the semiconductor and related industries.

NXP buys micro line from Sharp

Tue, 7 Jul 2007
July 10, 2007 - NXP Semiconductors (n

iPhone teardown winners: Infineon, National, Balda, Samsung

Tue, 7 Jul 2007
July 3, 2007 - In a teardown analysis of Apple's iPhone, iSuppli Corp. finds several surprises and newcomers to the device component party, including Infineon, National, and Balda. But the big winner may be a Korean memory giant.

Oki extends fab work contract with UMC, Faraday

Wed, 1 Jan 2007
January 31, 2007 - Japan's Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd. has signed a deal to offload design-to-manufacture services to Taiwan foundry UMC and partner fabless ASIC house Faraday Technology Corp., focusing on 90nm- and below process technologies, deepening ties originated four years ago between Oki and UMC's Japan unit. Faraday already offers Oki design services for 130nm and 90nm.

Taiwan officials confirm new ASML R&D site

Thu, 1 Jan 2007
January 4, 2007 - Taiwan government officials say ASML has chosen to establish a new $150 million facility in Taiwan as its R&D headquarters for the region, according to the Taiwan Economic News.

ISS 2007: Hot LCD market poses technology challenges

Tue, 1 Jan 2007
The growing consumer appetite for large-area flat-panel displays (FPDs) -- particularly for TVs, but also for notebook computers and PC monitors -- presents enormous opportunities for FPD makers. But to meet demand they must first overcome some major technological and manufacturing hurdles, according to Jyh Chau Wang, VP of Taiwanese LCD supplier Chi Mei Optoelectronics, speaking at the recent Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) at Half Moon Bay, CA.

Report: LCD demand a boon for Vanguard, backend subcons

Thu, 5 May 2007
May 31, 2007 - Taiwan foundry Vanguard International Semiconductor Co. has run capacity utilization over 100% due to "swarming" orders from customers needing LCD drivers as exhausted panel makers rebuild their stockpiles, according to the Taiwan Economic News.

ESI buys laser scribe firm New Wave Research

Thu, 7 Jul 2007
July 5, 2007 - Electro Scientific Industries Inc., a supplier of photonics and laser systems, has agreed to acquire New Wave Research Inc., a developer of high-end laser-based systems targeting sapphire wafer scribing and laser micromachining, for $36 million in cash (about 1x the firm's current annual revenue). The deal is expected to be roughly breakeven in ESI's fiscal 2008 (ending in April) and accretive in fiscal 2009.

NEWS FROM TAIWAN: Mixed reactions for China backend investments

Mon, 7 Jul 2007
July 2, 2007 - Topping the past week's headlines are cheers (and jeers) for the Taiwan government's relaxation of assembly/packaging investment restrictions into China. Also in the news: reports on a possible multinational polysilicon JV, Inotera accelerating its 70nm ramp (and capex too), and rosy LCD driver IC demand and 200mm capacity utilization.

Report: DRAM module makers ride PC makers' gains

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

VLSI: AMAT tops FPD tool supplier ranks

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

NEWS FROM JAPAN: PC makers find flash; chemical firms spend for growth

Tue, 6 Jun 2007
A roundup of news from the past week in Japan finds PC makers turning to flash, chemical makers opening their wallets, new silicon transport components, and a behemoth of a CMOS image sensor prototype.

Dongbu touts 130nm LCD diver library

Thu, 5 May 2007
May 31, 2007 - Dongbu HiTek Co., the merged entity of Dongbu Electronics and Dongbu Hannong Chemicals, says it has developed in-house a special design library for LCD driver IC devices using 130nm CMOS process technologies, which it says minimizes electromigration and cross-talk. The company developed a 130nm design library for image sensor processors earlier this year.

NEC combines LSI, memory on LCD module

Fri, 5 May 2007
May 24, 2007 - NEC's LCD display unit has created a LCD module that incorporates all chip components, including LSI and memory, on the glass substrate.

Semi printing startup gets boost from AMAT's VC arm

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

NEWS FROM JAPAN: SED shelved again; vacuum-ready laser scope; nanoimprint litho "lube"

Mon, 6 Jun 2007
June 4, 2007 - A roundup of news from the past week in Japan finds more delays in Canon/Toshiba's planned rollout of SED TV technology, new business frontiers from companies selling pure water systems, and researchers touting work with quantum dots and laser microscopes that plug into vacuum environments for materials analysis.

Reports: Taiwan's Vanguard pushes capacity limits, preps 200mm addition

Wed, 8 Aug 2007
August 1, 2007 - Vanguard International Semiconductor Corp. has crossed the 100% capacity utilization mark thanks mainly to trailing-edge (0.18-micron) business from TSMC and a flurry of foundry orders for LCD driver ICs, and it's banking on newly-acquired 200mm fab capacity to carry the day, according to local media reports.

Photronics cuts outlook on FPD, photomask slowdowns

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

OSRAM giving up display OLED biz

Wed, 8 Aug 2007
August 1, 2007 - OSRAM Opto Semiconductors says it will stop making its "Pictiva" organic LEDs (OLEDs) for passive matrix displays by year's end, instead focusing on its OLED activities for "market-ready" lighting solutions.

Memory roundup: Prices poised to sink again

Tue, 8 Aug 2007
August 28, 2007 - Contract pricing for all memory devices have shown signs of recovery in the past month, but stubbornly soft spot prices threaten to erode those gains, and the next few weeks could spell real trouble for the DRAM market, according to data from several analysts.

March 2007 Exclusive Feature 2:
ISS 2007: Hot LCD market poses technology challenges

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

The growing consumer appetite for large-area flat-panel displays (FPDs) -- particularly for TVs, but also for notebook computers and PC monitors -- presents enormous opportunities for FPD makers. But to meet demand they must first overcome some major technological and manufacturing hurdles, according to Jyh Chau Wang, VP of Taiwanese LCD supplier Chi Mei Optoelectronics, speaking at the recent Industry Strategy Symposium.

Taiwan's FPG eyes land for future chip plans

Thu, 3 Mar 2007
March 29, 2007 - An investment company held by Taiwan's Formosa Plastics Group, which owns stakes in memory makers Nanya Technology Corp. and Inotera Memories, has purchased 78 hectares of land in a high-tech park in Taoyuan County for about $233 million, where it will expand semiconductor related businesses including silicon wafer prduction and chip assembly, according to the Taiwan Economic News.

Analyst: No apparent fab damage from Japan quake

Wed, 3 Mar 2007
March 27, 2007 - A 6.9-magnitude earthquake that struck offshore northwestern Japan on March 25 likely has had negligible impact on Japan's semiconductor production, with no reports of problems from the only major chipmaker with a presence in the immediate area, according to analyst firm Objective Analyis.

AMAT: Foundries are the key to dimmed outlook

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

Rohm & Haas, SKC forming FPD films JV

Tue, 8 Aug 2007
August 14, 2007 - Rohm and Haas Co. and SKC Inc. are forming a joint venture to develop, manufacture and market advanced optical and functional films for use with liquid crystal and plasma flat-panel displays.

TSMC increasing Vanguard stake to boost 200mm plans

Mon, 8 Aug 2007
August 27, 2007 - TSMC says it will purchase up to about $168 million worth of shares in Vanguard International Semiconductor, in a bid to increase its stake from its current 26.8% stake up to about nearly 38%. The deal is part of TSMC's strategy for boosting its 200mm capacity, and TSMC spokesperson/CFO Lora Ho noted that the foundry "has no intention to merge" with Vanguard.

Analyst reiterates slowdown for LCD processing tools

Wed, 8 Aug 2007
August 22, 2007 - After a year of withholding investments in additional manufacturing equipment, LCD panel providers still seem to be in no hurry to buy processing tools even though panel prices are rising again and inventory seems back under control, according to data from the Information Network.

Report: 2nd-tier Taiwan foundries stuffed with orders

Fri, 9 Sep 2007
September 21, 2007 - Taiwan's second-tier foundries' production capacities are overflowing with contracts to fill demand for areas like power MOSFETs and analog chips, and production is likely to remain at full capacity for the next two months, according to the Taiwan Economic News.

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

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

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

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

New "e-jet" process targets lower-cost printed electronics

Fri, 9 Sep 2007
September 7, 2007 - Researchers at the U. of Illinois say they have devices an electrohydrodynamic jet ("e-jet") printing process that can produce patterns and functional devices with better resolution "significantly exceeding" other inkjet technologies, with potential application in large-area circuits, displays, and phototovoltaic modules.

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

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

Analyst: AMAT "at a crossroads" as solar biz ramps

Thu, 10 Oct 2007
October 4, 2007 - Applied Materials is on track to recognize its first revenues for thin-film solar modules by the April quarter, earlier than many analysts have been expecting, and a first customer thumbs-up could set off a "domino effect" that generates a wave of solar business and a push toward end-market grid parity, according to one analyst's report.

Report: Japanese materials suppliers muster for market's next "battleground"

Thu, 10 Oct 2007
October 18, 2007 - With global competition increasing and margins eroding, Japan's materials suppliers, who own more than half the world's market, are ramping up efforts to produce new products for use in digital devices, reports the Nikkei daily.

News from Japan: New resist strip, gas suppliers' ups & downs, microbial wastewater treatment

Tue, 10 Oct 2007
October 16, 2007 - Scanning recent headlines in Japanese papers pulls up a new method for stripping resist from wafers, gas suppliers adding to and cutting back shipments, and a water treatment system that uses bacteria activated by oxygen microbubbles to remove nitrogen from industrial wastewater.

Analyst: Slowdown in LCD tool sales worsens to a "tailspin"

Thu, 10 Oct 2007
October 11, 2007 - What was expected to be a barely-double-digit decline in the market for array processing equipment for making TFT-LCDs has turned into a "tailspin," with sales now expected to plunge 50%, according to a report from the Information Network.

Keys to pushing 450mm: productivity and "agility"

Tue, 10 Oct 2007
Speaking at last week's ISSM, Lam Research's Nick Bright asked a point-blank question: why should equipment suppliers invest in 450mm when there are so many opportunities elsewhere (e.g. solar, FPDs, LEDs, and MEMS)? The answer may depend on whether enough equipment companies can find answers to IC manufacturers' calls to improve fab agility at a reasonable rate of return on investment.

SOLAR NEWS: Taiwan, Japan firms placing solar bets

Tue, 10 Oct 2007
October 9, 2007 - A scan of recent headlines nets several stories of interest to the solar/photovoltaics sector, including growth plans by Japanese firms and Taiwan automation tool suppliers, and a US firm's expansion efforts through M&A in Europe.

Analyst: "Explosive" demand coming for LCD TV chips

Tue, 10 Oct 2007
October 2, 2007 - Global revenues for semiconductors used in LCD TVs should nearly quadruple from now to 2011, due to multiple factors led by a migration to digital TV sources, and availability of displays with better formfactors at a much cheaper price, according to new data from iSuppli Corp.

Reports: Taiwan's AU Optronics eyeing LEDs

Fri, 12 Dec 2007
December 21, 2007 - Taiwan's top display panel supplier AU Optronics is reportedly venturing into production of epitaxy for LEDs with a new subsidiary, gaining a foothold in a market seen as key for displays, according to local reports.

Matsushita moves to boost Japan's LCD makers

Thu, 12 Dec 2007
December 20, 2007 - Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Canon Inc., and Hitachi Ltd. are in talks to form a partnership for organic electroluminescence (OEL) flat panels, likely involving hundreds of billions of yen to establish minority stakes in Hitachi's display subsidiary, according to local media reports.

Toshiba climbs up 2007 chip ranks; Intel widens gap

Tue, 12 Dec 2007
December 17, 2007 - Worldwide semiconductor revenue will increase just 2.9% to $270.3B this year, with mixed performances among the top vendors, notes Gartner in its newest preliminary figures.

Interview: Advantest sees order recovery in mid-'08

Tue, 12 Dec 2007
December 10, 2007 - In an interview with Japan's Nikkei daily, Advantest president Toshi Maruyama admits the company misjudged the timing of the DRAM price drought, but is optimistic that backend tool orders will pick up by next summer -- as long as midsize manufacturers get back in the game, and the US subprime mortgage debacle doesn't sour consumer spending habits.

Rohm & Haas, SKC launch display films JV

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

Surface similarities hide big differences in display and photovoltaic needs

Mon, 12 Dec 2007
At first glance, flat-panel displays and solar cells seem to have a lot in common: both depend on diodes and transistors, usually implemented in silicon, and both are highly competitive markets where throughput and process control are essential to keep costs down and yields up. Yet these similarities are relatively superficial, and understanding the markets' different priorities in cost, process control, and device performance is critical to success.

Taiwan researchers strike gold with stable organic NVM

Mon, 12 Dec 2007
December 17, 2007 - Researchers at Taiwan's National Chung Hsing U., working with the Industrial Technology Research Institute, say they have created a nonvolatile organic memory device (16b), made stable by using gold nanoparticles mixed with a polymer.

December 2007 Exclusive Feature #2: ISSM's spirited debate

Fri, 11 Nov 2007
By Debra Vogler, Senior Technical Editor

The International Symposium on Semiconductor Manufacturing (ISSM), running from Oct. 15-17 in Santa Clara, CA, was full of spirited debate, especially about 450mm, as senior technical editor Debra Vogler reports in her following two articles.

Interview: Kovio tips details of printed silicon RF-IDs

Mon, 11 Nov 2007
In an exclusive interview with WaferNEWS, Vikram Pavate, Kovio VP of business development, talks about his company's work with printed silicon ICs for radio-frequency identity (RF-ID) chips, which combines functional electronic inks with high-resolution graphics printing technologies to make high-performance silicon CMOS TFTs on flexible substrates at a fraction of the cost of conventional lithography-based silicon technology.

Taiwan gov't to chipmakers: Buy more locally made tools

Thu, 11 Nov 2007
November 28, 2007 - Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs is once again urging domestic chipmakers to support Taiwan's IC industry by investing "as much as possible" in tools from local equipment suppliers, in an effort to try and replicate success in marrying Taiwan's LCD manufacturers with local suppliers, notes the Taiwan Economic News.

Reports: Samsung lays off thousands after chip, FPD woes

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

BOC Edwards to make bulk gas investments in Taiwan sector

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

LG Electronics to buy more LCD panels from Taiwanese suppliers

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

Fuji Photo to build large plant for key LCD component

Tue, 11 Nov 2004
November 2, 2004 - Fuji Photo Film Co. said Monday it plans to spend over 100 billion yen (US$935 million) to build a new plant for a key component of LCD panels in southern Japan, according to Jiji Press Ltd.

Fuji Photo to buy Arch Chemical's microelectronics operations

Tue, 10 Oct 2004
October 26, 2004 - Arch Chemicals Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to sell the majority of the operations of its Microelectronic Materials business to Fuji Photo Film Co. Ltd. for about $160 million, according to various news reports.

Asahi Kasei sets up South Korean subsidiary to sell pellicles

Tue, 10 Oct 2004
October 5, 2004 - Asahi Kasei Corp. said it has set up a wholly owned subsidiary in South Korea to boost sales of pellicles. The new subsidiary will start operating on Nov. 1, aiming to post 2 billion yen in sales in fiscal 2005 ending in March 2006, reported Kyodo News International.

Consortium seeks to protect Korean patents

Thu, 12 Dec 2004
December 23, 2004 - A group of South Korean semiconductor and flat-panel display manufacturers have banded together in a consortium to better manage and defend intellectual property rights.

Samsung begins investment in LCD Line 7-2

Tue, 12 Dec 2004
December 28, 2004 - Samsung Electronics has announced it would begin construction of a Line 7-2 at its fab in Tanjeong, Korea. The company will make a 290 billion won (US$273 million) investment in order to start construction of the building for the new line, to be located west of Line 7-1. The fabrication facility will be about 300,000 sq. m., while the module assembly facility will be about 93,000 sq. m.

NEC Electronics to idle chip plants longer than first planned

Tue, 12 Dec 2004
December 28, 2004 - NEC Electronics Corp. will add a few more days to its scheduled shutdowns of chip-making factories during the year-end and New Year holidays in light of a slowdown in demand for some chips, said the Nihon Keizai Shimbun.

Dec. 2004 Exclusive Feature:

New vertical collaboration, government help called for at Nanotech Conference

Mon, 11 Nov 2004
By Bob Haavind, Editorial Director
New materials and process complexity require increased R&D, but available resources at process tool companies are being squeezed. As a result, new collaborative models will be necessary to meet future challenges to stay on the track of Moore's Law, Mike Splinter, president and CEO of Applied Materials, told more than 200 attendees from around the globe at the Albany Symposium on Global Nanotechnology, held in Sept. at Lake George, NY.

Asyst Technologies resolves customer contract dispute

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

Radiant Opto-Electronics to build LCD TV back-light module plant

Mon, 11 Nov 2004
November 22, 2004 - Taiwan's Radiant Opto-Electronics Corp. will soon move to build a new LCD TV back-light module plant in Southern Taiwan Science Park at a total cost of NT$500 million (US$15.24 million). The new plant is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2005, according to the China Economic News Serivce.

Sony to spend 60 billion yen to boost semiconductor production

Wed, 12 Dec 2004
December 22, 2004 - Sony Corp. said Tuesday it will invest 60 billion yen (US$575 million) in fiscal 2005 and 2006 to boost production of semiconductors at Sony Semiconductor Kyushu Corp, according to Kyodo News International.

LG.Philps LCD to spend US$5B on flat screen plant

Thu, 12 Dec 2004
December 2, 2004 - LG.Philips LCD Co., a joint venture of LG Electronics of South Korea and Philips Electronics of the Netherlands, said Wednesday it plans to build a 5.3-trillion-won (US$5.06 billion) facility for producing a larger type of flat screen, said Asia Pulse Pte Ltd.

Japan consumer electronics shipments up 7.6% in Sept.

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

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

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

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

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

Corning foots LCD bill

Fri, 2 Feb 2004
February 6, 2004 - Corning Inc., Rochester, NY, reportedly plans to invest $600 million to expand manufacturing of LCD glass at its facilities in Taiwan and Japan over the next two years.

Korean CVD firm sues US rival

Tue, 1 Jan 2004
January 27, 2004 - Joosung Engineering Inc., a Korea-based manufacturer of chemical vapor deposition (CVD) systems, has filed a complaint with Taiwan's corporate regular against AKT Inc. alleging violation of fair trade laws.

Praxair, Samsung ink supplier deals

Tue, 1 Jan 2004
January 20, 2004 - Praxair Inc., Danbury, CT, has signed agreements to supply various gases including nitrogen, helium, and hydrogen for two of Samsung Electronics' production facilities in Korea.

Nano firm names CEO

Wed, 1 Jan 2004
January 28, 2004 - Optica Inc., South San Francisco, CA, a manufacturer of nanomaterials for optical applications, has appointed Peter Hopper as its CEO, as part of a new plan to focus on the LCD business in Asia.

Samsung boosts DRAM investment

Tue, 1 Jan 2004
January 13, 2004 - Samsung Electronics Co. said it will spend $1 billion on a production line to boost its output of DRAM chips, part of an overall 2004 capex budget of $4.4 billion.

Sony, Samsung complete LCD plant

Fri, 7 Jul 2004
July 16, 2004 - Sony and Samsung said yesterday that they have finished building a major plant in Tangjung, South Korea, for making LCD panels, which are going into a growing number of televisions.

Samsung unwraps a-Si LCD

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

Toshiba boosting 200mm capacity

Thu, 8 Aug 2004
August 26, 2004 - Toshiba Corp. plans to expand production capacity at its 200mm facility in Yokkaichi, central Japan, to 107,500 wafers/month by 1H05, a 7.5% increase.

Corning to construct second LCD glass facility in Taiwan

Thu, 7 Jul 2004
July 22, 2004 - Corning Inc. has approved a capital expenditure plan of $750 million to further expand its liquid crystal display (LCD) glass substrates manufacturing capacity. The majority of the investment will be used to fund the first phase of the new Corning facility in Taichung, Taiwan.

National Semi and Samsung announce license deal

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

Intersil buys analog systems firm

Mon, 3 Mar 2004
March 15, 2004 - Analog semiconductor company Intersil, Milpitas, CA, has purchased memory chipmaker Xicor Inc., for $529 million in cash and stock.

TFT-LCD to outpace chips in Taiwan

Wed, 3 Mar 2004
March 10, 2004 - The TFT-LCD industry will overtake the semiconductor industry as Taiwan's fastest growing and most profitable segment in the next five years, according to predictions from the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

Sony bolts Japan group for LCD production

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

SEMI releases new standards

Thu, 2 Feb 2004
February 5, 2004 - SEMI, San Jose, CA, has published 25 new standards governing various steps for manufacturing semiconductors and flat-panel displays.

UMC powers up 0.18-micron high-voltage process

Wed, 8 Aug 2004
August 18, 2004 - Taiwanese foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) has made available its 0.18-micron embedded high-voltage technology process, used with portable LCD products to power transistors for applications such as cell phone displays.

TSMC: No three-way deal

Thu, 5 May 2004
May 20, 2004 - TSMC is denying reports that it has entered into a three-way deal with Macronix International Co. Ltd. and Vanguard International Semiconductor Corp. to outsource part of its chip production.

Philips boosted by chip sales

Thu, 4 Apr 2004
April 22, 2004 - Royal Philips Electronics NV, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, said revenues in its chip operations rose to 1.3 billion euros ($1.6 billion) resulting in a net income of 75 million euros ($89 million) in 1Q04.

Samsung hits revenue records, burns through capex

Thu, 4 Apr 2004
April 22, 2004 - South Korea's Samsung reported record sales and earnings in 1Q04, due to demand for flash memory, rising DRAM prices, and more advanced shrink technologies.

Canon, Toshiba to start joint venture for new FPDs

Wed, 9 Sep 2004
September 15, 2004 - Major Japanese electronics manufacturers Canon Inc. and Toshiba Corp. have agreed to jointly develop, make and sell next generation FPDs that are thinner than conventional flatscreens.

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.

Hitachi, Matsushita, Toshiba announce LCD panel alliance

Wed, 9 Sep 2004
September 1, 2004 - Hitachi Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., and Toshiba Corp. said that they will jointly produce LCD panels for flat-panel TVs, according to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun America Inc. This joint venture will build a plant at Hitachi Displays Ltd.'s site in Mobara, Chiba Prefecture, at an estimated cost of around 110 billion yen.

DongbuAnam to process LCD driver IC wafers for Tomato LSI

Fri, 5 May 2005
May 19, 2005 - DongbuAnam Semiconductor has announced that Tomato LSI Inc. (TLSI) has selected its high-voltage, 0.18-micron CMOS wafer process to manufacture LCD driver IC (LDI) devices. DongbuAnam will begin providing wafer foundry services to the Korean fabless company this month, initially focusing on implementing two of TLSI's newest LDIs.

Photronics launches strategy to drive advanced photomask R&D

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

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

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

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

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

Japanese consumer electronics firms' FY04 earnings show downturn

Thu, 4 Apr 2005
April 28, 2005 - Sharp Corp. is the only one among major Japanese consumer electronics makers in fiscal 2004 to have increased sales, as well as operating and net profits, while the rest collapsed under the weight of escalating price competition, reported the Nihon Keizai Shimbun.

Toshiba to debut LCD TV with built-in HDD

Tue, 4 Apr 2005
April 19, 2005 - Toshiba Corp. in late May will release an LCD television equipped with a hard-disk drive, the firm said Monday, according to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun. The high-definition LCD TV, which is compatible with terrestrial digital broadcasting, features a 160GB hard-drive recorder that enables users to record programs without a DVD recorder.

Sharp to buy Fujitsu's LCD business

Tue, 4 Apr 2005
April 12, 2005 - Sharp Corp. said Monday it has inked a contract to buy the liquid crystal display business and related patents of Fujitsu Ltd., formalizing a basic agreement announced in February, according to various news reports.

Philips, TPV sign agreement on flat-panel business

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

Japan's LCD TV shipments top CRTs in May

Fri, 6 Jun 2005
June 24, 2005 - Japan's domestic LCD television shipments in May surpassed CRT (cathode-ray tube) TVs for the first time ever on a monthly basis, according to figures released Wednesday by the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), said the Asia Pulse Businesswire.

Dainippon Ink to make materials for TFT LCDs

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

Fuji Photo to mass-produce PDP films in early 2006

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

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.

Nanosys, Sharp sign multiyear agreement on nanotech-enabled displays

Wed, 10 Oct 2005
October 12, 2005 - Nanosys Inc. has entered into a multiyear development agreement with Sharp Corp., Osaka, Japan, to develop display technologies incorporating Nanosys' proprietary nanotechnology. Under the terms of this development agreement, Sharp will collaborate and support efforts at both Nanosys and Sharp. No other details were disclosed.

Dai Nippon Printing to build new display film plant

Fri, 10 Oct 2005
October 7, 2005 - Dai Nippon Printing Co. will build a new plant in western Japan to produce antireflection films for liquid crystal displays and plasma displays, the firm has said, according to JiJi Press. The firm will invest a total of about 15 billion yen (US$132.5 million) in the plant over three years. Dai Nippon Printing will make the move amid growing demand for LCD and plasma display television sets.

TI to sell large-size TRD-LCD driver operations to Oki Electric

Fri, 2 Feb 2005
February 18, 2005 - Texas Instruments Inc. has agreed to sell its large-size thin-film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) driver operations to Oki Electric Industry, with transfer of this Japan-based semiconductor product line to Oki by the end of March, according a TI press release. TI declined to state the financial details, but the Nihon Keizai Shimbun learned Thursday that the sale was estimated at 5 billion yen (US$47.4 million).

EV Group's new headquarters supports R&D with ASU and US Army

Tue, 2 Feb 2005
February 15, 2005 - EV Group has formally opened its new North American headquarters in Tempe, AZ, with a state-of-the-art Class 10 production cleanroom. EV Group will use the new facility for sales and support of its diverse line of tools and for conducting joint development work with the Flexible Display Center (FDC), sponsored by Arizona State University (ASU) and the US Army.

Fujitsu to sell chip, LCD production equipment business to ULVAC

Tue, 2 Feb 2005
February 8, 2005 - Fujitsu Ltd. said Monday it has agreed to sell its wholly-owned subsidiary Fujitsu VLSI's semiconductor and liquid crystal display production equipment business to ULVAC Inc. on April 1, according to Kyodo News International.

Corning to invest $1B in flat-glass business

Mon, 2 Feb 2005
February 7, 2005 - Corning Inc. said Friday it expects to invest about $1 billion this year into its most profitable business: ultra-thin glass used in flat-screen computers and televisions.

Matsushita, Hitachi agree to co-develop plasma-display panel technology

Mon, 2 Feb 2005
February 7, 2005 - Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. and Hitachi Ltd. have agreed to develop plasma-display panel technology together in a bid to counter competition from South Korean rivals, company sources said Saturday, according to Kyodo News International.

Definitely a Superbowl TV: Gateway's new 30" LCD TV

Fri, 2 Feb 2005
February 4, 2005 - Gateway Inc. yesterday introduced a 30-inch HD-ready LCD TV, the SHD-3010, at a price of $1,799.99. At 4-inches thin, the TV has an estimated useful life of 50,000 hours, twice the life of many popular thin TVs, and its widescreen format enables consumers to view movies at home in letterbox style.

Hitachi, NTT develop eye-friendly 3-D display

Thu, 9 Sep 2005
September 15, 2005 - Hitachi Displays Ltd. and NTT IT Corp. said Tuesday that they have jointly developed a display panel for three-dimensional images that does not strain the eye, even when viewed for long hours, reported Jiji.

Dell cuts monitor-panel orders

Mon, 12 Dec 2005
December 19, 2005 - Dell Computer Corp. has cut orders for 600,000 thin film transistor-liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) monitor panels in the past two months, with suppliers in both Taiwan and South Korea are expected to suffer the impact, according to industry sources, reports the Taiwan Economic News.

Hitachi's new cellphone display to suit TV watching

Thu, 12 Dec 2005
December 15, 2005 - Hitachi Displays Ltd. said yesterday it has developed a high-resolution liquid crystal display for cellphones, expecting strong demand for handset screens suitable for new digital television services for mobile users, reports the Jiji Press. The company, wholly owned by Hitachi Ltd. , plans to start sample shipments of the new LCD in January and mass production in June.

SCHOTT expands FPD-TFT capacity in Europe, Asia

Fri, 12 Dec 2005
December 9, 2005 - SCHOTT is expanding its activities in the FPD market by investing US$195 million in its melting and processing capacity for TFT-LCD glass for FPDs. SCHOTT has entered a joint venture, SCHOTT Kuramoto Processing Korea Co. Ltd., for the processing of large format TFT-LCD glass substrates of generation five and upwards with Kuramoto Seisakusho Co. Ltd., based in Japan's Miyagi prefecture.

Suppliers of Dutch-Korean LCD maker to open factory in Poland

Thu, 12 Dec 2005
December 1, 2005 - Six companies that supply parts to Dutch-South Korean company LGPhilips LCD, which makes liquid crystal display screens, signed an agreement Wednesday with the Polish government to build a factory there.

Samsung generates largest high-res flexible LCD

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

Japan plasma, LCD TV shipments surpass tube sets for the first time

Tue, 11 Nov 2005
November 22, 2005 - Spurred by a rush of new flat-panel televisions and a drop in prices, combined shipments of plasma and LCD models surpassed those of conventional picture tube TVs for the first time, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported today.

Canon plans to launch rear-projection TVs in late 2005

Mon, 1 Jan 2005
January 3, 2005 - Canon Inc. plans to launch rear-projection TVs, popular in the US, as early as late 2005, said Jiji Press Ltd. Canon will use core parts, such as LCD panels and lenses, which it has developed for business-use projectors.

Japan scientists make Braille rollable display

Fri, 12 Dec 2005
December 2, 2005 - Researchers at the U. of Tokyo have created a flexible Braille display utilizing organic semiconductor devices -- plastic actuators driven by an organic field-effect transistor active matrix.

Japan News: Optimistic again, supply sector ups projections, adds capacity

Tue, 12 Dec 2005
By Paula Doe, Contributing Editor

With the economy looking up and some chipmakers talking about ramping production, Japan's semiconductor supply chain is suddenly looking downright optimistic as well. Japan's GDP growth is now running at a surprisingly healthy 3.3% annual rate. Economists are cheered by the sweeping reelection of prime minister Junichiro Koizumi with his plan to push economic reform.

January 2005 Exclusive Feature:

Technology for deposition and patterning of OLEDs

Tue, 1 Jan 2005
By Janice K. Mahon, Min-Hao Michael Lu, Universal Display Corp., Ewing, New Jersey

VTE has been the leading technology for OLED production, but OVPD, IJP and LITI have the potential to drive display performance and manufacturing efficiencies in future device generations. For OLED technology to advance in FPD applications, its production technology must continue to achieve device performance advances and manufacturing cost reductions.

Samsung develops 5-inch transmissive plastic TFT-LCD panel

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

Sony to buy Japanese factory of Taiwanese LCD manufacturer

Mon, 1 Jan 2005
January 10, 2005 - Sony Corp. said Friday it has agreed in principle with major Taiwanese LCD maker Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp. to buy a Japanese factory belonging to one of Chi Mei's subsidiaries for 18.5 billion yen (US$176 million), reported Kyodo News International.

Intel to buy Oplus for $100M

Tue, 3 Mar 2005
March 1, 2005 - Intel Corp. has said it is buying Yokne'am-based digital screen display company Oplus Technologies. The value of the deal was not disclosed, but sources said it was $100 million, according to the Palestine Post Ltd.

US Army's new mission: Accelerate flexible display R&D

Fri, 2 Feb 2005
New partnership center aims to launch commercial technologies on coattail of military applications

J. Robert Lineback, Senior Editor It has been a long time¿perhaps decades¿since the military has been in a position to become a leading driver for potentially huge applications in solid-state technology.

Sony opens new office to support LCD venture with Samsung

Tue, 3 Mar 2005
March 29, 2005 - Sony Corp. has opened a new logistics office in South Korea to support operation of a flat-panel joint venture with Samsung Electronics Co., Sony's Korean unit said Monday, according to Asia Pulse Pte Ltd. The new office in Seoul, named Sony Supply Chain Solutions Korea, is aimed at providing services for LCD screens produced by the venture.

Hitachi to acquire Fujitsu Hitachi Plasma Display shares and patents

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

Photronics expands FPD mask fabrication, service into Taiwan

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

Toshiba Matsushita Display to mass-produce touch-panel LCDs

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

Sony aims to cut LCD TV costs 20%-30% via design reform

Mon, 3 Mar 2005
March 7, 2005 - Sony Corp. said Friday it expects to cut production costs for liquid crystal display televisions by 20% to 30% in the latter half of next fiscal year through design reforms, according to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun. That, along with other steps, would allow Sony to weather likely steady declines in LCD TV prices, the Japanese consumer electronics maker said.

Sharp LCD shows different images from left or right

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

Mitsui Mining technology boosts density of chip substrate circuits

Mon, 7 Jul 2005
July 11, 2005 - Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co. has developed a technology for etching high density circuits on substrates on which semiconductors used in LCDs are mounted, according to the Nikkei English News.

Matsushita to cut 1000 jobs at Japan Microchip operation

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

Cymer, Carl Zeiss form JV to improve FPD processes

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

Itrix to make nano-optical film, devices at new Japan plant

Fri, 9 Sep 2005
September 23, 2005 - Itrix Corp., a maker of ultra-precision fabrication equipment, will produce nano-optical film and other devices using its proprietary nanotechnology at its new Japan facility, said the Nikkei English News.

Nanometrics agrees to sell FPD business unit to Toho Technology

Thu, 9 Sep 2005
September 22, 2005 - Nanometrics Inc. today announced it has agreed to sell its flat panel display (FPD) business unit to Toho Technology Corp. of Nagoya, Japan. Under the conditions of the sale, Nanometrics' metrology technology will be licensed to Toho exclusively for use in the FPD market. The transaction is expected to close by year's end.

DuPont Fluoroproducts to build NF3 plant in China

Thu, 9 Sep 2005
September 8, 2005 - DuPont Fluoroproducts plans to construct a new manufacturing facility in Changshu, Jiangsu Province, China, to produce nitrogen trifluoride (NF3), a key chamber cleaning and etch gas used in chip manufacturing and FPDs. The new plant will have 450 tonnes (504 tons)/year of initial capacity when production starts in 2007.

Canon to build FPD R&D center

Tue, 8 Aug 2005
August 23, 2005 - Canon Inc. said yesterday it will build a R&D center for a new flat panel display technology called SED, or surface-conduction electron-emitter display, in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, with an investment of 20.8 billion yen, according to JiJi Press.

Dielectric Systems touts radical new alternative for low-k

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

Outsourcing: The 'in' thing

Wed, 5 May 2002
The downturn of 2001 may not have been all bad news, after all, every cloud has a silver lining. One thing the somewhat slower business conditions did allow was a chance for OEMs to take a strategic look at their relationships with suppliers.

Advanced Energy seeks to overturn jury verdict

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

At MRS' spring fling: Organics, nanowires, rat bone tissue

Fri, 5 May 2002
Beginning a presentation at MRS' recent Spring Conference with a photo of rat bone tissue may seem a bit unorthodox, but Paul Calvert, professor of materials science and engineering at the U. of Arizona, did have a point. Scientists are searching for new ways of toughening ceramics and composites and the need for a material that mimics bone tissue is also needed for medical implants.

ChipMOS/Bermuda breaks ground for new factories in China

Mon, 6 Jun 2002
Shanghai, China - ChipMOS Technologies (Bermuda) Ltd. has broken ground for its new IC testing and assembly factories in Shanghai Qingpu Industrial Zone.

Fairchild Semiconductor opening Shanghai office and applications lab

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

Lattice Semi to acquire Cerdelinx Technologies for $23M

Tue, 7 Jul 2002
July 16, 2002 - Hillsboro, OR - Lattice Semiconductor Corp. has entered into an agreement to acquire privately held Cerdelinx Technologies Inc., San Jose, CA.

Nat Semi joins RapidIO

Mon, 7 Jul 2002
July 15, 2002 - Santa Clara, CA - National Semiconductor Corp. has joined the RapidIO trade association formed to drive the adoption of an open standard, high-performance interconnect architecture.

Hitachi resumes Japan chip production line

Thu, 5 May 2002
Tokyo, Japan - Hitachi Ltd. has resumed one of its four semiconductor production lines at its Yamanashi plant, central Japan, after stopping the line in July due to plunging demand.

Analyst claims motherglass shortage pending

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

APTOS Corp. to acquire LCD drive IC assembly lines

Mon, 8 Aug 2002
Aug. 26, 2002 - Hsinchu, Taiwan - Chip packager APTOS Corp. will acquire the LCD drive IC assembly lines from Siliconware Precision Industries Co. Ltd. and Kyec Yuan Electronics Co. Ltd. for NT$600 million (US$17.6 million).

Korea says Hynix may talk to companies other than Micron

Mon, 5 May 2002
Seoul, Korea - Hynix Semiconductor Inc. may hold discussions with investors other than Micron Technology Inc., South Korean Minister of Finance and Economy Jeon Yun-churl said.

Samsung to build LCD plant in China

Wed, 7 Jul 2002
Seoul, Korea - Samsung Electronics Co. confirmed plans to build an LCD monitor assembly line in China in a move that will likely create "millions" of jobs in the region, a spokesman for the South Korean company said.

Intersil acquires Elantec in $1.4B deal

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

Philips strengthens presence in China

Fri, 3 Mar 2002
Mar. 1, 2002 - Sunnyvale, CA - Royal Philips Electronics has opened two new manufacturing facilities in Shanghai, China, to support the LCD and optical storage activities of its components division.

ChipMOS Tech (Bermuda) to establish Shanghai factories

Wed, 3 Mar 2002
March 27, 2002 - Shanghai, China - ChipMOS Technologies (Bermuda) Ltd. has signed a cooperation agreement with Shanghai Qingpu Industrial Zone to build IC testing and assembly factories in the zone.

Micronas, UMC achieve first-pass silicon success

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

Father of DLP honored by SPIE

Tue, 3 Mar 2002
March 26, 2002 - Dallas, TX - Dr. Larry Hornbeck had been elected SPIE Fellow for 2002. SPIE is the International Society for Optical Engineering, and the award will be made at the 47th annual meeting held at the International Symposium on Optical Science & Technology, July 7 - 11 in Seattle, WA.

Toshiba enters US automotive market

Fri, 1 Jan 2002
Jan. 18, 2002 - San Jose, CA - Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc. (TAEC) has unveiled a new 32-bit MIPS-based microprocessor (MPU) targeted at automotive information display applications such as instrument clusters, dashboard graphics, and navigation systems.

IHI and Tokki invest in LCD tool market

Thu, 2 Feb 2002
Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries and Tokki Corp. are investing in new capacity to make niche LCD tools.

Hitachi creates new structure for European ops

Tue, 2 Feb 2002
Feb. 26, 2002 - Maidenhead, UK - Effective from Apr. 1, Hitachi Home Electronics (Europe) Ltd. will cease to trade as a legal entity and its two business groups will be integrated into Hitachi Europe, Ltd.

FabTime unveils partnership with Abbie Gregg Inc.

Wed, 2 Feb 2002
Feb. 20, 2002 - Menlo Park, CA - FabTime Inc., creator of cycle time management software, has established a sales and implementation partnership with Abbie Gregg Inc. (AGI), provider of engineering and consulting services for the semiconductor, flat panel display, and other microelectronics industries.

LCD makers ramp up production

Mon, 2 Feb 2002
With low prices generating strong demand for flat panel computer monitors, makers of the large-size TFT LCD panels are running close to full capacity and moving to add more. But analysts see only modest gains for tool suppliers.

Corning to expand its LCD glass capacity

Tue, 11 Nov 2002
Nov. 5, 2002 - Corning, NY - In 1Q03, Corning Inc. will begin a major expansion project at its Taiwan manufacturing facility in the Tainan Science-based Industrial Park. This new investment in capacity will add melting and forming lines to make the plant a fully integrated LCD glass manufacturing facility.

Toshiba Matsushita Display to Move LCD Assembly to China

Tue, 11 Nov 2002
Nov. 12, 2002 - Tokyo, Japan - Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology Co. Ltd. has announced that at the end of November it will begin outsourcing final assembly of LCDs to a Japanese-affiliated plant in Guangdong Province, China.

Hynix creditors to lend BOE Tech $210M

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

Open architecture vs. standards: Who's on first?

Thu, 9 Sep 2002
One of the first things the new chairman of SEMI, Art Zafiropoulo - also chairman, president, and CEO of Ultratech Stepper - says he is going to do is reduce the time it takes to get standards to the marketplace. He also wants to prioritize standards work - with safety being the highest priority - and put more focus on what's really important, not pet projects.

Photon Dynamics acquires Intevac's RTP business

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

Changes at NEC

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

SEMI publishes 13 new standards

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

Gartner: Worldwide semiconductor market to experience 8% growth in 2003

Tue, 5 May 2003
May 20, 2003 - Stamford, CT - Following a relatively strong 1Q03 bolstered by better-than-expected semiconductor sales in March, the worldwide semiconductor market is forecast to grow 8.3% in 2003, with revenue totaling $168 billion, up from $152 billion in 2002, according to Gartner Inc.

Nat Semi cuts work force

Thu, 2 Feb 2003
Feb. 20, 2003 - Santa Clara, CA - National Semiconductor Corp. has unveiled a series of strategic profit-improvement actions that are designed to accelerate the company's return on investments and streamline its cost structure. Among the announced actions is the reduction of its work force by 500 jobs.

Ultrapure water systems market to bounce back by 2004

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

Photon Dynamics names new CEO, quits business line

Wed, 1 Jan 2003
Jan. 29, 2003 - San Jose, CA - Photon Dynamics Inc., a maker of electronics testing equipment, said its CEO had resigned and it named Elwood Spedden, a member of its board, to replace him. Additionally, the company has decided to quit one of its business lines.

Writing another chapter for display technologies

Mon, 12 Dec 2003
December 29, 2003 - Technology dreamworks and Xerox subsidiary PARC has produced another brainchild: a prototype flat-panel display circuit, using a modified inkjet printer and a new polymer-based semiconductor "ink."

Probe card company forecasts mixed

Tue, 12 Dec 2003
December 9, 2003 - Three leading Japanese manufacturers of probe cards are providing fiscal projections that are on both sides of the spectrum.

Stepper suppliers hit skids in 2002

Tue, 7 Jul 2003
July 8, 2003 - IC stepper suppliers fell victim to the same market downswing as the rest of the industry in 2002, according to new research from VLSI.

Omron introduces wafer heating system

Fri, 10 Oct 2003
October 22, 2003 - Japan's Omron Corp. has developed a new system to control the temperature to which wafers and LCD panels are subjected during thermal processing.

Unlocking the secret of pyramids

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

Samsung reports rising profits

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

UMC sells AU Optronics shares

Thu, 10 Oct 2003
September 25, 2003 - Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) has applied to sell up to 49 million shares of flat panel maker AU Optronics Corp.

Fairchild opens European center

Thu, 10 Oct 2003
October 16, 2003 - Fairchild Semiconductor, South Portland, ME, has opened a "Center of Excellence" in Fuerstenfeldbruck, Germany, one of six such centers worldwide.

Philips shows off mobile display

Mon, 8 Aug 2003
August 20, 2003 - Royal Philips Electronics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, has added to its line of active matrix liquid crystal display technology geared towards the next generation of mobile phones.

ChipMOS, Himax ink IC deal

Thu, 10 Oct 2003
October 16, 2003 - ChipMOS Technologies Inc. has signed a three-year deal with Taiwan's Himax to supply LCD driver IC testing and assembly services.

SEMI publishes standards

Thu, 10 Oct 2003
October 13, 2003 - SEMI has published 11 new technical standards for improving productivity in semiconductor and flat-panel display manufacturing operations.

Vitesse to acquire Multilink

Mon, 6 Jun 2003
June 23, 2003 - Vitesse Semiconductor has agreed to acquire Multilink Technology, Somerset, NJ, a backplane networking devices manufacturer, in a stock deal valued at approximately $22.9 million.

Cleanrooms to clean up in '04 and beyond

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

Nam Tai breaks ground in China

Mon, 9 Sep 2003
September 19, 2003 - Nam Tai Electronics has begun construction of new manufacturing facilities in Shenzen, China to produce LCD, RF, and CMOS components.

PC may morph into wireless 'personal companion'

Thu, 12 Dec 2000
Hsinchu, Taiwan--At the recent ISS Taiwan 2000, an annual industry conference organized jointly by Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) and the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association, speakers gave varied views on the role ahead for the PC. Not everybody sees the immediate demise of the computer as a major semiconductor, or chip, consumer.

Soft lithography used to fabricate transistors on curved substrates

Wed, 12 Dec 2000
Champaign, Illinois--University of Illinois (UI) researchers have fabricated silicon thin-film transistors--critical components of numerous sensor and display technologies--using soft lithographic block-printing techniques and polymer inks in place of photolithography.

Report Says TFT LCD Market Will Realize Strong Growth

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

Sheldahl Announces Indium Tin Oxide Coating for Plastic LCDs

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


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

OLED displays gain on LCDs

Tue, 10 Oct 2001
An organic light emitting diode (OLED) display technology has been developed that exhibits up to 16 million colors. Based on Kodak patents, the full-color active matrix OLED developed by eMagin Corp., Hopewell Junction, NY, contains more than 1.5 million individually addressable picture elements.

Korean suppliers offer process tools, aim at China market

Mon, 10 Oct 2001
Asian giant China may be getting the lion's share of attention as an up-and-coming semiconductor powerhouse, but relatively tiny neighbor Korea is quietly establishing itself as a potential provider of tools and materials, with a plethora of increasingly sophisticated toolmakers at home within the country's borders.

TAEC introduces EDRAM core with 12-ns access time for SRAM replacement

Wed, 8 Aug 2001
August 29, 2001 - Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) today announced that its fast access embedded dynamic random access memory (FADRAM) core with an access time of 12-nanoseconds (ns) and a typical latency of 1 clock cycle has been silicon validated for use with the company's TC260 technology library for application specific integrated circuits (ASICs).

IBM to sell Japanese electronic parts plant to SCI

Tue, 9 Sep 2001
September 18, 2001 - Armonk, NY - IBM Corp. is in the final stages of negotiations with SCI Systems Inc., a US electronics manufacturing services (EMS) firm, to sell its Japanese unit's electronic parts factory, sources close to the matter said.

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

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

Fujitsu to cut 9% of work force

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

JEITA sets up used equipment exchange

Mon, 10 Oct 2001
JEITA's semiconductor subcommittee hopes to create a vital market for used equipment in Japan with a new web-based exchange. The Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association will use the Japanese semiconductor web venture Semiconductor Portal to manage the online sales site.

Hynix sells STN-LCD business for $51.7M

Tue, 11 Nov 2001
Nov. 27, 2001 - Seoul, South Korea - Hynix Semiconductor has signed a contract to transfer its STN-LCD operation to a joint consortium made up of China's Beijing Orient Electronics Group Co. Ltd. and Semicon Engineering Co. in Korea for roughly 65 billion won (approximately US$51.7 million), the Maeil Business newspaper reported.

Smaller firms ally to develop uses for advanced technology

Tue, 9 Sep 2001
September 18, 2001 - Tokyo, Japan - Nine midsize and start-up companies have established a joint venture to develop commercial applications for nanotechnology and other scientific advances.

Photon Dynamics, Sanmina-SCI enter manufacturing agreement

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

Hynix to spin off four non-production operations

Mon, 12 Dec 2001
Dec. 10, 2001 - Seoul, Korea - Hynix Semiconductor is set to spin off its non-production operations into four separate entities in a bid to build up its core chip-making unit.

ATMI acquires remaining interest in thin film material joint venture

Tue, 1 Jan 2001
Danbury, Connecticut--ATMI, Inc., announced today that it has purchased the remaining 30% minority interest in its South Korean chusik hosea joint venture--which manufactures, sells, and distributes thin film materials to the semiconductor industry in South Korea--with K.C. Tech.

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

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

National develops 10:1 bus LVDS serializer/deserializer chipset with two modes of system test access

Thu, 2 Feb 2001
Santa Clara, California--National Semiconductor has developed a 10:1 bus LVDS serializer/deserializer chipset with two modes of system test access. The SCAN921023 and SCAN921224 provide IEEE 1149.1 boundary scan test access to the digital TTL side of the devices, while at-speed Built-In Self-Test (BIST) verifies the interconnects at the high-speed system frequency of the LVDS channel.

ASE offers two new chip manufacturing technologies

Thu, 2 Feb 2001
February 22, 2001--Taipei, Taiwan--Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), one of the world's largest semiconductor packaging and testing companies, announced today the availability of two new chip manufacturing technologies: Tape Carrier Package (TCP) and High Lead Bumping.

Vitesse unveils switch fabric strategy

Tue, 4 Apr 2001
April 10, 2001 - Camarillo, CA - Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. has unveiled a switch fabric strategy that will deliver a family of scalable packet fabrics for core, access, optical and enterprise networking markets.

DisplaySearch releases 2000 LCD numbers

Fri, 4 Apr 2001
April 6, 2001 - Austin, TX - A new report by DisplaySearch showed that the worldwide desktop monitor market rose only 2% Y/Y in 2000 Q4 -- 36 million units -- and reached 123.1 million units for all of 2000.

TSMC, UMC sales remain unsteady

Mon, 8 Aug 2001
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) saw sales edge up 1% in July over the June, though they were still down 43% from July last year. United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) meanwhile saw a 5% month on month drop, with sales off 59% from a year ago.

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.

November Chip Sales Up 2.3% Year-on-Year

Wed, 1 Jan 2008
(January 2, 2008) SAN JOSE, CA — Worldwide sales of semiconductors rose to $23.1B in November, an increase of 2.3 percent from November 2006 when sales were $22.5B, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported. Sales increased by 0.7 percent from the October sales of $22.9B. Year-to-date sales of $231B are 2.8 percent ahead of the $225B in sales for the like period of 2006.

SEMI Publishes Eight New Technical Standards

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

Indium Corp. Presents Award to Zen Voce

Thu, 2 Feb 2008
(February 21, 2008) — Indium Corp.'s Semiconductor Packaging Materials team presented their Equipment Partner of the Year Award to Zen Voce. The award, presented in Singapore, was given to Zen Voce's GM, Jeffrey Mah, by Indium's managing director for Asia-Pacific operations, Pang Weng Fai.

X-ray Inspection System's Added Viewing Capabilities
The X-Tek Group

Mon, 3 Mar 2008
The advanced viewing capabilities of the Revolution X-ray inspection system include a Quad View facility and dual LCD monitors to enhance its viewing capabilities and usability. The Quad View facility allows four images to be displayed at once, which enables a more thorough inspection of substrates and is a useful tool for image comparison for operators.

ESI to Add Laser Scribing Business

Fri, 7 Jul 2007
(July 6, 2007) PORTLAND, OR — Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. (ESI), agreed to acquire New Wave Research, Inc. (NWR — Fremont, CA), adding sapphire wafer scribing, failure analysis, LCD repair, and other capabilities to its portfolio of microengineering equipment. ESI will pay $36 million net cash outlay for the laser-based-systems manufacturer.

Automated Test Handler

Fri, 5 May 2008
Yield improvement and test processing speed are major issues for high-volume manufacturers of LCD driver ICs. The M7522 dynamic test handler from Advantest Corp. was developed to addresses such issues. It offers processing speed and positioning accuracy for fine-pitch tape automated bonding (TAB) and chip-on-film (COF) package devices used in liquid crystal display (LCD) panel ICs.

X-ray Inspection Technology: Finding Hidden Defects

Fri, 9 Sep 2006
Not all packaging and interconnect defects can be detected through in-circuit and functional test.

Optoelectronics Packaging

Thu, 9 Sep 2005
Despite the crushing blow dealt to the optoelectronics industry following the dot-com boom, research in the area continues because of the continuing allure of the benefits that technology promises.

Subcontractor Update: Growth Everywhere

Sat, 5 May 2004
All of the numbers were positive and growing at the major assembly and test subcontractors at the end of 2003. Each of the eight companies covered here had increased revenue in the fourth quarter, a profit to report, and higher revenue for the year compared to 2002.

Private Moments

Tue, 11 Nov 2005
There are times when we get so caught up in the news, natural emergencies, and keeping up with the latest technological whiz-bangs that we lose perspective.

Optical Circuit Packaging Technology

Tue, 6 Jun 2004
To serve a new seamless telecom and multimedia communications society, the smooth, fast, intelligent transmission and processing of large data files is necessary.

Ultratech says orders are coming in!

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

Low-cost, digital displays through ink jet printing?

Tue, 12 Dec 2003
(December 23, 2003) Palo Alto, Calif.—Convergent technology is one thing, but using your computer's printer to make a new TV screen? Not quite, but close. In a breakthrough for low-cost electronics manufacturing, researchers at Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), a Xerox subsidiary, have successfully created a transistor array of the type used to control a flat-panel display using a modified ink-jet printer and semiconductor "ink."

Amtech Systems Announces $8.9M in Solar Orders

Mon, 12 Dec 2007
(December 17, 2007) TEMPE, AZ —Amtech Systems Inc., a global supplier of production and automation systems and related supplies for the manufacture of solar cells, semiconductors, and silicon wafers, today announced that its subsidiary, Tempress Systems Inc., has received an additional $8.9 million in orders for diffusion processing systems from the solar cell industry.

NanoPolaris Acquires Unidym

Mon, 7 Jul 2006
(July 5, 2006) PASADENA, CA — Arrowhead Research announced that their subsidiary, NanoPolaris, acquired substantially all of the assets of Unidym a Los Angeles-based developer of carbon nanotube-based electronics. Founder George Gruener, Ph.D., will become chief technical officer of the combined company.

LCD Driver Chip

Tue, 8 Aug 2006
MagnaChip Semiconductor's one-chip, high resolution LCD driver supports high resolution at QVGA level. The MC2TA7501 has a 30% smaller form factor than MagnaChip's previous generations of chipsets.

FPD China '06 Packed with Opportunities

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

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.


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North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts October 2004 Book-to-Bill Ratio

Tue, 11 Nov 2004
(November 23, 2004) San Jose, Calif.—North American-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.39 billion in orders in October 2004 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.96, according to the October 2004 Book-to-Bill Report published by SEMI. A book-to-bill of 0.96 means that $96 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

TSMC Releases 40-V CMOS Process

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

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.

SEMI publishes 25 new standards

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

Chip renaissance?

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

China IC packaging and testing firm to offer chip-scale packaging

Mon, 10 Oct 2004
(October 4, 2004) Taipei—China-based Jiangyin Changdian Advanced Packaging (JCAP) is setting up chip-scale packaging lines and wafer-bumping lines, slated for mass production next year.

SEMI Issues Eight New Technical Standards

Thu, 10 Oct 2005
San Jose, Calif. — SEMI has published eight new technical standards applicable to the semiconductor, flat panel display (FPD), and MEMS manufacturing industries. Developed by technical experts from equipment suppliers, device manufacturers and other companies participating in the SEMI International Standards Program, the standards are available for purchase in CD-ROM format or downloadable from SEMI's website.

ChipMOS, Novatek Prolong Long-term Agreement

Thu, 7 Jul 2005
(July 21, 2005) Hsinchu, Taiwan — ChipMOS Technologies (Bermuda) Ltd. (ChipMOS) announces that its 70% owned subsidiary, ChipMOS Technologies Inc. (ChipMOS Taiwan), has extended its existing long-term agreement with Novatek Microelectronics Corp. Ltd. (Novatek) through 2008. The two companies have worked together since 2003.

Semiconductor Industry Should Overcome Technical Hurdles

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

Binghamton University Wins R&D Contract from the USDC

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

MOEMS Market Geared Toward End-users

Fri, 9 Sep 2006
(September 15, 2006) DUBLIN, Ireland — Research and Markets has released a report, "MEMS4Display 06: Market Analysis of MEMS-based Microdisplays," which reveals that consumer interests will control the application of MEMS in display technology. Branding, portability, reliability, and picture quality will determine growth in the MEMS display sector.

Gold-bumping Capacity Demand Stems from FPD Production Boost

Wed, 5 May 2005
(May 18, 2005) San Jose, Calif. — Rising flat-panel display (FPD) production is boosting capacity expansion for gold-bump lithography processing used in advanced packaging in Asia, according to Ultratech Inc., having received multiple-system orders from several customers in Taiwan and China for advanced packaging lithography systems.

SEMI Issues 13 New Technical Standards

Fri, 6 Jun 2005
(June 24, 2005) San Jose, Calif. — Included in SEMI's new July 1, 2005 standards are 13 new specifications and guidelines for ellipsometer equipment for integrated metrology, sensor/actuator network communications, silicon carbide wafers, and safety in multi-employer work areas. The 13 new technical standards apply to the semiconductor, flat panel display (FPD), and MEMS manufacturing industries.

Q1 2005 Worldwide Semiconductor Figures Show Growth

Wed, 5 May 2005
(May 11, 2005) San Jose, Calif. — Worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$9.35 billion in Q1 2005, 2.3% above the same quarter one year ago and 6.5% more than Q4 2004, according to SEMI. Monthly, this data is gathered in cooperation with the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ) from 150+ global equipment companies.

ChipMOS, Himax Prolong Long-term Agreement

Thu, 5 May 2005
(May 12, 2005) Hsinchu, Taiwan — ChipMOS Technologies' 70% owned subsidiary, ChipMOS Technologies Inc. (ChipMOS Taiwan), is prolonging its long-term agreement with Himax Technologies Inc. through 2008, having worked together since 2003.

SEMI seeks more globalization

Sat, 11 Nov 1997
Tokyo -- Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) is pumping up its international cooperative efforts by establishing advisory groups worldwide comprised of semiconductor and flat panel display suppliers. This newest SEMI group will tackle issues concerning all suppliers of products and services to the worldwide semiconductor and flat panel display industry.

Ashland Chemical teams with R&D firm to grow technology/products

Tue, 7 Jul 1997
Ashland Chemical Co.`s Electronic Chemicals Division is engaged in an exclusive agreement with Concept Sciences Inc., a new research company started by Dr. I.E. "Chip" Ward and Dr. Frank Michelotti, co-founders of ACT, Inc., and acquired by Ashland in 1994. Under the agreement, Concept Sciences will conduct technology and product development for Ashland in the area of semiconductors, flat panel display and liquid crystal display and assembly. -- SES

IHI and Tokki invest in LCD tool market

Thu, 1 Jan 2002
January 17, 2002 -- Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries and Tokki Corp. are investing in new capacity to make niche LCD tools.

NH Techno Glass shuts down Japan LCD glass plant

Fri, 1 Jan 2002
January 18, 2002 -- NH Techno Glass has shut down its five LCD glass furnaces in Yokkaichi following two incidents of an accidental release of arsenious acid.

Viztec ramps LCD production with new cleanroom

Mon, 9 Sep 2002
SEPT. 9--CLEVELAND, OH--Viztec Inc. has completed a 2,500-square-foot cleanroom facility that will help accelerate the commercialization of unbreakable liquid crystal displays (LCDs) using its Plastic Pixel nanotechnology.

FANUC unveils cleanroom robot

Mon, 7 Jul 2002
July 8 ---ROCHESTER HILLS, Michigan---FANUC Robotics has introduced the M-6iB Cleanroom robot, the latest in a line of controlled environment products the company has offered since 1984.

Integration provides sensor measurement, tool data management

Tue, 7 Jul 2002
July 16--FORT COLLINS, CO--Advanced Energy Industries, Inc., a provider of components and sub-systems solutions for semiconductor, data storage and flat panel display processes, has integrated its Symphony EPM (equipment productivity manager)

Micronic Laser gets another from Asian customer

Thu, 11 Nov 2003
NOV. 10--TABY, Sweden--Micronic Laser Systems, a manufacturer of laser pattern generation equipment to the display and semiconductor industries, has received another order from an Asian customer for an LRS series pattern generation tool for advanced TFT-LCD photomasks.

CLARCOR acquires Total Filter

Thu, 8 Aug 2002
AUG. 22--ROCKFORD, Ill., -- CLARCOR Inc. has acquired Total Filter Technology Inc. (Chelmsford, MA), a manufacturer of melt blown and string wound filter cartridges and liquid filter bags.

Brooks Acquires Zygo's Automation Systems Group

Fri, 12 Dec 2001
December 14, 2001 -- CHELMSFORD, MA -- Brooks Automation has acquired the Automation Systems Group of Zygo Corporation, which manufactures reticle automation systems including reticle sorters, reticle macro inspection systems, and reticle handling solutions for the semiconductor industry.

DuPont Holographics Opens New Facility

Wed, 3 Mar 2001
March 7, 2001 -- LOGAN, Utah -- DuPont Holographics has officially opened its new hologram design and manufacturing plant, which includes a 12,000 square foot cleanroom.

Super Tool Looks to Double Crane Production

Tue, 7 Jul 2001
July 10, 2001 -- TOKYO -- Super Tool Co. plans to spend nearly $798,000, or 100 million yen, to expand assembly facilities at Osaka Prefecture plant as it looks to increase production of its cleanroom cranes, according to published reports.

New FlexICs Fab Opens

Thu, 6 Jun 2001
June 28, 2001 -- MILPITAS, CA -- FlexICs, Inc. has opened its pilot fabrication plant for producing semiconductors on plastic. The 18,000 square foot facility features an ISO Class 5 (Class 100) cleanroom.

Brooks to Acquire Progressive Technologies

Fri, 6 Jun 2001
June 29, 2001 -- CHELMSFORD, MA -- Brooks Automation is planning to acquire Tewksbury, Mass.-based Progressive Technologies, Inc. Under the deal, PTI will become a business unit within Brooks' Factory Interface Division.

Innovators of Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology Receive 2001 SEMI Award

Fri, 9 Sep 2001
September 28, 2001 -- SAN JOSE, CA -- Seven technologists were honored for their contributions to the advancement of semiconductor manufacturing technology at the 28th Annual SEMI Dinner and Award Ceremony sponsored by Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI).

Philips, E Ink launch world into paperless era with pliable LCD

Sun, 2 Feb 2004
Purveyors of paper may potentially be perturbed once Philips Electronics starts mass-producing a slim, book-sized panel that will let consumers download newspapers, magazines and other print media.

China's cleanrooms advance

Tue, 6 Jun 2004
Horace Greeley's famous dictum about going west might be reversed today, at least as far as cleanrooms are concerned.

Robotic cleanrooms reach multiple industries

Sun, 5 May 2005
ANN ARBOR, MI-Robotics use in manufacturing is on the rise in international industry as a whole, and specifically in most contamination-control environments except semiconductor, with a trend toward multiple-control robotics invading the cleanroom of the future.

Space saving filter technology targets high-end LCD, semiconductor processes

Sat, 1 Jan 2005
EAST HILLS, N.Y.-LCD manufacturing plants in Asia are among the first to receive Pall Corp. Microelectronics Group’s (www.pall.com) new high-flow-rate filters, designed specifically for high-flow, high-purity bulk gas delivery systems used in next generation display and semiconductor manufacturing processes.

Companies move in on Asian cleanroom boom

Fri, 4 Apr 2005
EAST HILLS, N.Y.-On the heels of a recent market study indicating that Asia is driving-and will continue to drive over the next several years-the cleanrooms hardware and garment market, filtration/purification developer Pall Corp. (www.pall.com) has opened a new manufacturing facility in Beijing, China, and has named Jon Weiner the first president of Pall Microelectronics Asia.


Wed, 6 Jun 2005
Regardless of the classification level of the surrounding environment or cleanliness of the equipment, if the process gases or chemistry introduced into the process are contaminated, so will be the product. This month’s product spotlight examines some of the latest liquid and gas delivery system products, services and technologies available to prevent this from happening.

Safe-handling label may move inside

Wed, 6 Jun 2005
ROCKVILLE, Md.-At the request of the egg industry, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA; www.fda.gov) has proposed to amend its food-labeling regulations so that safe-handling statements may appear on the inside lid rather than on the front of egg cartons.

Your Market Analysis: China is changing the world's cleanroom industry

Fri, 4 Apr 2005
The cleanroom industry has always been dynamic. The rate of change may now be accelerating thanks to activity in China.

Dynamic niches in cleanroom activity

Mon, 8 Aug 2005
The cleanroom industry cannot claim to evolve as rapidly and completely as some of its customers; nevertheless, it is ever changing.

Your Market Analysis: How big is the cleanroom industry?

Fri, 7 Jul 2005
The cleanroom industry is difficult to define because in many respects it is an artificial creation around results and not specific products.

Cleanroom air filter market

Tue, 8 Aug 2006
Over the years, focus in the air filtration industry has shifted from just particulate capture to also include adsorption of gaseous contaminants.

Diversity in size, application and geography typify new cleanroom construction market-Part 1

Thu, 6 Jun 2006
Cleanrooms are utilized by semiconductor, pharmaceutical, flat panel display, aerospace, food and other manufacturers who need to protect products and/or workers from airborne contaminants.

"Flexible" approach to contamination control meets goals

Wed, 6 Jun 2005
MT. PLEASANT, PA.-At the Sony Technology Center- Pittsburgh (STC-P; Mt. Pleasant, Pa.), the liquid crystal display (LCD) rear projection televisions and plasma-based direct view televisions assembled there contain extremely precise components the slightest speck of dust or dirt can wreak havoc.

Cleanroom markets in the Americas

Wed, 11 Nov 2006
Other than U.S., most countries will continue to be minor players

New Products

Sun, 4 Apr 2007
Each month, Cleanrooms brings you a collection of the latest product innovations in the contamination control industry.

Diversity in size and geography typify new cleanroom construction market-Part 2

Sat, 7 Jul 2006
Worldwide there are more than 150,000 cleanrooms in use ranging in size from less than 100 square feet to over 300,000 square feet.

Achieving particle counting accuracy

Tue, 7 Jul 2008
ISO 21501 offers standard methodology for calibrating optical particle counters.

Sales of ultrapure water systems to reach $4 billion this year

Tue, 7 Jul 2008
Semiconductor and power generation industries lead the pack in systems consumption.

CCMP completes acquisition of BOC Edwards from The Linde Group

Tue, 6 Jun 2007
June 4, 2007 -- LONDON, U.K. -- BOC Edwards, a leading supplier of vacuum, abatement, chemical management equipment and services to the world's semiconductor OEMs and fabs, announced today that CCMP Capital has completed its acquisition of the company.

Cleanroom Robotics Grasps FPD Industry

Sat, 4 Apr 1995
Genmark`s Gencobot III, Brooks` MagnaTran 60, and Equipe Technologies` FPD-300 series robots all have one thing in common--they are specifically designed to operate in Class 1 cleanroom environments. The latest in magnetically driven, wafer-handling vacuum chamber robots, the systems are specifically targeted at the new and rapidly expanding flat-panel display (FPD) industry. FPD manufacturers are currently scrambling to put together a common standards platform to keep pace with advances in what

Particle counter

Sat, 4 Apr 1995
Particle Measuring Systems Inc. has developed the Model miniLAZ, a portable particle counter designed specifically for cleanroom applications. It is lightweight and has a small footprint for easy handling, a five-channel unit, and offers particle sensitivity at 0.3 or 0.5 micron at a high flow rate of 1 CFM. A back-lit LCD uses a touch screen front-panel to input and display data with pop-up menu options to simplify the instrument`s operations. Software functions include Federal Standard 209E ca

Taiwan's first 7.5th generation technology on-track for mass production in October

Wed, 8 Aug 2006
August 1, 2006 -- /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TAICHUNG, Taiwan -- AU Optronics Corp. late yesterday successfully turned on Taiwan's very first 42" LCD TV panel, produced by the Company's 7.5th generation ("G7.5") TFT and colour filter production facility located in the Taichung Science Park.

Contamination Control Market to Double by Year 2000

Mon, 4 Apr 1996
Northbrook, IL--By the year 2000, the market for con tamination control hardware and disposables is predicted to grow from $2.1 to $4.6 billion, according to a recent market research study released by The McIlvaine Co. According to the World Cleanroom Markets report, the rapid growth is due to the expansion of industries using cleanroom technology, and the development of new applications, such as flat panel displays, which use cleanroom hardware in the manufacturing process.

Clean Air Technology, Inc. (Canton, MI) was recently awarded a $4 million cleanroom construction

Wed, 5 May 1996
Clean Air Technology, Inc. (Canton, MI) was recently awarded a $4 million cleanroom construction contract by Fluor Daniel, Inc. (Greenville, SC) for design, engineering, manufacturing, and installation of approximately 62,000 ft2 of modular vertical flow cleanroom space for Buckbee Mears Corp. (Cortland, NY), a manufacturer of FPD components. Class 100 to Class 100,000 modular cleanrooms will be installed using Clean Air Technology`s patented load-bearing, return air wall, and deck system. Curre

Asyst/Xerox Develop SMIF for FPDs

Fri, 12 Dec 1995
Fremont, CA--Asyst Technologies, Inc. has formed a partnership with Xerox Corp.`s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)--a leading U.S. manufacturer of flat panel displays (FPDs)--to develop a SMIF material handling system for advanced FPD manufacturing that would enable loading and unloading of FPD substrates within the minienvironment directly into process tools without exposure to ambient conditions.

Portable test kit

Sun, 10 Oct 1995
The Charleswater 19444 Portable Test Kit is a complete set of test instruments to measure static voltage and static decay. The kit consists of a digital static field meter, an isolated plate assembly, charging unit and carrying case. The kit can be used to evaluate ionization equipment in operation.

Etch systems

Sun, 10 Oct 1995
Interlab is introducing its newest line of etch systems for flat panel displays. Fully automated, these systems can accommodate substrates up to 360 465 mm in size. All process chemistries including BOE, Olift-off;O and piranha clean are maintained via filtered recirculation. The rinse scheme incorporates in-line heating and DI water regeneration. Interlab?s patented laminar flow, HEPA-filtered dryer completes the process.

Portable gas detector

Sun, 10 Oct 1995
International Sensor Technology?s Model IQ-1000, is a microprocessor-based portable gas detector that maintains a library of setup and calibration data for all sensors and specific gases attached to it.

Pressure monitor

Fri, 9 Sep 1995
Modus Instruments offers the Model RPM-1 room pressure monitor for use in cleanrooms, hospitals, biomedical and research facilities, where negative or positive room pressures must be monitored and/or controlled to avoid the spread of disease, contamination or the compromise of controlled environments. The Model RPM-1 is easy to install, surface mounts and operates by switching to a red indicator light from a green indicator light when a preset pressure switch is triggered. A 3.5 digit LCD displa

Laser particle counter

Fri, 9 Sep 1995
Malvern Instruments has designed the MILPA laser particle counter, which uses a novel laser diffraction principle to detect submicron particles as small as 0.1 µm in liquids at 50 ml/min. The MILPA can be used for monitoring water and chemical cleanliness for highly sensitive applications in such industries as the pharmaceutical and microelectronics. It gives results that closely parallel conventional laser light-scattering instruments, but with greater sensitivity to bacteria and silica par

Leak detection/location system

Mon, 5 May 1995
PAL-AT leak detection and location system is a sensor cable system that features continuous monitoring and multiple leak detection/location capabilities from PermAlert. It can detect water, hydrocarbons, and/or chemicals and is effective for monitoring both double- and single-wall piping, tanks, and sub-flooring. In alarm mode, the LCD display will indicate the exact cable distance to the leak and distinguish between a leak, cable damage, or cable break. PAL-AT offers password security and can r

Charged-plate monitor system

Fri, 12 Dec 1995
TREK, Inc. has developed the Model 156 charged-plate Monitor System, specifically designed to test the effectiveness of the work surface and laminar flow hood air ionization systems used in ESD-control programs. The Model 156 uses a simple ion-collecting-plate design that utilizes a two-conductor miniature cable. This places the ion-collecting plate directly into manufacturing processes, unlike systems that have fixed or detachable air ion collecting plates.

X-Ray Inspection Systems for the Food Industry

Wed, 4 Apr 2009
APRIL 22, 2009 -- BOHEMIA, NY

Cleanroom Consumables Market To Grow Modestly in 2010

Thu, 6 Jun 2009
JUNE 11, 2009 -- NORTHFIELD, IL -- Thanks to the pharmaceutical industry and to general activity in Asia, the market for cleanroom consumables will grow one percent next year and reach sales of $6.6 billion.

Ultra Clean to manufacture products for FEI Co.

Mon, 2 Feb 2009
JANUARY 21, 2009--HAYWARD, CA and HILLSBORO, OR--Ultra Clean Technology (Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc.) and FEI Co. have signed a Global Supplier Agreement under which Ultra Clean will provide hosted manufacturing services in the FEI Hillsboro, OR facility.

PharmaMedDeviceTM enhances educational value of 2008 conference

Thu, 2 Feb 2008
February 21, 2008 -- /NORWALK, CT/ -- The producers of the PharmaMedDeviceTM Conference & Exhibition announced today that the 2008 conference program, March 26-28, 2008 in Philadelphia, will feature AdvaMed's world class Medical Technology Learning Institute (MTLI) workshop.

SEMI publishes eight new technical standards

Tue, 2 Feb 2008
February 11, 2008 -- /PRNewswire/ -- SAN JOSESEMI, CA -- SEMI has published eight new technical standards applicable to the semiconductor, flat panel display, and MEMS manufacturing industries.

KUKA Robotics Introduces Industry's Largest and Strongest Clean Room Robots; KUKA Clean Room Robots Designed Specifically for Flat Panel Display Manufacturing

Tue, 7 Jul 2005
CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 5, 2005--KUKA Robotics Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of industrial robots, today announced the introduction to the US market of a family of clean room robots specifically designed for flat panel display manufacturing and substrate glass handling.

Foldable screen to be mass-produced

Mon, 1 Jan 2004
JAN. 26--AMSTERDAM- Dutch firm Philips Electronics said on Monday it was preparing to mass-produce a slim, book-sized display panel onto which consumers could download newspapers and magazines -- then roll up and put away.

Nanosys announces issued patent covering multi-color electronic displays

Thu, 4 Apr 2005
PALO ALTO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 04/21/2005 -- Nanosys announced today the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 6,864,626 (the '626 patent) entitled "Electronic Displays using Optically Pumped Luminescent Semiconductor Nanocrystals," by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Silecs awarded ISO 14001 certification

Thu, 5 May 2008
May 29, 2008 -- /PRNewswire/ -- MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- Silecs, Inc. today announced that its high-volume manufacturing facility in Espoo, Finland, has been granted ISO 14001 certification by DNV.

ATMI and Sartorius announce long-term supply agreement for mixing technology

Tue, 4 Apr 2008
April 15. 2008 -- /PRIME NEWSWIRE/ -- DANBURY, CT and GOETTINGEN, GERMANY -- ATMI, Inc. and Sartorius Stedim Biotech SA have agreed that Sartorius Stedim will distribute and market ATMI LifeSciences' unique LevTechR levitated mixing system together with Sartorius Stedim's own biopharmaceutical mixing bag technology.

MHI receives order for nine centrifugal chillers from Hynix Semiconductor

Fri, 5 May 2007
April 25, 2007 -- /JCN Newswire/ -- TOKYO, JAPAN -- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has received an order for nine centrifugal liquid chillers from Hynix Semiconductor, Inc., a major semiconductor manufacturer in Korea.

Asymtek's jetting technology enables hot wax dispensing for lab-on-a-chip applications

Tue, 2 Feb 2007
February 13, 2007 -- /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Asymtek, a Nordson company and leader in dispensing technology and pioneer in jetting technology, enables lab-on-a-chip applications with its hot wax jetting technology.

SEMI publishes 13 new standards

Tue, 6 Jun 2003
JUNE 2--SAN JOSE, Calif.--SEMI has published 13 new technical standards relating to important aspects of semiconductor and flat panel display manufacturing.

FANUC, Biomation team to automate labs

Fri, 6 Jun 2003
JUNE 6--ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich.-- FANUC Robotics America, Inc. has teamed with Biomation of (Madison, Ala. )to market FANUC Robotics' LR Mate 200iB Cleanroom robot and related software products to life science manufacturers and diagnostic laboratories.

BOC Edwards opens new facility in Japan

Wed, 12 Dec 2004
November 29--BOC Edwards announced today that it is moving its key operations in Japan to a new, purpose-built complex in Yachiyo-city, Chiba (near Tokyo), scheduled for completion the end of 2004.

AES receives design/build cleanroom contract

Fri, 12 Dec 2004
AES Clean Technology, Inc. announces that it has been awarded a major new design/build project to provide manufacturing cleanrooms for ADS/Transicoil's new facility in Collegeville, PA.

BOC Edwards announces major bulk gas investment in Taiwan electronics sector

Fri, 12 Dec 2004
Building on established relationships in the Asian electronic manufacturing arena, BOC Edwards announced it is expanding its leadership position in Taiwan by investing in seven gas plant facilities to ensure bulk gas supply to nine new semiconductor and flat panel display manufacturing fabs currently under construction.

FANUC unveils another cleanroom robot

Thu, 1 Jan 2003
JAN. 2--ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. --FANUC Robotics has introduced the LR Mate 200iB cleanroom robot, the latest in a line of cleanroom products the company has offered since 1984.

Flat-panel display output rising

Wed, 1 Jan 2003
JAN. 8--TAIPEI - The global output of flat-panel displays for products ranging from notebook computers to televisions is projected to grow 21 percent annually over the next four years, says a U.S.-based research firm.

Matheson completes high-purity ammonia facility

Fri, 4 Apr 2003
APRIL 11--PARSIPPANY, N.J.-- Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc., and its subsidiary in Korea, Matheson Gas Products Korea, have completed a new high purity Ammonia facility located in Chonan, Korea.

TFT, LCD equipment spending to rise 24 percent

Tue, 3 Mar 2003
MARCH 11--AUSTIN, Texas--DisplaySearch, a flat panel display market research and consulting firm, revealed in its latest thin film transistor-LCD Supply, Demand and Capital Spending Report that equipment spending rose 36 percent in 2002 to $5.2 billion based on surveys of equipment suppliers to mass production, pilot and R&D lines.

M+W Zander to build TFT fab

Mon, 4 Apr 2003
APRIL 28--JENA, GERMANY--M+W Zander, a subsidiary of the Jenoptik technology group, has received an order from AU Optronics, Longtan, Taiwan, to engineer and 161,400-square-foot cleanroom.

Arrow opens ISO Class 6 cleanroom

Mon, 3 Mar 2004
MARCH 29--ENGLEWOOD, Colo--Arrow OEM Computing Solutions, the division of Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) that provides integration, manufacturing, and supply chain management services to industrial OEMs and intellectual property-based companies, has opened an ISO Class 6 cleanroom in its TL9000, ISO9001:2000-certified integration facility in Phoenix, Ariz.

Spotfire's semiconductor solution gives high-tech manufacturers a return on their expertise

Thu, 2 Feb 2006
February 6, 2006 -- /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- SOMERVILLE, Mass. -- Spotfire, Inc. has announced the immediate availability of Spotfire Analytics for Semiconductor, a collection of proven tools and workflows that apply process-specific interactive analytics to customer engineering and manufacturing data to reduce time to market for new high tech products.

Daw wins FPD cleanroom contract

Thu, 4 Apr 1999
Daw Technologies Inc. (Salt Lake City) has won a $2.2 million contract to build a flat panel display cleanroom for a manufacturer in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Daw completed phase 1 of the 60,000-square-foot cleanroom in 1996. Phase 2 of the project, covered under the current contract, is scheduled for completion in late spring. The project will expand manufacturing space within an existing building and modify an existing fab. -- SG

FSI to acquire YieldUp

Thu, 4 Apr 1999
FSI International Inc. (Chaska, MN) is acquiring YieldUp International Corp. (Sunnyvale, CA) to strengthen its position in the critical clean immersion market.

COO software

Thu, 4 Apr 1999
This software assists flat panel display (FPD) companies in understanding the cost of ownership of a fab. The software -- eValuate -- provides a systematic approach to comparing different tool types as well as information for understanding the role that recurring costs, process yields and other non-fixed costs have with regard to overall tool ownership costs.

Carbon dioxide analyzer

Thu, 4 Apr 1999
Series GD-444 infrared carbon dioxide analyzers measure and display temperature and relative humidity levels for such applications as office ventilation systems, cooling systems, hazardous environments and laboratory and research projects. The standard unit monitors 10,000 ppm and includes a sample pump, backlight, adjustable alarms, digital display, outputs and pushbutton options.

CFM receives $4.9 million order from Korean manufacturer

Thu, 1 Jan 1998
CFM Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer of advanced wet processing equipment for the semiconductor and flat panel display industries, has received a $4.9 million, follow-on order from ANAM Industrial Co., Ltd. The Korea-based semiconductor manufacturer purchased two of CFM`s Full-Flow 8050 Dual Vessel Systems, which it plans to use for post-ash cleaning. The first tool will be shipped during ANAM`s first fiscal quarter ending January 31, 1998, with the second tool scheduled for shipment during th

Surface Cleaning Training Session: Overlooked Protocol

Tue, 4 Apr 2003
Proper mopping of walls and floors plays a critical role in your contamination control program. Learning the basics once is a lesson for life

New Products

Thu, 5 May 2003
SweepZone Ag ultrasonic cleaning systems are manufactured with AgION anti-microbial-coated stainless steel from AK Coatings. The AgION compound is applied to the steel to suppress the growth and migration of bacteria and other microorganisms.

APC: A factory-wide strategy for ultimate yield improvement

Wed, 10 Oct 2003
As the semiconductor manufacturing industry becomes increasingly competitive under the current economic conditions, chip manufacturers continue to look for new ways to maintain a sharp, competitive edge.

U.S. court upholds patent infringement against Steag

Tue, 9 Sep 1998
The U.S. District Court for Delaware has upheld a jury finding that Steag MicroTech willfully infringed a U.S. patent owned by CFM Technologies, Inc. and licensed to CFM. The judgment was brought against Steag for selling Marangoni dryers. The court permanently enjoined and restrained Steag from importing, making, using, offering for sale or selling any infringing product. It also upheld the jury`s $3.1 million award in damages. No appeals are expected to be filed. CFM Technologies manufacturers

Ultrapure water market to reach $3 billion by 2001

Sat, 2 Feb 1997
Northbrook, IL -- Sales of systems to provide ultrapure water to the power, semiconductor, pharmaceutical and other industries around the world will more than double over the next six years and reach an annual level of $3.2 billion per year by 2001, is the prediction made by The McIlvaine Company in its new report, World Ultrapure Water Markets 1997-2001. The report forecasts that the semiconductor market will be the largest segment, with worldwide sales of ultrapure water systems for the year 2

Condensation particle counter

Sat, 2 Feb 1997
Particle Measuring Systems Inc.`s Model 7625 Condensation Particle Counter (CPC) is an instrument for continuous monitoring of cleanroom and inert gas environments. The 7625 is designed for measuring ultrafine particles in cleanroom facilities as well as testing HEPA and ULPA filters. Sizing sensitivity for the CPC 7625 is available at 20 nanometers with a flow rate of 0.1 cfm.

Aqueous-based cleaners

Tue, 9 Sep 1998
Soniscan aqueous-based cleaners have been upgraded to include a full-color, touch-sensitive graphical user interface that allows users to monitor and control process functions such as vessel fill and drain, temperature, ultrasonic and mechanical agitation, dwell time, and automatic work transfer. Soniscan products are suited for cleaning various substrates including semiconductors, flat panel displayss and opthalmics.

Resistance meter

Tue, 12 Dec 1998
Trek Model 152 resistance meters measure surface resistance on conductive, dissipative and insulative materials. Measuring probe electrode configurations for making point-to-point or surface resistance measurements from 103 to 1013 ohms are also available. Resistance values are displayed on an LCD display using scientific notation. The electrode test voltage for the measurement probe(s) is switch-selectable for 10V or 100V operation.

Control panel system for air showers

Wed, 1 Jan 1997
Halco Products` new solid-state electronic programmable control panel system for its Series 1990 packaged air showers and tunnels is completely programmable from the face of the control panel on the entry to the air shower with a touch pad, which includes a liquid crystal display.

Gas monitor

Wed, 1 Jan 1997
Gas Tech, Inc. announces the expanded GT Series for carbon dioxide detection. The range of detection is now 0 to 5.00 percent by volume in 0.05 percent increments or 1 to 20.0 percent in 0.1 percent increments. The GT monitor is configured to detect hydrocarbons in the LEL/ppm range--oxygen, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide or hydrogen sulfide. Features include an infrared sensor for CO2; a built-in pump to sample from remote areas; a backlit LCD that shows real-time gas concentrations, date

Material Handling System

Mon, 1 Jan 1996
Automating the transfer of materials among input/output ports, process tools and storage units in a cleanroom environment can be achieved with PRI Automation`s new 360-Degree Machine-Loading Robot (360 MLR). According to PRI, the 360 MLR is the first product of its kind to function in a Class 1 cleanroom. The robot provides an extended range of motion for handling semiconductor wafers larger than 200 millimeters, as well as other types of materials, including flat panel displays. The 360 MLR in

New applications slated to boost cleanroom sales

Mon, 12 Dec 1997
The McIlvaine Co. predicts that new industry segments, such as flat panel displays (FPD), will cause cleanroom sales to rise by $1.7 billion in 2000. Traditional cleanroom markets such as semiconductor and pharmaceutical industries account for the lion`s share of cleanroom sales today, but the FPD market will displace the pharmaceutical industry as the second largest cleanroom segment by 2000, according to McIlvaine. The disk drive industry will also invest more heavily in cleanrooms than in the

CFM signs lease for new facility

Wed, 10 Oct 1997
CFM Technologies, Inc. has signed a long-term lease for a 140,000 sq. ft. facility in Exton, PA, in which to manufacture its wet processing equipment for semiconductor and flat panel displays. Occupancy is planned for 1998. The facility consists of two buildings: a four-story, 80,000 sq. ft. office building for its new headquarters, which will accommodate its engineering, marketing, customer service, and administrative staff; and a second building, which will include 60,000 sq. ft. of flat pane

SEMI urges renewal and extension of federal R&D tax credit

Wed, 10 Oct 1997
SEMI has joined with more than 140 of its member companies in signing a joint industry Letter to Congress urging the renewal and permanent extension of the federal R&D tax credit that expired last month. The letter, sent to members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, emphasized the importance of the credit in stimulating long-term research and development in the U.S. "Many of the firms from our industry represented on the letter are small, extremely innovative companies that com

Flexible manufacturing fab transport system

Sun, 9 Sep 1996
Shuttleworth, Inc. has introduced the Clean Passage system, a flexible manufacturing fab transport system that enables point-to-point routing of work-in-process in flat panel display or semiconductor fabs. It is suitable for interbay and intrabay transport and local buffering of cassettes and pods above the ceiling through use of a self-contained minienvironment. Clean Passage fab transport systems consist of Slip-Trak conveyors in a minienvironment suspended above the ceilings of both clean and

Gas detection transmitters

Mon, 2 Feb 1999
FX-SMT gas detection transmitters feature a stand-alone transmitter that can be configured to detect combustible gases. All versions are suitable for installation in Class I, Division 1, Groups B,C and D hazardous locations. Features include non-intrusive calibration via a magnetic wand in hazardous locations; quick-change intelligent sensors that can be installed without calibration; an LCD display; and an optional relay module to provide remote annunciation of alarm conditions.

Flow verifiers

Mon, 2 Feb 1999
These Gas Box Rate-of-Rise (GBROR) in situ flow verifiers are made to address the needs of flat panel display CVD equipment and high-flow semiconductor manufacturing applications. According to the manufacturer, they cover flow ranges from 100 sccm to 20 slm and include a gas stick with a patented Baratron capacitance manometer and a calibrated volume incorporated as part of the tool gas box.

New Products

Sun, 8 Aug 1999
QuadBar Model 4630 corona ionizer can control static charge three inches from a product surface in the ambient air inside tight spaces of production equipment, according to the manufacturer. The unit, which utilizes patented IsoStat technology, comes with single crystal silicon emitter points, and works with a facility monitoring system or process tool controller for immediate notification of system failure. A 24 VAC input power allows the system to be connected to a tool's power source or t

Keeping gloves clean

Wed, 9 Sep 1999
SINGAPORE - Choosing the right kind of gloves for a particular cleanroom application is an important first step. But if they are not used properly their effectiveness is reduced.

Differential pressure monitors

Mon, 3 Mar 1999
Accustat and Accustat P-1 room-to-room differential pressure monitors are suited for applications that require negative or positive monitoring in controlled environments. The stationary Accustat features an on/off key switch with an optional negative/positive key switch. The portable Accustat P-1 has built-in NiCad rechargeable batteries, which provide 10 hours of monitoring from a single charge, according to the manufacturer. Both units offer LCD readout and positive or negative pressure readin

Non-traditional users drive cleanroom markets

Mon, 6 Jun 1998
As the year 2000 approaches, industry sources say the cleanroom market is going to be driven by trends that allow a wider spectrum of industries to operate more productively and more competitively. New research findings validate their views.

Motoman/Yaskawa open supermechatronics facility

Mon, 6 Jun 1998
Motoman, Inc. and its parent company, Yaskawa Electric America, have opened a joint facility in Chandler, AZ, that will provide automation solutions for front-end and back-end processes to the semiconductor, disk media and flat panel display industries. The 28,000-square-foot facility will support sales, application engineering, training, customer service and system deployment functions. Motoman officials expect facility sales to exceed $50 million by the year 2001. -- TGW

Gas monitor

Wed, 4 Apr 1998
CEA Instruments` Gasurveyor 400 is a new series of monitors available for PPM, % LEL and % Volume of combustible gases. Standard features include built-in air pump, toughened glass display, auto backlight and audio/visual alarms. Sensors for oxygen, carbon monoxide and/or hydrogen sulfide can also be added, which allows for up to six different gas ranges in one confined space-entry monitor. All units are supplied in a field carrying case with batteries, sample probe, tubing, harness, water/dust

One-cfm particle counter able to achieve sensitivity to 0.3 µm

Wed, 4 Apr 1998
Met One`s new one-cfm particle counter performs spot checking tasks to complete cleanroom certification. A high-performance sensor coupled to a blower/pump allows the Model 3113 to achieve reliable sensitivity to 0.3 µm at a full one-cfm sample flow rate. All operational features are accessed from a front panel, with particle count data from up to six size channels, as well as temperature, relative humidity and air velocity, displayed simultaneously on a large LCD. Counting modes include a

Cleanroom robot

Wed, 7 Jul 1998
The six-axis SV3CR robot can be used in Class 1 cleanroom environments for high-speed machine loading, including handling of disk drive media, flat panel displays, and wafers to 300 mm. It can also be used for cassette handling in interbay application or integrated with a vision or laser-sensing package for wafer mapping functions. Features include a 3-Kg payload capacity; 677-mm reach; repeatability of ۪.03 mm; and AC Sigma servo motors.

Florida campus launches space-age cleanroom project

Fri, 5 May 1998
Palm Bay, FL --With the water, the swamp and the heat, it might be considered an odd place for a cleanroom and a state-of-the-art education and business facility dedicated to flat panel displays. Yet Palm Bay is the center for the nation`s first cleanrooms teaching consortium, a project laid out by the state legislature and Brevard County Community College (BCC) in cooperation with the private sector. Its goal: to vault into world-class status the business environment for firms that need access

Collaborative ventures foster economic growth

Fri, 5 May 1998
Facilities such as Brevard, Kent State and the University of Michigan were designed to bring collaborative ventures together and foster U.S. economic growth.

Ion Systems purchases new facility

Sat, 3 Mar 1997
Berkeley, CA -- Ion Systems, a supplier of static control equipment to the semiconductor, flat panel and data storage industries, has added 10,000 sq. ft. of production space adjacent to its headquarters. The new facility will support increased demand for the company`s products -- air/nitrogen ionizers and instrumentation for controlling damage and contamination caused by static charge, ranging from ultraclean room ionization systems to electronic assembly area ion blowers and ultraclean tool io

Computers for cleanroom applications

Sat, 3 Mar 1997
Deeco Systems is releasing a compact Pentium-based computer workstation, called SealTouch, which is completely sealed from the environment. Available with the computer is an infrared touch screen system that uses an array of IR-emitting diodes and photo receptors to provide touch accuracy. Mouse drivers let the user control the mouse and on-screen keys when they are wearing gloves.

Condensation particle counter

Sat, 3 Mar 1997
Particle Measuring Systems Inc.`s Model 7625 Condensation Particle Counter provides continuous monitoring of cleanroom and inert gas environments. The particle counter is designed for measuring ultrafine particles in cleanroom facilities, as well as testing HEPA and ULPA filters. Sizing sensitivity for the CPC 7625 is available at 20 nanometers with a flow rate of 0.1 cfm.

Ion Systems launches home page to address static charge control issues

Sun, 6 Jun 1997
Ion Systems announces the launch of its interactive educational home page as an ionization information resource to engineers. In addition to providing material about the company and its products, the company`s World Wide Web site -- www.ion.com -- features sections on "Education" and "Questions & Answers." The Education section lists articles written about static charge control in semiconductor, flat panel display and disk drive manufacturing, and electronics test and assembly. Online slide show

Aerosol counter

Thu, 5 May 1997
Particle Measuring Systems offers its Model 7400 Series of compact aerosol particle counters, which can be used as either stand-alone instruments or as part of a multisensor system. Five models are available in minimum sensitivities of 0.3 µm or 0.5 µm at sample flow rates from 0.1 or 1.0 cfm. As standalones, they can be used for cleanroom classification and testing of HEPA filters. Other applications include component cleanliness testing and leak-checking of installed filters. As a mult

CleanRooms China a big success

Tue, 10 Oct 2002
"It was a big success," says James Enos, Pennwell Corp. vice president and CleanRooms group publishing director.

Oversized cleanrooms assume huge role in emerging flat-panel display production

Thu, 8 Aug 2002
Producers have been struggling to sort through and refine production methodologies that can deliver high volume at low cost

New Products

Thu, 8 Aug 2002
The HIAC 9703 System measures particles from small and large volume parenterals as well as fluid used for cleaning medical devices and precision parts. It detects particles in the range of 1.3 to 600 microns, according to company claims. The HRLD series sensors are used exclusively with this system to size particles through their dynamic range.

Cosmetics in cleanrooms... again? (Part 2)

Thu, 3 Mar 2001
We recently looked at the subject of cosmetics in cleanrooms. It appears that people are once again asking if it is acceptable to wear these substances inside contamination-sensitive areas. The short answer suggested was a definite "no."

Cosmetics in cleanrooms ... again?

Mon, 1 Jan 2001
When cleanroom and contamination control people sit around the campfire and tell stories, all kinds of really interesting and old stuff tends to come out.

Graphene races CNT for nanomaterial commercialization

Wed, 9 Sep 2011

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

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.

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

Wed, 10 Oct 2011

Pixtronix Inc. and Chimei Innolux Corp. (CMI) collaborated on the development of 5"-diagonal micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) display prototypes. The displays use Pixtronix's proprietary MEMS technology and were built by CMI.

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.

Qualcomm MEMS display launched in Korean e-readers

Thu, 11 Nov 2011

Qualcomm MEMS Technologies and Kyobo Book Centre of Korea launched the first e-reader using mirasol display technology. The touch display features vibrant color in bright sunlight and power management enables weeks of reading.

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.

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

Mon, 11 Nov 2011

Jerry Su and Jimmy Huang, research analysts at Credit Suisse, expect low LCD TV inventory levels in Asia to trigger an LCD panel buying spree in the near term to restock in time for consumer spending at Chinese New Year. Panel makers, as well as backend foundries and driver IC suppliers, will benefit.

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

Wed, 7 Jul 2011

Graphene creates flexible film to rival ITO

Fri, 8 Aug 2011

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

Nitto Denko plans prototyping center in Singapore for biosensors

Wed, 2 Feb 2011

Current R&D successes with Singapore's A*STAR IMRE prompted Nitto Denko to invest more in Singapore by building a prototyping center there, which will be incubated at local research institute. The prototyping center will focus on an optical waveguide for biosensing applications.

C3Nano CNT tech brings $3.2M in series A funding, JVs planned

Fri, 2 Feb 2011

The funding will enable C3Nano to scale up its hybrid carbon nanotube (CNT) based transparent electrode ink and film for use in devices such as touch screens, OLED devices, PV panels and flexible displays and to collaborate with customers.

Display tech commercialization, student collaboration goals of MicroVision global R&D center in Singapore

Mon, 4 Apr 2011

MicroVision (Nasdaq: MVIS), ultra-miniature display technology provider, opened a research and development center at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. MicroVision plans to staff the new R&D facility with up to 25 engineers by 2012.

DARPA funds quantum dot prototype devices from QD Vision

Thu, 8 Aug 2011

DARPA awarded QD Vision Inc. $900,000 to advance their quantum-dot-based infrared materials and deliver two prototype devices in the next 12 months.

Embedded pico projectors steal the show through 2017

Wed, 8 Aug 2011

Pico projectors, projector modules that can be integrated into cell phones and other electronics, are just gaining market adoption. However, expect pico projectors to exceed 97.5 million units, with revenues hitting $10 billion, by 2017, says Global Industry Analysts Inc.

Bosch deploys Cadence for custom/analog flow

Mon, 5 May 2011

Robert Bosch GmbH (Bosch), one of the top 4 MEMS suppliers, has standardized on an enhanced custom/analog flow based on Virtuoso v6.1 technology from Cadence Design Systems Inc.

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.

Quantum dot maker QD Vision relocates for volume launch

Fri, 9 Sep 2011

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

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.

MicroVision may sell Azimuth $35M in common stock

Wed, 9 Sep 2011

MicroVision Inc. (Nasdaq: MVIS) secured a committed equity financing facility, wherein it can sell Azimuth Opportunity Ltd. up to $35 million of its shares of common stock over a 24-month period.

Microfluidics module handles single- and multi-phase flow simulation

Fri, 5 May 2011

Based on COMSOL Multiphysics simulation software, the new COMSOL Inc. Microfluidics Module enables users to study microfluidic devices and rarefied gas flows. The module is designed for microfluidics and vacuum researchers and engineers.

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

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

Tegal announces etch tool orders

Fri, 12 Dec 2005

Kopin to start production on military display

Fri, 1 Jan 2005

SEMI expands nano emphasis, names nano director

Fri, 1 Jan 2005

NTERA announces display availability

Wed, 2 Feb 2005

Cambrios names biz dev VP

Thu, 2 Feb 2005

European firms collaborate on nano-enhanced displays

Fri, 2 Feb 2005

August Technology, Nanometrics end merger agreement

Tue, 6 Jun 2005

Air Products acquires technology from Nanogate joint venture

Wed, 4 Apr 2006

Colorado company opens inkjet facility

Wed, 4 Apr 2006

Polychromix launches new spectrometer

Wed, 3 Mar 2006

GenISys announces Layout LAB simulation software for MEMS

Tue, 12 Dec 2006
Developers of MEMS and flat panel displays now have a powerful new development and productivity tool from GenISys GmbH, a leading-edge provider of software solutions for efficient processing optimization of microstructure fabrication.

Integral Vision announces additional SharpEye order

Tue, 10 Oct 2006
Integral Vision Inc. of Wixom, Mich., announced that it has received an additional order for its SharpEye inspection system from a MEMS display manufacturer. This customer currently uses several SharpEye systems in the manufacture of displays. Integral Vision's products provide for detection of display defects to assure quality in the manufacturing process.

Hitachi expanding in Czech Republic

Fri, 10 Oct 2006
The Japanese company Hitachi Ltd. has begun construction of a plant for the production of flat-panel displays in the Triangle industrial zone, which is approximately 80 km northwest of Prague in the Usti region of the Czech Republic.

Braggone announces new optical nanostructures for display applications

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

NanoCon Newswire 2006 -- coverage of the show

Wed, 9 Sep 2006
Sept. 25, 2006 (NanoCon Update) -- Biotech financier Steven Burrill headlined the final day of NanoCon International in Las Vegas on Friday. He spoke about what the nascent nanotech sector could learn from the history of biotech.

Beleaguered Philips places its chips on nanowires

Wed, 2 Feb 2006
Despite changes afoot at their troubled semiconductor division, researchers at Dutch multinational Philips Electronics continue to develop technology that will enable the next generation of chips. They are among a handful of companies using nanoscale components to make transistors ever smaller. "Historically the semiconductor roadmap has always been about more Moore," said Ronald Wolf, group leader at Philips Research.

Microvision has deal with Tier 1 auto supplier

Fri, 12 Dec 2007
Microvision Inc., a U.S. developer of light scanning technologies for display and imaging products, has signed a development agreement with an unnamed European supplier of automotive and industrial technologies.

Owlstone launches Lonestar chemical detector

Wed, 8 Aug 2007
Owlstone Nanotech has launched a new product line, Lonestar. According to the company, Lonestar provides a powerful and adaptable chemical monitor in a self-contained, compact, portable unit that can be easily integrated into industrial settings. Incorporating Owlstone's proprietary Field Asymmetric Ion Mobility Spectrometry (FAIMS) technology, the instrument can provide rapid alerts and detailed sample analysis.

JPSA intros inspection and short deletion system

Mon, 5 May 2007
Developed for the repair of flat panel displays, micro circuits, and wafers, the new IX-70 ChromAblate on-target inspection and short deletion system from J.P. Sercel Associates promises precision and power in a small package.

Flexible displays tap markets, volume production imminent

Thu, 6 Jun 2007
Although the commercialization of products enabled by flexible electronics continues to gain momentum, the market won't reach the multibillion-dollar mark for several years. That's the word from speakers at Flexible Displays and Electronics 2007, as Small Times' Tom Cheyney reports.

Vitex provides "secret sauce" for Europe's first volume P-OLED producer, MED

Fri, 8 Aug 2007
With its recent move into production and commercial shipment of its top-emissive, polymer-based organic light-emitting diode (P-OLED) microdisplays, MicroEmissive Displays (MED) has become the first European company to manufacture such devices at volume levels. Small Times' Tom Cheyney reports.

Advance Nanotech division appoints new CTO as it prepares to go public

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 the company's subsidiary, Advance Display Technologies plc, has appointed Gerhard Rebel to the position of chief technology officer and Tom Holzel, a display industry veteran, to its board of directors.

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.

Punk, Ziegel & Co. updates nano index

Fri, 8 Aug 2004

Philips finds an e-paper technology that's quicker on the draw

Tue, 1 Jan 2004
Philips has developed a thin electronic-paper display using a process called "electrowetting," a technology used in labs-on-a-chip but also fast enough to make electronic video paper possible. Multinationals are recognizing the market potential for e-paper displays that keep the physical properties of paper while combining them with the high-density storage capacity of electronic media.

Intematix sells phosphors to Edison Opto

Tue, 9 Sep 2005

Ask the experts: Eyes on exit markets

Wed, 10 Oct 2005
As of midsummer, stock markets in the United States had largely ignored micro and nanotechnology. However, nanotech-related companies went public in Germany and England. What gives?

Nanosys, Sharp sign nano display deal

Tue, 10 Oct 2005

Xerox seeks to push print for plastic circuits

Mon, 4 Apr 2004

New Kyocera company shows industry’s OLED intent

Mon, 4 Apr 2004
As the world goes mobile and cellular phone manufacturers jockey to get their gizmos in your pocket, a nanotechnology-based innovation is going along for the ride. OLEDs, or organic light emitting diodes, are poised to make cell phone displays brighter, faster and perhaps one day even cheaper than current technology – enough so that Kyocera Corp., launched a new subsidiary for OLED R&D.

After Nanosys IPO withdrawal: CDT to brave Nasdaq

Tue, 9 Sep 2004
When Nanosys withdrew its initial public offering in early August, the debate over what its withdrawal meant was so loud and vociferous that it effectively drowned out the news that Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) Corp., a developer of organic molecules for display applications, had filed to go public just a few days earlier.

Gyricon is Xerox's poster child for copy company's new nano image

Mon, 5 May 2004
It looks a bit like an oversized Etch-a-Sketch, but the wireless, electronic-ink signs that Xerox subsidiary Gyricon displayed at the corporation's Park Avenue offices last week are the most commercial example of small tech springing from the "The Document Company." Gyricon was spun off in 2000 to commercialize its SmartPaper technology developed at Xerox PARC.

Ntera eyes display technology by year's end

Tue, 5 May 2004
Ntera Ltd., a Dublin, Ireland-developer of displays using nanostructured materials, plans to commercially launch its technology by year's end.

Eikos gets $860,000 Air Force contract

Wed, 5 May 2004

Qualcomm to acquire Iridigm Display

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

Itochu invests in nanotube ink maker Eikos

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

Eikos claims mysterious nanotube process for transparent coatings

Mon, 2 Feb 2004
Joseph Piche is a garrulous man for someone who can’t talk about his work. Ask how business is going at Eikos Inc., and the answer might involve a conversation that meanders from the conductivity of carbon nanotubes to sci-fi films. Yet Piche will hint that his business of developing transparent, conductive coatings is going quite well.

Microvision gets a heads-up on auto service market

Tue, 6 Jun 2004
When we think of head-up displays, we tend to think of supersonic jet pilots careening through the upper atmosphere with data hovering before their eyes. But Microvision, a maker of MEMS-based head-up display technology, is also pursuing more common niches like wearable displays for auto technicians. The firm is ramping up to sell a $3,995 device called the Nomad Expert Technician System.

Medical dressings are silver lining for NUCRYST Pharmaceuticals

Mon, 6 Jun 2004
Wall Street may be skeptical about nanotech companies without proven products or revenues going public, but NUCRYST Pharmaceuticals is making money today on its silver nanoparticle dressings for burns and chronic wounds. Profitable since 2001, Nucryst is a subsidiary of a Canadian company, the Westaim Corporation, which has $85 million in cash, no debt and may be a nanotech pure play that even a financial conservative could appreciate.

German OLED firm aims to give Japan run for money

Thu, 6 Jun 2004
If Dresden-based Novaled has its way, many of the displays of the future will have a "Made in Germany" label somewhere on them. The firm is now entering the final stages of getting its second-generation OLED technology ready for the market. By mid-2005, it plans on having its OLED display screens on store shelves.

SEMI launches new set of standards

Mon, 2 Feb 2004
The Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) trade group has published 25 new technical standards for the semiconductor and flat-panel display industries, according to a news release.

SMI sensor takes a dive

Thu, 6 Jun 2004

Optiva names Peter Hopper CEO

Tue, 1 Jan 2004
Optiva Inc., a South San Francisco, Calif., provider of nanomaterials for optical applications, named Peter Hopper as chief executive officer.

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

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

Akustica collaborating with Ricoh

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

Heidelberg Instruments announces record order intake

Fri, 1 Jan 2007
Heidelberg Instruments, a German manufacturer of maskless lithography systems, announced a record order intake in 2006.

Nemoptic and Seiko to mass produce BiNem e-paper modules

Mon, 4 Apr 2007
Nemoptic says it has become the first bistable LCD display supplier to offer immediate availability of high volume, competitively priced e-paper displays. The progress represented by this deal will catalyze radical changes in document display and delivery.

NaturalNano names new CTO

Wed, 7 Jul 2006
NaturalNano Inc., a company whose primary business is discovering, refining, and marketing naturally occurring nanomaterials, announced the appointment of Cathy Fleischer as chief technology officer.

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

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

Hoya selects Applied Materials' etch tool

Mon, 6 Jun 2006

Veeco's GaNzilla II selected by leading Asian HB-LED manufacturers

Thu, 6 Jun 2006

Nanophase notes new order

Mon, 11 Nov 2006
Nanophase Technologies, a Romeoville, Ill. -provider of nanomaterials and advanced nanoengineered products, announced receipt of a new order for polishing nanodispersions for an unnamed Asian customer. Nanophase said it believes the nanodispersions will be used for LCD screen polishing.

Okla. company developing silica aerogels, nanostructures for 3D visual images

Wed, 11 Nov 2006
3DIcon Corp., a Tulsa, Okla., development-stage communications technology company, announced that University of Oklahoma researchers, under a sponsored research agreement, have filed a provisional patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office describing a display system that uses a combination of digital light processors and nanotechnology materials to create full-color, static volumetric, realistic 3D images that can be viewed from any unencumbered perspective.

Heidelberg Instruments sells direct write litho system to Chinese firm

Fri, 11 Nov 2006
Heidelberg Instruments GmbH, a Heidelberg, Germany-based supplier of direct write laser lithography systems, announced the order for an advanced MW800fs system by Shenzhen New Way Electronic Co. Ltd. of Shenzhen, China.

Pioneering researcher to leave Motorola

Fri, 5 May 2003
Herb Goronkin, an industrial researcher at Motorola Labs who spearheaded several corporate programs to miniaturize electronics, will leave his position as vice president and director on June 6 to begin a career as an independent science and technology adviser. He said he decided to leave Motorola after 25 years because cuts to the research and development labs in Tempe, Ariz., limited his ability to grow and be productive.

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

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

Cambrios gets license for bio-based electronics work

Wed, 11 Nov 2004

Nanotubes are bidding for star billing on big screens

Fri, 9 Sep 2003
Carbon nanotubes, once a darling of the display industry, are re-emerging as an attractive candidate for flat panel displays in big-screen televisions. DuPont announced Wednesday that it is licensing a carbon nanotube-based technology from the startup Nanomix for field emission displays (FEDs), while Motorola Inc. recently unveiled a competing approach using nanotubes.

Nanopage digital screen can 'roll up like a blueprint'

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

MEMS makers tune in to digital TV market

Fri, 11 Nov 2004
Until now, Texas Instruments has effectively owned the market for rear-projection televisions that use micromirrors, but three other outfits developing MEMS projection technologies could challenge it in the years ahead. This could create more price competition and present consumers with a potentially dizzying array of TV technology choices.

Kodak and DuPont launch an OLED brand land grab

Thu, 7 Jul 2003
Made of nanostructured polymer films, OLED screens emit their own light and are lighter, smaller and more energy efficient than conventional liquid crystal displays. To marketing and branding experts, the fact that three Fortune 500 heavyweights are vying to make OLED technology a consumer proposition suggests that the market for next generation nano-powered displays will be a real contest.

Optical MEMS sees light in other tunnels

Tue, 7 Jul 2003
Optical MEMS developers are finding signs of life beyond the stagnant telecom market, according to a new report.

A full-color prototype may finally deliver on nanotube TV promises

Thu, 10 Oct 2003
Applied Nanotech Inc. might beat a bunch of hopefuls in developing the first carbon nanotube field emission device (CNT-FED) television. If ANI delivers, the realization of CNT-FED technologies for a mass market after 2005 could become a reality after many promises but few actual products, according to some of the technology's critics.

Motorola releases flat panel display prototype

Tue, 5 May 2005

Sumitomo Chemical buys Dow’s LEP business

Thu, 5 May 2005

Microvision to showcase helmet-mounted display system

Wed, 5 May 2005

Intematix unveils white phosphor solutions

Thu, 3 Mar 2005

Ask the analyst: four micro/nano experts show what life's like inside market research

Thu, 4 Apr 2005
Market analysts sometimes get a bad rap – for being overly optimistic, overemphasizing a trend or being just plain wrong. But when the data gathering's done and the modeling completed, it's still as much an art as a science. Small Times' David Forman turned the tables on four analysts, putting them in the position of answering rather than asking the questions.

Wall Street: when nano firms are ready they'll move quickly

Thu, 4 Apr 2005
If there's anything I took away from the Stephens Nanotechnology Investors Conference last week in Pasadena, Calif., it was this: If nanotech ever takes on Wall Street in a big way, it will appear to happen suddenly. Expect nano companies to be as opportunistic as they can – to file with the SEC if the market seems ready and to follow up as rapidly as possible with the IPO. Of course when, or even if, this will happen is another matter altogether.

Kopin introduces new viewfinder

Wed, 4 Apr 2005

Litrex ships 50th inkjet printer

Fri, 4 Apr 2005

Kent Displays licenses to Japan firm

Wed, 7 Jul 2005

Microreactors could redefine chemistry, nanodrip by drop

Mon, 12 Dec 2003
Move over, lab-on-a-chip. Those microdevices are advancing biotech and life sciences, but a lesser-known tributary of microfluidics is working toward one-upping them with a "chemical plant in a box." Just last week, Global Hydrogen Inc. – a joint venture between Velocys Inc. and ConocoPhillips – revealed plans to apply microchemical processing to convert natural gas into pure hydrogen or synthetic diesel fuel.

Russians fire up photon chips for space

Mon, 12 Dec 2003

Nanosys raises blockbuster $30M despite skeptical VC community

Thu, 4 Apr 2003

Nanosys round shows small tech turning heads in big boardrooms

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

New funds revolve around Copernicus

Wed, 11 Nov 2002

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

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

MEMS in games, gadgets grows

Wed, 11 Nov 2002
Consumer electronics makers will put MEMS devices in more products because they offer more performance and functionality for the same or lower price. But the expanding market comes with growing pains, according to a new report.

DuPont, UDC link on flat panel display technology

Mon, 12 Dec 2002
DuPont Displays and Universal Display Corp. (UDC) said they plan to jointly develop a new generation of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) materials and technology.

Ormecon cultivates organic metals for displays, coatings and paints

Tue, 12 Dec 2002
Just as organic fruit is good for your health, organic metals may be good for the environment. If investors are right, these materials will be good for the bottom line, too. One of the first companies to commercialize the conductive polymers is Ormecon, which trademarked the name "organic metal." The term refers to a conductive polymer – nanostructured material made from organic building blocks.

Swiss successes lead to more government money for nanotech

Fri, 10 Oct 2002
Self-cleaning windows, tools to feel the nanorealm, a real-time holographic 3-D imaging system and superfabrics that resist cold and dirt are just some of the results three years into a joint university and industrial nanotech research program in Switzerland. Progress has been so encouraging that the government just gave the program another $6.75 million.

Nanotech mutual fund formed in Europe

Tue, 10 Oct 2002
Activest, the Munich, Germany-based investment group of HypoVereinsbank, is creating a mutual fund consisting of nanotechnology-related companies, called Activest Lux NanoTech. (Lux is for Luxembourg, where the fund's transactions take place.)

Paper-thin product partnership
could create some thick profits

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

GE partners on award with nanotube developer

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

Totally tubular Rosseter tries to take miracle molecule to next level

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

Irish spinoff touts "nanochromics" printable displays

Sat, 3 Mar 2010

Ntera has debuted technology that can create interactive color-changing electronic displays on just about any type of printed product, at low cost and with minimal power requirements -- a shot across the bow to LCD and other panel technologies.

Qualcomm's approach to displays

Wed, 3 Mar 2010

LCD displays are prevalent in today's handheld devices, but power efficiency and readability issues give incentive to uncover alternative approaches. Qualcomm senior engineer Rashmi Rao shared the company's MEMS-based approach to displays at a recent IEEE Bay Area Nanotechnology Council meeting, reports Neha K. Choksi.

Spectrophotometer for micro-analysis apps

Tue, 9 Sep 2010

Craic Technologies 308 PV UV-visible-NIR spectrophotometer.Elliot Scientific debuted the CRAIC Technologies 308 PV UV-visible-NIR spectrophotometer as an accessory for microscopes and probe stations. It can non-destructively analyse the spectra of samples by absorbance, reflectance, luminescence and fluorescence.

SEMI Announces New Technical Standards for MEMS, PV, 450mm Wafers and more

Wed, 7 Jul 2010

The release of these new SEMI International Standards covers a wide range of applications, including display, PV, and 450 mm wafers. These standards address issues that are active today, and those that will arise when and if the industry moves to larger-diameter silicon.


Tue, 4 Apr 2002

Development of a MEMS-based Braille display system may prove to be a miracle worker for the thousands of blind people unable to access information via computer.


Thu, 4 Apr 2002

Germany has long considered itself a loser in the flat panel display industry, since about 97 percent of all flat panel displays are produced in Asia. Now the country is ready to steal some of that business away from the Far East and it sees the current development of new flat screen technology as the ideal time to strike.


Thu, 1 Jan 2002

Inkjet technology, one of the first applications of microfluidics, is finding many uses beyond the printed page. Microjets are being put to work printing "plastic" circuitry, fabricating display screens from organic light-emitting diodes and laying down microarrays for DNA research and drug discovery.

Nano-Proprietary targets big screen manufacturers

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


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Wed, 4 Apr 2002

A spinoff from the physics department of Trinity College Dublin is attracting strong support for the microfluidics technology it is developing for the biotech, health and drug industries. Allegro Technologies has received $1.1 million in venture capital and has entered into a $1.5 million licensing agreement. At the heart of its technology is the ability to dispense very small volumes accurately.


Fri, 2 Feb 2002

A U.S. congressional act that calls for tire monitor standards appears to be stuck in a political quagmire between federal regulators and the Bush administration. In the meantime, some automakers already are incorporating microsystems into their tire systems to monitor pressure and temperature.


Wed, 2 Feb 2002

With 55 patents in its portfolio and 90 more pending, a Bothell, Wash., company is locking up a competitive lead in virtual retinal display products. Microvision's MEMS-based components can be used in everything from portable display devices for cell phones to helmet mounted displays.

Nanometrics releases second quarter results

Thu, 7 Jul 2002


Tue, 3 Mar 2002

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

Nanotube cathode breakthrough may make portable X-rays possible

Tue, 7 Jul 2002
Carbon nanotube-based cathodes already are making a commercial splash in handheld X-ray devices used by industries to identify materials. Now a research team has successfully produced a nanotube X-ray cathode for medical applications. They say the X-ray tubes will allow manufacturers to design portable X-ray equipment that could be on the market in 2004.


Mon, 5 May 2002
Cyrano Sciences Inc. makes an $8,000 electronic nose the size of a large walkie-talkie. Just wave the Cyranose 320’s sniffing tube over a vat of petrochemicals, a barrel of wine or a pallet of fish, and it will inform you of the substance’s quality by flashing the information on an illuminated LCD monitor.


Wed, 6 Jun 2001

Enter the Mesh: How Small Tech and Pervasive Computing Will Weave A New World

Thu, 7 Jul 2002

Iridigm increases equity financing

Wed, 7 Jul 2002

Nanotech evolves from a mere community to a rich and diverse ecosystem

Wed, 11 Nov 2006
Frequently you hear the term “nanotechnology community.” I know I’ve used it on many occasions in my column and while speaking at events.


Mon, 12 Dec 2001


Mon, 7 Jul 2001

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

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Fri, 10 Oct 2001


Fri, 10 Oct 2001

As high-tech products grow smaller, engineers require smaller instruments to work on them. At the heart of some of those instruments might be cone-shaped carbide crystalline tips – 10 nanometers at the top and 0.5 micron at the base. Electrons stream off of these tips to do their jobs, which include manufacture of integrated circuits and, someday, helping to propel spacecraft.


Fri, 12 Dec 2001

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


Mon, 8 Aug 2001

Using the "augmented vision" offered by Microvision Inc.'s Nomad, the company says that mechanics will increase their efficiency, pilots will fly more safely and surgeons will operate more effectively. The Nomad uses MEMS technology in a scanning chip that directs a tiny ray of light to write images and other information directly onto the wearer's retina.

Nanoledge builds on nanotube knowledge to make macro material

Mon, 3 Mar 2003
Nanoledge was created two years ago by three material engineers from a research lab in the south of France with an agenda that sounded simple: They wanted to industrialize the process of carbon nanotube production. Now, the company wants to take that process to the next level by developing a range of nanotube-based microfibers. The results could lead to advances in textiles and ultrastrong polymers.

Without broad patents, small tech may shipwreck on 'Island of IP'

Tue, 2 Feb 2003
Generally speaking, if you've formed a small tech company based on the strength of one or two promising but limited patents and you don't have an absolute slew of trade secrets up your sleeve, chances are you won't be around very long, say industry analysts and venture capitalists. This is particularly true in the small tech startup world, where many companies are predicated on technologies that improve just one aspect of a product.

Optiva closes $30 million round

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

Flush with $41.3M in funding, Optiva aims for the LCD market

Wed, 1 Jan 2003
For Alan Marty of JPMorgan Partners, Optiva Inc. was the first nano company he found that met two criteria: It had technology that could be commercialized within 18 months, and an existing market that could adopt the product in the same time frame. The firm now intends to attack the liquid crystal display industry with a new approach to making polarizers and other optical films for LCDs.

ISTN backs varied products with back-to-basics nanoscience

Mon, 1 Jan 2003
The research portfolio at Industrial Science & Technology Network might sound a tad disparate – environmental remediation, optical electronics, biotechnology – but there is a method. A commitment to fundamental nanoscience stitches together the various pieces. As a result, said ISTN's president, their work can be applied to more than one initiative.

Honeywell buys Unaxis' MEMS etching system

Tue, 2 Feb 2003
Honeywell International Inc. bought plasma etching equipment for advanced MEMS manufacturing from Unaxis Semiconductors, according to a news release.

Polymer developer announces display order

Fri, 3 Mar 2003
Cambridge Display Technology, a Cambridge, England, developer of polymer technology for plat panel displays, announced the first sales order for its light emitting polymer (LEP) display products.

When NanoOpto met SpectraSwitch, optical component sparks flew

Wed, 3 Mar 2003
A new device, structured like a square Oreo cookie, balances the power of laser beams shining through an optical fiber. But the partnership between the companies that produced it has a "you've got chocolate in my peanut butter" quality to it. Their collaboration suggests that to survive, small tech startups must be willing to work with each other in new ways.


Thu, 11 Nov 2010

In his research, by implanting the gold nanoparticles into Bacopa caroliniana plants, Dr. Yen-Hsun Su was able to induce the chlorophyll in the leaves to produce a red emission. Under high wavelength of ultraviolet, the gold nanoparticles can produce a blue-violet fluorescence to trigger a red emission of the surrounding chlorophyll.

C3Nano CNT tech brings $3.2M in series A funding, JVs planned

Fri, 2 Feb 2011

The funding will enable C3Nano to scale up its hybrid carbon nanotube (CNT) based transparent electrode ink and film for use in devices such as touch screens, OLED devices, PV panels and flexible displays and to collaborate with customers.

Infinex to acquire nanotechnology patents

Thu, 8 Aug 2002

Columbia's new nanocenter built
on partnerships with IBM, Lucent

Thu, 8 Aug 2002
Universities often have more human talent than equipment resources, while corporate research centers like IBM have the research hardware but lack manpower. Columbia's plan addresses these imbalances by sharing human expertise in exchange for access to the front lines of corporate science. Working with IBM and Lucent is intended to help keep Columbia's research in tune with the demands of the market.

Molecular electronics group formed

Thu, 8 Aug 2002

Patents are going down the 'tubes';
study may predict economic growth

Tue, 8 Aug 2002
Patent filings on carbon nanotubes are keeping pace proportionately with the growing number of academic papers published on nanotubes, according to a review in this week's journal Science. That suggests industry’s interest in the versatile molecule is increasing steadily. While patenting doesn’t ensure commercialization, it certainly improves its chances, the lead author said.

MEMS micromirrors reflecting
the big picture in home theater

Tue, 8 Aug 2002
What packs a million microscopic mirrors, each tilting 5,000 times a second, into an area the size of a postage stamp and could turn your den into a miniature multiplex for $2,000? A micromachine that is becoming a formidable factor in the $4 billion digital projector industry. Texas Instruments' micromirror devices powered 64 percent of all home theater projectors sold in the first quarter of 2002.

Army awards Microvision $1.1 million more

Wed, 8 Aug 2002

New York is hoping a nanobiz hub
will keep companies close to home

Thu, 9 Sep 2002
The NanoBusiness Alliance launched its New York State Hub initiative in Manhattan on Wednesday, the first of several regional organizations it hopes will spur small tech growth.

Michigan will help lead the drive
toward small tech, governor says

Tue, 9 Sep 2002
It may always be Motown. But the region named for its ties to the auto industry offers a lot of potential as the next Microtown, Michigan Gov. John Engler told an audience of small tech leaders Monday. Michigan provides the critical educational, industrial and governmental support to help turn small tech innovations into products, he said.

CNI introduces its new BuckyPearls

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

Universal Display wants to shine its OLED light on the world

Mon, 12 Dec 2003
"See the light!" declares a sign in the company's entryway. Universal Display Corp. expects its screen technology to see the light of commercial day sometime in 2004. OLED stands for organic light-emitting device, and screens based on UDC's technology are composed of several ultrathin films of special molecules that glow when excited by an electric current.

Samsung Electronics demos first color CNT-based electrophoretic display

Thu, 10 Oct 2008
October 16, 2008: Samsung Electronics is demonstrating the world's first carbon nanotube-based color active matrix electrophoretic display (EPD) e-paper, codeveloped with Unidym Inc., at this week's International Meeting on Information Display (iMiD) in Korea.

Shin-Etsu develops silicone rubber for micro-contact printing

Wed, 7 Jul 2008
July 2, 2008 -- Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd. has developed a silicone rubber for a stamp that deposits molecules on surfaces, which is essential for micro-contact printing, a key technology of next-generation printable electronics.

Nanophase CEO resigns

Tue, 8 Aug 2008
August 19, 2008 -- Nanophase Technologies, a developer of nanomaterials and advanced nanoengineered products announced that Joseph Cross, president, CEO and board director, has tendered his resignations to pursue other management opportunities effective August 13, 2008.

NT-MDT aims for easy nano research with Mac-compatible microscopes

Thu, 4 Apr 2008
Russian microscopy developer NT-MDT brings nanotechnology discovery to the Mac OS with "the first automated scanning probe microscope (SPM) for broad application," Solver NEXT -- and with NanoEducator, a scanning probe microscope (SPM).

Syndiant hires new staff for Pico Projector

Thu, 4 Apr 2009
April 2, 2009: Syndiant Inc. has added eight new people to its staff after receiving new funding and seeing what the company called "explosive demand" for its pico projector technology.

Report: Nanofabrication equipment and wafers market to grow 11%

Fri, 12 Dec 2009

According to a recently published report from iRAP, Inc., ET-110 Nanolithography Equipment for IT, Electronics and Photonics – A Technology, Industry and Global Market Analysis, the overall market for wafers and nanofabrication equipment is expected to grow at 11% a year for the next five years, from an estimated $65.8 billion in 2009 to $111 billion in 2014.

Korean firm selects Qualcomm MEMS display technology

Tue, 1 Jan 2008
Qualcomm MEMS Technologies Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM), has announced that KT Freetel, one of Korea's largest operators and the country's first WCDMA wireless operator, has selected Qualcomm's MEMS-based mirasol display technology for its SHOW WCDMA Monitoring Systems.

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.

Nanosys and Rockwell Collins partner on nano-enabled avionics displays

Thu, 3 Mar 2007
Nanosys and Rockwell Collins partner on nano-enabled avionics displays

Mitsui licenses Nano-Proprietary IP for lighting apps

Thu, 3 Mar 2007
Following the win of a court battle with Canon concerning license agreement violation for use of its technology in flat-panel display applications, Nano-Proprietary, Inc. (NPI) announces that Japan-based Mitsui & Co., Ltd. has purchased an exclusive licensing option for use of NPI technology the manufacture of lighting devices.

Applied Materials' SunFab aims to revolutionize solar module manufacturing

Tue, 9 Sep 2007
Applied Materials says its new SunFab is the world's first integrated production line for manufacturing thin film silicon solar modules using 5.7 square meter glass panels.

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

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

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.

Nano-Proprietary wins ruling in Canon litigation

Fri, 2 Feb 2007
Nano-Proprietary wins ruling in Canon litigation

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.

Volume production necessary for flexible electronics

Mon, 2 Feb 2007
For the emerging flexible thin-film, organic, and printed electronics markets to flourish, most industry professionals agree that roll-to-roll (R2R) processing must be implemented on the factory floor. But how will manufacturing will be leveraged into successful, scaleable R2R approaches? Contributing Editor Tom Cheyney reports.

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

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

Nano-Proprietary and Universitaet Stuttgart advance the application of carbon nanotubes for flexible electronics

Fri, 6 Jun 2008
June 27, 2008 -- The Chair of Display Technology, Universitaet Stuttgart and Nano-Proprietary, Inc.'s subsidiary Applied Nanotech, Inc. (ANI) have achieved significant advancement in the application of carbon nanotubes for the flexible electronics industry

Battelle, Unidym ally on use of carbon nanotubes in composites

Thu, 6 Jun 2008
Unidym, Inc., a manufacturer of carbon nanotubes, and Battelle, a non-profit independent R&D organization, have formed an alliance focused on multi-functional nanocomposites for aerospace and transportation applications. The companies will collaborate with aerospace and automotive companies, and their composite materials suppliers that require carbon nanotube formulated coatings, sealants, adhesives and load-bearing composites.

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

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


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.

New graphene-based material clarifies graphite oxide chemistry

Mon, 9 Sep 2008
September 29, 2008 - Researchers at the U. of Texas at Austin have created a new "graphene-based" material that they claim helps solve the structure of graphite oxide, a precursor to chemically modified graphenes, which will enable further study of the material and optimization of its properties for a range of applications.

L-3 Smartdeck receives FAA certification with MEMSCAP TP3100 transducers

Mon, 6 Jun 2008
June 23, 2008 -- L-3 Communications Avionics Systems has received Technical Standard Order (TSO) authorization and Supplemental Type Certification (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its SmartDeck Integrated Flight Controls and Display System, which uses the TP3100 high-performance transducers from MEMSCAP.

SEMICON West preview: Conference keynotes and "Extreme Electronics"

Fri, 5 May 2012

SEMICON West is less than 2 months away, July 10-12 in San Francisco, CA. Plan your attendee schedule now with highlights from the Extreme Electronics “show within a show;” 4 strong keynotes; sessions on device architecture and node shrink, lithography, 450mm wafers and more.

Nanosys, Nanoco resolve QD patent spat

Thu, 7 Jul 2009
July 23, 2009: Nanosys Inc. and UK-based Nanoco Technologies are settling a lawsuit alleging infringement of five patents involving quantum dot technology; as a result Nanoco will cease US sales of one of its products.

Higher performance polymer MEMS displays

Fri, 9 Sep 2009

Polymer membrane films are being developed to meet the requirements for next-generation display systems and for production using R2R fabrication techniques to further reduce manufacturing costs.

NanoGram, Teijin to push printed silicon for PV, TFT

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

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

Thu, 10 Oct 2012

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

Chinese company Irico to manufacture OLEDs

Fri, 5 May 2009
May 22, 2009: China-based panel maker Irico Group Electronics plans to invest $74.38 million in its first OLED production fab, which broke ground in Foshan, China earlier this month, according to a local report.

Carbon nanotubes: A market snapshot

Fri, 7 Jul 2009
WEB EXCLUSIVE: A quick scan across the landscape of suppliers that are betting the farm on nanotubes.

MOEMS grow with new applications in displays

Fri, 4 Apr 2012

The market for MOEMS is poised for exponential growth, reports Semico. MEMS devices are established in projection applications, and MEMS for direct view displays are emerging.

Qualcomm scales back MEMS-based Mirasol display venture

Wed, 7 Jul 2012

Qualcomm will scale back its mirasol display technology, which uses interferometric modulation, a MEMS-based technology capable of creating color from ambient reflected light. Qualcomm will scale Mirasol back into a limited set of products, and will look to license it to industry partners.

Texas Instruments (TI) debuts DLP evaluation module

Mon, 1 Jan 2012

Texas Instruments (TI, NASDAQ:TXN) DLP Products released DLP LightCrafter, an advanced, compact evaluation module for TI's spatial light steering DLP technology. The evaluation kit is built around the reference design for TI’s 0.3" WVGA resolution DLP chipset.

Large-size LCD panel prices stabilize

Mon, 2 Feb 2012

After 5 straight months of steep declines, prices for large-sized LCD panels stabilized in December 2011, thanks to better-than expected sales and decreased production, says IHS.

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.

NanoGram expands into cleantech with $32M round

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

Ecliptek offers smallest MEMS spread spectrum oscillators

Wed, 12 Dec 2008
December 3, 2008: Ecliptek Corp., a supplier of frequency control products, has introduced its new EMS4 series of MEMS-based spread spectrum programmable clock oscillators, which it says reduce cost and lead time as compared to similar quartz-based oscillator products.

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.

Qualcomm, Foxlink partner to open dedicated mirasol MEMS fab

Wed, 5 May 2008
May 7, 2008 -- Qualcomm MEMS Technologies and Taiwan-based Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co. ("Foxlink") are collaborating to open a MEMS fabrication plant that will enable increased volume, reduced time to market for MEMS-based mirasol displays.

First half of 2013 shows big changes to top 20 semiconductor supplier ranking

Mon, 8 Aug 2013

Later this month, IC Insights’ August Update to the 2013 McClean Report will show a ranking of the top 25 semiconductor suppliers in 1H13.

Quarterly semiconductor sales increase 6%, outperforming industry forecast

Mon, 8 Aug 2013

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $74.65 billion during the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 6 percent from the first quarter when sales were $70.45 billion.

South Korea’s photoresist market set to bottom out at $220 million in 2013

Wed, 8 Aug 2013

Photoresists are primarily used in the electronics industry and in high demand from the semiconductor and liquid crystal display (LCD) sectors where photolithography is a main manufacturing process.

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

Tue, 8 Aug 2013

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

Price erosion accelerates for LCD TV open call panels in Q3

Tue, 8 Aug 2013

Weak demand and rising production in China, combined with efforts by South Korean suppliers to cut manufacturing charges in order to stimulate demand, is resulting in pronounced price reductions in the third quarter for popular sizes of liquid-crystal display television (LCD TV) panels.

Ultra-pure sputtering targets for UHD screens

Thu, 8 Aug 2013

Transistors in ultra-high definition displays (UHD) possess particularly fine structures. Only extremely pure sputtering targets are suitable for use as the input materials for the fine conductor paths.

Si2 appoints John Ellis as VP of Engineering

Tue, 8 Aug 2013

The Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2), a global semiconductor standards consortium, announced today that it has appointed John Ellis as vice president of Engineering and officer of Si2.

Despite challenges, industrial semiconductor market reports positive Q1

Thu, 8 Aug 2013

The market for semiconductors used in industrial electronics applications relished a better-than-expected first quarter as macroeconomic headwinds turned out to be less severe than initially feared.

NJIT researchers examine dynamics of liquid metal particles at nanoscale

Thu, 8 Aug 2013

Two NJIT researchers have demonstrated that using a continuum-based approach, they can explain the dynamics of liquid metal particles on a substrate of a nanoscale.

Tablet display market more than doubles in Q1

Fri, 8 Aug 2013

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

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.

Anapass announces mass production of leading-edge LCD panel controller

Mon, 8 Aug 2013

Anapass, Inc, a display SoC solution provider, today announced that it has successfully completed development of a leading-edge panel controller system on chip “SoC” for UHD TV applications and has recently started mass production.

MACOM files patent infringement suit against GigOptix

Fri, 8 Aug 2013

M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings, Inc., a supplier of high performance RF, microwave, and millimeter wave products, today announced it has filed suit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against GigOptix, Inc. (NYSE MKT:GIG) for patent infringement.

$5.2B in printed electronics is expected to be sold in 2015

Thu, 8 Aug 2013

The total applied market created by printed electronics technology is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 47 percent to $24.3 billion by 2020 from $3.3 billion in 2013

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.

Lone Japanese semiconductor supplier ranked among top 10 in 1H13

Tue, 8 Aug 2013

Competitive pressures, collapse of vertically integrated business model, increasing "asset-lite" strategies lead to Japan mergers, spinoffs


SEMI Standards honors industry leaders at SEMICON West 2013

Wed, 7 Jul 2013

SEMI honored 14 industry leaders for their outstanding accomplishments in developing standards for the microelectronics and related industries. The SEMI Standards awards were announced at a reception held during SEMICON West 2013.

Mobile PC market suffers worst Q2 performance in more than a decade

Wed, 7 Jul 2013

Battered by the nonstop onslaught of media tablets, the mobile PC market in 2013 delivered the worst second-quarter performance in 11 years.

Cornucopia of choices spurs smartphone market to double by end of 2017

Wed, 7 Jul 2013

With most of the top brands introducing new flagship models in the first half of 2013, smartphone buyers now have more choices than ever, a phenomenon that will contribute to an expected doubling in market shipments from 2012 to 2017.


Tue, 7 Jul 2013

SEMI today announced that Ajit Manocha, CEO of GLOBALFOUNDRIES, has been selected to receive the “SEMI Outstanding EHS Achievement Award — Inspired by Akira Inoue.”

BOE Technology Group and Applied Materials to deliver leading-edge display technologies

Wed, 7 Jul 2013

BOE Technology Group announced that it has placed significant orders for advanced Gen 8.5 and Gen 5.5 display production equipment from Applied Materials for use in multiple facilities.

IHS boosts tablet panel shipment forecast

Tue, 7 Jul 2013

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

Samsung exec speaks on future innovations

Mon, 7 Jul 2013

The future is bright for the future semiconductor and IT industry, according to Samsung exec Yoon Woo (Y.W.) Lee. In a keynote talk at The ConFab, Mr. Lee described a future with dramatic advances in almost every field, including healthcare, nano, energy and the environment, all powered by semiconductors

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

Fri, 7 Jul 2013

Global inventory of liquid-crystal display television (LCD TV) panels is set to rise to its highest level in 19 months in August, with the elevated stockpiles expected to contribute to a decline in prices in the second half of the year.

High-resolution tablet panels debut with strong shipments in 2013

Fri, 7 Jul 2013

Making a stellar debut, high-resolution liquid-crystal display (LCD) panels featuring resolutions of 300 pixels per inch (ppi) or more are appearing in media tablets for the first time this year, with shipments set to approach 13 million units.

Compound Photonics acquires Europe’s largest gallium arsenide semiconductor manufacturing facility

Wed, 7 Jul 2013

Compound Photonics announced an agreement with RFMD whereby Compound Photonics will purchase Europe's largest gallium arsenide (GaAs) manufacturing facility in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, England.

European-Japanese collaboration focuses on ‘Cloud of Things’ to support smart cities

Tue, 7 Jul 2013

CEA-Leti today announced that a group of European and Japanese companies, research institutes, universities and cities will work together in the ClouT project to deliver ways for cities to leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing – to become smart cities.

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

Fri, 7 Jul 2013

In a season when their sales should be rising sharply, suppliers of large-sized liquid-crystal (LCD) panels instead are encountering weak demand growth in the third quarter, exacerbating the glut already plaguing the market.

Applied Materials CEO receives 2013 SIA Robert N. Noyce Award

Tue, 7 Jul 2013

Mike Splinter, chairman and chief executive officer of Applied Materials, was awarded the 2013 Robert N. Noyce Award, presented annually by the Semiconductor Industry Association, for outstanding achievement and leadership in support of the U.S. semiconductor industry. Splinter has been on the SEMI International Board of Directors since 2005.