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The Display Industry News Source for 6.28.2012

Google Glasses Designer Gives Us An Up Close Look "Olsson is the senior industrial designer on the Google Glass project and has spent the last year working at Google's X Lab to design a piece of technology that will sit in front of people's eyes. The glasses, according to Google's video, will be able to do everything from search the Internet and show you maps right in front of your eyes. ...On the front of the glasses, in the top left (or right depending on which way you view them) corner is a small camera and a small glass-looking box, which is a tiny display. On the top of the glasses is a power button and a camera button. You control the screen's interface with the touchpad on the leg of the glasses. "The touchpad is all hidden. There's no texture, it extends all over," Olsson describes." via ABC News

LCD monitor vendors to focus more on smart applications in the future "LCD monitor vendors have been discussing how to stay competitive in the global market by researching ways for tablets and smartphones to have better connectivity with large-sized monitors. Sources said the focal point of the LCD monitor firms' research is growing popularity with smartphone and tablet use and the need for consumers to display information on a large display via their smart device. Meanwhile, the vendors have been planning to introduce new products this summer to accommodate the boom season that will have features such as new sizes, reduced thickness, LED-backlights and enhanced resolution." via DigiTimes

Bi-Stable LCD Displays Making a Power Play "Imagine an LCD Display module that requires no power to display an image even if you leave the image on the screen for two weeks. That seems impossible, right? Well not any longer. A new display technology called bi-stable or cholesteric liquid crystal display is now a reality and is available to designers of products. The display technology is unique in that it only requires power to change the image on the screen, but does not require any power to hold the image in place indefinitely." via Product Design & Development

NanoMarkets Announces Release of Latest Report on OLED Materials Market, Sees $7 Billion Opportunity by 2019 "Industry analyst firm NanoMarkets has announced that it will begin shipping its latest report that analyzes the opportunities for OLED materials suppliers in both the display and lighting sectors over the next eight years. The report, “OLED Materials Markets 2012,” estimates that the total market value of materials used in OLED lighting and OLED display applications will grow quickly from over $500 million ($US) in 2012 to over $7 billion by 2019. Of the total OLED materials market value, the active OLED materials -- emissive materials, hosts, and hole/electron injection and transport materials are expected to account for nearly $3 billion. Additional details about the report are available here" via SFGate

The Modbook Pro returns, morphing a MacBook Pro into a pen-based tablet "You may recall a little product called the Modbook, an after-market mod for Apple's MacBooks. The mod kits — which have previously cost upwards of $5,000 — turns a MacBook Pro into a tablet computer by ripping off the keyboard and LCD, giving what's left a new casing and LCD. Well, the company is back, announcing today a refresh of the Modbook Pro which will have all the current 13.3-inch MacBook Pro's specs, plus a Wacom digitizer which adds pen input tech.The tablet will apparently get 7 hours of battery life on a single charge, and will be available "early this fall."" via The Verge

Chinese Phone Makers Buy Lots of AMOLED Panels From Samsung Supplier "There was a time, not so long ago, when China-based handset makers were making phones with crappy hardware to compete with Apple’s iPhone. Today, several Chinese handset makers have their own flagship phones that feature impressive hardware, and they are no longer a piece of crap. ...Recently, there are reports that Coasia Microelectronics, which mainly distributes IC components for Samsung such as CMOS image sensors, multi-chip package (MCP) memory and OLED displays, is expected to get new AMOLED panel orders from several Chinese phone manufacturers. Who are they?" via M.I.C Gadget

SWEDX Introduces Innovative Gesture-controlled Digital Signage Solution "The new SWEDX Wave offers not only an innovative way to attract audiences but also an innovative way to control the content on a digital signage display via gesture. SWEDX Wave is a combination of an edge-lit LED display and eight control buttons. Each button is associated with a video file stored on a flash memory connected to the screen. Waving the hand above the buttons will load and display the associated video automatically. When the video displaying is completed, SWEDX Wave will load the main video and display it repeatedly until a button is interacted. Thanks to SWEDX Wave technology, the buttons can be placed behind any material, such as glass, fabric, wood, etc. According to the Sollentuna, Sweden-based company, the interaction is still there, surprising and delighting the user." via Digital Signage Connection

Corning Pounds Its Chest To $16.50 With Bigger Gorilla Glass "Corning (NYSE:GLW) recently showcased its large-sized Gorilla Glass at Infocomm 2012 held in Las Vegas. The larger Gorilla Glass offers potential new revenue streams for Corning namely, large screen multi-touch devices and large screen display solutions. Both the opportunities arise from the enhanced toughness of the larger Gorilla Glass. We have a Trefis price estimate of $16.50 for Corning, approximately 30% above its current stock market price. ...According to projections of NPD DisplaySearch shipments of public display market are to increase by 15 percent to reach 3.1 million units in 2012. And the projected 10-year compounded annual growth rate for the same stands at 25 percent to reach 12 million units in 2018." via Trefis


The Display Industry News Source for 6.27.2012

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Philips unveil the modular Living Sculpture 3D OLED system and the interactive OLED mirror "After teasing us for almost a month, Philips finally launched their new modular 3D OLED system, the Livingscrulpture 3D. It's a kinetic system based on modular OLED blocks. The rectangular Lumiblade panels are placed on rods that can change their height - thus easily creating 3D surfaces. The system consists of base plates, each one holding 16 OLED panels (4x4). The OLED themselves are rectangular, 76x76 mm each (including the frame, the active area is 61.4x60.5 mm) and the color temperature is 3,000K. The typical luminance per OLED is about 1,500 cd/m2. The base panel size is 316x316 mm. You can find the data sheet here. Of course this thing ain't cheap. Philips told us that each base plate wil cost about €700 (so that's about €43 per OLED, which is actually a good price for an OLED panel). A square meter will cost about €7,000. Together with the new system, Philips also launched their new web site - The New Art of Light." via OLED-Info

Dell Updates as Industry-leading Supplier of Displays Portfolio with Focus on Exquisite Performance and Value "Dell today announced the immediate availability of new displays that combine performance and value to enable customers amazing viewing experiences. The six new displays join Dell’s industry-leading portfolio of solutions, which has once again ranked #1 in flat-panel display market share in North America[i], and #2 in flat-panel shipments worldwide[ii], according to DisplaySearch." via Dell

Samsung, LG's key display technologies leaked by Israeli firm "According to the prosecution, the indicted employees photographed circuit diagrams of yet-to-be-released 55-inch AMOLED television panels when they were let into Samsung and LG's manufacturing factories to check defects of inspection equipment from November of last year to January of this year. ..."It is very likely that the stolen technologies have been given by the Israeli firm to foreign rivals," a prosecution official said. "This may expectedly deal a massive economic blow to the entire nation and can cause a sea change in the landscape of the global display market."" via Yonhap News Agency

A look inside Leap Motion, the 3D gesture control that's like Kinect on steroids "Leap Motion's not the household name Kinect is, but it should be — the company's motion-tracking system is more powerful, more accurate, smaller, cheaper, and just more impressive. Leap CTO David Holz came by the Verge's New York offices to give us a demo of the company's upcoming product (called The Leap), and suffice to say we're only begrudgingly returning to our mice and keyboards. The Leap uses a number of camera sensors to map out a workspace of sorts — it's a 3D space in which you operate as you normally would, with almost none of the Kinect's angle and distance restrictions. Currently the Leap uses VGA camera sensors, and the workspace is about three cubic feet; Holz told us that bigger, better sensors are the only thing required to make that number more like thirty feet, or three hundred. Leap's device tracks all movement inside its force field, and is remarkably accurate, down to 0.01mm. It tracks your fingers individually, and knows the difference between your fingers and the pencil you're holding between two of them." via The Verge

Small- and medium-size panels more profitable, says industry sources "Panel makers are focusing on producing small- and medium-size panels due to increasing global demand along with declining prices for large-sized panels. Sources noted that more than ever there is strong demand for mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and notebooks. As a result, Japan-, Korea-, Taiwan-, and China-based panel manufacturers such as BOE and Tianma are all competing for small- and medium-sized panel orders to meet the growing trend." via DigiTimes

Capsule Review: Toshiba's 14" USB Mobile LCD Monitor "While notebook hardware has steadily improved over the years, outside of the recent MacBook Pro with Retina Display there haven't really been any moves forward in improving desktop real estate in some time. In fact, for productivity-oriented users this continues to be a major reason for sticking with a desktop setup (if not a desktop system): more monitors, more space to work in. This fact of life has resulted in a bit of a niche market in the form of small, USB-powered screens." via AnandTech

Latin American Defence Procurement Pushing Ahead Despite Global Recession "End-users in Latin America are extremely price conscious, in many cases even preferring to buy second-hand platforms and domestically refurbish and upgrade them. There is an increase in the popularity of modular platforms, and demand for upgrade components and packages will remain high. “Governments in these under-developed countries look favorably on defence procurements with clear domestic industrial and technological benefits,” concluded Ball. “In order to foment incentive, companies should enter the market via partnership with local companies or by establishing a domestic manufacturing base.”" via Defence Talk

Medication Kiosks Offer Efficient Healthcare Option "Phoenix Kiosk, a leading provider of kiosk software and services, believes medication kiosks can aid consumers in their need for efficient health care services. Kiosks are already serving a vital role in the medical field. Patients can test their blood pressure at health kiosks, check-in for a doctor’s appointment and use computer-assisted kiosks to learn about health problems. Medication kiosks are a logical next step in user-friendly health care." via Phoenix Kiosk

Video Conferencing Display System Sizing and Location "As video conferencing systems become more widely installed, there are often questions about what size monitors and how many are required. While fixed Telepresence systems make this choice easy, most video conferencing systems come as a base unit (generally a small box the size of a mini-PC), and a camera and a table-top speaker. The selection the video displays and mounting/positioning is generally left to the customer or an integrator. The challenge is that often the resulting placement and room set-up leave much to be desired. To best understand the placement, distance and positioning of video monitors in a meeting space, a basic understanding of how humans see and use video is required. Using simple trigonometry it is possible to define the variables to assure optimal positioning and impact of a videoconferencing system. This white paper will review those factors and then cover basic room set-up. It will also discuss how the new 4K displays may enhance the room video experience." via Unified Communications Strategies


The Display Industry News Source for 6.26.2012

MetaTwistTower Digital Signage Display at Munich Airport "The MetaTwistTower is the first instrument of its kind in a new generation of digital information and communication systems. The natural progressive step in the transitional development from analogue advertising space to digital static screen: A digital billboard chameleon that adapts to suit its environment in order to covey the optimal communicative objective. The variability of this new system outpaces common LED systems, not only regarding the attractiveness and effectiveness it creates in the advertisement space but also with regards to its broad scope of application potential. The MTT’s transformation ability directly pays off as performance strength. Its spectacular dynamic provides the MetaTwistTower with numerous options of displaying images in different ways; this greatly enhances the communicative effect of digital content creating an absolute eye catcher for any passers-by." via MetaTwistTower

LCD panel makers to allocate more production capacity for TV applications "Panel makers have appropriated increasing portions of their production capacities for panels used in LCD TVs and tablet PCs in response to less growth potential in the global demand for LCD monitors, according to industry sources. Sources said that the LCD market is already mature and that decreasing the supply of panels used in monitors is expected to help keep prices for such panels stable. TPV Technology is expected to ship 65 million LCD monitors in 2012, only 5 million units more that were shipped in 2011." via DigiTimes

Panel manufacturers look to increase panel prices with new sizes "Industry sources said 40- and 42-inch sized LCD panels have dropped roughly 8-9% in price over the last month due to instabilities in European economies and that panel manufacturers are hoping that new panel sizes will stimulate the TV market. Sources said new 39- and 50-inch LCD panels will challenge mostly 37- and 47-inch segments, particularly in China, and the firms are optimistic the new panels will help push up LCD panel pricing during the second half of this year." via DigiTimes

Mitsubishi Installs Japan’s Largest Digital Signage System At Narita Airport "Mitsubishi Electric Corp. has announced that they have successfully installed Japan’s largest digital signage system at Narita International Airport. So, now whenever you go inside the airport, you will see hundreds of Panorama Vision OLED display screens, making this digital signage system the largest in Japan. ...Across the digital panels, the the travelers in transit can see the terminal areas, displays airport news, entertainment programs, advertisements as well as relaxing imagery to keep them engaged." CrazyEngineers

eMagin Receives Initial Production Subcontract for U.S. Army Enhanced Night Vision Goggle "The SENVG gives soldiers the ability to detect and identify potential threats regardless of weather or environmental conditions, helping to ensure they complete their missions and come home safely. "This is an important award for eMagin as it proves the value of the low power, high contrast and wide temperature operational advantages of our active matrix OLED technology for the U.S. Army's night vision initiatives," commented Andrew Sculley, President and Chief Executive Officer of eMagin. "We are pleased to be able to help reduce the power requirements for the SENVG with low-power, high contrast, OLED microdisplays."" via MarketWatch

41% of retailers will not deploy MPOS "Ian Tomlinson, CEO of Cybertill, commented: “I believe mobile EPOS systems are a great tool for added customer service, but I also believe that mobile POS should be deployed to add value and not just as an expensive gimmick. However, I think when this question is asked in twelve months’ time, mobile POS will have gained greater traction in the retail environment and be a proven solution that more retailers will be looking to deploy across their business.”" via Retail Gazette

HDTV Expert - Can Quantum Dots Save LCD-TV from AMOLEDs? – Ken Werner "Nanosys (Palo Alto, CA), which identifies itself as a materials company, has been working for several years to develop QD technology for display applications and has generated serious interest from companies such as Samsung and LG Innotek.  But there has been a missing link, or two:  a company that can produce commercial volumes of stable QD components and a company with high-volume supply-chain expertise.  Given its experience in manufacturing display enhancement films of various kinds and effectively supplying them in high volumes to the consumer display industry, 3M is clearly in a position to fill both of these roles.  Or, as Optical Systems Division VP Jim Bauman put it, “Combining the world-class technology and materials expertise of Nanosys with the engineering, design and supply chain capabilities of 3M will unlock a powerful new color viewing experience for consumers.”" via HDTV Magazine

Haptics: Reinventing the finger "THE smooth and impenetrable surface of the touchscreen has become familiar to everyone from dexterous toddlers to frustrated, fat-fingered adults. But not for much longer if Ville Makinen, the founder of Senseg, has his way. Under Dr Makinen’s tutelage Senseg, a Finnish firm, is deliberately roughing touch screens up. It is applying the idea of haptics—feedback to the sense of touch, rather than the senses of vision and hearing that are the usual targets of computer interactions—to the interface between screen and user." via The Economist

Interphase Awarded First Patent for the penveu™ Interactive Display System "The patent covers the penveu™ targeting system, which eliminates the need for calibration by inserting a targeting system – invisible to the human eye, but visible to the pen – into the display stream. ...penveu is a device that disrupts the $1.8 billion interactive whiteboard (IWB) industry, by enhancing the functionality of currently installed projectors and large screen displays. It encompasses superior technology – bringing rocket science to the masses in a sleek, pinpoint-accurate device – incorporating satellite and military navigation system technologies that are only now available to commercial markets.  It is compatible with any computer connected to a projector, large screen display, or TV using a VGA connector, regardless of operating system – all for a fraction of the current market price for such classroom technology." via The Sacramento Bee

Fujitsu Announces Low-cost 8-bit MCUs with capacitive touch sensor and controller functions (MB95870) "To date, capacitive touch sensor technology has typically been used in applications such as cash points and train station TVMs (Ticket Vending Machines) or in office equipment such as copiers and printers. In recent years, however, capacitive touch sensor technology has experienced rapid growth, driven by the spread of touch key and touch panel applications in household appliances – such as in refrigerators and washing machines, for example. When compared to mechanical switches or resistive film touch key technology, capacitive touch key technology is not only easier for users to operate but is also more resistant to dust, moisture and wear. This array of features has made the capacitive method the preferred choice in touch key technology. As the marketplace for touch key and touch panel interfaces expands, the demand for capacitive touch sensors and controllers to drive this technology is also increasing. In addition, there is a strong demand for the microcontrollers for such systems to be equipped with touch sensor and controller functionality." via Electropages


The Display Industry News Source 6.25.2012

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Canon to Launch Augmented-Reality Platform Based on Head-Mounted Displays "The virtual images are shown to users using two tiny display panels that sit just above the eyes. The images from the display panels are carefully aligned with user's point of view, to keep the virtual world aligned with the real one. This camera-display combination allows the platform to display virtual items and shapes as though they are being viewed at the correct size and angle, even as users change position." via PCWorld

Sony, Panasonic to Team up to Mass-produce OLED TV Panels "The companies aim to develop an effective way to print large panels that use OLEDs, or organic light-emitting diodes, by next year, they said in a statement. They signed an agreement Monday that includes sharing their technology and jointly researching mass production techniques." via PC World

Leaked Slide Sheds New Light On RIM’s First BlackBerry 10 Devices "...the slide notes that the L-series BlackBerry (previously known as the London) would sport an OLED display running at the same 1280×768 resolution as the alpha hardware. That display manages to cram 356 pixels into every inch, which also confirms that the L-series device will have a 4.2-inch display panel. The slide also offers up a few details about what RIM has planned for their forthcoming keyboard-toting N-series model, perhaps most notably that the phone’s OLED display will run at 720 x 720 with a pixel density of 330 ppi. Crunching the numbers points to a screen that’s just a shade under 3.1 inches diagonal, making it the largest display to go on a more traditionally designed BlackBerry (the touch-friendly Torch series had larger 3.7-inch displays).via TechCrunch

Clear Channel Airports announced it will implement a first-of-its kind digital advertising program at Denver International Airport "The installation plan includes more than 118 LCD screens throughout the airport, including 70-inch freestanding LCDs throughout level six of Jeppesen Terminal, six post-security overhead ultra-thin bezel video walls on the soffits of the A, B, and C Concourses and four 26-foot diagonal high-definition LED video towers formed around the Great Hall elevator columns. Denver International Airport will have the largest digital footprint of any North American airport, according to the company." via Digital Signage Connection

Why developing countries embrace mobile banking "More than half of the world's adults — 2.5 billion — are unbanked, according to research recently published by the World Bank Development Research Group. ...Instead of trying to coax these populations into getting on board with mainstream banking, many companies are finding new ways to provide them with financial services, whether it's deploying kiosks to help the unbanked cash checks, pay bills and transfer money, or offering mobile banking services that allow consumers to transfer money via smartphones. ...Consumers can load their MOM m-wallets with cash at one of 82,000 retail touch points (expected to be 2 million by year's end) and use it to pay for electricity, gas and mobile bills and top-ups, as well as airline, bus and movie tickets." via Self Service World


The Display Industry News Source 6.22.2012

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Panasonic and Sony to Team Up for OLED TVs Next Week "The cooperation between Sony and Panasonic will inevitably change the landscape of the OLED market significantly as the two have a clear aim to reduce pricing of appropriate screens. The biggest question is how successfully will the two companies act together and how competitive will be their products in general." via Xbit Laboratories

Nintendo Debuts 3DS XL With 90% Larger Displays: Available August 19 For $199 "We’ve seen a huge trend lately with OEMs increasing screen size on smartphones, where gaming has grown to be more and more prevalent, slowing chipping away at Nintendo sales. It only makes sense that Nintendo would take a hint and offer more screen real estate on their portable gaming devices." via TechCrunch

PRI-DSF North American Digital Signage Index "The current North American Digital Signage Index report shows a slight decline in industry performance, masking the underlying momentum the digital signage industry has built.  The report includes 30 charts and graphs, along with a review and commentary about industry trends." via Platt Retail Institute

China to Procure US$4.5 B. of LCD Panels from Taiwan This Year "A procurement delegation led by Yang Xue-shan, Vice Minister, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) of China, recently visited Taiwan and signed several purchase letter of intent (LOI) with local companies, with total procurement value being about US$4.72 billion to include about US$4.5 billion or some 30 million liquid crystal display (LCD) panels." via CENS

Digital Signage Expo's July 2012 Industry Forum "Digital Signage Expo's July 2012 Industry Forum will be a unique, three-day event staged in a resort setting that allows end user guests and sponsors to network and create long-lasting relationships with peers and digital signage industry experts in a relaxed and enjoyable setting. The event will be held July 22-25 in Denver, Colo." via Digital Signage Connection

AUO's 4" flexible AMOLED on video "Back in November 2011 AUO unveiled a 4" flexible AMOLED prototype. Today the same panel won the "Outstanding Photonics product award" at the Display Taiwan 2012 conference. Here's a video showing the display. You can skip to 2:43 if you want to see a closeup footage of the AMOLED panel, showing how AUO setup a nice mechanism that keeps bending it:" via OLED-Info

Philips Shows Glasses-free 3D Displays "Technology company Philips showed new 3D displays that are "glasses-free" last week at the InfoComm 2012 conference in Las Vegas. Philips also introduced a new Touch series of displays and a new lineup of commercial-caliber televisions." via Campus Technology

New Leasing Partnership with Leading iPad POS Creator "LEASE POS NOW has partnered with Revel Systems, an iPad POS company in San Francisco. Lease POS NOW has just been named the exclusive leasing company for Revel Systems iPad POS. This partnership enables customers to lease their iPad POS hardware from LEASE POS NOW for just $250 a month, per iPad system. Furthermore, every year, the company will receive a free update in the iPad POS equipment." via

Switching to smart lighting "OLED technology is a few years behind in terms of performances. The cost is a blocking point as, in 2011, it was about 20.000$/klm. “It’s another dimension, and the OLED lighting market is not yet foreseen,” noted Lagrange. Customers want more light, or lumen, per dollar. For that, Lagrange called for more than lumen. This means adding new functions, working on high-quality lighting, developing easy-to-integrate in-house solutions and adding more services through the light." via EE Times

ONELAN will be joining forces with Avnet Embedded at the IN-STORE Show at Olympia, London, (stand G125) on June 27-28 "Avnet Embedded will be exhibiting simplified digital signage solutions for in-store applications. They will demonstrate ONELAN’s Cyclone Enterprise content management solution delivering digital signage and messaging throughout a customer’s store, using Instore Screen’s Network One LCD integrated media player and Network One HD Box connected to external displays, said the Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, U.K.-based company." via Digital Signage Connection

ISTE 2012 | June 24-27 | San Diego BenQ America Corp. | Booth 5031 "“At ISTE 2012, BenQ will unveil a number of exciting new products designed to enhance the classroom experience and take learning to ‘Higher and Higher’ levels,” said Lars Yoder, President at BenQ America Corp. “Visitors to our booth will experience our new interactive flat panel displays and our latest SmartEco, interactive, and high-brightness projectors. These products have been designed specifically to provide higher levels of interactivity, efficiency, collaboration, and performance for educators and students, while dramatically reducing total cost of ownership for schools.”" via BenQ USA


The Display Industry News Source 6.21.2012

Philips teases with a new OLED lighting "Art of Light" video "Philips posted a teaser video, called The New Art Of Light. It involves OLED Lumiblade panels of course: ...We do not know much yet, except that "Soon you will be able to create sculptures with light". Philips will reveal it on June 26th." via OLED-Info

Samsung Galaxy Note 2: Unbreakable, Higher-Resolution 5.5" Display "For now it's all rumours and hearsay, sometimes leaked from subcontractors, but what's certain is that the Galaxy Note II (seen in the non-official photo above) is already creating a buzz. Word on the street says it will have a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with Pentile technology (two sub-pixels per pixel) with 1680 x 1050 pixel resolution (300 dpi), compared to  the current Galaxy Note's 5.3-inch Super AMOLED screen and 1280 x 800 resolution (285 dpi). According to Korean website, MK Business, the display currently in the works is unbreakable and the first in a coming generation of Samsung-made flexible OLED screens, possibly the fruit of the firm's Youm technology." via DigitalVersus

Wither Pixel Qi (pronounced "Chi") "Sunlight, or even bright room, visibility has always been a problem with LCDs. This issue came to the fore with the development of notebook PCs for third world audiences and e-readers for the developed world. While an expedient solution for the e-reader market, where video speeds were not required, was to go to an e-paper screen, for the third world PC solution, transflective technology was developed that could be incorporated into conventional LCD manufacture." via Flat Panel Display Blog

Philips Integrates OPS Slot for Internal PC Modules "Technology company Philips has launched a set of LCD displays that adhere to the Open Pluggable Specification (OPS), useful in digital signage. At InfoComm 2012 last week in Las Vegas the company was showing its new Philips OPS-enabled displays, consisting of nine different products. OPS is an industry standard interface developed by Intel that allows users to insert an internal PC into a Philips digital signage display. The slot is designed to simplify the changing, maintenance, and upgrading of a media player." via Campus Technology

Fujitsu to Demonstrate Latest Consumer, Communications, Industrial, Automotive Products at Embedded Systems Conference in São Paulo June 26-27 "Also on display will be a full set of power management ICs that are designed for a broad range of consumer electronic applications, including a demo of a new LED driver IC. A final highlight will be demos featuring Fujitsu’s industry-leading, single-chip graphics display controllers (GDCs). Fujitsu’s GDCs are ideal for displaying content on small-form-factor, high-resolution LCDs for automotive, handheld and computer applications." via Fujitsu

Best and Most Affordable POS Solutions for Business "Is your point of sale (POS) service provider keeping up with emerging, more affordable technologies? Sixty-six percent of retailers are interested in implementing mobile point of sale (mPOS) terminals, according to TKTK. Motorola Solutions estimates that 36 percent of fixed point of sale systems will be replaced with mPOS systems by the end of 2013. TopTenREVIEWS has just released a comparison of the top POS system providers to reveal which companies offers the best, most affordable POS solutions for retailers and restaurants. We also evaluated whether they have released mobile technologies such POS software for iPad and Android devices." via TopTenREVIEWS

KAL unveils cashless ATM "The RTM does a deposit transaction and puts money directly into the retailer's bank account," he said. "So 'Steve' goes in to the RTM, does a $100 transaction; money comes out of Steve's account and it goes into the acquirer bank's account. Simultaneously, the acquiring bank puts money into the retailer's bank account." ...The RTM can even offer video conferencing with a teller using the unit's 17-inch onboard liquid crystal display or an attached video topper, Korala said. And because it runs on the same KAL software that runs ATMs, the RTM interfaces with the bank's network like any other machine." via Self Service World

Educational iPad kiosks on rise in schools and universities "Recently, the San Diego School District announced plans to introduce more than 25,000 iPads into their K-12 system. In Maine, 285 students are reading at a higher level because iPads have been incorporated into their curriculum. These large volume iPad deployments are part of a growing trend in education from kindergarten all the way to graduate programs, with applications ranging from educational games for children to college textbooks and campus portals, the company said." via Self Service World

Army, Northrop Grumman, BAE move forward on next-generation JETS infantry targeting system "Current systems are far too heavy or lack necessary capability for accurate fire support during the day and at night, and do not work well with digital communications necessary to receive, transmit, store, display, plan, and coordinate targeting data. This solicitation will call for industry to design and build JETS prototypes as part of the program's full-scale development phase, which should last for about 2 1/2 years, during which the winning contractor will be asked to deliver between five and 20 prototype JETS systems." via Military & Aerospace Electronics

Boost Your Signal and Benefits of Tablet PCs in Law Enforcement "Information such as incident reports, records databases, or something as simple as a road map are all conveniently available via a rugged tablet PC inside a patrol vehicle.  Such access provides valuable information that makes their job easier to perform and more productive over the course of the day." via The Ruggedized Computing Blog


The Display Industry News Source 6.20.12

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Inside the MacBook Pro Retina-display "Even the experts at iFixit, who are used to removing and handling fragile screens, managed to break the Retina display when attempting to remove it." via ZDNet

Chinese Suppliers Shine in Large-Sized LCD Panel Market in Q1 "Although the major South Korean brands continued to dominate, Chinese suppliers represented the fastest-growing contingent of the large-sized liquid crystal display (LCD) panel market in the first quarter, capitalizing on rising production and strong domestic demand for 32-inch televisions." via iSuppli

UAS Operators Save Lives In Combat "The Puma UAS is a 13-pound, portable, hand-launched unmanned aircraft system, known as a UAS, with a wingspan of 9.2-feet and electro-optical/infrared, or EO/IR, sensors able to beam back real-time imagery from combat-relevant locations.

The EO/IR sensors on Harris’ PUMA UAS showed live, real-time images of the insurgent activity on his one system remote video terminal, or OSRVT. The OSRVT is a laptop-like display screen and antenna able to give Soldiers like Harris advance warning of nearby threats." via DefenceTalk

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Global LCD TV Shipments Fall for the First Time Ever in Q1’12 "Worldwide TV shipments fell almost 8% Y/Y in Q1’12, the steepest rate of decline since Q2’09. Total TV shipments for the quarter were 51M units, according to the latest release of the NPD DisplaySearch Advanced Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report. The biggest contributor to this decline was a slowdown in shipments of LCD TVs, which fell year-on-year for the first time in the history of the category, declining just over 3%, to 43M units." via DisplaySearch

The Touch-y Subject Of Touch Tech For Digital Signage "There are at least a dozen different touch technology categories out there right now, and almost 200 companies selling their own variations on them.

By far, the big boy is Projected Capacitive, or P-Cap, or The Touch Thing That’s Most Like My Smartphone screen. The numbers of companies doing that has grown sharply, and the same with companies doing “multi-touch” – which by most definitions could be any number of the categories listed above, including P-Cap." via Sixteen:Nine

Next app for TI's DLP is large touchscreens "Digital light processor technology developed by Texas Instruments 25 years ago has been used to bring big-screen cinema to the digital age is now being used in picoprojectors for smartphones, cameras and tablets, company officials said. By this time next year, they predict DLP technology will powering large touchscreens." via EE Times

CMI wins Outstanding Photonics Product Award 2012 for its 50" 60Hz Frame Repeating 3D Direct-Type LED panel "Chimei Innolux Corporation (CMI) has granted “the Outstanding Photonics Product Award 2012” by the Photonics Industry & Technology Development Association (PIDA) for its 50" 60Hz Frame Repeating 3D Direct-Type LED panel, fully demonstrating the company’s superior capabilities of integrated R&D and it leadership on innovative technology." via CMI

The Phoenix Group Expands Its POS Products & Solutions Portfolio With Ingenico's Devices Designed to Handle NFC Mobile and EMV Payments "Ingenico, a leading worldwide provider of payment devices and services, and The Phoenix Group (TPG), the largest independent distributor of POS terminals and solutions in the U.S., today signed a new multi-year distribution agreement, enabling TPG to market and sell Ingenico's next generation Telium series point-of-sale (POS) devices to independent sales organizations (ISOs) in the United States. In the wake of accelerated demand for innovative products capable of securely accepting traditional magstripe, emerging EMV chip-based, contactless, and NFC-based payments both companies are making a strategic investment to offer the latest Telium POS technology and solutions to ISOs." via Market Watch


Display Industry News Source 6.19.2012

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Sharp Aquos HDTV Has A Huge 90″ Screen; Making It The World’s Largest LED 3DTV "Sharp, the company who just launched the Feel UX – the customized Android UI, has a new announcement to make. The japanese tech-giant is launching the huge 4 feet tall and 6 feet and 8 inches wide LED LCD HD 3DTV. Last year we told you aboutSharp’s 85″ Direct View LCD and now we can see that the company has set out to break its own records. With this TV set-up in your living room, you won’t feel the need to go to a theater to watch the 3D movies on the big screen ever again." via Crazy Engineers


Microsoft Announces Its First Tablet: Surface "The ARM-powered Windows RT model is one millimeter thinner than the latest iPad. It has a 10.6-inch screen with a 16:9 HD resolution, compared to the iPad’s 9.5-inch screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio. The larger display on the Surface means more weight—24 grams extra, to be precise, or just under an ounce more than its rival from Cupertino." via ZDNet

Microsoft renames its old Surface computer as PixelSense "The table-top, multitouch computer that Microsoft unveiled in 2007, which was largely relegated to retail outlets, hotel lobbies, and museums, has been rebranded as PixelSense. ...But the new name is a bit of return to the product's roots. The device's panel features 2 million sensors that have been built into the panel, between the pixels, and that trade off between picking up visible or infrared light. The technology that powers the recognition of that data, which was around 1 gigabit per second, is something Microsoft called PixelSense." via C|Net

Digital out-of-home media: Outdoor key to U.S. growth, but China is catching up fast "The U.S. remains the biggest market for digital out-of-home media, but China is closing on it rapidly – and American growth is largely driven by digital billboards, rather than place-based digital signage networks, according to latest reports." via Flatvision Industry News

Delphi Display Systems Introduces Industry’s Most Reliable Order Confirmation System "Delphi Display Systems, Inc. ("Delphi") today introduced its latest model Order Confirmation Display technology for improving order accuracy and speed-of-service at drive-thru Quick Service Restaurants. Named Endura for its durability, the new product line sets the standard for performance and reliability with the longest warranty available in the industry today. Delphi is a leading designer and manufacturer of reliable and rugged outdoor digital signage solutions." via Delphi Display Systems


Display Industry News Source 6.15.2012

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Design, Power and Entertainment Reign Supreme in VIZIO's Incredibly Sleek and Sophisticated, Premium PC Line Unveiled Today "With a stunning 24" or 27" Full HD 1080p display, included subwoofer for 2.1 surround sound audio with SRS Premium Sound HD™ and dual HDMI® inputs for connecting cable boxes and game consoles, the VIZIO All-in-One PC delivers serious entertainment. ...

With an impressive 15.6" Full HD 1080p display, performance-tuned audio with SRS Premium Sound HD™ and a long-lasting battery, the VIZIO Notebook is an all-day, on-the-go, multimedia powerhouse. ...

With a 14" HD+ or 15.6" Full HD display and a razor-thin design made possible by a durable, anodized aluminum unibody construction, the VIZIO Thin + Light is sleek enough to take anywhere and easily outperforms notebooks twice its size." via PR Newswire

Acer Iconia A700: High-resolution Android tablet "Acer is expanding its Iconia line of Android tablets with the A700. The 10.1-inch display on the A700 offers a high resolution of 1900 x 1200, making it one of the highest resolution Android tablets. ...Acer has expansion adequately covered by including a USB 2.0 port and also HDMI for connecting to big screens. ...The tablet weighs in just under 1.5 pounds and is thin at 0.43 inches. ...Battery life is claimed to be 13 hours which is probably accurate given the 9800 mAh battery." via ZDNet

OLED Beats LCD With 2,560 dpi Resolution "If you thought the 651 dpi resolution of Japan Display's upcoming LCD panels was impressive, you ain't seen nothing yet! Sony, one of the consortium's members, has pushed things even further with OLED screens with 2,560 dpi over 0.5'' (1.27 cm) and 2,098 dpi over 0.7'' (1.8 cm).

These tiny screens are actually designed for digital camera electronic viewfinders or for the displays used in OLED glasses. In fact, Sony's HMZ-T1 gaming headset already comes loaded with two 0.7" 2,098 dpi OLED screens." via DigitalVersus

InfoComm 2012 Notes And Impressions "In a lot of ways, the show reflected how so much of the business these days is about video walls and high impact visual presentations. There were a LOT of video walls, though very few play with shapes other than rectangles.

I saw some 4K screens, and the image quality is spectacular – though these screens make more sense for medical imaging than pushing QSR menus and running ads.


Maybe because it was a smaller show, and therefore they stood out more, but it seemed like there were more transparent LCD products at Digital Signage Expo than here. However, one I did notice was from Vewell. They did a nice job, like Planar has done, showing how these things could be applied as small units in higher end retail." via Sixteen:Nine

UDC and L-3 deliver ruggedized 4.3" AMOLED prototype to the US Air Force "Universal Display and L-3 Display Systems have delivered an unbreakable plastic-based knee-mounted AMOLED display system prototype to the US Air Force. The project aims to build an ejection-safe electronic flight bag system designed to replace the paper maps and checklists traditionally held on the pilot’s knee. The display (which uses UDC's PHOLED materials) is 4.3" in size and features 480x320 resolution on a plastic substrate system." via OLED-Info


Display Industry News Source 6.14.2012

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IAdea Debuts Signboard Kits For Digital Signage "The XDK-081 Signboard Kit is a versatile digital signage kit that includes a 8″ LCD panel and an IAdea SD media appliance board. By creatively combining the technology with application-specific enclosure, IAdea customers have developed unique and effective digital signage solutions." via Sixteen:Nine

iFixit Teardown: Retina MacBook Pro Will be Hard to Repair "There’s also the 220ppi Retina display itself, which is fused with the bezel, meaning that it would need to be replaced in its entirety if anything goes wrong. Add to that the fact that proprietary Flash memory is used in the Retina MacBook Pro, and you’ve got yourself a virtually irreparable $2,200 laptop that should only be fixed by Apple’s Genius Bar." via PCWorld

A New Record For LCD Resolution: 651 dpi "Japan Display, a consortium of Japanese TV giants, has developed a 2.3-diagonal-inch LCD panel (5.8 cm—a format usually found on cameras) with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. That's a record 651 dpi (dots per inch, or pixels per inch). The screens available in phones today pale in comparison." via DigitalVersus

Samsung at SID 2012 "During a keynote presentation, it was clear that Samsung sees OLEDs as enabling a revolution in displays, which they call the "Display Transformer" - with thin, light, bright, efficient, flexible and transparent panels. They see the new "creative" displays increasing the total display market by 30% (from $160 billion to $210 billion). Samsung sees OLED TVs taking up 24% of the LCD TV market by 2018, this is an actually DispalySearch's forecast." via OLED-Info

Acer Debuts Iconia Tab A700 Tablet with Full HD 1080p Display "The Acer Iconia Tab A700’s full HD 1080p LED backlit display allows customers to enjoy a visually rich experience: 1080p videos and photos look more vibrant and realistic, and social media networks and online shopping will be enjoyed with more clarity and precision. Many of the most popular Android apps – such as 3D games, reading and digital media – already support 1080p, so they can be enjoyed in greater detail on the new Acer A700 tablet.

Ensuring an optimal viewing experience, the Acer A700’s display has a 16:10 aspect ratio, 800:1 contrast ratio and a wide 178 degree viewing angle. Plus, the display is a 10-point touch capacitive screen, so it delivers a remarkable degree of accuracy and responsiveness.

In addition, customers can share video stored on the Acer Iconia Tab A700 with other devices via the tablet’s built-in micro HDMI port. The new tablet also supports dual-displays, so customers can share videos and photos on an external display. Plus, the tablet can be used as a console to play the latest games on a TV." via AkihabaraNews


Display Industry News Source 6.12.2012

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How the Retina Display MacBook Pro Handles Scaling "Earlier this morning Apple introduced its next-generation MacBook Pro equipped with a Retina Display. The 15.4-inch panel features a native resolution of 2880 x 1800, or exactly double the standard 1440 x 900 resolution of a regular 15-inch MacBook Pro. As we've seen in the past however, an ultra high resolution screen in a small form factor can make for some very difficult to read text. The Retina MBP ships with a version of OS X Lion however that supports a number of scaling modes to take advantage of the ultra high res display." via AnandTech

Chinese Software Company Allegedly To Launch a Smartphone With Retina Display! "In the wake of the newly release “Macbook pro with Retina display“, a Chinese software company Qihoo 360 quietly disclosed they are making a new budget phone that would sport a 4.5-inch Retina display. ...Specs wise, Qihoo AK47 will sport a 4.5-inch Retina display with 1280×720 resolution (326ppi), which is what the iPhone, iPad and the next generation Macbook Pro are using. ...When the device his the market, Retina display will no longer exclusive for Apple products anymore." via M.I.C. Gadget

Sony developed a 9.9" flexible OLED panel "Sony has developed a 9.9" 960x540 (111ppi) flexible OLED panel, using an Oxide-TFT (IGZO) backplane and a WOLED-CF architecture (RGBW). The thickness of this panel is only 110 um. To make this panel, Sony used two glass substrates (for the backplane and the color filters) during the production process, which were later removed. This allows Sony to use their regular OLED manufacturing process. We're not sure what kind of material is used as the final substrate." via OLED-Info

InfoComm12: DisplaySearch Conference Notes "The big drivers there are video walls and QSR menu boards. I knew Burger King was rolling out in a big way with digital menu boards but I did not know it was getting to 28,000 installed screens by this summer. Holy crap!


Mother glass production has pretty much stopped at the Generation 10 size, which means the manufacturing plant cranking out huge sheets of glass for LCDs are not going to go any huger. The market is shifting from BIG to multiple uses, i.e. all kinds of smaller screens for all kinds of devices.

Only 18 percent of the commercial display market uses LED backlit displays, though the percentage is way higher on the consumer side." via Sixteen:Nine


Display Industry News Source 6.11.2012

First impressions from SID 2012 "So, SID 2012 is now over. Personally it was a very good show, even though I hear from many exhibitors that it was slow compared to past years. There were a lot of companies showing OLED displays, lighting panels and related products, and it seems that OLEDs are starting to become mainstream. I do plan to post in-depth posts with interesting details of my talks with various OLED companies, but in the meantime, here's my own "best of SID" list." via OLED-Info

LG to launch 4K OLED TV in 2013 "Q: When will OLED TVs become mainstream, and more importantly, affordable?

It could be as early as 2014. It all depends on the actual OLED technology advancement, but we believe it is possible for OLED TVs to cost as little as 1.5 times pricier than LED TVs. By then, OLED panel makers should have invested in more mass-production lines to bring the price down. But this will largely depend on consumer demand, too.

Q: Will these OLED TVs eventually replace all LED and plasma TVs?

There'll still be LCD and LED TVs. Even today, there's still a huge demand for CRT TVs around the world. To further add, it also depends on the pricing and competitiveness of each display type. Moreover, it is more cost effective to manufacture OLED TVs in over 47-inch sizes. By 2015, around 50 percent of such panels will be based on OLED according to our forecasts." via C|NET Asia

Monitor Review: Asus PA248Q, Better Than The PA246Q? "The Asus PA248Q is a new 24-inch monitor aimed at professionals and demanding users. It's actually an update of the excellent PA246Q, and is based on the same winning formula—an IPS screen, a practical stand, native resolution higher than Full HD and factory-calibrated colours for reliable out-of-the-box results." via DigitalVersus

Fujitsu’s New 4-Wire Resistive Feather Touch Panels Expand Multi-Touch Applications "Fujitsu Components America has released a series of dual-touch, 4-wire resistive touch panels optimized for multi-touch functionality. The new panels combine the competitive features of Resistive and Projected Capacitive technology, allowing designers to expand multi-touch functionality into other applications, such as industrial equipment and controls, medical devices and automotive, using 4-wire simplicity." Fujitsu

Energy Subsidy Program in China Could Ignite a TV Price War "China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has announced details of the new energy-saving subsidy on home appliances.


Overall, this program could result in about 2 million additional TV purchases in China in 2012, and is likely to accelerate replacement of CCFL-backlit LCD TVs by LED-backlit sets." via DisplaySearch


The Flat Panel Display News Source 5.16.2012

Samsung: We're getting "huge" orders for flexible OLED panels "Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Kwon Oh-hyun says that Samsung is getting "huge" orders from other electronic makers for flexible OLED panels. Kwon re-confirms the plan to produce flexible OLEDs in 2012. According to reports, Samsung has converted several OLED lines for flexible panels, and these lines will produce 960,000 OLED "sheets" by the end of year." via OLED-Info

LED Backlights Done Right "Although most commercial LED rails for LCD displays are designed to be driven serially, General Digital employs a serial-parallel design philosophy, whereby we drive the LEDs in groupings of three or four. The advantage to this method is that instead of rendering the entire rail inoperable, a single LED failure will only affect its immediate grouping (soft failure). This means that singular or multiple LED failures will not render the monitor inoperable, and in most cases will still provide a very uniform backlight–essential for mission critical applications." via General Digital

Minuscule Microprojector Promises Bright, Touchable Displays Of The Future "These Fraunhofer microprojectors are still quite a ways off from being implemented into real phones, but the technology is certainly interesting. Based on an insect’s compound eye, the projector is a wafer of tiny LEDs that can twist and turn depending on position. This means there is no 'keystoning' and the beams striking the surface will always be 'crisp and clear.'" via CrunchGear

Evaluation Kit of OLED-Based Binocular Interactive See-through Data Eye-glasses "Using such unique system the display is working as an actuator and influences the user by virtually projected images. The user interacts via his/her gaze e.g. focusing a virtual button. The embedded camera acts as sensor and captures the current image of the users gaze and a computer-system receives these images and calculates with an eye-tracking algorithm the point of gaze coordinates and provides these coordinates to the interactive application. The application processes the user interaction and generates a new virtual image." via

Reversing Recent Declines, Large-Area TFT LCD Panel Makers Expect Shipments to Grow by 11% and Revenues by 14% in Q2’12 "Large–area TFT LCD panel shipments declined in both Q4’11 and Q1’12, reflecting adjustments in supply chain inventories. However, with brands and OEMs increasing orders and with panel makers increasing capacity utilization, Q2’12 shipments are expected to grow by double digits. This, along with the recent panel price rebound, indicates the recovery of the TFT LCD industry." via DisplaySearch


The Flat Panel Display News Source 3.23.2012

Barracuda Waterproof LCD Monitor "Designed to meet IP67 and NEMA4X standards, the Barracuda holds up against the assaults of complete immersion in liquids as well as exposure to humidity, dust, blowing sand and the like. These qualifications make it ideal for use in military and mining applications." via DisplayAllianceOpen

Aligning liquid crystal molecules "The compact size, ease of use and low power consumption of liquid crystal (LC) devices have made them popular for use in photonics products, such as displays for cellphones, televisions, and tablet computers. A typical LC device comprises a thin LC layer a few micrometers thick sandwiched between a pair of indium tin oxide (ITO) conducting glass substrates." via SPIE

TVs and Tablets to Get the "Retina Display" Treatment "Applied Materials, which makes electronics manufacturing equipment, has introduced machines that make it feasible to use an advanced approach for making displays—previously limited to R&D—at a large scale. This will enable consumer electronics companies to put screens with much higher resolution into many gadgets, Applied Materials says." via MITtechnologyreview

LCD Panel Market Shows Resilience after Japanese Earthquake "Only 5 percent of large-sized LCD panel manufacturing capacity and just 18 percent of small- and medium-sized LCD manufacturing capacity werelocated in Japan in the third quarter. In comparison, Taiwan accounted for 40 percent of large-size capacity and 55 percent of small and medium. Because of this, disruptions to Japan's manufacturing and shipments had only a minor impact on the global LCD market." via InformationDISPLAY

AMOLED penetration puts pressure on makers of small- to mid-size LCD panels "When comparing AMOLED and LTPS LCD in terms of response time, power consumption,weight, thickness and color performance, AMOLED outdoes LTPS LCD. However, AMOLEDS cost higher, but its production capacity is continually increasing, which makes it subject to price reduction in the future." via GlobalLEDs/OLEDs

China Increases its LCD Import Duty; Time to Move Fabs to China? "China’s Ministry of Finance has officially announced changes in import duties on certain products, among them LCD TV panels. As we discussed last December, discussions have been ongoing for some time about changing the LCD import dutycurrently 5% on all modules and 3% for 26” and larger TV open cells and cells (semi-finished modules). Effective April 1st, the duty on 32” and larger TV open cells and cells will be increased to 5%." via DisplaySearchBlog


The Flat Panel Display News Source 3.20.2012

Applied Materials BlogCUTTING-EDGE LCDS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW "he display industry is in the middle of one of the most significant technical transitions of the last 20 years and it is also mostly invisible to the average consumer. It has all to do with the advances taking place in transistors – the electronic switches that control the display’s picture, providing clarity and crisp imagery." via Applied Materials

Southern Products, Inc. Ships Nine New Models of LED/LCD Televisions to Fry's Electronics "Southern Products (OTCBB: SNPD), a new manufacturer of "Assembled in the USA" flat-panel televisions announced today that it has commenced shipping a full line of nine new model LED and LCD flat panel televisions to the 34 Fry's Electronics retail stores throughout the USA." via PRNewsWire

Digital Displays Explained "Super AMOLED. PenTile. LED. IPS. Super-IPS. Some of the hyped items are legitimate descriptions of new technologies, and some of them are just marketing buzzwords for minor tweaks. This guide will help you better understand how digital display technologies work, and what some of the major terms mean." via PCWorld Introduces a New 21.5" Marine / All-Weather, Widescreen, HD, Sunlight Readable LCD Monitor "The SVM-2150W 21.5" marine / all weather LCD monitor was designed utilizing LED backlighting for optimal energy efficiency while still delivering up to 1,000 Nits (Cd/m2) of pure brightness. The wide-view LCD operates in a 16:9 aspect ratio while delivering full 1080p HD resolution (1920 x 1080). Front mounted controls include, menu, brightness, contrast, night mode, input select, up/down and picture-in-picture. Resistive Touch Screen comes standard with USB connectivity." via STEALTH

Corning to Showcase Advanced Glass Innovations at FPD China 2012 "For example, Gorilla Glass, which is currently used by 33 major brands, designed into more than 600 product models, and featured on more than 600 million devices worldwide, helps meet the demand for durable display glass. Corning Gorilla Glass 2 is the next generation of the popular damage-resistant cover glass for consumer electronic devices enabling up to a 20% reduction in cover glass thickness." via Corning

Focus Media Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Results "Total net revenue for full year 2011 was $792.6 million, an increase of 54% from $516.3 million for full year 2010 which aggregate net revenue from the LCD display network, in-store network, poster frame network and movie theater network was $737.0 million, representing an increase of 55% from $475.4 million for full year 2010" via FocusMedia

Apple: We Just Sold Three Million iPads "In an announcement published moments ago, the company said that it has sold 3 million new iPads since the device’s launch last Friday." via AllThingsD

Sharp working to ship new iPad panels after delay "Sharp Corp. is trying to begin shipments of its delayed new display panels for tablet computers "as soon as possible," the company's incoming president said Monday." via MarketWatch

Chinese iPad User Proves That The New iPad Can Be Almost Too Hot to Hold "There have been several reports about some new iPad owners are finding that their tablets suffer from a serious overheating issue during typical usage. Today, a Chinese user proved it with a professional procedure that the new iPad is far hotter than previous iPads – literally – and can be uncomfortable to use." via MICgadget


The Flat Panel Display News Source 3.15.2012

LCD touchscreen elevator panel wins Good Design Award "The touchscreen replaces traditional mechanical buttons, offering elevator passengers a new, interactive experience. Featuring a full-colour LCD screen, the T2 is a totally software-customisable and vandal-proof product, and is said to be an attractive and versatile solution for every building owner wishing to extend their interior design into their elevators with an added level of sophistication." via Architecture&Design

Cleaning the Mean Screen a.k.a. How to Clean an LCD Monitor 101 "Finally, all that is left is the execution of this endeavor. After folding the lint-free wipes in half twice, spray the wipe with the cleaner. Never spray the screen directly. You’ll want to lightly wipe the screen from top to bottom. Because the height of the screen is a shorter distance than the width, you are less likely to re-deposit debris onto the screen. Also, you’ll want to wipe the screen at a rate that is slow enough to wipe away any foreign particles but fast enough not to leave smudges in its wake." via DisplayAlliance

IPAD RETINA DISPLAY: SAMSUNG LTN097QL01-A02 "iFixit tore down the new iPad and found a Samsung LTN097QL01-A02." via DisplayBlog

iFixit begins disassembling the new iPad, reveals Samsung-built LCD and processor on board "We knew it was coming, but iFixit has finally received a shiny new iPad (with LTE) to dissect. That teardown is going on right now — we're looking forward to finding out for sure that the new iPad includes 1GB of RAM (though benchmarks have already tipped us off to that), and iFixit already believes that the LCD is made by Samsung, based on the model numbers." via TheVerge

Global Flat Panel Displays Market to Reach US$110 Billion by 2017, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. "Major players in the marketplace include AU Optronics Corp., Clover Display Limited, Chimei Innolux Corporation, Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd., Densitron Technologies PLC, Emerging Display Technologies Corp., Hantronix Inc., HannStar Display Corp., LG Display Co., Ltd., Microtips Technology Inc., Okaya Electric Industries Co., Ltd., Powertip Technology Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Sharp Corporation, Toshiba Mobile Display Co., Ltd., Universal Display Corporation, Viewsonic Corporation, among others." via SFGate

TPK to start volume production of Touch on Lens panels in July "Based on TPK's roadmap, the company aims to roll out two million small-size as well as 500,000 medium-size ToL panels a month initially, said Chiang, adding that TPK has landed orders for small-size ToL panels from two clients, while waiting for verification for the medium-size models from two other clients." via DigiTimes

Digital Signage Networks Average 12.4 Employees: Survey "In our 2009 Digital Signage Pricing Study, we determined that the "average" 100-screen network takes somewhere between 7 and 15 people to run, with an average of around 9 people. Then, in our 2010 Digital Signage Pricing Study, we left the average headcount at 9, but slightly upped the average salary for these personnel to $52.5K, reflecting an across-the-board increase of 5%" via WireSpring


The Display Industry News Source 3.07.2012

Visit Kiosks4Business at the Retail Business Technology Expo "This year Kiosk4Business will be attending to debut some of their newest kiosk designs including the contemporary Okul and the newest member of the family, Nixi. Nixi is a very versatile micro kiosk which is available as desk or wall mounted. Nixi small kiosks start at screen sizes of just 10in up to 15in for but still have many of the features you would expect of a cutting edge design with options for RFID, Barcode scanner, printing and much more." via DisplayAlliance

APPLES NEW IPAD HAS A IPS-LCD RETINA WITH 2048×1536 RESOLUTION "Apples called his IPAD -> The new Ipad <- Retina with 2048×1536 resolution a new LCD-IPS LCD Retina Display with 2048×1536 resolution and 44 percent greater colour saturation and a A5X quad core graphics processor. The iPad has 3.1 million pixels with 264ppi." via OLED-Display

TPK February revenues down 9% on-month "According to TPK chairman Chao-Juei Chiang, Windows 8 can extend touch applications to notebooks, all-in-one (AIO) computers and other consumer electronics. This will also increase the size of touch panels from 3.5-inch to 10-, 15-, 22- and 32-inch models. TPK has been eager to expand product lines to cover digital cameras and gaming devices." via DigiTimes

AU Optronics, LG to make panels for iPad mini "AU Optronics and LG will make LCD panels for a 7.85in iPad that Apple will launch in the third quarter of 2012, according to reports...The report also claims that it will be Pegatron, not Foxconn that assembles the units for Apple." via Macworld

ViewSonic Spotlights Ultra Narrow 55" LCD Commercial Display and Network Media Player During DSE 2012 "The new CDX5550-L 55" slim bezel display targets the video wall industry, providing high definition brightness at 700 nits and a color contrast ratio of up to 4000:1, ensuring viewers receive beautiful HD images. The energy saving LED backlight and multiple video inputs (HDMI, VGA, DVI, S-Video, YPbPr and CVBS) provide bold picture quality. The display also features Intel's OPS slot for easy integration with any OPS compatible media player." via Technology-Digital

Shipments of 3D LCD TV Panels Reach 21M in 2011, Reaching 10% Penetration "Shipments of 3D LCD TV panels spiked to 7.8 million in Q411, up 26% Q/Q. As a result, total 3D TV panel shipments in 2011 reached 21.2 million, accounting for 10% of all LCD TV panels shipped According to the NPD DisplaySearch Quarterly Large-Area TFT LCD Shipment Report Advanced LED + 3D, panel makers are targeting very strong growth of 138% for 2012, which would lead to 3D LCD TV panel shipments of 50 million units, for a penetration rate of 21.6% of all LCD TV panel shipments." via ECN


The Display Industry News Source 2.24.2012

A Tale of Two Displays "Our fine friends at Macrumors sent us a special little something in the mail the other day – the same purported iPad 3 screen with which they confirmed the existence of a “Retina” display! Since they had no means of hooking up the LCD to an iPad 2, we investigated the issue a bit further and saw if we could get their LCD running on the current-gen iPad." via iFixit

LED-Backlit Units Made Up 52% Of LCD TV Shipments In Q4’11 "The penetration ratio of LED backlighting on LCD televisions has increased significantly over the past couple of years, having increased from just 4 percent in January 2010 to 32 percent in January 2011, and then to 54 percent in December 2011. Over the course of last year, the overall number of LED LCD TVs shipped came in at 89.7 million units, contributing to an estimated 44 percent of LCD TV shipment." via HDTVtest

Some LCD panel prices trending up, says AUO executive "Panels that have received price hikes include 24-inch monitor and TV panels, and 40- and 42-inch TV panels, Peng indicated, but added that downward pressure on prices of 32-inch TV panels is mounting due to capacity ramps by China-based makers." via DigiTimesDisplays

Samsung Settles Lawsuit, Will Repair Certain TV Models "Samsung Electronics America (SEA) issued a notice Thursday that it has agreed to offer free repairs to Oklahoma residents who purchased certain LCD, Plasma, and DLP TVs from the company that have malfunctioned due to capacitor issues." via PCMAG

Demand for auto displays to grow nearly 50% by 2015, says DisplaySearch "As flat panel displays become more prevalent in applications such as navigation, multi-functional in-console monitors and rear seat entertainment, shipments for the automotive segment are forecast to grow from 42 million units in 2011 to 62 million in 2015, according to DisplaySearch." via DigiTimesDisplays


The Display Industry News Source 2.21.2012


WHY CINQ "Using CINQ with your laptop gives you more room to work and improves your productivity instantly! Don’t believe us? Research studies have proven that using a second monitor increases productivity by as much as 50%. HD 720p is delivered via DisplayLink’s processor. The Dual Core Decode Engine and 2nd Generation DL2+ Lossless Graphics Compression allows a crisp, clear viewing experience for all your HD content." via MYCINQ

2011 LARGE-AREA TFT LCD SHIPMENTS "The next portion of the announcement I have a problem with is unit shipments. In the case of a ‘large-area’ unit shipment, a unit can be a 55-inch LCD TV panel or a 9.7-inch iPad panel. The difference between one million 55-inch LCD TV panels versus one million 9.7-inch iPad panels is big. A unit is not a unit is not a unit. Without a detailed breakdown in size a lump sum unit shipment number means very little." via DisplayBlog

Panel Price Erosion and Tablet Panel Demand Impact TFT LCD Market Dynamics "Two trends are emerging for large-area TFT LCD panel shipments: tablet PC panels are the fastest growing segment for large-area displays, and ongoing panel price erosion is impacting revenues and profitability." via ECN

Taiwan stocks open lower, Chimei Innolux down "Taiwan stocks opened down 0.17 percent on Wednesday, dragged by LCD makers, with Chimei Innolux Corp tumbling 5.6 percent after a report that it has about T$50-60 billion ($1.69-2.03 billion) in debt in China, raising concern over its repayment ability in Taiwan." via Reuters

Samsung Spins Off LCD Business to Concentrate on OLEDs "Independent operation as a company specializing in display panels going forward, is expected to enable Samsung LCD business to achieve continuous growth by strengthening its competitiveness based on the select and focus strategy and taking an advantageous position in the future display market ahead of competitors; reinforce its technological competitiveness; enhance speed in investment/strategic decision-making process; and establish autonomous and responsible management." via Xbitlabs

The Advanced Role of Professional Displays in Healthcare: Panasonic Looks at the Big Picture "The white paper "Digital Concierge: Flat Panel Display Technologies In Hospital Settings Serve As Ubiquitous Point Of Interaction Among Patients, Families, Healthcare Professionals And Hospital Administration," highlights the growing market and application examples for professional display technology in healthcare. The study, authored by BizTechReports, found growing evidence that taking a strategic and integrated approach to deploying a professional display solution, in tandem with other clinical and digital signage applications, creates a real value proposition for hospitals and healthcare facilities." via MarketWatch

Digital Signage Content: Integrating Social Media Can Garner Attention and Build Interest "Could designating on-screen real estate of a digital sign to a special Facebook page, give a business owner a way to help patrons connect with one another on screen and in so doing cut through the noise, attract the attention of customers and promote goods or services in other zones on the sign?" via DisplayAlliance


The Display Industry News Source 2.13.2012

Via TheVerge

Foxconn factories under inspection by the Fair Labor Association, at Apple's request "Foxconn isn't the only factory under scrutiny, as well: more inspections will be conducted at Quanta and Pegatron facilities later in the spring. When all is said and done, the FLA will have reviewed more than 90 percent of Apple's manufacturing facilities — the question now is what will Apple change in response to these reports." via TheVerge

SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 2 (7.0) "The 1024×600 pixel format seems weak; I was expecting new 7-inch tablets to shift to 1280×800 in light of the larger 10-inch versions moving to 1920×1080. If Apple comes out with an iPad 3 with a Retina display and drops the price of the iPad 2, I’m fairly certain this Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) will have a hard time competing." via DisplayBlog

iPad 3's rumored parts fit together perfectly: case, connector, and Sharp QXGA display "With a steady drip of possible iPad 3 components leaking out, iLab has gotten hold of a back casing, 30-pin dock connector and a Sharp panel said to have an QXGA resolution which are all rumored to be a part of Apple's next tablet. The Japanese repair shop showed off the Sharp display last week, saying it had a 2048 x 1536 resolution which would give the new tablet a pixel density of 264ppi — not quite the 330ppi of the iPhone 4's Retina Display, but still a dramatic step up over the iPad and iPad 2." via TheVerge

Atmel Introduces LED Driver That Enhances LCD TV Picture Quality, Eliminates 3D Ghosting, Enriches Video Gaming "Historically, TV OEMs have had to calculate the appropriate parameters to effectively illuminate a desired area in the backlight of a display. LED drivers would generate algorithms to set the appropriate string phase to optimize synchronization of the backlight to the LCD panel. Often, OEMs had to perform additional calculations to adjust the string phrase to ensure that the backlight was properly synchronized within the frame refresh. The MSL2164 and the MSL2166, with multiple pulse width modulation (PWM) modes—including forward, inverse, trailing and center—reduce design complexity because the timing algorithms are integrated into the devices." via TheSacramentoBee

Global LCD TV unit demand to grow in 2012 "Emerging markets will continue to drive this growth, which will be offset by sluggish demand across developed regions. Plasma TV demand is forecast to further shrink as LCD TVs become more competitive in the large-size segment." via GFKRT

Nam Tai Electronics Turns To Loss In Q4 - Quick Facts "In the fourth quarter of 2011, the company almost completed its first project which involved investing about $70 million in LCD module manufacturing equipment and facilities in the Wuxi site. The capacity expansion resulting from the company's investment program in this project may be completed by the first quarter 2012 end. Mass production of this project had been delayed until March 2012." via NASDAQ