Category: Smartphones

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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.

Visionox OLED Keynote at SID Display Week 2018

Posted by Charbax – June 25, 2018

Display Week is the world's largest exhibition for electronic information display technology. Watch Deqiang Zhang, CEO of Visionox, give his keynote address: “OLED Leading to the New Experience of Display”.

Thirty-one years ago, Dr. Ching W. Tang and Steven Van Slyke from Kodak made a historic technology breakthrough, building the first practical organic light-emitting diode (OLED) device. Today, advancements in OLED have made it possible to construct flexible displays, ushering in an era of “Ubiquitous Screens.” As the rapidly developing Internet, IOT, 5G, cloud computing, etc., have already made the “Internet of Everything” become a reality, displays (especially flexible OLED displays) will play a significant role in this technological revolution.

Deqiang Zhang, Ph.D. is a graduate of Tsinghua University and held various management roles at Visionox before becoming the company’s CEO. His field of research is organic optoelectronics. Dr. Zhang has devoted himself to the research and development of OLED process technology, the construction of OLED mass production lines, and product planning in China for 22 years, promoting the industrialization of OLED. He has published over 20 OLED research papers and holds over 30 OLED patents. He received first place in China's coveted “National Award for Technological Invention” in 2011.

Display Week is held annually and organized by the Society for Information Display.

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.

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.

ARM Cortex-A76, Mali-G76, Mali-V76

Posted by Charbax – June 4, 2018

ARM Cortex-A76 is a new microarchitecture based on DynamIQ technology, delivers 35% faster 7nm laptop-class performance (Intel Core-i3, Core-i5 comparable performance) with 40% improved efficiency maintaining the power efficiency of a smartphone. ARM Cortex-A76 also delivers 4x compute performance improvements for AI/ML at the edge. The new ARM Mali-G76 enables higher performance gaming, cross-platform experiences 30% more efficiency and performance density, as the gaming market is expected to reach $137.9 billion in 2018 and possibly as high as $180 billion by 2021 where 60% of that might be on mobile. ARM Mali-V76 support 8K60 video decode, it can also support simultaneous 4K encode and decode for 4K video-conferencing.

BOE Flexible Phone, 8K, 5644PPI micro-display (17x Retina), Printed OLED, QLED and more

Posted by Charbax – June 2, 2018

BOE presents their latest flexible AMOLED display solutions for the future of smartphones that can be bent, folded, and rolled and even flap in the wind. BOE's flexible displays is demonstrated for robots with touch control, smart loudspeakers, an S-shaped in-car flexible AMOLED display. 8K displays, micro displays, QLED displays and other IoT solutions such as their TFT based AMOLED fingerprint recognition system that works in any spot of the display area

The foldable all-screen WQHD AMOLED display launched by BOE can achieve minimum dynamic bending with a radius of only 1mm. It can be bent more than 100,000 times and has an NTSC color gamut up to 118%. BOE is exhibiting a 5.99" FHD+ 2160x1080 Flexible AMOLED foldable mobile phone and a 7.56" foldable tablet. The display can be used for mobile phones when it is folded up and for tablets or monitors when it unfolds.

As one of the upcoming possibly revolutionizing OLED technical directions, BOE demonstrates their OLED printing technology to possibly just print the future of Smartphone displays showing their 5.5" FHD (1920×1080) printing flexible OLED display.

UHD has become a keyword of SID 2018 for material and equipment suppliers and device manufacturers, signaling the advent of the 8K era. In addition to the 110-inch 8K, 75-inch 8K, and 65-inch 8K glasses-free 3D displays, BOE also presents 13.3-inch 8K display products, promoting the development of small and medium-sized 8K products.

BOE has gathered speed in building an 8K ecosystem ever since it launched the "8425 strategy" which means "promoting 8K, popularizing 4K, replacing 2K and making good use of 5G". BOE has recently launched the 8K solution that incorporates BOE's 4K/8K image service cloud, 8K decoder player, and 8K display device, making it possible to shoot, edit, transmit and broadcast 8K content. This helps to solve problems like the costliness and massive size of traditional decoder players, as well as the lack of 8K content, thus promoting the faster popularization of 8K.

Among several micro displays at BOE's booth is a silicon-based OLED AR product which features monocrystalline silicon as the active drive backplane as well as high resolution, high level of integration, low power consumption, small size, and light weight. The AR product is backed by a 0.39-inch silicon-based OLED which has the world's leading pixel density of 5644PPI, 17 times that of a Retina display, and a contrast ratio over 10000:1, which enables the overlapping and interaction between virtual 3D images and real scenes. All these secure an ultimate experience for users as well as bright prospect in the field of education and training, video games, home decoration, etc.

Moreover, BOE shows its cutting-edge technologies and products such as QLED, mini-LED displays, a number of new applications and products including curved in-car display instruments and BOE iGallery.

E Ink shows Color, Flexible, Shelf labels, OTFT and more at SID Display Week 2018

Posted by Charbax – May 31, 2018

E Ink shows their new 10.3" flexible display with digitizer, also on the Onyx Note, reMarkable, the 13.3" Sony e-reader, the dual 13.3" Guido music score reader and note taker. The latest generation 13.3" and 32" color E Ink with new optimized color gamuts, pigments, wave forms, electronics, starting with the signage market for advertising, transportatation and other. Autonomous E Ink tiles such as they have installed at the San Diego airport. The Sony watch where the whole band is an E Ink display. Organic TFT (OTFT) displays backplanes done with Flexterra. Battery-less smart shelf labels, other demos with Plastic Logic, video speed refresh rates, embedded into credit cards, electronic shelf labels with displaydata and JDI. Visionect, Epson smart watch, LTS Smart Patch, eManga, Yotaphone and more.

Samsung Displays Booth Tour at SID Display Week 2018

Posted by Charbax – May 31, 2018

Samsung Displays showcases their 5.09" and 5.77" light field displays for advanced AR applications, the first of it's kind to combine AR, 3D and light fields into one portable display. Sound integrated in display through a future AMOLED phone, aqua force sensor, their highest resolution VR display does 4K in a 2.43" 1200ppi display, with 250nits. They have an unbreakable display, a rollable display, a curved conformed display. Transparent HUD displays to eventually integrate into the windows and windshield of a car. Samsung's 4K 31.5" QD Glass and their 8K 65" QD Glass displays are also showcased to highlight their cutting edge Quantum Dot based LCD technology.

Honor 10, Notch, Kirin970 without PC Mode, glimmering back

Posted by Charbax – May 20, 2018

Huawei's Honor group launches the new Honor 10 Smartphone at $399, it comes with a Notch (which I don't understand why, except for copying Apple's mistake), it runs on the ultra fast Hisilicon Kirin 970 processor but they did not include the PC Mode in this one, that PC Mode is only available in Huawei Mate 10 and P20. The very glimmering back side of the phone is a fingerprint magnet, not sure if the effect looks as good if a transparent back case is used. They use an ultrasonic based front side finderprint reader, though I prefer when fingerprint readers are on the back.

Gemini PDA runs 5 Linux distros, Debian, Ubuntu, Sailfish, Android, unlocked bootloader, open source

Posted by Charbax – March 16, 2018

Planet Computers CTO Davide Guidi, filmed at the Gemini PDA headquarters in London, they shipped to first 1000 backers of 4200 from their successful Indiegogo. Here presenting 5 Linux distros, unlocked bootloader, open source on their website (with more source code to come shortly to that page) hardware acceleration of any Linux distro is under development using Libhybris and planning to try to integrate Halium to optimize the performance in all Linux distributions, to use the Android GPU, sound, video, modem and other binaries to each their fullest hopefully within each Linux distro. Gemini PDA hopes that by unlocking their bootloader, by providing the bootloader open source, providing their Linux distro images open source, letting users do whatever they want and multi-booth any OS that they would like, hopefully there will be a vibrant community to bring great all Linux performance on this MediaTek X27 deca-core Powered large and awesome mechanical keyboard phone. After having soon shipped to their remaining Indiegogo backers, Planet Computers hopes to be able to expand much further selling their phone through distributors and telcos around the world.