Picture a future where your bathroom mirror doubles as an information resource, displaying the weather forecast and your daily agenda, and where your vision is precisely enhanced by tunable eyeglasses and windshields. This is a future that Halation Photonics aims to enable. Applied Ventures is proud to join Halation as an investor.
The majority of mobile devices today use LCD screens. While these displays are certainly a technical marvel, next generation devices will demand higher efficiency displays that consume significantly less power.
Unlike traditional displays that require a backlight and a constant power source, Halation’s multi-stable liquid crystal displays do not require any power to hold an image. In this video, Dan Sun, Halation’s chairman and CTO, explains Halation’s innovative technology and some of its applications.
Applied Materials’ is at FPD International in Yokohama, Japan this week from October 26-28, presenting the theme “Enabling an Interactive Visual World.” Prominently featured at this year’s show is the AKT-20KPX PECVD system for high mobility backplanes driving smartphones and tablet PC’s and the Aristo Twin PVD for touch panel applications.
Thin is in. The LG Extreme slim LCD TV is an amazingly thin 1/8 inch and weighs under 9 lbs! This is accomplished by edge lit LED with local dimming; full HD 1080p resolution and 120Hz refresh rate provide an amazingly sharp picture with high contrast ratio. The 73 watt power consumption is up to a 40% power savings over CCFL backlighting. The extreme slim design requires a separate box with the tuner and other TV electronics.
I’m sure most of you are aware of the tremendous success of the Apple iPad, which was released in April of this year. There were great expectations and hype leading up to its release, and reported sales so far have more than met the expectations, with more than 10M units expected to be sold this year, and multiple “Tablet PC” products expected to be released by other makers late this year and early 2011.
Actually the iPad success is part of a larger trend in display products that has been developing over the past few years, which I call the “Fourth Screen.”
Today, Mike Splinter spoke at the Department of Energy’s inaugural ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C. on a panel entitled “Scaling Energy Transformation.” The panel was moderated by Applied Materials Board Member and former Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy Alexander “Andy” Karsner.