February 19, 2015
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February 19, 2015 (Tokyo, Japan): Japan Display Inc. (JDI), a leading global supplier of small- and medium-sized displays, has announced the start of sales of a standard line-up of memory-in-pixel (MIP) reflective-type color LCD modules for wristwatch-type wearable devices which realize ultra-low power consumption. Power consumption of these reflective-type LCD modules is less than 0.5%*1 that of transparent-type LCD modules. Samples will be available in March 2015 and the start of sales will be in July 2015.
Low power consumption is a key factor for wearable devices, to provide long battery life. Since the new reflective-type modules display images by reflecting light, they do not require a backlight, which typically contributes up to approximately 80%*1 of the total power consumption of an LCD module. Furthermore, since the MIP structure has a static random access memory transistor fabricated in each sub-pixel, in the case of still screen images, once the data is written it is held, resulting in ultra-low power consumption. In addition, the optimized optical design contributes to bright and crisp reflective-type color images, especially under bright sunlight conditions.
JDI has produced and sold reflective-type color LCD modules for wristwatch-type wearable devices since January 2014. Now, JDI’s intention is to widen the business of reflective-type color LCD modules for wearable devices by offering a new line-up of standard products. The standard line-up will help to minimize the workload of product development and shorten the time period for product release. JDI is also planning to offer an additional line-up of standard reflective-type color LCD modules, not only for wearable devices but also for industrial applications, to meet the wide range of market needs for displays with ultra-low power consumption.
|Product||Memory-in-pixel (MIP) reflective-type color LCD module|
|Display size||Round shape 3.4cm (1.34-inch) diameter|
|Number of pixels||320 x 300|
|Sample availability||March 2015|
|Start of sales||July 2015|
Suitable for use with Android Wear*2.
*1 Based on JDI's investigation
*2 Android is a trademark of Google Inc. Android Wear is Google's OS for wearable devices.
Reference: JDI News Release
"Japan Display Introduces Paper-like Color Reflective LCD", October 25, 2012
"Japan Display Inc. Announces Mass Production Start of Ultra-low Power Consumption Memory-In-Pixel Reflective-type LCD Module", January 09, 2014
Japan Display Inc. (JDI) is the leading global manufacturer of small- and medium-sized display panels and has the world's largest manufacturing capacity for LTPS LCD panels. JDI develops, designs and manufactures displays that provide high resolution, low power consumption and an ultra thin structure for application in smartphones, tablets, automotive electronics, digital cameras, medical equipment and other electronic devices. The company's major customers include leading consumer electronics manufacturers and other well-known global companies. JDI was formed through the consolidation of the display panel businesses of Sony, Hitachi and Toshiba and commenced operations on April 1, 2012.
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