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Friday
Nov192010

New Advanced Materials Division of Carestream Health Launches Flexx™ Transparent Conductive Films 

Carestream Health’s New Transparent Conductive Film Offers Highly Flexible, Durable Alternative To ITO-Based Films.

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Thursday
Nov182010

Display Alliance News 11.18.2010

Adtraxion Systems And Philips Public Signage Setting New Standard
adtraxion.com- Breda, The Netherlands, November 2, 2010 | MMD, the company behind Philips-branded LCD monitors and public signage solutions, developed a full range of Smart Insert displays which allows the Adtraxion Xs digital signage Player to be inserted discreetly in to the rear panel of the LCD display. Consequently, a unique digital signage solution with exceptional reliability and serviceability has emerged. Thanks to the perfect compatibility of the two systems, this now offers a one stop shop for complete public signage solutions. Click here to read more..

US has significant rare earth deposits
techeye.net- As China tightens its hold on the market for rare earths, the US has been on the hunt for other sources. And just look what it's found - 13 million metric tonnes of the stuff, hidden down the back of the sofa. While most rare earths aren't actually that rare, mining is almost exclusively concentrated in China, which has warned that it plans to limit exports. This week, EU officials plan to plead with the country to change its mind. Click here to read more..

EU will urge China to free rare earth restrictions
techeye.net- The European Union (EU) will urge China to allow more exports of rare earths at a meeting with Chinese officials this week, according to an EU diplomat. Countries across the world have been in uproar over China’s decision to limit the exportation of its rare earths, with the country having a near monopoly over the production of the materials used to manufacture a wide range of technology. Click here to read more..

Mitsubishi to Launch LCD Monitor for Game Playing
techon.nikkeibp.co.jp- Mitsubishi Electric Corp will release an LCD monitor that it claims enables to comfortably play fast-moving TV games Nov 30, 2010. Click here to read more..

Four-channel LED IC for backlit LCD televisions
electronicstalk.com- Austriamicrosystems has launched the AS3696, a four-channel LED driver IC that is designed for edge lighting in LCD televisions. It includes a special control mechanism for 3D effects and extends the company's portfolio of LED backlight unit (BLU) drivers for the next generation of LCD TVs. With a channel-to-channel accuracy of +/-1 per cent, the AS3696 BLU driver IC is a precision LED controller with PWM inputs and internal PWM generators. Click here to read more..

BOE G6 TFT-LCD Production Line Launched
english.anhuinews.com- The mass production ceremony of BOE G6 TFT-LCD production line in Hefei, Anhui's capital city was launched on November.17, the first of its kind in China, which marks a new milestone of LCD industry. BOE G6 TFT-LCD production line has been put into mass production since October, making significant breakthrough of the localization of LCD panels sized from 32 inches to above in mainland China. Click here to read more..

Sharp, CEC-Panda to Build 10G LCD Panel Production Line
tradingmarkets.com- Sharp Corporation and Nanjing CEC-Panda Information Industry Co., Ltd. has begun to make preparations for their cooperative 10G LCD panel production line, which has a total investment of CNY 36 billion and a production capacity of 80,000 pieces per month. Click here to read more..

Philips Healthcare Announces Ocular as Touch Panel Supplier
marketwatch.com- Philips Healthcare division announced today that Ocular LCD, Inc., an industry leader in projected capacitive (PCAP) touch technology, will provide the touch panel assemblies for Philips' next generation patient monitoring device. Phillips will incorporate PCAP user interface panels, designed and manufactured by Ocular, as well as utilize additional enhancements and customization services that Ocular provides. Click here to read more..

Wednesday
Nov172010

Digital Signage News UK 11.17.2010

Ocean Erect Giant Digital Billboard at Birmingham’s Bullring

Big screen advertising company Ocean have won a contract with Birmingham’s iconic Bullring shopping centre to install for the city’s first full-motion outdoor digital signage screen.

The screen has been deployed near the famous shopping centre, home to the city’s Selfridges department store, in conjunction with insurance group Scottish Widows.

Ocean's Display, Picture Copyright Armagard

The UK’s second city was selected by Ocean who struggled to find a location that met with their selective criteria. Chief Executive, Tim Bleakley said: “All Ocean sites have a unique natural pull and the City Centre House Screen is very much in the Ocean family of sites. We are delighted to be working with Scottish Widows Investment Partnership to develop and grow digital out of home advertising opportunities in Birmingham.”

Glasgow Subway Platforms with Unique Digital Advertising and News Displays

Station platforms along Glasgow’s subway system have been targeted with a range of digital displays that combine both advertising and news content – provided by Scottish TV (STV).

Powered by Remote Media’s Signagelive digital signage software platform the displays are operated by advertisers Primesight who have a unique partnership with Scottish TV to run STV news segments.

“We’re delighted to be able to engage with subway travellers using our comprehensive news content,” said David Connolly, senior advisor to STV was reported as saying. “With around 15 million passenger journeys a year, this innovative partnership creates a unique opportunity for STV to connect with an existing and new audience in a brand new environment.”

Glasgow's Metro SignageThe displays are positioned in the public concourse, entry areas and platforms, with five sites currently targeted but more expected next year.

Market Survey Shows Display Mounts and Brackets a Thriving UK Industry

Mounts and brackets in the UK is a £20m business with over 250,000 units sold each year according to a recent market survey.

Software and technology experts InfoComm’s figures suggest that the entire world mounting and bracketing market is growing at seven per cent a year with the Europe market now worth $231m; the UK expenditure on mounts is running at around £21m a year.

Wednesday
Nov172010

Adtraxion Systems And Philips Public Signage Setting New Standard

Companies receive a great deal of positive feedback on compatibility between both solutions

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Wednesday
Nov172010

Display Alliance News 11.17.2010

People of Lava’s Scandinavia: Android TV Made From Stone
displayblog.com- People of Lava → Wired: The Scandinavia is the name of the TV made by People of Lava, which is a com­pany based in Sweden. The Scandinavia is made in Sweden and will come in three sizes: 42, 47, 55 inch. There are two things that make the Scandinavia very inter­est­ing. One is that it is made of metal, glass, and stone. Weight? 90 pounds for the 55-inch version. Click here to read more..

Panasonic’s New 103 Inch 3D Plasma Available for $100,000
geeky-gadgets.com- Today Panasonic have unveiled their latest monster 103 inch PDP Full HD TV but this time with 3D Technology. The Panasonic TH-P103MT2 is based on Panasonic’s earlier 103 inch creation but now incorporates 3D technology with a HD resolution and a contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1. Its equipped with 4 x HDMI ports and measure a whopping 2,412×871×1,748mm weighing in at 321 KG so dont try and carry this up your stairs on your own. Click here to read more..

Digital Media Delivers Effective Emergency Communications On Campus
keywesttechnology.com- For many of us old enough to recall, news of the event immediately triggered memories of Charles Whitman, the sniper who fired down upon the campus from the University of Texas Tower in August 1966. While the specifics of the two events are quite different, a major, yet easy-to-overlook difference is particularly noteworthy: campus communications. Forty-four years ago, radio and television carried the burden of warning the public about the presence of the sniper. Unfortunately, not many people at universities tune into radio or TV during class. Click here to read more..

Highlights from the DSA Advisory Board Meeting at CETW
digitalscreenmedia.org- Forty-one members of the Digital Screenmedia Association Advisory Board meet last week in New York, the day before Customer Engagement Technology World (CETW), to take stock on where the Association has come and where it’s going. Click here to read more..

Pricing for Large-Sized LCD Panels to Climb in November

isuppli.com- Controlled production helped stabilize prices for large-sized LCD panels in October, but panel prices could rise in November in the face of mounting demand, according to market research firm iSuppli Corp. With buyers preparing for the market introduction of new models for this year’s holiday season and the Lunar New Year in February 2011, brands and manufacturers alike are starting to buy panels again after maintaining strict inventory control for several months. Pricing for large-sized LCD panels—defined as those from the 10-inch to the 47-inch sizes—will climb by 0.9 percent when averaged out for the three key panel applications in monitors, notebooks and televisions, iSuppli has determined. Click here to read more..

AUO declines comment on merger reports
digitimes.com- AU Optronics (AUO) has declined to comment on a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report that it is planning to merge with fellow panel manufacturer Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT), according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE). Click here to read more..

New Wave of Advanced-Generation TFT LCD Investment in China

displaysearchblog.com- Over the past few weeks, two advanced TFT LCD fabs—a Samsung Gen 7.5 in Suzhou and a LG Display Gen 8.5 in Guangzhou—were approved by the State Department of China. Formal approval by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is expected soon. Click here to read more..

Tuesday
Nov162010

Company Profile: Olea Kiosks

Olea Kiosks, Inc. is an industry leader in the design, engineering, and manufacturing of custom and standard kiosk enclosures. Over 35 years of manufacturing in Los Angeles CA, Olea produces kiosks for Nike, Hot Topic, Fred Meyer, and FedEx. Olea also offers standard off-the-shelf kiosks to meet virtually any budget requirements. With a 35,000 square foot metal and custom cabinetry facility Olea can accommodate any size roll out.

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Monday
Nov152010

A look around the CETW Show Floor (Part 2)

Here's the second part to the previous post.

Olea Kiosks new iPad enclosure. As tablets become commonplace in a lot of retail and retaurant environments, it makes sense to have a protective enclosure for this type of technology.

Season Group had a nice industrial tablet to show when I stopped by. The back of the tablet is not completely flat. It actually had an area that stuck out a couple inches to hold the internals of the machine. All the tablets i've seen so far have been completely flat. For more rugged apllications such as industrial use, I thought Season Group's tablet would be perfect.

Here one of Comark's offerings at the show. Simple, clean and pretty affordable.

I have not typically been a believer of 3D technology. I saw Avatar on the bigscreen and felt a little nauseous by the time I came out. After seeing 3D Fusions HD quality 3D Technology, I changed my mind. Watching close ups of flowers on this screen was amazing. I'm going to find out more about their patented 3D technology for Display Alliance.

Bi-Search had one of the nicer booth's at the show, highlighting some of their banner type displays shown above.

RedDotNet Kiosks really impressed me. They are small and friendly looking. After scrolling around on one for a while, I could see how their design would be a great fit in a lot of retail environments.

Frank Mayer and Associates showed off a lot of their new Interactive Kiosks. I had a chance to check out their new Windows 7 Kiosk which I will be posting a video of on Display Alliance.

Monday
Nov152010

A look around the CETW Show Floor (Part 1)

As expected, CETW delivered some very cool new display Technology. Here's a look at some products that happened to catch my eye while walking around the floor. Pardon the amateur photography and video skills, as well as all who I missed at the show. If I missed your booth at the show, feel free to contact me or sign up here (for free) to post images, videos and general information about the products you showed. Without further adieu, here's what I was able to put together..

Samsung Display had a nice presence at the show. They had many of their digital signage monitors on the walls as you walked into the show room. I enjoyed their video wall playing  a scene from Avatar. It looked good, although I was a little surprised that the wall was put together using difference width bezels. I think it would have had a nicer effect if all the different size dispays had identical bezel widths..

I met with Eric Perkins from Display Devices While at the show. They were showing off their 65" "SunView" ultrabright LCD Displays. When a 65" display is put  on its side in portrait mode, it makes for a pretty impressive display. I particularly enjoyed the sharp, HD city images they were showing on the screens.

Olea Kiosks presented  some of their new iPad enclosures and high end kiosks at the show. I thought the design on their Sephora Kiosk was polished and really nice to look at.

NEC's thin bezel video wall was an impressive sight. Utilizing 9 46" HD displays, the video wall showed off some very crisp images. I had previously thought of thin bezel video walls as "cheating" when it coems to delivering a giant LCD display but with the thin bezel, the display came out really nice.

Ultimedia showed off their kiosk design at the show. I thought the QNomy had a particularly nice design Ill be reaching out to Matt Lepacek to find out more about their hardware and software offerings.

 

Simbioz's design and interactive software really blew me away. They were one of the last vendors I ran into at the show but I'm glad I was able to demo their technology. The display is completely touchless, utilizing two camera's in the top corners of the kiosk. You can imagine a lot of situations where a completely touchless interactive kiosk could be useful. The design, image quality and interactive software is really high quality in my opinion.

NEC's 70" Display. Pretty standard but really nice to watch.

I saw this little guy cruising around the floor when I first arrived at the show. Its a VGO two way audio/visual mobile communications device. It's a really cool idea if you can wrap your head around the idea of a little robot buzzing around your office ready to unleash a high quality streaming conference with your boss 200 miles away.

Here's the SapientNitro Vending Machine utilizing Samsung LCD displays. We're seeing more and more of these touch screen, large LCD vending machines. There nice to look at  and certainly more enticing than your standard glass vending machine.

Friday
Nov122010

Digital Media Delivers Effective Emergency Communications On Campus

A new study from the Platt Retail Institute reaffirms how effective digital communications is in distributing emergency warnings and alerts on campus. In late September, a gunman opened fire inside the library on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin.

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Tuesday
Nov092010

C-nario and AOpen Partner to Provide Digital Signage Solutions for US Small and Medium Business Market

C-nario, a global provider of digital signage software solutions, and AOpen, a leading small form factor (SFF) computer system manufacturer and a digital signage solution provider, announced a partnership for the digital signage market. AOpen will integrate C-nario’s C-sign digital signage solution with its Digital Engine platform, and will market the integrated system to small and medium businesses (SMBs) across the United States. The integrated system will be launched at Customer Engagement Technology World (CETW), to be held November 10-11, 2010 at the Javits Convention Center, New York. The system will be displayed at AOpen’s booth (#421). 

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Tuesday
Nov092010

CETW begins in NYC tomorrow, Display Alliance will be there!

We're heading down to the Big Apple tomorrow to attend CETW at the Javits Center (NY,NY.) I'll be joined by Bruce Warila and Eric Primack and between the three of us, we intend to unveil Display Alliance to the exhibitors and bring their products and technology to the masses, through our blog. From conversations with a number of exhibitors, the show promises to deliver some very cool, new display technology. I'm going to hold off on listing all the vendors and industry experts we plan on meeting and showcasing. Since the launch of Display Alliance we made a lot of great connections with experts in the digital signage arena, a long with hundreds of manufacturers utilizing display technology, and we know CETW will be a great a great boost in the exposure of the blog.

We'll be posting images and feedback on Display Alliance while at the show..you can find us in the blogger zone or whever the coolest display technology is being featured. Stay tuned..and contact me (Chris Sava) if you'd like to connect at the show.

Monday
Nov082010

Display Alliance News 11.08.2010

Samsung develops 70-inch LCD panel using Oxide Semiconductor tech
samsunghub.com- Samsung has clinched another world’s first title with the development of a 70-inch LCD panel that uses Oxide Semiconductor technology and supports 3D Ultra Definition (UD) with 240Hz refresh rate. The use of oxide semiconductor technology over the conventional silicon-based TFT tech allows the TV to support 8m pixels resolution, which is four times more than the full HD resolution. Samsung says the next-generation display could support a refresh rate of 480Hz with improved 3D glasses. Click here to read more..

Chungwa Picture Tubes EOL Notification 11.08.2010
displayalliance.com- Click here to view the current list of CPT EOL Displays..

Taiwan LCD panel makers to go to China soon after Samsung, LGD
digitimes.com- With rumors indicating that Samsung Electronics and LG Display have both received approval from the Chinese government for their advanced production plant projects, Taiwan's LCD panel makers believe that they will not be far behind, and the next battleground for the global top-four panel makers will be in China. Click here to read more..

Do LCD Panels Suffer From Burn-In?
panelx.com- Shortly after large screen plasma screens first came to market and started being used for signage there were reports of problems with burn-in. This had also been a problem with CRTs used in similar applications. But what about LCDs? Click here to read more..

Geologists And Tech Industry Leaders Fear Mineral Trade Wars Imminent
techcrunch.com- The price of solar photovoltaic panels could rise steeply if the Geosociety’s predictions about mineral trade wars come true. The group of 17 minerals in the rare earth category go into everything from missile guidance systems and mobile phones, to flat screen TVs, lasers and new energy technology. Pending scarcity— driven by increases in global demand, and China’s near-monopoly on the minerals market— could lead to prices that eat into industry margins, a slow down for clean tech projects worldwide, and diplomatic clashes between supplier nations (China) and buyer nations (U.S., Germany and Japan). Click here to read more..

OEM/ODM hoping for appearance of rush orders

digitimes.com- As shopping centers in the US such as Wal-Mart and Best Buy have already started to promote their latest IT products such as LCD TVs and notebooks for the year-end holidays, some Taiwan-based notebook makers are still optimistic toward the demand from the holidays and are bidding on brand vendors placing rush orders at the end of November. Click here to read more..

Pixtronix and Chimei Innolux Successfully Develop MEMS Display Prototypes
marketwatch.com- Pixtronix, Inc., an innovator in the development and licensing of low power multimedia display technologies, today announced the successful joint development with Chimei Innolux Corp. (CMI) of its PerfectLight low power MEMS display technology for mobile multimedia applications. The two companies recently completed the development of prototype displays, which utilize the Pixtronix proprietary technology and were built by CMI. These displays will be demonstrated at FPD International 2010, the comprehensive exhibition and convention on Flat Panel Displays, November 10-12, Makuhari Messe, Tokyo, Japan. Click here to read more..

Friday
Nov052010

Display Alliance News 11.05.2010

cohenoncontent.com- Here's an interesting conversation between Graeme Spicer, Head of NEC Display Solutions VUKUNET, and Phil Cohen, President/CEO of Care Media Holdings Corporation. Graeme explains NEC's role in the digital signage market and how the launch of VUKUNET was done to help "digital out of home" networks to be successful. Check out Phil's Blog..

JCDecaux Launches New Digital M4 Torch
dailydooh.com- JCDecaux has unveiled its new screens on the M4 Torch with campaigns that demonstrate the flexibility of digital outdoor. With two new product launches from HTC, an evening drive-time campaign from Diageo and multiple creatives from fashion brand UGG, the screens are part of JCDecaux’s continued investment in the medium. The M4 Torch stands of course on the busiest stretch of road between London and Heathrow Airport and provides 1.8 million impacts every week and an audience that is 67% ABC1. Click here to read more..

Cando to invest NT$24 billion for touch panel capacity expansion, says report
digitimes.com- Cando, a subsidiary of LCD panel maker AU Optronics (AUO), plans to invest NT$24 billion (US$789.1 million) to start constructing two touch panel production plants in the Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) by the end of the year in order to produce touch sensors for the second-generation iPad, according to a Chinese-language report on Economic Daily News (EDN). Click here to read more..

Scientists find way to recover touchscreen material indium

techeye.net- Scientists have developed a way to produce microbe-filled capsules that can recover rare metal indium, used in the creation of touchscreens. Health products maker Morishita Jintan Co have worked with Osaka Prefecture University to develop the technology which consists of microbes surrounded by a semipermeable synthetic membrane, writes Nikkei. When placed in a solution containing indium the capsules are able to let metal ions pass through the membrane, before being taken up by the microbes. Indium is a material that is used to create indium tin oxide, crucial to the production of touchscreens and LCDs.  It is widely thought that there is a shortage of the material, with a US Geological Survey putting indium reserves at 16,000 with speculation that with current consumption reserves will be exhausted by 2020. Click here to read more..

LCD panel makers bear advantages in touch panel market, says BenQ
digitimes.com- Compared to touch panel makers, TFT-LCD panel makers have advantages in terms of technology and resources as competition heats up in the touch panel industry, according to KY Lee, chairman of the BenQ Group. AU Optronics (AUO) has transformed its 4G line for touch panel production, including in-cell and binding technologies, according to Lee. Click here to read more..

Touch Screen the Next Step in the Digital Signage Adventure
touchscreenkiosks4business.blogspot.com- Touch screens have been around since the 1970s. Traditionally, touch screen monitors have primarily been used for more durable and industrial devices. They have a great advantage over conventional displays in that there doesn't have to be a separate input device such as a keyboard which saves space. Traditionally their use has been restricted to industrial computing, however, there are other industries where this space saving advantage of touchscreen could prove advantageous: digital signage. Click here to read more..

Thursday
Nov042010

Display Alliance News 11.04.2010

2010 MacBook Air owners reporting logic board and display issues
engadget.com- Early adopters typically run into weird issues when putting their first generation gadgetry to use, and owners of the new MacBook Air models are no exception. Indeed, on the day of its release Apple had to push out a software update to stop the system from locking up while in iMovie -- but that wasn't the end of the woes. Thanks to a YouTube video, we've seen for ourselves evidence of a display flickering in a most unappealing manner, and we're hearing tales of other display issues, kernel errors that occur when the machines are trying to come out of sleep mode, and more. Click here to read more..

From the 70's to Today: A Look At How LCD Monitors Have Changed
displayalliance.com- This blog post will take you back about 33 years ago to 1977 when General Digital, a manufacturer of LCD rack mount monitors, invented the first gas plasma, flat panel, touch screen serial LCD computer monitor and terminal. (Click here for a look at the schematic, an exclusive to Display Alliance). This innovative piece of technology was for military purposes only at the time, and would pave the way for military touch screen LCD monitors to come. Click here to read more..

OOH Advertising: Out-of-Home Advertising Boosts Impact of Other Media, Delivers Sales Lift
keywesttechnology.com- Marketers looking for evidence that out-of-home advertising can improve sales and amplify the effectiveness of their other advertising need look no further than a new study from Clear Channel Communications and MarketShare Partners. The study, "How Out-of-Home Advertising Works," examines the return on investment of using out-of-home advertising as an ingredient in a larger marketing mix. Specifically, the report finds OOH advertising provides a significant, incremental sales lift that equals, or is often greater than, other drivers. Click here to read more..

LCD prices expected to rebound
taipeitimes.com- The price of LCD panels used in televisions is expected to rebound gradually next quarter from near-cost level for most manufacturers after a prolonged downward spiral, US market researcher DisplaySearch said yesterday. That would pave the way for solid recovery in the second quarter, when anticipated rising demand comes to support panel prices, David Hsieh, a vice president of DisplaySearch, told reporters on the sidelines of a TV supply chain forum held in Taipei. Unlike the downcycle that occurred two years ago, the correction this time stemmed from excessive inventories rather than frozen demand caused by a global economic slump, Hsieh said. Click here to read more..

Samsung, Sony In Talks To Make 11th-Generation LCD Panels
online.wsj.com- South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. and Japan's Sony Corp. are currently in talks to jointly produce next-generation liquid crystal displays, according to the Maeil Business Newspaper. "(Sony) is looking into plans to produce 11th-generation LCDs through S-LCD, but the details, including the investment size and the manufacturing date, haven't been fixed yet," the local newspaper quoted an unnamed official at the Japanese company as saying. S-LCD, which was formed in 2004, is an LCD panel-making joint venture by Samsung and Sony and is based in South Korea. If the two companies agree to strike the deal early next year, the production of such panels may begin in the second half of 2012, the paper added, citing another industry source. Click here to read more..

Garb Oil & Power Corporation Meets Growing Mandated Demand for LCD-Monitor Waste Recycling Plant
marketwatch.com- Garb Oil & Power Corporation ("Garb") (otcqb:GARB); Garb's first compact LCD-monitor Waste (Scrap) recycling plant, recently introduced to the market, has a strong potential in the United States. It is capable of handling three metric tons per hour of throughput and comes with a full buyback agreement on all throughput produced. President John Rossi noted, "We see E-Waste as a growth industry in the United States. Our Company's first full LCD-Monitor Waste Recycling Plant, which is the first of its kind in the world, has generated significant interest. I attribute this intense United States interest to the fact that 23 states have passed legislation mandating state-wide E-waste recycling. The Producer Responsibility Act mandates that manufacturers must pay for E-Waste recycling. The implementation of this act in 22 states has resulted in 61% of the population of the U.S. now being covered by a state E-Waste recycling law. Click here to read more..                 

Beijing approves Samsung, LG to build LCD plants in China
english.yonhapnews.co.kr- The government of China has approved Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Display Co., the world's two largest makers of liquid-crystal displays (LCDs), to build plants in the country, sources in mainland China said Thursday. According to sources in Beijing, an executive meeting of the State Council, China's Cabinet, on Wednesday decided to grant approval to the South Korean manufacturers for construction of the new LCD plants. Click here to read more..

Corning Posts Higher 3Q Profit
abcnews.go.com- Corning Inc., the world's biggest maker of LCD glass, said its net income rose 22 percent to $785 million, or 50 cents per share, in the July-September period, as revenue climbed 8 percent to $1.6 billion. The results narrowly missed analysts' estimates. Click here to read more..

NEC Tuner Brings IPTV Content To Public LCD Displays
channelnews.com.au- NEC Australia has come up with a breakthrough accessory for its public LCD displays, allowing users to capture streamed HD video content for use in areas of digital signage, education, corporate in-house information and entertainment. Click here to read more..

Wednesday
Nov032010

OOH Advertising: Out-of-Home Advertising Boosts Impact of Other Media, Delivers Sales Lift

A new study from Clear Channel Communications and MarketShare Partners demonstrates the benefits marketers can expect from adding out-of-home advertising to their media mix.

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Wednesday
Nov032010

Digital Signage News UK 11.3.2010

UK release date for Philips Cinema 3D TV

The world’s first 21:9 cinema dimension 3D TV is to be released in the UK this month. The Philips Cinema Platinum TV range was officially unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Unlimited show in Berlin a month ago and is due to hit the UK shelves towards the end of November.

At 58 inches across, the cinema aspect screen will be available at just below £4,000 and will ship complete with a built-in 3D transmitter, internet capabilities with a built-in web browser.

Midwich Partner with LCD Enclosure Manufacturer Armagard

Electronic trade distributors Midwich have entered the outdoor digital signage market with a new partnership programme with Armagard – a leading UK manufacturer of outdoor LCD enclosures.

Ranging from 24” to 70” Armagard cabinets are IP-rated to protect against heavy rainfall, dust and small particles, electrical surges, physical impact, temperature extremes and theft.

Screen UK Breakfast Briefing on Stadium Media

The Screen UK is holding another breakfast briefing event this month looking at Stadium Media and how Dooh interacts with crowds.  The briefing will be held on November 18th at Harris Corporation in Wokingham and is free for Screen UK members.

The briefing will look at how digital out-of-home is being used at major sports and entertainment arenas -  a growing area in the UK. The briefing is between 9:00am - 12:00pm at the Eskdale Road centre.

Wednesday
Nov032010

From the 70's to Today: A Look At How LCD Monitors Have Changed

A detailed look into the history of LCD monitors as they developed from the 1970's to today. Includes schematics and statistical comparables.

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Tuesday
Nov022010

Display Alliance News 10.2.2010

LG Display Takes ‘Worlds Thinnest Bezel’ Title From Samsung
geeky-gadgets.com- LG has just unveiled its latest display that boast the worlds thinnest bezel. Taking the title from Samsung. The new LG 37 inch LCD Panel has a gap between the panels from just 4 mm left/right 1.5 mm, top/bottom 2.5 mm. Click here to read more..

Shocker! Kids spending too much time in front of TV screens, too little in loving parents' embrace

engadget.com- Not that anyone really needed to have this spelled out, but America's tots are apparently spending too much time in front of the telly tubes. The latest study, conducted by the Seattle Children's Research Institute and the University of Washington, finds that children under the age of five are spending 4.1 hours of each day watching movies or TV, doubling the recommended maximum of two hours a day. Click here to read more..

Display market must step cautiously about backlit LED TVs
techeye.net- Although some are claiming that the LED blacklit market is rosy, analysts have warned that manufacturers must be cautious. They have warned that the success of this market next year depends on "LED backlit TV set price reductions." Epistar claimed that LED-backlit TV market penetration would increase to 40 percent in 2011 from 20 percent in 2010. It said it planned to ramp up capacity by 30 percent in 2011 after already raising its capacity by 30-40 percent in 2010. Goksen Sertler, senior TV analyst at Meko, warned that the LED market could have a tough year as competition heats up and old stock remains due to high prices. Click here to read more..

Corning Posts Weak Q3, As Expected
zacks.com- Corning Inc’s (GLW - Analyst Report) third quarter 2010 results were disappointing, with earnings missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 2 cents (4.0%) and revenue missing by 1.5%. However, shares were down a mere 0.22%, since investors were already on their guard, following press reports about the inventory correction in the LCD TV market. Click here to read more..

LCD TV companies see falling prices
cedmagazine.com- Companies that make huge flat-screen televisions and their LCD panel components are alerting investors that demand is dropping in the U.S. and other developed markets. The forecasts trickled out as Asian electronics manufacturers reported earnings for the most recent fiscal quarter. On Thursday, Sharp of Japan slashed its earnings forecast for the fiscal year, which ends in March, saying it had to adjust its production of LCD panels in the most recent quarter to respond to a sharp decline in demand for the large-size panels. Also Thursday, South Korea's LG Electronics said strong sales of LCD TVs, particularly in emerging markets, helped push its home entertainment segment revenue up 9 percent – but its operating income sank by about 52 percent . The company said it expects price erosion in its TV business will eat into earnings in the fourth quarter. Click here to read more..

Monday
Nov012010

Display Alliance News 11.1.2010

New Flexible AMOLED Screen Is A Tenth Of A Millimeter Thick
crunchgear.com- We’ve seen some thin, flexible displays out there (TDK, Sony, LG, HP, and others are working on them), but I do believe this one is the thinnest yet. The others have gotten as thin as 0.3mm, but this one from Taiwanese research company ITRI is a microscopic 0.1mm. Who knows, that last 0.2mm could be the difference that makes a breakthrough device possible. Hopefully not literally breakthrough, though. Click here to read more..

Raytheon to Upgrade U.S. Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard F-16 Displays
prnewswire.com- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has won a contract to upgrade the Center Display Unit (CDU) of  U.S. Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard F-16 aircraft. The initial contract value is $3.1 million for system integration and pre-production units. The contract includes options for production of up to 120 systems per year for five years. The Raytheon CDU will replace multiple analog flight instrument displays currently used in the F-16 cockpit with a single large-LCD color display. Advanced technology will provide pilots with new capabilities, including the ability to overlay data from both onboard and remote sensors on a digital moving map, video processing, and two-way data-link situational awareness messaging. Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC (RTSC) will perform engineering and low rate initial production on the system at its site in Indianapolis under the initial contract. The contract includes five optional years of full rate production. Click here to read more..

AU Optronics wins big TV order from Sony-paper
reuters.com- The Economic Daily News said AU will begin work on the order this quarter, with production reaching as much as 500,000 units in the first quarter of next year. The report comes a day after AU reported a sharp fall in third-quarter profit as TV demand weakens and Apple's popular iPad eats into the sales of laptop PCs, for which it supplies LCD panels. Click here to read more..

Sprint HTC Evo Screen Repair!
news.wooeb.com- Mission Repair in Kansas City is now offering HTC Evo LCD and digitizer replacements at extremely competitive pricing and 24 hour turnaround.  The HTC Evo is Sprint's 4G smartphone that runs the popular Android software.  Mission Repair's combination or speed and price is the best in the business.  Flat rate pricing and no hidden fees!  Click links below for details, they are taking orders now! Go to missionrepair...

Projection-type "Touch" Panels Offer Input With No Touching
techon.nikkeibp.co.jp- Projection-type capacitive touch panels offer carefree operation and multi-touch performance. They are becoming increasingly popular with their adoption in the iPhone, and are popping up on a large number of mobile equipment. Compared to resistive films, however, projection designs have been limited in terms of the range of objects they can sense: specifically, they have only worked with bare skin and special styluses. This is because the technology behind projection-type touch panels can only be used with conductive bodies. To resolve this problem, Hitachi Displays, Ltd. of Japan has developed a projection-type touch panel capable of detecting insulators such as plastic and cloth. Click here to read more..

Panel maker CMI loses NT$3.6 billion in 3Q10
digitimes.com- Chimei Innolux (CMI) turned in a net loss of NT$3.634 billion (US$119.314 million) or NT$0.79 a share in the third quarter of 2010. Due to inventory adjustments by customers, most Taiwan-based panel makers including Chunghwa Picture Tubes and HannStar Display have reported net losses for the period. AU Optronics was able to buck the trend with a modest profit of around NT$200 million. Click here to read more..

Researchers Develop New High Performance Metal-Insulator-Metal Diode for Display Industry
rdmag.com- Researchers at Oregon State University have solved a quest in fundamental material science that has eluded scientists since the 1960s, and could form the basis of a new approach to electronics. The discovery, just reported online in the professional journal Advanced Materials, outlines the creation for the first time of a high-performance "metal-insulator-metal" diode. "Researchers have been trying to do this for decades, until now without success," said Douglas Keszler, a distinguished professor of chemistry at OSU and one of the nation's leading material science researchers. "Diodes made previously with other approaches always had poor yield and performance. Click here to read more..

Thursday
Oct282010

Display Alliance News 10.28.2010

Sharp’s 330-Inch LCD Screen Heading to Tokyo Station
slashgear.com- Back in June, Sharp announced a brand new 60-inch LCD display that, while still having an impressive screen, also focused on the display’s bezel. The company focused on it so much in fact, that they did their best to get rid of it entirely. The result was a display with a width of only 2.4mm on the right and bottom sides of the display, and a width of 4.1mm on the left and top sides. Sharp did this so that if you set up the displays in a multi-display situation, you’d get only 6.5mm of space. And now, Sharp is ready to show off eighteen of the displays all at once. Click here to read more..

The State of Indium Tin Oxide (ITO)
displayblog.com- A great read on Gizmodo regard­ing Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) the trans­par­ent and con­duc­tive mate­r­ial that makes LCDs work: ‘’The US Geological Survey esti­mates that known reserves of indium world­wide amount to some 16,000 tonnes, over­whelm­ingly in China. Dividing that by the rate at which we are cur­rently using the stuff sug­gests those reserves will be exhausted by 2020.’’ Click here to read more..

AUO to set up touch panel business unit
digitimes.com- AU Optronics (AUO) will set up a touch panel business unit under its Consumer Product Display Business Group to tap the fast growing market, focusing on small- to medium-sized touch panels mainly for use in IT products, according to Display Business Operation executive VP Paul Peng at an October 27 investors conference. AUO has begun production of in-cell touch panels based on its TFT-LCD manufacturing technology, Peng indicated. In addition, AUO will supply on-cell touch panels by transferring excess in-house TFT-LCD capacity and outsourcing, Peng noted. AUO's affiliate Cando will supply AUO with 3.5G color filters. Click here to read more..


Outdoor Screens on the Slopes
armagard.co.uk- Outdoor digital signage is becoming a popular from of advertising, marketing and branding. Many industries are implementing some sort of digital outdoor campaign but there is one area that has come as quite a surprise to outdoor AV and digital signage companies – the ski slopes. There are large number of enquiries to outdoor digital signage and outdoor AV companies from ski resorts and winter outdoor centres – but this poses the question, as to why? Ski resorts and slopes have a need for communicating with the people on their slopes. Important information such as piste closures, avalanche warnings or dangerous snows needs to be communicated as quickly as possible – and until the advent of outdoor digital signage, there were few ways this could be done. Click here to read more..

LG sold 6.6 million flat panel TVs this quarter
techradar.com- LG shipped more flat panel TVs in the last three months than any time in its history, according to the Korean giants' latest financial results. Although the company was held back by a major blip in phone sales, LG's home appliances and a big hike in televisions helped them out. "LG Home Entertainment Company shipped more flat panel TVs in the third quarter – 6.6 million units – than at any time in its history, a 37 percent increase from the same period the previous year," said LG. Click here to read more..

AUO receives LCD TV assembly orders from Sony, says report
digitimes.com- AU Optronics (AUO) reportedly has landed LCD TV assembly orders from Sony and will start volume production in the fourth quarter of 2010, according to a Chinese-language report on Economic Daily News (EDN). Click here to read more..