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display alliance news 9.7.2010

Functional E-Noa Interpad Plays Catch Up In The Tablet Race.
Shane McGlaun of Geeky-Gadgets says, a yet to be finished Tegra 2 Interpad was put on display at the ongoing IFA 2010 for fanboys to have a glimpse of. We say yet to be finished because the people at E-Noa admit they’re still working out a suitable custom UI that complements its 10-inch 1024×600 display. Read the full article at geekygadgets.

Color Filter Could Boost LCD Efficiency by 400%
Megan treacy of ecogeak  tells us, researchers at the University of Michigan have created a color filter that could boost the efficiency of LCDs, the power hog of all your gadgets, by more than 400 percent, and no, I didn't add an extra zero there. The researchers made an optical film that colors and polarizes the light that passes through an LCD, taking the place of the several layers of optical devices that typically serve the same function in an LCD.  Those multiple layers give rise to inefficiencies:  the best LCDs out today only emit eight percent of the light their backlights produce. The researchers found that the film allowed 36 percent of the light to make it through - a huge increase. Read more at ecogeek.

Panasonic predicts the death of direct LED TVs.
Direct LED TVs will soon disappear from the shelves and be replaced by cheaper Edge LED and plasma screens. That's according to Markus Wagenseil, Panasonic's technical marketing manager. Speaking to TechRadar in Berlin last week, Wagenseil said that Direct LED technology is not viable and will be extinct within two years. "For direct LED LCD we don't feel there is a market any more because the price pressure on TVs is incredibly high," he said. Read more at techradar.

Digital Signage: LCD Panels Dominate the Market as Crts Experience a Rapid Decline.

In its Q3 ’07 “Quarterly Worldwide Flat Panel Forecast Report,” the display market research specialist reveals that CRTs will account for 5.5 percent of all display revenue in the quarter compared to TFT LCDs, which will generate 84.5 percent of all display revenue. In dollars that’s $20.3 billion for LCD panels to $1.3 billion for CRTs worldwide. Read the full article at 1080p.

Samsung updates on AMOLED displays.
Samsung (or actually Lee Woo-Jong, SMD's marketing VP) is giving us some interesting updates on their AMOLED displays and production plants. So first of all, they expect the new 5.5-Gen plant to start mass producing in July 2011. The new plant will increase Samsung's AMOLED capacity ten-fold: from 3 million displays a month to 30 million (assuming all displays made in the new plant will be around 3"). Read the full article at oled-info.

LG LEX8 with Nano lighting: A revolution in LCD TVs?
LG's Nano technology adds an additional layer between the LED backlight and the LCD panel. This layer has thousands of tiny dots that help to diffuse the light in a more effective way than existing technology. Something like Nano is useful for LCD TVs because, thus far, their Achilles heel has been patchy, uneven backlights that either produce visible hot spots at the edges of the screen, or halos around bright objects on dark backgrounds.  LG also claims that its new 'micro pixel control' technology will improve the accuracy of local LED dimming even further, and make the LEX8 one of the most impressive LCD screens ever made. Read the full article at CNET UK.

Samsung launches Samsung Takeback and Recycle (Star) Program in India.
In a bid to promote e-waste recycling, Samsung India has launched a new initiative called as the Star program or Samsung Takeback and Recycle Program. The initiative will be rolled out nationally in phases where consumers will be able to bring their any Samsung product for recycling. Consumers will be able to dispose their product at 235 locations in 20 cities or can avail the product collection facility for a nominal fee. Read more at samsunghub.

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