11/28/2018 10:38 AM
Applied Ventures, LLC, the venture capital arm of Applied Materials, Inc., recently announced a new co-investment initiative with Empire State Development (ESD), New York State’s economic development organization, aimed at accelerating innovation in Upstate New York. The goal of the initiative is to invest in promising Upstate New York startups across a broad range of established and emerging industries including semiconductors, artificial intelligence, advanced optics, autonomous vehicles, life sciences, clean energy and more.

In addition to funding, startups and early-stage companies will be able to benefit from Applied Materials’ expanded capabilities in advanced materials-based R&D, process technologies, device prototyping and pilot-scale production at its forthcoming Materials Engineering Technology Accelerator (META Center) to be located on the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) campus in Albany, also announced today. The new co-investment initiative and plans for the META...
11/28/2018 9:53 AM

California-based Netgear has acquired California-based Meural, which makes a gesture-controlled WiFi-connected digital frame that displays classic works of art and photography, or your own art and photos.  For $595, a digital canvas in a black poplar frame from Meural allows you to display just about any work of art you wish in your home or office. Many artworks are free: additional ones are available for an annual fee of about $50.

11/28/2018 9:46 AM
The annual Apple roundup has commenced: in September, Apple announced that the iPhone XSiPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR will replace the iPhone X, which launched in September 2017. The iPhone XS (5.8 inches with a 2,436 x 1,125 resolution) and iPhone XS Max (6. 5 inches with a 2,688 x 1,242 resolution) both feature 458-ppi OLED displays and a dual-camera system. They support Dolby Vision and HDR10, run on the A12 Bionic chip, and cost $999 and $1099, respectively.

The iPhone XR (6.1 inches) starts at $749 and features an LCD – not an OLED – panel. It also comes with a smaller...
10/15/2018 10:46 AM
Plessey, also known as Plessey Semiconductors, has been busy formalizing relationships with other companies in order to move its monolithic microLED technology forward. In August, Plessey announced a partnership with smartglasses developer Vuzix for the co-creation of next-generation augmented-reality smartglasses.  More recently, Plessey announced strategic developments with Jasper Display Corp. (JDC), a designer of spatial light modulators (SLMs) and microdisplays, and with AIXTRON, a maker of metal-organic...
10/15/2018 8:43 AM
LG Display recently announced that its OLED production joint venture in Guangzhou, China, has been approved by the Chinese government. The new plant will be an 8.5-Gen (2,200 x 2,500 mm) production facility, established with 2.6 trillion Korean won in capital, of which LG Display will control a 70 percent share. The remaining 30 percent will be owned by Guangzhou Economic and Technological Development District.

 The Guangzhou OLED plant will mainly produce large-size OLED panels for TVs. LG Display will start producing 60,000 input sheets per month and will gradually ramp up to a maximum of 90,000 sheets per month. Adding that to the production capacity of 70,000 input sheets per month from LG‘s plants in Paju, the company‘s total production capacity of large-size OLED panels will reach 130,000 sheets per month by the second half of 2019. This capacity will enable the company...
10/15/2018 8:39 AM
As the use of roadside digital signage increases, so have the number of studies and articles about whether the technology causes light pollution and traffic accidents. The former is somewhat in the eye of the beholder, as in New Haven, CT, last spring, when public objection to a new, 230-square-foot LED-based billboard, described by the Connecticut Mirror as “blinding,“ led to proposed new legislation for digital signage regulation. The latter, traffic accidents, have been studied at some length, with a 2015 National Institutes of Health Study concluding that while billboard-related driver distraction appeared to be minor, further study was required.  

Industry and governmental...
5/16/2018 5:27 PM
Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer Foxconn, best-known as a maker of Apple’s iPhones, recently announced that it would acquire Los Angeles-based consumer products maker Belkin International, Inc., for US $866 million in cash. Belkin got its start in a garage in the 1980s, selling computer cable assemblies to local dealers and manufacturers. It now sells products in more than 50 countries. In 2013, Belkin bought router and WiFi company Linksys, and more recently acquired Wemo, a maker of “smart home” devices. 

According to Belkin’s press release, the acquisition by Foxconn Interconnect Technology (FIT) is designed to enrich the company’s consumer product portfolio and to “accelerate...
5/16/2018 3:55 PM

NEC Display Solutions of America has acquired German-based LED-display manufacturer S[quadrat] in order to bolster its LED strategies and product offerings, such as video walls, large-venue laser projections, and LED walls. NEC cites a growing demand from a range of industries for these kinds of large-screen signage.

NEC has been promoting the high-end S[quadrat] product portfolio for the past three years, and notes that the company produces “state-of-the art LED display systems that combine high operating safety and pioneering feature sets … with high quality components paired with an innovative design, all engineered in Germany.”

5/16/2018 3:30 PM
Startup company Optovate, Ltd., is a microLED maker founded in 2008 in Oxford, UK. Only recently, however, has it started to speak publicly about its technologies: microLED transfer and micro-optic light. The first development involves a microLED transfer technique to enable the extraction of microLEDs from wafers to backplanes for display and lighting applications. According to the company, this approach is scalable to very large substrates and thus provides a cost-effective route for microLED applications.

The second development is a method for producing and integrating a precision micro-catadioptric optical array that combines refraction and reflection of light from each of the microLEDs, providing directional view-angle capability, which the company describes as a significant advantage for display, backlight, and lighting applications.

According to Optovate’s web site, the...
1/30/2018 9:20 AM

Universal Display Corporation announced in January 2018 that Sharp Corporation has signed an extended and updated evaluation agreement with UDC. Under the new agreement, UDC will supply its phosphorescent OLED materials and technology to Sharp for use in the company’s OLED displays. Details and financial terms of the agreement had not been disclosed at press time.

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