The Display Industry News Source 2.13.2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
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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

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