Panasonic TH-65XVS30U Plasma HDTV Monitor (http://rbi.ims.ca/4399-541). This 65-inch HDTV monitor has widescreen aspect ratio of 16:9, a contrast ratio up to 3000:1, and the ability to display 3.62 billion colors with 2,048 gradation shades. The plasma panel technology uses two sheets of glass with color phosphors sandwiched in between separating ribs that contain electrodes and a mixture of ionizable gases that form 1.05 ◊1.05 mm pixels. A high voltage (greater than 200V) applied to the electrode creates a plasma state allowing a discharge that causes a burst of ultraviolet light and energizes the phosphors. With dimensions of 36.4-inch height ◊ 61.2-inch width ◊ 3.9-inch deep, the unit weighs 179.7 lbs, and has a power consumption of 695W.
WEARABLE OLED DISPLAY
DigiCharm Inc. MicroTag (http://rbi.ims.ca/4399-542). The MicroTag is a customizable name tag for marketing and sales that uses organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display technology from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors. Pictiva OLED displays use organic polymers, such as polyphenyl vinylenes and polyfluorenes. The display is a self-emitting, thin-profile unit that requires no backlight and is more energy efficient than LCD technology. By applying a voltage to a stack of several thin layers, one layer becomes negatively charged relative to another transparent layer. Energy passing from the one layer to the other excites the material between them emitting light. Other applications for OLEDs include laptops and personal communicators. For more information on Osram's Pictiva OLED display, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4399-543.
Optrex Transmart is a nearly transparent display for vehicle applications that provides an alternative to Heads-Up Displays (HUDs). The non-projection technology does not require a special windshield design. The display's liquid crystal (LC) plus polymer construction provides critical driver information including speed, fuel level, and transmission position within the normal viewing range so the driver's eyes stay focused on the road. The display is invisible in the Field Off state, but displays in the Field On state. Designed as a permanently mounted fixed display, it can be used as an overlay technology with a normal instrument panel. For more info on Optrek Transmart displays, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4399-544.
Mitsubishi WD-73927A 73-inch HDTV (http://rbi.ims.ca/4399-545). This 73-inch display has 1920◊1080 progressive pixel resolution and uses Texas Instruments' Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology. TI's DLP engine uses Digital Micromirror Devices (DMDs) that contain a rectangular array of up to 2 million hinge-mounted microscopic mirrors. Chemically etched from a silicon wafer, each of the mirrors measures less than one-fifth the width of a human hair. The DLP chip requires a light source and a projection lens for its mirrors to reflect a digital image onto a screen or other surface. In the WD-73927A HDTV, a 150-W lamp provides a powerful light source to reflect off the digital mirrors. For more information on Texas Instruments DLP technology, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4399-546.
CARBON NANOTUBE DISPLAY
Motorola Labs Nano Emissive Display (NED) is based on Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Technology. CNTs are carbon structures less than a nanometer in diameter that possess a number of properties that make them attractive for flat panel displays. Motorola has demonstrated the ability to grow CNTs at low temperatures, precisely place individual units on a surface material, and control the length and diameter of the CNTs. This capability takes the much-publicized CNT technology one step closer to commercialization. The unit is effectively a 4.6-inch diagonal subsection of a 1280◊720 pixel, 16:9 aspect ratio, 42-inch diagonal display and the pixels are sized accordingly. For more information on Motorola's NED technology, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4399-547.