2/25/2015 7:52 AM

Apple is converting a facility in Mesa, Arizona, to a data center from its previous incarnation as a plant that manufactured sapphire. According to a press release from Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Apple's investment will amount to $2 billion and 150 full-time Apple employees

Apple had partnered with GT Advanced Technologies in November 2013 to build the new facility to produce sapphire, a scratch-resistant, transparent material that can be used for mobile devices. But Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launched with non-sapphire screens. GT Advanced filed for bankruptcy in October 2014 and a settlement agreement between GT Advanced and Apple was announced late in 2014.

2/2/2015 2:36 PM
Gundersheim, Germany. January 2015.  i-sft, a provider of display services such as trouble-shooting, failure analysis, consulting, and display-specific measurements, is offering a new repair service for digital signage and POS/POI systems (point of sale/point of information). This service is aimed at manufacturers, systems integrators, and distributors who supply large quantities of electronic advertising and information screens to clients such as airports or train stations.

In digital signage, continuous operation is the rule, and in most cases installations consist of a large number of individual display units. As each of the units installed in a confined space needs to be supplied with electrical power, a high thermal load is created near the screens. This leads to a high risk of thermal damage to the temperature-sensitive displays.

i-sft repairs damaged units at its headquarters in Germany; afterwards they can be re-installed in the field. In the case of large...
1/23/2015 12:58 PM
Briarcliff Manor, NY; January 2015.  Solar-Tectic LLC, a manufacturer of thin films, recently announced that it is developing a new process for making sapphire glass using a technique that is patent pending at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The new technique involves the deposition of a crystalline Al2O3 (aluminum oxide) thin film on an inexpensive buffered glass substrate such as ordinary soda-lime glass, using a variety of common and simple deposition techniques. The result, according to the company, is a potential breakthrough material that is inexpensive and easily scalable for manufacturing and commercialization.

This future sapphire glass product can be used for the deposition of highly textured, good-quality semiconductor films on inexpensive substrates for efficient photovoltaic, display, and LED electronics. The new glass can also potentially be used as a protective cover layer for smartphones and other displays, as Al2O3 is one of...
1/5/2015 6:54 AM
In the world of business, nothing speaks louder than a large infusion of cash, and with its investment in a rocket-launched satellite dedicated to broadcasting 4K last month, DirecTV has spoken. With 4K content in short supply (Netflix and Amazon have begun streaming a limited amount of such content), industry participants from analysts to retail store owners have been wondering if 4K can ever really take off. This major infrastructure investment by a satellite company does signal the likelihood that 4K will become mainstream, or at least that a very large company believes it will.

Although Internet streaming seems to have the current upper hand in terms of popularity, cable and satellite providers do control a relatively large delivery infrastructure by providing lots of bandwidth as compared to Internet streaming. If these companies are willing to dedicate some of this bandwidth to 4K content, they can guarantee that consumers will get a predictable and reliable...
1/5/2015 6:51 AM
Radiant Zemax, a provider of integrated systems for light and color measurement, recently announced the sale of its Zemax optical design software business unit to Arlington Capital Partners.

Not too many years ago (2011), Radiant Imaging and Zemax Development Corporation merged to form Radiant Zemax, a portfolio company of Evergreen Pacific Partners. According to the official announcement from Radiant Zemax, the merger brought together complementary technologies and enabled the new entity to invest heavily in Zemax’s flagship product, OpticStudio, which has delivered what the company terms “unprecedented” growth for the company. As an independent, stand-alone business, Zemax will focus on its core customers and technology.

The Radiant division will remain an Evergreen Pacific Partners portfolio company, and will continue to operate as Radiant Zemax in the near term. Its product line will include integrated imaging systems...
12/10/2014 6:05 AM
According to a recent report from market research firm DisplaySearch, LCD TV panel shipments reached an historic high of 64 million units in the second quarter of 2014, revealing strong momentum in downstream inventory preparation. The company’s Quarterly Large-Area TFT Panel Shipment Report states that TFT panel suppliers are forecast to ship 718 million large area (9-in. and larger) panels, an increase of 3 percent over the previous year. Due to recent panel price increases, and TVs with larger average area sizes, large-area TFT LCD revenue is forecast to reach $75 billion this year.

“2013 was the first year large-area TFT LCD panel shipments and revenues declined; however, a market rebound beginning in the second quarter of 2014 has enabled panel makers to reach their business plans,” said David Hsieh, vice president of the greater China market for DisplaySearch, now part of HIS. ”Strong growth in the average sizes of LCD TVs, and inventory shortages in those sizes, have transformed the industry atmosphere, enabling panel makers to increase prices and expand shipment volumes.

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12/10/2014 5:55 AM
The Display Industry Awards (DIAs) are the display industry’s most prestigious honor, given annually since 1995 by the Society for Information Display (SID) to recognize the best display products or applications introduced to the market in the previous calendar year.

SID encourages nominations in each of three categories: Display of the Year, Display Application of the Year, and Display Component of the Year. A gold and a silver winner are selected for each category by the Display Industry Awards Committee. Awards are chosen from nominations by SID members and non-members alike. Self-nominations are encouraged, and any company with an outstanding display product should consider filing a nomination.

The 2015 DIA awards will be announced at Display Week, SID’s annual International Symposium, Seminar and Exhibition, and each winner will receive a trophy in a public ceremony at the event.  In addition, Display Industry Award winners...
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.

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