5/31/2018 5:48 PM

The showstopper in E Ink’s booth at Display Week this year was its Advanced Color ePaper (ACeP) -- a full-color reflective display. The ACeP system enables the ink to produce full color at every pixel, without the use of a color-filter array. E Ink was showing ACeP in both 32-in. and 13.3-in, with the smaller size scheduled to be commercially available first -- in late 2018 or early 2019. For now, the target application is digital signage – no ACeP color e-Readers just yet.

5/31/2018 5:06 PM

It is generally thought that in order for large OLED panels to reach their full potential, they need high-efficiency blue OLED emitters to reduce power consumption and increase display resolution. CYNORA, a German company that was founded 10 years ago to develop thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) technology for OLED, presented its latest high-efficiency blue emitters at Display Week in Los Angeles last May.

“CYNORA has made tremendous progress on blue TADF emitters again. Since our last presentation at SID in 2017, we have achieved the requested performance on efficiency and color point,” says Thomas Baumann, CYNORA’s CSO, “We have now put all of our focus on lifetime, where we are in the final development stage.”

It might be tempting to dismiss the company’s technology as something that will never find its commercial feet, but last fall, major panel makers (and rivals) LG Display and Samsung invested €25 in CYNORA, imbuing the company...
5/31/2018 4:33 PM
The Tianma Group has introduced two new LCDs: a 10.1-in. WXGA and 15.6-in. WXGA, both with ultra-high luminance. The 10.1-in. model has a luminance of 1,000 cd/m2, and the 15.6-in model has a luminance of 1,250 cd/m2. The ultra-high luminance of these models results in displays with vivid colors and excellent visibility, even in direct sunlight, and further expands Tianma’s stable of industrial, outdoor viewable products.

These new LCD modules, along with The Tianma Group’s expansive family of displays and technologies, were showcased at Display Week 2018,...
5/16/2018 5:56 PM

HP’s new Android-powered Chromebook X2 offers the option of a detachable keyboard-free tablet or a notebook in one device. The LCD tablet is only 8.2 mm thick and weighs 1.62 pounds. With the included keyboard, the device is 15.3 mm thick and weighs 3.14 pounds. It includes a pen for note-taking and sketching on the 2,400 x 1,600 display. The Chromebook X2 comes with 4GB of RAM (8GB optional), 32GB of expandable storage, and a claimed 10.5-hour battery life. The Chromebook X2 starts at $599 – about $50 less than an iPad Pro.

1/30/2018 11:05 AM

Samsung Electronics introduced what it calls “The Wall” at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January -- a modular, microLED-based 146-in. TV. The 4K device is based on self-emitting technology that is designed to rival that of OLED in terms of vibrant imagery, deep blacks, etc. So far, the technology is in early stages and is not available for purchase. 

1/30/2018 10:55 AM

At the Consumer Electronics Show 2018, Lenovo and Google introduced the Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant built in, one of several such Google-based home-assistant systems created in response to Amazon’s Echo Show. According to several reviewers, the Smart Display stands out from the rest for its functionality and good looks. The HD touchscreen display comes in both 8-in. and 10-in. LCD models, with the former at 1,200 x 800 resolution and a suggested retail price of $199, and the latter at 1,920 x 1,200 resolution and a suggested price of $249. The device rotates from portrait to landscape mode and comes with a handy physical web cam shutter.  

1/30/2018 10:16 AM
Radiant Vision Systems, a leading provider of visual test and inspection systems for lighting and display devices, has announced the release of a new AR/VR lens for Radiant Vision Systems’ ProMetric imaging photometers and colorimeters. The AR/VR lens features a unique optical design specially engineered for measuring the visual quality of near-to-eye displays inside-virtual (VR), mixed-reality (MR), and augmented-reality (AR) headsets. The lens design simulates the size, position, and field of view of the human eye, featuring an aperture at the front of the lens to position the imaging system’s entrance pupil within near-to-eye headsets at the same location as the human eye.

By mounting the AR/VR lens directly to a ProMetric imaging photometer or colorimeter, Radiant Vision Systems is offering what...
11/6/2017 1:01 PM
As usual, Apple announced a new line of smartphones in September, including its first-ever OLED-based unit. The phone’s $999 price tag breaks new ground in terms of smartphone pricing, but the price has not deterred early buyers. The iPhone X went on sale Friday, November 3, and sold out in many major cities in less than 24 hours.

 The phone features a. 5.8-in. screen with almost no bezel, except for a notch housing sensors, cameras, speakers, etc. at the top of the display. This notch has been variously described as a bug or a feature. Since it is theoretically possible to incorporate the sensors into the bezel, as other manufacturers have done, some reviewers surmise that the notch may be an intentional design meant to replace the circular home button (now gone) in visually differentiating the iPhone from other devices.

The OLED display, which Apple calls Super Retina HD,...
11/3/2017 8:02 AM
Blackboard is a new writing device from Kent Displays (maker of the Boogie Board) that is based on the company’s new Liquid Crystal Paper technology.

Like the LCD-based Boogie Board, Blackboard is an easy-to-use tablet that writes and erases electronically. It’s designed for creating notes, lists, sketches, and other ephemeral-type content (although the content can be saved).

11/2/2017 9:35 AM
Synaptics, a leading developer of human interface systems, recently announced its new VideoSmart BG5CT multimedia 4K Advanced HDR video processor for the global set-top-box market. The VideoSmart BG5CT is the company’s sixth-generation video processor technology and part of the multimedia portfolio recently acquired from Marvell. (Synaptics completed the acquisition of Marvell’s Multimedia Solutions Business in September 2017.)

The BG5CT is pin compatible with the previous-generation Android TV SoC (BG4CT) and offers key feature upgrades including advanced...