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Oct232012

The Display Industry News Roundup For 10.23.2012

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Japan Display Develops LCD Panels With Its Latest Technologies "For automotive devices, Japan Display developed a 12.2-inch 1,920 x 720-pixel LCD panel featuring a semielliptical shape called "corner round cut." For its display mode, a new IPS technology was employed. The panel has a low power consumption and an embedded touch sensor function." via Tech-On

Samsung Confirms It Will Continue LCD Panel Supply To Apple "Samsung has debunked the report from last night that claimed to terminate their LCD supply contract with Apple. Samsung’s spokesperson confirmed to CNET that the deal is still on and will supply panels to the Cupertino giant for their iPhone and iPad devices." via Sammy Hub

LG and Samsung won't be able to ship OLED TVs in 2012 "The article actually says that DisplaySearch expects the companies to start producing TVs in 2012 - but only a handful. 500 units, in fact - that's hardly mass production. In July, DisplaySearch estimated that the two companies will sell 20,000 units in 2012 - which is also a very low amount." via OLED-Info

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Blue Phase LCD Are Coming "Polymer-stabilized blue-phase LCD promises to solve many of the problems that face large and small panel makers today. As Dr. Wu explained, clever mixtures of nematic host molecules, chiral dopants and stabilizing monomers can stretch the temperature range of double-twist blue phase LC operation to more than 70º C. More important, they’re fast: switching time can be less than a microsecond!" via Display Central

End-of-life notice "Sharp LQ050Q5DR01 has been discontinued. To source this end-of-life panel email jason@displayalliance.com." via Display Alliance

How it works: The technology of touch screens "According to touch industry expert Geoff Walker of Walker Mobile, there are 18 distinctly different touch technologies available. Some rely on visible or infrared light; some use sound waves and some use force sensors. They all have individual combinations of advantages and disadvantages, including size, accuracy, reliability, durability, number of touches sensed and -- of course -- cost." via Computer World

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Roll-to-roll plasma etch equipment project completed "The purpose of this FlexTech Alliance funded project was to create a plasma etching tool for dielectric films that offers a number of manufacturing advantages for flexible electronics. For example, plasma etching is cleaner than a wet etching manufacturing process due to the lack of chemicals to dispose after use. Additionally, incorporating the system into a roll-to-roll process allows large area and flexible products to be fabricated at low cost. " via Solid State Technology

Large-Sized LCD Panel Pricing Stabilizes in September After Strong August Panel Shipments "Overall, price stabilization and an improvement in demand for large-sized LCD panels are factors helping the industry recover after multiple quarters of financial loss. Prospects for the months ahead will depend on the prudence of panel suppliers against overproduction, as well as on the all-important consumer making those much-needed purchases for the upcoming holidays." via iSuppli

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Tuesday
Oct162012

The Display Industry News Roundup For 10.16.2012

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Fingerprints everywhere! Are we ready for 4 million dirty Windows 8 touchscreens? "Researchers pursue two strategies for making better oleophobic screens (oleophobic literally means “lacking affinity for oils”). Some scientists try to advance the chemical treatment approach now used by Apple and others, while others work on applying new physical textures on screen surfaces, textures that are unfriendly to oil and liquid." via PC World

3D displays: three centuries in the making (interview) "3D technology already existed in the 19th century. However it really took off in 2009. The reason for this was on the one hand the technological possibilities of digital processing / media, availability of content (Avatar), and display technology. It started in digital cinema where the difficulty to create a high-quality 3D image was presented. It then got to the TV market with high refresh rates making it possible to introduce active glasses, especially on Plasma." via Display Alliance

Display technology from AU Optronics stolen and given to Chinese firm, alleges investigation "The two former executives, surnamed Li and Wang, worked in developing panels and OLED technology for AU Optronics, but were lured away with new positions from TCL's China Star Optoelectronics Technology business unit, which also builds displays, according to MJIB. In exchange for supplying the technology, both Li and Wang were also compensated with annual salaries of over US$1 million. ...While China Star Optoelectronics has yet to reach the influence of international rivals AU Optronics, Samsung SDI and LG Display, the company is gradually building up the technology to compete on a wider-scale." via IT World

The 8.5G LCD panel project of China Star Optoelectronics Technology reaches full capacity earlier than scheduled "China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co Ltd., a business union of TCL Corporation -- a world leader in consumer electronics industry, announced that its 8.5G LCD panel production line has reached full capacity three months ahead of the original schedule. ...The success of China Star Optoelectronics Technology is a realization of TCL's strategic goal to completely build its entire LCD display industry chain. Reaching full capacity is also a demonstration of Shenzhen's production speed and quality to the world." via Melodika

Fraunhofer and POG co-developed micrometer-coated OLED structures on glass "The advantage the new design is that the active luminous area is integrated directly into the glass substrate which results in a better field of view, and the whole system is much more simple - and hopefully will result in cheaper designs." via OLED-Info

AUO to take on tablet panel leaders "LG Display and AUO are the two major display suppliers for the iPad mini, the research company said. The mainstream in-plane switching technology was from LG Display, while the advanced hyper-viewing angle technology was from AUO, it added." via The China Post

Possible 2013 Tax Hike May Hit Digital Signage "The new Section 179 of the IRS tax code enables businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased during the tax year. Previously, depreciations were spread out over multiple years. ...In other words, it makes it easier for them cost-justify digital signage deployments. However, the law is set to expire at the end of 2012." via Digital Draw

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Micro Optics Display, The Screen In Your Glasses "The MOD (for Micro Optics Display) is straight from the future. It's a mini-screen that clips into your ski goggles and gives you real-time stats about your performance (speed, jump height...) in your field of view, as though it were 14 inches big and 5 feet away." via Digital Versus

Next-gen touchpads respond to pressure "Synaptics gave the forcepad to more than two dozen academic research groups, which were challenged to come up with novel uses for the device. It's like a touchpad, but in addition to the usual swiping gestures it can sense how much pressure is being applied, adding another dimension for control. ...Another project took a novel approach to puppetry, with a marionette controlled not by a puppeteer but by a forcepad." via PC World

The tech defining next-gen computing "Of the different autostereoscopic technologies we've seen, parallax barrier has the most traction, and can be found in the likes of the Nintendo 3DS and LG Optimus 3D. It uses an array of slits in front of the display that mean that each eye views a different set of pixels - a systems that works reasonably well with handheld devices, but is a little less convincing on larger displays like TVs." via Tech Radar

China pushes local adoption to support LCD industry expansion "One such factor that increased domestic panel consumption is the adjustment in the open-cell import tariff that China imposes on 32in and larger LCDs. From 3 percent, it was raised to 5 percent beginning April this year, hitting most panel suppliers as they ship their products in this configuration. This has benefited homegrown companies such as CSOT and BOE Technology Group Co. Ltd. Both provide panels in this size, with BOE also offering 37in units." via Global Sources

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$3 million for Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State "The award will be used for development of new liquid crystal technologies at the Kent State University Liquid Crystal Institute in collaboration with regional businesses. The Liquid Crystal Institute was founded in 1965 and is a comprehensive research and educational center. Kent State will collaborate with four local companies: Kent Displays Inc., AlphaMicron Inc. and Crystal Diagnostics Inc., all of Kent, and Akron Polymer System Inc. of Akron. " via Recordpub.com

Panasonic to Display Smart Solutions and Eco Innovations at GITEX 2012 "GITEX Technology Week 2012 takes place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from 14-18 October. ...A key focus for Panasonic this GITEX is its projectors. Panasonic projectors are true multifaceted, multimedia tools, featuring breakthrough innovations such as daylight view technology, and easy-to-use LCD and DLP technology models. Plug-and-play projectors ideal for classrooms, conference rooms or bigger venues like auditoriums will also be on display." via Panasonic

Carl Zeiss Cinemizer 3D OLED Head Mounted Display Starts Shipping "Carl Zeiss explains: “Rich colors OLED displays create crisp images with very vibrant colors, true black and thus very good contrast. Wearing comfort Emphasis was given to a low weight and optimal wearing comfort during development of the cinemizer OLED..."" via Geeky Gadgets

Magic Finger turns any surface into a touchscreen "Created in collaboration with the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto, the Magic Finger relies on a high resolution RGB micro camera and an optical sensor to allow contextual actions to be carried out based on the particular surface being touched. " via Eureka Magazine

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Friday
Oct122012

The Display Industry News Roundup For 10.12.2012

Image via Sean Follmer / MIT Media Lab

What Comes After the Touch Screen? "One was a malleable interface that can be shaped somewhat the way clay can, developed by a team at MIT's Media Lab. Sean Follmer, a PhD student in the lab of Professor Hiroshi Ishii, demonstrated several versions, including a translucent bendable touch screen laid flat on a table." via MIT Technology Review

Nanotubes Presage Holographic Displays "Holographic displays came one step closer as researchers at Cambridge University’s Centre of Molecular Materials for Photonics and Electronics (CMMPE) used carbon nanotubes to produce the smallest ever scattering elements (pixels) to create a static holographic projection of the word CAMBRIDGE." via Display Central

Hands-on with the first IGZO panel smartphone, Sharp's SH-02E "In short, the world’s first phone with an IGZO-based display is a bit of a letdown. But on the plus side, the high-density IGZO displays that Sharp has been teasing us with are now that much closer to market — something that we can all look forward to." via The Verge

Disney Uses 3D Printed Optics for Displays "At the recent ACM conference on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST ’12), Disney Research (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ) and Carnegie Mellon University presented a paper on the production of optics for user interfaces and displays using 3D printing technology." via Display Central

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Japan Electronics Emulates Detroit Autos Before Bankruptcy: Tech "Prices for 40-inch LCD panels fell from about $2,700 in the beginning of 2004 to $1,300 in 2005 and kept dropping until they reached $250 at the start of this year. Samsung steadily gained market share, moving to 29 percent in 2012 from 10 percent in 2004. ...“Japanese companies innovated primarily on hardware and the device and they were fantastic at that,” Kenevan said. “The problem is, the key engine of innovation in the world has shifted from hardware to software, to systems, to solutions.”" via Bloomberg Businessweek

Interactive system detects touch and gestures on any surface ""Imagine having giant iPads everywhere, on any wall in your house or office, every kitchen counter, without using expensive technology," said Niklas Elmqvist, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University. "You can use any surface, even a dumb physical surface like wood. You don't need to install expensive LED displays and touch-sensitive screens."" via R&D Mag

Panel Makers Re-Adjust 4Kx2K Panel Plans "As LCD TV panel makers reshuffle their 4K panel plans, it is becoming clear that 4K is a necessity at certain sizes." via DisplaySearch Blog

Flat Panel Display Price Erosion and Performance Improvements Drive Increased Demand, Expediting Industry Recovery "However, with the exception of LCOS (liquid crystal on silicon, a form of microdisplay) all other display technologies, including plasma and passive matrix forms of LCD and OLED, are declining in 2012. In a sharp reversal, AMEPD (active matrix electrophoretic display), which is used in monochrome e-readers, swung from strong growth in 2011 to even stronger decline in 2012, due to competition from TFT LCD-based tablet PCs." via DisplaySearch

Touchscreens: How they work "Capacitive screens sense the tiny amount of electrical charge on your skin that is produced when your finger interacts with the screen's electrical field." via The Washington Post

AU Optronics reaches patent cross-licensing agreement with E-Ink, Hydis "The ten-year deal largely centers around LCD technologies, including Fringe Field Switching (FFS). AUO and E-Ink claimed in a statement that the agreement will “sharpen their competitive edge” in the industry." via TNW

Less business for Korean-based tablet panel makers? "Analysts predict that global tablet users will reach 124 million by 2014, and Apple currently holds nearly 70 percent of the tablet market share. Taiwan is a hotspot for PC OEMs, but the PC market is shrinking, hence, Apple’s move may give Taiwan the much needed boost in its tech sector." via VR-Zone

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Google 10-inch tablet would push display tech envelope "In fact, Samsung is the only company that successfully manufactures both high-volume advanced AMOLED and LCD screens. But the high-density PPI action is currently centered on LCDs -- not AMOLED. Sharp, for example, announced the start of production of a 5-inch 443 PPI display last week. But if Sharp is able to make those kinds of LCDs, you can bet Samsung probably can too -- and will." via CNET

Capacitive Touch Case Makes Your iPhone Very Sensitive "[Canopy] introduced the Sensus iPhone case with a capacitive touch back at the 2012 GDC (Game Developers Conference) on Wednesday. ...Touch-capacitive sensors are located on the back and right edges of the case. From the looks of the video on Canopy’s pre-order page, the company is clearly courting gamers and game developers. The case moves fingers off the front of the iPhone and out of the way of the action." via Wired

High-directionality backlight for head-up displays "A head-up display (HUD) shows signals, data, or messages in front of the windshield of a vehicle and allows the driver to keep their line of sight while looking at the display unit. HUD has been successfully adopted commercially1,2 and has the most potential for use as the human visual interface for vehicles.3 In addition to concerns related to reliability, particularly with HUDs with a large display size, there are two major issues with current HUD design. One is high power consumption. The other is the volume of the display unit." via SPIE

Tuesday
Oct092012

The Display Industry News Roundup For 10.9.2012

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Futaba showcases flexible OLED watch "The Display has a size of 3.5 inch and a 256×64 Pixel resolution with a pixel pitch of 0.34×0.34 mm. The brightness is about 100 lumen/m²" via OLED-Display See video here in the Tube section of Display Alliance.

Evaluating molecules within a sealed organic light emitting diode device "The developed method uses an advanced laser spectroscopic technique that has been improved to measure the molecular vibrational spectrum at the interface of a specific organic layer inside an OLED device. By employing a signal enhancement phenomenon that occurs at the interface with a concentrated electric field, the method can be used to evaluate the molecular condition of the organic layer during light emission without destroying the device." via Phys.org

Key milestone reached in OLED development: cynora presents new flexible prototype "“Using solution processing to produce components instead of conventional vapor deposition is a prerequisite for bringing production costs down to a level where flexible OLEDs are viable for mass-market applications,” explains Dr. Tobias Grab, the other cynora CEO. In addition, the cynora emitters used are based on readily available copper precursors which in itself further support the material’s suitability for mass production." via Cynora

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ISE 2013 To Host MegaPixel Summit "“By hosting the MegaPixel Summit at ISE 2013, we hope to create a forum in which the challenges arising from creating large-scale, multiple-component displays are addressed by a mix of different stakeholders: manufacturers, distributors, integrators, rental companies and end customers.”" via Display Central

Smart pill bottle measures meds using touchscreen technology "AdhereTech's battery-powered smart pill bottle measures the amount of liquid or solid medication in a bottle using capacitance, the same technology used in touch screens. The sensors are between plastic in the bottle's walls so they never touch the meds, but can accurately measure down to one pill of solid medication or one millileter of liquid medication." via The Verge

Chip-on-Glass LCD Driver Technology "NXP has developed a Chip-on-Glass LCD driver approach whereby the integrated circuit mounts directly on the display glass, with the overall impact being a reduction in system cost. COG is a very reliable and well-established technology, which is often used in the automobile industry." via EE Times

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CGS not IGZO Adorn New Sharp 5-inch HD Panel "Truth be told, although an older technology CGS is still a good choice. The older CG-Silicon uses crystalline silicon with electron mobility up to 600 times faster than ordinary amorphous silicon and up to six times faster than low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS-the current technology in the iPhone retina class iPhone4) according to Sharp." via Display Central

Projected-capacitive touch panels: Coming to a hospital near you "The optical clarity of projected capacitive touch panels made with all-glass construction makes them ideal for incorporating touch interactivity into demanding medical applications that require high-end LCDs with superior contrast, resolution, luminance and sharpness. Touch panels made from PET film instead of glass typically have lower transmissivity, greater haze and often exhibit interference patterns, or Newton’s rings, all of which make them less suitable for medical devices." via ECN Mag

Thursday
Oct042012

The Information Display News Roundup For 10.4.2012

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Is Sharp showing high-res iPad mini screens? "The Japanese manufacturer, which has been mass producing the screens since August for an unnamed customer, is showing working tablet displays in 7-inch, 10-inch, and 13-inch form factors at its booth, though they are sealed off behind glass. IGZO technology, named after the indium gallium zinc oxide semiconductor on which it is based, can be used to make screens with smaller pixels that draw far less power than current models with more accurate touch sensitivity. Sharp is pushing the technology for smartphones and tablets." via Tech Hive

What Is the Society for Information Display For? "What sort of information should be presented and how can we prevent human overload? These and many more questions seem relevant to the Society for Information Display. SID should not just be about displays, but about display-based solutions." via Display Central

Sharp tackles reflected light with 'moth eye' LCD "Sharp applied an anti-reflecting coating to its LCD panels based on technology similar to the nanostructure of a moth’s eyes. Scientists have long understood that moth eyes have a special property that eliminates reflection. The surface of a moth's eyes is covered with bumps and valleys that absorb oncoming light, enhancing night vision." via EE Times

Average Size of LCD TV Panels Increases by 2 Inches in 12 Months "Overcapacity in the TFT LCD industry remains an ongoing concern for panel makers. Capacity expansions have been slowing down, with few new investments in Korea, Taiwan and Japan. ...In addition to shrinking capacity, an important factor in bringing supply and demand into balance is area growth. One key trend to watch here is average screen size, especially for TV panels." via DisplaySearch Blog

Do you need display panels? Ask Jason. I'm the managing editor of Display Alliance but I also source panels for Mass Integrated, Inc. Just let me know what you need: jason@displayalliance.com

Reading on LCD vs e-Ink displays: effects on fatigue and visual strain "Since research has shown that, compared to reading on electronic displays, reading on paper is faster and requires fewer fixations per line, one would expect differential effects when comparing reading behaviour on e-Ink and LCD. In the present study we therefore compared experimentally how these two display types are suited for reading over an extended period of time." via NCBI

Hitachi Electronic Devices becomes KOE-Americas "“Hitachi has a long history of firsts in LCD technology” says Keith Brown, vice-president of operations and sales for KOE Americas. “From the first commercially available in-plane switching technology, to the first ultra-wide-temperature range displays, Hitachi has been an industry innovator for over three decades. KOE-Americas hopes to build on that legacy by partnering with product developers to utilize LCDs in new and innovative ways.”" via Electronic Products and Technology

CEATEC 2012: Docomo demos hands-free video-conferencing prototype with digitized avatar "Docomo came with something rather interesting in the shape of a pair of glasses that comes with 7 different 720p cameras. Not only these cameras will digitize your face, but will also capture in real time your surrounding environment and movements to your calling partner." via Akihabara News

HDTV buying guide: How to select the right set "Though the majority of LED sets you’ll find are edge-lit, meaning that the array of LED backlights behind the LCD panel are positioned around the edges of the set, more-expensive LED sets use full-array or backlit LED light sources. Backlit or full-array sets are more expensive to make (and buy), and they’re generally quite a bit thicker than edge-lit LED sets. Some of these higher-priced backlit LED sets feature a technology called local dimming." via TechHive

The future of brain-computer interfaces revealed ""A BCI is a system that enables interaction with a computer based on changing electrical signals that occur in the brain," Carmichael tells us. "The signals can be taken invasively or non-invasively either from inside the brain or from the scalp. Non-invasive BCI takes signals that are present at micro-volt levels on the scalp and then amplifies them using an EEG. These signals are then digitised so that they can be used by the computer."" via Tech Radar

Minority Report Touch Gestures A Terrible Idea, Says Top Industrial Designer "In the movie, Tom Cruise is doing a lot of object selection, sorting, and editing. Those things work best with small hand movements. We require more motor control for that kind of work. But there is an emerging field of computing that does take advantage of more ‘phatic’ interactions." via Sixteen:Nine

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New Technologies and Methods Push Imaging Capabilities "Imaging used to be simply defined as the representation of an object's external form. That definition no longer holds true as researchers now look for more than just an image. They look for more information within an image, such as fluorescent tags, mechanobiological parameters, internal structures, fabrication while imaging and the characterization of materials as yet undefined. " via Laboratory Equipment

Monday
Oct012012

The Information Display News Roundup For 10.1.2012

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Kindle Paperwhite technology explained by Amazon in video "The light you’ve got here around the rim of the display is captured and reflected across the face of the area you’re looking at. This area is called the Light Guide – it’s nanoimprinted and acts like a fiber-optic cable, blasting light through itself and down towards the capacitive touch screen instead of up at your eye. " via Slash Gear

Falling Brightness of New TV Models "Displays can be characterized not only by size, but by their typical brightness. TVs have typically required brightness higher than 400 nits, because TV is generally in the living room and watched from a distance. In contrast, brightnesses of less than 300 nits are typically sufficient for IT devices (e.g. notebook PC, monitor, etc.), because these are usually viewed from shorter distances." via DisplaySearch Blog

Sony-Olympus Alliance Aims for High-Tech Surgery "Sony's new alliance with scandal-tarnished Olympus will focus on producing endoscopes and other surgical tools packed with the Japanese electronic maker's three-dimensional imaging and super-clear "4K" display technologies. ...Technology such as 3D and the futuristic displays known as 4K have not yet produced big results in consumer electronics products such as TVs." via Product Design & Development

Sharp's new screens aim to make HD-LCD pixels mobile "The new LCD panel integrates a new pixel design and revamped manufacturing process to achieve the rate of pixels normally reserved for large LCD television screens. According to Sharp, modern CG-Silicon technology allow the screens to display crisper text, super-clear maps and more realistic HD images. ...Sharp produces the 5-inch screen for Apple's recently released iPhone 5." via ZDNet

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New glasses free 3D tech could be a game-changer "The company’s CTO, Richard A. Muller, is a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley and he created the ‘Soliddd equation” after years of research. ...“We soon discovered the other lenses in the world had been highly inaccurate. Nobody realised just how good autostereo displays can be and so people were not trying to manufacture as accurately as they should be doing.” he told us." via 3D Focus

Fraunhofer HHI Opens 3D Innovation Center "Under the general management of the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, a platform has been created on the salt river in Berlin’s Tiergarten district that brings together some 50 partners from industry and science to drive forward development of 3D technologies and applications. In addition to the fields of entertainment and media, industrial production and medicine will be of key importance for the future." via Display Central

Foxconn ascends, while Sharp struggles "Foxconn is having no trouble drawing new recruits to Zhengzhou, however, and Sharp appears to see little alternative to negotiating with its deep-pocketed Taiwanese rival. ...In its favor, Sharp's in-house technology is highly advanced compared to Foxconn, with the ability to produce items like super-thin touch panels for phones and tablets, highly efficient solar panels, and giant-screen LCD TVs. Still, the future of the Japanese manufacturer may be found in its past." via PC World

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Tech Weekly Podcast: Gesture control technologies "This week we discuss gesture control technologies and how this form of interaction with computers is set to give birth to a new user-interface experience." via The Guardian

Friday
Sep282012

The Information Display News Roundup For 9.28.2012

Image via Tech Radar

Best projector: 8 top HD models reviewed and rated "For monitor panels, each pixel has three primary-coloured sub-pixel. Not so for LCD projectors, instead they have three individual panels, one for each primary colour. White light from the lamp is split using dichroic mirrors, sent through the three panels and then recombined with a prism." via Tech Radar

Lexus LF-CC Concept shows the future of touchscreen interiors "This is fully touch-sensitive and replaces the clumsy, button-heavy center consoles found in many luxury cars. Think of it as a more organic evolution of the 17-inch touchscreen wedged in the center of the Tesla Model S." via engadget

LG's chairman calls for a major change, will focus on OLED displays "LG is set to release its first OLED TV, the 55" (the 55EM9600) in early 2013. The company is also planning to start mass producing plastic-based flexible OLED panels by the end of 2013." via OLED-Info

Are IPS panels replacing TN panels in monitors? "TN panels have always been cheap to produce and therefore inferior display technology has been foisted upon us by panel manufacturers. Why the change? There are a number of reasons but first and foremost you can thank the smartphone and tablet makers." via Flat Panels HD

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Hand-waving can decode invisible images on screen "The system, developed by Hirotsugu Yamamoto and colleagues from University of Tokushima in Japan, uses a newly developed LED panel that can display 480 images per second. In this video, a pair of images of the New Scientist logo (one black, one white) is embedded into the background. When displayed alternately at a high speed, they are invisible to the naked eye. "A hidden image is presented 10 times faster than the frame rate used at the cinema," says Yamamoto." via New Scientist

Continuing to deliver improved performance challenges traditional display manufacturing techniques " The type of transistors and the processes used for their manufacturing determine the performance of the display, the costs, and, to a large extent, the environmental footprint of the device. Today, two transistor types are common in mass production; amorphous silicon (a-Si) transistors are dominant (>95%), while low temperature polysilicon transistors (LTPS) have a niche position." via Solid State Technology

Digging for rare earths: The mines where iPhones are born "Inside the rocks from this mine are rare-earth minerals, crucial ingredients for iPhones, as well as wind turbines, hybrid cars, and night-vision goggles. Minerals such as neodymium are used in magnets that make speakers vibrate to create sound. Europium is a phosphor that creates a bright red on an iPhone screen. Cerium gets put into a solvent that workers use to polish devices as they move along the assembly line." via CNET

AUO to adopt printing process for producing AMOLED panels "Taiwan-based TFT-LCD panel maker AU Optronics (AUO) hopes to increase its AMOLED material usage to 70-80% by using printing processing, which is expected to be the mainstream for producing large-size AMOLED panels in the future, according to industry sources." via DigiTimes

The iPhone 5 Display: Thoroughly Analyzed "While many were hoping for a move to OLED or some other screen innovation, this really is a huge step up that is very easy to quantify. To put this in perspective, in the past few years I've reviewed probably 30-40 different displays, from PC monitors to TVs to projectors. Not a single one, out of the box, can put up the Gretag Macbeth dE numbers that the iPhone can, and perhaps one projector (which listed for $20,000) can approach the grayscale and color accuracy out of the box." via AnandTech

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Why the iPhone 5 doesn't have an AMOLED screen "As well as the iPhone 5 being too big a product launch for AMOLED to grace, there's also the small matter of the supply being dominated by Samsung Display, which makes over 90% of AMOLED screens. "Now Apple and Samsung are engaged in intense legal battles," says Werner, "it is unlikely that Apple would want its arch-rival to also be its single source for OLED displays."" via Tech Radar

Cephalopods may be the key to better e-paper screens "When the creature needs to be a little lighter in color, muscle fibers pull the cell membrane outward, reducing the density of the pigment. These fibers relax when a darker color is needed. E-paper screens like the one used on the Kindle use a similar technique with light and dark pigment capsules embedded in each pixel." via Geek.com

HDTV Expert - No OLED-TV Panel Production from LGD until 2013 " The best bet for LGD’s delay is still the oxide backplane. Oxide remains the most promising next-generation semiconductor material for thin-film transistors (TFTs), and Sharp has apparently gotten it to work for LCDs in volume production. But oxide researchers overwhelmingly say there are a few remaining stability issues, at least when oxide TFTs are used with OLEDs, that will take another year or so to resolve." via HDTV Magazine

Tuesday
Sep252012

The Information Display News Roundup For 9.26.2012

Image via Office of Naval Research / Defense News

Marines Get Virtual Explosions in the Real World "The system includes a head-mounted display (HMD) with attached sensors tethered to a backpack computer. The software projects scaled virtual images of objects, such as tanks or helicopters, against the backdrop of the real terrain as seen through the HMD. It can work on any terrain, though the terrain must first be mapped." via Defense News

CE 2012 "Much of what has been going on with composite devices have been facilitated by what is going on with display technology, packing ever-more pixels into the same size screen. That is coming to an end, not because the technology has reached its limits but because the human eye cannot see ever more concentrated pixel densities." via Flat Panel Display Blog

Metal Oxide TFTs - Closer To Realization "When I attended the International Meeting on Information Display 2012 (IMID) a few weeks ago in Daegu, South Korea, a lot of progress was reported on metal oxide TFTs. The favorite material for the active layer is indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO), which provides mobilities 10-20 times higher than that of s-Si." via Applied Materials Blog

Chimei G150XGE-L04 vs. AU Optronics G150XG01V3 "...the AUO G150XG01V3 with RGBW technology consumes 13% less power than the CMI G150XGE-L04 due to its white sub pixels, making the AUO G150XG01V3 the better choice for applications where operating cost is an issue." via Apollo Display Technologies Blog

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Digital Signage Glossary "In an effort to give readers an overall understanding of the sector, the 62 word vocabulary explains the meaning of elements related to all aspects of a digital signage solution- hardware, software, content and installation." via Dynamax Technologies

Free-form Optics May Enable “Glasses-Like” AR HMD "Previous work on AR HUDs based on free-form optical systems have primarily utilized physically large, low resolution microdisplays and resulted in optical systems with a fairly high f#. To address these issues, Hua’s group has developed various tools including new mathematical descriptions of free-form surfaces and surface shape controls. The results were demonstrated in a prototype that utilized a 0.61-inch OLED microdisplay and that had a f/1.875 optical system." via Display Central

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Mirrors That Double as Computers "Tokyo-based technology company Seraku Corp. is seeing interest from real-estate developers and hotels for its Web-connected bathroom mirror that acts as a one-stop display to read news, check traffic, leave notes for other family members, and keep track of water usage in the home." via The Wall Street Journal

Tuesday
Sep252012

The Information Display News Roundup For 9.25.2012

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Glass Works: How Corning Created the Ultrathin, Ultrastrong Material of the Future "The key to Gorilla Glass is that the compression layer keeps cracks from propagating through the material and catastrophically letting tension take over. Drop a phone once and the screen may not fracture, but you may cause enough damage (even a microscopic nick) to critically sap its subsequent strength. The next drop, even if it isn’t as severe, may be fatal. It’s one of the inevitable consequences of working with a material that is all about trade-offs, all about trying to create a perfectly imperceptible material." via Wired

HannStar reportedly enters iPad supply chain "The rumors claimed that since Apple has been decreasing its orders to Samsung Electronics for panels used in the iPad due to disputes between the two companies, the US vendor has begun shifting some of the orders to HannStar." via DigiTimes

Holographic storage may yet knock magnetic media off its perch "To store the data, a laser beam is split into two beams, a signal beam and a reference beam. The signal beam passes through a liquid crystal display, which shows a page of binary information, as clear and black boxes. The beam then travels into a light sensitive polymer or crystal substrate, carrying the information from the LCD." via Tech Radar

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CMI, AUO have low AMOLED yields, say sources "The sources indicated that CMI currently has 20% yields for its AMOLED technology, which uses white AMOLED with color filters. ...AUO uses traditional vacuum deposition technology for producing the panels and has had issues with bringing yields up beyond the 50% rate." via DigiTimes

Ultra High Definition Display Manufacturing in Asia Boosted by Three New Linde Plants "Improving electron mobility in transistors is crucial in bringing higher resolutions and higher frame rates to TVs, mobile and computing devices. The manufacture of UHD 3D displays is currently expensive, requiring the use polysilicon transistors, which cost twice as much as those using amorphous silicon." via Herald Online

3-D display screen tilts along multiple axes "Sriram Subramanian, a Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in Bristol University's Department of Computer Science said that the ability to tilt along multiple axes distinguishes the display from previous devices. He believes that such displays could be used in a range of applications such as terrain modeling and gaming. " via Vision Systems Design

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Tobii and NTT DOCOMO Show Unique Eye-tracking Tablet "Developed in partnership with NTT DOCOMO’s manufacturing partner, Fujitsu, the ibeam prototype uses the most advanced and compact eye tracker in the world, theTobii IS20 (formerly Tobii IS-2), allowing an unsurpassed eye-tracking experience when using the device. The ibeam will also showcase the future possibilities of natural user interfaces for computers and tablets using gaze interaction. With this capability, users can also interact with the tablet hands-free while still retaining complete functionality of the device." via Display Central

Thursday
Sep202012

The Information Display News Roundup For 9.20.2012

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Haptography and the science of touchscreen texture (interview) "The modeling approach relies on data recorded from dragging a specially sensorized tool across real textured surfaces. The tool measures the induced vibrations as well as the speed and force the person used. From this data I am able to make mathematical models to represent the feel of the surface for reproduction on the tablet. We've coined this method of data recording and modeling as haptography (haptic photography) because it allows a person to record the feel of an interesting interaction in much the same way that traditional photography allows a person to visually record an interesting scene or object." via Display Alliance

Sony's HMZ-T2 Personal 3D Viewer "On the plus side, the dual 720p OLED displays were bright and contrasty, which really works for gaming. ...it’s an impressive piece of technology, and after a few more iterations (and some significant price drops), could possibly become a realistic alternative to a conventional 3D display." via The Verge

Panel makers speed up glasses free 3D 4Kx2K panel production "While production for glasses-free 3D 4Kx2K TV panels is reportedly increasing, there are still issues with the panels maintaining high resolutions, said the sources." via DigiTimes

Touch technology in smartphones explained "Capacitive touch is the norm today and is pretty much used in every smartphone or tablet available. This article is therefore focused on capacitive touch technology and the new variants that are about to change the industry. " via Flat Panels HD

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What determines TV Sizes "LCDs are made, several at a time on larger sheets of glass (called a mother-glass) and “cookie cut” into smaller displays. Determining how many LCDs to cut from a mother-glass is a balance of pricing and geometry." via Flat Panel Display Blog

Video - Augmented reality coming to surgery "Augmented reality technology is frequently associated with next-generation gaming consoles and visualization tools. But, increasingly, researchers are looking for ways to apply “AR” to new disciplines where improving depth perception could yield big gains." via EE Times

SATA airlines launches ad campaign with interactive paper display "SATA Airlines is set to launch a new ad campaign that was designed by Ynvisible, and uses their "interactive paper" solutions (based on their electrochromics transparent flexible display technology). The campaign includes a printed ad (placed in the September issue of Marketeer magazine) that has a boarding-pass like insert that can show a promotion flight price with the touch of a button." via E-Ink-Info.com

LG patents a mobile UI that uses a bendable display "LG's patented device uses two display - the top one is bendable while the bottom one is a rigid touch display. The user can bend or fold the top display to react with the device. This seems to be a rather weird design.CNT-TFT Made With Flexographic Printing Technology" via OLED-Info

CNT-TFT Made With Flexographic Printing Technology "A Japanese research group made a carbon nanotube (CNT)-based TFT for flexible displays, etc with a flexographic printing technology and achieved a carrier mobility as high as 112cm2/Vs." via Tech-On

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Single-Axis Flat Panel Design Offers New Angle On CPV Technology "This is where concentrating photovoltaic — or CPV — technology comes in. Typically, CPV technology collects a large amount of sunlight, “bundles” it through lenses or curved mirrors and directs it onto a small area of solar cells to generate electricity. ...The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Chutung, Taiwan, however, has developed an entirely new type of CPV design that functions much like a LCD display, only in reverse." via Solar Novus Today

World's biggest touchscreen "Made up of 24 55-inch MultiTaction Cell displays the idea is that you'll have an entire bank of the screens measuring some 10m x 3m allowing you to touch and stroke our way through your workload. ...Unlike similar devices, MultiTaction Cells, claim the company, can track multiple concurrent interaction methods including hands, optical markers and real life objects." via Pocket-lint

Tactile Touchscreens: Tech’s Next Big Thing? "“In the technology industry, a lot of products are created because the elements are available, not necessarily because there is a need,” says Paul Krumrich, the president of Spyeglass, a Minneapolis-based integrated design company that produces digital displays and signs. “I think for [tactile] touchscreens to be successful they need to make the process of getting to an end result easier, increase efficiency or enhance an experience. [Designers] need to avoid over-saturating a person with technology if they’re just looking to find something quickly. People will become frustrated if they need to wait for a screen on their phone or a kiosk if to feel like a special material.”" via Business 2 Community

Panel Manufacturers Vow to Reduce Production for Profit "Senior executives of Samsung, LG, AU Optronics Corp. (AUO, NYSE: AUO) all stated during the FPD International China 2012/Beijing Summit that profitability would become their primary management objectives in the future." via MENAFN.com

The evolution of video walls "Video walls in the early 1980s were built by mounting cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions (TVs) in a grid formation. These were typically 711-mm (28-in.) screens, with large gaps between sections. With each display hard-wired to a single content source, display options were limited." via Kenilworth

Monday
Sep172012

The Information Display News Roundup For 9.17.2012

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New crystalline structure yields reliable thin-film transistors "In summary, we found a new crystalline structure of IGZO with c-axis alignment and named it CAAC. The CAAC IGZO-TFTs are highly reliable and have an extremely low off-state current. In the future, we will link these features to the mass production of low-power-consumption displays and other applications such as new memory devices and normally-off processors." via SPIE

CMI and AUO continue to benefit from product differentiation "CMI has been focusing on producing the three different panel sizes in order to help China-based TV vendors stay competitive in China's TV market as well as to help itself make up for losses. ...AUO meanwhile is focused on producing 39- and 50-inch TV panels in hope that it may also bump up its profits." via DigiTimes

Department of Defense Task Force Report: The Role of Autonomy in DoD Systems "Methods for communicating with unmanned systems continue to improve, with advances in natural language (see Section 3.14 below) and higher resolution display technology. However, communication of the system state, or the visibility of what the robot is doing and why, to improve trust remains an open question. Multi-modal displays are being actively researched to combat the tendency to overload an operator’s visual channel by displaying all information on the operator control unit screen. " via Federation of American Scientists

Casio QV-10, the first consumer LCD digital camera, lauded as 'essential' to tech history "Though digital cameras in the 90s couldn't come close to their film-based counterparts in terms of image quality, the 1.8-inch color display marked the first time people were able to view and delete their photos on the go. Groundbreaking as it was, however, it didn't necessarily go down well with everyone at the time — read this review from 1996 for image samples and impressions." via TheVerge

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iPhone 5 in-cell panel technology receives mixed responses "Some observers say inc-cell touch panels still have a low production yield rate and may not be widely adopted by other vendors in the next 2-3 years, but others believe the technology has set a new standard for smartphones." via DigiTimes

Reflective OutLook: Shades of Gray or Colorful? "When it comes to E Ink, it isn't necessarily all about color, notes University of Cincinnati's Jason Heikenfeld, who has served as a guest editor for Information Display (and is also a founder of e-Paper up-and-comer Gamma Dynamics, mentioned later on). "We should maintain excitement about the continued expansion of monochrome e-Paper products," he says. "A quiet revolution continues to take place there. Color-video e-Paper will also have its day, but today we should be impressed with E Ink's continued product growth and diversification."" via Society for Information Display

Technicolor and Portrait Displays Launch PC Display Color Certification Program "By following the program’s specifications and passing a series of product tests, next generation displays will meet the same color criteria used by Technicolor when producing Hollywood movies and other media and entertainment." via Display Central

Samsung Switches To RGB OLED Pixels In Note II "Samsung has pushed OLED technology in their handheld devices for some time. Most often Samsung has used the inferior PenTile pixel structure that reduces pixel sharpness but in the new Galaxy Note II Samsung has switched to RGB OLED pixels – although a variant. No more pixel sharing, no more fuzzy text. Hooray." via Flat Panels HD

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The NEMO project concludes, new soluble OLED materials developed "NEMO was a large €29 million project, co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project's scope included emitter materials, charge transport materials and new adhesives for reliable encapsulation of each OLED component." via OLED-Info

Global e-Paper Display Industry Report "The report profiles 36 companies including many key and niche players such as Acreo AB, AU Optronics Corporation, SiPix Imaging, Inc., E Ink Holdings, Inc., Fujitsu Laboratories Limited, Gamma Dynamics, LLC, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Kent Displays, Inc., NTERA, Inc., Pervasive Displays, Inc., Plastic Logic Ltd., Polymer Vision Ltd., QualComm MEMS Technologies, Samsung LCD Netherlands R&D Center, Seiko Epson Corporation, and Zikon, Inc." via ReportLinker

The Agony and Ecstacy of NextGen - The Air Traffic Control System Of The Future "Airbus, the aircraft manufacturing subsidiary of EADS, recently published its latest installment of the Future by Airbus and signaled the company’s vision of looking beyond aircraft design to how its products will be operated with the aviation system. ...US manufacturers will be at a disadvantage if leadership in ATC modernization is centered outside our borders. Congress should beware that “he who defines the architecture dominates the market.” If in doubt, ask Bill Gates." via Forbes

Renesas DevCon 2012 conference "DevCon 2012 (October 22-25 in Orange County, California) will be a four-day event encapsulating an environment of valuable technical information exchange, which will include personalized direct and interactive access to Renesas’ technology experts and partners from around the world. ...Topics will include LCD basics; newer LCD technologies and advancements; advanced display features to consider when designing with AMLCDs..." via Renesas DevCon

Thursday
Sep132012

The Display Industry News Roundup For 9.13.2012

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iPhone 5 With 4" Retina Display "The display is still based on IPS LCD technology with LED backlight. However, the screen format has been changed to 16:9 and the display is now 4 inches in diagonal. ...Apple has used a so-called in-cell touch technology (Apple calls it integrated touch). In-cell is – as the name implies – a method of moving the touch sensors into the screen instead of being located on a layer outside the screen. This should give a boost to brightness levels as more light can pass through easier. " via Flat Panels HD

Microsoft files patent to bring Star Trek's 'Holodeck' to future Xbox consoles "In these images, revealed by a patent application published last month, Microsoft unveiled its vision for its future game consoles - but instead of watching the action through a typical computer monitor or TV, your walls come alive with the action." via Daily Mail

Faster 4Kx2K, Slower AMOLED TV? "Compared to AMOLED TV panels, 4Kx2K panel manufacturing is relatively easy because smaller pixels are the only change. Oxide TFT technology is recognized as the best approach for high resolution due to faster electron mobility, but some panel makers like AUO and Chimei Innolux have implemented conventional a-Si process for 4Kx2K panels." via DisplaySearch Blog

Touchable Light Field 3D Display Described "Researchers Yifan Peng and colleagues from the State Key Laboratory of Modern Optical Instrumentation are presenting a method to create touchable LightField 3D displays based on spliced multi-LCDs (Liquid Crystal Displays). According to the authors, the new technique can achieve in “touchable floating 3D scenes with correct occlusion, high image resolution, and a large continuous viewing angular range”." via Display Central

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My Take on the iPhone 5 "As a branding focus, the emphasis is shifting away from the display until some other aspect of the display becomes a marketing focus, a common event in the TV world where one season it is brightness, the next contrast, and so on." via Flat Panel Display Blog

Analysis of Biocular Images Using 3D Glasses and Zemax: A Plausible Approach "This article highlights the use of the “Image Simulation” tool and its application to realistically simulating and visualizing images formed by bioculars as seen simultaneously through both human eyes. " via Radiant Zemax

How to Use Imaging Colorimeters for FPD Automated Optical Inspection "In many production environments, this is now the preferred testing method to not only identify display defects, but also classify the cause of the defect." via Radiant Zemax

Technology alliance formed for glass and brittle materials processing "Filament cutting thus enables a higher quality, throughput and yield in the production of touchscreen displays for smart phones and tablet PCs. Further areas of application include Si, SiC, and GaAs at very high speeds." via SolidState Technology

FlexTech Alliance 2013 Flexible Electronics & Displays Conference Call for Papers "“The FlexTech Alliance is the leading organization worldwide supporting and promoting flexible electronics, and the Flex Conference is the leading event in the field,” said Paul Semenza, Senior Vice President, Analyst Services at DisplaySearch. “The range of topics presented at the conference reflects the expanding applications for flexible electronics and the technology being developed to bring products to market. “ ...The deadline for submission is September 22, 2012. " via FlexTech Alliance

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Ostendo Technologies Awarded $58.3M Contract to Develop Holographic 3D Displays "Ostendo’s proprietary Quantum Photonic Imager (QPI) device with its low power, very high resolution, brightness and fast response time enables a very high angular density full parallax light field display that promises to meet or exceed all the SHO program requirements. Ostendo will deliver the final prototype system to the Air Force by July 2016. " via Defence Professionals

VW’s Interactive Digital Domination In Berlin "The entire south entrance of the S-bahn train station is covered and equipped with campaign motifs. A massive LED sits on a wall inside the station street-level canopy. On the outside scaffolding, there are eight 46″ touchscreens with built-in cameras." via Sixteen:Nine

Spincast solution-based ITO could enable cheaper display manufacturing "Brown University developed a simpler, cheaper, solution-based manufacturing process for indium tin oxide (ITO) conductive films used in displays and solar cell manufacturing. ...The ITO offers high enough performance for applications in resistive touch screens, said Jonghun Lee, a Brown chemistry graduate student. The films allow 93% of light to pass through, deposited at 146nm thick. Their transparency is comparable to the glass substrate." via SolidState Technology

Panasonic re-organizes to put more focus on OLED displays "[Panasonic and Sony] have quite different technologies - Panasonic with its P-OLED and printing processes and Sony with small-molecules and VTE. It is claimed that Sony will mostly supply capital for Panasonic, and not technology. Sony's own OLED technology will be used though by Japan Display to make small sized panels." via OLED-Info

New process creates infrared LEDs using quantum dots "The ingredients in Sun’s formula are among the tiniest on earth: quantum dots (also known as nanocrystals) in solution. Quantum dots are a new material in nanoscience: tiny particles of a semiconductor — in Sun’s case lead sulfide — that emit photons, which are visible to infrared cameras as light when excited." via Bowling Green State University

Data Modul – High-contrast LCD displays for automotive and industrial applications "Data Modul has announced its vertical alignment (VA) LCD technology makes it possible to realize monochrome liquid crystal display modules with high contrast ratios, with the displays background becoming a deep black colour. This deep black background can be paired with white as well as any other backlight colour, as e.g. red, green, blue, amber, etc." via Electropages

Sunglass-like displays become a reality with free-form optical technology "Such a display will make access to wireless networks, video displays, 3D content, and location-specific information easier than ever. It also has the potential to revolutionize many fields. One example is in medicine, where AR technology may let physicians see 3D anatomical structures or computed tomography images superimposed onto the patient's abdomen during surgery." via SPIE

Tuesday
Sep112012

The Display Industry News Roundup For 9.11.2012

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On behalf of Display Alliance I wanted to pause before the roundup and remember the victims and families affected on September 11th, 2001. --Jason, Managing Editor

TV Makers Hoping Larger Screens and Enhanced Features Will Reverse Ongoing Shipment Decline "...noted Paul Gagnon, Director, North American TV Research for NPD DisplaySearch. "Emerging markets have also been affected by softer shipment growth recently, related to a rapid decline in demand for CRT TVs and to less price erosion in flat panels. Despite this, the growth in demand for larger screen sizes and the increasing feature mix is cause for optimism."" via HotHardware

Samsung To Start Flexible AMOLED Display Production in November? "It is interesting to note that the report claims Samsung will produce a 5.5-inch flexible AMOLED panel and will be used in the improved version of Galaxy Note II." via Sammy Hub

Hype and Hope: Test Driving Google's New Glasses "I had the opportunity to test-drive the eyewwear on Monday with Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin at the company's New York office. The glasses are one of the projects Mr. Brin is overseeing as the head of Google X, a research lab for the Internet search giant." via The Wall Street Journal

Troubled Japanese OEMs Drive Outsourced LCD TVs Against In-House Production "As the LCD TV industry continues to mature, OEMs will be forced to reconsider internal expansion plans and increasingly resort instead to outsourcing strategies in order to remain profitable. As a result, the rate of outsourced manufacturing will continue to climb in the next few years, reaching 43.7 percent by 2016. In-house manufacturing will account for the remaining 56.3 percent, down from 64.6 percent in 2011." via iSuppli

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Black and White E-readers are Here to Stay "Consumer’s preference for color is natural and overwhelming. They were unanimously willing to give up 30% of battery life to get color in notebooks. Perhaps they were willing to give even more. However, the power advantage of the paper-white display is much more than that. " via Flat Panel Display Blog

Sony Focuses on 3D in Medicine "One area of focus – surgery. To support this effort, it has just released the MCC-3000MT, which is designed to interface to the binocular optics of a surgical microscope." via Display Central

New Color Brightness Specification Benefits Home Theater Industry "Given the demand for vibrant color and the explosion in high-definition and 3D content in today’s home theater market, a standardized color brightness specification could not have come at a better time." via Display Central

A Technical Look At Amazon Kindle's Paperwhite Display "Amazon has not revealed exactly how (because it is patented) but broadly speaking it works by using a light guide layer that is located underneath the anti-glare layer. The LEDs (light emitting diodes) are placed at one of the edges and light is then guided out on the light guide layer and down from the top into the e-paper display with the use of a light diffuser. " via Flat Panels HD

Is 3D the next big thing In Digital Signage? "For now, I think it means that 3D is relegated to the "Land of Big Budgets" — companies with the resources to invest in top quality 3D development and deploy on a scale to make the investment reasonable. That's not necessarily a bad thing because the special "Wow!" factor that 3D can deliver is dependent on novelty. " via Digital Signage Today

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Demystifying 3D for digital signage "However, to get the most out of what autostereo has to offer, developers need to be trained on elements of glasses-free 3D creative direction, new 3D composing tools and autostereo 3D, or AS3D, workflow from qualified professionals with experience using these platforms. " via Digital Signage Today

TTP brings clear vision to augmented reality glasses ""Current head-mounted AR technologies have a number of drawbacks including flat or darkened lenses, large cumbersome frames and partially or totally obscured fields of view," said Dr Roger Clarke at TTP, one of Europe's leading independent technology and product development companies. "Our new technology overcomes all of these issues using simple LED based optics and completely transparent, curved lenses that opens up a wide range of exciting applications for the emerging AR market." " via Stereoscopy.com

Monday
Sep102012

The Display Industry News Roundup For 9.10.2012

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Oppo Find 5 to Feature 5-inch 1080p Display with Crazy High Pixel Density "After the launched of the world’s thinnest smartphone Oppo Finder, the company is preparing a 5-inch phablet device with a 1920 x 1080 pixels display, and an amazing 441ppi pixel density, which is higher than anything else on the market (iPhone 4S’ retina display has only 326ppi). " via M.I.C Gadget

Sony sold over 15,000 professional OLED monitors "Sony also announced a new OLED monitor, the PVM-741 - a direct replacement to the older PVM-740. The PVM-741 sports a Sony-made 7.4" 960x540 OLED panel and adds several features to the older model (new vector scope and waveform zoom functions, a new color focus function and more)." via OLED-Info

eMagin's new SNU OLED deposition machine achieved automated operation "eMagin's older Satella machine will continue to used - mostly for R&D of next-gen microdisplays. The new machine has more up time, reduced maintenance, improved consistency, higher overall quality, greater speed of production and higher yield." via OLED-Info

Improving medical imaging with direct radiography "To maintain superior image resolution, the X-ray flat panel detector is placed in direct contact with the patient’s body. Human skin starts to suffer burns at temperatures as low as 40°C (100°F). Therefore, the exterior of any medical device that could potentially come in contact with skin must stay below this limit. Thus, high operating efficiency and the ability to spread the heat that is generated over a wide area is critical in multiple areas: sensor lifetime, image clarity and patient safety." via EE Times

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Rant: Your Digital OOH Network Probably Sucks "Then put yourself in the viewpoint of the consumers you’ll be trying to reach with your programming. What can they see and actually read from where they will pass or dwell? How much could they absorb at a given time? How long would they watch? And the big one: what is it on there that would make the screen worth watching?" via Sixteen:Nine

The smartphone display redefined: PureMotion HD+ "PureMotion HD+ uses an IPS type LCD display that is also given a higher voltage difference when changing states to produce a clean transition from frame to frame, even when operating at top speeds. This allows the display to deliver a steady 60FPS without any blurring." via Nokia

New Book on OLED Display Fundamentals and Applications "Research and Markets has reported that John Wiley and Sons have released a new book titled "OLED Display Fundamentals and Applications- Wiley Series in Display Technology". This book includes comprehensive factors needed for the design and production of OLED displays." via Azooptics

Apple’s new products will keep the display supply chain busy for the rest of 2012 "Apple has been investing in Asia’s LCD supply chain, according to Hsieh, specifically giving down payments to LCD panel makers for “strategic supply agreements.” Apple’s business is a “dual-edged blade,” but suppliers cannot ignore a company with such engaging product launches." via 9to5Mac

Organic Field Effect Transistors (OFETs) "Previously, this market was more considered as a laboratory curiosity or probably a future technology with no clear direction towards commercialization. For a number of years, the performance, particularly the mobility of the organic materials in these devices is very low to help approach widespread adoption in organic electronics and the production methods were tougher and more expensive that thought initially." via Azom

Product Change Notification "Sharp is discontinuing the following LCD modules, with no replacements: LQ065T9DZ03B, LQ035Q7DB06, LQ035Q7DH06" via Sharp and Sharp

Friday
Sep072012

The Display Industry News Roundup For 9.07.2012

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Up Close With Sharp's Stunning IGZO Display Technology "The clunky IGZO name is derived from indium gallium zinc oxide, the semiconductor material on which the screen is based. Each pixel in an LCD screen is controlled by its own transistor and making those transistors on IGZO brings several favorable characteristics over the amorphous silicon that is used in today's LCD panels." via PC World

How TV is harnessing social networks to deliver a two-screen future "Here's a vision of the future. You turn on your TV and by the time you've found your tablet computer and sat down, the big screen has booted up. On the flat, glossy wall-mounted display you can see recommendations of programs the TV knows you'll like." via Tech Radar

E-ink Shows Off Color Frontlit eReader, Dual Sided Smartphone, & More at IFA Berlin "Do you remember the dual sided dual screen smartphone? It turns out that the second screen was just a dummy. ... Surprisingly, the dummy screen is the LCD screen, not E-ink. But on the upside Sri does say that real phones using 2 real screens are only a couple months away." via The Digital Reader

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Rugged Displays "A prominent computing company frequently they surveys users of computing devices and regularly finds that ruggedness was always in the top three of areas where consumers desire improved performance. However increased ruggedness involves making trade-offs from areas the company was pushing, specifically thinness." via Flat Panel Display Blog

Pixels Are Free—that’s how AMLCD will compete with AMOLED "When they punch-up the OLED-beats-LCD story in a press release, they’re hitting their own business. There are two plausible motives for behaving this way. Making AMLCD is proving to be an uneconomic proposition and major competitors are entering the AMOLED market." via Display Central

The Galaxy Note 2 uses a non-pentile OLED display at 267 PPI "Just a few weeks ago we explained that Pentile OLED displays enable higher lifetime, and we were told that for an RGB OLED with over 230 PPI, lifetime becomes too low for Samsung and they choose Pentile in those displays. But the Note II has a PPI of 267 - the highest PPI non-Pentile OLED." via OLED-Info

ST backs microdisplay firm "OLEDs are suitable for use in microdisplays, with applications in camera viewfinders, video goggles and medical, military and security applications and MicroOLED has produced prototype dispays with 5.4 million pixels on a 0.61-inch diagonal display in bicolor and tricolor formats." via EE Times

Project Profile: Nissan’s Kinect-powered Virtual SUV "The same execution could be done with better, finer controls that could be put in people’s hands to drive the larger screen. Or, better, put them on an interactive table (doesn’t have to be a crazily expensive Surface table) that people can manipulate, share and then save or push out their findings." via Sixteen:Nine

OLED Materials – Market Update "Even though OLED TVs will become available, they will not reach the average customer. Hence it is important there is a reduction in prices, meaning there need to be ways to cut costs in manufacturing. There will be some cost reduction by enhancing manufacturing yields, enhancing processes and economies of scale. However material suppliers need to play a significant role." via Azom.com

Thursday
Sep062012

The Display Industry News Roundup For 9.06.2012

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IFA 2012: news and reviews ""We see a market for both 3D technologies," Glenn Zanoni, Toshiba's product marketing manager for TV, tells us. "We sell passive, active shutter and glasses-free TVs because people have different preferences – and one 3D technology hasn't stood out. There's demand for both passive and active shutter."" via Tech Radar

The LG 29EA93, A Super-Wide 29" Monitor "Based on the latest tests we've performed on IPS monitors, the contrast ratio shouldn't exceed 1000:1. And with 5 ms response times, the 29EA93 won't be the most responsive monitor in the world. That said, it's well-suited for productivity tasks and watching movies." via Digital Versus

LG Display to mass produce W-OLED TV panels in 2013, says report "LG's 55-inch OLED TV panels use white OLEDs (W-OLEDs) overlaid by red, green, and blue filters in addition to filter-free white OLED subpixels and will be used in the company's own OLED TV, the EM9600. Market observers have said the TV may be priced as high as US$10,000, which will give it a limited market and low sales." via DigiTimes

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After Verdict, Assessing the Samsung Strategy in South Korea "Several years ago, Sony, Sharp and Panasonic were the first companies to market flat-panel televisions. But they obsessed over craftsmanship or held onto the old cathode-ray tube while dithering over the rival flat-panel technologies of plasma screen and liquid crystal displays, or LCDs. Samsung placed billion-dollar bets on mass production of television-size LCDs. " via The New York Times

LCD industry on track for recovery in 2012 ""Panel makers are quickly adapting to the shifts in demand and developing new technologies, features, and sizes," said David Hsieh, vice president of NPD DisplaySearch for the Greater China market." via Focus Taiwan

CMI First To Mass Produce 4Kx2K High-Definition Panels "Chimei Innolux (CMI) will apparently be the first mass producer of 4Kx2K HD panels in the world. They have already been producing 56-inch 4Kx2K HD panels for medical applications and will now begin production of 50-inch and 65-inch HD panels as well." via Legit Reviews

NanoMarkets Announces Release of New Report on Display Optical Coatings and Films "Optically functional film types covered in this report include: front-surface films for antiglare/antireflection, viewing angle compensation and color/contrast enhancement; polarizer films; and BLU films (reflectors, diffusers, prisms, reflective polarizers, and multifunctional films). These materials are sold for OLED, e-paper and plasma display sectors as well as for the market-dominant LCDs." via Equities.com

Huge touchscreen built at University of Dundee ""Whether you're looking at real time environmental risk management, intelligence analysis, criminal investigation, or plotting the path of a political debate, it comes down to getting many smart, well trained analysts together, supported by the right hardware plus smooth, well engineered software underpinned by solid theory of reasoning and argument," commented Professor Chris Reed, leader of the team that built the Analysis Wall." via New Electronics

Taiwan-based LCD panel makers need to improve business model "The four major Taiwan-based panel makers incurred NT$57.7 billion (US$1.9 billion) in losses in the first half of this year due to lacking demand and issues with production yield rates, leaving many market observers apprehensive over the future of the makers amongst global economic instability and increasing competition from China-based panel makers." via DigiTimes

Wednesday
Aug292012

The Display Industry News Roundup For 8.30.2012

Image via Fast Company

Top 5 HUDs in modern cars today "In automotive tech, the idea of a head-up display (or HUD) is one that should be fully realised by now. ...Jet fighters have used HUDs for years, and holographic technology can now make the deceased rapper Tupac appear at a concert, so why not add HUDs to cars?" via TechRadar

Notebook and All-in-One PCs Driving Touch Screen Growth "Touch penetration is forecast to increase dramatically in larger size (>10”) devices, such as convertible/hybrid notebook PCs. Several Ultrabook™ mobile PCs (promoted by Intel) will adopt touch screens by the end of this year." via DisplaySearch

12 Digital Signage Terms to Be Familiar With "Pixel Pitch - the distance from the center of one pixel to the center of the adjacent pixel. This is equivalent to a display’s resolution and is commonly measured in millimeters. The larger this number is the more spacing there is between pixels which result in a lower resolution. The lower this number is, the more tightly the pixels are packed together resulting in a higher resolution." via Adaptive Display Blog

Display Alliance is published by Mass Integrated, Inc., a global display distributor. Mass Integrated supplies display panels for Digital Signage, Industrial, Military, Medical, End-of-life, Projected Capacitive Touch (PCAP), Laptops, and more. Call or email for panel sourcing or to be featured on Display Alliance: jason@displayalliance.com or (978) 465-6190 ext. 585

Medium & Small-panel Drivers Exceed Large-panel for First Time in 2012 "This report reviews the status of suppliers, end-equipment applications, and driver IC technologies in this very large-volume logic IC semiconductor segment. " via iSuppli

Oslo digital signage wall the 'largest optically enhanced LCD video wall in Europe' "The brand new G-Wall installed in Oslo covers an area of nearly 60 square meters and is made up of 100 46-inch LCD TFT bonded displays operating as a single unit, the company said. The narrow bezels between the screens makes for a seamless view from long distance and for fast reading without interruptions." via Digital Signage Today

Next-Generation Display Technologies "Until now, LCDs and OLEDs have been fabricated on discrete rectangular sheets of glass that are processed in batches. Roll-to-roll production, even for just a handful of manufacturing steps, could be much faster and more efficient, driving production costs down." via IEEE

DisplaySearch Sees Big Oversupply in Touch Panels This Year "This year’s oversupply "will force touch suppliers to reduce prices and look for large-size applications to fill the capacity," Colegrove said. Colegrove said she couldn't speculate on the implications of tablet or mobile phone pricing, when we asked her if consumers could reap price savings from the oversupply. " via Consumer Electronics Daily

AU Optronics Uses Aqueduct Maps To Assess Water Risk "While billions of people around the world use electronic devices every day, few realize how important water is to the business of manufacturing digital displays. Companies like AUO rely heavily on large quantities of ultra-pure water for rinsing and cooling during panel manufacturing, and they work with a wide range of chemicals that require proper treatment and discharge." via WRIInsights

Chimei Innolux to undergo name change "Chimei Innolux Corp. (Chimei Innolux, 奇美電子股份有限公司) announced yesterday that the company will change its name and remove “Chimei” from its title to avoid confusion over the products of the company and its shareholder Chi Mei Corporation (奇美實業股份有限公司). This action has sparked speculation that Chi Mei Corp. might dispose of its 17-percent stake in Chimei Innolux." via The China Post

Touchscreen Transactions Are So Money At This Bank Of The Future "Santander's remaining interactive displays include life-cycle simulators that guide users through financial needs for home purchase, education, marriage, and other life phases. Unlike conventional touchscreen displays at retail spaces, however, the bank's panels are biometrically enabled. Instead of manually entering numbers, figures, and names, Santander customers can put their hands on the giant touchscreen and instantly generate long-term savings and investment plans." via Fast Company

Microsoft patents an advanced multi-touch stylus called "ePen" "the ePen comes with touch sensors, as well as a gyroscope, compass, accelerometers, and other sensors. The ePen can even let you adjust the ink colors based on how you angle the pen and even turn it into an eraser by using a certain grip." via Winbeta

Wednesday
Aug292012

The Display Industry News Roundup For 8.29.2012

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Engineering: The Race Against Mediocrity (Interview) "Our main drive as engineers and designers is to create compelling products that change the world. We hate mediocrity. The display industry is exploding as we endeavor to create new human machine interfaces. How can we design a display in a product to work better, faster, smaller, thinner, or lighter?" via Display Alliance

Sony launch event at IFA 2012 "...the Tablet S is rumoured to come with a very thin profile, but will keep the 9.4-inch display. ...On the other hand, there are four smartphones that have been leaked in past few weeks and they also might show their faces at this press event." via NDTV

LG introduces a new Optimus with the Optimus L9 "The largest-in-class 4.7-inch IPS display of the Optimus L9 offers clear and true-to-life images with incredible detail for comfortable viewing experience. " via Akihabara News

Display Alliance is published by Mass Integrated, Inc., a global display distributor. Mass Integrated supplies display panels for Digital Signage, Industrial, Military, Medical, End-of-life, Projected Capacitive Touch (PCAP), Laptops, and more. Call or email for panel sourcing or to be featured on Display Alliance: jcardona@massintegrated.com or (978) 465-6190 ext. 585

Demystifying Touchscreen Technology "G2 and in-cell are two opposing approaches to constructing touchscreens, and there is an on-going battle in the mobile industry about which of those two ways will become prevalent in the future. Allow me to explain." via The Verge

CMI to showcase 5-inch Full HD panel module with 443ppi "The panel is regarded as a major breakthrough for CMI. The company reportedly has been working on the panel to meet increasing consumer demand as well as to stay competitive in the market, commented market watchers." via DigiTimes

LCD driver IC designers look to 5-15% revenue growth in 3Q12 "Novatek and Orise will ship more high-end driver ICs supporting WVGA, qHD and HD720 displays to the tablet PC and smartphone sectors in China, pushing their revenues to grow 10-15% in the third quarter, the sources estimated." via DigiTimes

Your Tablet and Smartphone Could Be Ruining Your Sleep "One group looked at devices with blue LED-lit goggles, which is known to reduce melatonin production; another group was outfitted with orange goggles that filtered out the melatonin-killing light; and the third group wore no goggles at all. The folks at LRC hope that this research can both inspire and guide display manufacturers in developing more circadian-friendly products." via Hot Hardware

Sharp to Cut 2,000 Jobs in Japan, 6 Percent of Local Workforce "The company, which has been hurt by falling prices of LCD panels and TVs, said in March it had reached an agreement to sell a 10 percent stake in itself to Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group." via PC World

PHILIPS DISCONTINUES CINEMA 21:9 TVS, NO NEW MODELS COMING "“Unfortunately the demand for this screen size is not any more on par with what we regard as basic requirement for mass production. This might change in the future, but for now we have decided not to come with new 21:9 models. However, we see larger screen sizes (50”+) becoming more important,” Philips says to FlatpanelsHD." via FlatPanelsHD

Touch Taiwan to showcase latest panel and optical film technology in the industry "Touch Taiwan is set to open August 29 with as many as 290 vendors and 700 different booths displaying the latest and greatest technology in the panel and optical film industries." via DigiTimes

Light-emitting diode panels produce even brightness in large areas "OLEDs are highly efficient phosphorescent sources. In contrast to LEDs, which are high-intensity point sources, OLEDs provide an inherently diffuse light of high quality and with high color rendering index (CRI) that is naturally adapted to large-area lighting needs. ...For broad commercial success, however, key technical challenges related to the fabrication and optimization of large-area OLED light panels must be solved." via SPIE

Samsung found guilty of infringing Apple's patents, get a $1 billion fine and possible device bans "Some fear that this may lead to a blow on the OLED market as well - where Android based devices (mostly made by Samsung) are the main clients of OLED displays currently. On the other hand, this may force Samsung (and other companies) to show new innovations, which perhaps may lead to faster adoption of new technologies including next-gen OLED panels (such as flexible or transparent ones)." via OLED-Info

Tuesday
Aug282012

The Display Industry News Roundup for 8.28.2012

TFT Display with Optical Bonding suits outdoor applications "Display Solution AG, a German provider of industrial TFT LCD solutions, proudly announce the new Powerview 7" LCD Module T070W2D4-5 v.1B with 15:9 aspect ratio and additional outstanding performances for professional applications. The 7" High Brightness LED LCD comes with 700 cd/m² (optional 1200 cd/m²), a wide viewing angle of 140°/120° and 800 x 480 resolution as well as a wide temperature range of -20° - 70°. " via ThomasNet

Touch Panels, Advanced Technologies Drive Smartphone Display Demand: NPD DisplaySearch "Active matrix OLED (AMOLED) displays are using on-cell touch, while thin film transistor-liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) makers are focusing on in-cell touch technology for high-resolution low temperature poly-silicon (LTPS) TFT. Currently, the top two global smartphone brands—Apple and Samsung—are leading the adoption of these approaches. " via CENS

Sharp to focus on LCD panels / Smartphones will form other pillar of plan to boost firm's profitability "The Kameyama LCD panel plant is Sharp's lifeline. There's no way that we will ask Hon Hai for investment [in the plant] or exclude the plant from our consolidated settlement." via The Daily Yomiur

Display Alliance is published by Mass Integrated, Inc., a global display distributor. Mass Integrated supplies display panels for Digital Signage, Industrial, Military, Medical, End-of-life, Projected Capacitive Touch (PCAP), Laptops, and more. Call or email for panel sourcing: jcardona@massintegrated.com or (978) 465-6190 ext. 585

Cadillac XTS Configurable Instrument-Panel Display "But it’s safe to say that Cadillac sets a precedent with the LCD instrument panel that’s part of the Cue system on the 2013 XTS. Although it's not fully configurable, the driver gets a choice of four different screens, including Simple (for Caddy’s traditional country-club codger) and a video-gamelike Enhanced mode designed to appeal to the younger demographic that the brand is hoping to attract." via MSN

Next-gen iPhone with "Gorilla Glass inlay" to launch in Sept. despite reported component shortage "According to industry checks the two suppliers will be able to pump out a small number of panels and contribute to Japanese display maker JDI's already-growing stockpile, which will stand at over 10 million units before the end the third quarter. Overall, in-cell panel supply should reach between 14 to 18 million units in the third quarter, sufficient for the next-generation iPhone's rollout." via AppleInsider

Import tax increase to boost LCD panel sector "Under efforts to advance the local LCD panel industry, China has raised tariffs on imported units to 5 percent from 3 percent. The tax applies to 32in and larger variants without backlight. The measure is aimed at reducing dependence on foreign suppliers. " via Global Sources

Factbox: Japan's struggling TV maker Sharp "Its two most advanced plants are the Sakai and Kameyama liquid crystal display factories in western Japan. Sakai, which builds TV panels, is 46 percent owned by Taiwanese partner Hon Hai. Kameyama is the hub of Sharp's small LCD business, supplying panels to customers including Apple Inc for its iPad and iPhone." via Chicago Tribune

AUO wins as Sony shifts orders from Hon Hai "BriView Electronics, a production arm of AUO, Lextar Electronics, an LED maker, and I-Chuan Precision Industry Co have also benefited from the deal." via Evertiq

Video Display Corporation Letter to Shareholders "Video Display Corporation (Nasdaq:VIDE), a recognized leader in the manufacture and distribution of defense, medical and industrial display solutions, today is issuing the CEO's "Annual Letter to Shareholders" containing excerpts from the 8/24/2012 CEO's Address to Shareholders at the Company's Annual Meeting in Stone Mountain GA and updating the Shareholders on earnings guidance and other events of significance." via GlobeNewswir

Windows 8 and the touchy future of PCs "Is touch a separate and distinct modality from using a keyboard and mouse? ...Windows 8 isn't just a huge bet for Microsoft. It's a bet placed by a big chunk of the PC industry, which has dutifully designed and previewed dozens of laptop and desktop touchscreen models." via Info World

Team Develops Reflective Paper with 3D-like Qualities "Successful development of reflective paper technology could provide a useful tool to producers of printed media in their quest to maintain relevance, let alone commercial viability, in the light of readers based on electronic display technologies." via Display Central

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Monday
Aug272012

The Display Industry News Roundup for 8.27.2012

Samsung: If Apple Can Patent Shapes, We’re Going to Corner the Market on Screen Sizes "The Korean electronics giant on Monday announced plans for the Galaxy Player 5.8, a Wi-Fi-only device with a 5.8-inch screen, meaning that one can now get a Samsung product in any screen size from three inches to 10 inches without a significant gap." via All Things D

Samsung’s First All-in-One Transparent Display "Samsung’s 22” transparent display (NL22B) is a new type of product, available as an all-in-one showcase, launching a new era of possibilities in digital retail design. The thin LCD panel on the front of the transparent display allows images and animations to dynamically interact with the merchandise inside the showcase while still enabling passers-by to view the product." via Samsung Tomorrow

A More Fearsome Samsung "Samsung is an excellent technical company; a world leader. Apple, itself is testament to this as if you open an Apple product, many of the parts come from Samsung factories. ...Computing has become very display-screen centric and Samsung is the biggest display company in the world; that has not changed." via Flat Panel Display Blog

Display Alliance is published by Mass Integrated, Inc., a global display distributor. Mass Integrated supplies display panels for Digital Signage, Industrial, Military, Medical, End-of-life, Projected Capacitive Touch (PCAP), Laptops, and more. Call or email Jason for sourcing and purchasing: jcardona@massintegrated.com or (978) 465-6190 ext. 585

New display independent 720P 3D format launching "A new universal 3D video format will be announced at IBC capable of 1280 horizontal resolution and glasses free 3D within a backward compatible signal. The new 3D format is called Universal 3DZ Tile and is a result of a close collaboration between Sisvel Technology and auto-stereo specialists Triaxes Vision." via 3D Focus

Irving Oil Announces IRVision, an Interactive Television Network on Fuel Pumps "Irving is the first company in the retail gasoline industry to offer touch screen interactivity on the front of the pump. Each screen provides the fueling customer with full audio controls and features entertaining, informative content, including Irving promotions, weather, community news, local sports, safe driving tips, and live web cams for local traffic monitoring. " via Irving Oil

LG's upcoming flagship phone will showcase new laminated 720p display, better battery "According to LG, that means the G’s 4.7-inch 1280x768 LCD will be able to display an all-white screen at 470 nits of brightness using 70 percent less power than AMOLED. And unlike a lot of AMOLED displays on the market, this will have an ordinary RGB stripe rather than the divisive RGBG PenTile pixel arrangement." via The Verge

Panasonic Announces New LF5 Series Professional LCD Displays for Digital Signage "The LF5 Series, available as the 42-inch TH-42LF5U and 47-inch TH-47LF5U, features high brightness, a slim design, low power consumption, full HD resolution and a light weight, plus the option for a vertical or horizontal mount, according to the company." via Digital Signage Connection

The Rise of China: BOE and ChinaStar Passing a Million LCD TV Panels Shipped Per Month "The rise of Chinese TV panel makers, located in the biggest LCD TV market in the world, poses a threat to the existing business of Korean and Taiwanese panel makers. In addition, there is always a possibility that the Chinese government may increase the LCD TV panel import duty from 5% (announced in March) to 8 or 10% to support domestic panel makers." via DisplaySearch Blog

HP LD4220tm and LD4720tm LCD Interactive Displays "A better digital signage display for professional applications, the HP LD4720tm and 4720tm LCD Interactive Digital Signage Displays include factory-integrated “multitouch” touch screens with an innovative “no-ghosting” technology that provides more accurate touch recognition." via Digital Signage Today

Freescale's new industrial touchscreen tech even works in the rain "Freescale is announcing a new industrial touch sensing technology that'll even sense your swipes and prods through a film of water. Xtrinsic 3.0 is designed to be used in industrial, medical and in-car systems, with pre-built user interfaces ready to be added to any device its jammed inside. In addition to being able to work through water, it can withstand noise, detect electrical interference and reduce false touches. " via engadget

EarthLCD's New I/O Expander Board Boosts Signal, Connectivity, Power Options for Its ezLCD Product Line "“This new I/O Expander Board broadens the world of potential applications our family of smart, touch LCDs can accommodate,” said Randy Schafer, EarthLCD CEO. “The RS-485 multi-drop feature allows multiple LCDs to be used as distributed control, and signage information displays.”" via MRO Magazine

 

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