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Friday
Oct042019

DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY NEWS ROUNDUP 10.04.19

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Global large-size LCD panel production to undergo major shift in 2020-2024, says Digitimes Research "The relentless capacity expansions by China's panel makers will not only result in massive losses at most other panel players in the region, but also prompt particularly Korea's makers to realign their production lines..." via DigiTimes

LG Display reduces LCD business units, manpower "LG Display has carried out a reshuffle, reducing the number of its executives and business units by about 25 percent, in its ongoing efforts to improve deteriorating performance" via Korea Times

Samsung’s Massive 292-Inch MicroLED TV Wall Now Shipping "Now the Korean manufacturer has announced it’s put the Wall family of displays into production (actual model number: IW008R), at different sizes and resolutions." via ExtremeTech

MicroLED tech combines native blue and green epitaxy on single wafer "Plessey, an embedded technologies developer at the forefront of microLED technology for augmented and mixed reality displays has extended the capability of its proprietary GaN-on-silicon process to enable native blue and native green emission from the same wafer." via Optics.org

Microsoft is right, two screens are far better than a folding OLED display "But, right now, the technology seems fragile and ill-suited for the masses. Even the updated Samsung Galaxy Fold doesn't seem like it will survive heavy-handed usage and the instruction manual is full of warnings about handling the device gingerly." via ZDNet

Friday
Sep202019

DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY NEWS ROUNDUP 09.20.19

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LG Display changes boss amid LCD and OLED market squeezes "LG Display has changed its CEO in its bid to reorganize its businesses amid declining LCD profits and lackluster OLED display panel sales. The company, which is the display panel-making affiliate of LG Group, approved the motion to name LG Chem President Jeong Ho-young as its new CEO in an emergency board meeting on Monday..." via ZDNet

China ready to mass produce self-developed LCD screen "China's first self-developed 8.5 generation TFT-LCD panel, or thin-film transistor liquid crystal display panel, rolled off the production line in Bengbu in east China's Anhui Province, paving the way for mass production." via Outlook India

Govt scraps import duty on open cell TV panel to boost manufacturing "[The Indian] Finance Ministry in a notification said customs duty on "open-cell (15.6-inch and above), for use in the manufacture of Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) and Light Emitting Diode (LED) TV panels" will be nil as against 5 percent import duty previously." via India Today

Panasonic's high-contrast dual LCD does a great impression of an OLED "It has a 4K outer panel with a monochrome inner panel that modulates an LED backlight. The system, which is made up of multiple optical sheets and layers, can dim the picture at the pixel level, the kind of thing that OLED screens are known for." via engadget

AU Optronics's New 85-Inch 8K LCD TV with 1024-Zone Backlighting "AU Optronics this week showcased a prototype of its most advanced 8K Ultra-HD display featuring an innovative full-area local dimming (FALD) backlighting solution and peak brightness of 2,000 nits." via AnandTech

Friday
Jul262019

DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY NEWS ROUNDUP 07.26.19

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LG Display losses widen amid falling LCD panel prices "The company blamed the sales decline on the global economic slowdown and uncertainty related to the trade war between the US and China." via Financial Times

Why is Dual Panel LCD vs OLED a Hot Topic? "The technical challenges means that Chinese OLED developers are several years behind the Koreans, although they are trying hard to catch up." via Display Daily

LG Doubles Down on OLED "Noting a sharp increase in the demand for OLED displays, the company is investing $2.5 billion in a new Gen 10.5 OLED production facility in Paju, Korea..." via Sound & Vision

MicroLED Displays Could Show Up in Products as Soon as 2020 "Some are making monolithic displays, where the gallium nitride pixels are made as a complete array on a chip and a separate silicon backplane controls those pixels. And others are using “pick and place” technology to transfer individual LEDs or multi-microLED pixels into place on a thin-film-transistor (TFT) backplane. " via IEEE Spectrum

More than 50 companies reportedly pull production out of China due to trade war "Not only are foreign companies rethinking its production location, a handful of Chinese companies are also leaving China. Chinese multinational electronics company TCL is moving its TV production to Vietnam..." via CNBC

Friday
Jul122019

DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY NEWS ROUNDUP 07.12.19

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LG Electronics set to release world’s first 8K LCD TV in Korea "South Korea’s LG Electronics will add the world’s first LCD 8K TV models to its premium TV lineup this week as it leaps forward in migration beyond 4K mainstream." via Pulse

The Facts About Dark Mode And Battery Life: LCD Vs OLED, iOS 13 On iPhone, Android Q "OLEDs actually turn off the pixels -- i.e., they draw no power -- in dark mode. That's not the case for LCDs, which use power regardless of light or dark mode." via Forbes

MicroLED will soon become mainstream as prices drop, says report "At the moment MicroLED TVs are strictly for commercial industry uses like advertising. But apparently we should see consumer-friendly devices land next year." via What Hi-Fi?

LG to Start Production of OLEDs in China Next Month, Set to Double OLED Output "LG Display this week said that its plant in Guangzhou, China, would start full swing operations next month. The factory, which cost LG around $4.2 billion, will produce large OLED panels for Ultra-HD televisions." via AnandTech

Beijing plays down Commerce Minister Zhong Shan’s inclusion in latest US-China trade war talks "Zhong, 64, joined Vice-Premier Liu He’s phone conversation with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday – the first phone call between top negotiators since President Xi Jinping and US counterpart Donald Trump agreed to resume discussions during their summit in Osaka on June 29." via South China Morning Post

Friday
May312019

DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY NEWS ROUNDUP 05.31.19

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Japan Display getting $729M bailout after Apple agrees to restructure debt payments "The iPhone screen maker Japan Display Inc says that a proposed $729 million bailout is to proceed and that the Chinese-Taiwanese consortium will formalize their investment by June 14. It follows renegotiations over Japan Display's debts with Reuters reporting that Apple has agreed to wait for payments it is owed." via Apple Insider

Hisense's ULED XD TVs: The OLED Alternative We've Been Waiting For? "Hisense's ULED XD technology could produce LCD TVs that offer near-OLED black levels ... LCD TVs typically have a single LCD panel that produces the full picture, in color, illuminated by a backlight system. ULED XD introduces a second, monochrome panel to more precisely control light output." via PC Magazine

AUO Developed 3456×3456 HDR LCD Panels For VR Headsets "The panel is an LCD, but supports HDR through the use of 2304 individually controlled LED backlight elements rather than one global backlight. ... It doesn’t give the same quality of HDR as OLED (which can control brightness per-pixel), but with that many LEDs it can come close." via UploadDVR.com

COF packaging sees demand emerging for automotive OLED displays "COF packaging demand for automotive OLED displays has emerged, which may further tighten market supply as capacity expansion will remain quite limited in the short term, according to industry sources." via DigiTimes

No End In Sight To U.S.-China Trade War "This war could go on for a long time. Casualties so far have been limited. But both governments still have plenty of weapons to fire at each other." via Forbes

Friday
Apr262019

DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY NEWS ROUNDUP 04.26.19

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LCD equipment, materials suppliers benefiting from aggressive capacity build-up in China "China now serves as the top supplier of TV panels worldwide, accounting for 46.4% of global unit shipments and 41.9% of panel area shipments in the first quarter of 2019, according to Sigmaintell Consulting." via DigiTimes

Foxconn Might Include Micro LED or OLED Production in Wisconsin "After almost a year, the company said in March 2019 that the factory in Wisconsin will start operation by the fourth quarter of 2020. Today, Foxconn unveiled that Micro LED or OLED manufacturing lines might be added to the production of Wisconsin factory." via LED Inside

In-Display Fingerprint Sensors Finally Coming To LCD Panels "While optical fingerprint scanners have been present in many smartphones over the past few months, these sensors only work alongside more expensive OLED displays. A key reason for the inability of in-display fingerprint sensors to work with LCDs is the failure of the scanner to detect light through the screen." via Android Headlines

Lab develops quantum dot polymer for next-gen screens "The material is a thiol-yne nanocomposite polymer tailored to hold light-emitting quantum dots, tiny semiconductors whose size and composition can be precisely tuned to produce bright, clear, and energy-efficient colors." via Phys.org

New Red Phosphor to Improve LED Energy Efficiency Co-Developed by University of Innsbruck and Osram "A research team at the University of Innsbruck, Austria cooperated with Osram Opto Semiconductors to develop a new red phosphor with excellent luminescence properties which can make LED lighting more energy-efficient." via LED Inside

Tuesday
Mar262019

DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY NEWS ROUNDUP 03.26.19

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Foxconn says work on LCD plant in Mount Pleasant will begin this summer "The plant will make LCD screens for products in the education, medical, entertainment, security and smart city markets. ... The company changed plans to a Gen 6 plant in 2018 because it offered additional flexibility." via BizTimes

EIH to team up with partners to tap global e-paper medical display market "Major e-paper display solutions being developed by the group include medical care information boards, clinic reception displays, drip recording cards, smart drug labelling systems, clinic bed cards, mobile data recording boards, in 2.9-, 5.65-, 13.3- and 42-inch sizes, according to sources at E Ink Holding (EIH)." via DigiTimes

Interactive surfaces enter a whole new dimension of flexibility "Researchers at Osaka University propose a novel flexible tube display that is able to take various surface shapes. Information is expressed by streaming colored fluids through the tube and controlling the positions and lengths of the droplets. The tube's flexibility makes it possible to wrap the tube around the surface of an object and present information on its surface that is difficult to express on a standard two-dimensional display." via Phys.org

Aledia Expands Veeco’s Thin Film Process Equipment for 3D Micro LED Development "Veeco Instruments announced today that Aledia, a developer and manufacturer of next-generation 3D LEDs for display applications, has expanded its portfolio of Veeco thin film process equipment to support the development and production of advanced 3D Micro LEDs." via LED Inside

Trump push for China trade reform draws wide support at home, abroad "Trump’s trade war “has let the genie out of the bottle” by lifting expectations that the trade war will force China to reform policies that businesses and foreign governments regard as unfair, said Steven Gardon, vice president of indirect taxes and customs at Lear Corp." via Reuters

Tuesday
Mar122019

DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY NEWS ROUNDUP 03.12.19

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CPT to cut 70% of jobs "Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) has announced plans to slash as many as 2,500 jobs or nearly 70% of its total workforce, as it struggles to survive from its restructuring efforts. As the company has sunk into financial difficulties due to unfavorable environments, the company has to streamline its operations including cutting expenditure on personnel and dispose idle facilities, the company said in a statement." via DigiTimes

Galaxy S10 Flexible OLED Sets Twelve New Display Records "DisplayMate Labs under the guidence of Dr. Ray Soneira announced no less than 12 new display records, matched or set by the latest flexible-curved, now full screen AMOLED display found in the flagship Samsung Galaxy S10." via Display Daily

Luci debuts lightweight VR glasses with dual Micro-OLED displays for entertainment "The dual Micro-OLED displays have very clear optics, a good contrast ratio, and a 70-degree field of view that lets you see the equivalent of a 1,023-inch TV screen in high definition (1080p resolution per eye)." via Venture Beat

Fine Pitch and Mini LED Displays Become Focus of Chinese LED and Panel Manufacturers "To keep up with the market trend, Chinese LED manufacturers are also pushing their technology development in Mini LED and fine-pitch displays." via LED Inside

US-China Trade Talks Reach Critical Phase "Yet mixed signals coming from the White House and Beijing are causing analysts to question whether President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, will be able to finalize an agreement to end a costly trade war by early April as originally predicted." via Voice of America

Tuesday
Feb262019

DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY NEWS ROUNDUP 02.26.19

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Sharp makes long-awaited OLED foray, wary of big spending "Sharp will offer OLED panels in its new smartphones later this year and plans to sell the screens to other manufacturers, although it has signaled it is wary about a rapid expansion in OLED as momentum for the thinner but more expensive screens slows." via Reuters

LGD outraces Samsung Display to become top OLED panel supplier for smartwatches "LG Display (LGD) has outraced fellow company Samsung Display to become the world's largest supplier of OLED panels for smartwatch applications, Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) has reported." via DigiTimes

How to Power the Automotive TFT-LCD Displays of the (Not-so-Distant) Future "With the rapid evolution of driver information technology, we can expect the automobile of the future to be equipped with multiple displays, possibly a dozen per car or even more." via Electronic Design

Mini LED Takes the Lead in Automotive Applications Compared to OLED "According to industry sources, some automotive LED suppliers have delivered sample products of Mini LED backlight display module to OEM for validation. Meanwhile, Taiwanese LED packager Everlight also showcased a conceptual Mini LED taillight application which could show information for alarming other road users." via LEDinside

Trump says he will delay additional China tariffs originally scheduled to start on March 1 "The United States is planning to delay a menu of additional Chinese tariffs that were scheduled to begin on March 1, President Donald Trump announced on Sunday, as the world’s two largest economies hash out a definitive end to a wide ranging trade dispute." via CNBC

Thursday
Jan172019

DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY NEWS ROUNDUP 01.17.19

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Apple iPhone 11 will take on Samsung S10 with a notch-free OLED screen "Crucial to this announcement about the under-screen sensors is the fact they only work with OLED screens." via T3

Everything you need to know about the foldable Royole FlexPai phone "...the FlexPai has been available in Beijing since October, and was set to start shipping to developers in the US and UK back in December. The world's first foldable phone didn't just beat Samsung to CES, it beat them to market." via c|net

Rohinni and BOE to Form Joint Venture for Micro LED-based Backlights "Micro and Mini LED specialist Rohinni announced that it will be forming a joint venture with Chinese panel producer BOE. The collaboration will focus on the production of micro LED lighting solutions for display backlights." via LED Inside

LG Plans to Sell TVs That Roll Up Like Posters in 2019 "LG is counting on so-called “rollable” and OLED televisions to revive a consumer electronics business that’s grappling with price declines and stiffening Chinese competition." via Bloomberg

Korean Research Team Develops New Graphene Quantum Dot Fabrication Technology "Professor Shin Hyun-seok of the Department of Natural Science at UNIST said on Jan. 16 that his team succeeded in developing a two-dimensional planar complex manufacturing technology that regularly arranges graphene quantum dots in a single layer of hexagonal boron nitride..." via Business Korea

Thursday
Dec062018

DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY NEWS ROUNDUP 12.06.18

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Samsung Display to shift one 8.5G LCD fab for QD-OLED panels in mid-2019, say sources "Since the L8-1 fab is currently focusing on production of 49- and 55-inch LCD TV panels, the planned production shift will result in a reduction of Samsung's TV panel shipments to below 30 million units in 2019..." via DigiTimes

Huawei C.F.O. Is Arrested in Canada for Extradition to the U.S. "...Ms. Meng’s detention raises questions about the Trump administration’s overall China strategy. Beijing is now likely to pressure Canada to release her and to press the United States to avoid a trial..." via New York Times

LCD price collapse drowns once-flying panel makers "Manufacturers of liquid crystal display panels have been hit hard by falling prices stemming from weak demand for TVs, and with Chinese players further ramping up output, the market's ill winds look unlikely to abate soon." via Nikkei Asian Review

[Micro LED Technology Research Contest – Honorable Mention] Quantum Dots Based Full-color Display on MicroLED Technology "...the research result of the team, which combined UV Micro LED array, photoresist mold, and RGB quantum dots to demonstrate a full-color Micro LED display..." via LEDinside

Mini-LED adoption driven by high-end LCD displays and narrow-pixel-pitch LED direct-view digital signage "While micro-LEDs require major technology breakthroughs in assembly and die structure, as well as a significant overhaul of the manufacturing infrastructure, mini-LED chips are just scaled-down traditional LEDs, and can be manufactured in existing fabs with no or little additional investment." via Semiconductor Today

Tuesday
Nov202018

DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY NEWS ROUNDUP 11.20.18

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Seattle CEOs Charged Over Illegal Recycling Of LCD Screens "Total Reclaim was paid over $1.1 million for its LCD recycling services between 2008 and 2016. Lorch and Zirkle took those payments while representing that the recycling services were being done under legal and industry standards" via Patch

Veeco and ALLOS Semiconductors collaborate on microLED production "The most important success factor for turning the promise of microLED displays into mass production reality is to achieve extremely good emission wavelength uniformity, which eliminates the need to test and sort individual microLED chips. " via LaserFocusWorld

Flexible OLED array detects blood oxygen "The Berkely design relies on reflected light and, said the University, has been demonstrated tracking overall blood-oxygen levels on the forehead of a volunteer ... It was also used to map blood-oxygen levels in a three-by-three grid on the forearm of a volunteer wearing a pressure cuff." via ElectronicsWeekly

New anisotropic conductive film for ultra-fine pitch assembly applications "This new structure can significantly improve the ultra-fine pitch interconnection by effectively suppressing the movement of conductive particles. This film can be applied to mobile devices, large-sized OLED panels, and VR, among others." via Phys.org

China, Taiwan LED chip makers faced with high inventory levels "...there has been oversupply of LED chips and consequently China- and Taiwan-based makers have been faced with too high inventory levels..." via DigiTimes

Tuesday
Aug142018

DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY NEWS ROUNDUP 08.14.18

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Apple Soon Could Get Yet Another OLED Supplier "BOE Technology, a Chinese display manufacturer, is trying to make the cut as an OLED display vendor to Apple...the earliest BOE could supply the OLED screens would be from 2020..." via The Motley Fool

New TFT technology could replace LTPS for OLED, LCD, and solar devices "Blue Wave Semiconductor ... , has patented new thin-film-transistor (TFT) technology that will increase efficiency and luminance while decreasing cost for organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), active-matrix OLEDs (AMOLEDs), and liquid-crystal device (LCD)" via LaserFocusWorld

Samsung to resume production at A4 OLED plant "...Samsung has recently inked a supply deal with a new Chinese client for its on-screen touch display, called Y-OCTA that has thus far been supplied to Samsung Electronics only. The monthly production capacity of the A4 is 30,000 units of the sixth-generation OLED panels. " via The Investor (The Korea Herald)

There may soon be a third major player in the OLED screen business "...Sharp announced recently that it started mass production of OLED displays for smartphones. For the time being the production capacity will be only for its own Aquos smartphones..." via Phone Arena

US Tariffs Adds Financial Pressure to Foreign Manufacturers in China, Pushing Them to Leave "'...Companies are saying that the scare of these tariffs has decreased the incentives to manufacture in China,' Resnick said. He added that many companies have been leaving China anyway, as labor costs for lower-skill labor are currently cheaper in places like India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Philippines, and Mexico." via The Epoch Times

Thursday
Jul052018

DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY NEWS ROUNDUP 07.05.18

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Chinese Regime Laying Siege to Global Screen-Making Industry "South Korean prosecutors announced that it indicted seven individuals—six Korean nationals and one Chinese national surnamed Li—for violating South Korea’s Industrial Technology Protection Act while attempting to pass on core OLED technology to an unnamed Chinese OLED company..." via The Epoch Times

Apple's screen solutions threaten suppliers' security "Apple's decision to stick with cheaper LCD screens creates further uncertainty for its screen suppliers, many of whom have already suffered a hit from the tech giant's efforts to manufacture its own screens." via Supply Chain Dive

LG Display to open China OLED plant "The South Korean display maker will manufacture 130,000 OLED plates (which are divided into screens) each month once it gets China's go-ahead for the expansion of the plant, according to Kang In Byeong, LG Display's chief technology officer." via The Business Times

Samsung reportedly working on quantum dot OLED TV hybrid "By using only one color/material of OLED, the manufacturing costs go way down since it's easier to manufacture ... QDs have nearly 100% efficiency, significantly better than filters, so in theory the hybrid TVs will be much brighter." via CNet

US-China trade war threats prompt Taiwan firms to consider moving away from mainland "Taiwanese businesses are weighing up whether to move manufacturing operations from the Chinese mainland if the US trade dispute worsens." via South China Morning Post

Thursday
Jun212018

DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY NEWS ROUNDUP 06.21.18

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LG Display to Stay Reliant on LCDs Even as Phones Shift to OLED "...LG Display Co. is predicting that liquid-crystal displays will generate most of its overall sales through next year even as it pushes to provide Apple with an alternative to Samsung Electronics Co. when it comes to smaller OLED..." via Bloomberg

LG Display braces for hard times on fiercer competition from China "...LG Display is apparently having a rough time as budget Chinese panel makers are saturating the display market ... The company also declared it will focus more on the organic light-emitting diode (OLED) business..." via The Korea Times

Circular LCD Enhances Smart Home & Medical Devices "...The Tianma Group has developed a true circular 5-inch LCD for smart home and high-end medical applications. The full active display features resolution and contrast ratio performance that rivals that of OLED displays..." via Sensors Mag

Flexible blue vertical micro LEDs "...To widely commercialize micro LEDs for mobile and TV displays, the transfer method of thin film micro LEDs requires a one-time transfer of one million LEDs. In addition, highly efficient thin-film blue micro LED is crucial for a full-color display..." via Science Daily

ITRI developing micro LED applications "...For small-size displays, ITRI is developing a 0.55-inch display made from single-light micro LED chips of 10-micron in size based on a silicon substrate at a pixel pitch of 12.8-micron, with the display to be used in AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality) devices..." via DigiTimes

Monday
Apr092018

DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY NEWS ROUNDUP 04.09.18

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Flexi-LCD design could revolutionise printed media "Optoelectronic engineers in China say they have manufactured a special type of liquid crystal display (LCD) that is paper-thin, flexible, light and tough..." via New Electronics

Trump administration targets $50 billion in Chinese electronics, aerospace and machinery goods with tariffs "... Trump’s latest protectionist move threatens to upend global supply chains for corporations such as Apple and Dell, raise prices for American consumers who have grown accustomed to inexpensive electronics..." via Washington Post

Seren Targets MicroLED Display Markets "... But importantly, it comes at a time when Apple, Sony and many more along the supply chain, are eyeballing technologies that can deliver the spectacularly high resolution, high brightness, low power micro-LED screens that the display industry craves..." via Compound Semiconductor

Apple in talks with PlayNitride to secure MicroLED supply for Apple Watch "... Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology approving a PlayNitride application to invest $17.1 million in new facilities at Hsinchu Science Park, where it will produce MicroLEDs, panels, and display modules..." via Apple Insider

OLED is More Competitive in Smartphone Market, Mini LED Should Target at Niche Market "...in the more profitable niche markets where the gross profits are high, the costs are not a priority for vendors. Therefore, Mini LED has higher chance to be adopted in the niche markets..." via CTimes

Friday
Mar162018

DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY NEWS ROUNDUP 03.16.18

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China's BOE to spend big on display panels with state backing "BOE Technology Group is embarking on a 96.5 billion yuan ($15.2 billion) production expansion, but local governments will cover the lion's share of the cost..." via Nikkei Asian Review

OLED: Nanometer-thin layer improves efficiency "This new approach leads to a higher energy efficiency and can be used in almost any organic semiconductor element..." via ChemEurope.com

Samsung reportedly to invest in PlayNitride "Samsung Electroncis, in line with its plan to launch micro LED TVs in August 2018, will reportedly invest in Taiwan-based micro LED technology developer PlayNitride..." via DIGITIMES Inc.

Plastic Logic has sample 500ppi display "Plastic Logic says it has made a 155% improvement in the display density of its plastic EPDs and has produced a sample display with a pixel density of 500ppi..." via Electronics Weekly

E-Ink Color E-Paper is delayed until 2019 "...ACEP will not be ready for vendors to purchase until sometime in 2019..." via Good e-Reader

Tuesday
Jan092018

DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY NEWS ROUNDUP 01.09.18

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This 65-inch OLED TV rolls up like a giant newspaper "It’s the successor to 2016’s rollable 18-inch display panel, only now it’s been scaled up to 65 inches and a full 4K resolution." via The Verge

LG InstaView ThinQ Alexa fridge adds clever kitchen tricks "As well as accessing Alexa and tracking groceries on the semitranslucent touchscreen, the InstaView ThinQ refrigerator can now act as quarterback for your entire connected kitchen." via CNet

China chasing Korea in larger LCD panel market "Although demand for organic-light emitting diode panels in the TV market is gradually rising, dominance of LCD panels is projected to continue for the foreseeable future." via The Korea Herald

Tesla's Latest Chinese Competitor Takes Screens To An Extreme "With a 49-inch screen spanning the dash from one door to the other, the first car-of-the-future unveil at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas didn’t disappoint..." via Wired

Competition heats up for Micro-LED, commercialization debated "LG Display on Monday announced that it is also developing Micro-LED technologies, a day after the surprise unveiling of its rival Samsung Electronics’ 146-inch Micro-LED TV..." via The Korea Herald

Thursday
Dec212017

DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY NEWS ROUNDUP 12.21.17

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Cash-starved Japan Display seeks fund injection "Cash-strapped Japan Display is discussing an investment of more than 200 billion yen (S$2.4 billion) from three Chinese panel makers, including BOE Technology Group..." via The Straits Times

Samsung Display to supply 180-200m OLED panels for iPhone X next year "That’s around four times the amount it supplied this year, and translates into roughly US$19.8 to US$22 billion revenue..." via The Investor

Weak display panel price weighing on LG Display "...growing concerns over the industry's imbalance between supply and demand led to price cuts in display screens..." via The Korea Times

Apple’s 2017 iPhone Models Give Taiwan’s Weary Tech Sector a Reprieve Production of smartphone displays also shows pressure from China. Taiwanese display makers AU Optronics and Innolux ranked among IDC’s top five firms for market share in the third quarter. But BOE Technology of Beijing reached the top spot with a 23.5 percent market share..." via Voice of America (VOA)

Thursday
Dec172015

Display Technology News Roundup 12.17.2015

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How art and interactivity are painting a new digital signage experience ""People are accustomed to being presented with information and data and often have expectations about how it is delivered," said Matt Arnold, lead engineer for Second Story, part of SapientNitro. "Displays which employ an unusual or even artistic approach to displaying information can have an emotional effect on viewers, resulting in a more impactful and lasting experience." In some creative use-cases, Arnold said, information can be delivered to viewers in an ambient way that "envelops" them without their explicit awareness. "If you want to engage an audience through displays, you first must recognize that the display canvass is only a small part of a wider context of information that they are witnessing. When they are idle, the displays which blend into the environment and provide an ambient layer of story and information have more impact than those that are 'always on,'" he said. "When content reacts to the presence of viewers or adjusts with the context of their surroundings, it becomes more relevant to viewers. Displays that show the same messaging regardless of their environment can become background 'noise' and ignored by your audience." The human brain, which makes up only 3 percent of body weight but eats up to 20 percent of body energy, is hardwired to conserve energy wherever possible, said Ed King, vice president of strategy at MaxMedia, and that means it usually takes the path of least resistance. "When confronted with words, numbers or icons/graphics, the brain always looks for the 'quick answer.' By creatively visualizing data, wayfinding and other digital signage, retailers stand a better chance of communicating their message more efficiently and effectively to customers," he said." via Digital Signage Today

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Has All The Display Screens "Mercedes-Benz gave everyone a look inside its new 2017 E-Class by virtue of a video (watch Video) released last week, and it’s covered in digital displays. As for the exterior, the manufacturer hasn’t shown us what it looks like just yet—but might have accidentally given a hint. ...As far as what’s officially inside of the new car, the E-Class features more video displays and less actual buttons. It’ll even mark the first time that a car has touch-sensitive control buttons on the steering wheel, which respond to finger swipes—similar to the functions on a smartphone—to control the car’s infotainment system. If the driver doesn’t want to swipe, he or she can switch the car over to respond to voice commands. Even for a person who likes options, this car has a ton of options." via Jalopnik

Will Apple Cause the Death of LCD Displays? "If Apple does leap, the broader choice of suppliers will be one factor influencing its choice. While Samsung, its arch-rival in smartphones, controlled the OLED field, it had a real incentive to stay away from that technology, rather than increase the amount of business it gives to the Korean firm (which already manufactures many of its processors and is a major memory vendor). So Apple used its power to support other companies in pushing LCD technology to its limits in terms of screen resolution, color intensity, performance and so on. If it moves to OLED – as it has already for the Apple Watch – it will hit a whole supply chain. One of the Japanese firms which saw its value fall on the reports was Minebea, which makes backlights for LCDs, while another was Nitto Denko, a supplier of film. In general, LCD displays use more components than OLEDs, because they need color filters and backlights, so the industry shift away from them, as the OLED market gets more competitive and affordable, will be a negative for many of these specialized technologies." via Rethink Research

Toshiba Will End TV Production "Toshiba’s retreat from TV manufacturing highlights the company’s growing focus on nuclear power infrastructure and other business-to-business operations and a shift away from its consumer businesses. It also marks the increasing relapse of Japanese manufacturers in the global home electronics market, losing ground to overseas competition. Toshiba in 1959 became the first company in Japan to produce a color television. The TV business has since been a centerpiece of its operations, best known in recent years for the Regza series of liquid crystal displays introduced in 2006. But the division has been bleeding money since 2011 in the face of intensifying competition from South Korean and Chinese manufacturers." via The Japan Times

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Which Is the Better Display? Quantum Dot vs OLED "QDs are currently reliant on a backlight, the deep black accuracy and contrast ratio will still suffer from similar drawbacks as existing LCD displays. Therefore, OLED should still win out when it comes to contrast and high dynamic range imagery, as it can switch off pixels for a pure black dot, but QD displays will still see a boost in brightness over traditional LCD. This leads us onto viewing angles, an area that OLED again boasts superiority over LCD displays and this is unlikely to change much with the introduction of Quantum Dot displays. Because backlight based displays require a filter layer rather than producing light directly on the surface, some light is blocked when you don’t look at the display from head on. While perhaps not likely to be a major problem on your small mobile phone, Quantum Dot displays won’t match OLED’s viewing angles until designs come along that eliminate the need for a backlight." via Android Authority

New Material Could Make Touchscreens More Affordable "ITO is a transparent conductor used in more than 90 percent of the display market and has been the dominant material for the past 60 years, said researchers from Pennsylvania State University. In the last decade, the price of indium has increased dramatically, and displays and touchscreen modules have become a main cost driver in smartphones and tablets, making up close to 40 percent of the cost. In other words, while memory chips and processors get cheaper, displays get more expensive from generation to generation. The Penn State team has reported a design strategy using 10-nm-thick films of an unusual class of materials called correlated metals. In most conventional metals, such as copper, gold, aluminum or silver, electrons flow like a gas. In correlated metals, such as strontium vanadate and calcium vanadate, they move more like a liquid. The electron flow produces high optical transparency along with high metal-like conductivity, the researchers said. " via Photonics.com

New 360-Degree 3D Hologram Imaging Technology "Korean scientists developed a hologram display technology that can realize holograms in 360-degree three-dimensional (3D) color image, which often appears in science fiction films such as Star Wars and Minority Report. It will be used as a core technology that allows users to watch hologram images in smartphones or ushers an age of hologram TV. The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) announced on Dec. 2 that it developed a “tabletop holographic display” technology that reproduces 360-degree 3D hologram at a size of 3 inches. A Hologram produces 3D photographs by using interference and diffraction properties of light waves. At present, commercialization is not possible due to technical limits. Only MIT in the U.S. and Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) have demonstrated hologram technologies that enable users to view images from within an angle of 20 degrees. The ETRI said that real hologram technology uses diffraction of light waves, unlike fake hologram that is used in hologram shows." via BusinessKorea

India's First 'Display Variant' Debit Card "Axis Bank today said it has launched a 'display variant' debit card which does away with the hassles of generating one time password (OTP) over SMS while transacting. The card, which is being made available for high-value NRE customers, has an embedded EMV chip, a display screen and a touch-sensitive button which helps generating the OTP on the card itself. "This OTP, in conjunction with the user ID and password, allows the customer to transact on internet banking without having to wait for OTP delivery via SMS or email," a bank statement said, adding that it is the first lender in the country to offer the facility." via Business Standard

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How Can Industrial Digital Signage Lead to Increased Productivity? "But what about signage in the industrial space? How can these communication devices enhance the quality of operations at plants, warehouses and other similar sites? What advice should you be giving industrial customers on how to make best use of digital signage? Typically, hundreds or thousands of employees work at industrial plants, so communicating to everyone across the board is a tall order. Netpresenter, a Netherlands-based signage provider with locations in the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States, says its multichannel solutions improve safety, enhance internal communications, and foster employee engagement. Here are several ways that can happen: 1) Put key performance indicators (KPIs) front-and-center near production lines - Industrial plants can go a long way toward helping workers keep tabs on actual, and target production numbers by posting them in real time on digital displays. Signs can also feature output data, as well as comparisons against a set target or previous period to keep workers motivated to do their jobs." via Channelnomics

HP Inc. Is Bringing Its Giant Virtual Reality Display Into Healthcare "HP’s VR machine, called Zvr, isn’t your typical VR hardware like the Oculus Rift headset. Rather, it’s a 23.6-inch display connected to four cameras that track its user’s head movements. A set of glasses turns images into 3D, and a stylus allows the user to move 3D objects around and poke at them. Now HP hopes to bring the Zvr into the medical world in collaboration with medical software upstart EchoPixel. The Mountain View, Calif.-based startup makes 3D medical visualization software that turns diagnostic scans into 3D models. Those 3D projections of, say, an organ, can then be studied in VR. The hardware-software partnership is intended to be used to diagnose ailments or assist in planning operations. Typically, EchoPixel CEO Ron Schilling explained, a doctor sits in front of a computer looking at multiple medical imaging scans and tries to make sense of them in 2D. EchoPixel’s pitch is that turning these scans into 3D models will help doctors identify overlooked issues. For example, 3D scans could make it easier to identify a polyp, abnormal tissue growth, in an organ." via Forbes

Apple reportedly opens ‘secret’ display laboratory in Taiwan "Apple has opened a “secret laboratory” in Taiwan to develop new display technologies, according to a new report, citing sources who are familiar with the company’s plans. The facility employs “at least” 50 engineers who are working to build better displays for iPhone and iPad. “Apple has recruited from local display maker AU Optronics Corp. and Qualcomm Inc., which used to own the building, the people said,” reports Bloomberg. “Apple began operating the lab this year as it aims to make products thinner, lighter, brighter and more energy-efficient.” Apple is thought to be working on more advanced LCD displays, as well as OLED displays that are thinner and do not require a backlight. Recent rumors have claimed the company is interested in bringing OLED displays to iPhone in the coming years." via TechnoBuffalo

Converting Stereoscopic 3-D Video Content For Use In Glasses-Less 3-D Displays ""Glasses-less" 3-D displays now commercially available dispense with the need for cumbersome glasses, but existing 3-D stereoscopic content will not work in these new devices, which project several views of a scene simultaneously. To solve this problem, Disney Research and ETH Zurich have developed a system that can transform stereoscopic content into multiview content in real-time. ..."The full potential of this new 3-D technology won't be achieved simply by eliminating the need for glasses," said Markus Gross, vice president of research at Disney Research. "We also need content, which is largely nonexistent in this new format and often impractical to transmit, even when it does exist. It's critical that the systems necessary for generating that content be so efficient and so mobile that they can be used in any device, anywhere." Multiview autostereoscopic displays, or MADs, enable a 3-D experience by simultaneously projecting several views of a scene, rather than just the two views of conventional, stereoscopic 3-D content. Researchers therefore have begun to develop a number of multiview synthesis (MVS) methods to bridge this gap. One approach has been depth image-based rendering, or DIBR, which uses the original views to build a depth map that describes the distance of each pixel to the scene. But building depth maps is difficult and less-than-perfect depth maps can result in poor quality images." via ECN Magazine

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Force-sensing Touchscreens to Address Industrial Applications "With recent Apple product announcements raising consumer awareness and interest in force-sensing touchscreens, a supplier of projected capacitive touchscreens figures the time is ripe to bring similar capabilities to the factory floor and other environmentally challenging environments. ...Developed specifically for industrial and similarly challenging applications, TouchNetix' pressScreen is designed to enable mouse-type functionality with the use of a single finger on the touchscreen. It uses capacitive measurement technology and a new sensor structure and geometry to detect very small front lens displacements. TouchNetix expects this interface to allow entirely new use cases to be developed. Possible applications the company envisions include: In systems requiring high integrity, confirming that a touch is intentional; emulating mouse clicks by pressing the surface. (As use case examples, TouchNetix offers a video demonstration of a prototype “press-to-zoom” application, and another, demonstrating a paint application in which finger pressure modulates line width.)" via IHS Electronics360

Does How You Record Ideas Impact Creativity? "A tech VC recently asked me, "Do you even use your iPad anymore? I think they are over." To which, I replied—perhaps a bit too loudly—"Yes!" There is nothing over when it comes to the potential of touch. Apple’s investment in the iPad Pro and Pencil only reinforces this. Designers need tools that disinhibit the brain to allow room for creativity to happen. In this sense, the touch screen is one of the device revolution’s most important gifts to creatives. Touch can make the sought-after "ah ha" come easier. While still a new frontier, neuroscientists such as Rex Jung, assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico, have looked closely into brain structure and function to better understand creativity—as opposed to intelligence. If you think of the brain as a series of pathways—where intelligence is like the speed and accuracy with which one makes connections along the paths—creativity occurs when the brain makes unexpected or new intersections." via Fast Company

Do Computers Need Pressure-Sensing Screens? "So we’re only just beginning to see what pressure-sensitive screens will mean for how people use phones. And a lot of that is because developers are still figuring out what to do with the technology. “Anyone who’s a repeat early adopter of new iPhones shouldn’t be surprised that support for the 6S’s flagship feature [3D Touch] remains scattered close to three months in,” wrote Jacob Kastrenakes for The Verge. “It was the exact same way at this point when apps had to update for the iPhone 6’s larger screen—it took Starbucks an entire year—and apps lagged behind on adding Touch ID support, too. 3D Touch is going to be even harder.” ...For Magic Piano, figuring out what to do with 3D Touch was obvious. “For the original version of Magic Piano on the original iPhone, as soon as you touch your finger on the screen, it registers the touch and it plays the note,” said Yar Woo, the vice president of engineering at Smule, the company that makes Magic Piano. “But for 3D Touch it’s a little different. It’s more of a curve, not a single point of impact.” 3D Touch relies on 96 sensors beneath the phone’s screen. Magic Piano developers ended up introducing a small latency—just enough of a pause after the moment someone touched the screen, to be able to tell whether they’d end up pressing harder. “Just that tiny fraction of a second to know that the user is pressing hard versus pressing soft,” Woo told me. “We delay it 30 milliseconds. You can’t really notice it when you’re actually playing.”" via The Atlantic

Sharp set to spin off LCD unit in deal with Japan Display "Sharp Corp. is closer to spinning off its struggling liquid crystal display business and integrating the unit into rival Japan Display Inc. in a state-backed deal, sources said Tuesday. ...Both Sharp and Japan Display, suppliers for Apple Inc.’s iPhones, have faced intense price competition from Asian rivals." via Japan Times

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