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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


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


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


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


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


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

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


The Display Industry News Roundup For 8.30.2012

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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

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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


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

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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


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

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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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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

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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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Display Alliance Interviews Baanto About Touch Technology In The Display Industry

Many thanks to Joe Kotas, CEO of Baanto (, and Kevin Lee, Baanto's EMEA Sales and Applications Support Manager, for taking the time to speak to Display Alliance about touch technology in the display industry. You can read a little more about Joe and Kevin at the end of the interview. Display Alliance is published by Mass Integrated, Inc., a global display distributor. We supply LCD 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: (978) 465-6190 ext. 585 or


DA: How do you see the touch display industry right now? Where is it and where is it going? 


The Touch Industry Has Gone Viral


The touch industry is undergoing a seminal shift in user expectations due to the popularity and proliferation of smart phones and tablets. Quite simply, over 400 million new users of touch enabled devices are driving the industry in unexpected ways and into uncharted waters.

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The Display Industry News Roundup for 8.24.2012

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Himax, Novatek step into eDP LCD driver ICs "...due to promotions by PC chip vendors and the decreasing price gap between eDP and LVDS, the proportion for eDP will exceed 50% in 2013, the sources said." via DigiTimes

Taiwan LCD TV panel makers need to enhance production technology to stay competitive "Sources said at present Japan-based panel makers are making the most high-end LCD TV panel products in the industry and will most likely continue to dominate the market once Sharp and Foxconn Electronics start to release new IGZO panel products for use in TVs by the end of the year." via DigiTimes

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A New Simple Touch Screen HMI Controller for Embedded Systems "The M-9G45A stands out by acting as a Touch Screen Controller for LCDs up to 1280 x 860 pixels in size making it ideal for HMI applications. This feature allows users to choose a LCD from 3.5” to 12” for their user interface design." via

LG will start mass producing flexible OLED panels by the end of 2013 "He wouldn't say whether they got any orders for the next-gen flexible panels, but obviously there are speculations that Apple is behind those orders. It's probably unlikely as capacity at first isn't likely to be enough for Apple." via OLED-Info

Digital Radio Test System features color touchscreen "Aeroflex Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aeroflex Holding Corp. (NYSE:ARX), announced today the 3550 Digital Radio Test System featuring an industry-first color touch-screen and enhanced specifications to provide users with a lightweight, easy to use, and reliable digital radio test system." via ThomasNet

Harvest Updates and Helpful Guidelines for the 2012 Harvest "Though many of you may experience disappointingly low yields this fall; Ag Leader Technology offers a few upsides to your 2012 harvest season with some innovative harvest features available on the INTEGRA™ and VERSA™ monitors. " via AG Leader

From Garmin, a 7 inch navigation screen for trucks "The dezl 760LMT will also feature active lane guidance, lifetime maps and a range of trucking-specific functions. ...Clive Taylor, director of European product marketing at Garmin said the 7 inch display ”makes it easy for truckers to see all the information they need at a glance and allows for split-screen depiction of our new Active Lane Guidance.” He added in a press release that the system aims to be “a full-featured digital assistant in the cab.”" via Automotive IT

Google Nexus 7: The Display Review "The 7-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen has 1280 x 800 resolution, which gives it the highest pixel density on any small-sized tablet." via Digital Versus

A Bigger iPhone and a Smaller iPad "As thinner and lighter notebooks allowed for bigger screens, thinner and lighter screens allow for bigger screens in smart phones. Improved resolution in screens allows for smaller screens with increased visual bandwidth in tablets." via Flat Panel Display Blog

Various Touch Panel Materials Showcased at FINETECH JAPAN 2012 "The Tokyo conference offered insights into new touch materials that are becoming available." via DisplaySearch

LG OLED TV Recognized By Top Industrial Designers "LG Electronics (LG) has been honored by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) for the company's innovative OLED TV. ...LG's OLED TV features a 4mm Paper Slim design and a carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics (CFRP) casing that reduces the TV's weight to only 10kg. At the heart of the TV is LG's unique WRGB technology which uses a white sub-pixel to improve the color output, setting LG's OLED TV apart from conventional RGB OLED system." via PR Newswire

Things to Consider When Buying a Monitor "Given that consumers are demanding more of a display, it might be time to get a new one. The technology has improved remarkably within the last few years, with crisper pictures, faster response times and sleeker, slimmer casing." via The New York Times

Digital signage technology: Thin bezels give video walls appeal in retail, transport "Ever-narrower bezels that allow banks of displays to be perceived as a single screen are increasing the popularity of video walls in major digital signage sectors such as retail and transportation, according to new research." via Screen Media Mag


And Now For Something Completely Different...

Yes sir, it's another Bob Marley Thursday. Enjoy!

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The Display Industry News Roundup for 8.23.2012

HannStar secures handset panel orders for August "Sources said that China is continuing to see growing demand for ultra-mobile devices and that supply chains affiliated with white-box vendors will benefit the most throughout the second half of 2012." via DigiTimes

Why wood pulp is world's new wonder material "Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC), which is produced by processing wood pulp, is being hailed as the latest wonder material. Japan-based Pioneer Electronics is applying it to the next generation of flexible electronic displays. " via New Scientist

LG Display CEO: Started Mass Production of Panels Using In-Cell Technology in August ""We had some hard times (in developing the new in-cell technology) at first ... but it seems those hard times have finally ended," Han Sang-beom, LG Display's chief executive, told reporters late Wednesday." via The Wall Street Journal

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XO Laptop w\Touchscreen Caught on Film "One laptop per Child has been teasing bloggers and techies for some time now with the promise of a touchscreen equipped XO laptop, but in all that time there haven’t been any photos or videos released." via The Digital Reader

Spurred by iPad business, LG Display tablet panel revenues more than double in 2Q12, says IHS iSuppli ""LGD can credit Apple for its outsized presence in the market for small- and medium-sized display panels, defined as those sized less than 10-inch, and used in products like smartphones and digital still cameras, in addition to tablets," said Vinita Jakhanwal, director for small and medium displays at IHS. " via DigiTimes

Archos 101 XS review "In general it's a fine screen — nothing to write home about, but little to complain about either. As you tap around the display, though, serious build quality issues start to emerge with the tablet." via The Verge

Large-size touch screen panel makers to see increased orders in 4Q12 "TPK has stated that it has secured 75% of touch screen panel orders for ultrabooks. Sources said that industry estimates predict there will be as many as four million notebooks that feature touch screen technology in the second half of the year..." via DigiTimes

CMI, AUO and CPT gear up for Touch Taiwan "Meanwhile, Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) will be displaying its technologies in four different sections that will be called i-Life, Innovation, Touch and 3D. The i-Life section will feature a smart living space featuring displays and how they can play a role in peoples' daily lives, while the Innovation section will feature transparent and wide viewing angle displays." via DigiTimes

AvanStrate releases new glass substrate products "One of AvanStrate's new products is the LC30, which is suitable for manufacturing LTPS TFTs that require processing at higher temperatures when compared to amorphous silicon TFT used in manufacturing LCD panels." via DigiTimes

LG IPS7 Ultra-Thin Bezel a Marketing Trick "The bezel is not in fact 1.2mm as the advertising had lead everyone to believe, and in reality it is 11mm wide! There is a thin outer bezel of 1.2mm thickness but then an inner bezel which makes up the additional width." via TFT Central

How Significant is the Synaptics ThinTouch, ForcePad and ClearPad Technology? "Synaptics got a bit of a late start in the touch display controller market but they are making up for it by expanding their controller line that supports windows 8 touch specifications from 12” now up to include the13.3, 14.1, 15 and 17” displays. And, in the future, but evidenced today in the smartphones up to 5”, tablets and convertibles could move to InCell, which removes and entire discrete sensor, thinning the product, improving the optical qualities and increasing performance." via Tech.pinions

Sony Shifts More Orders for LCD TVs to AUO from Hon Hai "With Hon Hai-Sharp ties sending shock waves through the LCD TV industry in Japan, Sony has decided to reshuffle its contract supplier list to reduce its dependence on Hon Hai’s output by switching more contract orders to AUO, a globally known Taiwanese supplier of LCD panels, and including the Taiwanese company’s assisting manufacturers in its supply chain. " via CENS

Next generation superyacht touchscreen monitors "The second quarter of 2012 sees two significant milestones for glass bridge monitor market specialists Aadaptiv; the anniversary of the first marine installation of a touch screen monitor with multi-touch gestures, and the unveiling of a design breakthrough that is set to revolutionise the performance of LCD Marine Displays." via SuperYacht Times

The Chinese Model for LCD Manufacturing: Adding Capacity in a Time of Glut "What’s going on here? In a time of global overcapacity for large liquid-crystal-display panels, Chinese panel makers – with strong support from the Chinese government – are continuing their well-established policy of adding even more LCD manufacturing capacity." via Display Central


The Display Industry News Roundup for 8.22.2012

Sharp looking to sell factories in China, Mexico "The Japanese company could sell the plants to Hon Hai or Sharp Display Products which is jointly owned by Hon Hai and Sharp, the source said, adding that both options would affect headcount at Sharp." via ZDNet

CMI sees increased panel orders for use in smartphones and tablet PCs "The sources said CMI has secured orders for panels used in low- to high-end smartphones and tablet PCs throughout the third quarter, most of which are from China-based handset and tablet PC makers as China is currently the largest mobile phone market in the world." via DigiTimes

E Ink acquisition of SiPix is for prevention of price wars instead of obtaining capacity "Taiwan-based EPD (electrophoretic display) maker E Ink Holdings (EIH) will acquire a 100% stake in fellow EPD player SiPix Technology for a total price of up to NT$1.5 billion (US$50 million), and EIH's motivation of the acquisition is to remove the only EPD competitor to avoid price-cut wars rather than to obtain SiPix's production capacity, according to industry sources in Taiwan." via DigiTimes

Panel Suppliers Cut Capacity To Prevent Heavy Oversupply "How will change in the demand forecast and supply expansion plan impact supply demand balance?" via iSuppli

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Chipbond 3Q12 sales driven by demand for small-size panel driver ICs "Chpbond reportedly has secured high-volume orders demanding 12-inch bumping capacity from Renesas Electronics, which reportedly will supply LCD driver ICs used in Apple's upcoming iPhones, the watchers observed. The orders placed by Renesas will play a sales growth driver for the packaging and testing house in the third quarter, the watchers said." via DigiTimes

AUO to display new high-end products at Touch Taiwan "AUO will also display one glass solution (OGS) touch screen panels sized from 4.7-27-inch as well as ultra high-resolution smartphone panels. The company's next generation AMOLED panels will be on display as well." via DigiTimes

Aixtron delivers a flexible organic electronics production system to a major Asian customer "Aixtron wouldn't say who's the customer or what will be produced on the equipment, but they do say that the customer will be able to develop new applications including "flexible flat panel displays with benefits such as lightweight, ruggedness, low power consumption, color brightness, and superior legibility"." via OLED-Info

Display Technology, Connecting to the Future! Chimei Innolux Presents LCD Panels with High Resolution and Green Power "himei Innolux Corporation (CMI) will be exhibiting their TFT-LCD displays and technologies focused on high resolution and green power features as part of their theme of “Display Technology, Connecting to the Future” at the International Touch Panel and Optical Film Exhibition 2012 at Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall from August 29 to 31." via Chimei Innolux

LCDs and American Manufacturing "Given the cost of a standard LCD fab at upwards of $4 billion, it is not that the process is dependent on wage rates and naturally suited to low wage countries. It is also not that there hasn't been efforts to make displays in the US; plenty venture capital has been spent on developing new technologies. However, it takes a lot either to bring a new display technology to market and even to survive in what can be a tough business." via Flat Panel Display Blog

LED Monitor delivers brightness rating of 1,400 nits "With a brightness rating of 1400 nits, the HBT-1904O is great for almost any application that requires a larger size monitor with a sunlight readable screen. This monitor also has touch options available, in both, resistive or surface acoustic wave. " via ThomasNet

NEC Display Solutions Expands Showcase Events for Customers and Partners "...said Ashley Flaska, Vice President of Marketing at NEC Display Solutions. “The events present an ideal opportunity for our partners, customers and prospects to learn about new NEC products and services as well as glean trends from experts in the industry.”" via Virtual-Strategy Magazine

NANOMARKETS ANNOUNCES UPCOMING REPORT ON OPTICALLY FUNCTIONAL FILMS COMING IN SEPTEMBER OF 2012 "This new report from NanoMarkets focuses on how opportunities for optically functional films will emerge within the changing display sector. The report shows how value is being created in the optical films market by enhancing the performance of displays, and how manufacturers of these products may be able to capitalize of the trend toward increasing adoption of OLEDs and e-paper displays in mainstream displays." via Melodika

16 Misleading Display Specs and What They Really Mean "Just because a manufacturer lists "technical specifications" doesn't mean those numbers are true—very often it's marketing dressed up as science. Dr. Raymond Soneira of DisplayMate Technologies breaks down some commonly misleading specs so you don't get fooled by the lies." via Gizmodo

BlackBerry 10 Powered Devices Will Be Able To Support 3D Display Technology "This is the “Dev Alpha device” that the company had been touting for some time, and it appears as if this will be RIM’s first-ever HD touchscreen phone. And that’s not all – the blog added that even those anachronistic BlackBerries with portrait-orientation QWERTY keyboards will come with 720 x 720 HD support." via Eastern Morning Herald

Latest deals from China - from $90 1920x1200 screens to 110-inch 4K displays "Enter China: even as a simple customer in one of Shenzhen's or Dongguan's electronics markets, you'll have a more interesting choice of some products that seemingly never reach our shores, yet solve this monitor resolution and productivity problems without tearing the wallets apart. Here's a good example: Tanpo is an absolutely unknown brand here, but up there they have something called P17EYM, a lovely, compact 1 kg-class slim 17-inch LED monitor with 1920x1200 resolution and, of course, the 16:10 ratio." via VR-Zone

Breakthrough of Domestic Television Liquid Crystal Display Panel Industry by BOE, Hefei "The Sixth Generation Line of Hefei BOE Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd. is the first advanced liquid crystal product line in China and has become a leading strategic emerging industry in Anhui. " via Anhui News

The iPhone 5 bottleneck of in-cell touchscreens -- Can Sharp, LG, and Japan Display meet demand? "The capacity of each panel maker (LGD, JDI, Sharp) is estimated at around 7 million units of the touchscreens per month, with an initial yield ratio around 80%. Expect an additional yield loss of about 10-20% at the final assembly process. Given this, Barclays estimates iPhone 5 production could reach around 15 million units in Q3 and 45 million units in Q4. " via Solid State Technology

Panasonic intros new LCDs to Europe "New entrants to Panasonic's large format display family, Panasonic said the TH-70LF50 and TH-80LF50 are the world's thinnest displays over 70 inches, with a depth of only 89 millimeters." via Digital Signage Today

AUO seeks solar module partners to counter tariffs "AU Optronics, which is diversifying its business from LCD panel manufacturing to the solar sector, is inviting solar module brands and power plant operators to forge strategic partnerships to supply solar modules made in its factory in Brno, Czech Republic." via Taipei Times

Press Release: NEC launches MultiSync X401S super slim public display "NEC Display Solutions has unveiled the MultiSync X401S, a 40-inch LCD public display that combines efficiency - thanks to its Edge LED backlight - with elegance due to the super-slim and light design." via Meed

New Touchscreen Thermal Cycler Makes PCR Setup Quick and Easy "The new Bioer LifeTouch™ 96-well gradient thermal cycler, from Alpha Laboratories Ltd, has a clear, 6.5" full colour, Touchscreen menu and display. Combined with its powerful and intuitive programming this enables easy PCR set up in just a few seconds." via Labmate Online

CCS-Inc. Releases New Panel PC, the Seppala-T New Cost-Effective Alternative for Industrial Settings " Available in 10-, 12-, and 15-inch models, this rugged computer has a touchscreen display built on Intel® Atom™ technology." via Virtual-Strategy Magazine

Integrated HMI and PLC "The integration of a human machine interface (HMI) and programmable logic controller (PLC) provides a lean automation solution. ...For OEMs and control engineers alike, this means it is easier to build smaller, smarter machines faster—freeing both OEMs and engineers from having to use controllers and equipment simply because of a familiarity and a prohibitive cost to change." via InTech

Touchy Subject: Touchscreen Technologies 101 "For integrators not playing in the interactive space, it can be rather confusing to know why or when to specify one product over another. Without further ado, here is a quick look at the types of touchscreen technology available." via Commercial Alligator

Info Retail Captures Customer Attention with LG Digital Signage "According to the company, the LG monitors are designed for constant operation and mount easily, which is what Info Retail needed to fit the customer experience." via Digital Signage Connection

4K, 84-inch 'ultra' HDTV from LG is ready to start shipping now in Korea, worldwide next month "The 84LM9600 does 3D with LG's Cinema 3D passive glasses technology, however its ultra high pixel count means you're still watching in 1080p even with the resolution loss since it starts at 3,840 x 2,160, and also features "3D sound" with integrated 2.2 channel speakers." via engadget

Small LCD Panel Patterns Persist "Perhaps the real reason so much has been written about small panel demand recently is the capacity allocation shift underway among display makers. HannStar Display (HSD) is a prime example. In January, 2008 that producer reported no small panel shipments. A year later, 72% of HSD’s shipments were small panels. " via Display Central

Matrox Multi Display Solutions to Drive Broadcast, Post-Production, and Digital Signage Platforms at IBC 2012 "Also at the Matrox booth, the DualHead2Go Digital ME will yield a cost-effective multi-monitor platform for more-effective multitasking across two 23″ high-resolution DVI monitors. Connecting to the Mini DisplayPort or Thunderbolt output of a Mac notebook, the DualHead2Go Digital ME is must-have productivity-enhancing gear for video editors and design artists in any content-creation or multimedia capacity." via Display Central

Sharp Adds 13 Industrial Strength LCD Modules to its All LED-backlit Line-up "Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas (SMA) announced 13 additions to its LED-backlit line of Industrial Strength TFT LCD modules, as well as its completed transition to an all-LED backlit line-up. The new panels range in size from 3.7-inch to 19.0-inch diagonal, filling in a number of popular diagonal size classes with more options and features." via Sharp


Display Alliance Interviews Unified Brand CEO About Digital Signage

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Many thanks to Guy Tonti, CEO of Unified Brand (, for taking the time to speak to Display Alliance about the digital signage industry. Display Alliance is published by Mass Integrated, Inc., a global display distributor. We supply LCD 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: (978) 465-6190 ext. 585 or

DA: What is the state of the digital signage industry? Where is it and where is it going?

Guy Tonti: Digital signage continues to grow in both is presence and dollars spent in the competitive space of advertising alternatives. This primarily results from the underlying changes in technology dropping its costs relative to its ability to reach desirable customers. This change is occurring in numerous technology segments of the solution; the internet, displays, player, content development software and demographic analysis; all of which is making digital signage more affordable, ultimately providing a more viable alternative to traditional broadcast TV or billboards.

In the past, advertisers and agencies have viewed digital signage with skepticism. They have not included it in the advertising mix they provide their clients because of its cost and the lack of confidence in the customer analytics. The combination of lowering the relative cost of an advertisement and the increase in ability to measure the signage’s effectiveness is making it a more viable advertisement alternative. 

DA: What does Unified Brand bring to digital signage?

Guy Tonti: Unified Brand has an extremely adaptable and cost effective digital signage content production and distribution model. We interface with our customers at both the system and personal level in truly unique ways such that we can provide for them to make unlimited content changes. This means our customers can react faster to demands for changes in their messaging in ways other advertising medium cannot.

In our automobile dealerships, this means changes in service and parts specials that directly relate to current events. An example is recently Phoenix experienced a “100 year dust storm,” that blanketed the city in an unprecedented layer of powder. Within hours we had content up on all our Phoenix dealership signs announcing special offers on filter replacements. All experienced an uptick in sales of this that would not have happened if word-of-mouth had been the only communication method available. 

In our retail establishments, changes in restaurant daily specials based on food availability is a normal occurrence. We now allow for the restaurant announcing it in their social media, to also be automatically changed on the sign. This reinforces the message, and doubles the chance of a consumer purchasing the special. 

DA: What are the most important considerations when choosing the actual displays for digital signage? Does it depend on content?

Guy Tonti: Content is always key, but too often the digital signage customer most important consideration moves to cost of the display.

The effect of changes in display technologies means customers continually see prices drop and the content on the displays looking better. What is hard to quantify at the time of purchase is the difference in commercial and consumer grade displays. A signage customer seeing new commercial and consumer displays often cannot see a notable difference. What needs to be considered is those displays effect on the viewer of the content over time.

The consumer displays do not have the same quality of components to withstand continual playing. They become adversely affected by degradation in components and screen “burn-in” that makes content be much less appealing. The worst case is component failure causing a display shutdown, resulting in a blank screen and a replacement being required. Both of these decrease the viewer experience with digital signage and reflect negatively on the digital sign owner company. 

The use of commercial displays means the content continues over time to look sharp and appealing to the viewer, as well the display reliability allowing for less total cost of ownership.

DA: How does digital signage change the customer experience?

Guy Tonti: Digital signage is the only advertising medium that is at the convergence of messaging and point-of purchase. It provides for the digital sign advertiser to provide relevant information to the consumer at the optimal point in the sales cycle. 

It is the optimal medium for providing content that is specific to the viewer. All sign owners know their viewer demographics such that tailoring the content to them is possible. Many of our restaurant owners changes their content based on time of day, day of week, and seasonally, with no physical actions required. This makes the signs be more profitable, but more importantly more relevant to the viewer such that they are more likely to watch the display. 

It also allows for the sign owner to provide alternate communication methods. Not every customer takes in information the same way. A visual learner in an auto dealership would be much better served learning of a new car’s features by watching a digital sign, and have a higher potential to buy. More many of our dealers their signage reinforces messaging customers have seen on broadcast TV or via the internet, making for a more comfortable buying experience. 

DA: What is Unified Brand working on at the moment? Is there anything particular you are excited about?

Guy Tonti: Our goal for every sign is to increase the amount of time it is viewed. Interesting and exciting content is something we do phenomenally well, but it has become the table stakes every sign owner and sign viewer expects. 

The ubiquity of both the internet and mobile devices means a sign owner or screen viewer can easily react to, and then potentially make changes to, the content being displayed. 

This technology convergence is allowing for the most exciting area we are focused on is to allow for and encourage the customer to interact with the display. 

Our initial focus is for sign owners to allow for relevant and real-time content from their social media sites to be displayed so viewers will feel more connected. The displaying of customer check-ins is the first step to grow the sense of community. A customer checking-in will let others know of their presence in a live manner, while also encouraging the use of social media interaction with the sign owner. The next logical step is for displaying of moderated messaging in a system-to-system manner. This again has the dual purpose of growing the sign owner community and customer experience at that establishment. 

Another development is for sign owners to interactively change the sign messaging based on customer input. An auto dealership showroom can change the displayed content to feature a specific model that provides more information to help the customer in their buying decision. This will also build on the above mentioned alternative learning signage can provide, providing for a more balanced communication experience.
Though mobility and the internet have received many of the headlines recently, these are ultimately the change agents for how digital signage is used to communicate at the point of action. Unified Brand is very fortunate to be at the vortex of a great technical and social revolution resulting from this, and is continuing to leverage digital signage to make our customers’ businesses grow.

The Display Industry News Roundup for 8.20.2012

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Hon Hai raises the stakes, wants 20 percent ownership of Sharp "Sharp has already given up half of its 93 percent stake in its display division to Hon Hai, and losing an additional 10 percent of overall ownership will hurt the company even further as screens for Apple's next iPhone begin to ship. " via The Verge

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 for sourcing and purchasing: (978) 465-6190 ext. 585 or email

BenQ sees 2Q12 Japan market share of 12% for gaming LCD monitors "Chang said BenQ has been looking for niche markets to bump up its profits and that it held 70% of the 24-inch and above-sized market in Japan where such products only make up 30% of the gaming market." via DigiTimes

BOE to construct additional 8.5G production line in China "The announcement has left Taiwan-based panel makers such as Chimei Innolux (CMI) and AU Optronics (AUO) worrying that the ramifications of increased panel production in China will result in greater competition, cheaper panel prices and reduced profits, added the sources." via DigiTimes

Tech manufacturing returning, U.S. group says "Survey results showed that OEMs were largely responsible for operations returning to North America from overseas since 2009, accounting for more than 90 percent of the value and number of jobs brought back. The electronics manufacturing services (EMS) industry accounts for the largest share of overseas operations that participating companies plan to bring back to North America in the next three years." via EE Times

Foxconn Plans to Build $10 Billion Manufacturing Facilities in Indonesia - Report. "Earlier this year Foxconn acquired a stake in Sharp and gained partial control of one of the world's leading LCD manufacturing facilities. As a result, Foxconn secured supply of liquid crystal displays used in mobile phones, personal computers, tablets, TVs and other popular devices. " via Xbit Laboratories

LG Display's tablet panel sales double in Q2 " LG Display Co., the world's No. 2 maker of liquid crystal display (LCD) screens, saw its sales of tablet panels more than double in the second quarter from three months earlier thanks to shipments for Apple Inc.'s iPads, a report showed Thursday." via Yonhap News Agency

Micromax Pixel A90 "The Pixel A90 is an Indian-bound dual-SIM Android (v4) smartphone with a 4.3" 800x480 Super AMOLED display." via OLED-Info

Large-Area LCD Panel Prices Remain Unchanged "Demand for large-area panels will be weak in the fourth quarter but this is unlikely to affect prices." via DisplaySearch

An Introduction To Display Panel Coating "One thing which many buyers will be unaware of is that all LCD displays are supplied with a protective filter layer on the front of the panel itself. This coating is used to protect the panel from damage, filter and diffuse the light output and in many cases reduce glare from other light sources in your workspace. What is also tricky to understand is that different panels can have different types of coating, varying considerably by panel technology and manufacturers. This article is designed to help highlight some of those differences so that readers can make an informed decision about their next monitor purchase." via TFT Central

Touch Panels and Advanced Technologies Drive Smart Phone Display Demand "Active matrix OLED (AMOLED) displays are using on-cell touch, while TFT LCD makers are focusing on in-cell touch technology for high-resolution LTPS. Currently, the top two global smart phone brands—Apple and Samsung—are leading the adoption of these approaches." via DisplaySearch

Panel Makers’ Plans for Oxide TFT "By 2015, oxide TFT will account for 10% of the global TFT/AMOLED capacity." via DisplaySearch

Philips to Showcase New Displays at IFA 2012 "If you’re visiting IFA in Berlin this year from 31 August to 5 September, be sure not to miss the Philips stand, where MMD will be unveiling brand-new monitors by Philips." via TFT Central

Revising our Composite CAGR Chart for the Digital Signage Market "But so far, it looks like 2011 was a fairly good year for the digital signage industry. However, if the projections from all four of the featured research companies are to be believed, 2012 should be quite a bit better, and it should be pretty smooth sailing for the next few years, barring another macroeconomic catastrophe." via The Digital Signage Insider

Robot provides virtual medical care "iRobot and InTouch Health have partnered to create the Remote Presence Virtual+Independent Telemedicine Assistant (RP-VITA) through which a doctor in a remote location can conduct patient care as if he or she is in the room. ...The robot stands five feet four inches in height, has a battery life of about four to five hours, and allows a doctor to communicate with patients through a video screen at the top of the robot. A smaller screen below the live-interaction interface provides information to the patient about the doctor administering care." via EE Times

Apple's iPad mini display to have ITO film coating "According to AppleInsider, ITO is a super thin and lightweight coating that isan electrically conductive transparent substance that acts as an EMI shield and helps reduce radio interference. ITO is a solid solution that possesses great conductivity and transparency properties. It is often used as a coating for flat panel and plasma displays." via Computerworld

2012 Flex: Flexible Electronics and Displays Conference and Exhibition "Over 100 presentations on the latest flexible, printed electronics and displays technology and market information plus inspiring keynotes are captured in the conference proceedings. Presentations span many topics from R&D to manufacturing to applications in communication, energy, lighting and medical/healthcare." via Research and Markets

LCD Touch Panel Monitor remotely checks alarm probes "Compatible with the MCG 1090 and MCG 1095 Level Alarm Probes, the MCG 7030 offers the end user complete remote checking of the alarm probes at their fingertips. With a number of significant improvements over its predecessor, the MCG 7000, the MCG 7030 features a user-friendly touch screen LCD panel. Interfaced with multiple tanks, the MCG 7030 offers the end user information on probe status, event history, test history, field status and tank details." via ThomasNet

Futuresource Consulting Reports Global Video Wall Market On Track for 60 Percent Growth In 2012 "...said Parmjit Bhangal, market analyst, Futuresource Consulting. "Since 2009, LED backlight solutions have been integrated into rear projection displays, negating the costs of bulb replacement and maintenance. However, LCD super narrow bezel displays - SNBs - have been the real game-changer, finally offering a viable alternative to rear projection devices and plasma screens, allowing vendors to drive new revenue streams from new markets, most notably retail and public display, as well as defending their positions in video-based verticals." via Digital Signage Connection

Samsung: A Deep Dive Into The Conglomerate's Many Divisions "Samsung's LCD display panel business contributes only about 8% to the company's value, despite having the second-largest market share (~23%) in the market, as of 2011. The company's display business has been the worst affected by the ongoing European debt crisis - which saw demand for TVs decline." via Seeking Alpha

Flying friendly skies with Universal Avionics "DeHerrera said using high definition displays, high resolution display glass and faster processors that run cooler, Universal Avionics is able to present a pilot with a view of the world, including runways, that he might not even be able to see outside his windscreen. “If the pilot were flying down a canyon, we can show him what it looks like in real time with this system,” DeHerrera said. “And with our Enhanced Vision System (EVS), which uses infrared technology, we can even show the pilot if a deer is running across the runway.”" via Inside Tucson Business

Applied Materials sees revenue drop, reviews businesses "But Applied Materials is also struggling to sell equipment to manufacturers in the sluggish television and solar panel industries. "We all understand the industry is under pressure. Their outlook is worse because of not only the chip environment but their display and solar businesses," said Patrick Ho, an analyst at Stifel Nicolaus." via CNBC

Solar Panels: Let's Lose This Competition "I remember that in the 1990s, Smart People like Lester Thurow told us that America's economic fate hinged on who "won" the flat panel display industry. Really? How's that looking now? And what is so wonderful about "winning" the competition to produce products that will inevitably become commoditized-as flat panels did?" via Seeking Alpha


The Display Industry News Roundup for 8.15.2012

Will CCFL Baklights be around Next Year "Color LCDs reached a tipping point where there ceased to be any cost advantage to monochrome. Now we may have just such a tipping point in LCD backlights." via Flat Panel Display Blog

Planar Systems' CEO Discusses F3Q12 Results "In the past 18 months or so, our strategy has shifted more towards building innovative differentiated standard products such as our Matrix product family where we can leverage our investments and drive volume cross larger customer sets." via Seeking Alpha

Industry insiders square off on the future of kiosks "Ken Lonyai, kiosk hardware and software developer, in response to Bowers, took the flip side and argued that mobile devices will narrow the kiosk field and cull the industry with Darwinian results." via Self Service World

Greenhouses To Grow Interactive Digital Signage? "Applying SFCS technology (Swept Frequency Capacitive Sensing) to greenery means that ordinary plants can detect multiple frequencies of electrical signals. This is a jump ahead of the single frequency detection seen in standard capacitive touch sensing technology currently used in laptop trackpads, digital audio players, computer displays, mobile phones and tablets." via Noventri

Semi-Set + BMS: New LCD TV OEM Model "Through the new semi-BMS business model, Samsung is gaining strong leverage from its competitive supply base, both internally and externally." via Display Search

A new photoconductive AFM module enables precise OLED measurements "The new modules enables sample illumination while performing nanoscale electrical characterization. Bruker says that the new module (combined with their PeakForce TUNA technology) enables the highest resolution photoconductivity and nanomechanical mapping for OLED (or OPV) device samples." via OLED-Info

LG Display Tablet Panel Sales Revenue Climbs in Q2 "At the same time, the South Korean electronics giant indicated it would convert some of its current Generation 6 amorphous-silicon liquid crystal display (a-Si LCD) fab production capacity into low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS) LCD likely to be used for smartphones—a move that is believed would allow LG to meet future panel demand for smartphones, such as the new Apple iPhone." via iSuppli

CPT to feature new technologies at Touch Taiwan "In the Innovation section, CPT will feature transparent and wide viewing angle displays, which industry observers say will be the mainstream for vendors to display product information. The observers said the screens will also be used in the architectural, advertising and public sectors and will see expansive growth in the years to come. ...Touch Taiwan will run from August 29-31 at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall." via DigiTimes

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 for sourcing and purchasing: (978) 465-6190 ext. 585 or email

Large-sized panel shipments to increase in August "Large-sized LCD panel shipments are expected to increase in August as downstream brand customers in the panel industry are stocking up their reserves to prepare for the traditional busy season in upcoming months." via DigiTimes

55" OLED Screens 8 to 10 Times More Expensive to Produce "According to DisplaySearch, LG's 55" W-OLED screen panels with white, red, green and blue diodes are eight times more expensive to produce than equivalent-sized LCD panels. Samsung's OLED panels are reported to be 10 times more expensive to make!" via Digital Versus

Thinking This iPad Mini Thing Even Througher "But if you shrink the device enough, and reduce the weight enough, would such a device still need a bezel surrounding the display of the same proportions as the iPad-as-we-know-it? Maybe not." via Daring Fireball

Kazuo Hirai on Where He's Taking Sony "As you probably know, we dissolved our joint venture with Samsung so that we are now able to go into the open market to get the best pricing for our LCD panels. We also dissolved our joint venture with Sharp for the same reason. So that’s giving us more competitive edge." via Bloomberg Businessweek

Here’s A Sneak Preview Of The Pebble Smart Watch UI "...since the display uses e-paper technology, the battery lasts up to seven days — way longer than your average LCD display would." via TechCrunch

Touchscreen displays will become a $31.9B market by 2018 "More than 200 suppliers have entered the market, providing technology in 12 different categories of displays. The aging resistive touchscreen technology still has 97 suppliers, up from 64 in 2009 — all providing screens that can detect touches from any kind of object well but are not really meant for multifinger touches. Projected capacitive screens, which have risen dramatically due to the popularity of multitouch (which uses multiple fingers on a screen), has grown from 27 suppliers in 2009 to 102 in 2012." via Venture Beat

The Future of Thermal Mitigation Technology for Electronics Showcased at Advancements in Thermal Management 2012 Conference "The Advancements in Thermal Management conference has announced its 2012 dates, Sept. 18-19, 2012 in Denver, Co. This event features educational presentations on the latest technology for managing temperature in electronics, including cooling, thermal imaging, temperature sensing and control, thermal interface materials and board level heating technology. ...The co-located events will provide opportunities to network with potential new clients and share a combined exhibit hall floor, which is open to all attendees." via MarketWatch

RESEARCH SHOWS CONSUMER TVS INFILTRATING PUBLIC DISPLAY MARKET ""This focus on higher-margin, larger-size displays is welcoming news—not just for display brands but for their global integrators alike. With a focus on technologies that have relevance to specific end-market needs, other players in the digital signage ecosystem also benefit by avoiding price comparisons against commoditised TVs," noted Chris Connery, NPD DisplaySearch vice president of PC and Large Format Commercial Displays." via inAVate

Sharp shares fall amid fears of worsening losses "Analysts have cited worries over weak demand for liquid crystal display televisions, its main product, as Sharp continues to lose ground to rivals such as Samsung. Sharp is also under pressure from its creditors Mizuho Financial and Mitsubishi UFJ to restructure its business further in order to receive new loans." via BBC News

Multivac at Fachpack: Labelling, printing and inspection via one user interface "The conveyor belt labeller is equipped with MULTIVAC's HMI 2.0 human-machine interface, in which the MULTIVAC vision system for quality control and the MULTIVAC TTO thermal transfer printer are also integrated. "Both the operation of the labeller and the printer, as well as the operation, parametrisation and display of er-ror graphics and diagnostic functions for the vision system, are carried out via one and the same HMI 2.0", explains Daniel Siegenbrink, the Control Technology Manager at MULTIVAC Marking & Inspection. " via Packaging Europe

Chimei Innolux to Win 40%-50% Share of White-brand Tablet PC Touch-panel Market "In addition to sales in China, many Chinese white-brand tablet PC makers also export products to other nations. So, the annual demand for touch panels for white-brand tablet PCs this year is expected to reach some 60 million units, with 7-inch models as the mainstream and followed by 10-inch ones. Chimei Innolux aims to ship more than 25 million touch panels for white-brand tablet PCs, accounting for 40% to 50% of the application market, Hsu said. " via CENS

SAMTEL DISPLAY SYSTEMS IS NOW 'SAMTEL AVIONICS & DEFENCE "Samtel Display Systems Ltd. - one of India's premier organisations in the domain of avionics and defence has announced its change of name to 'SAMTEL AVIONICS & DEFENCE SYSTEMS LTD.' effective immediately. The new name aligns with the company's evolving business focus as it grows into new domains of opto-electronics and built-to-print, besides displays for cockpits and military applications." via Melodika

PAT Avionics shows G-HULP heads-up-display system for recreational aircraft "Like the military versions, the G-HULP HUD uses laser projection technology, superimposing information on a transparent 7 x 3.5-inch (178 x 89 mm) display attached to the top of the instrument panel in front of the pilot." via Gizmag

Is This The New iPhone Screen Technology? "In particular, one section describes how in-cell technology can be used in conjunction with in-plane-switching (IPS) panels — the technology used by the current iPhone 4S’s Retina display." via Gizmodo

Kinze Options ISOBUS Capability "The connection also includes compatibility with John Deere's GreenStar display, and allows produces to use the equipment without having to change monitors, displays, wiring harnesses, or electrical connectors with different implements from different manufacturers." via Farm Futures

Optical Gas Imaging - New Course Announced "FLIR Systems (France) has been a leading light in the commercialisation of thermal imaging cameras across all wavelengths in the infrared spectrum. This has led to some important developments, including the application of infrared to gas detection. ...This course is suitable for both those who already own an optical gas imaging camera, as well as those considering using the technology in their facility." via Environmental Technology

The New Narrow Touch Screen Kiosk From Kiosks4business "For customers wishing to deploy touch screen interactive kiosks there is often a trade off between screen size (resolution) required for the application and limited space to install the kiosks. Finding a good position to place new technology in retail, reception or other environments has to be considered carefully and a bulky kiosk design does not help." via Sequoia Group News


The Display Industry News Roundup for 8.13.2012

Sharp running out of options to save company as LCD sales slump "“Demand for LCD televisions in developed economies has been saturated while growth in emerging markets is slowing. Falling prices for LCDs is not going to stop,'' Kurahashi said. “The trouble with Sharp is that it cannot find a new cash cow ... It is an extremely difficult task to build a new mainstay business which can survive intensifying global competition.''" via The Australian 

Foxconn to resubmit its plan to buy Sharp stake to Taiwanese regulators "As part of the investment, both companies are forming a partnership to collaborate in various business fields to improve component production. The original deal would have given Foxconn half of the LCD panels manufactured at a key Sharp factory in Sakai, Japan, with both companies jointly running the facility." via IT World

Sharp May Issue Preferred Securities "Sharp is also mulling selling to Hon Hai some overseas factories producing liquid crystal display televisions, the sources said. Subject to the potential sale to the Taiwanese firm are believed to be TV assembly plants in Mexico, Poland, China and Malaysia." via Fox Business 

Constrained Supply Of New iPhones Projected; Disputed "And while acknowledging that there have been concerns over supply constraints for the new Apple phone’s display and casing, Mr. Moskowitz is quoted saying that J.P. Morgan’s Asia Tech team doesn’t anticipate any “major limitation or hurdle” inhibiting a strong year-end iPhone 5 marketing push, and that even assuming component supply issues, Apple should be able to produce 20 million units in the September quarter, and be able to ramp up 39 million iPhones in the December quarter." via The iPhone 5 News 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 for sourcing and purchasing: (978) 465-6190 ext. 585

Universal Avionics' equipment selected for important milestone in Turkish aviation history "The TAI Hürkuş is primarily being built to meet the requirements of the Turkish Air Force Command (TAF). Universal Avionics will deliver two RCU units and two EFI-890R Flat Panel Displays to be used as Primary Flight Displays (PFD) in each cockpit." via Skies Mag 

Corning And Samsung Shift Manufacturing Capacity From Korea To China "The move to set up a plant in China was driven by the anticipated growth in the LCD TV industry in the country over the long term and the advantages that accrue from local sourcing. At present, China’s LCD TV end market constitutes more than 20% of the worldwide market, and this number is expected to rise in the future." via Trefis

Coherent boosted by flat-panel display bookings "Coherent, one of the world’s leading laser vendors, says that it now has a record order backlog, thanks in large part to booming demand for excimer systems from makers of LCD and active-matrix OLED (AMOLED) displays." via

An eco-friendly LCD that doesn't cheat on performance "If you're serious about saving money on energy -- and helping to preserve the environment -- the 22-inch EA223WM-BK display from NEC Display Solutions is worth a look. This is a good LCD that uses LEDs for backlight -- and somehow draws in almost no power." via Government Computer News

Taiwan’s Optoelectronics Makers Most Willing to Expand Cooperation With Japanese Counterparts: MOEA Survey "A survey conducted by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) showed that 6.38% of domestic manufactures polled, especially larger ones, would move to expand their business cooperation with Japanese enterprises in the coming year, particularly on the joint development of optoelectronics materials and components." via CENS

InterDigital Signs Wistron to Worldwide Patent License Agreement Which Includes 4G "The agreement covers various products, including handsets, wireless modules, computers, tablets and other consumer electronic devices, designed to operate in accordance with 2G, 3G, and 4G wireless standards, including LTE and LTE-Advanced." via MarketWatch

eMagin Announces Record Second Quarter 2012 Revenues "“We captured the highest level of new business bookings ever, which drove our backlog to new highs. This performance, demonstrates the strong demand for our displays, from our new digital VGA to our latest HD WUXGA. These microdisplays are used in a wide range of products from portable viewers and thermal weapons sights to military and personal headsets." via GNT

Himax Technologies, Inc. Provides Third Quarter 2012 Financial Guidance ""We also expect solid demand for several other products, including our driver ICs for large-panels in China; new product segments such as automotive, tablets and notebooks for our small and medium-sized driver ICs; and our fast-growing touch panel controllers in the non-driver product line. These product demands will produce noteworthy shipments in the second half of this year. We are also shifting the focus of our LCOS microdisplay business to a new application, head-mounted display."" via Globe Newswire

Calibrate grain yield monitors before harvest begins in earnest "Since we are on the edge of what could be a great harvest season for you, I would like to take a little time and give you some information on the importance of yield monitor calibration. For those of you are engaged in precision agriculture techniques on your farm or you consult for/with those who do, a yield monitor is an important tool for evaluating production practices such as precision soil sampling, variety evaluation, variable-rate seeding, variable-rate nitrogen, etc." via

OLEDs and Swords "As semi-conductor makers are aware, softly whispering the word alkali in the fab can put enough sodium in the product to kill production. It was a parts per billion chemistry issue (with a phosphor poison) that originally put Westinghouse, the inventor of the active matrix LCD, out of the TV business." via Flat Panel Display Blog

How to Use Your Android Tablet as a Secondary Display "On a slower or congested wireless network connection, you'll notice lag when dragging windows to and from the tablet's screen, and video playback will most likely drop frames. A few applications may not render properly either, but we had an issue only with Internet Explorer 9. Other browsers worked fine." via PCWorld

HP 2311xi IPS Monitor "With a street price of $200, HP is aiming directly at value priced TN displays that have ruled the low-end of the LCD market for years. We finally might be starting to move to better panels, as the price of IPS continues to come down." via AnandTech


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