Nikon Corp. will be boosting the production of its of display panels for smartphones and televisions in its factories in Japan. The company has decided to thrust the production as its competition in China and other Asian countries are aggressively investing in the development of high resolution LCD panels and OLED panels. The company has established additional production facilities in the premise of its existing . factories located in Tochigi and Miyagi Prefectures. Nikon has already increased the production capacity for its small-size panels (for smartphone) by 1.5x over those of 2015 and the production is being carried out at full swing. For large panels (for televisions), Nikon will increase the production 2x by 2018. Nikon currently enjoys about 65 percent of the world's share in panel manufacturing equipment. Nikon utilises the 10th generation size plates for manufacturing the large-format panels. Panel producers, Chinese companies in particular, are planning to build large-panel production factories, for which they are aggressively approaching the government to grant them subsidiaries.
Venus Optics recently announced the launch of Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D for Sony Full Frame E-mount cameras. Currently the widest f/2 rectilinear lens in the market, it is an ultra-wide & ultra-fast prime lens which covers both 35mm full-frame & APS-C sensors. Weighing around 500g (~1.1 pounds), the lens is 8 cm long and comprises of 12 elements in 9 groups with 2 pcs of aspherical elements and 3 pcs of Extralow dispersion elements. It provides an extreme 110° angle of view and ultrafast f/2 aperture. The lens provides a super close focussing distance of 15cm and is specially designed to remove the optical distortion commonly exist in wide angle lenses at infinity focus. The new Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D is currently available to pre-order in the official website of Venus Optics (http://www.venuslens.net/) and their authorized resellers at an approximate retail price of USD 849.
Samsung Electronics announced its first half year financial report for January to June, 2017 and posted a 61% gain year-onyear to 23.9 trillion Korean won (about US$21.29 billion) in operational profit. Over 20 financial analysts forecast the operational profit for the whole year to December 2017 will record high at 51 trillion won (US$45.44 billion). For the six month period, it seems that of DRAM took 30%, NAND flash memory 15% taking advantage of short supply of memories for smartphones and servers. On top of that, the company has added the profit of OLED panels for smartphones on the good going of the profit, as it seems to have started shipment of the panels to Apple at the end of May to early June. Some analysts estimate Samsung will ship approximately 80 million to 90 million units during 2017, which will be 170 million units in 2018. The profitability of DRAMs is very high reaching to about 60% in the profitability on sales. Samsung seems to draw a picture to leave Toshiba behind in the flash memory improvement race by investing money earned in the DRAM business.