Toshiba today have announced a new TFT LCD display which packs 1024 x 768 (XGA) into a display just 6.3" diagonally. This gives this amazing little display a dot pitch of 0.13mm (almost twice as fine as most quality computer monitors) and rivals print quality output. Why should we care? Well.. two reasons, firstly the resolution of LCD's on digital cameras can increase and secondly what an excellent portable presentation platform for digital camera images!

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Here's Toshiba's release from EETimes:

IRVINE, CALIF. - Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc. continues to phase in new LCDs using its high-resolution, low-temperature polysilicon thin-film-transistor (TFT) technology. The company recently launched a 6.3-inch display with 1,024 x 768-pixel XGA resolution.

The Model LTM06C310 has a 0.126 x 0.126-mm dot pitch and a density of 202 pixels per inch. This dense pixel matrix delivers the same image quality as printed materials, according to the company.

The LTM06C310 cranks out 70 nits of brightness with a 250:1 contrast ratio, 262,000-color palette and 40-millisecond response time. It dissipates 2.2 watts. Overall dimensions are 115.8 x 151.9 x 7.6 mm, and it weighs 130 grams.

Steve Vrablik, business development director for LCDs, said the market for small- to midsize LCDs is booming as digital cameras take off and "as cellular phones and PDAs take on e-mail and Web-browsing capabilities. Advances in all of these areas are fueling the demand for smaller, brighter, higher-resolution displays that are able to operate on low battery power." The availability of print-quality LCDs will "support further developments in such areas as electronic books and personal digital-picture viewers," he said.

Active-matrix LCDs using low-temperature polysilicon TFTs have no need for discrete driver chips, Vrablick said, enabling "an overall reduction in component count by as much as 40 percent compared to amorphous-silicon TFT LCDs, and a 95 percent reduction in the number of connections required."

Further, he said, the technology "also alleviates many of the physical limitations imposed on LCDs which require peripheral driver circuits."

The 6.3-inch LCD will be available in the second quarter of 2000, with samples going for about $1,000 each.

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