Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Fonon DSS' Update on TFT LCDs

As of 2008, all color LCD TVs and monitors use thin-film transistor liquid crystal displays (TFT LCDs). Coincidentally, the best known application of thin-film transistors is in TFT LCDs. In this process, transistors are embedded within the panel itself, reducing crosstalk between pixels and improving image stability. The most beneficial aspect of TFT technology is a separate transistor for each pixel on the display. As each transistor is small, the amount of charges essential for controlling it also small. This allows for very fast re-drawing of the display. Prior to TFT, passive matrix LCD displays could not keep up with fast moving images. A mouse dragged across the screen, for example, from point A to point B, would disappear between the two points. A TFT monitor can track the mouse, resulting in a display that can be used for video, gaming and all forms of multimedia.

The Future of TFT LCDs
As the world still struggles to determine if we’re in a recession, depression or none of the above, some industries are showing signs that the worst of whatever ails us, although may not be completely over, is starting to show signs of improvement. The flat panel display industry, for one, seems to have reached the bottom of the cycle back in February 2009 and now the latest survey results are showing some recovery.

According to the March 2009 DisplaySearch report, shipments of large-area TFT LCD panels reached 37.9 million units, showing strong month over month growth of 29%. Additionally, large-area TFT LCD revenues reached $3.9 billion, up 31% month over month and all three major applications—notebook PC, monitor and TV—showed over 20% month over month growth, and total shipments were the highest in six months.

“As the FPD industry starts to rebound, businesses should be looking at using technology to improve their manufacturing operations during these tough economic times so that when the market does fully recover – they’re already ahead of the game.” This is according to Maureen McHale the Corporate Marketing and Public Relations Manager for Fonon Display and Semiconductor Systems (Fonon DSS). “This is a time for innovative thinking and for manufacturers to take advantage of the current economic situation by improving processes, updating equipment and implementing cost saving technology," she explained.

Laser Equipment for the FPD Industry
Fonon DSS has developed laser equipment for the flat panel display (FPD) industry which is used in helping to create very thin display screens for portable computers, T.V. screens, radio faces, and most LCD technology. Flat panel display technology has become increasing popular over other existing technologies because the display is thinner, lightweight and more power efficient. Manufacturing this high tech product requires equally high tech equipment like fiber laser systems which are not only able to produce high quality results, they can lower manufacturing costs and increase throughput.

Fonon DSS’ turnkey equipment is designed and built utilizing cutting-edge technology and patented methods including Zero Width Laser Cutting Technology (ZWLCT®). This new industrial method uses a laser controlled power density profile on the material surface to generate the subsurface forces greater than intermolecular connections. The methodology utilizes a non-contact laser induced internal stress to produce a controlled separation. Since the technique is non-contact, the surface degradation associated with mechanical scribe and break is eliminated, thus removing the need for additional cleaning of the glass. Yield loss as a result of particulate damage is also greatly reduced. This technique has the highest level of precision known to man and it has dramatically improved the substrate separation process, specifically for latest generations (Gen 6, 7, and 8) glass panels for Flat Panel Display (FPD) manufacturing.

In order to utilize the patented ZWLCT® for laser scribing glass for the FPD industry, Fonon DSS has incorporated this technology into the latest innovation, the Fantom™ product line. These stand-alone systems have been built for scribing TFT LCD panels, utilizing a C3 Laser™ Integrated Glass Scribing Laser Module. Fonon DSS' Fantom™ laser scribers are designed to increase efficiency providing higher throughput rates and continually proving to be the more cost effective solution.

Discover the Fantom™ Advantages:
The Fantom™ product line offers many advantages over traditional, more costly methods as outlined here:

1) In comparison to the older method of glass cutting, the cost of ZWLCT® technology continues to decrease, while mechanical scribing systems increase. As panel sizes increase the cost of mechanical equipment grows exponentially with each increase in panel size, while laser equipment costs only increase linearly. This change in market ROI makes Fonon DSS' laser scribers and ZWLCT® methods the clear choice when comparing cost factors.

2) Fonon’s patented glass scribing technology surpasses the older mechanical technology used to cut glass and other brittle materials for the electronic and semiconductor industries. Conventional technology creates vent cracks by stressing the substrate, which in turn creates surface damage and lateral cracks, resulting in particulate generation, and yield loss. It is this loss, plus the purchase cost for mechanical scribing and breaking systems, that has become the significant contributor to the retail cost of modern flat panel displays.

3) The Fantom™ scribing systems utilize ZWLCT® which allows scribing applications to be processed with tremendous speed, no material loss, and no chips or other debris associated with conventional scribe and break techniques thereby eliminating the cleaning and grinding line.
Enhancements are continually being made to ZWLCT® methods and the Fantom™ line - growing and changing with the industry, allowing manufacturers to reduce costs and increase production.

Fonon DSS, the cutting edge developer of state-of-the-art, laser scribing, dicing, marking, coating removal, direct patterning, and photo mask repair solutions for the Flat Panel Display (FPD), Semiconductor, Photovoltaic and Electronics industries throughout the world.

Media Contact:
Maureen McHale

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Advanced Solar Photonics Makes the News - Again!

Page 14 of the Metro Orlando Economic Commissions' Texture magazine has a write up about Advanced Solar Photonics...the company I do the Marketing and Public Relations, huh?

Click on the magazine to read the article...

My Company Won - Best Laser Brand!

Lake Mary, Fl., April 2, 2009 - Laser Photonics, the industry leader in developing high-tech Fiber and Co2 laser systems for marking, cutting and engraving applications has been presented with the 2008 IEN Best Brands Award.

“We are truly honored to be selected for the Best Brand Award in the category of Laser Systems from Industrial Equipment News,” said Maureen McHale, the Corporate Marketing and Public Relations Manager for Laser Photonics.

In each of the 35 product categories, IEN readers expressed a clear brand preference. From that data, as well as through independent market research, four brand leaders were identified by IEN editors. An open write-in option was also provided to capture other reader preferences that were not listed.

“Brands are built in part by positive user experience with the product over time”, said Ciro Buttacavoli, Publisher of Industrial Equipment News. “To be considered “the best” among an industrial-buying audience of 201,000 is certainly testimony to just how well this product performs. Brands are also managed by consistency—both in product quality and sending the right message to the marketplace.”

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

I was on Fox 35 News - WOFL - Orlando, Fl

Because of my efforts (yeah, that's right, I'm tootin' my own horn...) one of the companies I work for, Advanced Solar Photonics, was featured on the 6, 7 and 8am news here in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday, March 31, 2009. Having to get up at 4:30am to make that 6am time slot was challenging, but worth it! The four spots featured Demitri Nikitin, CEO of ASP, Edgardo Rodriguez, VP of ASP, Kristen Breunig, Market Development Manager of ASP and me, Maureen McHale, Corporate Marketing and Public Relations Director. Although we don't have any video yet...following the segments, Steve Gehlbach, the reporter for Fox 35, wrote and posted the following piece on their website:

Business Ramps Up to Make Solar Panels
Last Edited: Tuesday, 31 Mar 2009, 12:26 PM EDT
Created On: Tuesday, 31 Mar 2009, 12:25 PM EDT

LAKE MARY, Fla. - Advanced Solar Photonics will soon be the only place in the Sunshine State to make panels to capture energy from the sun. Solar power is becoming more popular on homes and businesses, but installers have to get the high-tech panels from outside Florida.

The company hopes to start making the panels by June and plans to add hundreds of jobs.

President Barack Obama promised billions in funding to great new green jobs and make alternative energy sources more available. Advanced Solar Photonics hopes to cash in on some of those federal dollars.

The company is also working to get legislation passed to make it cheaper for homeowners to switch to solar power by paying them a premium for power they make, but don't use and sell back to power companies. The cost to install solar panels onto your house can cost anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000, depending on the size of the house and system used.