4/8/2014 6:22 AM
Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  ABB, a leading power and automation technology provider, and Royal Philips, a global leader in lighting, have announced a collaboration to simplify the integration of connected lighting systems and building device controls for commercial buildings. According to the companies, Philips’ expertise in LED lighting systems will combine with ABB’s knowledge of building automation to benefit systems integrators, commercial building owners, facility managers and the people who work in the buildings.

Philips’ connected lighting system will interface seamlessly with ABB’s automation software to offer the ability to control a commercial environment including lighting, blinds, building access and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC).  In a hotel this could mean altering the lighting environment after combining several separate rooms into a large meeting room, through one click.  Or in a shopping complex,...
3/17/2014 6:59 AM
Herzogenrath, Germany; March, 2014. AIXTRON SE, a leading provider of deposition systems for the semiconductor industry, has launched operations with a new R&D cluster that demonstrates the core processes used to produce organic semiconductors. This enables the various processes for the deposition of organic thin-films, which are required for the manufacture of OLEDs and flexible electronics, to be demonstrated efficiently and under industrial production conditions.

The cluster, which has been installed in a cleanroom at AIXTRON, comprises several process modules used in the deposition of organic materials on 200x200mm substrates (“Gen1”). This size allows AIXTRON to demonstrate to potential customers the advantages of its deposition technologies on the device level at affordable cost and effort. At the core of the demonstrator are three of AIXTRON’s OVPD modules and one PVPD module. These are embedded in an automated cluster environment and supplemented by various...
3/3/2014 9:16 AM
The 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in January featured many developments from the 4K landscape and one of the most prominent was Qualcomm’s new system-on-a-chip for smart TVs, the 4K-ready Snapdragon 802. Less than six weeks later, however, Qualcomm announced that it would not be producing the chip after all.

The Snapdragon 802 was a 1.8GHz quad-core processor with a 4K-capable Adreno 330 graphics processor, and integrated Wi-Fi. It was scheduled to start shipping in the second half of 2014.

According to Qualcomm’s official release, the demand for smart TVs isn’t yet strong enough to warrant building the chips. The company said it "has decided not to commercialize the recently announced Snapdragon 802 processor as the overall demand for processors uniquely designed for smart TVs has proven to be smaller than anticipated. This decision is specific to the Snapdragon...
2/24/2014 1:34 PM
Cambridge, UK and Dresden, Germany; February 2014. Plastic Logic, a leader in the development and industrialization of flexible organic electronics, and Novaled, a leading company in organic electronic materials and technology for OLED applications, have announced a partnership created to transform and accelerate the market for flexible and wearable displays.

Both companies bring critical technology to the project. Novaled’s PIN OLED technology enables the use of non-standard electrode materials needed for flexible AMOLED development. Plastic Logic’s fully industrialized plastic, flexible Organic Thin Film Transistor (OTFT) backplane and know-how will combine to make truly flexible AMOLEDs.

The companies recently demonstrated a truly flexible, plastic, fully organic AMOLED...
2/6/2014 5:38 AM
El Segundo, CA; February 2014. The market for large-sized liquid-crystal display (LCD) panels is set for a moderate seasonal decline in the first quarter of 2014 after a busy end-of-year in 2013 that saw record shipments for TV and tablet panels, according to a new report from market research firm IHS Technology.

 Global LCD panel shipments for the first quarter of 2014 will reach an estimated 222.0 million units, down 9% from 244.4 million at the end of the fourth quarter last year. Despite the drop, considered normal at this time of the year, the latest shipment projections for the first three months point to a robust market, with forecast volume larger than those of either the first or second quarter of 2013 and nearly equaling the third’s.

“After completion of the pre-stocking and rush orders in the fourth quarter, market demand for LCD panels will not be as strong in January, which will affect overall volume for the first quarter,” says Ricky Park,...
1/29/2014 9:48 AM
Baltimore, MD; January 2014.  Pixelligent Technologies recently announced that it has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant by the Department of Energy (DOE). The nine-month, $150,000 program will enable Pixelligent to accelerate the development of its nanoadditives for use in OLED lighting.  As part of this program, Pixelligent will partner with OLEDWorks LLC, a leading OLED lighting company. 

The SBIR program, established by the U.S. Congress, supports scientific excellence and technological innovation through the investment of federal research funds.  The goal of the program, titled Advanced Light Extraction Material for OLED Lighting, is to develop an internal light-extraction structure that will be fully compatible with OLED device manufacturing processes and operating conditions that can expedite the commercialization of white OLED lighting. “As we continue working with the world’s...
1/9/2014 8:15 AM
El Segundo, CA; January, 2014.  Worldwide consumer electronics manufacturing revenue will fall to $250.0 billion in 2014, down 2% from $255.7 billion in 2013, based on data from market research firm IHS’s Internet-Enabled Consumer Electronics Market Tracker. This will mark the fourth consecutive year of decline for the CE market.

The traditional CE market consists of devices including televisions, set-top boxes, digital still cameras, video game consoles, and Blu-ray players. That market is under increasing pressure from wireless devices—i.e., smartphones and tablets—which consumers increasingly are purchasing and using in place of traditional CE devices. In a dramatic illustration of this trend, reports IHS, global factory revenue for smartphones and tablets in 2013 rose to be larger than for the entire CE market—the...
1/9/2014 6:14 AM
Fremont, CA; January 2014. Tactus Technology, Inc., a leading developer of on-demand tactile surfaces, recently announced that it has closed the first portion of a Series B funding round with new investors from Asia. Tactus designs electronic surfaces that use microfluidics to transform from a flat touchscreen interface to a physical, three-dimensional interface (with raised keyboard buttons, for example) when needed. This technology from Tactus was the winner of SID’s first Best Prototype Award for its demonstration in the Innovation Zone (I-Zone) at Display Week 2012.

The new investors include Ryoyo Electro Corporation (Tokyo), one of Japan’s leading electronics suppliers, and other financial investors in Asia. They join Thomvest Ventures and other initial corporate investors who have reinvested in the Series B funding.

“We are pleased by the validation from our new Asian investors of the progress...
1/8/2014 6:22 AM

Germany; January 8, 2014. AIXTRON SE, a leading supplier of deposition systems to the semiconductor industry, and Manz AG, a specialist engineering company, have agreed to a strategic cooperation for OLED manufacturing.

Specifically, the partners will be developing a new system to demonstrate efficient organic layer deposition up to a substrate size of Gen8 (2,300 mm x 2,500 mm) based on AIXTRON’s patented OVPD process technology. The new demonstration system will enable the advantages offered by this technology to be outlined with regard to efficient production of organic light-emitting diodes for displays and lighting applications on an industrial scale and at a reasonable price.

Manz will be contributing its extensive experience in purifying and handling large-scale glass substrates and in developing and manufacturing large vacuum systems. As efficient organic layer deposition is considered a key step in the...
1/7/2014 10:49 AM

Las Vegas, NV; January 2014. At the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, both LG Electronics and Samsung demonstrated large TVs whose curvature can be changed using the TV remote. LG’s 77-in. flexible OLED TV can be altered to a variety of angles to suit viewers. Samsung’s 85-in. LED-based LCD TV with 4K resolution can morph from flat to curved at the push of a remote button. Both units are prototypes – shipping dates and prices are not yet available. 

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