Applied Materials hosted an Open Innovation Workshop in Shanghai where company experts joined industry and academic leaders to explore how materials engineering can help transform sectors of the global economy.
Applied’s James Xiao, VP & GM, Display CVD & EPG, reviews the recently launched thin film encapsulation systems for enabling the volume production of high-resolution, thin and lightweight flexible OLED displays for mobile products and TVs.
For the next installment in my display survey series, I will focus on advanced display technologies coming down the pipeline and how materials engineering solutions will enable tomorrow’s TVs and mobile devices to be flexible, bendable and foldable.
Our display survey revealed a consumer sentiment that should surprise no one: cracked mobile screens are a big problem worldwide. Applied is working closely with customers and others in the industry to develop manufacturing technologies that not only deliver high-quality, power-efficient mobile displays, but also enable more durable screens that can withstand being dropped and can better endure wear-and-tear over time.
As a leading flat panel display equipment manufacturer driving the industry roadmap, Applied Materials commissioned an international survey of consumers to solicit general attitudes and preferences for mobile displays and flat screen TVs. Insightful and a bit surprising, the results highlight the features consumers want most.
Last month, Applied Materials hosted a touch screen panel (TSP) workshop in Germany near the company’s Alzenau technology and development center. The objective was to bring together experts in academia, customers and suppliers from around the world to discuss the materials, tool and technology innovations needed to drive growth for the TSP market.
Applied Materials AKT Display group recently completed its participation at FPD International 2013 in Pacifico Yokohama and among the highlights of the largest display trade show in Japan were advanced high resolution solutions for mobility and televisions.
Display devices that require higher resolution are typically greater than 300 pixels-per-inch and call for a change at the transistor level to a higher mobility material. Click here to learn more about current smartphone resolution and where it's headed. In order to accommodate more pixels for higher resolution, traditional amorphous silicon (a-Si)-based transistors can be made smaller but have to compensate by using more power to maintain picture quality ultimately leaving less power dedicated to battery life. I can't think of anyone on the planet who wants to sacrifice battery life. Fortunately, we have a solution! Metal oxide (MoX) and low temperature polysilicon (LTPS) -based transistors can scale down the transistor size using low power while meeting the higher mobility requirements that consumers demand in the latest mobility gadgets.
Have you ever watched Jennifer Aniston making a call on her mobile phone on the show, Friends? It is the size of a breadbasket! Clearly the mobile phone world has changed, but where do we go from here?
Applied Materials drives innovation in a variety of ways, including investing in internal R&D to continue to offer new products and technologies and collaborating with the world’s leading universities, research institutions, industry associations and consortia as well as government entities.
We’ve also developed internal programs to advance technology breakthroughs by encouraging and funding disruptive ideas that can accelerate product development.
This year is an important and exciting year for the display industry. The leading display companies including BOE Technology Group, Co. are responding to strong consumer demand for next-generation televisions and mobile devices which require higher performance, longer battery life and thinner form factors. The leading display makers are also responding to inflection points in their product roadmaps as new materials and technologies such as metal oxide and large area low temperature poly-silicon (LTPS) are required in the manufacturing of faster and smaller thin film transistors.
Applied Materials was presented with the prestigious IEEE Corporate Innovation Award by IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional association dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity, at the IEEE Honors Ceremony in San Diego, California on June 29, 2013.
Cutting-edge technology advancements in the semiconductor and display equipment manufacturing industries increasingly are being driven by mobility. The rapid growth in smartphones and tablets has propelled manufacturers to explore new advanced materials, manufacturing processes, and transistor technologies in order to keep up with the accelerating pace of innovation.
Mobility applications demand higher resolution and higher performance in LCD, OLED and touch panel displays. Enhanced viewing experiences through OLED and flexible displays, combined with thinner, lighter, greener and more portable form factors, are right around the corner.
On July 8 beginning at 1:00pm PT at our Santa Clara, Calif. headquarters, Applied Materials will discuss these trends and the company’s role in advancing the semiconductor and display industries during our annual Analyst Meeting.
I’m delighted to share that Applied Materials is being recognized by the renowned engineering authority IEEE with the 2013 Corporate Innovation Award for the company’s leadership in innovative plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition technology for flat panel display manufacturing.