Samsung, Nouvoyance to Demonstrate Ultra-High Resolution 10.1-inch LCD Display for Tablets

By Ashok Bindra May 13, 2011

Next week at the SID International Symposium in Los Angeles, Calif., consumer electronics giant Samsung Electronics, in partnership with technology development company Nouvoyance, will demonstrate the industry’s first ultra-high resolution 10.1-inch LCD display for tablets. To offer a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels in WQXGA format, Samsung’s 10-1-inch LCD uses Nouvoyance’s PenTile RGBW technology.

According to Samsung, the prototype demonstration marks the first time this resolution has been available for the tablet market in the popular 10.1-inch format, rivaling the highest resolution smartphone displays now on the market. Samsung expects to have commercial availability of this technology for tablet applications later this year.

Because tablets are regularly used for viewing rich-colored images, the 10.1-inch 300 dpi display is ideal for applications that require extraordinary image and text clarity such as browsing the web and viewing high-definition movies, or reading books and spreadsheets.

“In order to develop tablets with the form and function that consumers demand, a design engineer ultimately has to determine how to get the highest resolution display possible, while still fitting within the overall power budget for their design,” said Joel Pollack, executive vice president of Nouvoyance, in a statement. Nouvoyance is Samsung’s partner company that developed the PenTile RGBW technology.

Since higher resolution displays draw lot of power, lightness and power efficiency are critical for such displays. “Samsung’s PenTile display technology is the only display technology that operates at 40 percent less power yet provides twice that of full HD-viewing performance for consumers compared to legacy RGB stripe LCDs. There is no other commercial display technology on the market today that offers this high of a resolution and pixel density in a 10.1-inch size display,” stated Sungtae Shin, senior VP of Samsung Electronics.

In fact, claims Samsung, the PenTile RGBW WQXGA technology enables the 10.1-inch tablet panel to achieve 300 cd/m2 of luminance while using 40 percent less power than comparable legacy RGB stripe LCDs in power-saving modes. In addition, to enable viewing in bright ambient lighting, the LCD panel offers an outdoor brightness mode of as much as 600 cd/m2 luminance. Also, the display’s color gamut is 72 percent., allowing greater color realism than legacy RGB stripe tablet displays that have a typical color gamut of 55 percent NTSC, said Samsung. Furthermore, the PenTile technology achieves 300 dpi resolution with two-thirds the number of sub-pixels, maintaining the VESA/ICDM display resolution standard, asserted Samsung.

Ashok Bindra is a veteran writer and editor with more than 25 years of editorial experience covering RF/wireless technologies, semiconductors and power electronics. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

TechZone360 Contributor

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