Toshiba Corp. on July 11 had a meeting with its main banks about the negotiation of the sale of its semiconductor memory business with the Japan-US-South Korea ally led by Innovation Network Corp. of Japan (INCJ). The top management of Toshiba explained the negotiation is stalemated because the ally has a difficulty on the roles of SK Hynix of South Korea, which seems to have a stronger interest in NAND type flash memory technology than the other have earlier expected because SK is behind Samsumg in the mass production for NAND memory while it has know-how in DRAM production, which lacks in Toshiba and thinks the company has a merit to join the ally and commit to Toshiba Memory’s production more aggressively. Toshiba revealed it has started to negotiate again with Western Digital and Hon Hai Precision. WD has proposed the acquisition by allying with U.S. fund Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR & Co.), INCJ and Development Bank of Japan. Toshiba wants to decide the sale of Toshiba Memory by the end of March, 2018 in order to have excessive liabilities two years in a row which is to lead to the company going private.
Sumitomo Chemical Co. has developed a new technology which can reduce production costs of large-format OLED panels to a great extent. The company has developed a new chemical pigment material for manufacturing OLED panels that targets to cut the production cost to half of the current deposition method. The company plans to enter quantity production by 2019 and sell to panel manufacturers in and outside Japan, expecting reduction of prices for OLED TVs to expand the market. The current deposition method requires expensive equipment and lots of the chemical pigment materials are wasted. The light-emitting elements of red, green and blue are supplied by Idemitsu Kosan Co. of Japan, Merck from Germany, and so on. The new printing method can reduce production costs because it requires less manufacturing processes than the deposition method but has a drawback of difficulty of coating light-emitting pigment evenly on the panel plate, which becomes more difficult when the panel sizes get larger. The new pigment that Sumitomo Chemical has developed is expected to reduce colouring of the light-emitting pigments on to the panel. Sumitomo Chemical said it has developed new manufacturing equipment for the printing method. To develop the new pigments, the company has cooperated with foreign panel makers and JOLED, which was established by integrating the OLED business division of Sony and Panasonic in 2015. JOLED plans to develop 21.6-inch display for medical use by using the new OELD panel produced in the printing method and market this autumn.
GoPro has recently launched its latest update for the Hero5 camera to support to their latest app and adds better functionalities to the earlier GoPro apps. The new QuikStories app pulls footage from the connected GoPro HERO5 camera and creates stunning videos. This essentially replaces the earlier Quik app with GoPro app, which includes the new QuikStories feature. QuikStories analyses recorded footage and combines them along with the optimal transitions and background score. The created video is ready to be shared. It also has provision to edit the footage and apply custom transitions, background music filters and effects. The new app provides an effortless solution to produce polished and presentable videos. Talking about the latest update, GoPro founder and CEO, Nicholas Woodman said, “QuikStories is our biggest leap forward since the invention of the GoPro itself. QuikStories is the simple storytelling solution our customers have been dreaming about for years. It’s an absolute game changer”. To make a QuikStory, users can pair the HERO5 camera to their phones and launch the GoPro app. The app automatically copies the most recent GoPro footage to the paired phone and creates exciting videos. Users can also add text, slow motion and speed effects, change filters and music, adjust the total video length and more. Additionally, any footage on stored in the phone can be added to a QuikStory video. QuikStories is now available for HERO5 Black and HERO5 Session users.