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Samsung to take stake in Gorilla Glass maker Corning after LCD deal

Gorilla Glass maker Corning has announced that it's going to buy out Samsung Display's stake in their LCD joint venture, in a deal that gives Samsung Electronics a 7.4 per cent stake in Corning. As well as having a foot in the firm, Samsung will also get a new ten year glass supply agreement for its mobile devices and tellies. …
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Worldwide LCD price-fixing conspiracy: Another exec guilty

An AU Optronics executive has been found guilty of fixing the price of LCD displays by a US District Court in San Francisco. The US Justice Department said that a jury found Shiu Lung Leung, a former senior manager in the Desktop Display Business Group, guilty of participating in the worldwide LCD price-fixing conspiracy that …
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China fines Samsung and LG for LCD price-fixing

Samsung and LG Electronics, along with four Taiwanese companies, have been fined by the government for jigging LCD screen prices between 2001 and 2006. The secret negotiations held the prices of LCD screens artificially high, China's National Development and Reform Commission found - affecting the manufacture of phones, laptops …
Anna Leach, 04 Jan 2013

Japan Display cranks up ultra low power colour LCD panels

Japanese electronics giants Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi have been showing off new low-power LCD display technology which seems to combine the best of LCD and e-ink by dispensing with the backlight and instead relying on reflected light. The firms formed their joint venture, Japan Display, earlier this year and appear to have been …
Phil Muncaster, 08 Nov 2012
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LCD TV shipments slip for FIRST TIME EVER

TV makers are desperate for the Next Big Thing. It's not hard to see why: even LCD TV sales are now falling. Year-on-year LCD shipments fell for the first time ever during Q1, market watcher NPD DisplaySearch said today. It was a small dip - down just three per cent - but symptomatic of an industry in decline. Other technologies …
Tony Smith, 20 Jun 2012
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LCD to have killed all* other TV technologies by 2016

Bye-bye, plasma. Farewell, reverse projection. By 2016, the TV market will be a two-horse technology race: LED-backlit LCD and OLED. So said market watcher NPD DisplaySearch today, forecasting sales of 281m flat-panel tellies in 2015, up from around 245m this year, itself down from 2010's 250m-unit peak. For plasma, there's …
Tony Smith, 10 Jul 2012
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LG shows off 'first' full HD LCD for smartphones

And the latest entry in the 'how many pixels can we cram into a phone display' stakes comes from LG which today announced a 5in in-plan switching (IPS) LCD with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. It's the first full HD screen for a handset, LG claimed. Do the sums and that yields a pixel density of 440ppi. That's than enough to ensure …
Tony Smith, 28 May 2012

Samsung spins off loss-making LCD biz

Samsung Electronics has decided to split off its LCD division into a separate company in the hopes of turning the loss-making business around. The Korean company proved the rumours circulating last week with regulatory filings announcing that its LCD unit would be spun off into a new firm – which will be a wholly owned …
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Tosh handed $87 MILLION fine in LCD price fixing case

Japanese electronics giant Toshiba has come out fighting after becoming the latest big name to be found guilty of a widespread price-fixing racket relating to liquid crystal display (LCD) panels sold in the US. The company has now been ordered by a northern California court to pay $87m in damages – $70m to consumers who bought …
Phil Muncaster, 04 Jul 2012
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3D: 10% of LCD TVs in 2011, 25% in 2012

Still think 3D TVs are popular? We hate to say it, but only ten per cent of LCD TV panels that shipped in 2011 were 3D capable. So reveals market watcher NPD DisplaySearch, which noted that some 212m LCD TV panels shipped last year. That said, the picture isn't entirely a poor one for 3D. Its share of LCD TV panel shipments …
Tony Smith, 08 Mar 2012
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Japan's LCD biz survives quake and tsunami

The Japanese LCD monitor industry will be breathing a sigh of relief after analysts trumpeted its remarkable resilience in the months following the twin disasters of massive earthquake and tsunami which struck in the north east region of Tohoku a year ago. However, it’s not all good news, as a supply chain disaster was only …
Phil Muncaster, 22 Mar 2012
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Toshiba, LG pop $571m to end LCD price fixing suit – want some?

Toshiba, LG Display, and AUO Optronics are the latest companies to settle in the ongoing LCD price-fixing drama, and their combined $571m payout will put cash in the pockets of American flat-panel buyers. The total settlement in the class action suit includes $27.5m to be paid in civil penalties to eight states, plus an …
Neil McAllister, 12 Jul 2012
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LCD cartel case claims seven more scalps

Seven LCD screen makers have joined together to offer $US553 million to settle charges that the screen industry has acted as a price-fixing cartel. The case has dragged on since 2006, when authorities in Japan, Korea, the EU and the USA first began investigating the LCD industry for anti-competitive conduct. So far, Reuters …
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TV market stalls as LCD sales slow

World TV shipments slipped last year - for the first time since 2004, said market watcher NPD DisplaySearch - presenting a picture of a business that's stalling. The number of sets shipped during the year totalled some 247.7m units. That represents an overall decline of just a third of a percentage point on 2010's total - only …
Tony Smith, 14 Mar 2012
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4K LCD TV output to outstrip OLED production

An interesting snippet here from market watcher NPD DisplaySearch: the momentum behind 4K x 2K TVs is rather greater than that behind large OLED sets. At least nine television makers have demo'd - some at the IFA show earlier this month - and said they will mass-produce very large LCD tellies with a 3840 x 2160 even though the …
Tony Smith, 13 Sep 2012
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Sharp bags partners for LCD biz, forecasts bigger loss for 2011

Sharp has found two new partners to help with its LCD factory as it forecasts an annual loss of ¥380bn ($4.7bn, £2.97bn). The company's new forecast for the fiscal year to the end of March is up from a previously expected loss of ¥290bn ($3.57bn, £2.25bn). The full results will be reported later this month. "We have adjusted …
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Tech Data sues LCD panel makers over price-fixing

Tech Data is suing several LCD panel makers, alleging that they formed an international cartel to fix prices over at least a decade. The IT distie giant claims from the start of 1996 to the end of 2006 the manufacturers conspired to "fix, raise, stabilise and maintain prices" in a lawsuit filed with the federal court in Tampa, …
Paul Kunert, 02 Nov 2011

Leaked photos may indicate slimmer next-generation iPad

Photos have surfaced that purport to show Apple's next iPad having a bonded LCD and front-panel glass display, allowing it to be even thinner than the current 7.5mm (0.29-inch) thick iPad Air – or perhaps the same thickness, but with a larger battery. Leaked photo of purported new iPad display, back Here's the back of the …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Apr 2014
Toshiba 14in USB LCD Mobile Monitor

Toshiba 14in USB LCD Mobile Monitor

It sounds like a great idea: a 14in LCD monitor that connects using USB. Perfect for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones, right? Well no, because it doesn’t work with them. That’s not to say Toshiba’s Monitor is entirely without merit. It’s a neat looking device, similar in size to a slim laptop and weighing the same as a …
Dave Oliver, 08 Feb 2012
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Synaptics, longing for Apple's love, gobbles chip outfit Renesas SP

Touch tech kingpin Synaptics has agreed to buy Japanese chip firm Renesas SP Drivers for $475m in a bid to win a bigger presence in the exploding mobile device market. The Japanese company is a joint venture between Renesas, Sharp, and Powerchip that specializes in silicon for managing LCD displays – which, of course, are found …
Neil McAllister, 12 Jun 2014
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Sony asks for 1.6m LCD TVs to be returned

Sony has warned owners of 40in Bravia televisions that it wants them all back after a handful of high-profile incidents in which the LCD TVs began emitting smoke or - in extreme cases - melted. Eleven incidents of dodgy sets have been reported in Japan, but the parts that malfunctioned have been built into in tellies that …
Caleb Cox, 12 Oct 2011
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Top mobe panel maker Japan Display slashes profit forecast

The world’s biggest smartphone-and-tablet screen-maker Japan Display has seen its share price tumble to record lows after it was forced to cut profit estimates for the year by nearly 11 per cent. The LCD joint venture - which comprises the display units from Sony, Hitachi and Toshiba – said in a note on Monday that it was …
Phil Muncaster, 29 Apr 2014
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TV sales PLUMMET. But no one's prepared to say what we all know

TV sales are falling everywhere. It’s kind of official, but people are still prepared to argue about it. The number of LCD screens are being forecast to recover but no one is giving a reason why, as the number of TVs that they ship in, are definitely not rising. There is lots of intelligence out there in TV land, but the two …
Faultline, 24 Mar 2014
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Want a touch-friendly solar-powered laptop? Apple just patented it

Apple has been awarded a patent for an "Electronic device display module" that replaces a traditional laptop casing with a touch-sensitive transparent unit that can be augmented with solar cells. Glass Apple laptop Note the space for the logo Cupertino's doodad on the patent dug up by AppleInsider, looks like a standard …
Iain Thomson, 29 Jan 2014
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Philips pumps out 7605 LCD TV series into the UK

Philips has begun flogging its latest collection of LCD TVs, the 7605 range, in the UK. At 42mm deep and available in 32, 37, 40 and 46in versions, the 7605s are the first Philips mid-range sets to use edge-lit LED technology. Prices range from £850 - £1500 With a contrast ratio of 500,000:1, a 100Hz panel and Pixel Precise HD …
Caleb Cox, 05 Aug 2010
Panasonic PT-AT5000E Full HD 3D home cinema projector

Panasonic PT-AT5000E LCD projector

Panasonic has notched up some memorable firsts when it comes to home cinema projection. Not only was it the first brand to introduce a native 16:9 widescreen model, it led the way with Full HD too. Panasonic PT-AT5000E Full HD 3D home cinema projector Putting on a display: Panasonic's PT-AT5000E Its latest cineaste offering, …
Steve May, 17 Apr 2012
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LCD maker cops to international price-fixing conspiracy

Yet another seller of LCD panels has copped to international price-fixing that bilked Apple, Dell, and HP, among others. Taiwan-based HannStar Display Corporation has agreed to pay a $30m criminal fine for its role in a global conspiracy to fix prices of monitors that use TFT-LCD, or thin-film transistor-liquid crystal display, …
Dan Goodin, 29 Jun 2010
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SLOW DOWN: Insecure-by-design software on road

If your commute to work today featured an electronic highway sign suggesting you do something odd, the presence of a default password in sign management software called Daktronics Vanguard may be to blame. ICS CERT points out that an early panic that the software possessed a hardwired password can be dismissed. But the …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jun 2014
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Sharp whispers its vital statistics: 15.6in 3840 × 2160 IGZO screen for next MacLap Pro?

Will the next MacBook Pro refresh sport a 4K display, one 4,000-ish pixels wide? If Apple wants to ensure that its flagship laptop does indeed feature such a massive resolution screen, Sharp has just the LCD it needs. The panel pusher today said it is sending out samples of a 15.6-inch display with a 3840 × 2160 pixel resolution …
Tony Smith, 30 Sep 2013
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DoJ hits LCD vendor with price fixing charge

The Department of Justice announced yesterday that a Federal Grand Jury had returned a "superseding indictment" against AU Optronics Corp, its Houston subsidiary, and six of its executives. The agency charges "that AU Optronics Corporation participated in a conspiracy to fix the prices of TFT-LCD panels sold worldwide from Sept …
Joe Fay, 11 Jun 2010
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Zero-power LCD aims to reduce paper use

Pen and paper remains the simplest and often quickest way of scribbling down messages. Now US-based screen manufacturer Kent Displays has launched a power-free LCD writing tablet designed to reduce the world’s paper use. boogie_board_01 Kent Displays' Boogie Board: create electronic images without power The Boogie Board LCD …
James Sherwood, 22 Jan 2010
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Amazon: 'iPad LCD tablets no threat to Kindle'

Mega-retailer Amazon announced on Monday that holiday sales of its third-generation Kindle boosted that e-reader past Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in total sales, making it the best-selling product in the company's history – despite the popularity of Apple's "magical and revolutionary" iPad. "We're seeing that many of …
Rik Myslewski, 27 Dec 2010
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Nokia sues LCD makers over price-fixing

Nokia has filed a lawsuit against eight display manufacturers over claims they colluded to fix prices for LCDs used in mobile phones. The lawsuit, filed November 25 in federal court in San Francisco, California, is grounded in the US Department of Justice's antitrust allegations of the same nature. Companies named in Nokia's …
Austin Modine, 01 Dec 2009
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Samsung shows off 'world's thinnest' LCD TV

An LCD TV thin enough to rival Sony’s XEL-1 OLED screen has finally been unveiled. Samsung_Needle_Slim Samsung's Needle Slim measures 3mm from front to back The Samsung Needle Slim LCD TV is a mere 3mm thick – the same depth as Sony’s 11in XEL-1, yet it boasts a far more respectable 40in screen size. Samsung recently demoed …
James Sherwood, 26 Oct 2009
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'Ribbed' for your pleasure: Jony Ive unveils NAKED IPHONE

Apple has patented a method of building an all-glass device which could herald the arrival of a see-through iPhone. It has been granted a patent called "Fused glass device housings" which describes a technique of fusing glass pieces together in a way that makes the whole structure strong enough to withstand an impact. As well …
Jasper Hamill, 09 Jul 2014
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Haters of lurid supershow CES: The consumer tech market is still SHRINKING

As the tech world revels in its orgy of big screens, baffling gadgets and marketing hype that is the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, analysts predict further decline in the, er, consumer electronics market. Market research firm IHS forecasts that worldwide manufacturing revenues in the consumer electronics ( …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Jan 2014
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First 52in LCD panels roll of S-LCD's 8G line

S-LCD, a joint venture between Sony and Samsung, has seen the first fruits of its latest labours. Its production line has begun punching out eighth generation LCD panels for use in 52in HDTVs. The production line, located in South Korea, is not yet at full capacity, but it's claimed that by the end of this year it will be …
James Sherwood, 29 Aug 2007
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Acer replaces laptop keyboard with multi-touch LCD

Tablets out of the way, we now come to Acer's other big launch: a 14in laptop with a virtual keyboard. Yes, the Iconia - as the new machine is dubbed - sports a second LCD where the keyboard usually goes, giving the laptop the look of a scaled up Nintendo DS or Microsoft's ill-fated Courier two-screen tablet. Acer Iconia …
Tony Smith, 23 Nov 2010
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LG claims crown for world's thinnest LCD TV

LG has turned to edge lighting technology to create what it claimed is the world’s thinnest LCD TV panel. LG_superslim_LCD LG's edge-lit LCD is 5.9mm thick Only available in 42in and 47in screen sizes, the technology sees LEDs placed around the edges of an LCD screen – instead of behind it – to light up the display. Each LG …
James Sherwood, 19 May 2009
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NEC shows heart-shaped LCD

The next Valentine’s Day may be nine months away, but NEC’s hoping that you’ll favour its heart-shaped LCD over chocolates and flowers when 14 February does roll around. NEC_heart_LCD NEC's heart-shaped LCD: lovely The prototype TFT LCD display measures about 1.5 x 1.4in and crams roughly 146 pixels into every inch. NEC said …
James Sherwood, 20 May 2008
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Philips refutes EU LCD cartel charges

The European Commission is investigating whether a cartel has been operating in the LCD panel industry. The Commission said today that it had sent a "statement of objections" to a number of companies in the market, "concerning their alleged participation in a cartel in violation of EC Treaty rules on restrictive business …
Joe Fay, 13 Jul 2009
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Revealed: the unstoppable rise of the LCD TV

LCD technology dominates the TV market, and its grip will only tighten during the next three or four years, market watcher DisplaySearch has said. That the technology is squeezing out old-style CRT screens won't surprise anyone, but it may come as a disappointment for plasma fans and those of you keen on emerging technology OLED …
Tony Smith, 24 Mar 2010
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Say CHEESE: Samsung files patent for transparent camera

Korean electronics giant Samsung appears to be upping its efforts to crack the digital camera market after a patent filing emerged detailing designs for a compact camera with a completely transparent display. The filing with the Korean Intellectual Property Rights Service (KIPRS), seen by the Wall Street Journal, describes the …
Phil Muncaster, 20 Mar 2014
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Sharp launches ultra low power LCD TVs

Sharp has launched what it has claimed are the world’s least power-hungry LCD TVs. Sharp_Aquos_Eco Sharp's 46in Aquos is a low power user, apparently Many telly manufacturers, such as Samsung, are currently switching their focus to LED backlighting technology, and Sharp is no exception. The firm’s LE700E and LE600E Aquos TVs …
James Sherwood, 03 Sep 2009
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Rumour: Next Apple iThing to feature 65-inch screen. Four-limb multitouch, anyone?

Apple is rumoured to have ordered some 65-inch LED panels, which some say might be used to build a huge new iTelly. According to voluble Korean analysts, an unnamed firm is working with Cupertino to produce the epically large screens. “The company is making 65-inch organic light-emitting diode sample panels for Apple’s iTV in …
Jasper Hamill, 07 Apr 2014
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Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER

It’s trade show season in Hong Kong and the Taiwanese display manufacturer AU Optronics has trumped its rivals, principally Samsung, by producing the highest resolution phone display yet. The AMOLED 5.7-inch display has 2560 x 1440 resolution – which gives you 513ppi (pixels per inch). This compares with the iPhone’s retina …
Simon Rockman, 16 Apr 2014

LG readies 480Hz LCD TVs for late 2009

LG is to released LCD TVs with a whopping 480Hz refresh rate, thanks to a clever flashing backlight. The company's panel uses standard 240Hz interpolation technology, which seeks to eliminate the juddery look of old LCD TVs by creating extra picture fields and frames on the fly. The upshot is smoother motion with no ghosting. …
Tony Smith, 05 Jan 2009

Lenovorola TRIPLE-ola: New Moto G, Moto X and 360 wristputer UNZIPPED

Motorola hopes its Lazarus-like comeback*, backed by Lenovo’s wealth, continues with a new and much larger version of the Moto G smartphone, a new flagship X, its new 360 smartwatch, and the UK launch of its customisation service, Moto Maker. Moto G update The Moto G was well made and excellent value, and sparked Moto’s revival …
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Sep 2014

Sharp shows image-retaining LCD

Boffins at Sharp have come up with an LCD that continues to show a picture when the power's pulled. Demo'ing the technology in Japan this week, Sharp showed off black-and-white and colour versions of the panel, in a range of sizes running from 1.7in to 14.1in. Unfortunately, the company didn't say how it has brought e-paper …
Tony Smith, 31 Oct 2008
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Valve says no Steam Machines until 2015, fingers crossed

Video-game kingpin Valve has announced that its Steam Machine console hardware will likely be delayed by as much as a year, owing to ongoing development of the device's ambitious controller. In a blog post on Tuesday, Valve developer Eric Hope said that a private beta program using prototype versions of the wireless controller …
Neil McAllister, 29 May 2014