Display News 2010.04.12

DIGITIMES

Sharp Develops 4 Primary Color 3D LCD: Based on the time-sequential technique where the left and right eyes are shown different content through active-shutter 3D glasses resulting in a 3D effect. Sharp improves upon conventional 3D displays by increasing brightness by 1.8x and reducing crosstalk leading to a significant decrease of double-contour ghost images. Sharp combined many of its technologies: UV2A (read Sharp UV2A Technology), four primary color (Red, Green, Blue and Yellow), FRED (Frame Rate Enhanced Driving), edge-lite LED backlight. The four primary color technology improves light transmission efficiency and allows for a wider color gamut.

PVI March Revenues Increase 19% M/M: Prime View International’s March consolidated revenues increased 19% M/M and 94% Y/Y to NT$1.87 billion (about US$59 million) and includes results from E Ink and Hydis. First quarter revenues were NT$5.01 billion. PVI supplies E Ink-based e-book displays to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony and others. The company expects to maintain its leadership as the largest e-paper supplier in 2010. With the advent of Apple’s iPad, I am not certain that E Ink-based e-book readers will continue to enjoy rapid growth.

Chimei Innolux Announces March Revenues and Shipments: Chimei Innolux (CMI) announced unaudited consolidated revenues of NT$38.38 billion (about US$1.22 billion), 9.81 million large-area and 25.31 million small/medium LCD panel shipments for the month of March. These results exclude results from Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) and TPO Displays prior to the merger date, which was on March 18, 2010. CMI’s results do include LCD panels, LCD modules and LCD systems.

Corning Taiwan Running at Full Capacity: Corning Taiwan’s glass production is running at full capacity to meet customer demand and restore optimal inventory levels. If the LCD TV market continues to grow Corning will consider expanding glass manufacturing capacity including Taiwan’s. In 2009, worldwide glass substrate shipments increased 20% Y/Y to 2.45 billion square feet. For 2010, the world’s largest LCD glass supplier expects shipment growth of 21% Y/Y to 2.8 to 3.0 billion square feet. Corning also shared that glass supply will be tight throughout 2010. LCD TV share of the global TV market is expected to reach 80% in 2010 and grow to over 90% in 2010 according to the company. Corning’s Taichung, Taiwan-based glass facility has been completely recovered from the October 2009 power disruption and currently is running at full capacity. China’s LCD TV demand is expected to reach 37 million units in 2010 and capturing 21% of the global LCD TV market. Next year, Corning expects China to become the largest LCD TV market.

Samsung Follows LG Display to Supply Panels Used in iPad: According to Taiwan-based LCD suppliers, Samsung will be the second LCD panel supplier to Apple’s iPad program following LG Display (LGD). Samsung’s S-PVA (Super Patterned Vertical Alignment) LCD panels will be used. LGD shipped 300,000 – 400,000 9.7-inch IPS LCD panels for the iPad in February and almost 500,000 in March. Sources claim that Samsung’s LCD panels meet Apple’s requirements. I call B.S. And the main reason being that Apple has made it clear that one of the main features of the iPad is the use of IPS LCDs. I am fairly certain Apple will not be making use of S-PVA LCDs in its iPad.

ENGADGET

Flip Slide HD: The Flip Slide HD sports a 3-inch pop-up resistive touch LCD. Other specs include a headphone jack, stereo speakers, and HDMI output. Video capture is the same as the Flip Mino HD at 720p w/o image stabilization. Storage has been increased to 16GB for four hours of video or 12 hours of compressed video storage. Price is US$279.99. Buy through this Amazon link and support DisplayBlog. Thanks!

Neofonie WePad: Neofonie revealed its 11.6-inch WePad in Berlin. The WePad is based on Linux, powered by Intel’s Atom Z450 and will have two versions: 16GB / WiFi for €450 and 64GB / HD for €569. Neofonie promises Full HD support in the larger version. Unfortunately NVIDIA is not part of the video solution on the WePad. Flash is supported on the WePad, which is slated for an August release.

Netflix on Wii: Netflix and Nintendo announced that the discs and service are fully available to all Netflix subscribers. If you have not received a Wii disk you can contact Netflix and request one.

Microsoft Kin One, Kin Two: These two phones are the result of Microsoft’s purchase of Danger. Built by Sharp the two social media heavy Windows Phones sports a custom browser based on the Zune’s. There is absolutely no support for third-party apps. Both sport capacitive multitouch displays with gesture support such as pinch and zoom in the browser. Kin One is square, sports a 320×240 pixel format LCD, 4GB of internal storage, a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and a full QWERTY keyboard. Kin Two is rectangular, has a 480×320 pixel LCD, an 8 megapixel camera, and 8GB of internal storage. Both feature Bluetooth, WiFi, and 3G. Cloud storage is in: all photos and videos will be seamlessly synced to an unlimited storage account.

Meizu Mbook Tablet: The Mbook from Meizu is an 8.4-inch tablet sporting a 1024×768 pixel format and capacitive touch. Other specs include 3G, WiFi, a 12-hour battery, HDMI out supporting 1080p. No word on the OS, price, or ship date.

Best Buy to Carry Nook on April 18: Best Buy will start carrying Barnes and Noble’s Nook on April 18. The retail price will be US$260.

Archos to Introduce Six Internet Tablets in Summer 2010: Prices will range from US$100 to $350. ARM Cortex CPUs will run between 800MHz and 1GHz while display sizes will range from 3 inches to 10 inches. The six will include support for multitouch and 3G OpenGL.

Hitachi Unveils 3.1-inch 3D IPS Display: Hitachi’s 3.1-inch 3D IPS display sports a brightness of 400 cd/m², a 854×480 pixel format, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, and does not require glasses. This development is interesting in light of Sharp’s recent mobile 3D panel announcement (read Sharp 3D Touch LCD) and the upcoming release of Nintendo’s 3DS at the E3 conference held in June.

Palm Up for Sale: According to Bloomberg, Palm is up for sale. Palm has already retained Goldman Sachs and Qatalyst Partners to search for potential suitors. HTC, Lenovo and Cisco have expressed interest in purchasing the maker of the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus smartphones.

WIRED

Apple Lays the Original iPhone to Rest: The very first iPhone was sold on June 29, 2007, almost three years ago. This iconic iPhone will no longer be compatible with future iPhone OS upgrades, starting with iPhone OS 4.0. This comes directly from Steve Jobs.

Google Android Tablet Imminent: According to the New York Times, Google is working on its own tablet that will sport an e-reader and function like a computer. Google’s tablet is expected to run Android and be intimately connected to the cloud as current Android smartphones are. Integrating Google books, Google Reader, Google Voice, etc. could very well pose a serious threat to Apple’s iPad that is cloud-challenged.

Panasonic Announces Micro Four Thirds Camcorder: Panasonic announced a M4/3 camcorder, the AG-AF100, able to make use of all M4/3 lenses. Video is recorded in AVCHD/H.264 format in 1920×1080/24p. Storage is via two SDHC cards. The AG-AF100 sports a built-in stereo microphone, a pair of XLR inputs, and supports Dolby AC3. Pricing is yet to be determined and will be available by the end of the year.