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Flexible glass firms branch into new applications

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

Internet of Things: big numbers, many opportunities

Thu, 7 Jul 2014
Whatever forecast one uses for the future of the Internet of Things in terms of connected objects or business opportunities, the IoT will be big.

Printed, flexible, and organic electronics: A growing opportunity

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

Solid State Technology and SEMI announce the 2014 “Best of West” Award winner

Wed, 7 Jul 2014
Solid State Technology and SEMI, yesterday announced the recipient of the 2014 “Best of West” Award — Nikon Corporation — for its NSR-S630D Immersion Scanner. The award recognizes important product and technology developments in the microelectronics supply chain. The Best of West finalists were selected based on their financial impact on the industry, engineering or scientific achievement, and/or societal impact.

At The ConFab 2014: Do we still need Moore’s Law?

Mon, 6 Jun 2014
Many questions were in the air on the first day of the 10th annual ConFab 2014, and certainly chief among them was raised during Dr. Roawen Chen of Qualcomm’s keynote “What’s On Our Mind” on Monday morning when he asked, “Should we pursue Moore's Law unconditionally?"

Gopal Rao at The ConFab: Scaling isn’t enough anymore

Wed, 6 Jun 2014
The core element of the semiconductor industry’s roadmap has been scaling – but Gopal Rao believes that isn’t enough anymore.

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

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

Can lean innovation bring growth and profits back to semiconductors?

Fri, 7 Jul 2014
New approaches to start-ups can unlock mega-trend opportunities.

Global semiconductor industry on pace for record sales through first half of 2014

Tue, 8 Aug 2014
Sales up across every region and nearly all product categories compared to last year; Americas region shows strongest growth.

Himax Technologies and Lumus announce collaboration to develop next-generation smart glasses

Tue, 8 Aug 2014
Himax Technologies, Inc., a supplier and fabless manufacturer of display drivers and other semiconductor products, and Lumus, a producer of Augmented Reality glasses, announced today another joint initiative to continue developing the next-generation of smart glasses that will set new technological standards in image quality and performance.

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

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

NVIDIA files complaints against Samsung and Qualcomm

Fri, 9 Sep 2014
NVIDIA today announced that it has filed complaints against Samsung and Qualcomm at the International Trade Commission and in the U.S. District Court in Delaware, alleging that the companies are both infringing NVIDIA GPU patents covering technology including programmable shading, unified shaders and multithreaded parallel processing.

10nm success depends on concurrent design and development

Mon, 9 Sep 2014
The Prophets of Doom greet every new process node with a chorus of dire warnings about the end of scaling, catastrophic thermal effects, parasitics run amok and . . . you know the rest.

Outlook: Healthy equipment spending into 2015

Wed, 9 Sep 2014
The general consensus for the semiconductor industry is for this year’s positive trend to continue into 2015 as both revenue growth and unit shipment growth are expected to be in the mid- to high- single digit range.

Sapphire display covers featured in Apple smart watches but not in iPhone 6

Thu, 9 Sep 2014
The long wait is finally over. From a sapphire industry standpoint, Apple killed the suspense within the first 10 minutes by announcing that its new 4.7” and 5.5” iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus will both feature a traditional ion-exchange strengthened glass display cover.

SEMI forms new Tablet Working Group

Wed, 9 Sep 2014
When you say the word sapphire most people think of a brilliant blue gemstone. The members that have formed the Tablet Working Group think of sapphire as a key enabler of future growth for their respective businesses.

Flexible LEDs

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

SEMI announces rising annual silicon wafer shipment forecast

Tue, 10 Oct 2014
SEMI recently completed its annual silicon shipment forecast for the semiconductor industry. This forecast provides an outlook for the demand in silicon units for the period 2014-–2016.

Smartwatches storm wearables market; Flexible displays are critical

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

New 3D display technology promises greater energy efficiency

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

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

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

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

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

Large-area TFT LCD panel shipments and revenues return to growth in 2014

Thu, 11 Nov 2014
TFT LCD panel suppliers are rejuvenating their large-area panel business plans this year as the market demand for key applications grows.

Slideshow: IEDM 2014 Preview

Wed, 11 Nov 2014
Browse for an advance look at some of the most newsworthy topics and papers to be presented at the 60th annual meeting, to be held at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel from December 15-17, 2014.

Global TV shipments rebound, LCD growth significantly improves

Tue, 12 Dec 2014
Third quarter (Q3) TV shipments improved 4 percent, compared to a year ago, and LCD TV shipments alone rose nearly 9 percent.

Cypress and Spansion to merge in $4B all-stock transaction

Wed, 12 Dec 2014
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. and Spansion, Inc. this week announced a definitive agreement to merge in an all-stock, tax-free transaction valued at approximately $4 billion.

IoT's divergent needs will drive different types of technologies

Fri, 12 Dec 2014
Given the current buzz around the Internet of Things (IoT), it is easy to lose sight of the challenges – both economic and technical.

Global semiconductor market set for strongest growth in four years in 2014

Tue, 12 Dec 2014
Worldwide semiconductor market revenue is on track to achieve a 9.4 percent expansion this year, with broad-based growth across multiple chip segments driving the best industry performance since 2010.

Explosive growth forecast for quantum dot LCD TV technology

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

Global diagnostic display shipments are on the rise

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

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

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

2015 outlook: Tech trends and drivers

Tue, 1 Jan 2015
Leading industry experts provide their perspectives on what to expect in 2015. 3D devices and 3D integration, rising process complexity and “big data” are among the hot topics.

Flat panel display area demand growing rapidly

Thu, 1 Jan 2015
Increasing sizes of display panels for TVs, smartphones, mobile PCs and automotive displays are driving increases in total flat-panel-display area demand growth.

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

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

Techniques for simplifying pulsed measurements: Part 1

Fri, 2 Feb 2015
Pulsed measurements are defined in Part 1, and common pulsed measurement challenges are discussed in Part 2.

Smartphone display manufacturers facing pressure to further reduce prices in 2015

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

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

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

Stronger competition forecast for mobile phone display manufacturers this year

Fri, 3 Mar 2015
Global mobile phone display module shipments in 2015 are expected to rise just 4 percent year-over-year to reach two billion units, leading to even stronger competition among mobile phone display manufacturers.

Increasing demand for larger TVs leads to growing large-area TFT LCD shipment revenue

Fri, 3 Mar 2015
Large-area TFT LCD display panel suppliers enjoyed moderate growth in shipments, revenue and display area in 2014 as the market demand for key applications grew.

Strong fab equipment spending expected in 2015; Slowing but positive 2016

Tue, 3 Mar 2015
SEMI today announced an update of the SEMI World Fab Forecast report which updates outlooks for 2015 and 2016.

Web tension control in roll-to-roll web processing

Tue, 4 Apr 2015
Achieving precise registration accuracy is a factor of two related variables: web tension and transport velocity.

Automotive touch panel revenues to hit $1.5B by 2018

Fri, 4 Apr 2015
The explosion of touch-enabled screens used in smartphones, tablets and other consumer devices, along with improvements in touch technology, are increasing demand for touch-screen automotive displays.

Fifty years of Moore's Law made possible by semiconductor equipment and materials suppliers worldwide

Tue, 4 Apr 2015
April 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the business world’'s most profound drivers, now commonly referred to as Moore's Law.

Global 4K display market to reach $52B in 2020

Mon, 4 Apr 2015
Once a feature mainly found in next-gen TVs, 4K resolution displays now being adopted in smartphones, PC monitors, OLED displays and notebook PCs.

Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron terminate merger

Mon, 4 Apr 2015
The decision came after the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) advised the parties that the coordinated remedy proposal submitted to all regulators would not be sufficient to replace the competition lost from the merger

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

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

Process Watch: Time is the enemy of profitability

Thu, 5 May 2015
There are three main phases to semiconductor manufacturing: research and development (R&D), ramp, and high volume manufacturing (HVM). All of them are expensive and time is a critical element in all three phases.

3D NAND, MRAM, RRAM: Emerging opportunities and challenges for the changing memory market

Thu, 5 May 2015
Ever growing volumes of data to be stored and accessed, and advancing process technologies for sophisticated control of deposition and etch in complex stacks of new materials, are creating a window of opportunity for an emerging variety of next-generation non-volatile memory technologies.

Fujifilm and imec demonstrate full-color OLEDs with photoresist technology for organic semiconductors

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
FUJIFILM Corporation and nano-electronics research institute, imec have demonstrated full-color organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) by using their jointly-developed photoresist technology for organic semiconductors.

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

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

Fab equipment growth continues into 2015

Thu, 6 Jun 2015
Fab equipment spending is forecast to depart from the typical historic trend over the past 15 years of two years of spending growth followed by one of decline. For the first time, equipment spending could grow every year for three years in a row: 2014, 2015, and 2016.

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

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

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

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

IHS says Moore's Law led to trillions of dollars added to global economy

Fri, 6 Jun 2015
From connectivity to globalization and sustainability, the “Law” created by Gordon Moore’s prediction for the pace of semiconductor technology advances has set the stage for global technology innovation and contribution for 50 years.

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

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

Flat panel display revenues forecast to fall in 2015

Tue, 7 Jul 2015
Led by declining thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal display (TFT LCD) revenues, global flat panel display (FPD) industry revenue is forecast to fall 2 percent, from $131.4 billion in 2014 to $129 billion in 2015.

Apple drives growth in high-resolution smartphone displays

Thu, 8 Aug 2015
While overall smartphone market growth continues to slow, global demand for low temperature polysilicon thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal displays (LTPS TFT LCD) for smartphones is on the rise.

Traditional notebook display shipments drop as Chromebooks rise

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

Demand for novel display materials set to surge in second half of 2015

Mon, 8 Aug 2015
Starting in the second half of 2015, the overall consumption of active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) materials will surge, as LG Display increases the production of white organic light-emitting diode (WOLED) TV panels

Inventory levels at LCD TV panel makers are forecast to surge in the second half of 2015

Wed, 8 Aug 2015
LCD TV panel makers’ inventory levels will be greater than normal in the second half of 2015, due to softening demand and increased output from new LCD panel manufacturing lines (fabs).

Status of flexible encapsulation to enable flexible electronics

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

Dialog Semiconductor to acquire Atmel for $4.6 billion

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

Samsung Electronics opens new headquarters for U.S. semiconductor operations

Fri, 9 Sep 2015
Samsung Electronics formally opened the doors to its new Device Solutions America headquarters in San Jose, Calif.

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

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

The use of sapphire in mobile device and LED industries

Fri, 11 Nov 2015
Sapphire is hard, strong, optically transparent and chemically inert.

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

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

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

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

Led by Apple and Chinese brands, high tech smartphone panel shipments rising

Tue, 11 Nov 2015
Demand for LTPS TFT LCD shipments rose 30 percent in September 2015 to reach 51.6 million units, due to strong demand from Apple and Chinese brands.

2016 bounce to modest gains

Mon, 12 Dec 2015
After deflated 2015, 3D leads the way.

Fab equipment spending: Look for upward swing into 2016

Wed, 12 Dec 2015
Worldwide semiconductor fab equipment capital expenditure growth (new and used) for 2015 is expected to be 0.5 percent (total capex of US$35.8 billion), increasing another 2.6 percent (to a total of $36.7 billion) in 2016, according to the latest update of the quarterly SEMI World Fab Forecast report.

Apple products spur growth in force sensing display technologies

Wed, 12 Dec 2015
Apple’s use of Force Touch technology in the Apple Watch and 3D Touch in the iPhone 6S line is leading to growth in force sensing and other touch-panel enhancements in mobile devices.

With AMOLED on the rise, full high definition screens proliferate further in third quarter 2015

Wed, 12 Dec 2015
Full high-definition (FHD) panels reached a record 21 percent of the smartphone display market in the third quarter (Q3) of 2015, due in large part to increases in active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) panel adoption by Samsung and others.

Automotive display systems to grow to $18.6B by 2021

Mon, 1 Jan 2016
Driven by continued innovation in vehicle connectivity and safety technologies, global revenue from automotive display systems will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 11 percent to $18.6 billion by the end of 2021.

LG shows off 18 inch rollable OLED display at CES 2016

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

A wild ride in 2015 - and two steps forward in 2016

Thu, 1 Jan 2016
“In like a lion, out like a lamb” is just half the story for 2015. While initial expectations forecasted a double-digit growth year, the world economy faded and dragged our industry down to nearly flat 2015/2014 results.

Oversupply to overshadow LCD market in 2016

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

Organic light-emitting materials used to produce OLED panels grew 12% in 2015

Thu, 2 Feb 2016
Shipments of organic light-emitting materials used to produce organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays grew 12 percent year over year in 2015, reaching 26,000 tons, according to IHS.

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

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

Flat panel display equipment spending to reach to $11.2B by 2016

Thu, 2 Feb 2016
Flat-panel display (FPD) equipment spending this year will reach its highest level since 2011, according to IHS Inc.

Neon shortage coming

Thu, 2 Feb 2016
Semiconductor lithographic use of Neon is increasing more rapidly than expected for several reasons including the delay of EUVL while demand for finer line width patterning is increasing.

Inventory adjustments causing TV and IT display shipments to decline in Q1 2016

Wed, 3 Mar 2016
LCD manufacturer inventory adjustments and continued slowing demand are causing TV and IT display prices to fall, further eroding panel makers’ profitability.

Declining flat panel display revenue to reach lowest level since 2012

Tue, 3 Mar 2016
Global flat panel display (FPD) market revenue is expected to shrink by 6 percent year over year in 2016 to $120 billion.

LCD glass area demand to rise 13% from 2015 to 2018

Wed, 3 Mar 2016
Unit demand for display glass used for liquid crystal display (LCD) TVs, desktop monitors, mobile PCs and other major large panel applications is forecast to fall in 2016.

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

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

The future is here: Interactive screens on your packages

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

As mobile phone market matures, display makers turn to in-cell and on-cell touch technologies for growth

Fri, 4 Apr 2016
As the mobile phone market slows, display manufacturers are looking to new in-cell and on-cell touch-screen solutions that offer consumers thinner and brighter displays, while shortening the supply chain for smartphone manufacturers.

With AMOLED shipments rising, Samsung Display led the small-medium display market in 2015

Fri, 4 Apr 2016
Year-over-year unit-shipment growth in the small and medium display market was flat in 2015, reaching 2.8 billion units; revenue rose 4 percent over the previous year, to reach $43.9 billion.

The human-machine interface: Automotive touch screens on the rise

Mon, 4 Apr 2016
With consumers becoming increasingly comfortable using smartphones and tablet PCs, touch screens are now increasingly making their way into their vehicles, too.

AMOLED growth is a bright spot for the display industry

Thu, 4 Apr 2016
Active matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) displays are rising fast, thanks to lowering costs, wider use in end-market consumer electronics devices and the ramp-up of new manufacturing capacities.

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

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

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

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

As large display unit shipments decline, shipment area rises with aggressive size migration for TVs

Fri, 5 May 2016
Despite unit-shipment declines, large thin-film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) shipment area is expected to grow 5 percent year over year, to reach 168 million square meters in 2016.

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

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

The sapphire industry: What’s next?

Fri, 6 Jun 2016
Almost two years after GTAT’s bankruptcy, the sapphire industry is still there. Its decor and characters have, of course, changed but the story is still unfolding.

Equipment spending up: 19 new fabs and lines to start construction

Fri, 6 Jun 2016
While semiconductor fab equipment spending is off to a slow start in 2016, it is expected to gain momentum through the end of the year. For 2016, 1.5 percent growth over 2015 is expected while 13 percent growth is forecast in 2017.

Gigaphoton first to introduce new excimer laser to flat panel display industry

Thu, 6 Jun 2016
Gigaphoton Inc., a major semiconductor lithography light source manufacturer, announced the successful development of a new series of excimer lasers, the GIGANEX series.

Flexible medical device manufacturing developments

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

Kateeva: Enabling OLED success

Wed, 7 Jul 2016
Kateeva is out to change the way displays are being made, and during Tuesday’s Silicon Innovation Forum keynote, Kateeva President and COO Conor Madigan, PhD, laid out how their YIELDJet inkjet system is making that happen.

Wearable and mobile devices leading to rise in flexible displays

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

OLED to become leading smartphone display technology in 2020

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

Oversupply in global display market corrected, IHS Markit reports

Wed, 8 Aug 2016
Because of seasonally very weak demand and the ramping of new capacity in China, flat-panel display (FPD) supply exceeded demand by 20 percent in the first quarter of 2016, the largest glut since early 2012.

Towards a better screen

Tue, 8 Aug 2016
New molecules promise cheaper, more efficient OLED displays.

Flat panel display capital equipment spending surging

Mon, 10 Oct 2016
Flat-panel display (FPD) equipment sales are expected to attain their highest sustained three-year level in the history of the industry.

Solid State Technology announces expanded conference for The ConFab 2017

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

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

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

Moore's Law did indeed stop at 28nm

Mon, 9 Sep 2016
As we have predicted two and a half years back, the industry is bifurcating, and just a few products pursue scaling to 7nm while the majority of designs stay on 28nm or older nodes.

Kateeva's YIELDjet FLEX inkjet printing system takes commanding lead in OLED TFE market

Wed, 9 Sep 2016
Since the novel inkjet printing solution debuted in manufacturing in 2014, the company has secured the vast majority of available TFE orders.

South Korean IT display manufacturers replacing LCD with OLED

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

Bendable electronic paper displays whole color range

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

2016 IC market forecast raised from -2% to +1%

Wed, 10 Oct 2016
Rebound in DRAM market helps raise outlook for total IC market.

Qualcomm/NXP deal underscores semiconductor merger trend

Wed, 11 Nov 2016
Qualcomm's proposed acquisition of NXP Semiconductors marks the latest deal in a wave of industry consolidation that includes increasingly expensive transactions with greater focus on expanding scope rather than economies of scale.

Global semiconductor sales increase 11.5% in Q3

Tue, 11 Nov 2016
Industry posts highest-ever quarterly sales; market still behind 2015's year-to-date total.

Five Top-20 semiconductor suppliers to show double-digit gains in 2016

Tue, 11 Nov 2016
Nvidia and MediaTek forecast to register the fastest 2016 growth rates of 35% and 29%, respectively.

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

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

LCD TV panel makers set lower shipment target for 2017

Tue, 11 Nov 2016
Restructuring of older display fabs, migration to larger-sized LCD TV panels and business strategy adjustments are some of the factors prompting LCD TV panel manufacturers to set a conservative shipment goal of 258.4 million units in 2017, a 1.2 percent decline from 2016.

Kateeva President & COO named "Inventor of the Year" for 2016 by the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association

Thu, 12 Dec 2016
Kateeva, the OLED production equipment leader, today announced that President and COO, Conor Madigan, Ph.D., was named "Inventor of the Year" for 2016 by the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association (SVIPLA).

Flexible display shipments to increase sharply in 2017

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

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

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

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

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

NUS researchers achieve major breakthrough in flexible electronics

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

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

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

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

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

Executive viewpoints: 2017 outlook

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

Do not go where the path may lead

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

Global semiconductor sales reach $339B in 2016

Fri, 2 Feb 2017
Worldwide industry posts highest-ever annual sales; year-to-year sales increase 12 percent in December.

AMOLED production equipment purchases to reach record high in 2017

Fri, 2 Feb 2017
The flat-panel display (FPD) industry is in the midst of a historic wave of building new factories to manufacture active matrix organic light emitting diode (AMOLED) displays.

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

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

Kateeva expands Silicon Valley headquarters

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

MicroLEDs for displays: How we can make it happen

Wed, 3 Mar 2017
Many large companies and startups are currently working on microLED technologies for display applications: from LED makers such as Epistar, Nichia or Osram to display makers like AUO, BOE or CSOT and OEMs such as Apple or Facebook/Oculus.

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

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

Gartner: Worldwide semiconductor revenue forecast to increase 12.3% in 2017

Fri, 4 Apr 2017
Worldwide semiconductor revenue is forecast to total $386 billion in 2017, an increase of 12.3 percent from 2016, according to Gartner, Inc.

Galaxy S8 materials costs highest by far compared to previous versions, IHS Markit teardown reveals

Tue, 4 Apr 2017
The new Samsung Galaxy S8 equipped with 64 gigabytes (GB) of NAND flash memory carries a bill of materials (BOM) cost that comes out to US$301.60, much higher than for previous versions of the company’s smartphones, according to a preliminary estimate from IHS Markit.

Panel shipment forecast rises for Q2, 2017 ahead of new product model launches

Wed, 5 May 2017
Global liquid crystal display (LCD) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panel shipments are expected to increase by 7 percent in the second quarter of 2017 quarter to quarter to 646.7 million units, a rebound from a 9 percent quarter-to-quarter decrease in the first quarter, according to IHS Markit.

Primary automotive display systems market valued at $11.6B globally in 2017

Mon, 5 May 2017
Will grow to nearly $21 billion in 2022, IHS Markit says.

AMOLED TV panel shipments to top 10 million units by 2023

Tue, 6 Jun 2017
As panel makers are increasingly targeting the premium TV market, active-matrix organic light-emitting diode TV panel shipments are expected to exceed 10 million units by 2023, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 42 percent from 2017.

Automotive touch screen shipments to top 50M units in 2017

Mon, 6 Jun 2017
With consumers already accustomed with using smartphones and tablet PCs in their everyday lives, touch screens are now increasingly making their way into their vehicles, too.

The automotive electronics market: A view from a material supplier

Fri, 6 Jun 2017
With the increasing sophistication of future vehicles, new and more advanced semiconductor technologies will be used and vehicles will become technology centers.

New class of 'soft' semiconductors could transform HD displays

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

Semiconductor advances could enable endless complexity increase

Tue, 7 Jul 2017
Speaking at imec’s International Technology Forum USA yesterday afternoon at the Marriott Marquis, Luc Van den Hove, president and CEO of imec, provided a glimpse of society’s future and explained how semiconductor technology will play a key role.

AI and collaboration key to future success

Wed, 7 Jul 2017
Keynote speakers Terry Higashi of Tokyo Electron Ltd. and Tom Caulfield of GlobalFoundries took the stage at the Yerba Buena Theater Tuesday morning to predict major changes in the goals and operations of the semiconductor industry.

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

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

AMOLED panel market to surge 63% in 2017

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

TrendForce reports 'micro LED-like' products will be available in 2018

Fri, 7 Jul 2017
Breakthroughs in mass transfer have yet to materialize.

Flexible AMOLED display manufacturing capacity to grow 91% CAGR between 2016 and 2020

Wed, 7 Jul 2017
In the current, unprecedented phase of active matrix organic light emitting diode (AMOLED) panel factory build-out, flexible AMOLED capacity will expand from 1.5 million square meters to 20.1 million square meters between 2016 and 2020, at a compound annual growth rate of 91 percent.

OLED TV expected to grow to more than 50% of $1,000-plus market by 2019

Tue, 8 Aug 2017
As the global TV market continues to struggle with unit volume growth overall in 2017 -- now projected to decline for the second year in a row -- attention has turned to the most profitable market segments.

OLED encapsulation materials market to grow 16% CAGR to $233M by 2021

Mon, 8 Aug 2017
The popularity of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) TVs and smartphones has boosted not only the OLED display market but also the OLED encapsulation materials market.

Panel makers forecast to maintain high fab utilization rates in Q3

Tue, 8 Aug 2017
The overall utilization rate of display panel fabrication (fab) plants is expected to remain high in the third quarter of 2017, recording similar levels for the fifth consecutive quarter.

TV market: Quantum dots reinforce LCD positioning, faced with the OLED solutions

Thu, 8 Aug 2017
How will the competitive landscape evolve, especially with OLED solutions?

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

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

Gartner identifies the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2018

Fri, 10 Oct 2017
Gartner, Inc. this week highlighted the top strategic technology trends that will impact most organizations in 2018.

Sun Chemical enters into license agreement to introduce new screen printable molecular inks

Thu, 10 Oct 2017
Sun Chemical has entered into a license agreement to introduce a new family of molecular inks for the printed electronics market with Groupe Graham International (GGI).

China IC industry outlook

Tue, 10 Oct 2017
With an increasing presence in the global semiconductor manufacturing supply chain, the market opportunities in China are expanding dramatically.

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

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

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

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

IPS display adoption in notebook PCs continues to increase

Wed, 11 Nov 2017
IPS to make up 37 percent of all notebook PC panels shipped in 2017 and 42 percent in 2018, up from 27 percent in 2016.

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

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

Global shipments of oxide TFT LCD mobile PC panels to grow 200% this year

Mon, 11 Nov 2017
Global shipments of large oxide TFT LCD panels of 9 inches or larger are expected to grow from 20 million units in 2016 to 55.6 million units in 2017.

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

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

Flat panel demand to grow 7.2% in 2018, biggest gain since 2014

Fri, 12 Dec 2017
Global demand for flat panel displays by area is forecast to grow 7.2 percent to 210 million square meters in 2018 compared to 2017, according to IHS Markit.

Gen 10 and larger flat panel display capacity to grow at 59% CAGR to 2022

Fri, 12 Dec 2017
Gen 10 and larger fabs to account for 26 percent of large-area capacity by 2020 from 4 percent in 2017.

Record number of OLED TVs shipped before the holidays

Tue, 1 Jan 2018
With consumer television prices falling, global shipments of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) TVs grew 133 percent year over year, reaching a new monthly record of 270,000 units in November 2017, during the lead-up to the holiday shopping season.

2018 will see first uses of 8K resolution display

Tue, 1 Jan 2018
As the demand for super-large TV displays grow, the need for higher resolution is set to increase, seeing the first uses of 8K display in 2018, according to IHS Markit.

Worldwide PC shipments declined 2% in 4Q17 and 2.8% for the year

Fri, 1 Jan 2018
Amid market consolidation, the top four PC vendors accounted for 64% of shipments in 2017.

IHS Markit identifies the top eight technology trends for 2018

Thu, 1 Jan 2018
From the Internet of Things to the cloud to artificial intelligence, industries are seeing a new wave of technologies that have the potential to transform and significantly impact the world around us.

LCD TV panel demand expected to go through a correction in first quarter of 2018

Thu, 1 Jan 2018
Demand for liquid crystal display (LCD) panels from South Korean and Chinese TV makers was strong in the fourth quarter of 2017, but implementation of their panel purchasing strategies for the first quarter of 2018 may result in a correction as demand expectations change.

Turbulent times ahead for trade

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

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

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

First Trump State of the Union address: How it stacks up against SEMI public policy priorities

Wed, 2 Feb 2018
SEMI evaluates the implications of the SOTU address for Trade, Taxes, Technology, Talent and other SEMI public policy priorities.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The ConFab 2018 announces conference agenda and speakers

Fri, 3 Mar 2018
Browse this slideshow for a look at this year's speakers, keynotes, panel discussions, and special guests.

Growth of AMOLED display manufacturing capacity slowing in South Korea while accelerating in China

Thu, 3 Mar 2018
After two years of unprecedented capacity expansion, South Korean flat panel display (FPD) manufacturers will essentially halt new active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) panel factory construction for mobile applications in 2018.

U.S. trade tensions with China hit fever pitch

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

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

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

Apple developing all key elements of microLED display technology

Thu, 3 Mar 2018
If we did not know before, now we are all aware: microLEDs for display applications is a very hot topic and Apple is strongly commited to the development of its own technology.

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

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

Flexible TVs and high performance wearable smart tech one step closer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photolithography for high resolution OLED displays

Mon, 5 May 2018
Photolithography of organic semiconductors is an emerging technology that can enable high resolution OLED displays.

Gases: Essential materials for display manufacturing

Mon, 5 May 2018
Technology trends in backplane technology are driving higher gas demand in display manufacturing. Specific gas requirements of process blocks are discussed, and various supply modes are reviewed.

Memory device packaging: From leadframe to TSV

Tue, 5 May 2018
Memory devices employ a wide range of packaging technology from wire-bond leadframe and BGA to TSV.

OLEDs become brighter and more durable

Tue, 5 May 2018
Layers made as ultrastable glasses improve device performance.

Smartphone display with notch design estimated to cost about 20% more

Thu, 5 May 2018
Notch design of smartphone displays is estimated to raise manufacturing cost of display panels by more than 20 percent.

Gartner reports worldwide sales of smartphones returned to growth in first quarter of 2018

Thu, 5 May 2018
Global sales of smartphones to end users returned to growth in the first quarter of 2018 with a 1.3 percent increase over the same period in 2017, according to Gartner, Inc.

Global demand and supply for automotive display systems expected to maintain healthy growth in 2018

Mon, 6 Jun 2018
The global demand for automotive display systems is expected to continue a strong growth path in 2018, according to recent analysis from business information provider IHS Markit.

Accumulated gap in LCD TV set and panel shipments expected to hit a 10-year high in coming quarters

Fri, 6 Jun 2018
Despite better-than-expected first-quarter demand for thin-film transistor liquid-crystal display (TFT-LCD) TV sets and TV panels, market players would be well advised to adopt a more conservative outlook in demand growth for the coming quarters, according to IHS Markit.

South Korean and Chinese TV makers to increase panel purchases in third quarter despite concerns

Fri, 7 Jul 2018
Despite concerns about TV demand and falling profit margins, major South Korean and Chinese TV makers are expected to stock up on display panels in the third quarter to prepare for the seasonal year-end shopping spree by consumers.

Smartphone displays set to move rapidly to 18:9 and wider aspect ratios in second half of 2018

Tue, 7 Jul 2018
With every smartphone brand applying the 18:9 and wider aspect ratio screens to its newer models, the rate of adoption is expected to quicken in the second half of 2018.

Global semiconductor sales in May increase 21% year-to-year

Fri, 7 Jul 2018
Global sales in May were 3 percent higher than the April 2018 total of $37.6 billion.

Long-term oversupply of large TFT LCD panels will prompt restructuring of older fabs

Thu, 7 Jul 2018
Large thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT LCD) panel makers are expected to reduce production of comparatively smaller sized 32-, 40- and 43-inch panels, helping to stabilize panel prices in the third quarter of 2018.

SEMI testifies against U.S. tariffs; Members meet with congressional leaders urging trade action

Mon, 7 Jul 2018
Two months after opposing $34 billion in U.S. trade tariffs on behalf of the U.S. semiconductor manufacturing industry, Jonathan Davis, global vice president of industry advocacy at SEMI, this week spoke out against an additional $16 billion duties on Chinese goods.

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

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

Large TFT LCD shipments hit record monthly high in July 2018

Fri, 8 Aug 2018
Expanded production capacity, historical-low LCD TV panel prices and panel makers’ efforts to clear up inventories help.

CTA study: China tariffs will cost the U.S. economy up to $2.4B annually

Fri, 8 Aug 2018
The Trump administration's consideration of tariffs on Chinese printed circuit assemblies and connected devices would cost the economy $520.8 million and $2.4 billion annually for the 10 percent and 25 percent tariffs, respectively, according to a new study commissioned by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

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

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

New fabs invest over $220B; 2019 to mark all-time spending high

Mon, 9 Sep 2018
Global fab equipment spending will increase 14 percent this year to US$62.8 billion and is expected to rise 7.5 percent, to US$67.5 billion, in 2019, marking the fourth consecutive year of spending growth and the highest investment year for fab equipment in the history of the industry, according to the latest World Fab Forecast Report published today by SEMI.