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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..

Tuesday
Oct262010

Display Alliance News 10.26.2010

Customer Engagement Technology World November 10-11, 2010. New York, NY.
Display Alliance will be attending CETW this year with a press pass. We look forward to meeting all the vendors and plan to showcase cool, new technologies we come across at the show, on the blog. We'll also look to find out what these products are made of, specifically what kind of LCD displays (or any other display technology) are most commonly used in today's newest screen technology. If you plan on attending, and would like some exposure on the blog leading up to the show, contact Chris Sava or Bruce Warila. We look forward to seeing you there.

Panel Database On iPhone
panelx.com- Digital View have migrated the PanelX LCD panel database to an iPhone version, this is available for free from iTunes though you can see details  here. An updated version will be available soon providing a database update function followed by more advanced filtering. Click here to check out the database..

KVH Expands Coverage, Doubles Capacity of mini-VSAT Broadband Network in Europe
kvh.com- MIDDLETOWN, RI – Next-generation satellite communications in Europe received a significant boost this week as KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) and its partner, ViaSat, Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT), increased the mini-VSAT Broadband network’s capacity in the region by 100%. At the same time, the addition of a new satellite, NSS-6, expanded the overall coverage area for the popular worldwide Ku-band satellite network that supports maritime subscribers as well as ViaSat’s Yonder® in-flight broadband network for business and commercial aircraft. Click here to read more..

Taiwan large-size LCD panel shipments drop 7.9% in 3Q10, says Digitimes Research
digitimes.com- Taiwan makers saw their large-size LCD panel shipments drop 7.9% to 64.65 million units in the third quarter as a result of weak demand and reduced utilization rates, according to Digitimes Research. Such a decline has been rare, as the third quarter is the industry's traditional peak season, explained Digitimes Research senior analyst Tony Huang. Click here to read more..

LG Display plans small OLED displays for next year, OLED TVs in 2013
oled-info.com- LG Display's President says that the company will start making small OLED displays next year, in 4.5-Gen and 5.5-Gen lines. They already have customers waiting for those panels. LG's 4.5-Gen plant investment ($225 million) has been announced back in April 2010, and is expected to go online soon. LG hasn't committed yet to a 5.5-Gen, although there were rumors about those new lines, saying these will be used for OLED TVs. But now we hear that LG only plans to use those to produce small displays. Click here to read more..

Ortus Technology is developing a 6.5" OLED panel
oled-info.com- Ortus Technology is developing a 6.5" OLED display, driven by a-Si TFT. The panel features 960x540 resolution (QHD) at 169ppi. The panel uses Ortus' own HAST (Hyper Amorphous Silicon TFT) technology, which offers ultra-high resolution, low-resistance fine wiring, narrow pitch COG bonding and high quality optic design. Click here to read more..

Sharp 330-inch Digital Signage Display @ Tokyo Station
displayblog.com- On October 29th, Sharp is plan­ning to unveil a 330-inch dig­i­tal sig­nage dis­play at Tokyo Station. The mas­sive screen is com­posed of eigh­teen 60-inch dis­plays. Each of these 60 inch­ers sport a pixel for­mat of 1366×768. This is def­i­nitely huge. I won­der what it would be used for? Massive adver­tise­ments? Click here to read more..

Monitor, notebook panel prices stable, TV panel prices continue to drop in 2H October, says DisplaySearch
digitimes.com- Monitor and notebook panel price have been stable in the second half of October as LCD makers are giving priority to their finances over market share. Notebook panel inventories at system vendors have returned to healthy levels, while TV panel prices continue to drop, but at a slower speed, according to the latest pricing data from DisplaySearch. Click here to read more..

Monday
Oct252010

Display Alliance News 10.25.2010

This Is The World’s Smallest Full HD Display (4.8 Inches)
crunchgear.com- What you see pictured above is the world’s smallest full HD display. It’s been unveiled today by ORTUS, a joint venture established between Casio and Toppan Printing earlier this year. Sized at just 4.8 inches, the HAST (Hyper Amorphous Silicon TFT) screen features 1,920×480 resolution and a pixel density of 458ppi. The new screen also features 16.8 million colors and 160 degree viewing angle. ORTUS expects it to be used for high performance security monitoring, for example. Click here to read more..

LG Display sees LCD market near bottom after weak Q3
reuters.com- LG Display (034220.KS), the world's No.2  LCD flat screen maker, signaled the sector was nearing a bottom as the pace of panel price falls slows, after reporting its worst profit in six quarters. The profit outlook remains grim for the liquid crystal display (LCD) sector, as TV makers demand price cuts to revive demand in the key year-end holiday season. Shipment growth is also weakening as retailers are not keen to stock up on TVs and computers, worried about being saddled with inventory in a struggling global economy. "The LCD market has hit the bottom, but it will take time for LCD makers to turn around. Their earnings will remain weak until the fourth quarter," said Song I-jin, a fund manager at Hi Asset Management said. Click here to read more..

MacBook Air Without Glare
displayblog.com- TechRestore is offer­ing a matte screen replace­ment ser­vice for the new MacBook Air. For US$249 you get a non-glare LCD with the same every­thing: pixel for­mat, LED back­light, etc. In addi­tion TechRestore will install a cus­tom black bezel that makes the entire pack­age look a bit more like the MacBook Pro. Turnaround time of just 24 hours is promised. Click here to check out the offer..

AUO and TPV to set up plant in Russia, says report
digitimes.com- Eyeing the business opportunities in emerging markets, AU Optronics (AUO) reportedly will set up an LCD module (LCM) and system assembly plant in Russia with TPV Technology, according to a Chinese-language report on the Economic Daily News (EDN). Click here to read more..

Mitsubishi Electric has industrial-use LCD display on parade
ubergizmo.com- Mitsubishi Electric recently announced a spanking new 5.7-inch QVGA color TFT-LCD display that sports a white light emitting diode (LED), where this industrial-use model will also boast high brightness, a long backlight life and a built-in LED driver that consumes very little juice. After all, whenever the mercury hovers at around 25 degrees Celsius, the LED backlight is capable of hitting a typical operating life of 100,000 hours. Click here to read more..

Apple Looking for Low-Power LCD Displays
gaj-it.com- Apple has moved on to use Retina display for most of its gadgets and now it seems like the company is looking to reduce the power consumption of its displays. The company has filed a new patent application titled “Staggered Line Inversion and Power Reduction System and Method for LCD Panels.” Phew, Long name, but the essence of this application is to introduce new “inversion techniques” for the LCD displays, so that these displays consume lesser power and hence lead to longer battery life. The displays are meant to be use for MacBooks and iPhone. Click here to read more..

No More Sharp Personal Computers
displayblog.com- Sharp announced on October 21st that it will no longer man­u­fac­ture and sell per­sonal com­put­ers. Production of Sharp-branded note­books and desk­tops will cease very soon. Sharp will focus on post-PC gad­gets, like its Galapagos tablet. Click here to read more..

AUO, CMI together to earn over NT$50 billion in 2011, says report
digitimes.com- With IT (notebook and monitor) panel prices expected to start rising in November 2010 and TV panel prices to start rising in December, AU Optronics (AUO) and Chimei Innolux (CMI) are expected to earn a total of over NT$50 billion (US$1.63 billion) in 2011 with an EPS of NT$3.39 and NT$2.99 respectively, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report citing Morgan Stanley. Click here to read more..

Thursday
Oct212010

Displaying Digital Signage Content That’s Noticeable

doSignage, a provider of Digital Signage Content announces the launch of instant-setup LIVE Digital Content featuring Weather, News, Horoscope and Templates to increase visibility of Digital Signage screens by making them more noticeable.

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Tuesday
Oct192010

Display Alliance News 10.19.2010

Selling Condos Using Interactive Digital Signage
Dave Haynes of Sixteen:Nine came across an interesting video of Aareas Interactive Ultimate Kiosk digital signage for real estate, specifically for selling condos. To me, a digital signage rookie, this system makes all too much sense and I'm excited to see real estate offices in the future accessing this technology. Thanks for the video Dave..

IDT launches chip to connect four displays
techeye.net- Integrated Device Technology has launched what it says is the world’s first DisplayPort based device which allows users to connect up to four monitors to a single DisplayPort connection. The IDT VMM1400 multi-monitor controller is compatible with the VESA DisplayPort v1.1a and HDMI v1.3. It uses one DisplayPort input port and four HDMI or DVI output ports. Click here to read more..

Is AUO working on OLED lighting panels?
oled-info.com- We know that AUO is back into AMOLED production, with plans for a Gen 3.5 factory (whichwill go in line in 2011). AUO has a daughter company called Wellypower Optronics. Wellypower is Taiwan's number one CCFL maker (mostly used for AUO's LCD backlights) and is also a LED maker. Click here to read more..

Wristband Computing Is Closer Than You Think
pcworld.com- Wrist-mounted displays have long been the stuff of legend in science fiction. Whether it’s the Pip-Boy 3000 from Fallout 3 or Dick Tracy’s multifunction watch, the idea of having information within arms’ reach is very appealing. Thanks to new technology and the U.S. Army, a wristband display may be within our reach. Most displays use Liquid Crystal Display, or LCD technology, which requires layers of light-emitting material, glass and filters, which makes for a cumbersome, rigid and power-hungry display that’s not practical, especially in a combat situation. Enter the OLED, short for Organic Light Emitting Diode. Click here to read more..

Hitachi Introduces TFT LCD Display Modules

azooptics.com- The 4.3" TX11D04VM2AAA TFT display delivers resolution of 480 x 272 pixels, and has dimension of 105.5 x 67.2 x 2.9 mm. It has a 24-bit, 40-pin CMOS RGB interface that enables a maximum of 16.7 million colors to be shown. The 350cd/m² brightness and the 550:1 contrast ratio make sure the display images are well-defined. The TX11D04VM2AAA TFT display consumes a minimal power of 49 mW. The 3.5” TX09D30VM1CDA display, weighing 40 g, has a dimension of 64 x 86 x 6.7 mm, and a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. Its 18-bit, 40-pin CMOS RGB interface supports a maximum of 262 K colors. The display also has an onboard power supply circuit, and an LED backlight controller. The 2.4" TX06D126VM0AAA TFT display has a dimension of 41.9 x 61.5 x 2.6 mm. Hitachi’s white LED backlight and IPS make sure an improved optical performance is attained from any viewing angle. The display also has a display RAM and an 80 series CPU interface. Click here to read more..

Samsung sends auditors from Korea to audit Australia biz operations
samsunghub.com- Samsung HQ in South Korea have sent 13 auditors to Australia to check on the region’s operations. The report from Smarthouse claims that the surprise audit is a result of a tip-off from a former Samsung executive alleging irregularities in the sale of second goods. Samsung auditors are currently probing 10-year old transactions and even the relationship of Samsung Australia execs with two different companies – QQ Discounts and Korean-owned company known as Samsung Concept Store. Click here to read more..

Monday
Oct182010

Common Resolutions for Laptop Displays

Sources from displaylaptop.ro

SXGA          1280 x 1024
SXGA +       1400 x 1050
UXGA          1600 x 1200
WSVGA        1024 x 600
WSXGA        1280 x 854
WSXGA +    1680 x 1050
WUXGA        920 x 1200
WVGA          800 x 480
WXGA         1280 x 800
WXGA +      1440 x 900
WXGA + +   1600 x 900
XGA             1024 x 768

Monday
Oct182010

Display Alliance News 10.18.2010

Next Computing Vigor Evo rugged PC shipping with three displays, 11TB storage
engadget.com- NextComputing has a line on the types of PCs we will always lust over, yet we'll never ever be able to justify purchasing. Case in point: the Vigor Evo Plus is a thirty-five-plus pound behemoth, featuring a rugged mil-anodized external chassis, shock-mounted internal chassis, and options including a single or dual Xeon, up to 16GB ECC RAM, up to 11TB storage, up to six full-length, full-height PCI Express and PCI-X slots, and up to three integrated 17-inch displays. Contact Aaron Sherman at Next Computing for more information on the VigorEvo..

Wintek and TPK to co-develop AMOLED displays
oled-info.com- A few weeks ago we reported that Wintek is eying the OLED market and looks for a strategic partner. It seems that they have found one in TPK Touch Solutions. Both companies expect AMOLEDs to become a mainstream technology for high-end smartphones. Both companies are experts in Touch Panels and are likely to develop touch-AMOLEDs, so maybe they'll develop something similar to Samsung's Super-AMOLED displays. Click here to read more..

Professional Research on AU Optronics Corp. and LG Display Co. Ltd. - Flat Screens See October Turnaround
marketwatch.com- Large panel LCD makers have had a rough August and September due to oversupply and decreased demand. Prices for panels dipped in those months and most major producers saw revenues drop from this time last year. However, October has been a rebound month for display makers. The turnaround appears to be the result of several factors - pricing, inventories and demand. Click here to read more..

Alpha Display Introduces Durable Special Displays For Trains And Vessels
prnewswire.com- Five types of Alpha Displays with different functions are being offered. The first is Smart LCD monitors which have flat panel monitors with an integrated AD board and an inverter. Second type is General LCD monitor with RGB, DVI, HDMI and Video inputs. Custom HW/SW configuration is also available. Third type is Sunlight Readable LCDs which are suitable GUI monitor for outdoor. They are equipped with automatic scanning and image adjustment function. Fourth one is the Industrial Grade Touch screen LCDs. They are enclosed by aluminum, plastic, rack or metal front panel. Last but not least, Multi-media LCDs have support for various video and audio formats including MPEG-1 & 2 video (DVD), MPEG4 (SP, ASP), MPEG, JPEG, MP3 and WMA. With these different types of LCD displays, Alpha Display is targeting the industries that require special LCDs. Click here to read more..

IPS: The Future of Flat Panel Displays
businesswireindia.com- With cut throat competition amongst many players in the market, the IPS Technology is truly the panel technology for the current times. What makes it unique is the way it changes the entire television viewing experience. IPS is actually a panel manufacturing process that uses more layers and glass. This process produces a wider viewing angle and more vivid colors, eliminating the pale and washed out colours that were commonly seen in normal LCD TVs, while also consuming 30% less energy. When the surface of the panel is touched or has a finger pressed against it, it does not create the temporary image trails typical of normal LCD screens. So this process allows for the manufacturing of very thin monitors, measuring less than a centimeter thick. Click here to read more..

Techie Question: What is the best way to split your VGA signal?
digitalsignageblog.com- One of the challenges with splitting your VGA signal is the ability to maintain the video quality and aspect ratio of the original video source. There are a number of ways to split your VGA signal and the main purpose of doing so it to display the same video content across to multiple screens. This basically means a cost savings as you will only need to purchase 1 PC/digital signage player rather than having multiple players for each screen. The only limitation is distance, the VGA video quality degrades for longer distances. Here, we will look at 3 ways of splitting up the VGA signal (assuming you just want to split 1 video signal to 2 screens). Click here to read more..

LCD price fixing trial heats up
techeye.net- A federal grand jury in San Francisco has decided that there is enough evidence against a former executive of a TaiwanTFT-LCD producer to stand trial. Hsin-Tsung Wang has been accused of participating in a global conspiracy to fix prices of TFT-LCD panels. According to the Department of Justice, Wang, a resident of Taiwan and the former vice president of sales and marketing ofChi Mei Optoelectronics participated in a conspiracy from at least as early as September 14, 2001, and continuing at least until December 1, 2006. They agreed to fix prices of TFT-LCD panels during secret meetings and issued price quotations in accordance with the agreements reached. Wang is also alleged to have exchanged information on sales of TFT-LCD panels so the illegal deal could be policed and enforced. Click here to read more..

Four key trends affecting OEM supply chains today
en.community.dell.com- For the past 30 years, modernized technology has been applied to make supply chains increasingly more efficient. And, as with most things, supply chains and technology share one constant—change. Throughout this constantly changing landscape, most Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) continue to focus on new technologies that can help take their supply chains to the next level. These trends include, movement towards [even more] standardized, packaged [ERP] applications, supply chains are being replaced with “Ops Grids,” the new 80/20 rule—automation of 80% of transactions with manager involvement focused on 20% (i.e., exceptions only,) and collaborative applications replacing transaction exchange between trading partners. Click here to read more..

Sony said to be outsourcing production of high-end LCDs, Foxconn and Wistron getting the nod
engadget.com- Potentially bad news this morning for fans of high-end Sony HDTVs. The company, still struggling withhuge losses and desperate to find reasonable pricing for its exported TVs amid historically high values for the yen, is looking to outsource not only assembly but full panel production on many of its LCDs. According to the report, up to 80 percent of Sony's 2011 sets will be manufactured externally, with between 40 and 50 percent of those getting panels manufactured by Foxconn-affiliate CMI. Click here to read more..

Thursday
Oct142010

Display Alliance News 10.14.2010

Tablets With Back-Side Touch Interface? Here’s KDDI’s Prototype
crunchgear.com- Serkan Tan found  this cool video from diginfo.tv and says, it’s not that tablets or similar devices with a back-side touch interface are a new idea. Samsung and Apple, for example, are apparently working on ideas in this area. But as far as I am aware, there aren’t too many videos around that show devices with a working rear-touch interface. At CEATEC 2010, Japan’s No. 2 mobile carrier KDDI has been showing a prototype. Sourced from crunchgear..

Sharp to create worlds largest LCD video wall with ultra-slim bezel at Gitex
eyeofdubai.com- The imposing display will use Sharp's next-generation 60-inch LCD monitors with 6.5mm bezelSharp will be unveiling the world's largest video wall with 60 LCD panels, each of 60-inch diametre, with the world's slimmest bezel, delivering seamless images under the slogan 'Don't miss a thing' at Gitex Dubai. The 360-inch video wall, made up of the new-generation PN-V601 professional LCD panels), will dominate Sharp's 180-square metre stand, giving visitors a peep into the next-generation video walls that are used for digital signage and large displays. Click here to read more..

Renesas MCU has 2.5MB SRAM for display buffer
electronicsweekly.com- Renesas Electronics has two 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs), the SH7268 and SH7269 which are designed for industrial applications that drive a colour TFT-LCD. The MCUs are based on the SH2A-FPU (floating point unit) superscalar CPU core, which has a double-precision floating point math unit. There is 2.5Mbyte of on-chip SRAM, which should be enough capacity to store the required image information for two screens of WVGA resolution when the SRAM is used as a frame buffer. Click here to read more..

Deutsche Bank Says LCD Supply/Demand Situation Improving
bezinga.com- Deutsche Bank says the LCD market is improving, and is bullish on Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) as a result. It has a $22 price target and a Buy rating. In the research note, Deutsche Bank states, "We believe the supply and demand imbalance in the LCD industry has improved, as evidenced by a host of data points last week (monthly LCD panel shipments out of Taiwan; CMI reported Friday, bi-monthly panel price data, same store sales in the US and initial commentary about Golden Week TV sales). Click here to read more..

Wintek posts better-than-expected profits in 3Q10
digitimes.com- Thanks to increasing touch panel shipments to Apple for iPad, Wintek has posted an EPS of close to NT$1 (US$0.032) for the third quarter of 2010, higher than market expectations. Wintek is expected to see its profits continue growing in the fourth quarter. Click here to read more..