Coronavirus Decimates China’s Public Display Production

The coronavirus has caused manufacturing rates of digital-signage products to plunge in the first quarter, contributing to production cuts of nearly 30 percent for public-display products, according to Omdia. Unit production of televisions used for signage applications is expected to decline by 10.9 percent in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same period…

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What’s Behind Foxconn’s Flipflop on U.S. LCD Plant?

Anyone familiar with Foxconn/Hon Hai Precision Industry retained a healthy dose of skepticism when Foxconn announced it would build advanced liquid-crystal displays (LCDs) in Wisconsin. To put it charitably, Foxconn is not renowned for honoring its contracts. More than 20 years ago, when I was working for Electronic Business magazine, one of our editors spent…

Yole: Organic Displays Still Seeking Scale

Vendors in the organic display technologies market are taking a page from the semiconductor industry and are developing toolkits that enable the manufacturing of organic displays on existing equipment, according to Yole Développement (Yole). This capability could mean the difference between widespread adoption of organic display technology or its limitation to niche markets. “The OSC [organic semiconductor]…

OLED Displays Gaining Market Traction

Active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) displays are finally gaining traction after years of manufacturing and materials development. The displays, which can be manufactured on thin and flexible substrates are lighter, use less power and are more colorful than liquid crystal displays (LCDs). However, because OLEDs can be produced using ink-jet-type processes, materials development has been slow…

Display IP Drives Foxconn-Sharp Deal

Ongoing consolidation has me sometimes feeling that the semiconductor and electronics industry is a shrinking group of major corporations representing leading sectors. The headlining M&A story of the year—so far– is the Foxconn-Sharp merger penned at the beginning of April, but which began in 2012. The seesaw story of Sharp’s financial troubles plagued the company for…

China Makes Inroads in TV Outsourcing

China is no longer a destination for offshoring — it is becoming more of an an outsourcing economy in its own right. Because certain TFT LCD panels were scarce in 2014, according to IHS, top TV brands turned to TV subcontract manufacturers in China. BOE and TCL were chosen for their semi-set outsourcing and original…

SID: Top 10 Trends in Display Technology

The global display industry continues to grow, with new technologies enabling a host of emerging products and applications. Because displays are the human-interface component for so many electronics products, their importance to devices could rival microprocessors. According to Sri Peruvemba, CEO of Marketer International and Head of Marketing for the Society for Information Display, these…

Display Makers Face Price Dilemma

It’s a classic dilemma for suppliers: prices decline more rapidly than manufacturing costs. Currently, display manufacturers are facing a squeeze as shipments of five-inch full-high-definition (FHD) mobile phone panels declined by 34 percent last year while manufacturing costs fell only 14 percent, according to IHS. Smartphone prices continue to fall, according to the researcher, so…