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Tuesday
May172011

LCD Modules for Notebook PCs

(5.6" to 15.4")

  • Wide-SVGA          1024x600
  • XGA                      1024x768
  • Wide-XGA            1280x800
  • HD                       1366x768
  • Wide-XGA+          1440x900
  • SXGA+                 1400x1050
  • HD+                     1600x900
  • Wide-UXGA          1920x1200

Click on the desired resolution to see all LCD modules within that field.

Thursday
May122011

TFT-LCD Module vs. TFT-LCD Panel: An Explanation

As a person who sells TFT LCD products on a daily basis, I spend a good portion of my day looking through LCD data sheets, recommending solutions, talking to our value-add suppliers and trying to sus out the best opportunities for business.

Part of the difficulty of selling TFT LCD products is the convoluted language and slight differences between displays that can cause confusion to a "layperson" i.e. someone who isn't a display engineer. Fortunately, we have some great resources for information and, because Display Alliance is a "marketing cooperative," and we happen to stock and distribute LCD's, I thought I would share some important information that I just happened to learn today.

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Wednesday
May112011

Digital Signage Bundle! Buy Synergy's Equinox Media Player and get a 42" Fanless Industrial Monitor

Synergy's ProX42 Fanless SignageDigital signage hardware and software designer/manufacturer Synergy Digital Media Corporation is making a special offer for consumers by offering a free 42" fanless industrial monitor with the purchase of their Equinox digital signage media player.

As a special promotion to launch Synergy's Content Designer Package and their RS232 Remote Hardware Management Software solution, Synergy is offering the Equinox Digital Signage Media Player bundle at $1198.00

What that bundle includes is:

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Monday
May092011

LED Versus LCD-The Difference Between LED and LCD

More LED LCDs LED backlit LCDs have become dominant in the past year or two. Their increase in popularity is not due to a fad, 3-D, or lack of new marketing terms. It is directly linked to their superiority over their CCFL counterparts. LED backlit screens are more energy efficient, thinner, lighter, and provide for better contrast, darker blacks and whiter whites.

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Saturday
May072011

DOOH: Nielsen Audience Metrics Paint Rosy Picture for Location-Based Digital Signage Networks

The latest figures from The Nielsen Company not only show remarkable growth in audience exposure in Q4 2010 versus the same quarter the previous year, but also that such networks deliver verifiable audiences.

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Friday
May062011

LCD News 5.6.2011-NCR's LEED Cert., Tipping Point for US Manufacturers, Chimei IPS, Planar's LCD Videowall, Tablet PC Oversupply, LG OLED Production and MIT's New 3D Technology

NCR Columbus GAWage rates rise in China causing US manufacturers to rethink and establish their production facilities and supply chains in the US. For many, the economics have already reached a tipping point.

Chimei steps in to aid in production of IPS LCD panels for the iPad 2, as LG deals with "light leekage" screen issues from their 6th generation LCD plant. Sources site the primary cause of iPad 2 shortages due to the flawed displays at the LG plant.

Planar Systems, a worldwide leader in digital display solutions, report 21% year over year revenue growth from Q2 2010.  Gerry Perkel, (Planar CEO,) cited strong sales of digital signage products, particularly LCD video walls, as the driving factors in Planar's Growth.

Non-Apple tablet PC manufacturers likely to face oversupply caused by low demand of Android based tablet PCs.

Rugged Tablet PCs aim to improve automation, performance and profitability in the field service industry.

LG confirms 4.5G OLED production line of small sized panels for smartphone makers. The new line will allow LG to bump monthly production of substrates from 4k to 12k by mid 2011.

NCR gains LEED green building certification after renovation of a 25 year old battery plant in Columbus, GA now used for production of ATMs, retail self check-out machines and DVD rental kiosks for the North American market.

Researchers at MIT's media lab promise a new approach to 3D tech, say they can double the life of 3D devices without compromising screen brightness or resolution.

Tuesday
May032011

Applied Concepts to Demonstrate New Smart-DriveTM Advanced LED Drivers during Display Week 2011

Advanced LED Driver Features Allow User to Customize Driver Software and Store Black Box Data for Diagnostic Purposes

Tully, NY – May 3, 2011 – Applied Concepts, Inc. (ACI), a manufacturer of display and power conversion solutions primarily used for flat-panel display back lighting applications, today announced they will unveil and demonstrate their newest product, Smart-DriveTM Advanced LED Drivers during Display Week 2011.  ACI, a sustaining member of the Society of Information Display (SID), will be showcasing Smart-DriveTM in booth #1331 at the 49th SID International Symposium, Seminar and Exhibition, which takes place May 15 – 20, 2011 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.

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Tuesday
May032011

Meritus Medical Center Turns to Noventri for Digital Signage Enclosure and Screen Solution

Meritus Medical Center, formerly Washington County Hospital, using digital signage screen and custom enclosure from Noventri.

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Monday
May022011

Ceronix Drop-in Replacement LCD Kits for CRT Gaming Monitors

CERONIX, Inc. monitors and circuit boards are used worldwide in gaming, lotteries, automated score keeping for bowling,  amusement industry, point-of-sale -- anywhere there is a need for high resolution, superior performance, and low maintenance video monitors.  Among CERONIX, Inc. monitors’ many attributes:

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Monday
May022011

LCD News 5.2.2011-TFT LCD Panel Makers Profits and Shipments Down, Expected Growth In Tablet PC and CCFL Television Market

Samsung's net profit drops 30%, (US $2.6 billion,) sites difficult business environment Q1 2011 as cause, will focus on smartphones and tablets as well as premium LCD panels and TV's for growth in 2011.

2011 flatpanel growth half that of 2010, with LED backlights accounting for an expected 50% of total TVs shipped in 2011. TV brands may shift focus back to CCFL backlit TVs.

TV and tablet PCs expected to fuel TFT LCD panel shipments in Q2 2011, with an expected 10.2% growth. AUO & CMI both to see 200% growth in tablet PC segment.

Thursday
Apr282011

LCD News 4.28.2011-Compal Aims for Tablet PC Growth, Panasonic Job Cuts, US Campaign for Manufacturing, LED vs CCFL Monitor Growth

Compal Electronics notebook shipments down, shifts focus to strengthening R&D for Tablet PC's. Aquires 6.5G production line from CPT for touch panel production, invests in glass substrate and IC manufacturing business, aims to avoid component shortages and become leader in tablet PC market.

Panasonic looks to gain back global competitiveness, "streamlines" workforce, announces 40,000 job cuts.

National campaign to enhance supplier competitiveness in the US by mobilizing bigger companies to power smaller ones.

"Big companies should target high-potential small companies as suppliers, providing them training, access to domestic and international business opportunities, and lower supplier costs through pooled purchasing or insurance."

Price gap between LED and CCFL backlit monitors has shrunk to 5-20%, with an expected 50% penetration of LED backlit monitors by end of 2011, as demand for LCD monitors shows signs of return.

Wednesday
Apr272011

LCD News 4.27.2011- AUO Panel Shipments Down, Toshibas Touch Panel Display, LED Drivers for Optrex and NEC and Clear iPhone4 Backplates

AUO Q1 2011 financial results, sees substantial loss. Large size panel shipments up 4.3% year-over year,  small and medium size panel shipments down 23.7% (YOY.)  Expects high end growth for smartphones, Tablet PCs, LED and 3D related products.

Toshiba now offering integrated LCD/capacitive touch sensor 7.0" panel. Sites vehicle-mounted and industrial as ideal use. The new technology reduces thickness by 57% and weight by 48%, as compared to traditional LCD's with external touch sensors.

Applied Concepts Inc (US based manufacturer of LCD and LED solutions) announced today an updated line to their high end LED drivers for Optrex and NEC Display (size 4.3" and up,) ideal for military, medical, and aerospace application. Offers "Cross Reference" and "Application Notes" tools for customers.  Displaying at SID 2011, booth #1331.

On a consumer note, California based iFixit now offering clear back plates for the iPhone 4 @ $29.99. If you havent perused iFixit's website yet, check it out. They offer the most comprehensive troubleshooting guides and repair manuals for tech devices on the web.

TouchSystems, in partnership with self-service technology developer Lo-K, to display their 32" and 42" open-frame touch screens for kiosk applications, at CETW 2011.

Wednesday
Apr272011

ACI Expands LED Driver Product Line to Support Optrex and NEC LED Backlit Display Lines

Applied Concepts Inc. is excited to announce an expansion to their I-DriveTM LED driver product family.  These new LED drivers are designed to support Optrex and NEC's LED backlit LCD displays in sizes from 4.3" and up.  ACI's web site simplifies the correct driver and cable selections via the Cross Reference and Application Note tools.

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Tuesday
Apr262011

TouchSystems & Lo-K Incorporated Set to Debut New Kiosk Product at CETW

Hutto, TX – April 25, 2011 – TouchSystems and Lo-K Systems Incorporated are excited to announce that they will be debuting the new kiosk product line at Customer Engagement Technology World (CETW) in San Francisco, April 27-28.

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Tuesday
Apr262011

LCD News 4.26.2011- Sharp and the iPhone, S-LCD, New Glass Substrate by Asahi and LG's Shiruken Display

Will Sharp supply Apple's next-generation iPhone with their p-Si LCD panels?

S-LCD (a joint venture between Sony Corp. and Samsung Electronics to manufacture LCD Televisions and memory cards) reduces capital by $555 million, notes faltering LCD TV demand as cause, aims to improve capital structure.

Displayblog via Ventas et Visus predicts, and thoroughly explains, the advancement of high resolutions displays and gives us a detailed analysis the LCD technology currently available, including retina displays.

Asahi Glass, Tokyo based manufacturer of optoelectonics, who recently released the "Worlds thinnest glass substrate for touchscreens," announced today a $470 million investment to  expand  their automotive glass manufacturing into Brazil.

BOE Technology, (Chinese based LCD panel maker) indicates Q1 2011 net losses of $106 million, installs equipment at 8.5G factory in Beijing, pland for volume production in Q3 2011.

Acer to use 14-inch "Shiruken Display" by LG, flaunts 8mm bezel, reportedly will cost 50% more than traditional 14" notebook displays.

Monday
Apr252011

LCD News 4.25.2011- AUO and Sharp partner, Samsung's Strategic Alliance, CMI gets "Taiwan Excellence Gold Award"

AUO and Sharp dismiss pending legal allegations against each other, sign patent cross license agreement.

Samsung forms strategic alliance with Chinas largest LCD TV maker, TCL, gains 15% stake in CSOT (LCD panel joint venture between TCL and Shenzhen’s municipal goverment in China) to strengthen LCD TV competitiveness in China.

First tier LCD manufacuters such as Sharp and LG are converting their 6G facilities for small size panel production, putting the squeeze on second-tier panel makers.

CMI brings home numerous “Taiwan Excellence Gold Awards” for the introduction of 5 new TFT LCD modules (13.3”, 17.3”, 27.0”, 30.0” and a 46.0”)

Thursday
Apr212011

LCD News 4.21.2011

Mobile phone display revenues to reach US$22.4 billion in 2012, says DisplaySearch
via jihsin

Apple Can't Keep Up With iPad Demand
via fastcompany

OLED: Potential for Dominance
via displayblog

Instrument Clusters: Time for a Change- Availability of hybrid analog/digital instrument clusters to reach nearly 70 percent in vehicles this year
via isuppli

LG Display: ramping up AMOLED production, will test large panel production in 2011, TVs coming middle 2013
via oled-info

Freestyle AQUOS: Sharp’s Portable, Battery-Powered 20-inch LCD TV (Video)
via crunchgear

Breaking Down the Basics of the VIGIX Retail Solution

via phoenixkiosk

Chimei Innolux: iPad IPS LCD Shipments in May
via displayblog

Wednesday
Apr132011

Display Alliance News 4.12.2011- Samsung Transparent Displays, 15" and 23" Tablets and Brazil's Appeal to Display Manufacturers

Samsungs 22” and 46” Transparent Display are Innovative and Ready for Sample

  • “Samsung is currently offering a 22”(LTI220MT02. LTM220MT01) and 46”(LTI460AP01) open frame transparent display, utilizing both HDMI and USB interfaces, and a 1680x1050 resolution. Samsung unveiled plans to begin mass production of their innovative new transparent displays March 31, 2011 and they’re making it easy for interested parties to use by offering an open frame solution.” via displayalliance

NCR Sees Opportunity for Growth in Brazil

  • “NCR Corp. said Monday that it plans to expand in Brazil, making it the latest company hoping to capitalize on what is expected to be a fast-growing emerging market. Georgia-based NCR, which sells products including self-service checkout kiosks and ATMs, has already operated in Brazil for 75 years. The company said it plans to offer more services to stores. It also hopes to recruit new clients, including supermarket chains, department stores, and home-improvement chains.” via jihsin

15” Dell Converible Tablet/Notebook Revealed

  • “The Panerai's 15-inch display size seems massive for a tablet, but roomy enough for traditional laptop work and entertainment.” via pcworld

Lenovo Hopes to Impress with a 23” Tablet for 2011

  • “A 23-inch tablet would be a tough sell on its own, but there might be a market for an all-in-one computer where you can move the screen to the kitchen or living room for an hour.” via crunchgear

Brazil the New Stage for Apple’s iPad Production

  • “Building iPads in Brazil probably has less to do with supplying demand in the US and more to do with meeting iPad demand in the local economy in Brazil. Apple products are expensive in Brazil thanks to exceptionally high taxes, up to 35%, for some products that are not manufactured locally. And Brazil is a massive country with about 200 million in population making it the fifth largest country in the world after China, India, the US, and Indonesia.” via displayblog
Tuesday
Apr122011

Samsung 22” and 46” Transparent LCDs Now in Mass Production

Samsung is currently offering a 22”(LTI220MT02. LTM220MT01) and 46”(LTI460AP01) open frame transparent display, utilizing both HDMI and USB interfaces, and a 1680x1050 resolution. Samsung unveiled plans to begin mass production of their innovative new transparent displays March 31, 2011 and they’re making it easy for interested parties to use by offering an open frame solution.

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Monday
Apr112011

Display Alliance News 4.11.2011- 16:10 Tablet Displays, Desktop Monitors, and OLED Televisions

1280x800(16:10) becoming the common resolution in 10.1" tablet displays

  • Acer Iconia W500 Convertible Tablet- "The product page lists the HD CrystalBrite 10.1-inch LCD with a 1280 x 800 resolution." via crunchgear. 10.1" Samsug Galaxy Tab- "Rest of the features include a 10.1-inch WXGA (1280×800) display." via samsunghub

My Analysis: WXGA (1280x800) displays allow tablet users to view video in native 720p resolution. While most of the WXGA are geared towards notebook applications, the tablet era is breeding more high resolution displays.  Not only in 10.1" either, we're seeing WXGA become the common format for 7.0" and 8.9" tablet displays as well.

Desktop monitor business hit hard by numerous factors in 2011

  • "Monitors are quite necessary in the overall computing landscape and are still a big source of TFT LCD demand, but they have lost control of their own cost structure. Supply/demand dynamics for LCD TV panels have the greatest impact on LCD monitor pricing, and demand from personal computers with embedded displays (like tablets, notebooks, netbooks, and AIOs) affects both the long-term outlook for desktop displays and the near-term pricing for panels." via displaysearchblog.

My Analysis: What does the future hold for desktop monitors? Time will only tell. It's hard to imagine phasing desktop monitors out of our daily routine. I imagine just about anyone who spends a signficiant amount of time looking at a screen would prefer a large, wideformat adjustable display over a notebook or tablet.  However, after operating in the red in 2010, labor wages increasing, high demand for personal computers and a monumental tragedy in Japan effecting supply chain costs, I wonder how the monitor business will rebound in 2011.

Sony’s OLED television technology explained, and due out this month.

  • "The BVM-E250 will deliver mid April and BVM-E170 will be available in June. Typical OLED panels use bottom emission. This employs a metal cathode and a chemical desiccant to protect the OLED layer from air and water. It requires the light output to pass through the Thin Film Transistor (TFT) layer, reducing overall output." via oled-display

My Analysis: Although the OLED TV flaunts enhanced color purity, fast motion without blur and a solid sealing structure, OLED displays still dont seem to be ready for fullscale acceptance. The manufacturing process for OLED's still yields a high defect rate which is keeping the prices high. Once the manufacturing process is refined, OLED's could easily undercut the prices of LCD and Plasma technology.