Beneq specializes in high-capacity and high-throughput ALD solutions. In the past, we have talked about how our new spatial ALD solutions are changing the units for ALD deposition area.
In our previous blog post about Lumineq displays, we told that one of the three cornerstones of our display business strategy for 2017 are in-glass laminated transparent displays, which improve safety and ergonomics in cockpits and other driver environments. Today, we will take a closer look at this interesting opportunity and growth area.
At Beneq, we are constantly trying to find new ways to serve our old, new and potential customers better. This means regularly reviewing all our customer engagement points and collecting feedback about the service we offer, from sales and marketing to research and after sales services.
New year, new display applications
The beginning of the year is always a good time to plan ahead and we have recently updated our Lumineq display strategy too. Our improvement plans in the Lumineq business unit for the New Year are not about resolutions; our customer promise is to create the best optimized segmented displays for use in cockpits, to provide the world’s most reliable displays for extreme conditions, and to give our customers’ products a unique look and feel with our transparent displays. These are the cornerstones of our display business.
It is well known in the electronics and display industries that atomic layer deposition is ideally suited for demanding thin film encapsulation applications.
Thanks to the conformal and pinhole-free nature of the ALD process, already very thin (less than 30 nm thick) inorganic layers of Al2O3 have been demonstrated to reach ultra-barrier performance (10-6 g/m2/day) on flexible substrates.
We don’t have ping pong tables, game rooms or exotic company retreats at Beneq so we might not be able to compete with all the hottest start-ups when it comes to benefits. But we do get to participate in extremely interesting customer projects and work with the coolest of new high technology. Our daily work involves flexible electronics, jewelry, advanced engines, night-vision equipment, aerospace parts, supercapacitors and other high technology that only a few people ever see. We also get to work a lot with advanced solar cells.
Our work at Beneq is all about saving the world’s scarce resources and making long-lasting products. We are experts on smart use of materials. Conformal thin films, which are deposited atom layer by atom layer, are the ultimate precision barriers of protection. They make our customers’ products function better and last longer.
Transparent displays increase safety in cockpits and driver environments. Being able to add a see-through display in the line of sight allows new innovative instrumentation solutions.In-glass laminated HUD displays that disappear when the information is not required add value to windows, save dashboard space and improve ergonomics.
Beneq as a company is all about resource savings, durability and more efficient use of energy. We are experts on smart use of materials that make our customers’ products function better.
ALD improves the efficiency of energy production and reduces energy consumption in the world. ALD allows wiser use of precious raw materials, protects products and makes them last longer. ALD also makes electronics and optics more efficient and resilient. That saves energy too.
High film quality and coating conformality are key drivers for the adoption of ALD processes in the energy, lighting and display industries. Large-area industrial ALD has many interesting new application areas: thin film encapsulation, anti-reflection coatings, surface passivation, buffer layers, flexible moisture barrier films, powder functionalization…
HUD goggles and other wearable virtual reality devices are receiving loads of attention these days, but the topic of this blog post are HUD glasses of another kind: Transparent Lumineq displays that have been laminated in or on a windscreen for showing driver information.
According to recent industry news, smartphone market leaders, such as Apple, Samsung and LG, are planning to adopt ALD-based thin film encapsulation solutions for flexible AMOLED displays. Details of the plans have not been confirmed, but this is nevertheless exiting news for the whole ALD community. It shows the potential of atomic layer deposition in addressing consumer product challenges and means a huge leap forward in the addressable market size of ALD.
Electronic components and devices do not tolerate hot and humid conditions. Most people know this and avoid exposing electronics to vapors and liquids.
But we all know that sometimes humid things just happen: phones fall into toilets from shirt pockets, swimming suits are accidentally put in the same bag with a computer, equipment is forgotten outside in the rain...
This is why companies across many industries struggle to provide moisture and corrosion protection for printed circuit boards and electronic components.
One of the main events in the world of transportation technology is the InnoTranstrade fair that takes places every second year in Berlin, Germany. InnoTrans 2016 is about to start and our transparent and customized Lumineq displays will once again be the eye-catchers of the show.
Come and see new concepts of in-glass laminated transparent displays
A very interesting doctoral dissertation in the field of semiconductor technology will be defended tomorrow in the Department of Micro- and Nanosciences of Aalto university School of Electrical Engineering.
We had a great time in the ALD2016 Conference in Dublin in July and great conversations in the Beneq ALD Boat Bar that became an instant classic. There were so many great presentations in the conference that you simply couldn’t follow all the tracks and certainly could not stop and discuss all the poster presentations in detail.
In case some of you missed the opportunity to check the three Beneq presentations at the event, we are sharing them here at the blog just to make sure.
We have talked about atomic layer deposition in industrial use on many occasions In this blog, but we haven’t yet written stories about the oldest and largest ALD use case of them all.
We are all set for ALD2016, the 16th International Conference on Atomic Layer Deposition, in Dublin next week. It is time for exciting product news.
During the past months, there has been talk about our new exciting spatial ALD equipment, which will once again make ALD bigger, faster and more flexible. It is now time to go a little bit deeper in the details of the results of our test runs with the equipment. We have now verified the process quality, conformity of coatings and the coating speed. It looks promising!
A growing part of Beneq’s business comes from services. Our complete thin film service concept, Thin as a Service, which we launched last year, has been received well.
Transparent Lumineq® TASEL® displays are the most transparent displays in the world (with a transparency of over 80%). It gives them a unique look and feel.
We haven’t met a single person yet who would not have liked that look. After the first impression (wow!), people typically start asking questions: how do they work (it is based on electroluminescence), are the contents projected (they are not), how is it possible (it is magic). And quite often after a while: where would you use them?
One of the reasons for this blog is to explain where atomic layer deposition can be used. The plan is to share as many examples from the industry as we can. Earlier we shared examples of industrial use of ALD in moisture barriers. Now we continue with another typical area of ALD applications: Optical coatings.
Earlier this year, we introduced our new custom display service that allows the Beneq customers to define their own displays and still get all the benefits of our proven and robust thin film electroluminescent display technology.
After the launch of the service, we have definitely been surprised to see how many people don’t seem to believe that you can really design your own display of any shape and have it manufactured by Beneq.
We have a lot of visitors at the Beneq factory again this week. Today started a very interesting conference where members and partners of the EU-funded PLIANT project for Process Line Implementation for Applied Surface Nanotechnologies gather at Beneq to share the latest advances in the project.
We have been sharing stories about our spatial ALD equipment in this blog a few times (it is an important and expanding part of our product portfolio). Now there is more to tell again.
One of the main ALD events of the year, the 16th International Conference on Atomic Layer Deposition, ALD2016 Ireland, is approaching. Beneq is a platinum sponsor at the event and we will have lots of activity at the site and around it.
We now also know that we will have three presentations at the event. Here is a sneak preview of the contents of what we will be presenting:
Development of the world's most transparent display - enabled by ALD
A couple of weeks ago, we were hoping in this blog that spring would soon arrive and promised that the next display blog posts would be about other kind of extremes than the cold.
We take it back. The spring has not come to Finland yet (it is actually still really cold here – challenging climate, you know) so we decided to do one more post about our rugged displays in demanding conditions.
Displays for extreme cold
Spring is coming, but we still have time for one more story about our durable Lumineq displays in cold and harsh conditions. This example comes from Eurotank Oy, a long-time customer of Lumineq displays.
One of the main selling points of our rugged Lumineq displays is that they tolerate extreme cold without any heating components better than any other display type.
Recently, we received an invitation to show this in practice to some potential customers in North America. Where do you go in North America if you want to show that your displays work perfectly in the cold? Alaska, of course.
When it gets really cold LCD displays simply won’t do
The business for embedded displays has so far been defined by a limited set of display shapes and sizes. A typical design process for display products starts with a standard rectangular display and builds the product around the screen with given measurements.
Rugged and transparent Lumineq® displays in any size and shape
We are happy to introduce our new custom display service that allows our customers to design their own displays and still get all the benefits of Beneq’s proven and robust Lumineq display technology.
In November last year, we shared the first news about our new spatial ALD equipment that works with moving sheet substrates. We also promised our dear readers more information later about how we would make spatial ALD bigger, faster and more flexible. Now we have been running pilots with different materials for a couple of months, and it is time to keep that promise and share more details.
First, let’s talk about substrate size.
One of the main events in the world of atomic layer deposition this year is the 16th International Conference on Atomic Layer Deposition, which will be held July 24-27 in Dublin, Ireland.
Beneq will participate in ALD 2016 as a platinum sponsor. We are pleased to invite you to visit us in Dublin.
We have talked about extreme conditions in this blog many times. It is what our displays are made for. In December, we told about our Lumineq displays being installed in the Airbus A350 and mentioned that one of the business areas with the toughest requirements for displays is aviation. Turns out it was just a start…
It is a well-known fact that atomic layer deposition provides the ultimate protection against moisture, corrosion and tarnishing.
But did you know that ALD can also protect against dark forces?
Welcome back. Our blog returns after the holiday break with more stories from the home of ALD.
We start the new blog year with partner news: The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) and Beneq have signed a long term collaboration agreement for the use of atomic layer deposition (ALD) technologies.
Saving the world’s resources by miniaturizing and digitalizing everything with new solutions and innovative technologies is at the core of our thinking at Beneq.
Atomic layer deposition is about making the world thinner. It saves material. We also make electronics, optics and for example solar cells more efficient and durable. That saves energy.
Our displays are the most durable in the business. The long life cycles reduce the need for replacement parts. It saves resources too.
Given that the display electronics in our Lumineq displays have been deposited to the display board with ALD, there is not much that could break in the displays. This is why the screens handle shock and vibration very well.
The Lumineq displays have also gone through countless hours of testing in hot and cold, in vibration test beds and reliability test chambers. You can safely say that the Lumineq displays have a very long lifecycle.
At Beneq, we have always believed that our transparent TASEL displays look great. You simply don’t find anything else on the market with similar levels of transparency, resolution and viewing angles.
The thin film electroluminescent displays are well-known among engineers for their reliability, but with the transparent versions we are now seeing great interest in new customer groups, such as industrial designers and high-end product design companies.
Earlier today it was announced that Beneq will get a new President starting January 1st. You can check the facts from the official news release.
This is a big change for Beneq and all of us. Sampo has been the CEO since Beneq was founded ten years ago. As one of the founders and the first and only CEO of Beneq so far Sampo has played a crucial role in what Beneq has become. In many ways, he is the face of Beneq to the outside world.
In a blog post earlier this week, we discussed moisture barriers and explained how atomic layer deposition can be used to protect electronics from humidity.
When we talk about thin film coatings and moisture protection of electronics, there are of course various technology alternatives to ALD. We believe that ALD offers encapsulation properties that are far superior to the competing technologies, but we understand that it is sometimes difficult to grasp the differences between the alternatives.
In a blog post a couple of weeks ago, we mentioned that we are often asked to explain what our ALD equipment can be used for. In this post, we will give a couple of examples more. This time we will talk of an industrial ALD application that is quite common and can take many forms: moisture barriers.
Our Lumineq displays are ideal for extreme conditions. As there are no moving parts and no liquids – or anything else that would easily break – in our electroluminescent displays, they tolerate cold, pressure, shock and vibrations better than any other display type. This is why the black and yellow colors of our TFEL displays are known as the colors of reliability.
In a recent event where we were exhibiting our Lumineq displays, a visitor, who turned out to be an engineer from the defense sector, walked passed our stand and suddenly stopped and shouted:
“Oh, I know these displays. These black and yellow ones are the ones you can trust!”
One of the most common questions we get here at Beneq is: What are the Beneq tools used for?
More and more Beneq equipment is used for industrial applications that improve the characteristics of our customers’ end products, but there are also many Beneq tools out there that are used for research of all kinds.
The world is getting thinner. The never-ending quest to miniaturize and digitalize everything while saving our limited resources requires innovative technologies that allow creating ultra-thin reflecting layers, strengthening coatings, nanolaminates and protective barriers in spaces where just a few years ago nobody imagined it would be possible to operate.
Atomic layer deposition, ALD, is such a technology.
Our totally transparent TASEL displays have been causing a stir lately among designers and manufacturers around the world. The reason is clear and easy to see (apologies - it is hard to resist these jokes): the customized see-through displays enable designers to break the boundaries of conventional displays and literally use any window surface as a visual user interface.
Atomic layer deposition, ALD, is an exciting technology for anybody looking for extremely thin pinhole-free and totally conformal coatings. It is already in use with great results in a variety of applications from photovoltaics to flexible electronics and from anti-tarnish treatment of jewelry to LED efficiency improvements.
Sometimes, however, the batch production that has been typical in ALD manufacturing comes with size and capacity limitations.
When you visit our factory in Espoo and enter the clean room area where we keep our 40 ALD machines, one thing you will notice is the constant ticking sound from the conventional batch ALD equipment. Those are the pulses of precursor gases in the equipment chambers ticking. Tick. Tick. Tick.
Combined with the humming background noise of the ventilation system and the vacuum pumps, it is a rather relaxing sound. It is one of the very characteristics that define the atmosphere of the factory floor.