5/11/2016 11:32 AM
Foxconn’s off-and-on again takeover deal with Sharp has been approved at last by the boards of both companies, with Foxconn set to acquire two thirds of Sharp – including its thin-film transistor liquid-crystal display (TFT LCD) business -- for $3.5 billion. The two companies had been poised to make the transaction earlier this year, with Sharp agreeing in February to accept a $6.2 billion bid from Foxconn. Then Foxconn received a list of “contingent liabilities” from Sharp, said by numerous unconfirmed sources to be in the area of $2.5 billion. At this point Foxconn put the acquisition on hold for further research, until announcing the new deal at the end of March. Presumably the new and lower price reflects the “liabilities.”

Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer -- perhaps best known as the maker of Apple’s iPhones -- stands to gain both IP and market share...
2/5/2016 9:29 AM
Briarcliff Manor, NY; January, 2016. Solar-Tectic LLC, a thin-film specialist with a primary focus on developing patented technologies for single crystal or highly textured semiconductor films on glass or metal tapes, recently announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has allowed a patent for hybrid organic/inorganic thin-film growth on inexpensive substrates, such as flexible and ordinary soda-lime glass.  The technology was invented by Ashok Chaudhari and is based on the work of the late Dr. Praveen Chaudhari, winner of the 1995 U.S. Medal of Technology. It has applications in various industries such as solar, displays, and OLEDs and OLETs (Organic Light Emitting Diodes and Transistors).

US patent (14/571,800), titled "Hybrid organic/inorganic eutectic solar cell," discloses a unique growth technique that for the first time allows for low temperature deposition of exceptionally high quality polymer/inorganic semiconductor films from a...
2/5/2016 9:23 AM

Torrance, CA; January, 2016. Luminit LLC, a company specializing in holographic light-shaping diffusers, has announced the appointment of Seth Coe-Sullivan as Vice President of Technology.  Coe-Sullivan’s primary role will be to transition Luminit’s existing holographic technologies into commercial products, as well as to develop new technologies for commercial and government customers.

An expert in quantum dot materials and devices for solid state lighting and displays, Coe-Sullivan received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  He holds numerous patents relating to quantum dots and organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs).  His doctoral thesis led to the formation of QD Vision, a leader in quantum dot technology for displays, where he remains a board member, science advisor, and CTO-Emeritus.  

1/5/2016 10:14 AM
Last summer, Sharp announced that it would be exiting the TV business in North America, selling its brand name and its LCD production plant in Mexico to Chinese manufacturing giant Hisense.  The transaction was scheduled for completion on January 6, 2016, for a total of $23.7 million.

Consumers may notice little difference, as Sharp’s TV brand name will live on, according to a recent article in twice.com, and at least some of the TVs labeled Sharp will be made in Sharp’s former facilities. A spokesperson for Hisense said that Sharp and Hisense brand-name TVs will be available in North America in both the premium and the mid-range, while the Hisense name will continue to represent the low end of the market.  According to an article in Forbes...
12/13/2015 9:56 AM

Osram, a leading lighting manufacturer based in Germany, has announced that it will invest approximately €3 billion in new technologies and applications by 2020. Recent shifts in the lighting market toward semiconductor-based technologies are creating new opportunities, according to the company, which says that approximately €2 billion will be spent on research and development in the new markets. Additionally, Osram has planned another €1 billion for the construction of a new LED chip plant in Malaysia. 

10/29/2015 6:45 PM
Chino, CA; October 2016.  The Tianma Group, Shenzhen, China, a leading global manufacturer of LCDs since 1983, has decided to merge its two U.S.-based subsidiaries – Tianma NLT America and Tianma Micro-electronics USA – to form Tianma NLT USA, Inc.  The merger is designed to strengthen Tianma’s presence in the Americas and to provide customers with a single source...
8/22/2015 6:02 PM

DisplayMate recently reviewed the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ smartphones in typical exhaustive fashion. Its conclusion, based on weeks of testing of early production units sent to DisplayMate from Samsung Headquarters in Korea: “…. the Galaxy Note 5 is the best-performing Smartphone display that we have ever tested. It takes over from the Galaxy Note 4, which was the previous record holder for mobile display performance.” For more information, see: http://www.displaymate.com/Galaxy_Note5_ShootOut_1.htm

8/22/2015 12:53 PM
Oregon-based display manufacturer Planar Systems recently announced that it will be acquired by a U.S. affiliate of Leyard Optoelectronic, a Chinese electronics manufacturer specializing in LED-based products. The transaction is still subject to regulatory approval and a shareholder vote by Planar, but is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2015. Planar’s board unanimously approved the merger.

Gerry Perkel, president and CEO of Planar, said, “The acquisition by Leyard will provide our investors with a 42% premium to market based on our latest closing price and a 51% premium based on a seven day volume-weighted average price of Planar common stock of $4.35, and will position the Planar business for continued growth and innovation.”

7/28/2015 7:09 AM
Prysm, a video wall manufacturer based in Silicon Valley, recently installed a 13-foot wide by 4-foot high video wall at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center. The wall, in the passageway between UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and the main hospital lobby, incorporates a wide range of content and interactivity designed to deliver engagement with visitors. For example, a gesture-controlled “attract mode” captures the attention of people walking past the installation by sensing their presence and immediately displaying a greeting or other content designed to stimulate curiosity. Touch-screen capabilities accommodate multiple simultaneous users who are able to open, zoom, and otherwise access information about UCSF Medical Center’s hospitals, faculty, staff, and programs, including donors. (The new video wall was dedicated to the medical center’s donors, who have contributed over $600 million to the research campus.) 

UCSF worked with Sensory Interactive,...
7/28/2015 7:06 AM
DisplayMate’s Ray Soneira recently posted a piece on the importance of display reflectance, using as a basis for comparison the Sapphire and glass displays available for different models of the Apple Watch. The point of the article, notes Soneira, is that “low reflectance is king,” and that new technologies are becoming available that will significantly reduce reflectance for both Sapphire and glass, creating dramatic improvements in display performance under real world ambient lighting.

This applies to all displays that are used in ambient lighting, including smartphones, smart watches, tablets, laptops, PC and video monitors, TVs (if you watch during the day or with room lights on at night), and especially for displays that are mostly used in outdoor environments like digital signage and automobile displays.

Notes Soneira: “The standard way that has generally been used to improve display performance in ambient light is to fight fire with fire and just...
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