T-Mobile G1: Sharp LCD, Synaptics Touch

T-Mobile G1 Specifications

Display: 3.1″ Sharp TFT LCD
Pixel Format: 320 x 480
Touch: Capacitive technology by Synaptics

T-Mobile G1: Sharp LCD, Synaptics Touch

High Tech Computer or better known as HTC is the company that manufactured T-Mobile‘s G1. The G1 is the first Android smartphone and I must admit HTC as well as T-Mobile did a decent job of putting it all together. The T-Mobile G1 is actually the HTC Dream and incorporates a beautiful 3.1″ TFT LCD with a pixel format of 320 x 480 (portrait) from Sharp. The LCD is touch enabled and uses capacitive technology from Synaptics. Taiwan’s TPK Touch Solutions is the company that brough the Sharp LCD panel and Synaptics capacity touch technology together. TPK also does the same thing for the iPhone 3G but with Wintek supplying the touch layer. It is also rumored that the touch LCD modules for the HTC Dream a.k.a T-Mobile G1 costs a bit less than the ones for the iPhone. Continue reading →

Dell: 100% Notebook PC LCD with LED Backlight by 2010

Dell is planning to transition all of its notebook PC LCDs from CCFL backlight technology to LED backlight. Why? LED has many advantages over CCFL. First off, LED consumes less energy than CCFL. And this is a good thing in light of our current energy situation. Not only that, less energy consumption will mean less out-of-pocket for electricity bills when you’re computing from home. Less energy consumption also means you can compute for longer durations since the battery will last longer, assuming the same battery is used. The second advantage is size. LED backlights allow for thinner profiles than CCFL backlights. Assuming thinner equals less weight, you’ll be using less energy to carry the thing around. Another benefit of LED technology is that it is more rugged than CCFL. I don’t recall hearing any news about broken CCFLs, but it is good to know that LEDs will be even tougher. With the new RGB LED backlights, you can expect roughly a 100% NTSC color gamut as well. Typical color gamuts on notebook PCs are at best 72% NTSC and generally much less than that. Finally, mercury is eliminated, which is an important step toward becoming more environmentally friendly. Continue reading →

Dell Precision M6400: 17″ Mobile Workstation

Dell Precision M6400 Specifications

Display: 17″ wide TFT LCD with LED Backlight
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
PIxel Format: 1920 x 1200
Color Gamut: 100% RGB
GPU: Up to 1GB NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M
CPU: Core 2 Duo Quad Core Extreme
RAM: Up to 16GB 1066MHz DDR3 (4GB x4)
Storage: Up to 1TB (500GB 2x in RAID 0 or 1)
Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1, Ultra-wideband, WWAN, GPS, WiFi (802.11a/g/n), FireWire, USB 2.0 (4), DisplayPort, eSATA
Dimensions: 15.4 x 11.0 x 1.35″
Weight: 8.5lbs (w/9-cell battery)
Availability: October 22, 2008
Price: Starts at US$2599

Dell Precision M6400: 17

Dell‘s Precision M6400 is a powerful 17″ mobile workstation. The 17″ wide TFT LCD sports a LED backlight and generates a color gamut of 100% NTSC. Could the LCD be LG Display’s recently announced 17.1″ notebook PC LCD panel sporting a RGB LED backlight? The specifications look to be similar. Continue reading →

General Displays & Technologies LLC (GDT): GE and Tatung Joint Venture for TVs

General Displays & Technologies (GDT) is the result of a joint venture between General Electric (GE) and Tatung Company. GE will hold a 49% stake in GDT.

What will GDT do? Manufacture GE-branded HDTVs including IPTVs. So, the proposal is to take advantage of the huge mindshare that GE has for kitchenware and lightbulbs and bring that into the living room in the form of a GE HDTV. And you won’t need to wait to make that decision since the first GE-branded HDTVs will be headed our way in the spring of 2009.

Digital content directly through the HDTV will be one of GDT’s goals. GDT will work with NBC Universal to develop an open platform that connects the HDTV directly to the Internet and download digital content. GDT is aiming to manufacture 2 million HDTVs in 2009.

Source: Marketing Daily, Reuters

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Toshiba REGZA 52RV530U: 52″ 1080p LCD TV for $1499.99 at TigerDirect

Toshiba REGZA 52RV530U Specifications

  • Display: 52″ TFT LCD
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Pixel Format: 1920×1080
  • Response Time: 8ms
  • Tuner: ATSC, NTSC, QAM
  • Connectivity: S-Video, VGA, Component (2), HDMI (4), Composite
  • Dimensions: 50.1 x 31.6 x 4.1″ (w/o stand), 50.1 x 33.6 x 13.1″ (w/stand)
  • Weight: 79.2lbs

Toshiba REGZA 52RV530U: 52

The Toshiba REGZA 52RV530U is a 52″ LCD TV with a pixel format of 1920×1080. The 52RV530U does not have all the bells and whistles but if you want a pretty decent and fairly large LCD TV for not a whole lot of money, you can do much worse. The 52RV530U has what is called DynaLight, which is a dynamic backlight control technology that improves the overall contrast ratio. I am not sure exactly how it works since the 52″ Toshiba unit uses a CCFL backlight. If I were to guess, Toshiba is modulating the brightness of the entire frame. This is something quite different from local dimming, a technology that is enabled with the use of a LED backlight, which the 52RV530U does not have. PixelPure 4G is integrated and works with the 14-bit video processor to generate colors from a pallet of 4,096 colors for each sub-pixel, much more than the usual 256. There is also a Gaming Mode so latency is reduced when you require the fastest responses playing games. With a price of just $1499.99 at TigerDirect the 52RV530U is a real bargain!

AU Optronics Plans G11 TFT LCD Fab in 2009

AU Optronics (AUO) is the largest LCD manufacturer in Taiwan and ranks in the top three with two others: LG Display and Samsung. AUO disclosed that the company will be constructing a 11G TFT LCD fabrication plant in 2H’09. Volume production is expected to commence in 2011 or 2012. The glass substrate size has not been determined but the fab will be located at the Erlin campus in the Central Taiwan Science Park (CSTP). In the next 10 years, AUO plans to build four LCD fabs that are G10 or larger at the Erlin location. AUO is skipping G10, the size that Sharp is currently constructing and is expected to come online in April 2009. The average size of LCD TVs will certainly grow over the next few years thanks to Sharp, AUO and others.

Source: DigiTimes

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Sony VIAO TT VGN-TT190UB: 11.1″ Blu-ray SSD Notebook PC

Sony VIAO TT VGN-TT190UB Specifications

Display: 11″ Wide TFT LCD with LED Backlight
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1366 x 768
Color Gamut: 100% NTSC
GPU: Mobile Intel GMA 4500HD (1.3GB max)
Connectivity: HDMI, WWAN (Sprint EV-DO Rev. A), VGA, Bluetooth, Ethernet, WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n), FireWire, USB 2.0 (2), Mic-In, Headphone-Out
CPU: 1.40GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400, 800MHz FSB, 3MB L2 Cache
Chipset: Intel Centrino 2
RAM: 4GB PC3-6400 (2GB x2) 800MHz DDR3
Other: Energy Star 4.0, EPEAT Silver
Storage: 256GB (128GB x2 SSD with RAID)
Optical: Blu-ray writer
Weight: 2.87 lbs
Price: US$4344.99

Sony VIAO TT VGN-TT190UB: 11.1

I went ahead to Sony’s SonyStyle TT site and checked out the most expensive version, which is the VGN-TT190UBX. It sports a 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400 CPU, 4GB RAM, 256GB (128GB x2) SSD, Blu-ray recorder, a 11.1″ wide TFT LCD with LED backlight, etc. for a hefty $4344.99. Is it worth it? I personally don’t think so. And let me tell you why. Continue reading →

Sharp G10 TFT LCD Fab Construction in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture

This picture was taken around August 31, 2008 and is the construction site for Sharp‘s G10 TFT LCD fabrication plant, which will be the largest in the world. The Sakai site will be home to not only the G10 LCD fab but also a thin-film solar production plant. Sharp’s G10 fab will be able to process glass substrates with a dimension of 2850 x 3050mm, which is roughly 60% larger than Sharp’s current G8 fabs located in Kameyama.

Sharp is investing an estimated JPY 380 billion for the Sakai LCD factory. Through a joint venture with Sony, that huge sum will be split 34:66 with Sony’s burden at 34%. The new G10 fab is expected to commence operations in FY2009 (April 1, 2009 – March 31, 2010). It can take up to three quarters for mass production to take place after production equipment has been put in place. In some cases that time can be shrunk to just one quarter. Continue reading →

Olevia 265TFHD: 65″ 1080p LCD TV for $2299.99 at woot!

Olevia 265TFHD Specifications

Display: 65″ Sharp TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1080
Response Time: 6ms
Viewing Angle: 176/176
Tuner: ATSC, NTSC, QAM
Connectivity: Component (3), Composite (2), S-Video (2), HDMI (2), VGA, DB-9 (Service)
Power Consumption: 540W (operational), <1W (standby)
Dimensions: 61.89 x 39.53 x 16.73″ (w/stand), 61.89 x 38.11 x 6.93 (w/o stand)
Weight: 200.66 (w/stand), 156.56 (w/o stand)

Olevia 265TFHD: 65

What an incredible price! A 65″ 1080p LCD TV with a Sharp LCD panel no less for just $2299.99!!! You have just today to get this deal and only at woot! “Today’s woot” will change everyday so the link below will be different tomorrow. The 265TFHD sports a pixel format of 1920 x 1080 and great viewing angles of 176/176, which by the way is just as good as the ones you’ll get with a Sharp logo on the box.

Source: woot! via Gizmodo

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Samsung SyncMaster 305T+: 30″ LCD Monitor

Samsung SyncMaster 305T+ Specifications

Display: 30″ TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Pixel Format: 2560 x 1600
Brightness: 400 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
Response Time: 6ms
Viewing Angle: 178/178
Connectivity: DVI-D (2, Dual Link)
Power Consumption: 130W (operational), <2W (standby), Energy Star
Stand: Height adjustable, swivel, tilt
Dimensions: 27.1 x 19.8 x 11″ (w/stand)
Weight: 26.5lbs (w/stand)

Samsung SyncMaster 305T+: 30

Samsung‘s SyncMaster 305T+ is the company’s latest and largest LCD monitor at 30″. It is the evolved version of the 305T, but I’m not sure what the ‘+’ is about. Anybody know? The overall specifications are on the high side with a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and a response time of 6ms. Of course with all 30″ LCD monitors you get a pixel format of 2560 x 1600. But is it worth the extra EXTRA price? Continue reading →