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Thursday
Dec132012

Dr. James Fergason - A Pioneer of Liquid Crystal Technology

"It is hard to believe that in the 1960s the modern LCD architecture had not been conceived. Yes, inventors and scientists worldwide saw the potential for a flat panel display, but a practical display architecture with adequate imaging capability, lifetime, and low cost and power had not been discovered."

Read the entire white paper via Fergason Patents

Email jason@displayalliance.com to submit your own content to Display Alliance.

Thursday
Dec132012

The Advantages of Medical LCD Monitors with LED Backlights

"Images are displayed on an LCD monitor by controlling the output from the light source with liquid crystals. The light source is known as the backlight, and in the early days LCD monitors employed cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL). Recently, light emitting diodes (LED) have evolved, and they are now being used as LCD monitor backlights. This paper will introduce the main advantages of medical image display monitors that utilize an LED backlight."

Read the entire white paper via EIZO

Email jason@displayalliance.com to submit your own content to Display Alliance.

Wednesday
Dec122012

LCD Distributor Launches New Website With Display Industry Resources

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LCD Distributor Launches New Website With Display Industry Resources

Boston, Massachusetts (January 1, 2013) - Mass Integrated, Inc., a global distributor of LCD panels with operations in Boston and China, launched a new website (www.massintegrated.com) with resources for the display industry.

The website features a display database for engineers that can search thousands of display panels by multiple characteristics and compare results side-by-side. Datasheets are available for download.

Mass Integrated also hosts a display industry knowledge base called Display Alliance, which features industry news, technical Q&A, white papers, EOL notices, and more. Anyone can post press releases and other industry content to Display Alliance.

Smarter Glass, a division of Mass Integrated, is also represented on the new website. Smarter Glass provides touch solutions for OEMs, touch integration for legacy products, and value-added display services such as backlight replacement, repolarization, and high bright. Smarter Glass specializes in projected capacitive (PCAP) touch technology.

The Mass Integrated website has resources for anyone interested or involved in display technology and the display industry. Visit www.massintegrated.com to learn more.

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Mass Integrated, Inc. is a global distributor of LCD panels with operations in Boston and China. The company was founded in 2002 and works with OEMs in the medical, military, industrial, avionics, and consumer electronics markets. Visit www.massintegrated.com to search the display database for engineers. Smarter Glass, a division of Mass Integrated, provides projected capacitive (PCAP) touch solutions. For more information, call +1 (978) 465-6190 or email sales@massintegrated.com.

Wednesday
Dec122012

How Electronic Parts Distribution And The LCD Industry Are Changing

The electronic parts industry boomed in the 1990s and early 2000s, but major industry changes are forcing companies to adapt.

In those days, middlemen such as parts brokers thrived on wide profit margins for parts and direct access to manufacturers in Asia. It was a simple formula: find buyers and sellers of parts and turn part numbers into profits.

But profit margins on electronic parts have eroded with improved manufacturing and lower costs. Even giant corporations like Sharp are in trouble. According to the New York Times, Sharp’s profits grew 150 percent between 2000 and 2007. In 2012, the company admitted to having "material doubts" whether it would even survive.

Mass Integrated, Inc. was founded in 2002 as a distributor in the emerging LCD industry. In 2007, the company was named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Hot 500. Mass Integrated witnessed first-hand the shift in the electronic parts industry.

"The days of parts brokers are numbered," said Thomas Roklan, who has been with Mass Integrated since 2005. "The Internet has opened the market up and cut out the middlemen. Everything is transparent now: part numbers, prices, and Asian suppliers."

Mass Integrated distributes LCD panels and works primarily with OEMs in the medical, military, industrial, avionics, and consumer electronics markets. The company's niche is industrial and end-of-life panels, which can be hard to source without a distributor. Still, Mass Integrated recognizes that the broker model of distribution is a thing of the past.

"Distribution today is about added value and solutions rather than part numbers and Asian suppliers," said Roklan. "This is what OEMs want and need. Otherwise, they can go direct to the manufacturers, and many of them are already doing that."

To meet the new model of distribution, Mass Integrated created a division called Smarter Glass to expand its value-added services. An OEM that needs to enhance or modify an LCD panel could go to Smarter Glass not just for the panel but for modifications such as backlight replacement, repolarization, and high bright. Smarter Glass also provides projected capacitive (PCAP) touch solutions and touch integration for legacy products.

"Mass Integrated was founded in the midst of an emerging LCD market, when the broker model of distribution was still viable," said Roklan. "Smarter Glass is the future of that market, both in terms of touch technology and added-value services. But beyond those core services, Mass Integrated adds value to OEMs just by being a US-based company with benefits such as net terms, scheduled orders, and excess inventory management. Those are things that the Internet can never replace."

In 2012, Mass Integrated launched a new website (www.massintegrated.com) with a display database for engineers that can search thousands of display panels and compare results side-by-side. The company also operates a display industry knowledge base called Display Alliance (www.displayalliance.com) which features industry news, technical Q&A, white papers, EOL notices, and more.

"The Internet is a digital continent, the new Asia," said Roklan. "The Mass Integrated website is the foundation of a web-based infrastructure that drives a new model of distribution and adds value to the entire display industry through resources such as the display database and Display Alliance. The electronic parts industry as a whole has to make the same transition to value-added services and resources."

Monday
Dec102012

LCD Ruggedization in Displays with Optically Bonded AR Glass Lamination 

"Optical bonding of anti-reflective cover glass to LCD panels to improve sunlight readability is well known, though ruggedization benefits have seen little study. Detailed discussion of impact tests for notebook PC type displays with and without bonded cover glass will be presented as will vibration response data which show significant reduction in transmissibility as a result of viscoelastic damping in the optical adhesive. Keywords: ruggedized LCD; sunlight readable; optical enhanced display"

Read the entire white paper via DuPont Display Enhancements

Email jason@displayalliance.com to submit your own content to Display Alliance.

Thursday
Dec062012

Excess Inventory Offer

These panels are available as excess inventory and are warehoused in the United States.

42” Sharp Touchscreen PN-E421 (qty 4)

47” LG M4715C (qty 2)

52” LG M5520 (qty 2)

40” Samsung Multi-touch 400TSN-2 (qty 6)

40” NEC P401 (qty 4)

42” LG M4213C (qty 1)

42” HP LD4200TM (qty 1)

Tuesday
Dec042012

Portwell Releases a Stylish and Interactive Panel PC Series with Intel Atom Dual-Core Processor D2550

FREMONT, CALIF. — December 4, 2012— American Portwell Technology, Inc., (http://www.portwell.com) a wholly owned subsidiary of Portwell, Inc., a world-leading innovator in the Industrial PC (IPC) market and a Premier member of the Intel Intelligent Systems Alliance, announces the release of the EUDA2 Panel PC, based on the Intel Atom dual-core processor D2550 1.86 GHz and the Intel NM10 chipset. The EUDA2 comes standard with a true flat projected capacitive multi-touch display. With its ultra-slim and lightweight aluminum tooling, it is rugged yet stylish. Its cable-less design, HDD tray and wide DC input range add to its flexibility and durability. The COM port and I/O board docking are selectable via BIOS. Furthermore, it is compliant with VESA mounting standards, which further testify to the universality of the EUDA2. While it also comes equipped with Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and EtherCAT support, many of the attributes and versatility of the EUDA2 make it the ideal solution for Industrial Automation, Kiosk, and Human Machine Interface (HMI) applications. Stylish, Rugged, and Interactive The EUDA2 is compact, 50mm thick and a 12.1” or 15” display. With its multi-touch and stylish industrial design combined with a painted and seamless assembly, the EUDA2 is capable of operating in a 0° to 50° C temperature range. Additionally, it is resistant to vibrations up to 1G and shock up to 15G. Simple, Intelligent and Cool Less is more. At a weight of less than 4kg, the EUDA2 is ready for VESA mounting. Its true flat touch screen and IP54 protection make cleaning easy. Moreover, it has an easily removable back cover, HDD tray and CF cover. In addition, EUDA2 comes equipped with I/O board docking, a Golden Finger connector and a RS-232/433/485 port selectable via BIOS for the use of peripheral legacy devices. Only the best components went into the design of the EUDA2. The low power Intel Atom D2550 CPU and Intel NM10 chipset platform utilize only 40W when operating and 8W while in sleep mode. It also has a wide DC input of 12~24V (±20%) and an auto loss power-on feature in the event of power failure. Furthermore, with its aluminum tooling, heat sink and thermal pad, the EUDA2 is truly a fan free and cool-running system. Efficient and Integrated EUDA2 offers a full HD video decoder to deliver greater graphics performance. Additionally, APIs and EtherCAT efficiently support system integration of HMIs and Cloud Computing, which enable quick and efficient changes or updates by way of Internet when necessary. The EUDA2’s application oriented design may convince users to reconsider their traditional use of IPC products. Our rigid laboratory testing provides customers with the assurance of intuitive, friendly, modular flexibility, durability and seamless system integration. At Portwell, we strive for excellence and the EUDA2 is merely another example of the multitude of superior products designed and manufactured at our facilities. We constantly challenge ourselves to understand our customers’ unique business needs and are committed to meeting their demands. # # # Product details: http://www.portwell.com/products/detail.asp?CUSTCHAR1=EUDA2-S1220 http://www.portwell.com/products/detail.asp?CUSTCHAR1=EUDA2-S1520 # # # About American Portwell Technology American Portwell Technology, Inc., is a world-leading innovator in the embedded computing market and a Premier member of the Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance. American Portwell Technology designs, manufactures and markets a complete range of PICMG computer boards, embedded computer boards and systems, rackmount systems and network appliances for both OEMs and ODMs. American Portwell is an ISO 9001:2008, ISO 13485:2003 and ISO 14001:2004 certified company. The company is located in Fremont, California. For more information about American Portwell’s extensive turnkey solutions and private-label branding service, call 1-877-APT-8899, email info@portwell.com or visit us at http://www.portwell.com. All products and company names referred to herein may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies or mark holders. # # # Product Contact: Sean Kang Product Engineer American Portwell Technology, Inc. 510-403-3361 seank@portwell.com Media Contact: Susan Wei Marketing Executive American Portwell Technology, Inc. 510-403-3354 susanw@portwell.com
Monday
Dec032012

Keywest Technology MediaZone Pro Powers Ad Playback for Growing Digital Signage Advertising Franchise

DIGITAL SIGNAGE PRESS RELEASE: Keywest Technology’s MediaZone Pro is playing a central role in deployment of an innovative sports bar-centric digital signage ad network being rolled out by Solara360. Keywest Technology today announces that Solara360, developer of a sports bar-based digital signage ad network, has assisted its 12th franchisee in completing installation of ad network technology, which relies upon Keywest’s MediaZone Pro for advertising playout. Solara360, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, is building its ad network across North America with turnkey digital signage packages, including displays, media players and signal distribution technology, that are easy to install and require minimal on-premise interaction. Each sports bar is equipped with up to 10 proprietary Solara360 HDTV displays, a Keywest Technology MediaZone Pro digital signage player and signal distribution to transport ads from local business and HD sports coverage from satellite or cable sources to each monitor. “We are excited to be an integral part of the rollout of this innovative digital signage ad network,” said Keywest Technology president Nick Nichols. “Our MediaZone Pro offers Solara360 an easy-to-install, reliable media player that is fast and simple to update with new content and playlists over the Internet.” Solara360 is deploying its digital signage ad network based upon a franchise model. Franchisees buy a geographical territory with 10 sports bars and turnkey ad network technology packages to equip each bar with Solara360 proprietary HDTV displays and Keywest Technology MediaZone Pro player to support playback of local ad content in an “L” shaped onscreen graphic without the need to scale or process cable TV or satellite TV delivered HD sports action. The Keywest Technology MediaZone Pro at each sports bar receives advertising playlists and ad content from Solara360 via the Internet and playbacks advertising content in the “L” shaped on-screen border. The HDTV content is presented within the “L” shape via the HDMI port directly from the source so that HD Sport action is displayed in real-time HD simultaneously with Internet fed ad content via the DVI Port. MediaZone Pro is a complete digital signage system consisting of the media player and software needed to build compelling media playlists with text, graphics, video and animation and play them back as scheduled. About Keywest Technology Keywest Technology is a turnkey provider of digital signage products including kiosks, software and content creation services designed to produce exceptional results. The company is also a pioneer in interactive digital signage, which couples the appeal of dynamic signage with the interactivity associated with interactive kiosks. Visit www.KeywestTechnology.com for more information. About Solara360 Solara360 developed and manufactures its own exclusive brand of commercial grade 1080p HD LCDs designed specifically for the Solara360 Digital Signage Network. The Company plans to grow its business worldwide through franchising. Each 'community based' Digital Signage Network franchisee becomes part of the growing Solara360 Digital Signage Network with global broadcasting and narrowcasting potential and capability. Solara360's uniqueness in the market comes from its combination of its exclusive Solara360 Liquid Crystal Displays, proprietary remote management software and a unique franchise business model. Visit www.Solara360.com for more information. ##
Friday
Nov302012

Power over Ethernet (PoE) for outdoor displays

"Since it is not uncommon for quick service restaurants to shut down all their lights after hours, for many northern and mountain locations it may be required that the outdoor display start up and operate after it has been frozen to -40°F for several hours. For these reasons, it is critical that outdoor displays be equipped with internal heating elements that will insure that the LCD stays within its normal operating limits in low ambient temperatures. At a minimum, electric heaters require 60 watts of power to heat up a 15” display enclosure from -40°F and keep it warm enough to operate properly."

Read the entire white paper via Delphi Display Systems

Email jason@displayalliance.com to submit your own content to Display Alliance.

Thursday
Nov152012

End-of-life (EOL) notice LTM08C355S

Datasheet: LTM08C355S

EOL date: 2008

Email jason@displayalliance.com to source this panel with Mass Integrated, Inc.
Thursday
Nov152012

End-of-life (EOL) notice LTM220M2-L01

Datasheet: LTM220M2-L01

EOL date: 2009

Email jason@displayalliance.com to source this panel with Mass Integrated, Inc.
Thursday
Nov152012

End-of-life (EOL) notice NL6448AC33-18

Datasheet: NL6448AC33-18

EOL date: 2009

Email jason@displayalliance.com to source this panel with Mass Integrated, Inc.
Thursday
Nov152012

End-of-life (EOL) notice M240HW01-V0

Datasheet: M240HW01-V0

EOL date: 2010

Email jason@displayalliance.com to source this panel with Mass Integrated, Inc.
Thursday
Nov152012

End-of-life (EOL) notice LTM240CT06

Datasheet: LTM240CT06

EOL date: 2010

Email jason@displayalliance.com to source this panel with Mass Integrated, Inc.
Thursday
Nov152012

Thin-Film-Transistor (TFT) LCD Display Control Electronics Design and Operation 

"In this paper, we will focus on the drive electronics required in a TFT. The main blocks of the drive system for a TFT are: Controller, Greyscale generator, and Voltage Drive generator."

Read the entire white paper via Densitron

Email jason@displayalliance.com to submit your own content to Display Alliance.

Thursday
Nov152012

Optical Bonding of LCDs, OLEDs, and Plasma Displays

"Optical Bonding is the affixing of two optical elements to one another, using a liquid adhesive. In this way, we differentiate bonding from lamination. By lamination, we are referring to the affixing of two optical elements to one another using a pressure sensitive adhesive."

Read the entire white paper via General Digital

Email jason@displayalliance.com to submit your own content to Display Alliance.

Thursday
Nov152012

LED Backlighting for LCDs: Options, Design Considerations, and Benefits

"LED-backlit LCD modules are an increasing subject of interest to save energy and improve the operating life and durability of devices that incorporate LCDs. This White Paper discusses the viewing experience, technologies, and some of the economic considerations when considering integrating an LED-backlit LCD module into a design."

Read the entire white paper via Sharp

Email jason@displayalliance.com to submit your own content to Display Alliance.

Thursday
Nov152012

Antiglare vs. Antireflection

"Two terms used to talk about the impact of ambient lighting on displays are reflection and glare. The reduction of these is done using surface treatments for the display which are termed antireflection and antiglare. Because these are often confused, communications between display users and display engineers are often less than optimum. In this monograph, we will attempt to provide some guidance in usage."

Read the entire white paper via General Digital

Email jason@displayalliance.com to submit your own content to Display Alliance.

Wednesday
Nov072012

Why The Digital Signage Industry Will Grow In 2013

As I peek at 2013 coming just around the corner, I cannot help but notice how downward price pressures are intersecting with demand and driving digital signage market growth. As many benefits continue to be realized, I believe some are more important than others and point to what we can expect in the coming year.

As in any tech-fueled market, reducing cost while increasing efficiency are major factors that come into play when talking about market growth. This fact is highlighted by realizing that digital signage fits well into the corporate mantra of “doing more with less.”

With digital signage, doing more with less is certainly one of the big benefits. And with noticeable price reductions in 2012 that are certain to continue in 2013, I concur with recent reports from IHS iSuppli, Platt Retail Institute and others who believe the demand will continue to build at a healthy pace.

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Monday
Oct292012

Changes in Flat panel display EU import duty charges

Currently on import into the EU there are two duty rates that can be applied to flat panel display monitors - Zero or 14% depending on whether they are ADP (Automatic Data Processing) or Video monitors. Following a decision made by the WTO (World Trade Organisation) two years ago and the ECJ (European Court of Justice) the EU has had to consider changing its policy on these products. There is currently divergent practice among the Member States on the classification of monitors and the Commission has finally announced that from April 2013 the WTO and ECJ decisions will be implemented by a tariff suspension so will not be retrospective. If any of your members are currently paying duty on such products and need any assistance please contact us. My website is:

http://www.afcustomsconsultancy.com/