8/22/2015 6:02 PM

DisplayMate recently reviewed the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ smartphones in typical exhaustive fashion. Its conclusion, based on weeks of testing of early production units sent to DisplayMate from Samsung Headquarters in Korea: “…. the Galaxy Note 5 is the best-performing Smartphone display that we have ever tested. It takes over from the Galaxy Note 4, which was the previous record holder for mobile display performance.” For more information, see: http://www.displaymate.com/Galaxy_Note5_ShootOut_1.htm


8/22/2015 12:53 PM
Oregon-based display manufacturer Planar Systems recently announced that it will be acquired by a U.S. affiliate of Leyard Optoelectronic, a Chinese electronics manufacturer specializing in LED-based products. The transaction is still subject to regulatory approval and a shareholder vote by Planar, but is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2015. Planar’s board unanimously approved the merger.

Gerry Perkel, president and CEO of Planar, said, “The acquisition by Leyard will provide our investors with a 42% premium to market based on our latest closing price and a 51% premium based on a seven day volume-weighted average price of Planar common stock of $4.35, and will position the Planar business for continued growth and innovation.”

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7/28/2015 7:09 AM
Prysm, a video wall manufacturer based in Silicon Valley, recently installed a 13-foot wide by 4-foot high video wall at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center. The wall, in the passageway between UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and the main hospital lobby, incorporates a wide range of content and interactivity designed to deliver engagement with visitors. For example, a gesture-controlled “attract mode” captures the attention of people walking past the installation by sensing their presence and immediately displaying a greeting or other content designed to stimulate curiosity. Touch-screen capabilities accommodate multiple simultaneous users who are able to open, zoom, and otherwise access information about UCSF Medical Center’s hospitals, faculty, staff, and programs, including donors. (The new video wall was dedicated to the medical center’s donors, who have contributed over $600 million to the research campus.) 

UCSF worked with Sensory Interactive,...
7/28/2015 7:06 AM
DisplayMate’s Ray Soneira recently posted a piece on the importance of display reflectance, using as a basis for comparison the Sapphire and glass displays available for different models of the Apple Watch. The point of the article, notes Soneira, is that “low reflectance is king,” and that new technologies are becoming available that will significantly reduce reflectance for both Sapphire and glass, creating dramatic improvements in display performance under real world ambient lighting.

This applies to all displays that are used in ambient lighting, including smartphones, smart watches, tablets, laptops, PC and video monitors, TVs (if you watch during the day or with room lights on at night), and especially for displays that are mostly used in outdoor environments like digital signage and automobile displays.

Notes Soneira: “The standard way that has generally been used to improve display performance in ambient light is to fight fire with fire and just...
7/7/2015 7:14 AM
Visual and audio company Christie won six awards at InfoComm 2015 in June, including a Readers Choice award for its Christie Velvet LED from rAVe magazine for “Favorite Video Wall Product.” The Christie Velvet LED Apex Series captured a Best of Show award for “New and outstanding products exhibited at InfoComm” from Digital Signage magazine.

Christie laser phosphor technology won two honors; the Christie GS Series a “Most Innovative Emerging Technologies” from NewBay Media and the new Christie Captiva DUW350S Ultra Short Throw lens projector a Best of Show award from Government Video magazine. The Christie Boxer projector was named “Best Video Projection Product – High Lumen” by NewBay Media and the Christie FHQ981-L 98-inch LCD flat panel won a Sound & Video Contractor award.

 

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6/15/2015 10:35 AM
Of all TV panels expected to ship in 2016, one in five is forecast to be 4K TV, according to a recent report from market research firm IHS Inc. LCD TV panel shipments continue to rise, driven by forces on both the supply side and the demand side. Shipments of 4K TV panels in April 2015 exceeded 3 million units for the first time, comprising 14 percent of all TV panels shipped globally during the month, according to IHS’s Monthly TFT LCD Shipment Database report.

“Prices for 4K TV panels continued to decline in 2014 and early this year, causing a rise in their adoption,” said Linda Lin, senior analyst at IHS Technology. “Most global TV brands have now launched 4K UHD products and are introducing more 4K models to their television offerings.”  

When AU Optronics (AUO) introduced the first 55-in. 4K TV panels in Taiwan in 2012, fewer than...
6/8/2015 9:19 AM
I had a wonderful time at Display Week last week. The entire program -- the seminars, business conference, symposium, exhibits and special networking event -- was well arranged and very educational. You just can't be up-to-date with the display industry if you don't come to Display Week. I also think our team of Information Display reporters did a fine job of covering some important and interesting topics in the blogs they posted with us during the week.  

Now, I want to hear what you think. What were some of the highlights of the event for you? This might include interesting exhibits, most important technical presentations, new "wow" moments of inspiration, or anything else you think is worth mentioning. Send your thoughts to us at jdonelan@pcm411.com and we'll consider using them for more updates to the Display Week blogs over the coming days. Just a few sentences are fine. Keep checking to see if we post...
6/3/2015 8:36 PM

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5/14/2015 9:00 AM

C3nano, Inc., a maker of transparent conductive films for the touch sensor and display industry, recently announced that it has acquired the major supplier of silver nanowire in Asia, Aiden Co. Ltd. of Korea. In addition to gaining a vertically integrated silver nanowire supply for C3nano, the acquisition provides the company with a gateway to the display market in Korea and greater Asia. 

4/28/2015 6:59 AM
According to a recent report from market research firm IHS, LCD TV panel shipments reached a record monthly high in March 2015, despite an inventory adjustment caused by LCD TV brands reducing their panel orders in the first quarter of 2015. The latest Monthly TFT LCD Shipment Database report from IHS notes that LCD TV panel shipments from global panel makers reached 23.9 million in March 2015, growing 20 percent month over month and 11 percent year over year. The increase is due to manufacturers’ preparations for the launch of new models, including TVs with 4K and other premium features.

Panel shipments declined seasonally in Q1 of this year, because most LCD TV modules are manufactured in China, and the Chinese New Year holidays in February meant fewer working days in LCD cell fabs in Asia and LCD module lines in China. In addition, TV makers...
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