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DESIGN & PRODUCTS DISPLAYS & INTERFACES TFT display optical optimization solution Interactive infotainment display concept enables 80° viewing angle in all four directions fits any shape Evervision Electronics Europe has released an Ultra Wide Texas instrument’s approach to automotive dashboards or Viewing technology that upgrades the optical properties of all infotainment displays takes physical constraints out of the standard TFT displays up to a diagonal of 7,0“ in the company’s way by replacing what is typically a flat LCD touchscreen by portfolio. The new technology com- a rear-projected pensates the grey inversion of TFT image on a trans- displays and enlarges the viewing lucent cockpit angle in all four viewing directions construction. The to values of 80° / 80° / 80° / 80°. A demonstrator preferred viewing angle no longer shown at electron- needs to be considered. Up to now, ica used TI’s digital such a characteristic would not light processing have been feasible without consid- (DLP) MEMS chips erably more expensive display tech- for the rear projec- nologies. The technology enables tion, together with specially designed optics aimed at cor- to drive all displays in portrait-mode recting any distortions and blurring effects due to the varying view (upright position) at an at- projection angles on the inside of the translucent body. The tractive price/performance ratio. entire dashboard surface is made touch-interactive through Especially wide format (16:9 ) TFT infrared illumination and finger shadow detection by IR video displays with diagonals of 4.3“ / 5.0“ / 7.0“ in portrait mode capture and processing. Like on the latest smartphones, are well-suited for a range of new applications such as human the interface can recognise zooming, scrolling or swiping machine interfaces, measurement and medical technology, and gestures. This doesn’t prevent standard rotary buttons to be also in studio technology. fitted for dedicated functionalities. Thanks to video projec- Evervision Electronics Europe tion, the entire dashboard’s look can be reconfigured based www.evervisionlcd.de on the type of user interaction or according to the current driving mode (cruising, parking, incoming calls, tweets etc...) TFT screens enter motorbike dashboards Texas Instruments www.ti.com Real bikers set no great store by high-tech dashboards, right? They just love their analog displays for speed and fuel? The new motorbike TFT display combines analog look with Ultra-Slim panel PCs feature 17 and 15-inch state-of-the art graphics display TFT displays with 5-wire single touchscreen technology. In a The ultra-slim panel PCs released by DSM Computer, PN17- technology study, A2 and PN15-A2 come with 17-inch and 15-inch TFT displays, automotive tier respectively, designed with a 5-wire single touchscreen. The one Continental luminance of the displays has introduced with LED backlight is 350 a TFT display or 400 cd/m², respectively for motorbikes. with a maximum resolution Designed with the of 1280x1024 (PN17-A2) specific needs of motorbike riders in mind, the device offers or 1024x768 (PN15-A2). high contrast that makes it readable independently of the Despite their very small lighting situation. installation depth of ap- In addition, it is rugged enough to withstand the harsh condi- proximately 50 mm, the tions of open-air operation. The display offers a resolution robust Panel PCs offer a wide range of interfaces via various of 480 x 272 pixels which enables it to show rather detailed extension I/Os. In addition to the serial connections, USB 2.0, images. In cars, TFT displays are about to conquer the dash- VGA and DVI-I, two LAN interfaces that support the EtherCAT board. They enable car designers to implement much more protocol are supported as standard. The integrated solid state flexible and versatile cockpit concepts including context- disk (SSD), the optional hard disk drive (HDD) and the Compact sensitive content representation. Increasingly, motorbike Flash memory are accessible externally and easy to replace. manufacturers are interested in this technology since it offers The units are based on the current Intel dual-core Atom D2550 almost unlimited display options to the users. Features cur- processor platform with two computing cores (1.86 GHz) and rently in demand are displays for trip computers, ambient the Intel NM10 chipset. Thanks to the energy efficiency of the temperature or settings for the heat grips. In addition, the processor, the display systems do not require a fan when oper- screen can display the content of the smartphone display ating in the temperature range 0° to 45°C. The cable-less Panel including navigation apps or incoming calls. The device dem- PCs are installed in a high-quality, solid industrial housing with onstrated can easily be adapted to the needs of any motor- an aluminium front panel that conforms to the IP65 degree of bike designer, the company said. protection. On request, the front panel is also available in stain- Continental less steel. www.conti-online.com DSM Computer www.dsm-computer.com 26 Electronic Engineering Times Europe December 2012 www.electronics-eetimes.com


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