Category: Displays

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Toshiba shows a live 55″ Quad-HD HDTV demo

Posted by Charbax – September 1, 2011

Quad HD is cool, here is Toshiba's latest Quad-HD TV technology.

Panasonic UniPhier, 1.4Ghz ARM Cortex-A9 for HDTV/Set-top-box

Posted by Charbax – June 12, 2011
New Panasonic ARM Processor
New Panasonic ARM Processor

The Panasonic UniPhier MN2WS0220 is claimed to be one of the fastest to use for HDTV and Set-top-box will begin sample shipments this month.

Panasonic's new chip will open the way for a new generation of smart TVs that allow users to simultaneously enjoy two TV broadcasting channels, as well as Internet-based content and applications in high-resolution at the same time. In addition, the new chip is able to reduce power consumption of and the number of components used in smart TVs, which will help drive smart TVs to spread in the global market.

I would find it normal for Google to qualify this Panasonic UniPhier MN2WS0220 ARM Dual-core chip to be used to run the Google TV software, and I would find it normal for Panasonic to start using Google TV for their Smart TVs instead of that proprietary Viera SmartTV stuff. I think all future Panasonic HDTVs should include Google TV, to provide for the best software for WebTV, interactive features, I think it's the best full integration of the web in the TV.

I am not sure how big ARM has been thus far on being inside all those HDTVs, but now it seems all the major HDTV makers have serious ARM Powered HDTV plans underway, LG is definitely using ARM for their next SmartTVs, Samsung has their ARM Powered Google TV plans, what is Sharp, Philips going to do? How soon until Sony's HDTVs shift from Intel to ARM for Google TV? How soon until all the major HDTV makers agree that Google TV is the software that they should all use?

Source: panasonic.co.jp
Found via: engadget.com

Serafim shows 42″ Optical Touch Module (OTM) multi-touch screen

Posted by Charbax – June 8, 2011

At Computex 2011 you could find many very large multi-touch screens based on Optical Touch screen technology. Basically they add something to any 42" or larger LCD HDTV to turn them into multi-touch capable very large touch screens.

Nlighten huge multi-touch screens

Posted by Charbax – June 3, 2011

Check out this collection of pretty large optical based multi-touch screens shown by Nlighten at Computex.

Pixel Qi launches 10.1″ super thin 1280×800 screen

Posted by Charbax – May 31, 2011

Here's a new comparison between Pixel Qi and the iPad followed by Mary Lou Jepsen's status report on the latest Pixel Qi news, their first showing of the new 1280x800 thinner 10.1" wide view screen.

Mary Lou Jepsen of Pixel Qi at TEDxTaipei

Posted by Charbax – May 9, 2011

All screens are manufactured in Asia. 40% in Taiwan, 40% in South-Korea, 10% in Japan and 10% in Mainland China. The Drums are rolling for hopefully some very very big announcements coming from Pixel Qi's manufacturing partners for big product orders soon. I'm hoping for Kindle4 and iPad3 to announce the use of Pixel Qi starting this summer. Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs have the power to change the display industry. All they have to do is to sign to order a few millions of these screens with the LCD makers (hopefully they have done so already..) and the low power sunlight readable display revolution will reach us all.

Also watch: John Ryan COO of Pixel Qi and John Watlington Vice President of Hardware Engineering at OLPC

You have to consider, while it has been 23 months ago that I published my first Pixel Qi interviews from Taiwan (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8), (9), (10), (11), (12), (13), (14) while that might sound like a long time, in the display industry, 2 years is peanuts. Things move rather slowly there. Since then, there has been an economic crisis and a sort of re-focus from netbooks to tablets, although netbooks have sold more than 100 million units in 3 years, the display investments are focused on tablets. The display business can be considered to be the worlds biggest non-profit industry, the 5 biggest LCD makers who produce 90% of the worlds LCDs, produce for $120 Billion in screens every year but can only make small profit margins out of that because of the strong competition and the large volumes shipped. Those companies that produce the worlds LCD screens have very high costs, very high risks, little flexibility. Let's hope Pixel Qi has amply well convinced the big LCD makers like Quanta, CPT, Chi Mei, Samsung, LG, Sharp, Sony, Foxconn, let's hope that they have all signed with Pixel Qi and that they are all right now in the process of tuning the mass manufacture of millions of these screens for all the worlds upcoming Chrome OS notebooks, ARM Powered Macbooks, Kindle4s, iPad3s, a solution for using the interactive UIs of Android on all the worlds e-readers. It would also be nice to double the battery runtime and improve outdoor readability on all the worlds Smartphones using Pixel Qi.

Cypress PSoc5 Cortex-M3 at Embedded World 2011

Posted by Charbax – March 4, 2011

Cypress Semiconductor shows their new PSoc5 Cortex-M3 based solution and development kit based on their PSoc Designer 5.0 software. They also do solutions for 10-finger or more capacitive touch detection and proximity sensing.

Toshiba ARM Cortex-M3 32bit MCU for Motor Control and Multi-touch resistive system

Posted by Charbax – March 4, 2011

Toshiba shows some of their new embedded technologies such as their ARM Cortex-M3 MCU TMPM374FW with BLDC, hardware vector engine for AC-induction motors, for industry, field oriented control and home appliance. Then they also show their multi-touch resistive touch screen solution using their ARM9 TMPA900 processor, for using touch screens with pen stylus or with gloves.

Nintendo 3DS is awesome!

Posted by Charbax – March 1, 2011

My first time playing with the Nintendo 3DS! This is going to popularize non glasses 3D screen for the first time! The 3D experience is actually awesome, it's impressive, it works! I just wish Nintendo would install Android Honeycomb on this device and do something like the Playstation Suite, provide all their games legally to the Android platform. They should also make a 3G/LTE-enabled modem add-on for the 3DS to allow for online gaming outside of WiFi hotspots, and they should do a games subscription model, $10/month to access all the games as downloads, including new level upgrades and online gaming for all games.

Mobile Multi Display system by UMIC-RWTH of Aachen University

Posted by Charbax – February 22, 2011

Combine many tablets and smartphones into one big touchscreen. In this demo, 3 iPhones and 2 iPads are combined into one big touch screen. Any other Android smartphone or tablet can also be used. You can find more informations here: graphics.rwth-aachen.de