FSC HannStar Display, a Taiwan-based LCD manufacturer, plans to launch FSC-OCB (Field Sequential Color-Optical Compensated Birefringence) LCD panels that were developed in-house in the first quarter of 2010. The FSC-OCB LCD will feature RGB LED backlight technology. The benefits of FSC-OCB LCD panels do not require color filters, which absorb 70% of light coming out of the backlight. Without color filters energy efficiency increases significantly and improves color. OCB also enhances response time.
According to Wikipedia:
A field sequential color system is a color television system in which the primary color information is transmitted in successive images, and which relies on the human vision system to fuse the successive images into a color pictures.
OCB technology rivals CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) displays in terms of performance, offering fast response time and wide viewing angles. HannStar will initially apply the FSC-OCB technology to LCD panels geared for smartphones and netbooks. Later the technology will be applied to notebook LCD panels in the second half of 2010. The FSC-OCB technology has been in development for 2-3 years. HannStar will be focusing on design-in instead of OEM orders.
LED Monitor?!? BenQ’s V2400 Eco is a 24-inch LCD monitor with a 1920 x 1080 resolution (16:9 aspect ratio) sporting edge-lit LED backlight technology. BenQ calls it a “LED Monitor” but there really isn’t such a thing; it is a LCD monitor with a LED backlight. Samsung has set a bad precedent.
LED Advantage The LED backlight has a several advantages over the typical CCFL backlight. First, when lit from the edges it allows for very slim designs. The second advantage is that it does not contain mercury, a poisonous substance. An edge-lit LED backlight isn’t going generate the type of front-screen performance compared to a direct-lit LED backlight, but it should be on par with a good LCD monitor with a CCFL backlight. Another advantage is that it consume less power, about 30% less, at just 28W. Continue reading →
Mobile i7 According to AppleInsider, Apple will update its iMac line of all-in-one computers soon. Because the iMac internals are mostly notebook-class (except for the 3.5-inch hard disk), it might be quite reasonable to assume that the new iMacs will sport Intel’s Mobile i7 CPUs. These Mobile i7 CPUs have been integrated into a number of notebook PCs recently including:
Just to be clear the Envy 13 does not have a Mobile i7 CPU, just the Envy 15. There is currently the 20-inch and 24-inch iMac sporting the Core 2 Duo CPU at three speeds: 2.66GHz, 2.93GHz and 3.06GHz. The cheapest iMac is the 20-inch running at 2.66GHz for US$1199.00. Continue reading for ideas regarding a 17-inch, i7 and no-gut versions. Continue reading →
TV + Blu-ray Insignia is Best Buy’s private brand and the company will be soon introducing its NS-LBD32X, a 32-inch LCD TV with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. For the US$599 price you also get an integrated Blu-ray. The 1080p LCD also sports 450 cd/m2 of brightness and a 20,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. As I have said many times before dynamic contrast ratio is a boot spec unless it has local dimming capabilities enabled by a direct-lit LED backlight. The static contrast ratio is a much more believable 4000:1.
Connectivity options include HDMI (2), S-Video, Component, Composite (2), VGA and Ethernet. The NS-LBD32X also is Energy Star qualified. At a price of just $599 the NS-LBD32X is a great bargain.
- “Best Buy bringing value priced all-in-one 32-inch LCD & Blu-ray HDTV to stores ‘soon'” – Engadget
- “Insignia – 32″ Class / 1080p / 60Hz / LCD HDTV Blu-ray Disc Player Combo” – Best Buy
9-inch Tablet Archos just unveiled its Archos 9, a tablet with a touch-enabled 9-inch LCD. One thing I have to get off my chest right away: the name needs to change. It’s like Apple naming a product Apple 9. The price is a very palatable US$500 powered by Intel’s Atom CPU and features a 120GB hard disk, 1GB RAM, WiFi, Bluetooth, a removable Lithium-Ion battery, a webcam, and runs Windows 7. A few apps including Microsoft Office and Skype are included.
Resistive The Archos 9 is just 0.68-inch thick and weighs just 28 ounces. The touch technology is resistive. The Wired article assumes that just because the Archos 9 uses a resistive touch technology that it will not be as sensitive as the capacitive touch screens on the iPhone or Palm Pre. Not true. Stantum‘s resistive multitouch technology was impressive and just as good as any capacitive touch experience including the iPhone. The advantage of a resistive touch technology is the ability to use your finger, stylus, brush or anything else. The Archos 9 tablet is expected to be available on October 22.
“Archos Unveils $500 Tablet” –Wired
“The OtterBox Defender Series for iPhone 3G / 3GS offers stylish and sophisticated protection in 3 layers. First, a thin, clear membrane covers your Touch Screen to help prevent scratches and dings. Second is a hard, strong Polycarbonate skeleton that surrounds your device. Wrapped around all of this is a Silicone skin that absorbs bump and shock. Included with the case is a ClipStand holster. This case will not fit the 1st Generation iPhone.” –OttberBox
Peace of Mind Thanks to OtterBox, I had a chance to protect my iPhone 3G with the Defender Case. I used my protected iPhone for a week to see how it felt. I’ll share with you my conclusion right away: The iPhone 3G / 3GS Defender Case from OtterBox gives you a sense of peace because it does the Â job of protecting your iPhone from drops, bumps and scratches very well. When my youngest (1 1/2 years old) was playing with my protected iPhone I wasn’t too worried even though he has a penchant for throwing things. Continue reading →
i7 Power Intel’s new Mobile i7 CPU will be powering new Studio 15, Studio 17 and Studio XPS 16 notebook PCs from Dell. The CPUs will be either the 1.6GHz Core i7 720QM or the 1.73GHz Core i7 820QM. It seems all major notebook PC brands will have i7-powered laptops in their lineups by the end of this week.
RGB LED Dell’s Studio XPS 16 (pictured above) comes in two LCD sizes: 15.6-inch and 16.0-inch. If you want the baddest display, opt for the 16.0-inch with a 1920 x 1080 resolution sporting a RGB LED backlight. The smaller size comes in 1600 x 900 and 1920 x 1080 resolutions with white-LED backlights.
- “Quad-core Core i7 720QM slips into Dell Studio 15 / 17 and Studio XPS 16” – Engadget
- “Dell Studio XPS 16 Laptop Details” – Dell
Alienware’s M15x is the first notebook PC from the company to sport a mobile Core i7 CPU. Of course HP’s Envy 15 is the first notebook PC from any company to feature Intel’s Core i7. Alienware claims the M15x is “the world’s most powerful 15-inch laptop”. Maybe it is, but I’m not so sure. Let’s have a look inside. You have three CPU options for the M15x:
- 1.6GHz i7 720QM with 2.8GHz Turbo Mode, 6MB Cache
- 1.73GHz i7 820QM with 3.06GHz Turbo Mode, 8MB Cache
- 2.0GHz i7 920XM with 3.2GHz Turbo Mode, 8MB Cache
16:9 LCD The M15x sports a 15.6-inch LCD with a 1600 x 900 resolution with a 1920 x 1080 option. Both LCDs make use of LED backlight technology. Alienware mentions an “edge-to-edge” display so I am assuming it has a cover glass design just like Apple’s MacBook Pro notebooks. Continue reading →
iPhone Accepted The Korea Communications Commission (KCC), South Korea’s communications regulator, decided on Wednesday, September 22, to allow the sale of Apple’s iPhone. Mobile phones sold in South Korea must use domestic technology for location-based services such as GPS. The KCC has stated that the built-in mapping capabilities found in the iPhone violate such rule but made an exception for the iPhone. Consumers have put a tremendous amount of pressure on the KCC to allow the sale of the iPhone in South Korea.
Technicality Technical rules have been used for a long time to protect its domestic market. For instance, in 2005 the KCC created a rule to block smartphones like Research In Motion’s BlackBerry by requiring the use of domestically created software for Internet functions. It was only in December 2008 when the KCC created an exception for BlackBerry smartphones to be sold only to corporate users. Continue reading →
WiredÂ Gadget Lab: Microsoft unveiled Courier, a tablet that sports two 7-inch multitouch screens, at IDF (Intel Developer Forum). The two screens fold like a booklet. Unfortunately the two screens are physically separate and a rather large hinge is in the middle. You can use your finger or a stylus to write, draw and do gestures. The picture above is a late-stage prototype. This coincides with rumors that Microsoft is developing a tablet with Surface-like features. Dell and Intel are also collaborating on a tablet due next year. Add Nokia, Fusion Garage, TechCrunch and HTC to the list of companies. If Apple brings out its much-rumored tablet device next year as well as Microsoft and others, we’re looking at an exciting 2010.
Schools might be the largest target market for a device like the Courier. Textbooks can certainly be replaced but I am sure we can all see other possibilities such as a notebook, a real one where you scribble and draw stuff on like the picture above. For art students, the display must have pressure sensitivity, a feature that capacitive touch implementations do not have. On the other hand most resistive technologies lack responsiveness and deteriorates over time. I have seen a multitouch resistive technology that was very impressive: Stantum. Microsoft and others should take a serious look at its touch technology. Stantum’s implementation allows for very responsive multitouch as well as many levels of pressure.
Drexel University just announced yesterday that more than 300 nursing students traded in their books for Apple’s iPod touch. The university plans to make vital medical information readily available to students and professionals via the iPod touch. The faculty focused on patient safety when they decided to switch to the iPod touch devices. The weight advantage alone might have been compelling: 40-lbs of books versus 4-oz of electronics. The iPod touch is used mostly for information consumption but the Courier concept can be used for both consumption and creation.
The shift from paper-based books and notebooks seems to be accelerating. We have Amazon to thank to prove that it is possible with its Kindle devices. But that’s just the start as you can see from what Microsoft has done with Courier and you can’t completely appreciate what the Courier can be until you’ve seen the video over at Gizmodo.