When you read the history of TERA Semicon, you can see right away that the company has had a strong vision and direction from Day 1.
The South Korean company began developing high-temperature heat treatment equipment in 2002 during what it calls its “foundation phase.” It established an in-house research facility, and it laid the groundwork for a future in 4G AMOLED technology.
An AMOLED is an “active-matrix organic light-emitting diode”–a display technology used in mobile devices. AMOLEDs are less expensive than traditional LED displays, and they are quickly catching up in quality.
To create these AMOLED displays, manufacturers crystallize a uniformly deposited subatomic layer of a catalyst on a glass of large-scale amorphous silicon. They crystallize the amorphous silicon into polysilicon. Providing the heat-treatment systems for mass production of these AMOLEDs is one of TERA’s early engineering achievements.
In 2006, TERA declared the foundation laid, and went on to “prepare for growth.” The company built a new factory, and earned the designation of Advanced Technology Center by South Korea’s Minister of Commerce, Industry and Energy.
It also updated its CAD and product data management systems. It adopted PTC Windchill PDMLink 10.0 and PTC Creo Parametric with the PTC Creo Flexible Modeling Extension (FMX) for product design. With these new software tools, TERA could better manage its CAD data, documents, and large assemblies. Plus, it shortened design time.
Good thing, too. Because in 2012, TERA Semicon was chosen as a strategic partner with Samsung Display, a division of one of the biggest producers of mobile phones in the world. In 2013, the consumer electronics press reported that Samsung Display doesn’t have capacity to keep up with the demand for its displays. And that can only be good news for TERA.
Will TERA’s design and data management strategy work as its business explodes? We think so. The team reports that designers spend about half as much time working on issues unrelated to design now. Plus, products are getting to market 20% faster.
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