12/4/2013 12:00 PM
Munich, Germany; December 2013. In November 2013, Instrument Systems GmbH delivered the 5000th Array Spectrometer in its CAS 140CT Series. This system is used in spectral light measurement and features an optimized crossed Czerny-Turner spectrograph and highly efficient straylight rejection and high signal dynamic range. The spectrometer is used by major LED manufacturers in the lighting industry and in the automotive sector, and also by manufacturers of consumer electronics, including manufacturers of displays.
11/19/2013 12:24 PM
If all goes according to plan, GT Advanced Technologies
will make Sapphire glass for Apple
products at a now-vacant factory in Mesa, Arizona.
According to local news source AZ Central,
this is the first significant Arizona presence for Apple, which is buying the building for supplier GT. The arrangement was announced by GT in a regulatory filing in November. The project, which should eventually employ 700 people, will also create 1,300 construction-related jobs in order to get the facility ready for production.
The project is viewed with enthusiasm by many in the state, but at press time, the local school board had yet to sign off on it, according to AZ Central. In order to designate the factory site as a free-trade zone (a gating factor of the deal), every governing body deriving property taxes...
11/6/2013 7:31 PM
At a scientific forum recently hosted by the German Chemical Society in Darmstadt, Germany, liquid-crystal manufacturer Merck helped mark the 125th anniversary of the discovery of liquid crystals. Key properties of cholesteric liquid crystals were discovered by Austrian scientist Friedrich Reinitzer and German physicist Otto Lehmann in 1888.
A highlight of the forum was Merck’s exhibition featuring items dating back to those original discoveries, as well as future-oriented developments such as a smart window in which liquid crystals are used to modify the light transmission properties of the glass.
11/4/2013 1:51 PM
and Samsung affiliate Cheil Industries
have signed an agreement to acquire OLED technologies and materials provider Novaled
in a transaction valuing Novaled at € 260 million.
According to a press release
from Novaled, Cheil Industries, a leading display materials supplier, will acquire a majority stake of approximately 50% in Novaled. Samsung Electronics will acquire approximately 40%. The remaining stake of approximately 10% is currently held by Samsung Venture Investment, which will maintain its current shareholding. The transaction includes a € 30 million contingent payment, which is conditional on reaching certain milestones.
Most industry experts say the acquisition is clearly designed to bolster Samsung’s OLED...
10/22/2013 5:24 AM
October 2013. According to a recent report from market research firm IHS
, global shipments of high-end active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) display panels posted an impressive sequential growth of 16% in the second quarter of 2013. This increase has been largely driven by demand from upscale Samsung smartphones, particularly the Galaxy S4.
Global AMOLED display shipments during the period from April through June amounted to 53.1 million units, up from 45.6 million in the first quarter, according to the “OLED Displays Market Tracker - Q3 2013” report from IHS Inc. Shipments were up by an even more impressive 41% from 37.6 million in the second quarter of 2012.
“Samsung is driving the rapid growth of the small-sized AMOLED market, with the company responsible for most of the supply and the demand for the panels,” said Vinita Jakhanwal, director for Mobile and Emerging Display Technologies at IHS. “In terms of demand, the company’s smartphone business...
10/9/2013 5:01 PM
Darmstadt, Germany. A unique exhibition underway in Germany right now features lighting technologies based on LED and OLED materials. In addition to demonstrations of state-of-the-art lighting design, including walk-in installations, the “Lightopia” exhibition includes a mock laboratory designed to explain the science behind LEDs and OLEDs. Lightopia is taking place at the Vitra Design Museum
in Weil am Rhein (Germany) through March 16, 2014. The exhibition is sponsored in part by Merck,
which developed many of the materials used in the exhibits.
"Innovative lighting offers new application possibilities, which require close collaboration between designers and manufacturers," says Jolanthe Kugler, curator of the exhibition, commenting on the interdisciplinary nature of the exhibition concept. "The exhibition features a laboratory that demonstrates the production of...
9/24/2013 9:21 AM
If you’ve been wondering when the folks involved in Renesas/NEC/NLT/Tianma would change company names again, wonder no longer: Shanghai AVIC Optoelectronics Co., Ltd
. and NLT Technologies, Ltd.
have announced the official launch (currently scheduled for November 1, 2013) of a new joint venture, Tianma NLT America, Inc.
The new company has been created to provide AMLCD solutions specifically for the Americas industrial market. It will have responsibility for sales, marketing and engineering support of the NLT/Tianma product line as well as management responsibility of the distribution channel for Tianma AMLCD products in the Americas. (These are the responsibilities currently managed by Renesas Electronics America’s Display Business Unit.)—Jenny Donelan
9/24/2013 9:16 AM
In early September, Microsoft
announced that it was buying Nokia's
smartphone and cellular handset business for $7.2 billion, with $5 billion going toward Nokia's Devices & Services unit and the other $2.2 billion to license Nokia's patents and mapping services. The Finnish firm Nokia is the maker of the Lumia line of smartphones, which run Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system.
Finland’s flagship company began as a paper mill approximately 150 years ago and went on to enjoy success in many areas, including rubber, cable, and telecommunications. But Nokia has struggled with mobile phone sales recently, even as its Lumia smartphone (winner of a 2013 SID Display Application of the Year Silver Award) was well received by both critics and consumers.
The acquisition appears to be designed to provide Microsoft with hardware traction in the mobile devices market. Stephen Elop,
9/9/2013 7:14 AM
El Segundo, CA; Sep. 6, 2013. In another troubling sign for the notebook market, eight of the nine leading mobile PC brands reduced their LCD panel purchases in July 2013, causing global market shipments to decline by 23% year-over-year.
According to the latest edition of the report “LCD Panel Supply Chain Tracker-Notebooks
” from market research firm IHS Inc.,
worldwide notebook PC liquid-crystal display (LCD) panel shipments in July 2013 amounted to 14.9 million units, down from 19.3 million during the same month in 2012. Shipments in July also were down 18% from 18.1 million in June.
On a year-over-year basis, eight of the nine leading brands reduced panel orders, with Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba all cutting demand compared to July 2012. Among the top tablet panel buyers, only Apple raised its shipments on an annual basis, as it ratcheted...
9/5/2013 1:48 PM
Dr. Rudolf Eidenschink, SID Fellow and Karl Ferdinand Braun Prize Recipient, Dies at 74
“With the death of Dr. Rudolf Eidenschink, the liquid-crystal community lost one of its most innovative and inspiring pioneers.” --Dr. Werner Becker, Merck KGaA
Dr. Rudolf Eidenschink, SID Fellow, recipient of the Society for Information Display’s Karl Ferdinand Braun Prize, passed away on December 27, 2012, and was buried on January 14, 2013. Eidenschink was the Founder and President of Nematel GmbH&Co.KG in Mainz, Germany, and a former employee of Merck KGaA in Darmstadt,
The prestigious Braun prize was awarded to Eidenschink in 2011” for his invention and development of low birefringence, fast responding, and highly stable phenyl-cyclohexane (PCH), biphenyl-cyclohexane (BCH) and bi-cyclohexane (CCH) liquid crystal series, enabling the advancement of thin-film transistor liquid crystal displays (TFT-LCDs)."
For a complete obituary, please visit the In Memoriam