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.  

8/6/2014 3:46 PM
Santa Clara, CA; August 2014. In a move to strengthen its position as a leading supplier in the LCD marketplace, Tianma Microelectronics Co., Ltd., Shenzhen, China, has completed the acquisition of its five production lines in Japan, Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Wuhan, and increased its investment in its Chengdu facility.

After this restructuring, Tianma will own 100% shares of Shanghai Tianma, Wuhan Tianma, Shanghai AVIC, and Shenzhen AVIC (2 lines), and 70% shares of Chengdu Tianma. Prior to this, Tianma Microelectronics Co., Ltd. held controlling interests in the six lines.  As a result of the stock acquisitions, the combined assets of the company are expected to surpass RMB 10 billion (US $1.6 billion).

According to Tianma, this consolidation of the company’s fabrication line assets will optimize product planning and production, increase efficiency, and create more flexibility in customer support, including faster response times and time to market. A major...
7/29/2014 8:49 AM
St. Paul, MN: July 2014. 3M has announced that it will acquire, through Sumitomo 3M, Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd.’s 25% interest in Sumitomo 3M Ltd. for 90 billion Japanese Yen (approximately $885 million at current exchange rates). Upon completion of the cash transaction, 3M will own 100% of Sumitomo 3M Ltd. The transaction was expected to close Sept. 1, 2014. Sumitomo Electric Industries is a maker of electric wires and cables, among other products.

“This investment allows us to gain full control of one of 3M’s most successful subsidiaries,” said Inge G. Thulin, 3M chairman, president and chief executive officer. “It is a strategic acquisition in a business we know well, as we have grown the business profitably for over 50 years.”

Sumitomo 3M Limited was established in 1961 as a joint venture between 3M, Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. and NEC Corp. In 2003, 3M acquired NEC’s 25% stake, which increased 3M’s interest to 75%.

7/6/2014 11:46 AM
Darmstadt, Germany; June 2014. Merck, a leading company for products in the pharmaceutical and chemical sectors, acquired the Dutch specialist for smart window technology Peer+ on July 1, 2014. The two companies have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

Merck and Peer+ have been cooperating closely since 2011 to develop a market-ready product and production concept for liquid-crystal windows, which are designed for use in energy-efficient buildings. In 2012, the cooperation partners entered into a shareholder agreement under which Merck acquired 70% of the capital interest in Peer+. Merck is now also acquiring the remaining 30%, including around 3% from the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), which co-founded Peer+ in 2008 and has been supporting it since then.

In the future, Merck will concentrate the research and development activities of the liquid-crystal...
7/6/2014 8:40 AM

Dresden, Germany; July 2014. Fraunhofer COMEDD (Center for Organic Materials and Electronic Devices Dresden) and Fraunhofer FEP (Fraunhofer Institute for Electron Beam and Plasma Technology) have merged and will carry on under the name COMEDD.

Prof. Volker Kirchhoff, director of the new entity, is pleased about future opportunities. “I am looking forward to significant advances, especially in the area of barrier films for flexible organic components, with COMEDD’s know-how,” he says. “Also, the OLED-based microdisplays will take advantage of many years of work in the process technology and market relations at Fraunhofer FEP.”

COMEDD notes that customers and partners can continue working with existing contact persons in all technical areas. In connection with the new institute, all concluded contracts and secrecy agreements of FEP or COMEDD remain valid.

6/26/2014 4:19 AM
SID’s Display Awards Committee recently selected five Best in Show winners and one Best Prototype at Display Week 2014 in San Diego. The winning Best in Show products were as follows:

Small Exhibit Category

Nanosys, for its true-to-life display experience with high dynamic range and wide color gamut (made in partnership with Dolby) 

GroGlass, for its AR-coated glass and acrylic that virtually eliminate reflection

Medium Exhibit Category

AUO, for its WQHD ultra high-resolution smartphone displays

Large Exhibit Category

LG Display, for its UD OLED TVs

BOE, for its 8K by 4K display

The Best Prototype winner, selected from the exhibitors at Display Week’s Innovation Zone, was:

Ostendo Technologies, which demonstrated a novel display device called the Quantum Photonic Imager (QPI).

An article describing the 2014 winning products in detail will appear in the September/October post-show issue of Information Display. 

6/20/2014 5:27 AM
Sunnyvale, CA; June 2014.  Cambrios Technologies Corporation, a leader in silver nanowire-based technology for transparent conductor markets, recently announced a $10 million second round of strategic investment by Samsung Venture Investment Corporation (SVIC).  Cambrios had previously received an investment of $5 million from SVIC in 2011.

Cambrios’ ClearOhm coating material is made from highly conductive silver nanowires that are designed to offer higher optical and electrical performance than previous-generation transparent conductive materials like indium tin oxide (ITO). ClearOhm ink is currently being used to produce high-performance transparent conductive films that enable touch panels and displays, as well as OLED lighting tiles and solar cells.

“SVIC’s second investment in Cambrios confirms the importance of our technology and our specific materials for the display industry,”...
5/22/2014 8:55 AM
Munich, Germany; May 2014. Twenty-eight years after establishing the light measurement company Instrument Systems, Richard Distl will be leaving the company at the end of May. Dr. Markus Ehbrecht will succeed him in the position of CEO.

Distl started Instrument Systems in 1986. Today, the company is a market leader for light measurement, with a workforce of 148 employees and two sites in Germany. Major companies throughout the world and leading research institutes rely on measurement equipment from Instrument Systems for testing LEDs, displays, and other optical light sources and components.

Over the past five years, Distl has led Instrument Systems through an enormous phase of growth. A new record result in the history of the company was achieved in the business year ended 31 March 2014, with sales totaling €53.7 million. In December 2012, Richard Distl sold the company to Konica Minolta, Inc.

“Even though I find it difficult to move on,...
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