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Display Alliance News 10.28.2010

Sharp’s 330-Inch LCD Screen Heading to Tokyo Station 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) 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 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 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 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 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..


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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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..


Display Alliance News 10.25.2010

This Is The World’s Smallest Full HD Display (4.8 Inches) 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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..


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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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 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? 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 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 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 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..


Common Resolutions for Laptop Displays

Sources from

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


Display Alliance News 10.18.2010

Next Computing Vigor Evo rugged PC shipping with three displays, 11TB storage 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 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 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 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 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? 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 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 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 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..


Display Alliance News 10.14.2010

Tablets With Back-Side Touch Interface? Here’s KDDI’s Prototype Serkan Tan found  this cool video from 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 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 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 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 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..


Digital Signage News UK 10.13.2010

Study: Effectiveness of Outdoor Advertising and Digital Signage

Outdoor advertising and outdoor digital signage strengthens brands and drives online search, according to new research from the UK.

Following on from their market share survey, the UKs Outdoor Advertising Association (OAA), in combination with global media networkers, Mindshare have conducted the ‘Brand Building -Power of Outdoor' study which shows that brands which spend more on outdoor advertising – with outdoor digital signage now nearly a fifth of all outdoor advertisements - develop greater presence and 'fame' which amongst other things drives online search.

The research points out that brands that in vest in outdoor advertising including outdoor digital signage more confident; receive more internet searches and establishes strong foundations growing younger brands and sustaining existing ones.

LG Launch SuperSign

LG Electronics have launched a new digital signage solution that they hope small and medium-sized businesses will find affordable and easy to use.

These type of businesses make up 31% of the European digital signage market butresearch shows most of these types of companies are looking for affordability and simplicity..

LG Electronics (Slough, UK ) have launched Supersign as an attempt to meet this criteria a new digital signage solution tailored to the needs of small and medium sized businesses that provides the hardware, software and additional features in an easy-to-use and install package

The Screen, Breakfast Briefing: Lifting the lid on Heathrow

Dooh events group, The Screen have their next breakfast briefing scheduled for 29 October where they intend to lift the lid on Heathrow Airport.

Heathrow, a Mecca for digital signage installers, is one of the most valuable digital advertising sites in the UK and Europe)

The breakfast briefing, to be held at The Hospital Club in London’s West End media district, will feature key speakers from Heathrow's media strategy and planning operations.


Display Alliance News 10.13.2010

Interactive holographic ASK Kiosk with Touchless Interface Unveiled
Shown in the "Red Leaf" Exhibit at the CES 2010 Expo and designed exclusively for Integrated Media Group, ASK (Autonomous Sales Kiosk), by  FITHco Inc. (MDKS) Kiosk Equipment, is a touch-less interactive kiosk that can project images in 52” landscape mode or 62” portrait and can be displayed in 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio. IMG’s  “virtual concierge can help sell a company, service or products through interactivity” and although “gesture driven interactive technology has been around for about 7 years,” the ASK kiosk is one of the first portable units to display IMG’s interactive, full service sales person technology. Watch the video at and contact Jason Opat at I.M.G. for further information on the ASK Kiosk. For your own custom kiosk, contact Kelly Small at FITHco Inc. (MDKS) Kiosk Equipment.

Samsung 55-inch Super Narrow Bezel Digital Information Display (DID) LCD Samsung’s favorite adjective? You guessed it: super. Samsung’s super narrow bezel 55-inch DID LCD does indeed sport some very thin bezels: 3.8 mm on the top and left and just 1.9 mm on the bottom and right. Combined, the bezel thickness between these 55-inch DIDs is just 5.7 mm. Very cool. Now if only our monitors and notebook PC displays had bezels this thin. Click here to read more..

LG: 80% of UK consumers haven't heard about OLEDs LG Business Solution has performed a survey in the UK about consumer awareness of LED and OLED technologies. While 59% said they are aware of at least some features and benefits of LED, 80% said they have never heard of OLEDs before. Click here to read more..

China welcomes first home-grown LCD glass substrate production line 13th October 2010 IRICO is set to commence operations at its new LCD glass substrate production line, it was confirmed yesterday (12th October). The Chinese company has built the country's first Gen 6 production line at the Flat Panel Display Industrial Park in Hefei, which is the capital city of Hefei province. IRICO has now fired up its first furnace as it attempts to make its mark on the LCD panel sector, which has "been monopolised by foreign countries" until now, according to Anhui News. Click here to read more..

LCD panel makers prepare price increase for IT panels With IT (notebook and monitor) panel prices dropping below cash cost, TFT-LCD panel makers are brewing plans to increase prices back to cost levels, while reducing production to stop further losses. Some vendors have agreed to price increases of US$1-2 in order to secure enough orders to replenish their inventory while prices remain low. Click here to read more..

WebDT Signage On Nanjing Road San Jose, California-based DT Research Inc., which develops information appliances for vertical markets, has announced the deployment of the WebDT Signage System for an outdoor digital signage project on Shanghai’s Nanjing Road district. The SA2000 and WebDT Content Manager software enabled replacing static posters and billboard advertising with a dynamic out-of-home advertising network. Click here to read more..

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Display Alliance News 10.8.2010

Samsung Transparent LCD Jin Kim from Display Blog Shows us a transparent LCD from Samsung ‘s GREENnovation luncheon in San Francisco. Check out displayblog..

Panasonic to buy out Sanyo and Panasonic Electric Panasonic has announced that it has upped its stakes in subsidiary companies Sanyo Electric and Panasonic Electric, with plans to buy out the remainder of both companies early next year. Panasonic is to increase its shares in battery and solar panel firm Sanyo from 50 to 80 percent in efforts to enhance its green technology business. The company is also planning to buy out shares in its other subsidiary, Panasonic Electric, where it currently owns 51 percent of the stock. It will increase this to 84 percent, giving it a significantly higher majority share and more say in how the company is run. Click here to read more..

RiTDisplay: we're still making OLEDs, do not plan to stop A few days ago we reported that RiTDisplay consider a withdrawal from OLED production. We just got word from RiTDisplay themselves saying that they still make OLEDs, and do not plan to stop. Click here to read more..

AU Optronics to Embrace Sales Boom in Q4 Affected by seasonal factors, the firm’s shipments still moderated in September, reaching 9.51 million units of large-sized display panels and 20.14 million units of small and medium-sized models, respectively down 4% and up 11% from August. The combined revenue for the month also slightly dropped 3.6% from August.  AUO reported aggregate revenue of NT$124.103 billion and shipment of 28.67 million large-sized display panels for the third quarter of the year, respectively down 3.3% and 3.2% from the corresponding figures recorded in the second quarter. Click here to read more..

New display tech combines best of e-ink and LCD It's pretty much the holy grail of display technology - a screen with the vibrancy, colour-reproduction and refresh rate of an LCD screen with the power-draw of e-ink. Believe it or not, though, that's exactly what a team of researchers at the University of Cincinnati claims to have done. The development is the result of around seven years of research into electrofluidics and uses what the team is calling a ‘zero-power' design. Like an e-reader, the display is able to use the reflection of natural light, cutting the requirement for a backlight. By using a highly reflective electrode positioned behind the pigment, the display is able to reflect enough light to give the impression of bright, vibrant images. Click here to read more..

Qualcomm's Mirasol Display, Up Close and Personal [Updated] The Mirasol display can show around 45,000 colors, according to the Qualcomm representative I spoke with. While that's a far cry from what LCDs can handle, it's still pretty impressive considering Mirasol's other advantages, and the fact that it's a new technology. Also, Jesee Burke at Qualcomm says that, "given the reflective nature of our display, measuring colors [on Mirasol] is a very different endeavor than with traditional LCDs," so the color depth numbers may not be directly comparable. Click here to read more..

Global self-checkout market grew 23% in 2009: Study Research firm RBR reported that the number of installed self-checkout (SCO) terminals worldwide totaled 111,400 at the end of last year, a 23 percent rise from yearend 2008, according to the 2010 edition of RBR's annual Global EPOS and Self-Checkout study. Click here to read more..

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Display Alliance News 10.7.2010

UDC deilvered 8 flexible wrist-mounted OLED displays to the US Army Universal Display announced that they delivered eight wrist-mounted OLED displays to the US Army. Those 4.3" QVGA full-color displays are based on UDC's phosphorescent OLED materials and are built on thin flexible metal foil. The backplane is an amorphous-Silicon (a-Si) TFT, fabricated by LG Display. The displays were designed by L-3 Display systems and "offer various advanced communications features, all integrated into a thin and rugged housing that comfortably fits around a soldier’s wrist". Click here to read more..

Intel calls for U.S. manufacturing tax breaks Paul Otellini, the president and CEO of Intel Corp., has called for the U.S. government to provide tax concessions for companies that build factories in the United States, according to a Reuters report. Otellini, speaking during a presentation at a Council on Foreign Relations event in New York on Tuesday (Oct. 5), said that the concessions, either in the form of tax credits or tax holidays would help create jobs and would make the United States competitive with other countries, the report said. Click here to read more..

Touch panel makers developing one glass solutions Projected capacitive touch panels makers, including Cando and Wintek, are developing one glass solutions, which integrate the touch sensor and cover glass, for the large-, medium- and small-size panel segments. Click here to read more..

Hitachi Displays Announces MEMS Display Hitachi Displays Ltd prototyped a MEMS display by using Pixtronix Inc's technology and showed it at a press conference Oct 4, 2010. The display was prototyped on the 4.5-generation (the size of glass substrate: 730 x 920mm) production line for low-temperature polycrystalline silicon in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. "Compared with LCD displays, the power consumption of the new display is about half," Hitachi Displays said. "And it can reproduce vivid colors." The company plans to release the display from the end of 2011 to the beginning to 2012 for mobile phones, smart phones, tablet PCs, digital cameras and other mobile devices equipped with a 10-inch or smaller display. Click here to read more..

JVC Unveils Two New Low-Cost LCD Monitors with SXGA Resolution for Security Applications Both 4:3 monitors feature a variety of inputs, including two BNC and one S-Video input, each with a corresponding looping output. There is also an RGB input with its own stereo mini-jack audio input, as well as a pair of RCA audio inputs that are shared between the video sources. A simple user interface on the front of the unit provides easy access to the on-screen menu, input selection, volume, power, and auto image adjustment controls. The monitors also feature a tilt adjustable stand for comfortable viewing, plus two built-in speakers for audio monitoring. Click here to read more..

Texas Instruments delivers thinnest EMI filters with highest ESD performance Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today introduced six- and four-channel electromagnetic interference (EMI) filters for LCD display applications, the TPD6F202 and TPD4F202. Electrostatic discharge (ESD) ratings exceed the IEC 61000-4-2 specification by at least three times for contact discharge. Both are 67 percent better than the specification for air-gap discharge. This allows the signal to be transmitted through the device while it filters out the higher frequency RF and electromagnetic interferences (RF/EMI) that can appear as lines on a screen, especially LCD displays. Click here to read more..

New Zwitterionic Material Will Render Faster Refresh Rates for Displays [New Zwitterionic Material Set to Improve LCD Screens and TV Displays Soon] In today’s world, we have been hearing vast researches and targeted improvements to help improve the LCD and TV displays we have in the market. We have heard of key developments in refresh rates and response times but something logical may be coming soon with this new technology called Zwitterionic.The new material was created by Professor Piotr Kaszynski and grad student Bryan Ringstrand at the Vanderbilt University. With the use of the said material, improvements to crystals for today’s LCD displays may yet be possible. They carry zwitterionic structures meaning they are composed of atoms with no net charge. Hence, crystals can be created without a higher electric dipole, a property that allows them to switch between light and dark states. Click here to read more..

(3rd LD) Samsung Electronics' Q3 profit to miss forecast on LCD prices Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest maker of memory chips and liquid-crystal display (LCD) panels, said Thursday its third-quarter profit will likely hover below a market consensus as weak demand pushed down LCD panel prices. Unveiling its earnings guidance, Samsung estimated its operating profit for the July-September period at 4.8 trillion won (US$4.3 billion), up 13.7 percent from 4.22 trillion won a year ago. But the advance estimate represents a decline from the company's record operating profit of 5.01 trillion won in the previous three months. Click here to read more..

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Dividing ownership in a startup...

For all the entrepreneurs that read this blog, this post contains suggestions on how to effectively divide ownership in a group project - prior to taking on the burden of launching and operating a legal corporation.
The tasks within this post may seem like a lot of work.  However the process described below is essential to building a motivated organization...regardless of the legal structure (and legal minds) you employ.
If you are working with equals that you know and trust, the group should be able to read this document, negotiate the items on the ownership earn-in spreadsheet, and then construct a signed letter of intent in under three hours; it doesn’t get much easier than that.
Fictional scenario:  a group of professionals are about to create and promote a new media website that will attract and entertain a slice of humanity; as visitors come to this website, the business goals will be to convert visitors into fans (subscribers and repeat visitors), and then to eventually sell something that has perceived value to a percentage of the fan base. 
Everyone involved desires to protect their investment (time, money, art, etc.) and to preserve their ownership rights until the day arrives when the group decides to turn the project into a real company.  The following is a list of people involved in the (fictional) project and a brief description of the assets that each person proposes to contribute to the project:

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Display Alliance News 10.5.2010

Digital Screens at tradeshows When static and digital displays are used together at a trade show, it makes for a strong visual presence, as seen in the picture above of KVH Industries lay out. Seeing a product physically in front of you, a long with a video or interactive demo gives a potential customer  a sense that your company is technologically sophisticated.  If a company is in the tech. industry, digital screens  should undoubtedly be a part of their presentation. We expect to see more and more companies integrating digital screens into their trade show displays.

Wintek posts record sales in September Touch panel maker Wintek has announced record consolidated revenues in September with NT$7.703 billion (US$248.23 million), up 25% sequentially and 165% on year. Third-quarter revenues increased 46% sequentially to approximately NT$19 billion, and cumulative consolidated revenues from January through September reached NT$39.85 billion, already exceeded the NT$32.28 billion for the entire 2009. Since Wintek reported a profitable month in May and sales have continued to improve, analysts believe the company could return to profitability for 2010. Click here to read more..

First OLED Display over 100” At CEATEC JAPAN 2009, Mitsubishi Electric unveiled a 155” large-scale organic light emitting diode (OLED) display called Diamond Vision. Mitsubishi recently announced it will start selling the Diamond Vision OLED on September 21, 2010. This will be the first large-scale OLED display system available. The OLED material used is small molecule, deposited by vacuum evaporation, jointly developed with Tohoku Pioneer Corporation (Mitsubishi Chemical is also working with Pioneer to develop OLED lighting). Mitsubishi Electric indicated that it is possible to manufacture displays with resolutions that are comparable to LED displays, but at a lower cost. Pricing has not yet been announced. Click here to read more..

3M MicroTouch Display C2234SW 3M Touch Systems launched the 3M MicroTouch Display C2234SW. The C2234SW touch display combines a 22-inch high-definition, wide viewing angle, wide aspect-ratio LCD displaywith 3M Surface Capacitive touch technology in a robust metal chassis housing. The durabale 3M Surface Capacitive Technology (3M SCT) offers 91.5% light transmission, which makes it a preferred touch solution in public access and heavy-use environments for gaming, entertainment, self-service and financial applications. Read more here..

Marvell shows OLPC some serious love with a $5.6 million grant for XO-3 tablet Marvell and One Laptop Per Child's close partnership has been no secret, but according toXconomy, Marvell's about to put a whole lot more green into the XO. The semiconductor company is forking over $5.6 million to fund the creation of the next gen XO-3 tablet, and according to OLPC founder and former Engadget Show guest Nicholas Negroponte, it's still slated for a 2012 release. Click here to find out more..

Samsung releases display with 1ms response Samsung has a couple of new LCD displays out this month. The first is the SyncMaster P2770FH which according to Samsung has a response time of just one millisecond - getting rid of motion blur and ghosting in the process. That means clearer performance for faster refresh rates. It's 27 inches and operates at a full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. It has a viewing angle of 170 degrees and 70,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Inputs are HDMI, standard VGA and DVI-I. It'll be available this month for $399.99. Click here to read more..


Display Alliance News 10.4.2010

TDK's new flexible PMOLED prototype on video TDK says that the contrast, brightness and lifetime are "almost the same as TDK's existing glass-subtrate PMOLEDs". The OLED inside is a white emitter, with RGB-color filters. TDK will start mass production at the end of 2011. Click here to read more..

Rumor: Apple Booking All Of Samsung's AMOLED Display Stock? An unconfirmed rumor is currently going around, claiming that Apple has been purchasing large quantities of Samsung's AMOLED displays, in fact, the rumor claims that Apple has snapped up virtually all of Samsung's Super AMOLED stock for 2011, leaving the Korean company to switch its Galaxy S and Wave phones to LCD displays instead. Click here to read more..

Samsung Elec sees weak LCD demand, pricing in Q4 "The market is at the bottom and it will stay there in the fourth quarter," Chang Wonkie, president of Samsung's LCD Business, told reporters on the sideline of a seminar in Seoul. Click here to read more..

Sharp to demonstarte 64-inch prototype LCD display at CEATEC Sharp is going to take full advantage of CEATEC that is now happening in Japan by unveiling a new high definition LCD display that measures 64-inches across diagonally, where this prototype will boast a resolution of 4096 by 2160 pixels - that is four times higher than that of current high-definition displays. This marks the first time that an LCD has been produced with a resolution this high. Click here to read more..

China to become top-3 TFT-LCD panel production base in 4Q11, says Digitimes Research China's TFT-LCD panel makers are actively building advance production lines, with BOE having completed the factory structure for its 8.5G fab in Beijing in August 2010, Digitimes Research noted. Another maker, China Star OptoELectronics Technology (CSOT), is expected to finish constructing the plant structure for its 8.5G fab in January 2011, it said. BOE's 8.5G plant is scheduled to start mass production in the fourth quarter of 2011, marking China's entry into 8.5G TFT-LCD panel production. Click here to read more..

Data Modul LiveUSBII LCD controller Data Modul is offering a USB-based LCD controller, the LiveUSBII that will support displays from QVGA up to UXGA resolution. It is a 4-wire touch controller and there is the option of a 5-wire touch controller. By making use of the integrated USB-Hub, serial multi-monitor applications  ("Daisy chains") can be implemented very easily. The integrated USB-Hub can also be used for other peripherals such as USB-Sticks or other input devices. Click here to read more..

Pixtronix and Hitachi Displays Announce Successful Joint Development Displays Built Based Upon Pixtronix PerfectLight MEMS Display Technology to Be Demonstrated at CEATEC. "We are pleased to have jointly developed displays with Hitachi Displays that directly address the needs of high growth markets ranging from next generation smart phones to tablets," said Tony Zona, CEO of Pixtronix. "Our rapid progress in delivering full speed video, ultra-low power displays built utilizing existing LCD manufacturing infrastructure demonstrates the key strengths of our PerfectLight display platform." Click here to read more..

India a huge market for Taiwanese LCD TV makers New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) India will soon see a surge in demand for flat-screen televisions from next year, providing a huge market to companies from Taiwan, as consumers with more disposable income are aiming to buy sleek and newer sets that save energy and complement their modern home. According to iSuppli, LCD-TV revenue will rise by 94.3 percent to $3.5 billion in 2011 from $1.8 billion in 2010. Click here to read more..

Excise tax for thin touch-panel glass substrates exempted, says report In order to support industrial development, Taiwan's Ministry of Finance has agreed to exempt the 10% excise tax for glass substrates that are used for touch panels thinner than 1.1mm in thickness, with the policy effective immediately, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report. Click here to read more..


Display Alliance News 10.1.2010

Google Open Sources Liquid Galaxy! Build Your Own Or Buy One — For $80,000! I still think Google’s coolest 20 percent project of all time is Liquid Galaxy. You know, the “eight 55-inch LCD screens showing Google Earth in a unified, surround view” thing that Google sets up around to different conferences they are a part of. It’s sort of like the Star Trek Holodeck. It’s awesome. And now you can build your own — or buy one! Google has open-sourced the entire project, including the Ubuntu sysadmin scripts to the mechanical design of the custom frames. And they’ve released a new version of the public Google Earth that supports it. Click here to read more..

1,100 Screens At Amway Center The state-of-the-art Harris solution comprises a high-definition video production and distribution and Internet Protocol TV system, integrated with digital signage. The solution’s enriched screen format presents all aspects of the Amway Center experience at 10 times the resolution of current technology. Combining IPTV and digital signage over the same network allows the Magic to address more than 1,100 individual screens located throughout the arena with tailored content. Displays can be driven to show high-impact replays and highlights, venue messaging, out-of-home advertising, or any combination of the three. Click here to read more..

Toshiba scrap plans for OLED production, focus on LCDs Toshiba Mobile Displays plans to scrap plans to produce OLED displays. They will focus on LCD panels. TMD's spokesman Mashahiro Kume said: "The plan (for mass-production) is currently frozen. We'll review the production plan again from scratch". Hopefully they'll be back into OLEDs in the future. Click here to read more..

LG: OLED is undoubtedly the future of energy-efficient monitors LG's UK sales director Warren Lewis says that "OLED is undoubtedly the future of energy-efficient monitors... I'd say over the next three to five years you'll see the real evolution of OLED." Yesterday LG has unveiled new LED-backlit 23" monitors for the UK market. Click here to read more..

Taiwan government questions AUO financial strength in China LCD panel fab project review AU Optronics (AUO) has proposed a budget of US$3 billion to set up a 7.5G LCD panel plant in China, but Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has doubts about the company's financial capability, according to an MOEA official. Click here to read more..

Kiosks, Touch screen Kiosks and Kiosk Software Kiosks, whether you notice it or not, are becoming more and more popular in day to day life. We tend to think of a kiosk as a small hut like retail outlet selling newspapers and magazines, but modern day kiosks, take a computerised electronic form. Wherever we go there are kiosks that you probably walk past everyday including ATM machines, photo printing machines, self-service checkouts at the supermarkets; all of these machines are kiosks that perform a simple service, fast and efficiently. Click here to read more..

China market: LCD TV sales to reach 5.5 million units from mid-Sept to Oct 10 With TV prices expected to fall by 40% during the early October holidays, LCD TV sales in China are projected to reach 5.5 million units, according to TV vendors in the country. Despite the optimistic outlook, a high level of TV inventory will likely persist until the end of 2010 due to low demand for CCFL TV. Click here to read more..


Display Alliance News 9.30.2010

U.S. public backs digital billboards, survey says The American public overwhelmingly supports digital billboards despite many municipalities’ attempts to ban them, according to new research commissioned by the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA). An August poll found that 80 percent of U.S. adults believe digital billboards are useful to drivers in giving them important information, and nearly the same proportion disagree with attempts to ban billboards. Click here to read more..

Transit Digital Signage: People Movers Open Up New Possibilities This year leading up to the Fall Classic, commuters entering the Times Square/Grand Central Shuttle or boarding MTA New York City Transit branded subway cars designed to capture the feel of a baseball stadium will be immersed in TBS coverage of all four of the Major League Baseball Division Series and the American League Championship Series (ALCS) games. According to the one accounting of New York City subway and bus traffic, 7.7 million people use the vehicles daily throughout the city's five boroughs. Nationwide, the number of trips taken on public transportation is mind-blowing. According to the  American Public Transportation Association, more than 2.5 billion trips were taken on U.S. public transportation in the second quarter of 2010. Click here to read David Littles' great article..

TPV may cooperate with Epistar for LED production plant in China Hong Kong-listed TPV Technology will reportedly work with Taiwan-based LED chip maker Epistar to set up an LED epitaxy wafer production plant in China in order to secure LED supply. Market sources indicated that TPV will need 150 million large-size panels in 2011. With increasing market share for LED backlighting products, it will be necessary for TPV to secure stable LED chip supplies, and Epistar is expected to expand its existing plant in Xiamen, China in order to install MOCVD machines. Click here to read more..

Gamer Tower Kiosks If you are looking for a secure robust platform to put your Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 in then this is the solution for you. Available as a two, three or four sided kiosk. Each side can accomodate 1 console of your choice plus 2 console controllers*, a 24" high definition LCD TFT Display and stereo sound. Click here to watch a video..

High-brightness LED market to grow 68% in 2010 Yokohama, Japan--The overall market for high-brightness light emitting diodes (HB LEDs) will grow a whopping 68% this year to reach $9.1 billion. That’s the forecast presented during the opening session of LED Japan/Strategies in Light 2010 this week by conference chair and Strategies Unlimited analyst Dr. Robert Steele. Steele said that the biggest market growth drivers are LED backlights for LCD televisions and monitors followed by lighting. Looking forward, he predicted a compound annual growth rate for the HB LED market of 27.8% through 2014, meaning that global sales will reach $18.4 billion. Click here to read more..

AUO to proceed with investment plans at Erhlin Park AU Optronics (AUO) has said that it will proceed with its planned "Erhlin Project" to build two 11G TFT LCD panel plants and two solar energy plants at the Erhlin Park of the Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP), after the CTSP announced on September 29 that it will resume construction of Erhlin Park immediately. Click here to read more..


Transit Digital Signage: People Movers Open Up New Possibilities

There's a chill in the evening air; the days are getting shorter, and some of the leaves on the trees are hinting at an impending explosion of color. Fall must be upon us, and that can mean only one thing: the baseball season will soon culminate in a succession of playoff games, two pennant series and ultimately the World Series. Some forward-thinking media professionals are beginning to look for ways to reach millions of public transit riders with digital signage messaging.

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Digital Signage News UK 9.29.2010

Outdoor Digital Signage UK

Some really interesting news has been emerging from the UK over the last month or so. As with most things, the Brits seems to be a step or two behind the USA when it comes to outdoor advertising and digital outdoor signage but the future looks fairly promising for the industry in Britain.

Following last months report by the Outdoor Advertising Association which stated a significant increase in year-on-year revenues for outdoor advertising with digital signage making up 12 percent of the total market share, the OAA have released some more interesting research.

The research conducted by Mindshare for the OAA, studied a database of more than 300 brands across 20 categories since 2005, and identified that brands which spend money on outdoor media develop consumer familiarity with the brand, with offline campaigns on outdoor screens, converting well to online search volumes. These research findings also suggest that to build brands, the ideal share of outdoor advertising is 11% or more.

Olympics – first truly digital games.

Many of us in the digital signage industry in the UK are eagerly awaiting the 2012 Olympic Games which have been dubbed the ‘first truly digital games.’

Mike Baker the CEO of the Outdoor Advertising Association expects outdoor advertising sector to gain at least 1% market share because of advertising surrounding the London Olympics.

He says: “Visitors to the UK won’t be watching TV, reading UK newspapers or listening to radio but outdoor will be visible throughout the Games and in the run up.”

Outdoor digital signage will highly visible in London’s transport network and around the games’ sites and will provide not just advertising for some of the key Olympic sponsors but digital signage will be a key part of providing information to visitors to the games and city.