6/6/2017 2:09 PM
DisplayMate’s Ray Soneira has released his report on the OLED display in Samsung’s newest flagship smartphone -- the Galaxy S8. Here are a few of the highlights from his extensive report, which can be accessed in full at www.displaymate.com/Galaxy_S8_ShootOut_01.htm.

The Galaxy S8 (5.8 inches) and Galaxy S8+ (6.2 inches) have new, state-of-the-art flexible OLED displays, together with a radical new full-display screen design that fills almost the entire front face of the phone, providing a significantly larger display for the same size device.

Both models have dual-edge, curved-screen, flexible OLED displays. While the display itself is flexible, the screen remains rigid under an outer hard cover-glass that is hot-formed into a rigid curved screen. The curved screen provides two additional user-configurable edge-screen areas that can be viewed from...
4/11/2017 6:28 AM

PPG and Universal Display Corporation have announced that Universal Display will invest $15 million in PPG’s Barberton, Ohio, manufacturing facility to double commercial production capacity for Universal Display’s proprietary UniversalPHOLED phosphorescent emitter products. The expansion project, which will add more than 20 positions at the facility, is scheduled to be completed in the third quarter of 2017.

PPG and Universal Display opened an OLED materials production facility at PPG’s Barberton plant in 2013. The site is owned and operated by PPG.

4/11/2017 6:23 AM

E Ink and Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation have announced a joint venture for planning, designing, developing, manufacturing, selling, distributing, and licensing products that use electronic paper displays, as well as related applications.

E Ink and Sony have worked together on various e-paper related projects since 2004. The joint venture is officially registered in Taiwan; operations will commence pending regulatory approvals. 

12/15/2016 8:13 AM
Nanoco Group plc, a developer and manufacturer of cadmium-free quantum dots and other nanomaterials, recently announced the acquisition of a group of patents from the Eastman Kodak Company in connection with the use of quantum dots in electroluminescent displays.

According to Nanoco, this patent acquisition reinforces its intellectual property position in quantum dot electroluminescent displays (QLEDs), a technology with which the company hopes that quantum dots can be used to replace the current materials in organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays.

Michael Edelman, Nanoco’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “This patent purchase from Kodak broadens our intellectual property estate and commercial position in future display technologies.  The vast majority of current displays are based on LCD technology and we expect LCDs to dominate display sales in the near...
11/5/2016 9:13 AM
In recent years, municipalities around the world have begun swapping out existing street lamps for more energy efficient varieties. The new, primarily LED-based lighting looks different – it tends to be whiter and “glarier” than its mellower, sodium-based predecessor. Coincidentally, this initiative is taking place at the same time that on a research level, much is being discovered about the effects of light on human – and animal – health. Exposure to blue light in particular at night has been linked to a number of maladies, from poor sleep to greater chances of developing certain cancers. Since light is light, whether it comes from a street lamp or a glowing screen, displays are also a crucial part of this light/health balance.

A lighting “conversation” among various organizations began last summer, when the American Medical Association issued a report titled “Human and Environmental Effects of Light Emitting Diode (LED) Community Lighting,”...
9/24/2016 9:13 AM
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, recently announced the recipients of its new Displaying Futures Award, designed to foster young display entrepreneurs and researchers with individual mentoring, access to a global network, and funds. The inaugural winning teams are from the University of Central Florida, Kent State University, and the Eindhoven University of Technology.

According to Merck, the award was developed to help the company identify new applications for its materials and to support further development of these materials. In a preselection stage, more than 30 submissions were narrowed to 10 teams, who presented innovations related to liquid crystals. A jury from Merck, consisting of various specialists from different areas of the company, chose three winning teams. The winners were evaluated based on the criteria of novelty, business potential, and impacts on society and the environment. The awards were presented at the company’s headquarters...
8/25/2016 5:36 AM
Touch Taiwan, the world’s premier touch panel and optical film exhibition, is taking place Wednesday, 24, through Friday, August 26, in Taipei, Taiwan.  Co-organized by the Taiwan Display Union Association (TDUA), Taiwan TFT LCD Association (TTLA), Taiwan Flat Panel Display Materials and Devices Association (TDMDA), Taiwan Electronic Equipment Industry Association (TEEIA) and Chan Chao Int'l Co., Ltd., Touch Taiwan has combined the strength of various associations and the efforts of the entire industry in Taiwan to become an extremely influential global touch panel and optical film exhibition. The exhibition brings together prominent manufacturers from Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Europe and the US, all leading regions in terms of the global touch panel and display industry. It also includes the international seminar "Display Innovation Taiwan Conference,” demonstrating the world’s...
7/20/2016 7:52 AM
Brecksville, OH; July 2016. Global Lighting Technologies, a leading maker of LED-based edge-lit lightguide technology, has completed construction of a fifth manufacturing facility, located within a newly built Science Park in Tongluo, Taiwan. The factory is scheduled to open for production in September 2016.

This new facility was developed as a green building, and includes new, fully automatic equipment that will enable light-guide fabrication to go from “pellet to pallet” without operator involvement. These are the most efficient extrusion lines ever employed by GLT for production and are capable of manufacturing light guides up to 80 inches diagonal. GLT estimates that the additional capacity will enable...
6/13/2016 11:54 AM
June 2016. At Display Week in San Francisco last month, German specialty chemical company Evonik Industries and Taiwanese display maker Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) gave a joint presentation on an enhanced LCD panel using iXsenic metal-oxide semiconductor material. The featured 5.8-in. mobile phone display showed high performance and reliability

iXsenic is a solution-processable inorganic metal oxide semiconductor for the display industry that is supplied by the Resource Efficiency segment of Evonik. It is applied under ambient conditions: no vacuum environment is needed, which results in a simplified process, high yield, and cost advantages. iXsenic is best applied via slot-die coating. 

Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) is...
6/13/2016 11:22 AM
The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has announced the official launch of its early certification test program for products incorporating the new USB Type-C connector and the DisplayPort Alternate Mode standard. Using the DisplayPort Alt Mode standard, a USB Type-C connector and cable can deliver full DisplayPort audio/video performance (driving monitor resolutions of 4K and beyond), SuperSpeed USB data, and up to 100 watts of power. DisplayPort is the only display interface alt mode natively supported by both standard USB-C connectors and cables. The new DisplayPort Alt Mode over USB-C Early Product Certification Program is intended to help ensure interoperability early in development cycles.

"During new-technology development, products often are ready to ship before compliance test programs are complete. Conformance testing, however, is still vital to helping ensure...
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