Laser-etched hole to improve camera performance in new Samsung smartphone


GFT Technologies, a provider of consulting and implementation services in AI and the Internet of Things, has acquired the portfolio and workforce of Trumpf subsidiary Axoom, a software firm in Karlsruhe, Germany.

MKS Instruments has received a multi-system order from an unnamed leading Chinese flex PCB manufacturer for ESI’s recently-released CapStone laser drilling solution for flexible printed circuits.

Samsung Display has developed an extremely small, laser-etched hole located near the top front of the flexible polyimide OLED displays of the new Galaxy Note10 and Note10+, through which photos can be shot without any loss in picture quality. The firm’s laser ‘hole-punching’ technology enables the creation of a completely independent photo-shooting pathway only 4.7mm in diameter between the OLED panels of the two new smartphones. This is much smaller than the space in the Galaxy S10’s hole design, according to Samsung. The display enhancement is said to offer exceptional uniformity of image quality and transmissivity of light. The camera hole retains an unimpeded 92 per cent of high light transmissivity, which means a camera shooting through

it will boast the same performance as the protruded cameras of conventional smartphones, even though the new hole has been poked directly through the display. ‘Representing a major advancement in

display design, this extremely small hole in our flexible OLED display allows for picture- taking that is as consistently excellent as that of other premium smartphones,’ a Samsung Display official said. ‘This much-improved space utilisation will take smartphones to the next level of design efficiency in the future.’ Overall, Samsung said the high

performance of its 4.7mm laser-cut hole is attributable to the OLED display’s flexibility, its simple, yet rugged features, and state-of- the art laser cutting techniques used to make each camera hole. For proprietary reasons however, the firm could not reveal type of laser that was used to create the holes.

TWI has appointed Dave Holmes, manufacturing director of BAE Systems’s air sector, as its new president. Dave has been with BAE Systems for 35 years and has undertaken various roles across numerous UK sites.

Lasermet has been selected as the supplier of new laser safety enclosures to be used by Jaguar Land Rover, as part of its investment in vehicle production.

Laser marking and engraving firm Foba has celebrated its 50th anniversary.

A new three-year collaborative project is developing large- scale cleaning techniques using powerful ultrafast lasers and robotics to renovate the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia.

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