Display

Enabling Ultra-High Resolution, Low Power Displays

Enabling Ultra-High Resolution, Low Power Displays

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.
Accelerating the Innovation Pipeline

Accelerating the Innovation Pipeline

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.
Next-Generation TVs and Mobile Devices

Next-Generation TVs and Mobile Devices

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.
2013 Applied Materials Analyst Meeting & SEMICON West Activities

2013 Applied Materials Analyst Meeting & SEMICON West Activities

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.
LCDs, Aperture Ratios and Hummingbirds

LCDs, Aperture Ratios and Hummingbirds

Why is a smartphone like a hummingbird? Neither can go more than a few hours without refueling, or bad things happen. (If you answered that smartphone owners are often forced to flutter around looking for a power outlet, I’ll accept that, too.)Do you know where the power goes? As the graphic shows, around half your battery is spent on the display alone. And of that, the vast majority is used simply to power the backlight that all LCDs need. (The situation for AMOLED displays is similar, but for different reasons. That’s a subject for a future blog.)Clearly, improving the power efficiency of the display is a powerful way to improve battery life. Turning the brightness down isn’t a helpful strategy. Indeed, we expect displays to be brighter and richer all the time, but not at the expense of already limited battery life. (Bigger batteries would also work, but the market has spoken on that one. Slim is in!)How is this to be accomplished? Find out after the jump.
Metal Oxide TFTs – Closer to Realization

Metal Oxide TFTs – Closer to Realization

In recent years we have seen flat screen TVs growing bigger and bigger and their capabilities continuously improved. Full high definition (HD) screen resolutions of (1920x1080 pixels) are now standard with many panel makers showcasing or announcing larger ultra-definition resolution screens. At the same time refresh rates are increasing, providing a better appearance of moving images and 3D TV.Consumers today can choose from a large variety of huge screens providing extremely crisp and detailed images at very high refresh rates. Most recently, large OLED TVs have started to reach the market. However, fabricating these high-performance displays represent a big challenge to the panel makers since they need to figure out a way to drive all these pixels integrated on very large areas with sufficient speed and low power consumption.