Corning’s New Lotus Glass Promises Higher-Resolution Displays and More

By Casey Johnston, Ars Technica

Corning, the developers of Gorilla Glass, announced the launch of a new display material named Lotus Glass for use with LCD and OLED screens today in a press release. The company says Lotus Glass has more “thermal and dimensional stability,” which will allow it to better withstand the process of attaching high-resolution displays and implementing “tighter design rules.”

LCD glass substrates can require intense heating and cooling cycles to create screens, particularly for higher-resolution displays, Corning says. Lotus Glass has a higher annealing point than Gorilla Glass, meaning more heat is required for the material to relax internal stresses and forces.

Because Lotus Glass can withstand heat better, it’s in less danger of warping or sagging while “advanced backplanes” are applied. (Backplanes on screens contain the circuits that control the pixels on the screen.) Very hot temperatures aren’t required to make nice displays — for instance, AMOLED displays can use low-temperature (150 degrees Celsius) poly-silicone as a backplane — but more resilient glass could reduce the current rate of screen imperfections.

According to Corning, Lotus Glass will allow for screens with “higher resolution and faster response times.” We’re not sure it’s just the Gorilla Glass that is holding these specs back on the current crop of smartphones and tablets, but every little bit helps. Corning did not respond to requests for comment on which manufacturers, if any, it has locked down for Lotus Glass contracts, but its press release states that the glass “has been qualified and is in production.”

Photo courtesy of Corning

Apple Thunderbolt Display Teardown Reveals iMac Insides

No costly proprietary tools needed to accomplish iFixit's Thunderbolt Display teardown. Image: iFixit

Apple sure does know how to pack in a lot of gear into a seemingly simple LCD monitor. How do we know? iFixit’s latest teardown, of course!

iFixit took apart Apple’s 27-inch Thunderbolt Display for our viewing pleasure, revealing an iMac-like glass panel that can be removed with heavy-duty suction cups and a host of parts not normally found in an LCD monitor.

In fact, the display itself shares an uncanny resemblance to an iMac display because it’s actually the same model: an LG LM270WQ1, which was used in the iMac Intel 27″ from October 2009. This is also the same display that’s in Dell’s competing 27″ monitor, albeit with LED backlighting instead of CCFL. The display is 2560 x 1440 pixels and supports 16.7 million colors. Interestingly, that’s 1.07 billion fewer colors than on Dell’s display.

But anyways, the Thunderbolt Display houses a large brushless fan for noiseless cooling. And housed on either side edge of the display in “massive enclosures” are 49-Watt speakers, complete with a miniature subwoofer.

Rather than being soldered directly to the board, the Thunderbolt cable that routes to the display plugs into a standard Thunderbolt socket situated on the logic board. And both sides of the logic board are “packed with enough chips that it’s hard to believe there’s no computer inside this display,” according to iFixit.

The whole shebang can be taken apart using non-proprietary parts like suction cups, screwdrivers and a spudger. Repairability rating? iFixit gave it an 8 out of 10.

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AOC’s 16-inch portable monitor sucks power, video from your USB port

AOC’s latest may not have the IPS viewing angles of recent tablet offerings or high-end monitors, but this portable 16-inch screen connects — and powers itself — through just one USB port. Priced at $139, the AOC e1649fwu also includes a fold-up stand and can be propped up in both portrait and landscape. The 16:9 TFT screen packs 1366×768 resolution, and AOC promises that it won’t immediately suck all the life out of your laptop, though we’ll hold our judgement until we can get our hands on one. It could be a very canny addition to your portable office arsenal; it weighs in at a spritely 2.3lbs (just under over 1kg) and the 1.4 inch thickness means it may squeeze into some (admittedly more capacious) lappie bags. You’ll finally be able to look like you mean business while pluggin’ away in your own private corner at Starbucks after this launches next month.

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Intel’s Next-Gen Chips to Support Super High-Res Displays

Intel’s Ivy Bridge chips include the world’s first mass-produced 22-nanometer transistors. Image: Intel

If you dream of having brilliant, iPhone 4-like displays on your notebooks and tablets, you may see it become a reality sooner than you think.

Intel’s latest chips will provide support for an ultra-high resolution display, according to information seen in a slide presentation about the company’s upcoming “Ivy Bridge” processors during the company’s developer forum last week.

According to the slide, the Ivy Bridge chip will support super-high resolution displays of 4096 x 4096 pixels on a single monitor, as well as processing for 4K QuadHD video.

How pixel-packed is a 4096 x 4096 display? A 1080p screen is 1920 x 1080, so that’s over four times as large. 4K QuadHD — a technology largely ignored while the world has primarily focused on 3-D TVs — packs video into a resolution of 3840 × 2160, slightly below the 4K cinema standard.

First revealed in May, Intel’s Ivy Bridge chip features a unique 3-D transistor which uses a thin silicon ridge in place of the power-conducting strip normally used in 2-D transistors. The change makes the 3-D transistor 30 percent more efficient than planar transistors, with only a 2 to 3 percent price bump. The development is a big step for Intel in its rivalry with chips usingARM architecture, and could allow for portable notebooks to feature a screen similar to Apple’s Retina Display on a larger scale.

Slim, portable devices like the MacBook Air or Asus UX21 Ultrabook often use an integrated graphics chip in order to save on space. Notebooks and high end computers tend to use a separate, more powerful GPU for their processing needs (for example, the 2010 MacBook Pro featured an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GPU).

Intel’s Ivy Bridge technology will be in full production later this year, so we should start seeing it incorporated in products in 2012.

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Intel: Ivy Bridge GPU to support 4K resolutions

Color us unsurprised that Ivy Bridge is destined to be faster and smaller than its predecessor, but unbeknownst to us is an interesting tidbit concerning the upcoming architecture’s GPU. The revamp will support resolutions in excess of 4K (topping out at a maximum of 4,096 x 4,096) — a sizable jump from the WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) limitation of its Sandy Bridge’s forebearer — opening the door to all sorts of resolution independent goodness. Guess that means you won’t need a discrete GPU in the future to power that bodacious (but pricey) pro-level display. Have a peek in the links below if you’re hungry for more.

Intel: Ivy Bridge GPU to support 4K resolutions originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 19 Sep 2011 20:26:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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AMD Eyefinity eyes-on, prepare to fall for landscape goodness (video)

Sure we’ve seen it before, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t share what we stumbled upon at AMD’s Fusion Zone at IDF 2011. Laying before you is a 5 x 1 landscape Eyefinity setup, powered by an upcoming unreleased 8-core FX CPU paired with a single Radeon HD 6990. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s four displays connected via mini-DisplayPort and the fifth over DVI. Not much more to say, so peep the gallery below or hop past the break for a video of the bodacious rig running Dirt 3.

Myriam Joire contributed to this report.

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HP goes display crazy, unveils eight new models, four IPS panels (hands-on)

HP may not have much going on when it comes to cellphones and tablets at the moment, but the company is hardly resting on its laurels. As if to prove it’s still got a bit of fire in its corporate belly, it unleashed a total of eight new displays today (nine, if you count the updated HP rp5800 Retail System). The trio of digital signage models, including the 47-inch multitouch LD4720tm, probably aren’t of much interest to you, but the four new ZR series Performance Displays and the more budget friendly LE2202x Essential display are worth at least a quick glance. The LE model is an LED backlit, 1,920 x 1,080 monitor with 21.5-inches of real estate and a 5ms response time. The ZR line are all IPS displays, ranging in size from 20 to 27-inches, with a resolution of 1,600 x 900 at the low end and up to 2,560 x 1,440 for the ZR2740w. The 2740 also sports the ability to display over one billion colors, while the three other models make do with just 16.7 million. The ZR2040w, ZR2240w and ZR2440w ZR2740w are available now for $189, $289 and $425 $729 respectively, while the ZR2740w ZR2440w is expected to follow in October for $729 $425. Those with less demanding eyes and occupations will be able to grab the LE2202x on September 19th for $179. Check out the galleries below, as well as the PR after the break.

Update: Our apologies, it’s the ZR2440w that won’t be shipping till october.

Dante Cesa contributed to this report.

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3M makes Mary Lou Jepsen’s dreams come true, showers Pixel Qi with cash

Chances are you’ve heard plenty about Pixel Qi’s super-efficient, transreflective displays. The odds are equally as high that you’ve never touched one before, either. Well, 3M aims to change all of that and make good on founder Mary Lou Jepsen’s continued promises to get those screens out into the consumer wild. Infusing the LCD company with an undisclosed amount of cash, 3M’s New Ventures investment arm is betting the combo of its Optical Systems Division’s LCD film technology expertise and funding will not only ramp up production of the sunlight-readable color screens, but also innovate uses for it across “…consumer markets as well as digital signage and touch applications.” It’s a nice shot of confidence for the display maker’s much-touted, albeit scarce tech, and could be the financial boost necessary to take Jepsen from underdog to industry heavyweight. We’ll keep a close eye out for how this develops. In the meantime, you can jump past the break to read the hyperbolic PR for yourself.

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Sony Notebook Screen Provides 3-D Without Glasses

The Sony VGP-FL3D15A will provide glasses-free 3-D images by measuring the viewer's distance from the screen by webcam. Image courtesy of TechOn!

Sony’s just come out with a thin panel that lays over the screen of Vaio laptops to produce 3-D images without glasses. The software uses a built-in webcam to judge your distance from the screen and optimize the graphics.

It’s nothing new, but still pretty cool. Toshiba debuted similar technology with the Qosmio F755 3-D notebook last month. Sony and Toshiba use similar facial depth technology, where two images are projected simultaneously, one for each eye.

Sony unveiled the 3mm panel, the VGP-FL3D15A, at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) trade show in Berlin. The panel arrives on the heels of an announcement that Sony, Panasonic and Samsung will unite behind standardized 3-D glasses.

Sony’s IFA spread was all about 3-D. The company also announced a touch-screen PC with 3-D screen, a 3-D capable media player and a 3-D projector.

The sheet will be available next month in Europe for $183. The Vaio S series laptops will retail for around $1,000.

Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi look to join LCD manufacturing forces

Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi

There have been rumors circulating that Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi were going to combine their LCD making efforts. Now, according to Yomiuri Shimbun, that plan seems to be moving forward. The deal doesn’t cover big-screen manufacturing, only small and medium sizes that find their way into phones and tablets. The joint venture will command roughly 20-percent of the market according to TechCrunch when it finally becomes official, with a hefty investment from the semi-public Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, which will own a significant stake in the new company. It may be another day or two before the deal is announced, but consider this a serious shot across their Korean competitors’ bows.

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