11/20/2014 8:23 AM

Tianma Microelectronics and Wuhan East Lake High-Tech Development Zone state that construction will begin at the end of this year on their jointly funded G6 LTPS production line (1500 mm x 1850 mm) in Wuhan, China. The project will include a CF (Color Filter) production line and matching cell and module line. Its capacity will be 30,000 sheets of LTPS TFT-LCD panels a month and 30,000 sheets of CF sheets a month. The application area will be for small- to medium-sized LCDs and LCMs (liquid crystal modules) used in mid-to high-end smartphones and tablet PCs. Production is scheduled to begin in 2016.  The anticipated annual sales volume will be approximately RMB 10 billion (about $1.63 billion U.S.) after the line reaches its full yield.

11/14/2014 2:27 PM
Futaba Corporation of America won the first-ever Best in Show award at the 20th Annual Vehicle Displays and Interfaces symposium and exhibition held in Dearborn, MI, last October. Futaba is a maker of displays and touchscreen products for automotive, medical, industrial, and consumer markets, The award went to the Futaba exhibit for its demonstration of a range of products, including its “mature” vacuum fluorescent displays, its OLED technology, and its capacitive touch panels.

Of particular interest, noted awards committee member Silviu Pala, was Futaba’s new OLED technology for vehicle panel knobs, which allows a dead-front design with a true black background. “The issue with LCD technology,” says Silviu Pala, “is that you can see the outline of the square display [due to the backlighting].” OLED eliminates the square look at a cost lower than that of TFT LCD, he adds. Robert Dohring, Senior...
10/31/2014 7:44 AM

Henkel Adhesive Technologies has signed an agreement to acquire The Bergquist Company, a privately held leading supplier of thermal-management products for the global electronics industry. According to Henkel, the transaction will provide it with a stronger position in thermal-management in the specific areas of automotive, consumer, and industrial electronics as well as emerging applications in LED lighting.

Both parties agreed not to disclose any financial details about the transaction, which is subject to approval from anti-trust authorities.

10/9/2014 5:53 AM
Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, and Shuji Nakamura have won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.” The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences made the announcement on October 7, explaining in a press release that when the scientists “produced bright blue light beams from their semi-conductors in the early 1990s, they triggered a fundamental transformation of lighting technology. Red and green diodes had been around for a long time but without blue light, white lamps could not be created.” White LED lamps are long-lasting and energy efficient. “The LED lamp holds great promise for increasing the quality of life for over 1.5 billion people around the world who lack access to electricity grids: due to low power requirements it can be powered by cheap local solar power,” continued the press release. 

In terms of displays, the GaN technology for blue LEDs that the three men invented has made significant contributions to displays. LEDs have replaced CCFL backlighting systems, achieving both higher color gamut and lower power consumption. 

9/30/2014 7:44 AM
Nanoco Group plc, a leading developer and manufacturer of cadmium-free quantum dots and other nanomaterials, has noted an announcement from The Dow Chemical Company, Nanoco’s global licensing partner, stating that Dow has begun construction...
9/30/2014 5:09 AM
Many companies that make ITO alternatives have found that uptake of their products has so far been disappointing. This is not due necessarily to their technology, but to issues within the supply chain. The main challenges these companies have encountered in 2014 are outlined in a recent report, "Transparent Conductive Films (TCF) 2014-2024," by research and events firm IDTechEx, which profiled nearly 100 organizations working across more than 12 types of transparent-conductive film (TCF) technologies.

ITO alternatives that have gained the most traction so far include silver nanowires and metal mesh options, with early stage leaders being Fujifilm and O-Film, reports IDTechEx.

Due to smartphones and tablets being relatively saturated, and with the launch of Windows 8, which supports touch screens, consumer electronics...
9/22/2014 9:54 AM
September 2014. AIXTRON, a leading provider of deposition equipment to the semiconductor industry, has teamed up with research institution Fraunhofer IISB (Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology) in Erlangen, Germany, to develop 150 mm Silicon Carbide (SiC) epitaxy processes using the new AIXTRON 8x150 mm G5WW Vapor Phase Epitaxy (VPE) system. AIXTRON’s Planetary Reactor tool will be installed at the IISB cleanroom laboratory in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Fraunhofer IISB has developed fundamental technology for low-defect-density SiC epitaxial processes that are elementary for the manufacturing of high voltage SiC devices. Special characterization techniques like room temperature photoluminescence imaging and selective defect etching have been developed and adapted to the SiC material properties at Fraunhofer IISB. In its laboratories, complete SiC prototype devices can be processed and characterized....
9/9/2014 6:21 AM

September 8, 2014. Broadcom Corporation, a global leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, has announced that BrightSign LLC, a market leader in digital signage, has chosen Broadcom's Ultra HD system-on-chip (SoC) technology for its new line of 4K media players. Leveraging Broadcom's BCM7444 and BCM7252 SoC devices for advanced compression and decoding, BrightSign's line of digital signage media players delivers native 4K, 60-frame-per-second (fps) video and 10-bit color, optimized for use in a variety of commercial applications including advertising, retail stores, stadiums, museums, and other public displays. 

8/26/2014 2:58 AM
Insight Media, publisher of the Display Central news portal, recently sold its publishing and advertising operation to Meko, a UK-based news and market research consultancy that has covered the display industry for many years.  According to Insight Media, operation of the Display Central news portal (now Meko’s Display Central), the Display Central marketing and promotional programs, the Display Daily email news service, and the subscription newsletters Large Display Report (now Large Display Monitor News) and Mobile Display Report, will continue with little substantive changes.

Noted Insight Media President and Founder, Chris Chinnock.  “I will continue to be involved with the publishing operation as a Display Daily contributor and sales agent, but much of my focus will now turn toward supporting clients in specific strategic and tactical projects.” The Insight Media team of analysts will remain intact to support these other services.

“One of the key reasons...
8/15/2014 8:59 AM

August 2014. Last month, numerous news sources began reporting that Samsung was discontinuing its plasma panel business. A few weeks later, Samsung Electronics Corporation issued this statement by way of confirmation:

“We plan to continue our PDP TV business until the end of this year, due to changes in market demands. We remain committed to providing consumers with products that meet their needs, and will increase our focus on growth opportunities in UHD TVs and curved TVs.”

Earlier this year, Panasonic pulled out of the plasma business. The last big player making plasma TVs is LG Electronics, and reporters and analysts are taking bets as to how long LG will continue. In the meantime, there are some enticing deals on hundreds of models of plasma TVs at retailers such as Amazon.  

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