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Sunlight readable LCD displays

So, just what are sunlight readable LCD displays? As an engineer living in Phoenix, Arizona, sunlight readable LCD displays are a necessity. Trying to read an LCD in direct sunlight is an everyday challenge, even in the winter time. Many times when I am outside and need to read a text or review a data sheet on [...]

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OGS | One Glass Solution touch panels Q&A

One Glass Solution touch panels (OGS) are thinner, lower cost and provide brighter displays than regular LCD modules.Introduction to OGS: LCD Displays with integrated capacitive touch panels have become popular on products requiring a user interface. Benefits of this interface include multi-touch gestures such as zooming and scrolling. Side-effects of current capacitive touch panel technology include an [...]

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Small color TFT Displays

Why is the small color TFT still in demand?Cell phones with large Color panels Each year, cell phone manufacture’s release new phones and each year, the size of the phone’s display grows. Current cell phone designs contain a 4.3” OLED and are set to increase to a 5.3” display. You would think that everyone would want [...]

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Sunlight readable LCD displays for scales

So, just what are sunlight readable LCD displays? As an engineer living in Phoenix, Arizona, sunlight readable LCD displays are a necessity. Trying to read an LCD in direct sunlight is an everyday challenge, even in the winter time. Many times when I am outside and need to read a text or review a data sheet on [...]

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Thin LCDs - Thin color TFT displays are "IN style"

Thin is "IN".  I’m not talking about a new weight loss diet; I’m talking about the thickness (in the Z direction) of Thin LCDs and Color LCD Displays. You may be too young to remember the old black and white and first generation color TVs. In the ‘old days’ a large screen TV was 12” in [...]

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Custom LED backlights

Thanks to advances in LED technology, it is possible to order a custom LED backlights not just in the color of your choice, but in the size, brightness, voltage and connection type you need.  There was once a time when you could have any color car you like as long as it is black.  Times [...]

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Custom LCD Guarantees

Custom LCD Customer service: Why the talk about custom LCD guarantees? There are several variables to consider when designing a custom LCD Display, not only technical, but business aspects such as warranties and guarantees. One of my favorite commercials is from a company called Discount Tire®, see link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QjTIm-vSKg The video shows a little old lady tossing a large [...]

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Microcontrollers with integrated LCD Segment Drivers

  Microcontrollers have reduced the development time to integrate a segment LCD display into your electronic product. Many of these microcontrollers also contain an integrated LCD segment driver with additional features. Advantages of microcontrollers with embedded segment drivers include: Reduced cost by eliminating the need for a separate LCD driver chip A single chip solution saves PCB real estate Assembly [...]

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COG LCD with Negative Mode LCD

I received a call from an engineer who was designing a battery powered C02 sensor with a digital display. He had settled on a segmented display with a combination of seven segments and icons. The display was to have light colored letters with a dark black background, also called negative mode. The backlight would either [...]

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Intrinsically safe LCD designs

An event that happened last month sparked an interest in writing about intrinsically safe LCD designs. Last month, less than a mile from where I live, a house exploded from a natural gas leak. Several days later I walked by the house and found the crumbled garage door several feet away from where it [...]

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