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The Display Industry News Source 10.7.11

Tributes to Steve Jobs Pour In - We would be remiss if we didn't mention the passing of the legendary Apple co-founder this week. He was a true innovator in his field, and had a tremendous impact on the Display Industry. TechCrunch has a great post sourcing tributes from all over. via TechCrunch

Pixel Density for Displays Expected to Grow - "Increasing demand for high information content and multimedia capability in mobile devices continues to drive flat panel display resolution to higher levels of pixel density. With panel makers developing ultra-high resolutions, such as 4K × 2K for TVs and QXGA (2048 × 1536 pixels) for tablet PCs, the average pixel density of flat panel displays is expected to grow over the next few years." via ECNMag

Apple Suppliers Expect to see Shipment Boost - "Apple's suppliers are expected to benefit from the newly launched iPhone 4S and an 8G version of iPhone 4, with global shipments of the overall iPhone products likely to exceed 100 million units in 2012, according to industry sources." via Digitimes

Samsung Profits Exceed Expectations - Samsung, the 2nd largest producer of LCD panels for mobile phones, posted forecast-beating profits due to high global demand for mobile devices. Although sales for LCD panels are expected to be down, the huge demand for mobile devices offset the slump. via Korea Times

Pandigital Expands Android Tablet Line with SuperNova - "Pandigital today expanded its new line of Android(TM) media tablets with the Pandigital SuperNova. The SuperNova is the flagship product in a new line of Android tablets from Pandigital. It features an 8-inch capacitive touchscreen, advanced processor, Adobe(R) Flash(R), HDMI-out, built-in Bluetooth, front- and rear-facing cameras, and many more features and capabilities for the consumer." via MarketWatch


The Display Industry News Source 10.4.11

Sony at Cutting Edge of Medical Monitor Technology - "The Sony LMD-2451MT is at the cutting edge of medical monitor technology, with its micropolarisation filter and passive glass technology. It reproduces images clearly, smoothly, and reliably.  3D technology represents a major breakthrough in medical precision and development. Sony’s new LMD-2451MT 3D monitor enables surgeons to gain detailed insights and spatial orientation by means of clear 3D images during complicated operation." via

Amazon Ready to Take a Slice of Apple’s Tablet Marketshare - “Is the Kindle Fire actually that good a device? Not really. If it was a standard Android tablet the technorati would have scoffed at it instantly. A 7” LCD screen, 1 GHz processor, 512 Mb RAM, 8 Gb storage and no 3G, camera or microphone put it at the lower end of the spectrum, that’s before you consider it’s running the smartphone-centric Android Gingerbread 2.3 operating system – a full generation behind 3.1 Honeycomb not standard on would-be iPad killers" via

Cypress Leading the Way in Solving Display Noise - "Cypress has announced its fourth generation of touch screen controllers, claiming it will allow touch screen electrodes to be deposited directly onto LCDs without the need for noise suppression by air gap or electrostatic shield. Further claims are that the screen will work dripping wet, or when the handheld is connected to noisy chargers." via Electonics Weekly

China Makes Over 70% of products with Large-Size Panels - "China has emerged as the world's third biggest supplier of large-size TFT LCD panels, with over 70% of the end products in the four major large-size panel applications being made in the country. Tablet devices have joined LCD TVs, monitors and notebooks (including netbooks) to become the fourth biggest applications for large-size panels. China’s low-cost labor and government incentives have attracted many manufacturers of LCD TVs, monitors, notebooks and tablet devices to set up production bases in the country." via

Touch Screens to Signal the End of Keyboards? - "A recent report suggests that by 2015, half of all computers purchased for children will implement touch screen rather than keyboard. Touch screens will, therefore, be as familiar to the next generation of computer users, as keyboards are for today’s computer users. With an increase in use of touch screens in computing, some people are predicting an end to the traditional keyboard." via Armagard


The Display Industry News Source 9.7.2011

Perceptive Pixel demos 82" multi-touch display powered by NVIDIA Quadro at SIGGRAPH 2011.

A Brief Look at Screen Resolutions "In comparison to the fixed-​​versus-​​fluid debate, the argument about designing for particular screen resolutions has been quite tame these past few years. When designers say that a site is designed, or optimized, for a particular screen resolution, they’re actually talking about the resolution of the viewer’s monitor. In the past, the screen resolution debate was focused on whether our designs should still accommodate monitor resolutions of 800×600 without displaying a horizontal scrollbar." via DesignFestival

3D: FPR vs. Active Shutter "All currently available 3D displays take 3D imaging and visualization and try to apply it to our eyes, instead of on the object itself. Our eyes and our brain were designed to perceive three dimensional objects. That’s why we have two eyes: one on the left and the other on the right. The three dimensional object is viewed from slightly different angles. The difference between what the left eye sees from what the right eye sees is called parallax. The brain combines the two different visual information and the parallax between them to see three dimensionally." via DisplayBlog

Apple begins shipping 27″ Thunderbolt displays "According to MacRumors, the Apple 27″ Thunderbolt Display is now shipping to stores. So what, you might ask, a new display is shipping. Big deal. Well, in this case it is much more than just another great looking Apple display. It has something new that no other display has, the Thunderbolt port." via macgasm

Motorola Droid Bionic "The Motorola Droid Bionic sports a 4.3-inch 960×540 LCD with a PenTile Matrix 2×2 sub-pixel structure. Photos and videos look very good on a PenTile Matrix display, but where it falls short is text. The iPhone 4 has a RGB-stripe 960×640 LCD." via DisplayBlog


The Display Industry News Source 9.6.2011

The Advantages of ‘Off the Shelf’ Touchscreen Kiosks "‘Off the Shelf’ Touchscreen Kiosks are more cost effective. ‘Off the Shelf’ Touchscreen Kiosks are usually held in stock and so the manufacturer has a batch of these touchscreen kiosks made, which reduces his costs and he passes some of these savings onto the customer, making an ‘Off the Shelf’ Touchscreen Kiosk a cheaper option." via touchscreenkiosks4business

Sharp demos the first 8K4K display "The new mega resolution of 7680 x 4320 is still not in use obviously (not even in theaters!), but test broadcasting is scheduled to the begin in early of 2020. This “little” friend is made with around 33 million pixels and from what we can see, it packs a huge quality!" via akihabaranews

Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook "Now the bad part: the 13.3-inch LCD on the S3 sports a 1366×768 pixel format. Right here, the S3 fails to meet the standard set by the 13.3-inch MacBook Air, which packs 1440×900 pixels." via DisplayBlog

CPT, HannStar post losses in 1H11 "CPT's shipments to the notebook, e-paper backplane, and smartphone segments are expected to grow with the coming of the peak season in second-half 2011." via DigiTimesDisplays

Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi want to produce small-medium sized OLED Displays "Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi plans to ramp up a new company which has to develop and produce small to medium sized OLED Displays for the smartphone and tablet-pc market. Sony set their focus to larger OLED Displays. Sony sell at the moment a 17 and 24 inch monitor for the broadcast market.Sony actively provide technical support for the OLED display business of the new company. via OLED-Display

Hot, Flat, And Widescreen: The Rise Of The Minitabs "Consumers, too, are looking for something new. The 10-inch tablet is boring and, more important (at least according to Apple) a patent violation. What better way to keep tab-like gadgets in the pipeline than to smoosh them down?" via TechCrunch


The Display Industry News Source 8.31.2011

LG Display cuts capex; tablet boom hits LCD TVs "Flat-screen maker LG Display will slash next year's capital spending by a quarter as booming sales of mobile devices from iPads to Android smartphones saps demand for TV panels, its main source of earnings." via Reuters

Taiwan wants to establish an AMOLED R&D alliance "Taiwan's government wants to establish an AMOLED R&D alliance, to help local companies compete with AMOLED leader Samsung. Currently it is reported that AU Optronics (AUO) has volunteered for the plan and are in talks with smartphone and PC makers HTC, Acer and Asustek to form the alliance. It's not clear whether other Taiwanese OLED makers (such as Chimei Innolux) will join too." via OLED-Info

Sony, Hitachi And Toshiba Make Their LCD Business Merger Official "As reported, the semi-public organization will control 70% of the venture (to be set up by the end of the year), with the other partners holding a 10% stake each. Tentatively named “Japan Display”, the venture will launch with a cool US$2.6 billion investment and instantly control 21.5% of the world market for small and medium-sized LCDs." via TechCrunch

Samsung GT-I9220 with Super-Amoled-HD is real "The Samsung GT-I9220 with a 4.3 inch Super-Amoled-HD Display is real. At the Wi-Fi certified website we found a registration about this new smartphone from Samsung. The Super-Amoled-HD Display has 326ppi and a resolution of 1280×720 pixels." via OLED-Display

3D LCD Panel Shipments Grow in Second Quarter "Note these are 3D LCD panels shipping into the supply channel. The question then becomes: is the increase in 3D LCD panel shipments the result of end user market demand for 3D TVs? Or it is simply a supply side push based on wishful thinking? I’m betting it’s the later." via DisplayBlog


The Display Industry News Source 8.22.2011

New Survey Confirms Media Planners are Taking Digital Placed-based Media Seriously "According to the survey, 86.3 percent of media planning respondents said they intend to use digital place-based media as part of their media plans in 2012, a jump from 75.5 percent who said their 2011 media plans include digital place-based media and 65.3 percent from 2010." Written by KeyWest Technology via DisplayAllianceOpen

Corning is ready to produce glass for OLED-Television "Corning Chief Financial Officer Jim Flaws says in an Interview that Corning want to produce glass for large OLED panels soon. Lg plan to introduce a 55 inch OLED-Television in 2012, and also Samsung-Mobile-Display set their focus on larger panels." via OLED-Display

Lenovo CEO: Really Cheap Tablets "On The Way So Lenovo will build really affordable tablets, way cheaper than US$500, and target low-income folks, who really need and want tablets. And by strongest, I’m guessing Yang intends to win with the largest market share based on unit shipments. That reminds of HP and Dell: both companies think unit market share is the most important performance metric. It certainly is important, but sustainable businesses are built on profit." via DisplayBlog

When a Screen breaks—so do your plans for ROI "Breakdowns and damage can double the length of time a screen starts returning your investment. Having to pay for a new screen almost doubles your initial spend, and even if a screen is repairable, or just needs a reboot, the length of time the screen is off means time the screen is not working and not doing what you spent money for it to do." via Armagard

UCLA researchers developed a stretchable transparent P-OLED device "Researchers from UCLA demonstrated an intrinsically stretchable transparent P-OLED device. The device was fabricated using a simple process that uses single-walled carbon nanotube polymer composite electrodes. The interpenetrating networks of nanotubes and the polymer matrix in the surface layer of the composites lead to low sheet resistance, high transparency, high compliance and low surface roughness." via OLED-Info

Large-Sized LCD Panel Declines Slow in August "With weak demand continuing to plague the market for large-sized LCD panels measuring 10 inches to 55 inches, pricing in August is projected to dip 0.2 percent compared to July. The decline will be a rela­tively small improvement from the 0.3 percent drop during the June to July time frame, and will equal the same rate of loss suffered from April to May." via iSuppli


The Display Industry News Source 8.16.2011

Building More Capacity During Over-Supply?  "Many TV panel buyers are taking the opportunity to negotiate lower prices, and there are many spot deals with panel prices lower than the market average. For panel makers, the over-supply will force further cuts in capacity utilization in Q3’11 to manage inventories. As panel makers reduce prices, financial performance is impacted, leading them to slow down investments in Korea, Taiwan and Japan." via DisplaySearch Blog

Photovoltaic Cells In LCDs Could Recycle Wasted And Ambient Light  "Among the layers of the LCD are two polarizing sheets that block unwanted backlighting depending on their configuration. The team at UCLA has designed a new type of material for these layers called a polarizing organic photovoltaic film. Instead of simply blocking the light, it would act like a photovoltaic cell and reabsorb some of the light’s energy — whether it’s coming from inside or outside the device. Essentially it would recycle the light from the backlight while simultaneously acting as a solar cell." via TechCrunch

MOTOROLA DROID 3: 4-INCH RGBW PENTILE MATRIX  "The Motorola Droid 3 sports a RGBW PenTile Matrix 4.0-inch LCD with a 960×540 qHD pixel format." via DisplayBlog

Supply Line Troubles To Delay iPad 3 Launch?  "A 9.7″ display sporting 2048×1536 pixels, four times more than the current iPad and three times more than the HD displays on many Android tablets, is quite simply at the very limit of LCD panel manufacturing capability. Apple previously had hoped to have at least five or six million units by the end of the year and placed orders to that effect, but Digitimes is reporting that those orders have disappeared." via CrunchGear

BOE considers a 5.5-Gen AMOLED fab with a $3.44 billion investment.  "There are reports that BOE Display "considers" building a 5.5-Gen AMOLED fab in a $3.44 billion investment. According to the reports, the location will by Ordos (Inner Mongolia)." via OLED-Info


InGaZnO, the next big thing in Display Technology for Sharp?

InGaZnO allows for the creation of thin-film transistor displays with increased brightness and decreased power draw over traditional semiconductor materials.

Sharp announced the new InGaZnO panels and hope to level the playing field - which is good news for both manufacturers of smartphones and tablets, and consumers thereof.

Written by:  Gareth Halfacree at

Revenues, in billions of yen, declined year over year in all three display sectors for Sharp. Due to deteriorating ASPs, revenues dropped despite LCD Color TV shipments increasing 22.3% Y/Y to 3.29 million units.

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The Display Industry News Source 7.29.2011

Dramatic Digital Signage Growth Right Around the Corner - Retail to Lead the Way, Says New Research.  "A newly released report from IMS Research concludes that after a couple of sluggish years, the worldwide digital signage market will see growth in excess of 40 percent in 2013 to reach a total of $7 billion. And an important component of that market will be in the retail sector." via Display Alliance

LG to launch a 55in OLED TV in 2012-Likely to be gorgeous, unlikely to be cheap.  "Whenever it finally hits, the 55-inch OLED certainly won't come cheap. LG has already shown off a 31-inch OLED TV, which is yet to make it to the UK, as well as the 15-inch LG 15EL9500 which would set you back a cool £1,700." via Tech Radar

In Depth: The future of 3D TV content.  "For its part, Samsung has been quickest off the starting blocks in the emergent 3D TV market, already having captured over 50 per cent of market share in North America and Europe, according to German market researchers GfK. Samsung sold 50.5 percent of 3D TVs in Europe in May 2011, followed by Sony with a 21.8 percent market share, and LG Electronics and Panasonic with 9.3 and 9.2 per cent, respectively." via 3D Radar

AUO vice president says OLED-Tv are not cost competitive until 2014.  "Instead of investing in OLED displays for mobile applications, the company will now put all its efforts into large screen sizes for TVs: LG-Display will launch a 55-inch OLED TV by the second half next year!" via OLED Display

Apple and other major companies plan to visit the OLEDS World Summit 2011.  "There are many rumors about future Apple products with OLED Displays. So it looks like Apple want to use OLED in the near future in one of there products!" via OLED Display

Chirpy fitness PSAs a big hit on Chinese Digital OOH taxi screens.  "The only fitness motivation this would do for me is compel me to get out and walk, but Ad Age is reporting a Chinese Digital OOH company is seeing wild success with exercise instructional videos running on seat-back screens in taxi cabs in that country." via Sixteen:Nine

Samsung Display Panel Business, Second Quarter 2011 Results.  "LCD panel shipments increased mid-10% range Q/Q, but inventory levels remained high. LED-backlit LCDs for notebooks and monitors increased, but 40-inch and larger TV panels dropped. Samsung plans to focus on LCD panels for 3D and Smart TVs for the third quarter. That’s interesting, I prefer dumb 2D TVs." via Display Blog


Dramatic Digital Signage Growth Right Around the Corner - Retail to Lead the Way, Says New Research

A new report from IMS Research forecasts dramatic growth in digital signage over the next few years thanks to growing acceptance of the medium as a valuable ad delivery mechanism.

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Display News Source, 7/28/2011

Medical LCD New generation of display in Health Care Industry

Everyone was familiar with x-ray film in hospitals for shown bones and teeth long time ago. MRI and CT inspection normally takes 20 to 100 film images. Each year hospitals take a million film images. Film images have been replaced with the medical LCD monitor. Now LCD monitors are a standard hardware in many IT industries replacing the CRT monitor. It’s used with the personal computer, laptop, television, POS, kiosk and many display units. LCD monitor’s have many advantages such as low price, high resolution, flat and light weight and saved energy.

Medical LCD monitors were developed because of these advantages. In the health care industry accuracy of scanning results from many types of equipment such as PACS, CT, NMR, MRI, x-ray and angiography are important. Doctors use that result to diagnose patients. Medical LCD monitors have a larger size and higher resolution than normal LCD monitor. With monitors over 21 inches, resolution should be in the range of 3 million to 5 million pixels and normally can swap viewing from portrait to landscape for comfort use. There are 2 major display types of medical LCD monochrome monitor and color LCD monitor. Additional features are a concern when select medical LCD monitors are digital video input and s-video input USB ports for peripherals. The room’s environment is important for monitor life time. Dust, heat, liquids or chemicals can decrease monitor life time, some monitor vendors offer dust and water proof monitor cases and make monitors able to be sterilized with hospital-grade disinfectants. Some medical LCD monitors are touch screens, these monitors must be activated with a gloved hand.



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Apple uses Retina Display

Yoo-chul Kim, The Korea Times: He said more smartphone manufacturers will release new models employing LG’s “Retina Display” that has been used in iPhones and iPads.

He being Young-soo Kwon, CEO of LG Display. Kwon’s comment begs some questions:

The exclusivity between LG Display and Apple for the Retina Display used in the iPhone 4. Is it over? Was Kwon’s remark about a Retina Display used in iPads a Freudian slip? Or was he just mistaken?

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Portwell Launches New Compact All-in-One Rugged In-Vehicle Computer with Touchscreen Interface

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The Display Industry News Source

Samsung Galaxy S II Slated for August Release In US

"Jong-kyun Shin, Samsung Mobile Business and Digital Imaging President, Yonhap News Agency: We expect to release the Galaxy S2 in the U.S. mar­ket some­time in August.The Samsung Galaxy S II, the fol­lowup to the Galaxy S, sports a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus dis­play with a 800×480 RGB pixel for­mat. The Galaxy S II is the fastest-selling smart­phone in Samsung’s his­tory, get­ting into the hands of three mil­lion cus­tomers in just 55 days.August might not be a good month to release a smart­phone. It is too close to a pos­si­ble iPhone announce­ment the very next month." via Display Blog

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Digital OOH: Could Public Wariness Over Privacy Spill Over to Digital Sign-Cell Phone Links?

A new study finding many people are worried about businesses checking their identity online might shed light on how the public perceives digital signs that interact with their cell phones.

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Portwell Launches New Compact All-in-One Rugged In-Vehicle Computer with Touchscreen Interface

Meeting the demands of in-cabin telematics system devices is a tough job that needs a tough solution. Therefore, when American Portwell Technology, Inc. purpose-built its new PARD-S071TW compact all-in-one in-vehicle computer, the Company housed it in a ruggedized metal aluminum case for durability and excellent EMI shielding. The PARD-S071TW was also designed with a wide seven-inch 16:9 touchscreen display for easy and convenient operator control as well as a range of embedded operating system choices.

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TouchSystems Announces Addition of TouchSystems TE Open Frame Series

Hutto, TX – July 19, 2011 – TouchSystems, a pioneer in the touch screen industry, announced today the addition of the TouchSystems TE Open Frame Series to its expanding product line.  Featuring durability and refined finish, the TE Open Frame Series is engineered for interactive kiosks and public spaces.

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The Display Industry News Source 7.19.2011

Korea Times: Retina Display Equipped iPad

"A Retina Display-equipped iPad, an iPad Pro is what I’d call it. The arti­cle points to both Samsung and LG Display being sup­pli­ers of the 9.7-inch Retina Display, but I think Samsung will either be a very small player or not a player at all." via DisplayBlog

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If print is dead, is digital signage the rightful heir?

For the past number of years the term “print is dead” has been thrown around a lot in every area imaginable. However it must be a slow and painful death for the traditional medium as digital looks for world domination. As it stands static print and digital signage share many key areas such as internal communication, advertising, menu boards, exhibitions, retail and wayfinding. However, as digital signage becomes more affordable it is developing into a fairer fight between print and digital. In fact according to Survey Monkey the price of digital signage dropped by 14% between 2004 and 2010; making this exciting medium more affordable than ever.

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The Display Industry News Source 7.06.2011

The touch panel market is likely to grow in the 3rd quarter of 2011

The market for small to medium sized panels have been thriving this year because of the new tablet PC's available. Ever since the Apple Ipad, tablet PC's have been growing rapidly. The competition has been the same way with firms such as HP and Acer aggressively trying to get on top. This increase in competition has caused more orders for small to medium sized panels but less for the large sized panels. via Digitimes

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