flat panel display

Witnessing a walk on the moon: Too bad we didn’t have 3D TVs!

Witnessing a walk on the moon: Too bad we didn’t have 3D TVs!

With 15 years of experience in the Display industry at Applied Materials, I have witnessed firsthand the dynamic advances that have taken place in display technologies.  But as remarkable as these advances have been; the excitement and promise of displays are their ability to allow for the interaction of the shared human experience.Last Friday marked one of the great anniversaries in the history of live broadcast television, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to reflect on this moment in time and briefly describe the giant leaps made in display technology over the last 40 years.
Applied Technology "on Display" in Wired UK magazine

Applied Technology "on Display" in Wired UK magazine

If you've ever wondered where TV screens are born, then look no further - the answer is Applied Materials! The January issue of Wired UK magazine showcases Applied’s display technology and how it makes a flat panel LCD display.  The issue is also available in Wired UK’s iPad edition, which can be found on Apple’s Newsstand store and features a video tour of Applied’s factory in Taiwan (also shown above).
How do Innovations Become Industries?

How do Innovations Become Industries?

 Click on the graphic to expand the image.We’ve all seen it happen many times, especially during major events such as the post-thanksgiving Black Friday, Cyber Monday and holiday sales: gadgets that were expensively priced for early adopters are suddenly affordable and accessible to the average person, which in turn spur a jump in demand. A 55-inch 3D LED TV, for example, that retailed for more than $3000 USD not too long ago now sells for about $1300 (and it comes with a 3D Blu-ray player and 4 sets of 3D glasses!) Similarly, a respectable laptop PC can cost less than $300 USD these days when they were more than $2000 just a couple years back. My 486 desktop computer used to be two grand! Aside from consumer electronics, we’re seeing similar trends of cost reduction in industries such as solar and LED lighting. A photovoltaic (PV) solar module that used to cost more than $5 per watt five years ago now goes for about $1.50 per watt. LED light bulbs for general lighting sold for more than $40 per bulb in hardware stores two years ago now sell for less than $20, and I am sure they will be comparably priced with today’s CFL bulb in the near future.So how do these incredibly technologically advanced products become so affordable? The answer is technology and scale.
Applied in the News: Crazy about Displays

Applied in the News: Crazy about Displays

Applied Materials' display technology is the talk of the town in the news this week.   Wired Magazine's May 2011 issue includes an article titled, "How Flatscreen TVs Get Cheaper," which breaks down the science behind flat-panel LCD displays and how Applied Materials' machines print arrays of circuits on sheets of glass and then slice them into screens "like high tech brownies."
Applied Materials Enables Display Innovations

Applied Materials Enables Display Innovations

I am in Makuhari, Japan just outside of Tokyo this week for the FPD International/Green Devices 2010 show, running from Nov 10-12. Applied Materials’ theme at this year’s show is “Display Innovations for a Visual World” and the objective is to demonstrate our technology leadership in thin film transistor liquid crystal displays (TFT-LCD) and emerging displays.
The LED LCD Revolution

The LED LCD Revolution

Earlier this month, I attended the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the world’s largest exhibition for consumer electronics. This year, in addition to the ever increasing dominance of LCD TVs over other display technologies in the market and the continued increase in screen sizes at reasonable price points, we also saw two revolutionary trends in form factor and viewing experience.