A revolution is underway in micro-displays
Demand for this technology is rising fast, due to a range of emerging applications that include wearable electronics, head-up displays and augmented reality. However, to succeed in the marketplace, these miniaturized displays, which typically have a diagonal screen size of no more than an inch, will have to meet stringent technical requirements that are not fully satisfied by current technologies. One of the most promising technologies for forming these micro-displays is based around the microLED.
This tiny device ““ the LEDs have dimensions on the order of microns ““ are directly integrated as pixel elements onto the silicon driver IC backplane. Taking this approach allows the excellent light emission capabilities of compound semiconductor devices to be paired with the unsurpassed functionalities of the ICs. The displays that result outperform those based on liquid crystal and organic LED technologies, by having the upper hand in terms of brightness/contrast, power efficiency, response time and device reliability.
However, their manufacture is far from easy, due to the tremendous challenges associated with the integration of compound semiconductor microLEDs and silicon-based ICs ““ devices with vastly different material properties and fabrication processes.
DISvue supplier update
DISvue works with a selected and verified supplier base throughout South East Asia. DISvue partners keep us updated on their situation in these challenging times. Below the recent information from one of these factories.
Early this summer, one of the factories where DISvue products are manufactured, was facing not only the impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) but also the Power Restriction in Guangdong Province, China.
The rising temperatures and an industry recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic cause huge electricity consumption. Peak electricity usage in 2021 is arriving earlier in the province than that in previous years. Factories in South China’s Guangdong Province face the problem of Electricity Rationing that influenced daily operations and production. Despite this the hard situation, we manage to strive for smooth operation.
Combating power restriction in Guangdong Province by installing a back-up generator
Recent power restriction in Guangdong Province has urged the factory to fight the problem with practical approaches. Therefore a back-up generator is already deployed, allowing staff and workers are to adopt flexible working hours scheme.
Measures against COVID-19 pandemic in Shunde (Foshan) Factory
Staff line up in the Vaccination Centre in the Shunde factory. The management is conducting measures under the requirements from Guangdong Province Government against COVID-19 pandemic. Staff, visitors and logistics partners are required to wear masks, undergo a body temperature check and their records of visits are logged. Currently 90% of factory staff have already been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The factory management is confident in overcoming any difficulties for stakeholders and delivering our products in accordance to customer’s expectations.
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DataVision changes to Solomon
Recently we got the official announcement that DataVision has been further incorporated in the Solomon Group.
The Solomon Group has a long history in electronics and is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan.
Solomon was founded in 1973, it was the first electronic components sales agency in Taiwan. Currently it is a listed company and one of the top 200 technology companies in Taiwan.
The business scope mainly covers electrical power, including fuel-engine power generation systems and gas-engine generation system, industrial automation products, display panel, and electronic components.
Its service locations are widely spread in the Asia-Pacific region and in Great China. Solomon provides sophisticated, one-stop-shop supply chain solutions to meet customers’ needs.
We believe the further integration will make DataVision stronger as a display source for the future.
Intel board member warns: computer chip shortages to increase 2nd half of 2021
The worldwide shortages on the chip market will only get worse during the course of the second half of 2021, according to Pat Gelsinger (Intel board member). The impact will be felt hardest from this summer until December.
With all the efforts being made to increase production and the slowly stabalizing market demands, the situation is to improve slightly from the turn of the year. But Pat Gelsinger does not expect demand and supply to be balanced before 2023.
Separate from large chip manufacturers, now governments also get involved in resolving the unbalance, not just in supply, but also geographically.
Update: Supply chain disruption!
The current supply for raw materials and mostly IC chips is suffering from COVID-19 influences. We urge all our customers to stock-up to avoid production stop.
Regular updates are posted on our LinkedIn page and the website. You are welcome to contact our office.
The main reasons for the current problems started when shops were closed and manufacturers (e.g. cars and electronics) pushed back their demand. After a couple of months people were forced to work from home with huge volume for wearable, portable and mobile product but also telecom and network equipment rose dramatically. Additionally car sales volumes increased again.
The most recent prediction from experts indicate the shortages will last until end of 2021 and for some parts even well into Q1-2022.
Up until then prices will keep rising and lead times will increase. Furthermore the price for long term orders can also no longer be guaranteed without the necessary down-payments.
At DiBis we work extremely hard to keep the discomfort to the minimum and we advise to plan your product intake with regard to the long lead times.
Taiwan to host the Display and Touch exhibition of the year
In April the display and touch exhibition of Taiwan will take place in Taipei. This exhibition is still in high demand by companies involved in the display related markets with some 35.000 natioinal and international visitors. This is the only exhibition jointly supported by TDUA, TTLA, TDMDA, TEEIA and the Taiwanese display industry.
Touch Taiwan is now the world’s leading exhibition for the display industry supply chains and also the premier event having strong connection with Taiwan’s high-tech industries. It provides a powerful platform attracting numerous foreign buyers to purchase panels, learn new technologies, procure equipment and materials and explore new business cooperation opportunities.
Touch Taiwan will also incorporate related application fields, including OLED applications, commercial displays, digital signage, wearable displays, and vehicle displays, so as to present more abundant aspects for all participants in the event. The purpose is not only to integrate the display industry chain in Taiwan but to also serve as a platform that proactively helps manufacturers expand their business.
How much the world depends on Taiwan for semiconductors
- The global shortage of chips that forced several automakers to halt production has brought attention to Taiwan’s outsized role in semiconductor manufacturing.
- Taiwan dominates the foundry market, or the outsourcing of semiconductor manufacturing.
- Much of that dominance comes down to TSMC, the world’s largest foundry that counts major technology firms such as Apple, Qualcomm and Nvidia as its clients.
Published Monday, MAR 15 2021 by Yen Nee Lee @YENNEE_LEE
Taiwan’s outsized role in chipmaking has come under the spotlight as a global shortage of semiconductors forced several automakers to halt production.
Countries including the U.S. and Germany reached out to Taiwan to help alleviate bottlenecks in the production of chips. The shortage was a result of increased demand for electronics during the Covid-19 pandemic, and was exacerbated by former President Donald Trump’s trade war with China.
Worldwide chip shortage expected to last into next year
Chip stocks are trading at record highs amid demand spike due to pandemic and other factors, but analysts say continuing short supply of semis are likely to send them higher despite memories of 2018 shortage that led to oversupply.
Last Updated: Feb 24th, 2021 by Wallace Witkowski for Marketwatch.com
While claims of “this time it’s different” should always be taken with a grain of salt, it may very well be different this time around given the unprecedented mix of factors the world has gone through over the past year. Stifel analyst Matthew Sheerin, who follows tech supply chain issues, is more concerned with continued supply-chain disruptions than he is over-ordering.
“We’ve heard from countless component suppliers and distributors about elevated book-to-bill levels and growing backlog, typically a ‘double-ordering’ red flag,” Sheering said.
“We don’t see any major correction on the horizon, given ongoing supply constraints as well as continued optimism about improving demand in 2H21,” the Stifel analyst said. “We remain more concerned with continued supply disruptions, and increased materials costs, than we do an imminent multi-quarter inventory correction.”
DigiWise notification on shortage and potential price increases
Since Q3-2020, glass and IC’s have continued to increase in price and shortage became apparent. Up until now DigiWise was successful to maintain the original sales price or at worse increase prices slightly. The ever increasing challenging situation was expected to improv within the next few months. However, we need to conclude that the overall situation is even worsening. For DigiWise this means that all the new order or requirements starting on the 25th January need to be reconfirmed related to lead time and unit price. Full article:
DiBis goes green(er)
Recently DiBis obtained her certificate that all electricity used by DiBis comes from 100% renewable energy sources.
The solar, wind and water turbines generate CO2 neutral power that DiBis is happy to acquire to further limit our carbon footprint.
Additionally we are able to supply solar panels from a renowned Taiwanese solar panel supplier. Standard and customized products are developed and manufactured in Taiwan. Information can be found on https://dibis.nl/power-and-solar/.
We are happy to send you further information.
Chinese labor force suffer COVID-19 pandemic regulations
The latest update from our Chinese suppliers is that more delay and shortage is expected due to the latest pandemic regulations in China. A substantial part of the factory employees have their origin in other areas in China. During Chinese New Year many of the work crew travels back to their place of origin.
The new regulations from the Chinese governments stipulate that quarantine rules apply for people traveling outside of their province and back to the factory location. At both locations a quarantine period is mandatory causing people to be absent from work longer.
Visiting China still suspended
For our customers we visit China and Taiwan regularly.
With the COVID-19 restrictions, it is still very difficult to visit China from EU. Our colleague in Taiwan has recently checked the options and they were severe:
- 3 week quarantine period
- Only allowed to say in a dedicated hotel
- Strict tracking of movement after the quarantine period.
Therefore we have postponed our plans to travel to China until after the summer holiday of 2021.
For very urgent matters our Taiwanese colleague may combine a visit to one of the factories if notified in time.
We trust to have your understanding concerning our decision and acknowledge the traveling limitations.
Market information – prices on the rise with high demand in the consumer market
Market information – prices on the rise with high demand in the consumer market. The industry is experiencing an increase in display pricing driven by a global shortage of driver microcontrollers. Since the beginning of the stay-at-home economy, demand for electronic components found in notebooks, gaming machines, and other devices have exploded, causing strains on foundry capacity and raising manufacturing costs. Industry experts, economists, and IC manufacturers have all indicated the increased pricing will remain, and possibly rise, as the demands of the pandemic continue to strain resources.
Air freight in high demand during crisis
With the decrease of the passenger flights, the shortage of air freight capacity continues. The high demand with less capacity increases the freight charges. As long as the COVID-19 crisis lasts, the high(er) freight charges will continue.
Samsung Display Company (SDC) to stop LCD production
Samsung Display Company (SDC) to stop LCD production. According to the article by Reuters, Samsung will end their LCD production and move into OLED more and more. The current customers will still be supported for now, but that is going to be on a phase out notice too… For the record: there is no known affiliation between our display brands (incl. DISvue) and Samsung. We are however a bit concerned how this will affect the LCD prices in the near future.
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Nov / Dec 2020
3rd trip to Taiwan in 2020
The first trip to Taiwan was before the pandemic. The second in July/Aug and in Nov/Dec the last trip to Taiwan took place. It was a little over 3 weeks because the first 2 weeks were taken by an involuntary quarantine. Taiwan has virtually no active cases of COVID-19 patients.
Currently it is virtually impossible to visit China because the quarantine period is even longer and there are more restrictions to get a permit to visit. In most of China the COVID-19 cases have subsided and close to normal life has resumed.
We found that most suppliers in Taiwan are doing much better again because there are more orders with regards to the current shortage. Customers place bigger orders and request them earlier. Also some production has shifted back from mainland China to Taiwan.
Main reason to visit Taiwan again was the big project for the full-custom panel PC for our Italian customer. This is an extensive project with a lot of considerations towards design, durability, longevity and functionality.
Further it was a very good occasion to re-visit friends and suppliers to get the latest updates. Not all suppliers were able to meet with me due to company restrictions towards meetings during the pandemic.
The final official stage of the trip was a dinner with one of the Dutch (speaking) communities in Taipei where I got to meet with the Dutch representative in Taipei (much like an ambassador). The community is sponsored by a.o. KLM and Heineken.
December 1 – 2020
With a less usual side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, the market for consumer products with displays rose dramatically.
Mostly desktop and mobile products, e.g. monitors, laptops, tablets, smartphones, smart watches; but also for example new TV sets. This caused one major supplier for both the consumer and industrial market to change course and allocate more production capacity for the large volume consumer products.
Consequently the lead times and the prices have risen. Furthermore the unfavorable current exchange rate between the USD and the RMB (Chinese Yuan) has created another reason for price corrections. Although most components are bought and sold in USD, the basic cost for labor, factory locations, shipping (in China) and other standard cost are higher than before the USD value drop.
It is expected that the pressure on raw materials will decrease around mid of 2021.
13-19 OCTOBER 2019
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16-18 NOVEMBER 2019
TAITRONICS 2019 – 45th Taipei International Electronics Show
Venue: TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
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TAITRONICS, or Taipei International Electronics Show is a trade show held every October by Taiwan External Trade Development Council and Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association to promote electronic industry in Taiwan since 1974.
With the theme of “E-mobile Era, Smart Living”, TAITRONICS focuses on Electronic Components, Batteries & Power Supplies, LED Lighting & Applications, Meters & Instruments, Process & Manufacturing, Wires & Cables, Smart Living & Consumer Electronics, Safety & Security and RFID Equipment & Applications. BROADBAND TAIWAN showcases Communication Components & Equipment, Broadband Applications & Services, and Mobile Communication. Come visit the fair and meet 1,000 industry suppliers face to face!
July-August – 2020
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, international visits are still necessary to get the best service to our customers. We always take the necessary precautions and we follow the local and international guidelines and procedures.
Before flying a thorough COVID-19 takes place, followed by a negative test result and an international certificate of health. During transits a face mask is worn and social distancing is maintained.
DiBis visits currently in Taiwan only because the precautionary quarantine period involved in both mainland China and Taiwan. It is timewise not possible to visit China and Taiwan in the same trip. Besides that, not every supplier is willing to receive international visitors at this time.
Currently we work hard with a Taiwanese company that has production facilities in both mainland China and Taiwan. In cooperation with DiBis and its Italian customer they are about to set up the preliminary steps to develop a total solution for home automation systems to be used in apartment buildings. To be continued….
7-10 JANUARY 2020
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25-27 FEBRUARY 2020
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