Orbotech Ltd., a leading provider of process innovation technologies, solutions and equipment that are enabling the transformation of the global electronics manufacturing industry, announced today that Tianma Micro-electronics Co. Ltd. (“Tianma”), a producer of display solutions with over three decades of experience in the Flat Panel Display (FPD) field, has selected Orbotech’s ArrayChecker™ and Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) solutions for its production line upgrade to flexible AMOLED technology.
Tianma has invested approximately $1.8 billion to extend its Gen 6 AMOLED fab in Wuhan, China. The Wuhan fab is designed for the production of flexible AMOLED display panels which are rapidly gaining popularity in consumer electronics devices. When the new line ramps up to mass production during the second half of 2017, Tianma expects to achieve capacity of 30,000 panels per month, with an additional 30,000 per month capacity increase in 2018.
According to the IHS Display Long-Term Demand Forecast Tracker Q4 2016, “AMOLED’s share of overall FPD revenue will increase to almost 30% in 2023. Revenue from AMOLED displays is expected to grow from $15 billion in 2016 to $36 billion in 2023 for a CAGR of 17%.”
“We are delighted that Tianma has selected our solutions for their flex AMOLED fabrication line,” stated Mr. Edu Meytal, President of Orbotech Pacific Display. “These solutions, which were designed to enable the new manufacturing processes required to produce flex AMOLED displays, will enable our customers to produce the most advanced FPD products available with high yields. This deal builds upon past successful implementations of Orbotech’s inspection, testing and repair solutions.”
About FPD Automated Optical Inspection (AOI)
Orbotech’s FPD AOI systems offer display manufacturers cutting edge automated inspection solutions for all types of display technologies including Flexible AMOLED. Orbotech FPD AOI systems increase production yields using advanced optics for image acquisition, unique image processing technologies, algorithms and data processing capabilities, microscopic video imaging, CD/Overlay measurements and automated macro (Mura) inspection to enable high-sensitivity defect detection and extremely accurate classification.
About Orbotech ArrayChecker™
The Orbotech ArrayChecker™ test system determines whether individual pixels or lines of pixels are functional. It also finds more subtle process defects such as variations in individual pixel voltage. Defect data are used for repair and statistical process control to decrease material costs and improve throughput.
About Tianma Micro-electronics Co.
Tianma Micro-electronics Co. was founded in 1983 and is publicly traded on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZ.000050) since 1995. The company specializes in the design, manufacturing, and supply of high quality LCD and LCM products. Affiliated companies within the Tianma Group, include Shenzhen Tianma, Shanghai Tianma, Shanghai AVIC, Chengdu Tianma, and Wuhan Tianma; combined to make up our state-of-the-art STN-LCD, CSTN-LCD, TFT-LCD, AMOLED, and CF production lines.
About Orbotech Ltd.
Orbotech Ltd. (NASDAQ: ORBK) is a global innovator of enabling technologies used in the manufacture of the world’s most sophisticated consumer and industrial products throughout the electronics and adjacent industries. The Company is a leading provider of yield enhancement, and production solutions for electronics reading, writing and connecting, used by manufacturers of printed circuit boards, flat panel displays, advanced packaging, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), LED, high speed RF on GaAs, power management device and other electronic components. Today, virtually every electronic device in the world is produced using Orbotech systems. For more information, visit www.orbotech.com/ and www.spts.com/
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