LEDs Magazine: Osram Opto Semiconductor has been contracted by Ford Motor Company to provide LED lighting solutions. Osram’s LED lighting will be used as the light source for Ford’s newly upgraded “Ice Blue” interiors. The Ice Blue interiors feature a consistent color for instrumentation, radios, climate control and switches. Ford’s 2008 Ford Focus and the 2008 Ford Escape will feature Ice Blue interiors.
A unified interior lighting scheme is a much needed feature for most American cars. European automobiles from the likes of BMW, Mercedes Benz, Audi and even VWs have had consistent interior lighting. It is about time American cars feature lighting that is consistent throughout.
Heptagon is a Finland-based micro-optics specialist and has established a US subsidiary located in San Jose, CA. Heptagon manufactures miniature optics for LED lighting and the US subsidiary will be a sales, marketing and business development office. With LED there are multiple challenges including: increasing light efficiency, package reduction, function optimization and cost of ownership reduction. Heptagon has developed both micro-optical elements and monolithic micro-optics. The company’s monolithic micro-optics integrate micro-optics on the LED device without requiring assembly and can be fabricated on the LED wafer itself.
Source: Heptagon, LEDs Magazine
Nitto Denko will construct a new optical films plant in Guangming Hi-tech Park in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China. Nitto Denko is the market leader for polarizers that are used in the manufacture of LCDs. Currently there are only three LCD manufacturers in China that include Infovision Optronics, SVA-NEC and BOE OT. However, my guess is Nitto’s new optical plant would supply LCD manufacturers in Taiwan. Also, the polarizer repair market is strong and would generate revenues for Nitto as well.
Source: Tech On
Philips’ Cineos 32PF9731D is the smaller version of the brilliant 37PF9731D. Trusted Reviews gives it 9/10 overall and 10/10s for both Design & Features and Image Quality. The 32PF9731D uses Philips’ Ambilight system that shines light that surrounds the TV. The light color matches the content of what you are viewing and enhances the overall experience. There are two HDMI inputs, VGA, two USB ports, an Ethernet port, a multi-format card reader and the list goes on. Compatible file formats that can be displayed on the 32PF9731D are: MP3, JPEG, MPEG1 and 2 and 4, DivX as well as XviD.
ClearLCD technology is incorporated that reduce motion blur and improves black levels, two challenging areas that LCD technology continues to suffer from. ClearLCD uses an over driving circuitry that improves liquid crystal response times. Also by using a hot cathode fluorescent lamp (HCFL) technology verses the regular hot cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) technology, Philips is able to blink the backlight so that light output is minimized during dark scenes and maximized during bright scenese. The HCFL is thicker than CCFL but is substantially more durable and can withstand the continuous blinking. Video processing is completed by Philips’ Pixel Plus 3HD.
The main drawback of the 32PF9731D is the lack of Full HD 1080p capability and sports only a 1366 x 768 pixel format. Its larger brethren, the 37PF9731D is Full HD 1080p capable, but with a much bigger price tag. The 37PF9731D can be had for just over $1000, while the 32PF9731D is a bit less ranging in the mid-$900s.
Source: Trusted Reviews
The folks over at Engadget reports that Sharp’s 62″ high-resolution display sporting 4096 x 2048 was an experience “reminiscent of sitting by a window, and not by a display.” Now that sounds pretty awesome. The 62″ display has a total of 8.3 megapixels signaling the arrival of display technology that match mid- to high-end image capture technologies. For the most part, image capture technology is much more advanced in terms of the total number of pixels. Partly responsible for the advanced state of image capture technology is the fact that it is based on semiconductor technology. Most semiconductor technology tend to follow “Moore’s Law” with size continuing to decrease while performance increases.
Samsung Electronics is enjoying record sales for LCD TVs in Vietnam. Vietnam represents 5% of Samsung’s Southeast Asia region sales. Southeast Asia regional sales revenue hit $10 billion in 2006, growing from $8.7 billion in 2005. LCD TV sales in the region grew more than six fold to 250,000 in 2006. Samsung is planning to build a plant in Vietnam that will volume manufacture PC monitors and printers. Samsung already has a plant in Ho Chi Minh City that produces LCD TVs.
Source: The Korea Herald
McLean Bible Church, Vienna, VA tapped Christie to install a multi-projection DLP system to enhance visual experience in the church auditorium, smaller auditorium and church lobby. In the main auditorium, there are 15 systems that were installed; four systems were installed in the Smith Center and another four were installed in meeting rooms. All of these systems are monitored and controlled by ChristieNETâ„¢ networking. Although I am not so thrilled at churches transitioning toward having more entertainment content instead of focusing on the Bible and praying, Christie’s projection systems should enhance the visual experience for those attending McLean Bible Church.
Matrox is giving notebook PC users the ability to have two external displays running with its DualHead2Go Digital Edition box that connects to the VGA port. The DualHead2Go Digital Edition can support two displays with 1920 x 1200 pixels each for a total of 3840 x 1200 pixels of digital real estate! The notebook PC’s OS detects the DualHead2Go Digital Edition as an ultra-widescreen monitor which is then split into two or more standard resolutions compatible with the attached displays. I can attest to the increase in productivity when using more than a single monitor as I do not need to constantly Alt-Tab or maximize/minimize windows. Matrox states that the DualHead2Go Digital Edition is compatible with both Windows-based PCs and Macs. Source: Matrox
xRez has a gigapixel image of El Capitan, Yosemite. Although I am not quite convinced that the image has that many pixels, you can zoom in quite a bit and see some really cool details. John Nack on Adobe comments that the picture has 3.8 gigapixels! After going to the main site and looking at other “Extreme Resolution” pictures on xRez, I do believe their claim of gigapixel-level pictures to be quite convincing. Have a look: xRez.
Vidikron introduced its VL-40 and VL-46 LCD TVs sporting 1920 x 1080 pixel formats that allow for Full HD 1080p video. The VL-40 (40″) and VL-46 (46″) join Vidikron’s DView line of LCD TVs that feature the company’s Imagix video processing and IntelliWide technology that upconverts and scales video signals to fit the 16:9 1920 x 1080 display. Both units have an ATSC tuner that is compatible with NTSC signals, and dual HDMI with HDCP inputs. Contrast ratio is 1000:1 for both units.
Unfortunately, with a gray casing, the two units do not look modern as do silver units and neither do they minimize distractions as do black units. The 1000:1 contrast ratio is certainly nothing to sneeze at but with other brands sporting advanced electronics that increase the contrast ratio to more than 10,000:1, these two Vidikron units seem to be a bit in need. The Full HD 1080p capability is a great feature but cannot be used with the VGA connection as that is limited to just a 1024 x 768 pixel format, a slight oversight as many users will want to combine the use 1920 x 1080 pixels for HD viewing as well as PC-based multimedia use.
Source: Home Toys, Vidikron