AUO autostereo display hits 15.6 inches
The AUO display uses face-tracking technology and a lenticular lens display to adjust the viewing angle as the viewer moves in an effort to eliminate the so-called dead zones of many autostereoscopic displays. The display, aimed at PCs and monitors, supports high definition video and concurrent 2-D and 3-D modes for text overlays on 3-D video and images. It will be in production in the fall.
Separately, Epistar Corp. will show an LED that delivers 150 lumens per Watt. For its part, Chi Mei Innolux will demo a 21-inch capacitive touch screen integrated into an LCD panel.
None of the products are world beaters, but all are impressive achievements. For example, Toshiba showed 20- and 12-inch autostereoscopic displays in October, and Japan’s Nichia Corp. is said to have LEDs that produce nearly 200 lumens per Watt.
As in many other areas of electronics, Taiwan has been a fast follower with plenty of sweat if not always as much market volume or cash as its neighbors to the north.
Taiwan’s display makers are struggling, said Sam Shen, senior industry consultant for the Market Intelligence and Consulting Institute, a government think tank focused on the country’s electronics industry.
"Taiwan has several panel makers, but they are not big enough in economic scale," said Shen. "LCDs are like DRAMs in that you have to invest heavily for each new generation" so it’s a game of unit volumes, he said.
Nevertheless, Taiwan could reap as much as 40 percent of the global revenues for LCD panels in 2011, according to the Photonics Industry and Technology Development Association of Taiwan, one of the hosts of the event next week.