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Analogix 10Gbit/s ANX7440 Re-timer USB Type-C DisplayPort for PC Mode phones, laptops, monitors

Posted by Charbax – June 27, 2018

Analogix shows their latest ANX7440 solution for 8.1Gbit/s DisplayPort 1.4 for video output and 10Gbit/s USB3 Gen2 data transfer. Now ready for mass production, its ANX74xx family of USB-C re-timer solutions are for laptops, 2-in-1 convertible laptops, desktop PCs, monitors, and USB-C accessories, the Analogix ANX7440 is the first protocol aware re-timing mux bridging DisplayPort and USB 3.1 interfaces for ARM Powered Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Windows 10 laptops like the HP Envy x2, Intel, AMD, and Nvidia CPUs/GPUs to the USB-C connector, is the first USB-C re-timer to pass interoperability at USB-IF and VESA plug-test. They are pure USB-C re-timers using Separate Reference Clock Independent of SSC (SRIS) and Bit-Level Re-timer (BLR) architectures, guaranteeing a loss compensation to recover up to 23dB channel loss for USB 3.1 Gen2 10 Gbps; They are fully compliant to the latest USB 3.2 Appendix E requirements supporting 4-re-timer connectivity, with seamless daisy-chaining of four re-timers, meeting the USB 3.2 CTS requirements; They are complete DisplayPort re-timers with Link Training Tunable PHY Repeater (LTTPR) mode and transparent mode with AUX snooper, guaranteeing a loss compensation to recover up to 20dB channel loss for DisplayPort HBR3 8.1 Gbps.

The ANX74xx product family includes:

ANX7440 – integrated 10 Gbps re-timer and USB-C switch for DisplayPort over USB-C ports;
ANX7430 – integrated 10 Gbps re-timer and USB-C switch for USB 3.1 Gen2 USB-C ports;
ANX7490 – integrated 10 Gbps re-timer for USB 3.1 Gen2 USB Type-A, Type-B, and USB Type-C ports;
ANX7496 – integrated 8.1 Gbps DisplayPort re-timer for mini-DP, standard DisplayPort, and USB-C ports.

Socionext camera/video AI, IoT, Linaro, processing, low light, security cameras and more

Posted by Charbax – June 25, 2018

Socionext and partners show their newest solutions featuring the Linaro Edge Box and other of their solutions for camera and video processing, AI, IoT including their Image Signal Processor demonstrations for High-accuracy license plate recognition, High-performance under ultra-low-light conditions, Multi-camera UHD panorama view (four cameras), AR / VR / MR / XR, Video – Hybrid Codec Solution Demos, Socionext's High-density video transcoding for Cost-saving IP video distribution, Intelligent edge computing, AI / IoT – Edge Computing and High-performance AI inference system for High-efficiency video management systems (VMS) and Power-saving edge.

Tianma shows Flexible OLED, Quantum Dot LCD, Full Active, Notch, No-Notch and more

Posted by Charbax – June 22, 2018

Tianma shows a range of their latest displays at SID Display Week 2018. Displays include flexible OLED for phones, that can go as thin as 3mm bend radius that can do up to 10 thousand bends, active no-notch bezel-less LTPS LCD some with Notch and some without, integrated force pressure sensor, hole for camera in OLED display, cut-out for the front fingerprint sensor, Android at actual 2160x1080 (small icons), 4.2" AMOLED that can operate at up to 85 degree centigrade, automotive displays such as side view mirror displays, single laminated direct bonded wide display, 240 local area LED dimming for better contrast, free form displays with a hole in the center for the speedometer, round OLED with haptics, Active Louver Technology for electronic privacy filter, tactile feedback by electrostatic sensations and haptic across the display. 21.3" quantum dot LCD with 120% NTSC color 2000:1 contrast 1100nits, outdoor viewable displays transmissive with a backlight recycling film 1600nits 800:1 constrast, able to do 25% reflection ratio including a display with a front light, virbration resistant, water resistant with touchscreens working under water, extended field capacitive, 27" 4K, 30" 4K for radiology, a floating auto stereoscopic display.

Zhijing Nanotech Quantum Dot backlight units (QD-BLUs) using perovskite quantum-dot film (PQDF)

Posted by Charbax – June 17, 2018

Zhijing Nanotech from Beijing, China, develops next-gen quantum dot backlight units (QD-BLUs) for wide color gamut QLCD technology, which contains perovskite quantum-dot film (PQDF) as a primary light-conversion component. The PQDF exhibits high light conversion efficiency, narrow emission peak, high integration and low cost. During Display Week, they demonstrated the wide-color gamut PQDF-LCD TV prototype, which was achieved by combining the blue-light emitting diode (LED) chip, red K2SiF6:Mn4+ (KSF) phosphor, and green PQDF as RGB backlight sources. The luminance is above 500 nits.

Filmed at the I-Zone demo and prototype area at SID Display Week, the world's largest and best exhibition for electronic information display technology.

Display Week’s I-Zone, sponsored by E Ink, is a unique exhibition-within-the-exhibition filled with demos and prototypes from around the world. Every year, dozens of applicants submit their pre-market and emerging products to compete for a free booth where they can share their inventions with buyers, manufacturers, potential partners, industry leaders and thousands of attendees.

Nanosys Quantum Dots for LCD, OLED and MicroLED

Posted by Charbax – June 11, 2018

Jeff Yurek, Nanosys Director of Marketing at SID DisplayWeek 2018 in Los Angeles talks about the Quantum Dots which Nanosys has been developing since its founding in 2001. Jeff walks me through the company’s technology roadmap to explain how Quantum Dots can be used in displays of all types from LCDs to OLEDs to microLEDs and even emissive Quantum Dot displays of the future.

Quantum dots are tiny man-made crystals. They are so small that you can’t see them with a typical microscope. In fact, they’re 10,000 times narrower than a human hair. Quantum dots are actually very powerful devices and it’s their size that gives them a unique ability: to convert light into nearly any color in the visible spectrum with very high efficiency.

Each quantum dot is actually a tiny semiconductor -- which means it can convert incoming energy. The electronic characteristics of quantum dots are determined by their size and shape. This means they can control the color of light given off by a quantum dot just by changing its size. Bigger dots emit longer wavelengths like red, while smaller dots emit shorter wavelengths like green. Think of a guitar string. When a guitar string is shortened, it produces a higher pitch and when it is lengthened, it creates a lower pitch. The tune of a quantum dot – the wavelength of the light it emits – behaves in a similar way.

Today, Quantum Dot displays are built just like LED displays. The quantum dots are added to the backlight of the display in the form of a translucent plastic film that’s loaded with dots. Each TV contains literally trillions of Quantum Dots. In this mode, the Quantum Dots are improving existing LED displays by enabling them to be more power efficient and deliver better color.

The film itself is made using a roll-to-roll coating process. Nanosys manufactures Quantum Dots in Silicon Valley, California and partners with companies like Hitachi Chemical to create Quantum Dot films used by display makers.

Unlike OLED materials, Quantum Dots are inorganic. This means they’re really stable and can be handled more easily in manufacturing. That makes for a tougher, longer lasting display that doesn’t exhibit burn-in issues.

According to Nanosys, Quantum Dot technology is not limited to LCDs. It can improve displays of all types from LCDs to OLEDs to microLEDs to pure, emissive QDEL displays.

Nanosys shared a detailed roadmap video at SID that breaks down the display design for each of these new implementations for their future of the Quantum Dot.

Dr. Charlie Hotz, Nanosys Vice President of R&D, Quantum Dots lecture at SID Display Week 2018:

JDI shows 17.3″ 8K Light Field holographic LCD, 13.3″ 4K industrial, curved LCD, 1001ppi VR and more

Posted by Charbax – June 6, 2018

Japan Display Inc (JDI) is an LCD technology joint venture by Sony, Toshiba, and Hitachi since 2012. In this video they are showing their in-cell pixelize technology in a 16,7" automotive display with no eternal touch panel, local dimming back light, high contrast, curved conformed styles, 4x 12.3" bonded curved displays from pillar to pillar in the car, JDI has the top share of the automotive display market. JDI shows their industrial line of display products with long life support of 7, 10, 12 years of support, mostly built very rugged in their design, some outdoor viewable, zero bright dot deffect, touch screens, 6.4" XGA 1024x768 suitable for avionics, 7" 1280x720 700nits suitable for example for broadcast applications, 13.3" 4K with a small bezel in an industrial package. JDI also shows some of their future tech demos such as a 80% transparent display without a color filter or polarizer using sequential RGD LED lighting, 17.3" light field holographic 8K display allowing for an amazing holographic like effect for specially created holographic stills and even video where it appears that you are moving around the person in the video with wider viewing angles than other Light Field displays shown previously. JDI shows their 17,3" 8K display used for 8K broadcasting, they also have a new version of this 17.3" 8K display with BT2020 enhanced color support using red, green and blue lasers for backlighting. JDI does 11.45" E Ink shelf labels with some bright saturated red or yellow available. Ultra narrow bezel IPS-Nano LTPS LCD displays with wide viewing angles where the color uniformity is the same at any viewing angle for the medical market. JDI is the largest color LTPS LCD smartphone display provider. LTPS allows for the high pixel density. Full Active bezel-less LCD display like the 5.99" 18:9 with narrow borders on all 4 sides used in the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2. Full active LCD with straight corners as used in the HTC U11+. JDI shows 15Hz to 60Hz variable refresh rate showing that even running UI animations at 15Hz there wouldn't be any image degradation which could save significant amount of power. JDI also works on Flexible OLED.

Qualcomm Press Conference at Computex 2018

Posted by Charbax – June 6, 2018

Qualcomm launches the Snapdragon 850 for Windows 10, with representatives of Microsoft and Samsung participating in the keynote too. You can see my extensive video interview about Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 for Windows 10 Laptops here.

Nvidia Press Conference at Computex 2018

Posted by Charbax – June 6, 2018

Jensen Huang, Founder and CEO of Nvidia, Announces Jetson Xavier which I have filmed a separate interview about here, he does not launch the rumored GTX2080 or GTX1180 next-gen graphics cards yet, provides update on Max-Q thinner full GPU gaming laptops, talks DGX-2 supercomputer "The World's Largest GPU" (an update on the DGX which I filmed here) with 2 petaflops of performance in one node, 512GB frame buffer which has set 5 world records: fastest single chip, fastest single node, fastest at scale, fastest inference, and highest inference throughput.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 for Windows 10 Laptops

Posted by Charbax – June 5, 2018

35% performance upgrade compared with Snapdragon 835 Windows 10 Laptops such as the Asus Novago which I filmed here features Qualcomm Kyro 385 which is their customized Octa-core quad ARM Cortex-A75 and quad ARM Cortex-A55, going up to 2.95GHz with less throttling. Samsung announces that they will be making Windows 10 on Snapdragon 850 device. Other manufacturing partners Asus, HP and Lenovo are also going to release new devices featuring this chipset. The Snapdragon 850 features 1.2Gbit/s LTE using the X20 modem on SoC (20% faster than 835), fast Wi-Fi, 3x faster AI performance than 835, up to 25 hours of continuous usage. Qualcomm Aqstic enables virtual surround sound, native DSD support, aptX HD as well as 4K capture (possibly up to 4K video-conferencing possible). Microsoft has published this session video from their recent Build conference explaining how developers can compile, build and optimize ARMv8 versions of any Windows app, on stage they showed how to compile the Windows VLC app for the ARM64 Windows 10 platform. Working with Gemalto, Qualcomm demonstrates Integrated SIM (iSIM) on their Snapdragon 850 trusted secure hardware element, to be able to select, load Telecom packages full securely, perhaps eventually also load and store any SIM card into the device and switch between each one.

Dr. Yamazaki, President of SEL, inventor of CAAC-IGZO and the basic element of Flash memory

Posted by Charbax – June 4, 2018

In 1970, Dr. Shunpei Yamazaki invented the basic element of flash memory, now widely used for storage everywhere. Shunpei Yamazaki holds the Guinness World Record for the most patents credited as inventor, at 11,353 as of 30 June 2016. At present, he is the president of Semiconductor Energy Laboratory (SEL) and is energetically doing R&D on many different advanced technologies with his team. His present R&D theme is the crystalline Indium-gallium-zinc (IGZO) oxide semiconductor, namely, C-axis aligned crystalline (CAAC)-IGZO. Displays using CAAC-IGZO are already being manufactured by companies such as Sharp. You can see my videos of Sharp IGZO displays here. CAAC-IGZO can be used not only in displays but also is CPUs and memories. If silicon LSI is replaced with IGZO LSI, the power consumption for processors may become less than 1%. Silicon used mainly at present will be replaced with CAAC-IGZO in the near future. In the coming AI age, it is indispensable to develop IGZO LSI. Dr. Yamazaki and the researchers of SEL are concentrating on R&D of IGZO LSI.