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Hitachi Chemical changes company's name

Hitachi Chemical announced the passing of the resolution at the annual general shareholders' meeting on June 23 to change the name of the company to gShowa Denko Materialsh on October 1, 2020.


JOLED Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit against Samsung Electronics et al.

JOLED filed a complaint seeking remedies such as damages and an accounting from Samsung Electronics, Samsung Display, and Samsung Electronics America for patent infringement in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, on June 22nd, 2020 (CDT). In parallel, JOLED has also filed a similar complaint seeking remedies such as an injunction for patent infringement against Samsung Electronics and its local subsidiary in Germany in the District Court of Mannheim, Federal Republic of Germany.


SMM and Tohoku University begun initiatives aimed at 2050 based on a Vision Co-Creation Partnership

Sumitomo Metal Mining (SMM) and National University Corporation Tohoku University (TU) have begun initiatives aimed at 2050 based on a Vision Co-Creation Partnership. The both will foster the minds of researchers who engage in their work with ambition through joint research, all with the aim of achieving our vision for the creation of a Solar Energy Society.


Mitsubishi Chemical to Expand Sales of Antireflective Film for Picture Frames

Mitsubishi Chemical announced that it looks to expand sales of its MOSMITE antireflective film for picture frames. Tohkoh Jushi, which handles this brand and ACRYLITE acrylic sheet, another MCC offering, has started sellingan acrylic sheet with MOSMITE antireflective film bonded on both sides for picture frames.

MOSMITE mimics the fine structure of moth eyes. The width of the 200 nm surface protrusions with their 100 nm intervals is narrower than the wavelength of visible light. This diminishes the resulting change in the refractive index of light and suppresses reflections. The reflectivity of glass and plastic surfaces is generally 4 to 5%. Applying MOSMITE slashes reflectivity to between 0.1 and 0.3%, for outstanding light transmissionthat enhances the appreciation of framed pictures by eliminating glare.


CEATEC 2020 will be held by a fully online event

The CEATEC Executive Board comprised of the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association, the Communications and Information Network Association of Japan, and the Computer Software Association of Japan has announced that the board is seeking to transform CEATEC 2020, which is scheduled to be held between October 20 (Tue) and 23 (Fri), from a conventional-style physical exhibition held at Makuhari Messe, to a fully online event. Details of CEATEC 2020 online events will be announced on the official website and in press releases starting around June.

FPD/PCB NEWS`April 22

Mitsui Kinzoku Begins Mass Production of an Extremely-Thin Electrodeposited Cu Foil with Carrier for 5G and IoT Devices

Mitsui Mining & Smelting announced that it has started mass producing and shipping its latest MT-GN, an extremely-thin electrodeposited copper foil with carrier MicroThin.

The newly developed MT-GN is a lower roughness copper foil that reduces the nodular size to about 1/3 of our flagship MT-FL, and achieve the same adhesion to the resin substrate as MT-FL.


DENSO and Tokyo Tech Establish DENSO Mobility Collaborative Research Cluster

DENSO announced that it established the DENSO Mobility Collaborative Research Center, jointly with Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) under the university's industry liaison program. The Collaborative Research Cluster will promote joint research with the support of Tokyo Tech's Open Innovation Platform from research planning to commercialization.

Specifically, the Collaborative Research Cluster will have, on the Ookayama campus of Tokyo Tech, a dedicated space to conduct applied research on heat dissipation technology for automotive components, as well as explore themes in new research together with researchers in different fields of specialization including electronics, semiconductors, electricity, mechanics, and communication to promote joint research with them. Moreover, the Collaborative Research Cluster will be staffed by people from DENSO and Tokyo Tech to promote implementing research in society, and open innovation in cooperation with other companies.


JDI transfers of fixed assets at the Hakusan plant

Japan Display (JDI) announced that it has resolved at its meeting of the board of directors held to transfer part of the equipment located at its Hakusan Plant and entered into a definitive agreement with the transferee regarding the transfer.

FPD/PCB NEWS`March 23

Toyobo practicalizes power-generating material for OPV with world's top-level conversion efficiency under room light

Toyobo and the French government research institute CEA have succeeded in making trial organic photovoltaics (OPV) small cells on a glass substrate with the world's top-level conversion efficiency in a dim room, and trial OPV modules on a lightweight and thin PET film substrate during their joint research project. The trial products use a power-generating material for OPV that Toyobo has been developing.

Toyobo aims to put the material into early practical use, mainly as a wireless power source in such devices as temperature-humidity and motion sensors. The material can dissolve easily even in halogen-free solvents, allowing it to be coated evenly on a substrate, thus it can generate power stably with little individual difference.

FPD/PCB NEWS`March 12

Sharp Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Regarding LCDs against CHOT

Sharp announced to file a patent infringement lawsuit against Xianyang CaiHong Optoelectronics Technology (China) which is manufacturing and selling liquid crystal panels, TPV Technology (Hong Kong) including its subsidiaries, and Vizio (USAU) in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Sharp alleges that these entities have infringed twelve patents related to Liquid Crystal Display (LCD), including Polymer-Sustained Alignment (PSA) and High Definition Display Technologies.

FPD/PCB NEWS`February 28

The Japan Society of Applied Physics cancells the 67th JSAP Spring Meeting 2020

Considering the global concerns over the new coronavirus outbreak as well as the press release to event organizers from Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, The Japan Society of Applied Physics announced to cancel the 67th JSAP Spring Meeting 2020, which was scheduled from March 12 (Wed.) to 15 (Sun.) at Yotsuya Campus, Sophia University.

FPD/PCB NEWS`February 20

JDI exhibits at 28th 3D & Virtual Reality Expo

Japan Display (JDI) announced to exhibit its free roam VR system, which incorporates JDI VR head-mounted displays (product name VRM-100), at the 28th 3D & Virtual Reality Expo. This expo, which will be held February 26 (Wed.)-28 (Fri.), 2020, at Makuhari Messe, is a specialized exhibition within the Manufacturing World Japan 2020.

Free roam VR refers to a multi-participant type of VR in which multiple users can move around the same space. Unlike traditional VR, which only single individuals can experience, free roam VR is applicable to various operations that require team work, making advanced training possible. JDI provides high-quality training solutions by reproducing special situations, such as natural disasters (earthquakes, etc.) and terrorist attacks, in a VR space and combining this with a system that multiple people can experience.

FPD/PCB NEWS`February 12

Murata Manufacturing Completion Ceremony for New Production Facility of Murata Electronics (Malaysia)

Murata Electronics (Malaysia), a production subsidiary of Murata Manufacturing, recently completed construction of a production facility that was started in October 2018, and a completion ceremony was held on Wednesday, February 12 (local time).

Total floor area is 23,007 m2. Total investment is 4 billion yen (building only).

FPD/PCB NEWS`February 5

Shin-Etsu Chemical started marketing newly developed materials for MicroLED

Shin-Etsu Chemical announced to start marketing materials that will be used in the manufacturing process of MicroLED displays.

The materials that Shin-Etsu Chemical has newly developed and begun to market are the following:‡@A MicroLED transfer stamp that has formed a dry adhesion layer free of an adhesive agent on the ultra-flat substrate.‡AA temporary support substrate that will make possible various processes such as cleaning processes and transfer processes while holding the substrate.