Soap bubble display billed as thinnest in the world [video]

By on July 2, 2012 at 2:50 AM.

Soap bubble display billed as thinnest in the world [video]

Soap Bubble Display Thinnest

An international team of researchers has created a technology that projects images on an ultra-thin display made entirely of soap bubbles. The team uses ultrasonic vibrations to alter the display's properties, such as its transparency and surface, to produce a flat or even a 3D image. The project is called the colloidal display, and is being worked on by researchers from the University of Tokyo, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Tsukuba. The bubble mixture used in the research is similar to consumer-grade soap, although it is more sophisticated and harder to pop — in fact, objects can even pass through the film without destroying it. “The combination of the ultrasonic waves and ultra thin membranes makes more realistic, distinctive, and vivid imageries on screen,” the team wrote on its website. “This system contributes to open up a new path for display engineering with sharp imageries, transparency, BRDF and flexibility.” A video demonstration follows below.

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Sharp and LG to increase iPad panel shipments in Q2

By on March 23, 2012 at 8:00 PM.

Sharp and LG to increase iPad panel shipments in Q2

After reportedly failing to meet Apple’s quality requirements, Sharp and LG Display have now apparently begun shipping a small volume of displays for the new iPad, DigiTimes reported on Friday. “The supply of panels for the new iPad has improved recently, with LG Display and Sharp to ramp up their shipments in the second quarter, which will also result in a significant increase in shipments of the new iPads in the quarter and onwards,” Digitimes’s unnamed industry source said. An earlier report suggested that Samsung was the sole supplier of displays for Apple’s new iPad tablet, but that report was quickly countered. More →

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People want supersized cell phones, new study shows

By on March 14, 2012 at 6:15 PM.

People want supersized cell phones, new study shows

A new study from Strategy Analytics found that smartphone owners in the U.S. and U.K. prefer devices with a 4-inch to 4.5-inch display, as long as the device is also thin. “Almost 90 percent of existing smartphone owners surveyed chose a prototype smartphone with a display larger than their current device,” commented Paul Brown, a Director in the Strategy Analytics User Experience Practice. “This trend is driven by increased mobile web browsing capability, as well as engaging video and gaming experiences.” The study found that Android owners are more likely to seek larger devices compared their iPhone-owning counterparts, and females are more likely to consider slightly smaller devices than males. “In order for smartphone owners to adopt larger devices, it is important for handset manufacturers to ensure that mobile devices are not too heavy and that the devices remain thin enough for purses and pockets,” Nolan added. Read on for Strategy Analytics’s press release. More →

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LG, not just Samsung, is supplying iPad Retina Displays according to Reuters

By on March 14, 2012 at 9:20 AM.

LG, not just Samsung, is supplying iPad Retina Displays according to Reuters

Following a report suggesting Samsung became the sole supplier of Retina Displays for the new iPad after panels from LG Display and Sharp failed to meet Apple’s quality standards, a new report claims this is not the case. Reuters on Wednesday reported that LG Display is indeed supplying Retina panels for the new Apple tablet. “LG is also in a panel supply deal with Samsung for the new iPad,” the site’s anonymous source is quoted as having said. Reuters did not address whether or not Sharp might also be supplying display panels for the new iPad, which goes on sale at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, March 16th. More →

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Samsung again tips ‘iPad mini,’ says Apple will buy $11B in Samsung parts this year

By on March 13, 2012 at 1:50 PM.

Samsung again tips ‘iPad mini,’ says Apple will buy $11B in Samsung parts this year

Apple plans to launch a smaller version of its popular iPad tablet later this year according to an unnamed official at Samsung. While speaking with The Korea Times, the anonymous Samsung official said that Apple will likely spend a record $11 billion on Samsung-sourced parts for its various devices in 2012. “The amount of the current contract is around $9.7 billion,” The Korea Times was told. The site’s source continued, “The contract is expected to rise to $11 billion by the end of this year as Apple is planning to release a smaller iPad, probably with a 7.85-inch screen, and to sell more of its MacBook Air PCs using Samsung’s faster solid state drive (SSD) storage.” Apple’s 7.85-inch iPad has been rumored on a number of occasions, and Samsung Securities mentioned the unconfirmed tablet recently in a confidential report. Samsung currently supplies a variety of parts for Apple’s PCs and mobile devices, and the company is reportedly the sole supplier of Retina Displays for Apple’s new iPad, which goes on sale Friday, March 16th. More →

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Samsung to supply iPad displays after LG, Sharp quality fails to meet Apple’s requirements

By on March 13, 2012 at 12:20 PM.

Samsung to supply iPad displays after LG, Sharp quality fails to meet Apple’s requirements

Despite numerous ongoing legal battles between the two rivals, Samsung Electronics is reportedly the sole supplier of displays for Apple’s new iPad tablet, which is set to launch this coming Friday. While speaking with Bloomberg, IHS iSuppli analyst Vinita Jakhanwal said that high-resolution display panels supplied by LG Display and Sharp did not meet Apple’s quality requirements. As a result, Apple’s 2,048 x 1,536-pixel Retina Display panels will be supplied exclusively by Samsung at launch. “The display specifications on the new iPad are very demanding in terms of the very high resolution,” Jakhanwal told Bloomberg. “Achieving this high resolution without compromising on the power consumption and brightness and maintaining Apple’s quality standards are supposedly proving to be a challenge for LG Display and Sharp.” More →

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Samsung spins off struggling LCD business

By on February 20, 2012 at 8:00 AM.

Samsung spins off struggling LCD business

Samsung on Monday announced that it will spin off its LCD display panel manufacturing business. Tentatively named Samsung Display Co., Ltd., the new company will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics and it will launch with approximately $6.6 billion in initial capital when it officially breaks off from Samsung-proper on April 1st, 2012. “This split LCD business is the speed of your business can be secured to the diverse needs of Customers.Therefore were able to respond quickly,” said Donggun Park, EVP of Samsung’s LCD business, in a statement. “Business competitiveness to our customers advanced products and a step I will try to provide technology and services.” More →

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Apple’s iTV launch reportedly hampered by display availability

By on February 3, 2012 at 9:05 AM.

Apple’s iTV launch reportedly hampered by display availability

Apple has been widely rumored to be readying a Siri-enabled television for release this year, but a new report claims component availability issues will prevent the highly anticipated “iTV” from launching in the first half. Citing unnamed sources within Apple’s supply chain, DigiTimes on Friday reports that Sharp, rumored to have been contracted to supply display panels for Apple’s debut HDTV, is not yet ready to ship the indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) panels Apple will use in its iTV. According to the site’s sources, upcoming HDTV models from Samsung and LG will occupy much of the OLED panel capacity during the first half, so Apple has chosen to instead utilize IGZO panels. Sharp is reportedly not yet ready to mass produce its latest IGZO panels, however, and Apple’s iTV launch may have been pushed to the second half as a result. Apple’s iOS-powered iTV will reportedly support apps and feature voice controls powered by Siri as well as access to on-demand content through iTunes. More →

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Hitachi, Sony reportedly begin shipping next-gen 4-inch iPhone displays

By on November 28, 2011 at 9:10 AM.

Hitachi, Sony reportedly begin shipping next-gen 4-inch iPhone displays

Sony and Hitachi are reportedly working with Apple on a 4-inch display for an iOS device presumed to be the next-generation iPhone set to launch next year. Citing unnamed sources within Apple’s Asian supply chain, Macotakara.jp reports that the two suppliers have teamed up to begin preliminary production of Apple’s new 4-inch iPhone displays. The two companies are also said to be working on a “fundamentally changed” display for Apple’s iPad 4. As Apple’s legal battles with Samsung continue, the Cupertino, California-based company has reportedly looked to a number of new parts suppliers as it distances itself from Samsung. Apple had been Samsung’s top parts customer, rumored to be spending approximately $7.8 billion on Samsung components in 2011 alone. Apple is said to have made a series of investments in display manufacturing plants owned by Sharp, which is expected to be partnering with Apple on its upcoming HDTV and may also supply Apple with displays for its upcoming iPad 3 tablet. More →

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Apple slows iPad 2 production in preparation for iPad 3, report claims

By on November 17, 2011 at 8:10 AM.

Apple slows iPad 2 production in preparation for iPad 3, report claims

Apple’s panel suppliers have reportedly been told to decrease display shipments for the iPad 2 as orders from the Cupertino, California-based company slow in the fourth quarter. Samsung, LG Display and Chimei Innolux have all seen panel orders from Apple decline in the fourth quarter according to a report from DigiTimes, which could leave a huge surplus of parts in the supply chain. The report states that Apple is controlling iPad 2 panel orders to make way for its next-generation iPad model, for which displays began shipping in October. Apple sold more than 11 million iPad tablets in the third quarter, and the report claims Apple’s manufacturing partners could ship as many as 15-16 million units in the holiday quarter. More →

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TPK Holdings to supply bulk of touch panels for next-gen Apple iPhone

By on July 26, 2011 at 7:00 AM.

TPK Holdings to supply bulk of touch panels for next-gen Apple iPhone

Taiwan-based TPK Holdings Ltd. has been awarded a contract from Apple to supply between 70% and 80% of the touch panels for its upcoming fifth-generation iPhone, Taiwan Economic News reports. Referring to the next-generation smartphone as the “iPhone 4S,” the publication cites unnamed industry insiders with the report. TPK holdings is currently the world’s largest touch panel maker by volume, and is said to be the only manufacturer able to meet Apple’s steep quantity demands while maintaining consistent quality. TPK Holdings is already Apple’s top touch panel supplier and the unparalleled quality of Apple’s current touch experience makes the retention of its current No. 1 supplier a logical move. The Taiwan-based component manufacturer also supplies touch panels to HTC, Amazon and Barnes & Noble, among others. Apple is expected to launch its fifth-generation iPhone handset this fall. More →

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Apple to become Samsung’s No. 1 customer with $7.8 billion in parts purchases this year

By on February 14, 2011 at 12:29 PM.

Apple to become Samsung’s No. 1 customer with $7.8 billion in parts purchases this year

According to an unconfirmed report originating in the Korea Economic Daily newspaper, Apple will become Samsung’s largest customer in 2011. Citing anonymous industry sources, the report states that Apple is poised to spend $7.8 billion on parts from Samsung, which is one of the largest component suppliers in the world. Apple is known to have parts contracts in place with Samsung, but this staggering sum would make the Cupertino-based company Samsung’s single largest customer this year. The report states that liquid crystal displays, mobile application processors and NAND flash memory chips are among the parts Samsung has been contracted to supply for Apple. Apple and Samsung are also rivals in the mobile space, of course, with Apple’s iPhone and iPad competing directly with Samsung’s mobile phone and tablet lines. More →

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Hitachi spits out 4.5-inch IPS display 1,100:1 contrast, 329dpi density

By on February 11, 2011 at 1:46 PM.

Hitachi spits out 4.5-inch IPS display 1,100:1 contrast, 329dpi density

It’s been rumored that Apple has been spending billions in cash on a strategic displays investment, but other manufacturers and component suppliers aren’t standing still, either. Hitatchi Displays has just announced that they have a 4.5-inch IPS LCD display lined up for production in October. The new display’s resolution? 1280 x 720 which, in a 4.5-inch screen, equals a whopping 329dpi density. It’s LED backlit and features a 1,100:1 contrast ratio. Oh. boy. More →

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