Kent Displays has developed a new LCD that is extremely thin, quite flexible and is rugged. How thin? How about 30 microns, thinner than a strand of hair. It is also rugged enough for military applications. The prototype sports a pixel format of 320 x 160, not quite ready for prime time but the prototype shows that this new LCD can be easily seen in very bright ambient environments. “Reflex” is the LCD coating that allows for ultra-wide viewing angles and high viewability in bright sunlight. Reflex is based on cholesteric LCD (ChLCD) technology. Reflex displays do not require any power to maintain an image so as long as the image on the LCD does not change the Reflex display is consuming zero energy. Electronic price tags in supermarkets or larger ones at gas stations might be potential applications. In other words, Kent Displays’ Reflex LCD feature similar features to electronic paper display technology developed by companies like E Ink. Continue reading →
HardwareZone: The Sharp AQUOS Fulltouch 931SH is getting really close to a perfect display on a mobile phone. The Fulltouch 931SH, available from SoftBank, sports a 3.8-inch LCD with touch capability and an incredibly packed pixel format of 1024×480. Just imagine full-sized Internet surfing on a mobile phone! In addition the Fulltouch 931SH features a 5.2MP camera with an image sensor based on CMOS technology. This should at least suggest that the Fulltouch 931SH will take some very decent pictures. The touch capability on the Fulltouch is multitouch (as seen on one of the pictures in the gallery). More info and gallery after the jump.
The AQUOS Fulltouch 931SH is a slider phone. I hope Sharp comes out with other versions such as one that has a QWERTY keyboard. All that attractive display hardware becomes quite useless without an operating system that takes advantage of it. From the look of the pictures of the OS, I’m guessing that it’s going to be very difficult to make full use of the amazing display. The OS is simply ugly and very user unfriendly. It is interesting to see there is a physical (and on the screen) Yahoo! button, here’s why: Japan’s SoftBank group markets its consumer broadband services under the Yahoo! brand.
I think Apple’s iPhone 3G’s chassis is big enough to incorporate this 3.8-inch 1024×480 touch LCD. Speaking of the iPhone, the Fulltouch’s front design looks very similar. Except for the absence of the single button on the iPhone the Fulltouch sports an all display surface, a rounded rectangular cutout for your ear when talking and a silver-colored rounded bezel. Now if Apple could shrink the round button into a button the exact size of the rectangular cutout for the sound to the ear, it could make enough room for this amazing 3.8-inch LCD.
Japanese iPhone 3G customers will get a treat: a little gadget that receives the 1-Seg mobile terrestrial digital audio/video and data broadcasting service and sends it out in WiFi signals. The 1-Seg gadget also works as a battery extender when connected via the iPhone 3G’s dock connector. Very nice. Mobile TV is quite popular in South Korea as well. I don’t know how people do it but they are able to dodge poles and people while their eyes are glued to their mobile phones! Continue reading →
Barron’s: Corning announced its Q4’08 outlook and it is disappointing but not surprising. Corning expects Q4’08 revenues of US$1.2 billion to $1.3 billion with profits of 20-28 cents per share. Wall Street was expecting revenues of US$1.54 billion and profits of 42 cents per share. Quite a disparity! Corning also expects glass volume to be down 10%-20% Q/Q with its wholly owned businesses down 20%-30% Q/Q. Samsung Corning Precision (SCP) is expected to decline by 5%-15% Q/Q. And on a Y/Y basis, glass volume is expected to 2%-13%. What is interesting is that Corning has been telling everyone that they have not seen any decline in LCD TV demand.
Corning is only partially at fault for the company had a single source for US LCD TV retail sales and that source was signaling that everything was humming along as usual. Up until now. The “everything is OK” response from Corning was unusual as many LCD manufacturers as well as major LCD TV brands like Sony have been adjusting LCD TV supply for at least a couple of months.
CEO Wendell Weeks stated that Corning will be reducing captial spending, scaling back some manufacturing operations and reduce the rate of growth in research, deverlopment, engineering expenses and overhead. CFO Jim Flaws commented that the company’s gross margins would tank by 20%-30% for its wholly owned display businesses due to lower sales and capacity reductions in Q4’08. 5% is due to one-time costs for shutting down glass tanks while the rest is due to lower utilization. Previously Corning expected overall LCD glass volume to grow 15%-25% Y/Y; now the company is looking at 5%-15% Y/Y growth. The reason? Slowing in consumer demand for LCD TV.
Dell XPS One 24 Specifications
Display: 24″ TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1080
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
Dell has improved its all-in-one offering the XPS One: XPS One 24. Now it has a 24″ TFT LCD. Gizmodo is reporting that it has a 1080p 24″ LCD. I am assuming that means it has an aspect ratio of 16:9 and a pixel format of 1920 x 1080. I guess Dell is thinking that a lot of folks who buy the XPS One 24 will be using it to view 16:9 HD content. I don’t think Dell is completely wrong about that assumption but I think most users don’t mind those little black bars especially if that means they get an extra 120 vertical pixels. I’d take the extra 120 vertical pixels in exchange for two little black bars when watching 16:9 HD content. The GPU is the new-and-improved NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT. Find out all the other juicy specifications over at Gizmodo.
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Samsung SDI is showcasing its “Flapping Display” at FPD International 2008 in Japan. The Flapping Display is a 4″ OLED display that is so thin (just 0.05mm!) that it flaps in the air. The pixel format is 480 x 272 (the same as you see on a Sony PSP for example) with a contrast ratio of 100,000:1. Brightness is 200 cd/m2 with a color gamut of 100% NTSC. These are extremely good specifications. A Samsung SDI representative stated that “it is technically possible to make the panel thinner.” Wow.
Source: Tech-On via OLED-Info
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Ford has revealed a gauge cluster called SmartGauge with EcoGuide that uses two LCDs. This technology will be incorporated into Ford’s 2010 Fusion Hybrid and Mercury’s 2010 Milan Hybrid cars. The centrally-mounted speedometer is analog but to the left and right is all high-tech with graphics that can be personalized to provide four different level of details including fuel economy, odometer, coolant temperature, gear, trip data, fuel efficiency, etc. Looks very cool!
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Chi Mei EL (CMEL) is showing off a 25″ OLED TV prototype with a pixel format of 1366 x 768 at the FPD International 2008 show in Japan. The CMEL 25″ OLED TV is just 1mm thick, sports a typical brightness of 350 cd/m2 and a peak of 1200 cd/m2. That’s an impressive reduction in thickness from 3mm to just 1mm by incorporating a new production method. Although it isn’t 1920 x 1080, getting the pixel format up to 1366 x 768 in a small 25″ size is a definite advancement for OLED technology. Maybe we can hope to see a high-end 24″ OLED monitor with 1920 x 1080 soon in the future. The 25″ OLED TV is a technology prototype and there was no mention of when it would be mass produced.
Source: New York Times via OLED-Display via Engadget
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Samsung SDI showcased a 40″ OLED TV with a pixel format of 1920 x 1080 at the FPD International 2008 show. According to OLED-Info, Samsung had already showed a 40″ OLED TV prototype back in 2005 however that unit didn’t have Full HD capability and having limited to just 1280 x 800. The new 40″ OLED TV prototype has a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, the previous prototype was limited to 5000:1. The company claims that it is the world’s first and world’s largest.
The benefits of OLED technology applied to the TV application are many: because the organic light emitting diodes are themselves a light source, an additional light source is unnecessary. LCDs require a backlight and the backlight consumes a considerable amount of energy. The backlight not only consumes the most amount of energy as a LCD component it also requires a lot of space, although there has been much advances in making it thin. OLED technology because it does not require a backlight can be made extremely thin. The contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 is already competing against the best that PDP technology has to offer, which by the way is Pioneer‘s KURO PDPs. LCD technology can attain such high contrast ratio when incorporating a LED backlight with local dimming technology such as Sony‘s XBR8 series of LCD TVs.
Source: OLED-Info, OLED-Display, Network World
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HP Mini 1000 Specifications
Display: 10.2″ TFT LCD
Pixel Format: 1024 x 600
HP‘s Mini 1000 is the company’s latest netbook. The Mini 1000 sports a 10.2″ TFT LCD but with just 1024 x 600 pixels. That’s a let down because the smaller 2133 sports a 8.9″ LCD with a 1280 x 768 pixel format. I wish HP could have kept the higher pixel format but it might have been difficult to get a 10″-class LCD with that format since I don’t know of any that are currently being mass manufactured. Almost all wide 10.2″ LCDs sport a 1024 x 600 pixel format. Although there are less pixels 1024 x 600 will be adequate for most tasks and will be good enough web surfing as most sites are formatted for a width of 1024 pixels.
The Mini 1000 looks pretty nice from the picture. The case is black plastic compared to the silver metallic material that was used on the 2133. I guess HP needs to save on cost since the Mini 1000 will be have a competitive price of around $399. Jump over to Engadget and read all about the other specifications.
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