Applied Materials introduced a new high-resolution inline e-beam review (EBR) system that combines a scanning electron microscope (SEM) capabilities used in semiconductor device review with a large-scale display vacuum platform, resulting in an inline EBR technology that the company says is the fastest and most effective of its kind.
The new system is suitable for both LCD and OLED manufacturing. The company says that next-gen applications such as VR and AR require high quality displays and production of such displays can be enhanced using the new system. Applied already received orders from six of the top ten largest display manufacturers in the world for the new system.
Applied recently reported its financial results for Q2 2016, with record new orders volume and backlog. Applied says that the company is in early stages of large, multi-year industry inflections which is driving its business growth - and one of the inflections is in the display industry - specifically OLED growth.
In early 2016 Applied said it is seeing strategic investment from OLED display customers, and this trends now continues. Applied says it has received large OLED orders - but the market is still in the "initial phase" of OLED investments and more growth is expected ahead.