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Old 01-16-2007, 07:55 AM   #1
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Toshiba Matsushita Display readies E Ink competing LCD panel

Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology (a joint venture formed between Toshiba and Matsushita) announced today that the company has developed and started mass production of a new monochrome LCD panel for use in electronic dictionaries and e-book readers. Specs:
  • Display size: 5.01-inch
  • Resolution: 640 x 480
  • Display mode: Monochrome reflective display / Internal reflective display (someone care to explain?)
  • Contrast ratio: 12:1 (no backlight)
  • Response time: 20 ms
  • Levels of gray: 16
  • Power consumption: 4mW (2-level grayscale), 20 mW (16-level grayscale)

Compared to the usual E Ink display, the new panel has a higher contrast ratio (12:1 vs. 8:1) and also relatively low power consumption (20 mW vs. 1mW (E Ink standby) and 750 mW (E Ink active update)). Screen refresh is a lot faster (20 ms vs. 0.5-1s).

Before you get too excited keep in mind this is only a 640x480 screen, so hardly as high-resolution as TMD likes us to believe. [Edit: Thanks to RWood for clarifying that 640x480 on 5" is indeed high-resolution]
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