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display alliance news 8.20.2010

Really Wide: Optrex T-55604D192J-LW-A-AAN.
Jin from DisplayBlog writes, the model name is incred­i­bly long but what inter­ests me is the 16:3 aspect ratio. The T-55604D192J-LW-A-AAN by Optrex is a 19.2-inch (48.8-cm) dig­i­tal sig­nage LCD with a pixel for­mat of 1920×360. Other specs: -30° up to +80° tem­per­a­ture range, 60K-hour LED back­light, 500 cd/m2 bright­ness, 700:1 con­trast ratio and view­ing angles of 160/140 degrees. Connectivity options are: Gigabit Ethernet, USB, VGA, DVI, DisplayLink.

Sharp reportedly to cut LCD panel production.
Sharp Corp. will reduce its LCD panel production due to mounting inventories in the U.S. and China, according to a report published Friday. The Nikkei business daily reported that Sharp will cut capacity utilization at a Sakai, Japan factory by between 20% and 30%. The Sakai facility is capable of producing the equivalent of 1.3 million 40-inch screen TVs a month, according to the report. The cutback is expected to last one to two months, the report said. Sourced from Market Watch.

AUO and Wistron to Establish a Joint Venture for TFT-LCD Module Plant.
The Board of Directors of AUO and Wistron approved establishing the joint venture with a registered capital of no more than US$ 10 million. AUO and Wistron will own 51% and 49% of the shareholding of the joint venture respectively. The joint venture will tentatively be named Zhongshan BriVision Optronics Corporation. Read the full press release on prnewswire.

Corning: CLSA Downgrades; Cites Weaker LCD Panel Market.
Corning (GLW) shares are trading lower this morning after CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets analyst Steven Fox this morning cut its rating on the stock to Outperform from Buy. Fox writes that he thinks Corning’s LCD glass shipments are harder to predict over the next couple of quarters than he would have expected a month ago. He’s looking for flat unit shipments in Q3, and then a 15% sequential decline in Q4. Fox is bullish on the company’s growing Gorilla Glass product cycle, but he notes that production is still ramping while the LCD TV business is softening, and that “Street estimates may need to move down in the interim.” Read the full article here.

Public Media Works to Place up to 7,000 Entertainment Kiosks at Gas Station Convenience Stores Across the US.
Public Media Works, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, EntertainmentXpress, Inc., announce an agreement with Modular Conversions, LLC to place up to 7,000 DVD movie and game kiosks in new convenience stores as major oil company-sponsored gas station conversions are completed over the next three years across the U.S. The initial phase includes full funding for the installation of up to 1,500 EntertainmentXpress kiosks to be placed in prime West Coast targeted locations. Read the full article here.

New Samsung Tablet rumors: 7" and 10", but both will use LCD displays.
The Samsung-Tab (or Galaxy Tab) tablet computer rumors continue. Today a Korean site claims that Samsung will announce their tablet computer at IFA 2010 (September 3rd). It will come in two versions: 7" and 10". Both will be using an LCD display, not a Super-AMOLED. Read the full article here.


display alliance news 8.19.2010

LG to show a 31" OLED TV at IFA 2010?
There are some reports that LG plans to show a new 31" OLED TV at IFA 2010 (September 3rd). We know that LG want to introduce larger OLED TVs, but it's highly unlikely that it'll happen so soon - not until their Gen-5.5 plant goes online in 2012, anyway. Read the article at OLED Info.

Display Myths Shattered.
Dr. Raymond Soneira, President of DisplayMate Technologies Corp., wrote a very insightful article on monitor and HDTV display myths. He argues that manufacturers and marketing teams are cooking-up bold claims and exaggerations about their products’ specs, from contrast ratios to color gamuts. Read the full blog post at ShopJimmy’s Blog.

Kiosks dispense driver's licenses.
Mississippi has expanded its self-service kiosk program at its driver’s license offices, according to The Mississippi Press. The self-service machines were first placed in seven driver's license offices in December, according to the Department of Public Safety. There are now 29 kiosks in license offices and two standalone machines in the Harrison and Yazoo county courthouses. The kiosks have reduced wait time from several hours to a few minutes, according to the department. Read the full article here.

Barco receives follow-on orders from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems for rugged displays used in Predator-series UAS ground control stations.
Over the last six months, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has continued follow-on orders for 300 TL-248 flat LCD displays for use in Predator Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Ground Control Stations (GCS), ensuring the ongoing deployment of intelligence and superior operational performance in key defense applications where ruggedization is required. Read the full press release here.

Global LCD-Screen Component Sales Expected To Fall.
Global sales of a key component used in liquid-crystal-display screens--the display driver integrated circuit, or DDI--will decline starting this quarter because of rising inventory, slowing consumer demand and new technologies, according to iSuppli Corp. Read the full article here.

Sharp's LCD blackboard to hit market at months end.
A new display from Sharp Corp. (TSE:6753) can be used like a blackboard, with users able to write on the screen. The 60-inch LCD display, to go on sale on August 31, features a proprietary touch panel with enhanced handwriting recognition accuracy and smoother input. The PN-L601B will cost around one million yen (US$11,701), including handwriting software. A computer is necessary to use the software. Read the press release here.


screen media news 8.19.2010

Digital Out of Home Companies Need to Embrace Their Media Side.
From Digital Signage Insights by (David Weinfeld)I wish that more digital out-of-home companies focused on the media end of the equation rather than the nuts and bolts of it all. The majority of DOOH networks fail to paint a picture of who they are, and why viewers should forge relationships with them. Embracing their role as media companies would give them the opportunity to build cross-channel conversations with consumers. If these companies continue to think of their viewers as just eyeballs, they will forever be looked at as nothing more than screens. Read the full article here.

Boutique Film Leverages Navori Digital Signage to Power Lcd Screens in the Swiss Alps.
Through strategic partnerships, Boutique Film has created the largest profitable digital signage booking platform in Switzerland. This approach offers simplicity for their clients and the opportunity to launch national and regional advertising campaigns quickly and efficiently. Networks of screens are strategically located so as to guarantee a viewing experience that is unique, both in quality and visibility. Video based ads offered on these screens are seen exclusively by the top echelons of society, who are predominantly high income earners and corporate decision makers. Read the full article here.

Caltron introduces new multizone digital signage player.
The MP-02Z’s multizone feature allows users to upload videos, pictures, RSS text, and date and time information. The complimentary CAT software that comes with the player allows users to schedule and manage files onto different zones, to remotely control the player through an Internet connection and to transfer content to networked players. Fullpress release here.


LCD panel price fixing

Digitimes reports that attorney generals from a total of eight US states have taken anti trust action for alleged price fixing against most of the major TFT LCD panel makers. read more

In a related story IBTimes in the UK goes on to mention that as many as 21 executives have plead guilty and some 890 million in fines have already been paid. LCD customers Tracfone Wireless, AT&T, and Motorola joined the fun(insert sarcasm), filing lawsuits in the past month. read more


display alliance news 8.18.2010

HannStar to increase CF capacity.
TFT-LCD panel maker HannStar Display plans to spend NT$4.724 billion (US$148 million) increasing monthly color filter (CF) capacity by 50,000 sheets at its 5.3G plant in order to achieve 100% self-sufficiency, according to the company. Read the full article here.

Australia bullish on digital growth.
Lower screen prices and the shift away from print media are among the biggest factors building Australia’s digital out-of-home market, new research says. Researcher Frost and Sullivan predicts that the value of digital-signage systems sold in Australia will grow 12 percent annually over the next three years, to reach AUD58.4m ($53m) by 2013. Read the full article here.

LCD-TV Prices Increase as New Models Arrive and Promotions Fade.
LCD-TV pricing in the United States surged upward in July as brands and retailers introduced new models with enhanced features and slowed promotional activities designed to move older sets, according to iSuppli Corp. The average retail price in July for an LCD-TV in the United States amounted to $1,136, up 7.2 percent from $1,060 in June, the highest rate of increase in at least a year. The price also was up 2.8 percent from $1,104 in July 2009. While pricing often oscillates on a month-to-month basis, a year-over-year increase is unusual in the LCD-TV market, where annual price erosion rules due to falling panel costs and escalating competition. Read the full article here.

Spain Takes Major Digital Leap Forward.
Following several recent deals with major circuits, the Spanish market is now priming itself for major digital conversion. Yelmo Cines, the third largest exhibitor in Spain has reached an agreement with European d-cinema facilitator Arts Alliance Media to equip its entire screen estate with high-end digital technology. The deal for all 370 screens will begin immediately and marks the largest d-cinema deployment agreement in the Spanish market to date. Read the full article here.

Viewsonic Going All-LED Backlighting By 2011.
Good news: traditionally-illuminated displays are going the way of the dodo. Viewsonic is phasing out all non-LED displays and hopes to only have LED-backlit units by early 2011. It probably wasn’t that hard of a choice to make; LEDs are getting cheaper and cheaper, and their cachet in the market is getting greater and greater. Sourced from CrunchGear.

eMagin to supply ITT with $15.2 million OLED-XL microdisplays for the US Army.
eMagin has announced that they have been awarded a $15.2 million subcontract by ITT Corporation to supply them with OLED-XL microdisplays. These will go into ITT's Spiral Enhanced Night Vision Goggle (SENVG). Sourced from OLED Info.

Tapping educational e-book reader market needs 2-3 years, says E Ink chairman.

While many vendors of e-book readers have begun looking to the large educational market, tapping the market will take two to three years to see fruition, but demand will grow rapidly, according to EPD (electrophoretic display) maker E Ink Holdings (EIH) chairman Scott Liu. Read the full article here.


display alliance news 8.17.2010

Microsoft Unveils Research Prototype of LCD-Based Keyboard.
Microsoft Adaptive Keyboard is a research prototype developed by Microsoft Hardware to explore how combining display and input capabilities in a keyboard can allow users to be more productive. The keyboard incorporates a large, touch-sensitive display strip at the top. In addition, the display continues underneath the keys, allowing the legends to be modified in real time. This lets users do things like change the character set to a different language or display command icons. Read the full article here.

Report says Apple to launch 7-inch iPad by Christmas.
The Economic Daily reports that Taiwanese companies have won a number of component contracts for the iPad 2. Chimei Innolux will supply 7-inch LCD screens, which use the same IPS (in-plane switching) technology found in the original iPad, which improves viewing angles and color on LCD screens. Touchscreen technology for the screens will come from Cando Corporation, the report says. Read the full article here.

Nippon Electric Glass Drops on Barclays Rating Cut.

Nippon Electric Glass Co. fell to the lowest in almost nine months in Tokyo trading after Barclays Capital lowered its rating on the Japanese glassmaker amid slowing demand in the liquid-crystal display industry. Read the full article here.

AU Optronics will push ahead with 8.5 LCD technology.
AU Optronics (AUO) said it expects its new 8.5G LCD panel line to be available from next year after the government gave the go-ahead for its Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP). The future of the company's line was put in jeopardy last month after the administrative court took out a court order to halt any work at Chihsing part of the plant citing environmental issues. At the time AUO said if the ban continued there could be a detrimental impact on its sales and the LCD market.  Read the full article here.


TFT LCD price watch

TFT LCD panel prices have fallen 3-7% for the month of July 2010 for monitor, notebook and TV panel markets. The exact reason is hard to put your finger on, yet David Hsieh from displaysearch takes a few different angles in explaining why prices will continue to drop over the next few months before any stability is possible.

Read the full blog here


Trade Show Secrets

Jeff Patch from Mass Integrated Systems, an LCD and electronic component distributor give us 7 keys to making trade shows work for you.

• Do it for the right reasons. Tradeshows like CTIA Wireless are always great place to get face-to-face with both your customers and your prospects. The same is true for media, industry analysts, investors and even suppliers. On the other hand, participating in tradeshows such as CTIA  Wireless just because you always have, your competitors are, or you’re afraid everyone will think you’re in financial trouble if you aren’t there, is not a good way to invest marketing dollars.

• Make sure shows like CTIA Wireless and other conferences are right for you. Be sure these shows attract the people who are part of the buying process and your target customer. Sure, you can check with show management to see who’s expected to attend; but also ask your customers and prospects which shows they attend. Audiences change, so even though a particular show may have delivered a good audience for you in the past doesn’t mean it still does.

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display alliance news 8.10.2010

Vending Machine Detects One’s Sex And Age To Recommend Appropriate Drinks.
All that customers need to do is to stand in front of the system, wait for it to work its magic through a camera, and then choose the drink that the system recommends by pushing the drink’s icon on a 47-inch touch panel. Read the full article here.

Minimizing the environmental effect of digital Signage.
Dave Little of Key West Technology writes a follow up article from his post last week, Is Digital Signage Green?  Dave states, digital signage offers certain advantages from the standpoint of environmental protection over traditional printed signs, but that's not to say the digital medium isn't without its own set of environmental concerns. Read the full blog post here.

Large-size LCD panel prices continue to drop in 1H August.
LCD TV panel prices for the first half of August have dropped US$7-15. LCD TV vendors are lowering prices of their sets in order to clear inventories, and are expected to restock panels later in the third quarter if the inventory clearance goes smoothly. Read the full article here, at DigiTimes Display.

Internet-Enabled TV Trumps 3-D TV in 2010.
Global shipments of IETVs—i.e., TV sets with built-in Internet capability—will amount to 27.7 million units in 2010. In contrast, 3-D set shipments will total only 4.2 million this year. While 3-D television shipments are set to soar in the coming years, iSuppli’s forecast shows the biggest near-term growth story is in IETV. Read the full article here, at isuppli.

CMI poised to supply integrated LCD, touch, cover glass panels.
CMI has transformed some of its lines to handle the production of both TFT-LCD and touch panels, and is establishing two touch panel factories. CMI's touch panel capacity will reach several million units, but it will still be only capable of fulfilling the demand from one to two clients currently. Read the full article here, at Digitimes Display.


NEC Display X-Series Bar-Type LCD

NEC Display announced its 43-inch X4321BT bar-type LCD with a 16:4 aspect ratio. The X4321BT was designed for customers that needed non-standard displays for transportation facilities, airports, quick-service restaurants and retail stores. Connectivity options include DisplayPort, HDMI, and DVI-D. The 43-inch bar-type LCD can be mounted in either landscape or portrait modes. Source: NEC Display


Green Technology: Being Green Means Being Aware and Making Smart Decisions

While the effect of digital signage on the environment may be less than traditional signs, minimizing its impact requires being aware of factors like power consumption, and the use of hazardous materials.

Digital signage offers certain advantages from the standpoint of environmental protection over traditional printed signs, but that's not to say the digital medium isn't without its own set of environmental concerns.

Among the most serious are power consumption and the associated carbon footprint of producing the electricity needed to drive the displays and computers that feed them; the use of hazardous materials in the production of digital signage displays and computers; and the impact of display and computer disposal as well as that of the packing materials needed to ship the devices to their locations safely.

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display alliance news 8.3.2010

Corning expanding Gorilla Glass manufacturing facilities in the U.S.
Gorilla Glass is currently used or designed into more than 200 mobile devices and is planned for about 100 others. Gorilla glass is an ideal cover glass for smart phones, which today represent almost 60 percent of the global mobile phone market. According James P. Clappin, President, Cornings Precision Glass business, Gorilla glass is also an appealing solution for the emerging slate computing environment. It is highly damage-resistant and scratch-resistant. The optical quality and elegance of Gorilla glass also makes it a superb cover glass for the thin, edge-to-edge design of LCD televisions. Read the full press release here.

TFT-LCD manufacturer, Orbotech, has announced that the BOE (Beijing Oriental Electronics) Technology Group has purchased the AOI (Automated Optical Inspection) systems and the Array Tester worth about $50 million dollars. Sourced from Azooptics.

USAV Group, an association of pro-av integrators, has added digital signage manufacturer CoolSign as a new Preferred Manufacturer Partner (PMP). JB&A will be responsible for the distribution of CoolSign products to USAV Group integrators. Read the full article here.

Digital Signage – Protection Options for Outdoor Locations
Richard Williams of Armagard gives us some reasons to bring your digital signage screen out doors. he says, Outdoor digital signage is a rapidly advancing sector of the industry. With so much competition in indoor locations it is no wonder more and more advertisers are taking screens outdoors in the hope of getting higher audiences and increased returns. While using digital screens in an indoor location has become somewhat of a fool-proof activity, with all-in-one digital posters and other signage options making it a simple procedure, the same can’t be said for outdoor locations. Read the full article here.


display alliance news 8.2.2010

Cash Register Prototype from Intel
Trefor from Digital Signage Point of View reports on Intels cash register prototype. He says, Intel had conceptualized this new-age cash register a year ago, but this working prototype puts their idea to glass and steel. The way this self-checkout kiosk works is that it’ll recognize your shopping habits and purchase history from your credit card and give recommendations of other products you might want to buy. You know, to get you to spend more money. The idea is to give the best features of online shopping (ease of checkout, recommendations, history) in a brick and mortar setting. And to look really cool doing it. Read the full article here.

LCD Panel Makers to Increase Capital Spending in 2010- Projected $16.9 billion in capital expenditures could cause LCD panel oversupply in Q4 2010 and in 2011. From iSuppli Market Watch

General Digital developing the industry’s first IP-addressable microcontroller, able to remotely maintain your LCD monitor. Read the full article here.

Is digital signage green?
Dave Little of Key West Technologies offers us his expertise and opinion digital signage as a green industry. Among other points he says, cutting out the need to replace printed signs eliminates the energy needed to dispose of or recycle the signs and -to the degree printed signs aren't recycled- the impact of adding tons more paper, ink, chemical coatings and paints to landfills. Read the full blog post here.

Samar technologies selling off excess inventory of their 19" touch screen digital signage monitor: $195.00


LCD TV orders decline amid inventory pile-up in North America

Digitimes has reported that LCD inventories have piled up in north America roughly 2-3 weeks higher than normal due to sluggish demand.

Q3 estimates will be down 20 to 30% unless this built up inventory is absorbed soon. System makers are attributing this forecast to decreased orders from tier one OEM vendors like Philips, LG and Samsung.

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Samar Technologies 15" Touch Screen Sale $195.00

Samar Technologies is selling off their older version All-in-One Touch Screens to make way for the upgraded features line that will include options for: 

  •   Motion Sensor
  •   RJ-45 networking
  •   Wi-Fi USB dongle
  •   RS-232 Interface (Barcode)

For further information contact Eve Lyon 561-622-1706

For the detailed spec sheet on the 15" Touch Screen, click here.


The Truth Behind Digital Signage

If you're considering Digital signage and doing your research, you are, no doubt, asking yourself the question, what can digital signage do for me? Or, better yet, why should I bother spending all that money, when my posters and banners are working just fine? You are probably seeing digital signage popping up everywhere and if you've been overseas you were exposed to screens in every store window and every other conceivable place, especially in public areas.

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Is Digital Signage Green? 

A head-to-head comparison of print versus digital signs tips the environmental impact scale in favor of the digital medium.

For more than two months when I've gone home from work, I'd flip on the evening news hoping to see the volcano of oil erupting from one mile beneath the Gulf of Mexico miraculously stilled, plugged somehow, staunching the incredible flow of oil and natural gas that is killing wildlife, devastating habitat and shutting down whole segments of Gulf-related businesses.

But rather than breathing a sigh of relief, night after night I'd sit mesmerized -a little queasy and apprehensive- watching the oil continuing to flow, creating what seems to be the greatest environmental calamity of my life -at least in this part of the world.

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display alliance news 7.30.2010

A video of NautiComp’s ruggedized marine display fully submerged in a fish tank. If you've never seen the capabilites of a waterproof display, have a look at this video. It's a great example of product engineering. See the video here.

4 four key elements of PDP’s remarkable growth against LCD in the TV market.
Ken Park of Display Search explains why the PDP panel market is surging as of lately. He says its caused by iInflated LED-backlit LCD panel pricing, LED supply and costs, Similar design to LED-backlit LCD TV and Feature sensitivity. Read ken’s full article here.

Tek Panel Expands it’s Product Range with 55” and 70” All-in-One Computers. Read the full press release here, on DA.

AUO buys AFPD's LTPS line, will use it to make AMOLED displays.
AU Optronics has completed its acquisition of Toshiba Mobile Display's subsidiary, AFPD. This is part of AUO's strategic move into AMOLED production. AFPD has a Gen-4.5 LTPS plant, which can be used to produce OLED backplanes. Read the full article here.

CMI LED-backlit TV panels to reach 1 million per month in 4Q10-1Q11
CMI's LED-backlit TV panel monthly shipments are expected to reach 300,000-400,000 units in the third quarter of 2010. With first-tier TV vendors aggressively promoting LED-backlit sets, global LED-backlit TV shipments are expected to reach 30-40 million units in 2010, accounting for about 20% of the total LCD TV market for the year, the sources added. Read the full article here, at Digtimes Display.

Full Compatibility Confirmed for BrightSign Solid-State Digital Players and Philips-Branded Public Signage Displays with Smart Insert. Read the full article here, on DA.

Ex-CMO executive agrees to plead guilty for role in global LCD price-fixing conspiracy, says US Justice Department.
As a result of this investigation, more than US$890 million in criminal fines have been obtained to date. Including today's filing, 18 executives and eight companies have been charged in the department's ongoing investigation into price fixing in the LCD industry. Read the full article here, at Digtimes Display.

A cool article posted by DigitalSignageBlog on a tear down of a digital signage stand. See the full article here.


Tek Panel Expands it’s Product Range with 55” and 70” All-in-One Computers

Tek Panel 550’s Display is Brilliant and Efficient
“Our current Tek Panel models are engineered to be energy-efficient within the confines of available LCD technology, but the LED backlighting used by the display of the Tek Panel 550 allows for even more efficient energy-consumption,” says John Bastian, Tek Panel CEO.  “It also delivers the best display experience available, with a 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and 240Hz refresh rate.”

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