November 2019
Asia Electronics Industry
November 2019 Volume 24, Serial No. 278
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Cover | Story

amaha Motor Robotics Holdings Co., Ltd. (YMRH) was inaugurated in July through the business integration of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., and semiconductor manufacturing equipment makers SHINKAWA LTD. and APIC YAMADA CORPORATION. Combining the strengths of the three companies, YMRH became a total solution provider for the back-end assembly process.

YMRH participated in SEMICON Taiwan as its maiden exhibition overseas, and the company carried the theme “1 STOP SMART SOLUTION for back-end process.” It promoted the Yamaha brand, and showcased the three companies’ latest and flagship products.

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LG Display Starts 8.5-Gen OLED Panel Production
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LG Display’s 8.5-generation OLED panel plant in Guangzhou

KOREA and CHINA – LG Display Co., Ltd. has started mass production of its 8.5-generation (2,200×2,500mm) organic light emitting diode (OLED) panel in Guangzhou, China, which will pave the way for the company to produce a combined yearly estimate of 10 million large-size OLED panels including its facilities in Korea.

LG Display’s new Guangzhou OLED panel plant is initially manufacturing large-size high-resolution OLED products, including 55-inch, 65-inch and 77-inch panels with monthly capacity of 60,000 sheets. This will be further expanded to 90,000 sheets by 2021.

The new 8.5-generation OLED panel plant is operated by LG Display High-Tech China Co., Ltd (LGDCO), a joint venture established between LG Display and Guangzhou Development District (GDD). LG Display holds a 70 percent stake with KRW 2.6 trillion (US$2.2 billion) in capital.

Special | Report
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Japanese Mounter Makers Seek New Prospects in Smart Factory
As manufacturers embrace automation through the introduction of smart factory, mounter companies bring the competition up a notch with their respective offerings. Moreover, the integration of the back-end assembly process and electronic components mounting gives rise to a new business.

ndustry 4.0, the fourth industrial renovation advocated by Germany, sparked the manufacturing industry’s interest in internet of things (IoT)-enabled production system. Technology innovations in IoT, Big Data, artificial intelligence (AI), and robots, improve productivity, and bring about cost reduction as well as improvements of product quality, and working hour and environment, among others.

The Japanese government set forth Society 5.0 in Jan. 2016. Meanwhile, country-level efforts toward the fourth industrial evolution, like Industrial Internet of the United States and Made in China 2025 of China, have also begun.

An embodiment of Industry 4.0 is smart factory, where machines on a production line are connected in a communications network to exchange data. A smart factory automates instructions on tooling changes, failure prediction, and traceability of defective products, thereby dramatically improving production efficiency, and enabling the linkage with supply chains as well.

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NXTR Electronic Component Mounter

1. Zero placement defects
Stable, high-quality placement can be maintained using a newly developed sensing technology to simultaneously monitor the status of the machine in real time and controlling the stress on parts and panels.

2. Zero machine operators
The newly developed Smart Loader completely automates part supply and changeover for next production according to the production schedule. This prevents short stops from part supply errors and similar issues that are caused by delays and mistakes during supply work.

3. Zero machine stops
NXTR continues the complete modularity concept employed by the NXT. Heads and other units can be exchanged without tools, making it possible to perform maintenance offline. Predictive maintenance is made possible through self-diagnosis, preventing sudden machine stops from affecting the production plan.

Large Anechoic Chamber Tests 5G-Equipped Vehicle

anasonic Corporation has built one of Japan’s largest anechoic chambers to evaluate the communication performance of a whole vehicle through omni-direction as autonomous and connected cars are expected to rapidly become equipped with 5G equipment.

Radio equipment and antennas for 5G communication, which achieves broadband communication by using multiple antennas, may not provide their actual or discrete performance when they are incorporated into vehicles. This is because of the reflection of radio waves on the body and electromagnetic noise from other electronic devices. In this anechoic chamber, the communication performance of the whole vehicle can be efficiently evaluated.

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Production of Electric Mobility Components
The UNIX-DF Series desk-top soldering robot combines the automation technologies Japan Unix has developed in the soldering process. It enables to incorporate, store, and visualize real-time data during operation using a monitoring software.

he new UNIX-DF Series desk-top soldering robot has been developed by merging technologies Japan Unix Co., Ltd. has nurtured in the automation of soldering. It can be used for both contact soldering and laser soldering. As a general-purpose soldering platform, it enables flexible construction of production lines. It allows the user to incorporate, store, and visualize real-time data of the soldering robot in operation, using monitoring software exclusively for contact soldering.

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Soldering Manager
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S3X58-HF1000 New Generation Halogen-Free Solder Paste

KOKI Company Ltd.’s new halogen-free solder paste S3X58-HF1000 realizes powerful wetting, low voiding, and other critical properties at high performance levels with a wide open process window. Using newly developed activator techniques, the activation behavior of the solder paste is optimized, resulting to viscosity stability, powerful wetting, low voiding, and high insulation resistance. The product is categorized as ROL0 according to IPC J-STD-004B.

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JUKI Smart Solutions Lead in Manufacturing Innovations

nder the theme of “JUKI Smart Solutions – Leaders in Manufacturing Innovation,” JUKI Corporation has been proposing solutions that pave way for the smartification of the entire mounting process using advanced technologies, such as internet of things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies

Storage Solution
A storage solution solves issues in conventional components import and export and manual shelf management, such as picking up wrong components, efficiency in finding components from a huge inventory, and setting up production.

JUKI’s storage systems can automatically export components to be used in the mounting process when they are needed, and automatically store and manage components after use. In addition, they can also automate the manual serving operation through the use of the company’s original import and export system, automated guided vehicle (AGV), and robot. Furthermore, they can also be linked with management systems, such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), which are now used by customers, as well as with the existing infrastructure, making the components supply and management process dramatically smarter. The ISM Series storage solutions, including the ISM3600 large-capacity storage model, are excellent solutions that realize the automation of components management.

Intelligent Storage Management System ISM3600
Intelligent Storage Management System ISM3600
Special | Report
High-Performance Sensors
Multi Tactile Sensor for Robots Uses MEMS-LSI Integration Technology

actory automation by robots for routine and hard works, such as automobile industry and semiconductor manufacturing has become widespread to improve the efficiency of mass-production lines. On the other hand, robot automation for small-volume and high-variety production such as food industry has been scarcely applied, because current factory automation robots are not good at handling fragile and irregular formed objects in mixed flow production line. In order to improve the productivity of these infrequent tasks, “collaborative robot” that can perform joint work with people to assist workers’ operation has been proposed and adopted for pilot production lines.

In order to spread the collaborative robots for various applications, the robots should be equipped with many near-field sensors and tactile sensors that detect the approach and contact of people in order to ensure the safety of people working nearby. As another approach for automation of infrequent tasks, a high-performance robot having high manipulation skill to substitute for manual works by human has been developed. In order to grasp various objects without damage, the robots must have skin senses comparable to humans by mounting many tactile sensors at high density on their gripping part. In any case, mounting large number of tactile sensors on the robot is the key ingredient for improvement of productivity of infrequent tasks. Implementation of many tactile sensors on a robot body is possible, however, transmitting huge amount of tactile information with low-latency is a critical issue. Processing huge amounts of tactile information in real-time is also problem.

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Production Board Tester Brings Smart Test to New Heights
The production board test systems offered by Teradyne Inc. lie in the primary stage of manufacturing, which is the ideal phase to introduce advance automation systems. This platform will enable manufacturers unlock the full potential of Factory 4.0.

he First Industrial Age began in the 18th century, which was marked by steam power and early mechanization, followed by the Second Industrial Revolution in the 19th century with the harnessing of electricity to power motors for production. The introduction of modern quality metrics, early computing and numerical machine control ushered in the Third Industrial Age in the mid-20th century. About 250 years later, the Fourth Industrial Revolution emerged, where interconnected systems of monitor production and machine status, offering real-time decision making without requiring human intervention.

Industry 4.0 introduces interoperability among machines, devices, sensors, software, and people revolutionizing efficiency and quality. Multiple machines communicate manufacturing and quality data collectively to local manufacturing execution systems (MES) and factories to their corporate sites. Its promised benefits include increased reliability, greater manufacturing flexibility, and higher throughput—all resulting in increased output and product quality.

Tests Validate Shear Strength, Ductility Behavior of Solder Alloys

omputer units in automobiles are exposed to both high and low temperatures. Consequently, solder joints experience repeated stress from expansion and contraction due to the difference in the coefficient of thermal expansion between the printed circuit board (PCB) and component, resulting in a crack in the solder joint.

Miniaturization is a recent trend in automotive components, wherein a ball grid array (BGA) or a quad-flat no-leads (QFN) / bottom terminated component (BTC) with low standoff and narrow pitch is frequently soldered. Consequently, the demand for solder alloy composition to possess better thermal resistance than conventional SAC305 (Sn/3.0Ag/0.5Cu) solder has grown. To meet this demand, solid-solution strengthened solder alloys, which are tin (Sn) base alloys strengthened by bismuth (Bi) and antimony (Sb), hereinafter SAC+Bi,Sb solder, are suggested. Although the strength is improved by these solder alloy compositions and better thermal resistance than SAC305 is anticipated, it is also of concern that this composition may have different reliability reduction than SAC305, as its properties, such as ductility and hardiness are drastically different from SAC305.

In this paper, KOKI Company Limited discusses the ductility and durability of a solder joint based on the shear strength test results of chip resistor soldered joints.

Solutions Target Intermediate Process of Semiconductors for IoT, 5G
Fig. 1: Evolution of business under IoT and 5G
Fig. 1: Evolution of business under IoT and 5G

n recent years, with the increase of businesses using internet of things (IoT) and the spread of fifth-generation (5G) communication, related information terminals and devices have been increasing year by year, and the advancement of high-speed communication, high-speed processing and sensing functions has been required (Fig. 1).

Requirements for the advancement of these devices are expected to become even more sophisticated and expand further.

In order to respond to the evolution of devices, manufacturing process that adopts advanced packaging technology with an intermediate process between the semiconductor front-end process and back end process, has been expanding. Intermediate process combines the front-end wafer process and back-end packaging technology.

TDK’s Varistor Fosters Robust Automotive Ethernet
The latest multilayer varistor meets the required high-speed and low-latency requirements in ADAS and autonomous driving systems.


DK Corporation has expanded its lineup of multilayer varistors for automotive Ethernet and introduced the AVRH10C221KT1R5YA8 variant in the AVR Series, which comes with a very high electrostatic discharge (ESD) robustness for use in especially hostile environments. The new addition provides reliable ESD protection up to 25kV in compliance with IEC61000-4-2.

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AVR Series multilayer varistor

Because of the extremely precise multilayer technology and optimized manufacturing process, the new chip varistor features a low capacitance of 1.5±0.13pF. With its IEC 1005 package (1.0×0.5×0.5mm), the component’s volume is about 75 percent smaller than that of existing components.

Japan Parts Makers Seize China’s EV Market Potential
Despite the impacts of the trade tensions with the United States, China’s automotive market remains attractive, particularly in the electric vehicle field, and Japanese components want to cash in on this potential.

apanese electronic components manufacturers have been moving aggressively to cultivate the demand for components for electric vehicles (EVs) in the huge Chinese market. At Automotive World China, an exhibition of car electronics, which was held in Shenzhen, China in August, Japanese components makers, such as Nichicon Corporation and Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., underscored the importance of the Chinese market as they take part in one of the biggest automotive events in the region.

Film Capacitors as Business Pillar

The Chinese economy in general, and the local car market in particular, have been plagued by the prolonged trade tension between China and the United States. Nonetheless, companies in the automotive ecosystem continue to have strong expectations that electric vehicle systems will drive the market in the medium to long term.

Katsuhiko Mori

Photo 1: Nichicon promotes components for automotive electronics [Katsuhiko Mori, Managing Director and General Manager, Nichicon (Hong Kong) Ltd.].

DENSO, BlackBerry Pitch for Integrated Automobile HMI Platform
The partnership paved the way for an integrated control human-machine interface (HMI) digital cockpit solution that promotes safe and seamless digital in-car experience.


ENSO Corporation and BlackBerry Limited have introduced the first integrated human machine interface (HMI) digital cockpit system with the BlackBerry QNX technology and are already available in the vehicles produced by Japanese car maker SUBARU. The DENSO Harmony Core will also be available first in the United States from autumn 2019 in the all-new 2020 SUBARU Legacy and Outback models.

Co-developed by BlackBerry and DENSO, in collaboration with SUBARU, this leading-edge digital cockpit solution uses BlackBerry QNX Hypervisor technology to enable integrated control of in-vehicle HMI systems. First revealed at the 2018 International CES in Las Vegas, this blend of advanced software and human interaction creates a seamless automotive user experience as data-driven connected vehicles turn to reality.

Unique Technology Powers Seiko NPC’s Automotive-Use Oscillator
The automotive-use crystal oscillator exhibits high precision and low power consumption in small-chip-size form factor, which makes it ideal for short distance wireless communication.


eiko NPC Corporation has added the IC7101 Series automotive-use crystal oscillator that comes with f0 adjustment function. The version is an IC manufactured device based on the IATF16949 system, which is a quality management system standard for the automotive industry.

Because of this specification, Seiko NPC is able to support Production Parts Approval Process (PPAP), which is a process observed in the automotive and aerospace industries that enables manufacturers and suppliers approve production designs before, during and after manufacturing process.

Product Features, Specification

The IC7101 Series is manufactured on the assumption that customers will develop crystal oscillators for use in automobiles that comply with the AEC-Q100 quality standard. Because of this, the product has the specification and quality management system necessary for use as its parts.

Component | Materials
Camera Lens Material Highlights Highest Refractive Index
The new polycarbonate resin Iupizeta EP-10000 achieves refractive index of 1.68 and advanced camera lens functions.

itsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc. has developed Iupizeta EP-10000, a specialty polycarbonate resin for smartphone camera lenses, featuring the highest refractive index of 1.68. The Iupizeta EP Series specialty polycarbonate resins are widely used in smartphone camera lens units and other devices globally.

Materials for camera lens units in smartphones, tablets and other devices are required to have both high refractive index, which reduces lens thickness, and low birefringence, which improves image sharpness. The Iupizeta EP Series is a unique optical material that achieves these two requirements to a high level, aside from its moldability feature. As increasing demands are placed on smartphones for advanced camera performance, the Iupizeta EP Series is an indispensable material for camera lenses to meet market needs.
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Iupizeta EP-10000 resin
The newly released Iupizeta EP-10000 is an advanced material with the highest refractive index of 1.68, surpassing the 1.67 refractive index of the Iupizeta EP-9000, and enables even more advanced camera functions while maintaining thinness.
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Showa Denko Reinforces Supply System for High-Purity Gas
With the expected chip market recovery, the company prepares a stable supply system and puts up investments to boost production.


n anticipation of the recovery of the semiconductor market, Showa Denko K.K. will strengthen its supply system for high-purity gas for electronic materials, and subsequently expand business.

Showa Denko provides semiconductor manufacturers worldwide with high-purity gases and chemicals, and equipment for use in the manufacturing process of liquid crystal panels, light-emitting diodes and solar cells. The company’s semiconductor high-purity gas business handles more than 20 kinds of high-purity gases centering on the four main products: ammonia, nitrogen monoxide, chlorine, and hydrogen bromide (HBr), securing high shares of the global market.

Expects Market Rebound
In the first half of FY2019, the company’s high-purity gas business for electronic materials leveled off affected by the global semiconductor production adjustments. Although the demand for gases for non-memory semiconductors, such as logic chips and CMOS Image Sensors (CIS), and those for displays was relatively strong, the demand for memory semiconductors, such as 3D-NAND devices and DRAMs, stagnated affected by the production adjustments because of significant deterioration of the memory market conditions.
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Mitsubishi Chemical to Ramp up Polyester Film Production
The company’s Indonesia subsidiary invests US$130 million in the new facility that will have a capacity for 25,000 tons annually.

argeting an increase in production capacity of polyester film, PT. MC PET Film Indonesia (MFI), Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation’s wholly owned subsidiary, is set to build a new facility, investing about US$130 million. The new production facility is set to be completed at the end of 2021.

In the polyester film market, Mitsubishi Chemical anticipates continued growth in the optical application for displays, conventionally its main application. In addition, demand for polyester films, particularly those for processes to manufacture electronic components, is showing remarkable growth. Factors behind this favorable market include expanding use of electronic components in the automotive industry and increasing production of electronic components, like multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) spurred by the growing number of 5G-compatible base stations and ongoing upgrades in telecommunications equipment. Under these circumstances, MFI has worked to meet rising market demand by enhancing the efficiency of its present plant, along with other measures, but in consideration of projected demand growth, it decided to build a new facility that will increase its production capacity to scale of 25,000 tons per annum.

Mitsubishi Chemical has manufactured polyester films for optical, industrial, and packaging applications at five production facilities in Japan, China, Indonesia, the United States, and Germany. Demand for industrial-use polyester films is on the rise, especially in Europe, and the company is planning to increase its production capacity. In other regions, it will also take a proactive approach in business development, as a leading polyester film company, by increasing its production capacity to meet the individual needs.

TOKIN Increases Tantalum Capacitors Production in Thailand

OKIN Corporation has been bolstering its production system for tantalum capacitors, which have found new adoption in a broader array of devices, in its Thailand plant. Featuring compact size and large capacitance, tantalum capacitors have expanded their application areas, leading to higher scale of orders.

TOKIN Electronics (Thailand) Co., Ltd., TOKIN’s local production subsidiary in Thailand, also plans to build a four-story factory building with a total floor area of 2,500sq.m, and expand production capacity by 50 percent.

Wide Adoption Due to Reliability
Tantalum capacitors being produced at the Thai Plant employ conductive polymer for the cathode material. They feature compact size, low profile, large capacitance, and low equivalent series resistance (ESR), and their applications have been expanding to a wide range of fields, focusing on the information equipment field, and encompassing communications terminals and automobiles.

Yamaha Motor Enhances Features of Long-Arm SCARA Robot
The new YK400XE SCARA model features an improved payload and faster cycle time than the previous model.

amaha Motor Co., Ltd. has released the YK400XE model Selective Compliance Assembly Robot Arm (SCARA), or horizontal articulated robot, featuring 400mm arm length.

YK400XE is the successor to the high-precision and high-functionality model YK400XR. Thanks to improved rigidity because of the enhanced drive system and arm as well as improved performance of the RCX340 controller, YK400XE achieved a maximum payload of 4kg, 1.4 times that of previous models, and standard cycle time is 0.41 seconds, an approximately 10 percent reduction from YK400XR, delivering increased production capacity. In addition, installation positions are fully compatible with the previous model.

Driven by increasing requirements for production line automation and labor savings, the demand for SCARA robots continues to increase. SCARA robots in the 400mm arm-length class are mainly used for assembling small parts, such as in smartphones, PCs, and home appliances. With the release of YK400XE as an upgraded but compatible version of highly rated YK400XR, Yamaha Motor aims to expand its share of the compact SCARA robot market.


Electrical Discharge Slicing Machine Suits Next IC Materials
The new slicing machine features D-SLICE that allows contactless processing of materials.

itsubishi Electric Corporation has released an electrical discharge slicing machine designed for high-hardness semiconductor materials, such as silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN).

The semiconductor devices market has been growing in strategic fields, such as automobiles and power generation systems. Against this backdrop, the release of the electrical discharge slicing machine provides impetus to the cultivation of demand for the processing of materials necessary for the manufacturing of devices.

Higher Processing Speed

The DS1000 multi-wire electrical discharge slicing machine has achieved improved productivity and cost reduction, which are required in the wafer manufacturing process using next-generation semiconductor materials at the same time.

DS1000 multi-wire electrical discharge slicing machine
Photo 1: DS1000 multi-wire electrical discharge slicing machine


Japan Unix Connects Network-Enabled Robots in China
Leading its product portfolio is the UNIX-DF desktop robot, which is being received well by automotive electronics makers.

apan Unix Co., Ltd. took part in NEPCON Asia 2019, which was held in Shenzhen, China in August, through its distributor WKK, and pitched network-enabled UNIX-DF Series desktop robots and other leading-edge products.

Japan Unix’s main business is manufacture and sales of soldering robots, including semiconductor laser soldering robots that enable contactless soldering, as well as ultrasonic and iron tip soldering robots.

Photo 1: Zemin Li, China Office Manager, Japan Unix Co., Ltd
Photo 1: Zemin Li, China Office Manager, Japan Unix Co., Ltd
The company has global presence and maintains sales bases in Shanghai and Shenzhen in China, Seoul in Korea, Taipei in Taiwan, Penang in Malaysia, New Jersey in the United States, and Guadalajara in Mexico, as well as in Japan.

Zemin Li, China Office Manager, Japan Unix, says, “Because of the rising labor costs in China, as an offshoot of manpower shortage, requirements for soldering automation have been increasing. Our customer base has been expanding to include not only Japanese companies, but also Chinese local companies and European and U.S. companies. Thus far, we have expanded sales results of products for automotive printed circuit boards. Although sales of gasoline-powered vehicles have fallen in China, the demand for electric vehicles (EVs) has been steadily expanding.”

Range of Growth Fields Propels Measuring
Instruments in China
Despite recent trade challenges, Denkei Trading (Shanghai) sees huge opportunities in the Chinese market.

ihon Denkei Co., Ltd., a trading company of measuring instruments, has been expanding its business in China through Denkei Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. and Denkei Technology R&D (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. In the South China region, covering Shenzhen, Dongguan, and Guangzhou, the company has been endeavoring to increase sales in growth fields, like automotive, new energy and fifth-generation (5G) mobile communications.

Denkei Trading (Shanghai) has about 30 bases in China and has been carrying out sales activities closely attuned to local needs.

Jin Yu Xiang
Jin Yu Xiang, General Manager of South China area, Denkei Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
Technology | Highlight
Electron Injection Technique Extends Life of iOLED Film Light Source

ippon Shokubai Co., Ltd. has developed a novel electron injection technology in collaboration with Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK). The new technology injects electrons from an electrode into an organic material and extends operating life of the iOLED film light source, which is thinner than paper and highly flexible. iOLED is realized by both organic light-emitting diode (OLED) materials, which are stable to oxygen and moisture in the air, and iOLED technology co-developed with NHK.

In order to extend the life of the device further, maintaining high electron injection efficiency for a long time even in the presence of oxygen and moisture has been a problem. To address this issue, a novel electron injection technology for OLED that uses hydrogen bonding between two organic materials has been developed. As a result, the iOLED film light source is able to achieve both higher air stability and longer device life time than before, and is expected to expand to undeveloped fields.

Addresses Stability in Air
Alkali metals, which are used generally for electron injection in the electron transport layer, show high electron injection efficiencies, but have poor environmental stability. The poor stability was the main factor for degradation in OLEDs. The company has developed a polarization-type OLED material with an organic base added instead of an alkali metal. As this material has high air stability and high electron injection efficiencies due to polarization, high electron injection can be maintained for a long time even when an OLED is formed on a film that easily transmits oxygen and moisture. In addition, it was observed for the first time that hydrogen bonds were formed with the addition of organic bases, and the resulting polarization played an important role in electron injection (Figure).

Tiny Metal Corrosion Sensor Fits PCB Mounting
Deployment sample of the corrosion sensor
Photo: Deployment sample of the corrosion sensor

itsubishi Electric Corporation has made a breakthrough in the development of a compact metal corrosion sensor that can be mounted on printed circuit boards. The new sensor adopts a self-developed metal corrosion monitoring technology that detects the degree of corrosion of metal components caused by corrosive gases, such as sulfur compounds in the atmosphere. The deployment of multiple sensors with different levels of corrosion resistance allows the degree of corrosion to be detected in stages, helping to prevent equipment failure (Photo).

The corrosion sensor is composed of a thin metal film and resistors. Its high sensitivity is achieved by serially connecting resistors to a thin metal film, which acts as a conductor. Measuring 1.6×0.8mm, the size of the sensor does not vary regardless of the material or thickness of the metal film or the resistance level of the resistor.
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Taiwan Drives Global Demand for Chip Manufacturing Equipment

n the back of the sluggish semiconductor market that started on the second half of 2018, the global demand for semiconductor manufacturing equipment has been slowing down. Despite this situation, Taiwan has been exhibiting strong growth. Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) forecasts that sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment in Taiwan in 2019 will increase 21 percent year-on-year to US$12.3 billion, resuming the top spot for the first time in three years and overtaking Korea and China. Driving the growth is Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (TSMC), the largest semiconductor foundry. In addition, Taiwanese companies returning from China to Taiwan amid the trade war between the United States and China are also pushing up demand for equipment.

SEMI forecasts that Taiwan’s semiconductor manufacturing equipment market will contract 6.2 percent in 2020 although double-digit growth is expected in 2019. Replacing Taiwan, China is expected to come out on top. However, the market is expected to recover buoyed by new projects related to robust demand for memories, and at the same time, self-manufacture of semiconductors will accelerate owing to the effects of the U.S.-China trade war, and orders for equipment will increase.

Taiwan Makes Action Plan for
Returning Companies

n anticipation of prolonged trade tensions between the United States and China, Taiwanese companies in China have been speeding up the transfer of their production bases to other countries and regions. According to a Japanese robot manufacturer, which took part in Taipei Int’l Industrial Automation Exhibition held in Taipei in August, these moves became even more noticeable in July.

The Executive Yuan has launched the “Action Plan for Welcoming Overseas Taiwanese Businesses to Return to Invest in Taiwan,” a U-turn investment promotion project to encourage Taiwanese companies that are returning from abroad to invest in Taiwan.

Photo 1: Over 1,000 companies participated in Taipei Int’l Industrial Automation Exhibition as a growing number of Taiwanese companies return to Taiwan from China.
Photo 1: Over 1,000 companies participated in Taipei Int’l Industrial Automation Exhibition as a growing number of Taiwanese companies return to Taiwan from China.

The U-turn investment promotion project targets to assist Taiwanese companies as they return to Taiwan by providing customized single-window services regarding land, water, electricity and manpower based on their specific needs.

This project started in January and has already provided NT$20 billion as subsidies. In July, “Action Plan 2.0 for Encouraging Taiwanese Companies to Return to Taiwan” was launched with NT$500 billion added as subsidies.

Vietnam Benefits from Manufacturers’ China Exodus

ountries in Southeast Asia stand to benefit from the U.S-China trade rift as manufacturers seek for alternative production location to escape the negative effects of the trade war. Companies in the electronics industry including terminal manufacturers and electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers have already joined the bandwagon. Specifically, moves of Chinese companies to transfer production to Vietnam have been noticeable, shown by the growth in the country’s direct investments.

Chinese Investments in Vietnam
According to statistics released by Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment, 2,351 cases of direct investments, combining the establishment of new plants and expansion of existing plants, were made into Vietnam in the first half of 2019 (Jan. to June), increasing 25.5 percent year-on-year. As there were a few large investments, the amount of subsidies approved by the government was less than that of last year. Nonetheless, investments by manufacturers have been expanding. In particular, Chinese companies made 362 cases of investments, representing an annual increase of 83.3 percent. This is equivalent to US$1.88 billion, or 3.6-fold annually. In terms of the approved amount, China claimed the top spot, overtaking Japan and Korea, which were ranked number one and two last year, respectively. Responding to these moves of production transfer, some electronic components manufacturers have been expanding their businesses in Southeast Asian countries.

Otax Raises Business Stakes of Malaysia Facility


tax Co., Ltd. has been steadily expanding the business scale of its Malaysian facility, Otax Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., which is located in Selangor, and is being pushed as a global manufacturing and sales base of terminal blocks and switches.

Since 2017, the company has been aggressively moving ahead of production automation with the manufacture of its dual in-line package (DIP) switches, employing automated machines. In addition, the company plans to start production of terminal blocks using automatic machines this November.

Grooms as Global Base
The company’s Malaysian plant traces its roots from the former Empire Connectors, a manufacturer of terminal blocks, which Otax acquired. Since 2000, Otax has been producing terminal blocks in Bangi, Selangor. After the structural reorganization, a new company, Otax Malaysia, was established in Mar. 2009, and in Jan. 2010 production activities started in Subang, Selangor, where the present plant is situated.

Long Fong Ping
Photo 1: Long Fong Ping, Managing Director, Otax Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.
NEPCON Asia | 2019
JUKI Brings Total Mounting Line Solution to China, Southeast Asia


EPCON Asia, a trade exhibition that brings together mounting-related companies, was held from Aug. 28 to 30 in Shenzhen, China. Chinese manufacturers continue to hold off their investments to plants and equipment amid sustained trade tensions between the United States and China. On the other hand, investments in fifth-generation (5G) mobile communications technologies have begun, while new demand accompanying the shift of production from China to India and other Asian countries has also begun to emerge.

At NEPCON Asia, Japanese manufacturers pitched leading-edge technologies and equipment in order to stimulate demand.

Akira Kiyohara
Photo 1: Akira Kiyohara, President, JUKI Corporation

JUKI Corporation highlighted JUKI Smart Solutions with surface mounting line at the core. It also includes automation of pre- and post-processes of the surface mounting line through open innovation with other companies. The company also showcased the RX-7R mounter, JM-100 odd-form components insertion machine, and RV-2-3DH automated optical inspection (AOI) system.

NEPCON Asia | 2019
Yamaha Motor Promotes Self-Branded Machines


t NEPCON Asia 2019, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. promoted a full lineup of equipment for surface mounting lines by a single brand. These include mounters, printers, dispensers, and automated optical inspection (AOI) systems as well as solder print inspection (SPI) systems and surface mount device (SMD) storage systems (component warehouses), as recent business ventures. The company exhibited industrial robots as well.

On showcase included the Z:LEX YSM20R and Z:TA-R YSM40R mounters, YSM10 new compact high-speed modular, and Σ-G5SⅡ premium modular mounters, and YSi-V 12M TypeHS2 ultrahigh-speed, high-resolution high-end three-dimensional (3D) automated optical inspection system.

The company showcased its products in its booth and at the booth of Hong Kong-based distributor WKK.

Keita Suzuki
Photo 1: Keita Suzuki, General Manager, Overseas Sales & Marketing Division, SMT Section, Robotics Operations, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
NEPCON Asia | 2019
Panasonic Pitches Manufacturing Site Process Solutions


anasonic Corporation took part in NEPCON Asia 2019 through Panasonic Industry (China) Co., Ltd., its sales company in China.

With the theme of “Connected Factory ~ Manufacturing Site Process Solutions~,” the company highlighted the PanaCIM-EE Gen2 manufacturing execution system (MES) that enhances production efficiency of the entire factory floor, particularly the surface mounting line, and iLNB, which manages the entire mounting line that includes other companies’ equipment. The company pitches these solutions targeting potential customers in a wide range of sectors from communications to automotive fields.

Yosuke Bamba, Director, PA Business Unit, Panasonic Industrial Devices Sales (China) Co., Ltd. Shenzhen Branch, shares his own observations on China’s market. He says, “U.S.-China trade tension is taking its toll. Customers have been suppressing investments amid uncertainty about the future. However, not all sectors are stagnating, and the demand for printed circuit boards (PCBs) for fifth-generation (5G) base stations and data center server equipment has been increasing. In addition, amid U.S.-China trade tensions, communications equipment manufacturers are revisiting companies to which they outsource, creating special procurement demand from electronic manufacturing services (EMS) companies.”

Yosuke Bamba
Photo 1: Yosuke Bamba, Director, PA Business Unit, Panasonic Industrial Devices Sales (China) Co., Ltd. Shenzhen Branch
NEPCON Asia | 2019
Smart Factory Solution Sits at Core of FUJI’s Offerings


UJI Corporation deploys FUJI Smart Factory based on Nexim integrated production system to the global market, realizing flexible and efficient production, such as automatic production changeover, using internet of things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies.

Largest Booth
At the Shenzhen Exhibition and Convention Center where NEPCON Asia was held, FUJI set up one of the largest booths. At the event, the company showcased the NXTR next-generation mounter, which is being positioned as the platform of FUJI Smart Factory. FUJI’s booth also housed its distributors, including American Tec Co., Ltd., which set up independent booths until last year’s show.

Towards Full Mounting Automation
The NXTR next-generation mounter has been developed with the goal of achieving three zeros in the surface mounting process: zero mounting defects, zero machine operators, and zero machine stops. It is a high-end mounter equipped with the first automatic components supply system, and is aimed at realizing full automation of the electronic component mounting process.

NEPCON Vietnam | 2019
Opportunities Flourish as Industry Charts Vietnam’s Growth Path


everal players from various industries have converged at the recent NEPCON Vietnam 2019 and are bullish in the Vietnam market. The positive sentiments have been backed by some solid growth in the country’s economic indicators.

With the emergence of various opportunities in Vietnam, which stands as one of the beneficiaries in the lingering trade tensions between China and United States, several players across wide range of industries are now giving bullish outlook to the market.

Robust Indicators
The country’s economy, measured through its gross domestic product (GDP), has been consistently growing the past 10 years. Vietnam achieved a record 10-year growth rate in 2018 when it expanded 7.08 percent from 2017 with nominal GDP valued at 3,493.39 trillion Vietnamese Dong (VND) at constant 2010 price (or VND5,542.31 trillion at current price equivalent to US$238 billion).

NEPCON Vietnam | 2019
FUJI Machine Asia Eyes to Maintain Market Grip


UJI Machine Asia Pte. Ltd., a subsidiary of FUJI Corporation, expects to sustain its growth in Vietnam amid the bullish outlook in the market borne by the bustling smartphone ecosystem. In particular, the company expects to maintain its market share in the country between 40 to 50 percent.

“In Southeast Asia, we have about 30 to 35 percent market share. In Vietnam, we are having a consistent market share of between 40 to 50 percent yearly,” said Jun Sasaki, Managing Director at FUJI Machine Asia, in an interview with AEI at NEPCON Vietnam 2019.

“We expect to grow because the outlook is good, especially in the smartphone segment, it continues to grow here. Our customers are mostly Korean companies, we have some Japanese and U.S. customers as well,” he added.

Jun Sasaki, Nguyen Van Vinh, and Kazumasa Kojima
Photo 1: From left to right: Jun Sasaki, Managing Director at FUJI Machine Asia Pte. Ltd.; Nguyen Van Vinh, Area Manager at Fuji Machine Vietnam Co., Ltd.; and Kazumasa Kojima, General Manager, Sales Dept. 1, Asia Sec. 3, Robotic Solutions Division at FUJI Corporation
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NEPCON Vietnam | 2019
Market Potential Prods ShinMaywa to Expand Pitch


hinMaywa Industries, Ltd. is a known Japanese industrial conglomerate whose core businesses include industrial machinery systems, water treatment equipment, special purpose truck, parking equipment, aircraft, among others. The company took part at NEPCON Vietnam 2019 for the second year in a row and their booth was one of the biggest, an indication of something big will come to the market.

Kai Ito, General Manager, Sales Dept., ShinMaywa (Bangkok) Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of ShinMaywa Industries, said they are expecting the Vietnam market to expand further, the reason why they have been exhibiting at NEPCON Vietnam for two years now. Ito said many multinational companies, particularly from the industrial sector, are either planning or have actually relocated to Vietnam already.

“The momentum in Vietnam has never been big in recent years. We also expect the market to benefit further from the trade tensions between the United States and China,” said Ito.

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NEPCON Vietnam | 2019
EPSON Beefs up Reach, Eyes New Growth Fields


PSON Singapore PTE LTD took part at NEPCON Vietnam for the first time in a bid to strengthen their presence in Vietnam, which the company said is expected to grow immensely. Amid the bullish economic outlook, EPSON considers the market will expand further and will stir growth of various industries.

In an interview with AEI, Chan Tuck Mun, Regional Manager, Marketing & Technical, Electronic Devices Sales Division, EPSON Singapore said the company wanted to enhance its market reach in Vietnam, where the company operates through three distributors. Mun said the company in particular would propel its electronic devices business in the region, which comprises the quartz device business and the semiconductor business, which also includes high-temperature polysilicon thin-film transistor (TFT) for projectors.

“Our key point here why we take part at NEPCON Vietnam is to create and enhance our market, particularly EPSON’s electronic devices business,” said Mun.

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electronica and productronica India | 2019
India Seals Mark as Prime Electronics Sourcing Platform


his year, electronica India and productronica India, break new grounds as they hosted the largest-edition, seeing participants from across the world reveal new and exciting trends for the growing electronics industry in India. The show gave a glimpse of the future of the rapidly evolving area of electronics system design & manufacturing (ESDM).

Co-located with trade fair IPCA Expo, electronica India and productronica India 2019 were spread across 33,000sq.m, with 674 exhibitors from 18 countries showcasing their latest technologies, products and services. More than 26,000 visitors, a jump of 35 percent from the previous Delhi edition, attended the trade fairs and the supporting programs to see the futuristic solutions on display at the exhibition grounds. The trade fairs took place from Sept. 25 to 27 at the India Expo Centre, Greater Noida.

“We are pleased with the response the trade fairs and the supporting programs received. We plan on stepping up the game a few notches more and outdoing ourselves in the next editions,” commented Bhupinder Singh, Chief Executive Officer of Messe Muenchen India.

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Nichicon Promotes Small Lithium Ion Rechargeable Batteries


ith an aim to promote its solutions for automotive, power supply units, industrial equipment, and air conditioner business, Nichicon Corporation (Nichicon) has showcased at electronica India 2019 its products lineup including small lithium ion rechargeable batteries.

Citing price sensitivity and current infrastructure system as challenges, Nichicon still sees India as growth area priority with the country’s expanding automotive market , and size and population as advantages.

“India’s automotive market is growing, we expect more business in line with this segment. Even though the locals prioritize price, in automotive segment, quality is important and basically we can share high-value added items compared to generic lower-priced consumers products. We aim to expand our share here through promotion or marketing activities and take advantage of India’s size and population. We also consider in the future a warehouse here, but at present it is a challenge, we expect improved infrastructure [from the government] because logistics issue is quite serious,” said Shiro Kutsuzawa, Managing Director, Nichicon (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. & Managing Director, Nichicon Electronics (India) Pvt. Ltd. in an interview with AEI.

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ASM Highlights Integrated Smart Factory Workflows, Redesigned Printer Platform

t the 20th edition of productronica India, ASM set the spotlight on key central workflows in the Integrated Smart SMT Factory. The company introduced its visitors to the integrated hardware and software systems that electronic manufacturers can rely on to achieve improvements in production. The ASM SMT line, consisting of the new DEK TQ stencil printing system, ASM Process Expert solder paste measurement system and new SIPLACE TX high-end placement modules were also exhibited during the three-day event.

Automated Workflows, User-Free Continuous Printing
At the company’s booth, ASM demonstrated its solutions for the Integrated Smart SMT Factory and the key central workflows that can be automated and optimized to increase production efficiency. ASM combines and integrates various hardware and software solutions for this purpose.

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KYOCERA Banners Extensive Solutions Portfolio to Make Brand Known

YOCERA Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (KAP) has presented its extensive portfolio of innovative solutions for the electronics industry at the recently concluded electronica India 2019 that was held from September 25 to 27 at India Exposition Mart Ltd. (IEML). Based on The concept of “Join Together with India,” KAP’s booth located at Hall no.11, Booth no. EG01 showcased its wide variety of products for Automotive, Industrial, Information and Communication, Life & Environment/Medical segments.

KAP’s presence in India includes industrial cutting tools manufacturing plant in Jamshedpur and seven sales offices for their entire product lineup in major cities such as Pune, Bengaluru, and Chennai. In an interview with AEI, Hideo Yoshida, Managing Director, KYOCERA Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. shared the challenges of the Indian electronics market and his view on governments policies and how they affect their business.

Chip Equipment, Materials Future Unravel in Taiwan Show
Taiwan Show 2019
Opening ceremony of SEMICON TAIWAN 2019


EMICON TAIWAN, an international trade show of semiconductor manufacturing equipment and materials, was held from Sept. 18 to 20 in Taipei, Taiwan.

Over the 24 years of holding the event, it consistently draws a lot of attention from industry players from the semiconductor-related businesses as it is held in Taiwan, where world-leading foundries, including those that specialize in outsourced assembly and testing (OSAT), are concentrated.

This year’s SEMICON TAIWAN adopted the theme “Leading the Smart Future,” and drew 700 companies from the semiconductor manufacturing supply chain, mainly in Asia. The exhibitors showcased leading-edge manufacturing equipment, inspection equipment, and various materials. The three-day event drew 50,000 visitors.

YMRH Banks on Integration, Offers Value-Added Products

t SEMICON Taiwan 2019, Yamaha Motor Robotics Holdings Co., Ltd. (YMRH) showcased the individual strengths of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., and semiconductor equipment manufacturers, SHINKAWA Ltd. and APIC YAMADA Corporation, with the theme “1 STOP SMART SOLUTION for Back-end Process.”

Toshizumi Kato, Chairman & Representative Director, Yamaha Motor Robotics Holdings Co., Ltd.
Photo 1: Toshizumi Kato, Chairman & Representative Director, Yamaha Motor Robotics Holdings Co., Ltd. (YMRH)
Yamaha Motor showcased Z:TA-R ultrahigh-speed modular mounter, YSi-V three-dimensional (3D) hybrid optical automated inspection (AOI) system, and LCM-X linear conveyor module.

APIC YAMADA highlighted SCM-100G compression molding system to encapsulate the strip type substrate with the granule epoxy resin.

SHINKAWA unveiled FPB-1ds, a new package bonder for multiple processes equipped with a pickup unit dedicated for thin dies, and a new wire bonder. Meanwhile, PFA Corporation, which became SHINKAWA’s subsidiary in Feb. 2018, showcased FPD-I1300 inspection system.

Lasertec Promotes Breakthroughs in EUV Mask Inspection Solutions

s the industry continue to seek finer semiconductor logic ICs, the demand for next-generation extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography technology has been expanding.

Industry leaders, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. of Korea adopts EUV for 7nm process, while Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. (TSMC) has also introduced EUV lithography technology in the second-generation 7nm node and commenced mass production in Q2 of this year. In 2020, TSMC plans to start mass production of chips using its 5nm process and EUV lithography at Fab 18, a new plant in Taiwan. The company is also accelerating the development of 3nm process.

Koichi Moriizumi, Chief Sales Officer and General Manager, Technology Department 2, Technology Group, Lasertec Corporation
Photo 1: Koichi Moriizumi, Chief Sales Officer and General Manager, Technology Department 2, Technology Group, Lasertec Corporation
Lasertec Corporation, which handles inspection and measurement systems for photomasks and various wafers, exhibited at SEMICON TAIWAN leading-edge EUV mask-related inspection solutions on panels. The company promoted its advanced technological expertise for EUV lithography, which requires fine defect management in the nano level.

At the show, Lasertec highlighted ABICS E120 EUV mask blank inspection and review system, which adopts 13.5nm wavelength, the same wavelength as that of EUV lithography system; MATRICS X8ULTRA mask inspection system; and the BASIC Series EUV mask backside inspection and cleaning system.

Maxell Drives Prime Dicing Tapes to Meet Changing Processes

t Maxell, Ltd., Sliontec Division handles various adhesive tapes. In particular, for semiconductor-related products, it mainly develops and manufactures tapes, such as ultraviolet curable tapes, which are used in the dicing process of various materials such as silicon and compound wafers, glass and packages.

The company offers an extensive lineup of tapes, including the strong adhesive type, which suppresses chip fly, and the easily releasable type, which can be easily picked up, and proposes optimum products in accordance with customers’ needs in terms of kind of wafer, surface conditions, and chip size.

Bullish Market to Lift Demand Growth for Reactive Gasses

n the manufacturing process of semiconductors, high-purity reactive gases are used in film deposition, etching and cleaning. Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation is a leading company in this field, and in particular, Taiyo Nippon Sanso Taiwan, Inc. is the linchpin of the company’s global strategy.

In Taiwan, Japan Fine Products Corporation (JFP), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Taiyo Nippon Sanso, imports and sells gases produced in Japan, including synthesis, purified, and mixed gases and other lineup, and conducts transferring and filling of gases, and Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of Taiyo Nippon Sanso, imports and sells gases produced in the United States.

Aside from supplying gases in accordance with customers’ requirements, JFP and Matheson Tri-Gas sells high-purity gas purifying equipment and cylinder cabinets, and conducts piping work in semiconductor plants.

HORIBA STEC Reinforces Customer Support System

t SEMICON Taiwan, HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., which plays a key role in the semiconductor business of the HORIBA Group, has promoted its mainstay mass flow controllers and gas monitoring systems. Mass flow controllers measure and control mass flow rates of fluids. HORIBA STEC’s products have gained overwhelming support in the semiconductor market worldwide.

Reacting on Taiwan’s market condition, Takayuki Mouri, General Manager, HORIBA Taiwan, Inc., says, “Globally, the semiconductor market is facing challenges, however, Taiwan’s semiconductor market has not dropped as expected. In fact, investments in plants and equipment continue. Microfabrication of semiconductors has been advancing and this has driven the trend in Taiwan.”

Mouri added with the advancement in the generation of process node, new requirements come from customers. Because of advanced needs, Taiwan becomes an important base for the company.

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HKPCA / IPC | 2019
Premier PCB Show Forges Partnership Amid Industry Challenges


he 2019 International Electronics Circuit Exhibition (Shenzhen) will be held from Dec. 4 to 6 at Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center in Shenzhen, China. With the theme “Converging Ideas. Steering Innovation. Navigating Industry.” The show aims to connect global industry leaders to spark great ideas and to steer innovations, making the show as the top brand in the PCB industry.

AEI: What is the rationale behind the change in show name?
IECE: This is the first year for HKPCA to join hands with the China Printed Circuit Association (CPCA) to present the show. We would like to begin a new chapter with a new show brand and we will continue our efforts to connect industry professionals, visitors, and resources together from Southern and Eastern China. The new partnership is dedicated to providing an influential trading platform for the industry and delivering an even more fruitful experience for all participants.

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Components & Devices
SMK’s CapDuo Touch-Hunt LCD Module
SMK’s CapDuo Touch-Hunt LCD Module
SMK Corporation has developed a liquid crystal display (LCD) module in which an LCD and a capacitive touch panel are directly bonded. CapDuo Touch – Hunt features high visibility with 50 percent lower reflectance compared with the company’s air-gap bonded module. This has been achieved by employing a high-brightness LCD that displays clearly even under sunlight with direct bonding technology. The new module uses the CapDuo Touch Series, a touch panel consisting of a single sheet of glass with X and Y sensors on the front and back surfaces respectively. It allows for gloved hand operation and touch detection even while water droplets are on the panel. Its bridgeless structure brings a superior appearance. It is suitable for applications where high visibility and durability are required, like outdoor-use displays for motorcycles, ships, and construction equipment.
SMK Corporation

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