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display alliance news 9.13.2010

Mitsubishi's huge, modular OLED display set to go on sale worldwide on September 21 Before you start dreaming of 155-inch OLED displays for your home theater, let us remind you that this Mitsubishi's panel happens to pack an ignoble 69dpi pixel density. So while it is indeed a wall-sized OLED image maker, it's not exactly designed to match up to the HD rigors of modern entertainment. Composed of smaller, bezel-free modules, Mitsu's Diamond Vision OLED display has gone from CEATEC prototypelast year to a triumphant retail product this year, starting to be exchanged for cash, trinkets and favors this September 21. As you might have guessed, it's primarily intended for use in digital signage scenarios -- which should be great so long as nobody tries to perch one up in the sun. See the full press release at engadget.

Apple working on dual mode technology for LCD screens An Apple patent (number 20100225657) for systems and methods for operating a display has appeared at the US Patent & Trademark Office. It’s for LCD screens on computers and TVs to be able to run in two different modes. Embodiments of the electronic device include a display driver with the ability to receive image data in a streaming display mode or a frame-buffered display mode. In some embodiments, the electronic device may switch seamlessly between the two display modes based on which display mode will provide reduced power usage given the type and/or variability of the image data being received. The inventors are Kapil V. Sakariya and Wei H. Yao. Read more macsimumnews.

Small and midsize units for portable electronics dominate output. Large types cater to the TV market. China makers of TFT-LCD modules are increasing output by about 20 percent this year to match growing local demand and at the same time strengthen global competitiveness. Many are riding on the country’s position as a key manufacturing hub for various electronics and the largest for mobile phones and LCD TVs. The last two comprise the category’s main applications. China’s production of both is forecast to expand further this year, with January to May shipments of the first already rising 37 percent YoY. In 2009, the total was 619 million units. That of LCD TVs is expected to touch 80 million, jumping 40 percent YoY, according to iSuppli. Read more at globalsources.

Toshiba to rank second among Japan-based LCD TV vendors in 2010 Toshiba is narrowing its LCD TV shipment gap with Sharp and is expected to exceed Sharp and rank second among Japan-based LCD TV vendors in 2010. Toshiba's LCD TV shipments continue to increase, and the company expects to ship 13-14 million LCD TVs in 2010, beating Sharp's 11-12 million shipments for the year. LCD TV manufacturers such as TPV Technology and Compal Electronics are expected to benefit from the increasing shipments of Toshiba. Read more at digitimes.

Using LCD Screens and Displays in Industrial Locations LCD devices have revolutionised the TV and display world. Flat panel screens are no longer just a device found in living rooms and TV parlours but is used for computer displays, digital signage and even on the shopfloor in factories and industrial locations. The reason for the success and widespread use of LCDs is two-fold; firstly, LCDs have plummeted in price and are now far cheaper a device than the former CRT based TVs ever were. Secondly, LCD TVs are flatter and lighter than their predecessors so they take up less space and are easier to install on walls or mounts. Sourced from Armagard.

Sluggish TV Sales Create Huge Glut of LCD Panels Lower-than-expected flat-screen TV sales worldwide have created a glut in liquid-crystal display (LCD) panels that's unlikely to dissipate anytime soon, even with the release of new products such as 3-D TVs, according to two separate reports released this week. Global manufacturers shipped 98.8 million LCD panels during the first half of the year, while only 76.2 million LCD sets were shipped, indicating an overage of 30%, iSuppli said in areportyesterday. Such widening inventory has caused panel makers to drop prices to near-cost level, according to iSuppli. Read more at dailyfinance.

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