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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

Image via Sarah Tew / C|Net

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


The Display Industry News Source 1.17.2012

Surface 2.0 -- giant, interactive table -- now being shipped "The $8,400 table ($9,049 including stand) that can also be mounted on the wall is being targeted to hospitality and retail ndustries. It has a touch-sensitive, 40-inch LCD screen that can see and sense whatever's on it, recognizing up to 50 points of simultaneous touch and multiple users (rather than just the typical one user a tablet recognizes)." via TheSeattleTimes

General Digital's 15" XGA LED/NVIS Display "General Digital has taken NEC’s very impressive 15" Super-Transmissive Natural Light TFT and done the impossible—we have made it better! GDC began by replacing the four cold cathode fluorescent lamps which comprise the OEM backlight with two of our proprietary NVIS / high brightness LED rails. The conversion to LED technology not only makes the solution greener (no mercury content), but it also improves the luminance efficiency, and provides full NVIS compatibility. The General Digital-enhanced 90-4150-002 display produces nearly twice the brightness (1000 nits) as the OEM configuration (NL10276BC30-18C) while consuming similar power (15 watts)." via DisplayAllianceOpen

Flat-panel displays-Cracking up "When flat-panel televisions began to take off in 2002, they were a money-maker. By 2004 firms like Samsung and Sharp were earning profit margins of 10-15% a year—among the best returns in the consumer-electronics business. One reason for the windfall may have been price-fixing between 2001-06, for which many LCD makers were fined in America, Europe and elsewhere. The rosy picture changed after 2006 when many new factories came online, expanding capacity dramatically." via TheEconomist

Keywest Technology Recommends First Step to a Successful Digital Signage Campaign "The use of digital signage is varied and diverse, which means the background, knowledge and skill brought to creating content to be delivered via this powerful medium is just as diverse and varied." via DisplayAllianceOpen

Kyocera to Acquire 100% Ownership of OPTREX Corp. "Kyocera Corporation has announced that it has completed a share transfer agreement with three investment funds operated by Japan Industrial Partners, Inc. to acquire all shares of Optrex Corporation — a specialized manufacturer of liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and related products — in order to further strengthen and expand its LCD and touchscreen panel businesses. Effective February 1, 2012, Optrex will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera Corporation." via InformationDISPLAY

Kiosks4business Produce New Small Micro Kiosks for Retail "Kiosks4business designers have created a contemporary new range of Micro Kiosks under the name of Nixi. Nixi kiosks are designed for applications where space is limited and can be wall mounted or desk mounted. The design and features make Nixi represent a real alternative to using consumer products such as Ipads and other tablet devices. With Nixi, power and networking connections are hidden so no need for external power supplies." via DisplayAllianceOpen

Samsung to start producing 46-inch transparent LCD "'The transparent LCDs are products that contain limitless potential as they could be named the next-generation display technology,' said a Samsung official. 'Through our lineup of transparent displays, we plan to create a new market and make it our new growth engine that could drive up the globally sluggish LCD industry.'" via TheKoreaHerald

WHY ANDROID SMARTPHONES ARE BIGGER THAN THE IPHONE "When the 960×640 3.5-inch Retina Display was introduced with the iPhone 4, the rest of the smartphone industry had to do something about it. At the time most of the competition was at 800×480 on displays much larger. With the Retina Display Apple shifted the focus of attention on a smartphone display to resolution, specifically to a resolution threshold of about 300 ppi on a smartphone that’s used at a distance of about 12 inches." via Display Blog


The Display Industry News Source 1.13.2012

via TheVergeThe best of Samsung's 2012 TV lineup: 75-inch Series 8 LED, 55-inch OLED, and 4K prototype display "The Series 7 and Series 8 TVs also support the new smart evolution upgrade kit, though we still were unable to get a look at the port itself. There was also a prototype of Samsung's 70-inch 4K by 2K ultra high definition display. There's no word on when this might hit the market, but the rest of Samsung's displays (minus the OLED) should hit the market sometime in Q1." via TheVerge

Flat Panel Displays-Michigan Engineering Online Learning "If you are interested in learning about the technology of flat panel displays in consumer electronics and the automotive industry, this is the class for you! It is uniquely multidisciplinary and offers specialized knowledge that will help you make good choices as a consumer—or will give you an advantage in your professional and marketing career." via

Portwell Announces New All-in-one In-vehicle Turnkey Telematics Solution with 8˝ touch screen and One-Key-Recovery "Featuring the peace-of-mind of One-Key-Recovery, the new PTH-2080A in-vehicle telematics platform integrates the vehicle’s engine data, location information, video images and sensed data, then transmits it to a control center at a remote site via its embedded communications module. PTH-2080A features an 8-inch display that uses 4-wire resistive LCD touchscreen technology for ease of use and simplifies data reading and operation during driving." via DisplayAllianceOpen

Samsung Re-enters the Japanese TV Market "Given the fact that the flat panel TV boom is over in Japan, and that Japan is a market where foreign brands don’t have much room to play, it is interesting to see that Samsung is planning on re-entering the Japanese TV market. What might be driving Samsung to do this?" via FlatVisionIndustryNews

LCD, LED segment is growing consistently: MIRC Electronics "The LCD, LED segment is showing consistent growth. Yes, more costs have to be passed on to the consumer in the coming months. So, all of us are pensive about how this would impact the consumer demand because another 4-5% price hike may result in some kind of a consumer demand slowing down." via moneycontrol

Latest iPad 3 rumor: LG, Samsung will build its screen, not Sharp "What that means is Sharp’s IGZO technology will not be powering the rumored retina display with 2,048×1,536 resolution. That tech, which uses indium, gallium and zinc, could have potentially made the iPad thinner, but perhaps it had yield issues that led Apple to keep using IPS technology for its screen." via ZDNet

Shipments of 9.7-inch iPad panels to top over 65 million units in 2012, says DisplaySearch "Shipments of 9.7-inch flat panels for iPads are expected to top over 65 million units in 2012 compared to 48 million units shipped in 2011, DisplaySearch has estimated." via DigitimesDisplays


The Display Industry News Source 1.09.2012

via PCWorld

MultiTaction 55-inch Multi-Touch Display Can Track Hundreds of Fingers "A key problem with touch displays is the detrimental effects of extraneous ambient light, he said. Another MultiTouch technology, Hybrid Tracking, combats this problem by alternating between tracking reflections and tracking shadows, a technique which ignores most external lighting, according to the company." via PCWorld

LG Spectrum: 4.5-inch IPS LCD pips Retina Display PPI count, borders on Galaxy Nexus size "Its also got a massive PPI (pixels per inch) count, packing in more detail than an iPhone Retina Display across a larger area. That said, we’re sure that your average pair of eyes won’t be able to notice much of a difference between the iPhone 4 / 4S’s 326 PPI and the Spectrum’s 329 PPI." via recombu

AIS Offers a 20.1” Rugged Rack Mounted LCD Display for Military, Naval Combat, Army and Airborne Applications "American Industrial Systems Inc. (AIS) is an ISO 9001:2008 certified supplier and manufacturer of a 20.1” rugged rack mount LCD display (1600x1200 UXGA), which is designed to perform in harsh environments and extreme conditions for specific naval combat, army and airborne applications." via mfrtech

SunBrite announces Signature line of outdoor LCD TVs, let you get your real housewives fix rain or shine "The televisions are built to withstand whatever mother nature can throw at them thanks to a high-impact resin exterior and dual cooling fans robust enough for the TVs to handle temperatures as low as 10 below or as high as 122 degrees. Called the Signature line, there are 55-inch, 46-inch, and 32-inch models that do 1080p and come with the standard array of connections: HDMI, component A/V, S-Video, composite video, and VGA." via engadget

WOLED "A WOLED display generates color by using a color filter. The downside of using a color filter is light absorption of about 70% on a typical LCD. LGE’s announcement mentions “4-Color Pixels” and I believe that’s code for RGBW. This is not implemented at the OLED level but only at the color filter level. The white is absolutely necessary because a 55-inch WOLED TV will require a tremendous amount of power to generate enough brightness that is equivalent to a 55-inch LCD TV." via DisplayBlog

Intel including touch screen capabilities in future ultrabooks "Despite some thoughts that raising your arm to touch a laptop screen wouldn't be ergonomic, Intel's done testing that shows people don't mind. Given the expanded touch capabilities built into Windows 8, we wouldn't be surprised to see this technology make it into consumer's hands sometime this year, but Intel didn't say when these models might be available." via TheVerge

ComQi Builds “Magical” Mirrors Into Offer "The technology and concept is actually more than a decade old, with its roots in the Interactive Institute Stockholm, in Sweden. This version of it was developed in conjunction with the Creative Advisor Group, an Interactive Institute Stockholm spin-off. The app has been configured to run on ComQi’s EnGage digital signage platform." via SixteenNine


The Display Industry News Source 1.02.2012

via GagdetWiki

Transparent LCD Displays from Samsung "In our quest for sustainable development, energy-saving gadgets play an important role...That is why Samsung’s new technology of a transparent LCD display is a milestone. Unlike conventional LCD displays that rely on a back-light unit (BLU), Samsung’s 46 inch LTI460AP01 Transparent LCD display uses ambient light sources such as indoor lighting and sunlight." via GadgetWiki

Apple reportedly using new display tech for iPad 3 "Supply chain reports released on Friday indicate that Apple will opt for indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) instead of in-plane switching (IPS) display panels for its upcoming iPad 3. The change would provide benefits in terms of energy consumption, cost reduction and improved resolution." via GigaOM

Core Systems Releases New 2U Rackmount Dual 19" LCD Display "The new 2U dual screen rackmount LCD features side-by-side 19” LCDs in an ultra short depth of 20”. The all-aluminum construction provides for a sturdy light weight chassis. Each 19” LCD screen offers a resolution of 1,280 x 1,024 pixels, a color depth of 16.7 million colors, and a contrast ratio of 500:1. The MLD1920-RDS features an integrated kill switch for all electronics, dual thumb screw locks and integrated heavy duty friction slide rails." via PRWeb

TV Makers Planning New Sizes and Backlights for 2012 "The new sizes will include 36.5-inch W, 39-inch W, 43-inch W, 48-inch W, and 50-inch W. There will also be new backlight designs, including direct-type LED backlights, thick backlights, and scanning backlights." via tom'sGUIDE

Taiwan flat panel production value tops NT$1.39 trillion in 2011, says PIDA "The production value of TFT LCD panels produced by Taiwan flat panel makers totaled NT$1.39 trillion (US$45.89 billion) in 2011, including NT$797 billion for large-size panels and NT$241.8 billion for small- to medium-size panels, according to an estimate of the Taiwan Photonics Industry and Technology Development Association (PIDA)." via DigitimesDisplays

2012 Should Be Another Banner Year for HD "Also setting the pace has been the sale of HD televisions – particularly flat-screen LCD sets. Spurred by rapidly dropping prices, sales are up almost 48%, according to NPD. While the China and other parts of the world are quickly adopting 3D-HD technology, North Americans are opting to upgrade to larger, cheaper HD sets and also buying their second or third HD screen." via Technorati

Kyocera offers lifetime LCD supply "A lifetime supply of liquid-crystal displays (LCDs) is being guaranteed to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) by Kyocera Corp., which recently extended its acquisition of LCD and touchscreen suppliers by purchasing Optrex Corp." via rdfdesignline


The Display Industry News Source 12.29.2011

via Wintek

Touchscreens adopt on-cover over in-cell LCD "Vendors worldwide are being pressured by smartphone and tablet makers to quickly integrate touch into the display itself, using in- or on-cell sensors, but slow development has prompted add-on touchscreen vendors to offer interim sensor-on-cover, touch-on-lens, and similar one-glass solutions, at least for 2012." via EETimes

Kyocera To Buy LCD Maker Optrex "Through the acquisition, Kyocera aims to strengthen and expand its LCD and touchscreen business. Optrex will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera, effective February 1, 2012." via RTTNews

8000 Strike At Nanjing LG Display Plant "The reason for the strike: year-end bonuses. Modularizing LCD panels is labor intensive, so LCD manufacturers rushed into China to set up LCD module factories. I gather from this strike cost has been increasing for some time. At some point companies will look to mechanized labor as a solution." via DisplayBlog

Sony Exits S-LCD Panel Venture "After Samsung Buyout Korean technology giant Samsung has announced that it is buying out Sony’s entire stake in their LCD joint venture, and will pay the equivalent of £600 million for the latter’s share. For the past seven years, Sony’s television business has been making a loss, and the agreement has been reached as Sony restructures its TV operations." via HDTVtest

Android Handset’s Display Resolution Improved Using LCD Resolution App "With the LCD Resolution app, which has been developed by Wemobs Labs, you can “force” the display resolution of your Android phone to be better than what it was shipped with. The app just changes the pixel density and it will appear like you have changed the display resolution." via MobileMagazine

AUO, CMI to introduce AMOLED panels in 2012 "Taiwan-based panel makers AU Optronics (AUO) and Chimei Innolux (CMI) will both introduce AMOLED panel products in 2012 to compete against Korean rivals who have been dominating the market for a technology that poses a strong challenge to TFT LCD in the display market." via DigitimesDisplays


The Display Industry News Source 12.20.2011

Nook teardown by iFixit

Nook Tablet Teardown "A closer look at one of the ribbon cables reveals a FocalTech FT5406EE8 Capacitive Touch Panel Controller. Ready for more shocking similarities to the Kindle Fire? The Nook Tablet’s 7″ IPS display also runs at a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels and produces the same 16 million colors. Unreal!" via iFixit

LTPS, IGZO backplane production to surge 150% in 2012, says DisplaySearch "The explosive growth of smartphones and tablets has made high performance TFT technologies, particularly LTPS (low temperature polysilicon) and IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide), critical to production of the high resolution displays used by these devices. These TFT technologies employ high mobility semiconductor materials, which allow panel manufacturers to shrink TFT dimensions and increase light transmission. LCDs with greater than 230 ppi (pixels per inch) resolution, such as Apple's Retina Display, are enabled by high transmission because it minimizes power consumption, allowing mobile devices to run longer without recharging." via DigitimesDisplays

MagnaChip to supply WVGA AMOLED driver ICs for multiple Windows phones "MagnaChip announced that they are providing 480X800 AMOLED display driver ICs for multiple Microsoft Windows-based smartphones. The company didn't say which companies they are supplying to, although it's probably Samsung." via OLED-Info

Wintek Eyes AMOLED Biz "The shipment of OGS (One Glass Solution) touch panels is expected to surge in 2012, and Wintek Corp.`s OGS products have been adopted by some international smartphone vendors in their new models, according to Wintek chairman Hyley Huang...To cash in on the boom in the AMOLED (double-emission active matrix organic light-emit diode) market, Wintek has tied up with Chinese partner Tianma Micro-electronics Co., whose 5.5th-generation (5.5G) low temperature poly-silicon (LTPS) thin film transistor-liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) factory is scheduled to kick off volume production in 2013." via CENS

NBC Selling Other Half Of NYC Taxi Fleet’s Screens "VeriFone Systems, Inc. and NBCUniversal have announced “a significant long-term strategic and advertising sales agreement” that puts news, information and entertainment programming in more than 12,000 taxi cabs, including 6,800 in the New York fleet." via SixteenNine

Little iPads, Little Pixels, And Resolution Independence (An Apple Rumor Medley) "Earlier this week a little bird told Digitimes that the upcoming redesign of the MacBook Pro won’t simply be thinning down the body, but will upgrade the displays to a mind-blowing 2880×1800 resolution. And then just today there has been a recurrence of the 7.85″ iPads we first heard about in October. The implications of the first rumor especially are quite serious, and while the second one seems unlikely, its resilience must be acknowledged." via TechCrunch

APPLE IS NOW FORCED TO BUILD A 7-INCH TABLET "I don’t think there has been one day Apple has been idle since Steve Jobs came back to run the show in 1997. I’d bet for the foreseeable future everyone at Apple will be working as best as they can every single day. Apple will most likely upend markets, piss off incumbents, just to get us some insanely great products and services. But I don’t think a 7-inch tablet is one of them." via DisplayBlog


The Display Industry News Source 12.15.2011

Portable Laptop Side Monitor Boosts Productivity "Less than a pound, Cinq delivers 10.1 inches of smooth 720p/16:9 video using DisplayLink's lossless image compression technology. It can physically attach to your laptop in portrait or landscape position -- and auto-rotates when quickly changing between the two -- or be placed on the included adjustable stand, especially handy for one-on-one presentations. It gets both power and data from a single USB connection and has a built-in SD card reader for quickly referencing multimedia and other files." via DiscoveryNews

Hands-on with the first Android device to features Qualcomm's Mirasol display "The current Mirasol displays can only do 40 frames per second (Kyobo is capped at 30 fps), but we expect future generations of the display tech to handle full HD video with higher frame count and better color reproduction. Expect to see Mirasol displays in more Android devices like tablets and smartphones in the second half of 2012." via AndroidandMe

Samsung launches concept demo for flexible translucent 3D display "It may be years before we see anything like this, but with fierce competition in the tablet computer sector, Samsung might be willing to invest a lot of money to make this a reality. Samsung suggested we could see the first flexible smartphones and tablets next year." via VR-Zone

Turn Your Old Netbook or Laptop Into a Touchscreen PC "We've looked at turning a MacBook into a tablet computer and even written some software for you to turn it into a nice heads up display, but Instructables user mkarvonen has created a how-to that demonstrates how to turn virtually any laptop into a touchscreen tablet—so long as you have the requisite patience." via LifeHacker

Transparent LCD Technology – Endless Possibilities "Transparent displays have a wide range of use in all industry areas as an efficient tool for delivering information and communication. Corporations and schools can adopt the panel as an interactive communication device, which enables information to be displayed more effectively. The transparent LCD panels have a high transmittance rate, which enables a person to look right through the panel like glass, and it consumes 90% less electricity compared with a conventional LCD panel using back light unit." via SENDAE

Input Lag Testing "Input lag is described as the lag between the output from a graphics card and the image which is displayed on the screen you are using. For LCD screens this should not be confused with pixel response time which describes the speed at which a pixel can change from one orientation to another. Pixel response times impact aspects such as motion blur and ghosting in moving images. On the other hand input lag is a delay between what is sent to the monitor, and what you actually see." via TFTCentral

2880×1800 MACBOOK PRO "I don’t think the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro will get the Retina treatment first. The 15-inch MBP comes in two pixel formats: 1440×900 and 1680×1050. Sooner than later my guess is the lower-end 1440×900 will no longer be offered. You wouldn’t want the latest and greatest to be associated with something that will be EOLed. Besides putting lots of pixels into a bigger display is much harder." via DisplayBlog

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