5/14/2015 9:00 AM

C3nano, Inc., a maker of transparent conductive films for the touch sensor and display industry, recently announced that it has acquired the major supplier of silver nanowire in Asia, Aiden Co. Ltd. of Korea. In addition to gaining a vertically integrated silver nanowire supply for C3nano, the acquisition provides the company with a gateway to the display market in Korea and greater Asia. 

4/28/2015 6:59 AM
According to a recent report from market research firm IHS, LCD TV panel shipments reached a record monthly high in March 2015, despite an inventory adjustment caused by LCD TV brands reducing their panel orders in the first quarter of 2015. The latest Monthly TFT LCD Shipment Database report from IHS notes that LCD TV panel shipments from global panel makers reached 23.9 million in March 2015, growing 20 percent month over month and 11 percent year over year. The increase is due to manufacturers’ preparations for the launch of new models, including TVs with 4K and other premium features.

Panel shipments declined seasonally in Q1 of this year, because most LCD TV modules are manufactured in China, and the Chinese New Year holidays in February meant fewer working days in LCD cell fabs in Asia and LCD module lines in China. In addition, TV makers...
3/31/2015 10:44 AM
Hayward, CA; March 2015. C3Nano, Inc., a developer and supplier of solution-based, transparent conductive inks and films, has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Kimoto, Ltd. Japan, a world leader in processing optical hard-coated films for the display, touch, and auto industries. The two companies will cooperate in delivering transparent conductive films into the flexible display and touch sensor market.

 “Our company is excited to have a great partner such as Kimoto to collaborate with, especially since they are the industry leader in hard-coated films,” said Cliff Morris, CEO of C3Nano, Inc. “This alliance responds to the industry’s unmet need to deliver 50 Ohms per square films at far less than 1% haze.  We can deliver that product today at high volume.” As a result of this relationship, C3Nano claims it is positioned to be a complete solution provider to the flexible display, touch...
3/20/2015 9:15 AM

Tokyo, Japan; March 2015. Lytro, Inc. has launched what it claims is the world’s first light-field imaging studio. At the new Lytro Studio in Tokyo’s fashion district, professional photographers, other creative professionals, and the general public will be able to gain hands-on experience with Lytro’s software and camera systems. Using light-field technology, users can render multiple outputs, including 3D pictures, from a single exposure by adjusting aperture, point of focus, tilt, perspective shift, depth of field, and animation in both 2D and 3D.

“Lytro Studio transports the flourishing light field ecosystem we have cultivated into a physical experiential space,” says Jason Rosenthal, CEO of Lytro. “With its culture of innovation and active photography, fashion and creative communities, Tokyo is the perfect city to host this studio and illustrate the intersection of technology and imaging.”

3/20/2015 8:37 AM
Competitors and industry pundits have been saying for years that Apple’s ascendancy is over, but to paraphrase Liberace, Apple is crying all the way to the bank.  In March, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the company had sold more than 700 million iPhones since the launch of the product in 2007. In the fourth quarter of 2014 alone, according to Apple Insider, Apple sold nearly 75 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units, which works out to 34,000 iPhones every hour, 24 hours a day, every day of the quarter.  The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were released in September 2014.

A recent article in Money noted that the fourth quarter of 2014 was the first time in three years that Apple’s iPhones have been the best-selling smartphones in a given...
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...
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