February 9th, 2023 | 19:51 CET
ams OSRAM, Meta Materials, Microsoft - Disruption within reach?
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ams OSRAM - Innovation push for novel MicroLED displays by 2025
However, ams OSRAM AG (ISIN: AT0000A18XM4) is proving just how valuable forward-looking materials are with its move to produce MicroLED displays. The Austrian electronics company is a leading global supplier of optical solutions. Hand in hand with its partner Aixtron. Both companies are taking a decisive step away from traditional displays and towards MicroLED displays.
MicroLEDs offer several benefits for display technology, including higher pixel density, longer lifetime, increased brightness, faster switching times and a richer colour spectrum. Another key benefit is relatively low power consumption, which makes MicroLED ideally qualified for the next generation of small displays for consumer devices with limited battery space. Production is on the horizon for 2025.
Investors have turned away from ams OSRAM AG due to low profitability and unfavourable business prospects. Shares of the optical-electronic semiconductor manufacturer on the Zurich Stock Exchange fell 19% to EUR 7.80.
The Company expects weak demand in the first half of 2023, with slight upside to forecasts in the second half. Last year, sales fell 4% to EUR 4.8 billion, and the gross profit margin fell 3% to 31%. Costly restructuring and sensitive write-downs gave the Company the heaviest loss in its history. The annual loss ended up at EUR 444 million, after a decline of EUR 32 million in the previous year. But the bank UBS remains confident and raises the price target from EUR 7.49 to EUR 8.00.
Meta Materials - Institutional investor massively increases shareholding
Meta Materials (ISIN: US59134N1046) provides high-performance functional materials and nanocomposites (metamaterials) for a variety of applications. These metamaterials can be engineered with properties not found in nature and help solve current challenges in sectors such as semiconductors, AI, 5G, aerospace, automotive and others. Additionally, nano-optical metamaterial technology provides anti-counterfeiting protection through its security features, application to government documents and currency, and brand authentication.
In optical sensing, Meta Materials is working hand-in-hand with Covestro, a supplier of key photosensitive raw materials for holographic purposes and augmented reality (AR) glasses. Meta Materials and Covestro offer a complete value chain, from optical design and material selection to mass production and integration, to manufacturing eyeglass lenses - including holographic volume elements - in high volumes and at low cost, thanks to reliable roll-to-roll coating and deposition technologies and high-performance plastics processing.
State Street Corporation is one of the world's leading financial services providers to institutional investors, including investment services, investment management, and investment research and trading. The institutional Investor reported on February 3 that it owned a total of 14.20 million shares of MMAT stock through December 31, according to a 13G filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In the third quarter, ending September 30, the stock was still 3.35 million shares. This means the Company bought 10.84 million shares in the most recent quarter, increasing its position by an impressive 323%.
Those interested in learning more about Meta Materials will have the opportunity to ask Rob Stone, VP Corporate Development and Communications, questions directly at the 6th International Investment Forum (IIF) on February 15. In a 30-minute presentation followed by Q&A, Rob Stone will face interested investors. Registration is free here.
Microsoft relies on ChatGPT and revolutionizes online search
Metamaterials are a goldmine for Microsoft (ISIN: US5949181045) founder Bill Gates for future profitable technologies. So Gates is investing in a venture capital fund called MetaVC, which invests exclusively in meta technologies. The VCs focus on companies that use, for example, metamaterials for innovative imaging, sensors, energy and sustainability, next-generation communications, and faster computing.
The best example at the moment is the move to no longer display text links as results in Bing, the search engine run by Microsoft, but to have ChatGPT AI give answers to search queries n-tv.de/wirtschaft/Microsoft-ruestet-Bing-mit-ChatGPT-auf-article23900953.html. Jasper and ChatGPT are revolutionizing user behaviour in a natural way that could disrupt Alphabet's Google search engine and related business model with ads and text links.
The intelligent power of ChatGPT is based on AI chips, a new breed of microprocessors designed to perform tasks requiring artificial intelligence faster and more efficiently. Included in this is the use of meta-materials in production.
This week, Microsoft announced at a press event in Redmond, Washington, USA, that the GPT-4 model developed by OpenAI will be integrated into Bing, enabling a similar ChatGPT experience within the search engine.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is convinced that this AI technology would transform almost every software category and emphasized that this technology has the potential to change the Internet. In his opinion, any computer interaction in the future will be handled by an AI agent. The beginning of this process, for Microsoft at least, will be searching.
New disruptive technologies have one thing in common: they have the potential to sweep away existing business models and grow exponentially. The AI technology ChatGPT is one such candidate in Microsoft's hands, giving Alphabet and the entire Google search engine a run for their money. Instead of text links, answers can be displayed as results in searches in the future. That makes the display of paid AdSense text links obsolete. The Company Meta Materials is also focusing on innovations. Novel surfaces can provide further disruption in existing technologies such as automotive, aerospace, optics, and 5G by simplifying or improving the application. VP Corporate Development and Communications Rob Stone will reveal what is already possible in his live presentation at the 6th International Investment Forum on February 15, 2023. Investors in ams OSRAM AG, on the other hand, will have to be patient. Production of the high-power LEDs will start in 2025.
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