Monday, June 4, 2012

Display History Is on Exhibit at the Show

If you have not had a chance to see it yet, the exhibit of 50th Anniversary Display Archives is now up and running in the main lobby at Display Week, just to the left of the registration desk. Our centerpiece is a Toshiba 32-in. TFT-LCD TV, which represents the first introduction of overdrive technology, called the “low image-lag driving method,” to improve gray level and motion-picture response time. It achieved a factor of four or greater improvement compared to conventional methods, reducing the gray-to-gray pixel-response time to less than 16.7 milliseconds. Toshiba’s achievement was recognized by the Society for Information Display in 2004 with a Special Recognition award and by the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation with its Imperial Invention Prize in 2009.

We also have an original Candescent Field-Emission Display (FED) based on cold-cathode field emission developed at SRI International and further improved by Candescent in the mid-1990s. This 13-in. diagonal sample was built on a 320 x 340 mm substrate development line in San Jose, CA. FED technology was one of my favorite alternatives to CRT at that time and I still remember all the efforts put forth to try to make it work commercially.

The other items in the collection include early active-matrix LCDs, numeric displays with a variety of technologies, and a Sony CRT Watchman, the first truly handheld portable TV product from the early '80s. – Steve Atwood, Executive Editor, ID magazine

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