The Display Industry News Source 12.20.2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
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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

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