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New silicon dielectrics processed via low-temperature Plasma Enhanced – Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) technology enables flexible OLEDs in superior display devices. Provides highly improved barrier characteristics: 100 times more effective and 20 times thinner than existing solutions. Wins Display Component of the Year 2023 Award from Society for Information Display (SID).
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Wins Display Component of The Year 2023 award from SID
Damien Tuleu, Executive Vice President and Head of Display Solutions business unit at the Electronics business sector of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany posing with SID Display Component of The Year 2023 award and SID leader.
TEMPE, Ariz., May 30, 2023 (Newswire.com)
EMD Electronics, the U.S. and Canada Electronics business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, introduced new barrier materials that offer superior flexibility, higher reliability, and longer lifetime in flexible OLED (organic light-emitting diode) devices compared to existing solutions. Last week, the innovative ALD material won the Display Component of The Year 2023 award from SID, the world’s biggest display society.
Free-form devices with fully flexible OLED displays are one of the fastest-growing trends in data-driven electronics. Compared with standard displays, these foldable, rollable, stretchable devices require a reduction of about 60% of the display module’s thickness. However, OLEDs are highly susceptible to degradation by moisture and oxygen. To prevent damage, an encapsulation or barrier is needed that is conformable, flexible yet durable.
“As a pioneer in display materials, we are committed to providing our customers with solutions that enable new form factors,” said Damien Tuleu, Executive Vice President and Head of Display Solutions business unit at the Electronics business sector of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. “As the most advanced thin-film deposition technology, our low-temperature ALD silicon materials offer highly improved barrier characteristics – 100 times more effective than current solutions. And they come along with a thinner layer too – 20 times thinner than existing solutions. Ultimately, this means better conformability, flexibility, and durability than ever before.”
Flexible OLEDs are critical to enabling promising new applications beyond traditional displays such as wearable, rollable displays and biomedical devices. However, repeated bending and stretching of flexible devices can cause display stress, leading to reduced performance and lifespan. The Electronics business sector of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, in collaboration with its partners in the display and equipment industry, addressed this challenge.
Leveraging its 30 years of experience in developing encapsulation materials for the semiconductor industry, the company created new barrier materials which are processed via low-temperature Plasma Enhanced ALD technology for an improved thin film encapsulation. These new materials with improved barrier characteristics enable a longer lifetime of the OLED device and fulfill even harsh automotive requirements. The company’s low-temperature ALD silicon materials were first introduced in 2022 for automotive OLED and are expected to become an enabling encapsulation technology for upcoming flexible IT OLED displays.
As new form factors enabled by OLED technology continue to penetrate the market, the Electronics business sector of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, is well-positioned as a leading global material supplier of this technology. With research activities dating back three decades as well as early investments in OLED manufacturing capacities, the company is committed to meeting the increasing demand for high-purity OLED materials. This commitment has been strengthened by an investment of around €30 million, completing projects to expand OLED production capacity in Korea and China in 2022. The company’s local OLED production will give its Asia-based customers easier and faster access to OLED materials and a stable and more flexible supply chain.
About Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company, operates across life science, healthcare and electronics. 64,000 employees work to make a positive difference to millions of people’s lives every day by creating more joyful and sustainable ways to live. From providing products and services that accelerate drug development and manufacturing as well as discovering unique ways to treat the most challenging diseases to enabling the intelligence of devices – the company is everywhere. In 2022, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, generated sales of € 22.2 billion in 66 countries.
The company holds the global rights to the name and trademark “Merck” internationally. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the business sectors of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, operate as MilliporeSigma in life science, EMD Serono in healthcare and EMD Electronics in electronics. Since its founding in 1668, scientific exploration and responsible entrepreneurship have been key to the company’s technological and scientific advances. To this day, the founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed company. For more information about Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, visit www.emdgroup.com.
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The World’s First Low-Profile Keyboard With Kailh Full POM Switch & Gasket Mount
HONG KONG, May 30, 2023 (Newswire.com)
Lofree, the renowned innovator in keyboard design, is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated launch of its latest masterpiece, the Lofree Flow. As the world’s first low-profile keyboard featuring Kailh Full POM Switch and Gasket Mount design, the Lofree Flow revolutionizes the typing experience with its exceptional smoothness and advanced features. The official launch of this groundbreaking keyboard is set to take place May 30 on Kickstarter.
The Lofree Flow sets a new standard in keyboard technology, combining the highly acclaimed Kailh Full POM Switches and innovative Gasket Mount design. The Kailh Full POM Switches offer an unprecedented level of smoothness, allowing users to enjoy a truly seamless and responsive typing experience. Coupled with the Gasket Mount design, which reduces vibrations and enhances stability, the Lofree Flow ensures every keystroke is precise, satisfying, and effortless.
Designed to impress both in performance and aesthetics, the Lofree Flow features an all-aluminum design that exudes elegance and durability. Its slim and sleek profile adds a touch of sophistication to any workspace while the ultra-thin construction enhances portability without compromising on quality. The keyboard also offers the flexibility of wireless or wired connectivity options, making it compatible with both Mac and Windows operating systems.
Versatility is at the core of the Lofree Flow’s design. The hot-swappable functionality allows users to easily change switches without soldering, enabling customization and experimentation with different switch types to suit individual preferences. The RGB sidelits illuminate the keyboard with a captivating array of colors, creating a visually stunning ambiance that can be personalized to match any mood or style.
“We are proud to introduce the Lofree Flow, the smoothest mechanical keyboard designed to elevate the typing experience to a whole new level,” said Ken Jiang, spokesperson for Lofree. “With its unique combination of Kailh Full POM Switches, Gasket Mount design, and exquisite craftsmanship, the Lofree Flow offers an ever-smoother feel over time, ensuring our users enjoy an unparalleled typing experience that enhances their productivity and creativity.”
The Lofree Flow will be available on Kickstarter starting on May 30 at 9 a.m. ET. Early backers will have the opportunity to secure their unit and enjoy exclusive promotional offers. For more information and to experience the next generation of typing, visit https://bit.ly/3oBBNpc.
Lofree is a lifestyle brand created by a group of brainy designers. Our founder and designer Tim Chu has 20 years of experience designing more than 150 electronic products in the keyboard and related consumer electronics businesses. We clearly understand the group of people who value their own loved space. Lofree develops interesting and professional products to inspire like-minded people to build their styled 2m² space at fingertips, chasing away the boring life. After the great popularity of mechanical keyboard series of DOT typewriter, TOUCH PBT, and 1% Transparent, FLOW will lead you to a new state of typing experience.
Lofree Unveils the Lofree Flow, the Smoothest Mechanical Keyboard
Global feedback analytics leader levels up its own proprietary AI algorithm with the latest large language models to deliver the most thorough, transparent customer feedback insights for clients.
COVINA, Calif., May 30, 2023 (Newswire.com)
Thematic, a unique AI-powered platform for analyzing customer feedback, announces Generative AI integration, expanding their analytics toolkit to incorporate large language models that offer more thorough and transparent insights.
Founded in 2017, Thematic employs its proprietary AI algorithm to evaluate customer feedback analysis collected through sources such as customer satisfaction surveys, reviews, social media, and contact center logs. By aggregating insights from these sources in one place, clients can perceive the needs of their customers, without the need for training a language model or manual coding, in order to make informed decisions based on insights to improve products and customer experiences.
Thematic is the brainchild of co-founders Alyona Medelyan and Nathan Holmberg, both experts in computer science, big data and business. Medelyan, CEO of Thematic, holds a doctorate in natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning, and her peer-reviewed research articles have been cited by more than 3,000 academics.
Holmberg, Thematic’s Chief Technical Officer, was VP of Engineering at Entopix and Chief Architect and Lead Developer at Serato Inc. He has a degree in computer science and international business and as a developer and software engineer focused on computer graphics, interprocess communications and live-performance entertainment software, specializing in concurrency and real-time performance considerations.
The idea of Thematic came out of Medelyan’s work in NLP consulting. Three companies recruited her for help with the same problem: understanding what drove their NPS performance. Medelyan collaborated with the companies to develop an NLP algorithm that harnessed unstructured customer feedback from surveys, analyzed the textual data, identified themes and tied them to metrics to explain what drove the responses.
Thematic now incorporates Generative AI, and their first feature using this technology, Theme Summarizer, can provide an instant understanding of any theme in a client’s customer data. Advances in Generative AI using large language models (LLMs) allow Thematic to create easy-to-read summaries of each theme.
“Thematic has the unique ability to distill the common themes hidden in the ocean of text coming through the many, many avenues where customers give their opinions of products and services,” Medelyan said. “Simply put, we help our clients understand their users, save time, improve customer loyalty and satisfaction, and make the right product decisions.”
The Thematic platform provides visualizations and reports that help inform product roadmaps and clearly show trends in customer feedback. Insights and product teams use Thematic to understand feedback at scale, work more efficiently and make the right product decisions.
“What our customers need is not just a summary but trusted analysis that they can trace to the context,” Medelyan said. “Rather than simply adding LLMs, we have embedded them in our platform, still giving customers the ability to trace analysis to its source and edit themes. This ensures that customers continue to get a trusted, accurate analysis. Just 1000x faster, and with readable summaries.”
Thematic developed a system to leverage its proprietary AI to create guardrails for LLMs, to guarantee a summary that is thorough, readable, accurate, and provides quick snapshots of volume, sentiment, and trends for the selected theme. Relevant examples contribute further context and reporting purposes.
“Our clients often ask, ‘What does this theme mean?’ or ‘What specifically do people say?’ when reviewing analyzed customer feedback. They want to understand the heart of the feedback without reading all the comments,” Medelyan said. “LLMs have the power to provide that insight, but as we know, they also can generate inaccurate responses as well. And accuracy in insights is essential to your business.”
This adds more capability to a platform that is already delivering powerful results for customers and incorporates an LLM that is grounded in Thematic’s analyzed data. “What makes it amazing is that it has a human-like ability to understand language and develop reasoning,” Medelyan said. “Thematic allows your product, operations, and insights teams to be aligned on priorities and issues to fix.”
A new Forrester Total Economic Impact Study showed Thematic delivered a 543% return on investment by helping companies deliver incremental profits.
To learn more about what Thematic can do for your business, please visit getthematic.com.
Thematic is a powerful feedback analytics software platform that helps companies make sense of customer feedback at scale. The platform analyzes unstructured feedback data from a wide range of sources, including surveys, reviews, chat logs, and support tickets. Powered by cutting-edge AI, the analytics model transforms this data into insights so that companies can eliminate customer pain points and identify opportunities.
– ARuVR® awarded ‘Accredited Learning Technologies’ provider status for its enterprise-grade Extended Reality (XR) training platform
– LPI recognises ARuVR® as forerunner in rapidly growing XR industry
LONDON, England, May 30, 2023 (Newswire.com)
ARuVR®, a multi-award-winning end-to-end Extended Reality (XR) training platform for enterprises, today announced that it has been awarded the status of Accredited Learning Technologies Provider by the LPI (Learning and Performance Institute), the leading global authority on workplace learning and development.
ARuVR® counts Coca-Cola, BT, Royal Air Force, Five Guys, ScotRail, NEOM, Amazon, and PWC among a rapidly growing international customer base and is the first and only XR provider on both the UK Government’s CCS digital outcomes and specialists framework, and Crown G-Cloud-approved supplier lists. ARuVR® enables organisations to quickly and easily leverage the location-agnostic convenience and results-driven benefits of XR (Virtual and Augmented Reality) all from a single platform, to create and deliver immersive training programmes.
ARuVR®‘s LPI Accredited Learning Technologies Provider status recognises the company’s dedication to high quality and process improvement in providing learning, development, and training services to clients. This accreditation covers the Extended, Augmented and Virtual Reality products and professional services supplied by ARuVR® to their clients on a worldwide basis. ARuVR® followed a rigorous and in-depth process and was assessed on several key performance indicators, including business integrity, client value proposition, delivery capability, quality and performance management, people development, and business stability. ARuVR®‘s overall KPI score was near an outstanding 100% across all sections.
Edmund Monk, CEO of the LPI, said: “We have extremely high standards for accreditation, and we are proud to commend ARuVR on their achievement. We work with our accredited organisations to ensure that they not only meet our standards but that they continue to improve. This way, organisations can be confident that they are working with the best.”
The LPI is the foremost accreditation and membership body for the learning and development profession with a global reputation. The accreditation process employs a highly robust framework, developed over many years by learning experts and validated by data from thousands of organisations to measure, benchmark and improve the capability and performance of learning professionals and learning providers.
Frank Furnari, CEO & Founder, ARuVR®, said: “As the market for XR training solutions grows exponentially, we are delighted to be the first in the sector to achieve accreditation status by the LPI. We are committed to providing our global clients with not only the highest levels of quality and service but also to bring AR and VR to the training industry, in a way in which any organisation can embrace and benefit from.”