display alliance news 8.17.2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Chris Sava

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

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

Nippon Electric Glass Drops on Barclays Rating Cut.

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

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

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