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The Fourth Wave In Display Creates Opportunity For Applied Materials

The Fourth Wave In Display Creates Opportunity For Applied Materials

It is likely you did not hear about the latest exploits of Charlie Sheen or the recent natural disasters from the evening news on television or from the newspaper. You probably did not buy Lady Gaga’s latest CD at a record store. It is more likely that you are participating in a new wave of information sharing – social networking and media downloading – these are driving demand for mobile devices such as smart phones and tablet PC’s . We refer to this latest shift as the “fourth wave” of demand expansion in the thin film transistor liquid crystal displays (TFT-LCD) industry.The history of the cyclical expansion of the TFT-LCD display industry centers on the introduction of popular new display applications that were enabled by ever larger sheets of glass. The first wave being the laptop PC in the mid-1990’s; the desktop monitor in early 2000 and large area TFT-LCD TV’s in the mid-2000’s.The fourth wave is driven by nothing less than the complete transformation of how we buy music; how we read books; how we get the news; how we watch video, television, movies; and how we socially interact with each other.
A Trip to Gadgets “R” Us

A Trip to Gadgets “R” Us

On exhibit at CES - “Surface PCs"  - a PC with a very large unbreakable screen with touch panel capability.At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, 140,000 attended to check out the 20,000 products being introduced. Luckily, it was a tradeshow, so they don’t actually sell you any of the gadgets, otherwise, I could've really burned a hole in my wallet. Here’s a quick recap of what I noticed at this year’s Gadgets "R" Us.
New Innovations Revolutionize Display Experience

New Innovations Revolutionize Display Experience

L to R: World’s slimmest 42” LED LCD TV by LGD; Sharp’s I wall public information display;  71” 3-D LED TV by AUO I am reporting on the last day of the  FPD International/Green Devices 2010 show and several new trends in flat panel displays are repeated around the exhibit hall.Thin is in.  The LG Extreme slim LCD TV is an amazingly thin 1/8 inch and weighs under 9 lbs!  This is accomplished by edge lit LED with local dimming; full HD 1080p resolution and 120Hz refresh rate provide an amazingly sharp picture with high contrast ratio.  The 73 watt power consumption is up to a 40% power savings over CCFL backlighting.  The extreme slim design requires a separate box with the tuner and other TV electronics.
A new Galaxy in the iPad Universe

A new Galaxy in the iPad Universe

Left to Right: Samsung's Galaxy Tab; Applied Materials' Tom Takeoka, Energy and Environmental Solutions, Advanced Energy Products with Apple iPad; Applied’s touchpanel equipment solutions.A key theme at this year’s FPD International/Green Devices 2010 show was touchpanel applications for mobile devices. These shows are incredible because they are the first place to see new and exciting devices—and to actually hold and demo upcoming ‘hot’ devices.
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 Fourth Screen

The Fourth Screen

I’m sure most of you are aware of the tremendous success of the Apple iPad, which was released in April of this year. There were great expectations and hype leading up to its release, and reported sales so far have more than met the expectations, with more than 10M units expected to be sold this year, and multiple “Tablet PC” products expected to be released by other makers late this year and early 2011.Actually the iPad success is part of a larger trend in display products that has been developing over the past few years, which I call the “Fourth Screen.”
The LED LCD Revolution Continues

The LED LCD Revolution Continues

In January, I wrote about the eye-opening trends on ‘Display’ at the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas, and described the incredible thinner and lighter form factors enabled by LED backlit LCD TVs. Now I would like to talk more comprehensively about why this revolution in TVs will be so attractive to consumers.
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.