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Old August 12th, 2004, 06:00 PM   #16
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Samsung demos first high-resolution 2.6-inch display for mobile devices

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Old August 12th, 2004, 06:04 PM   #17
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Samsung demos first high-resolution 2.6-inch display for mobile devices

By Wolfgang Gruener, Senior Editor

August 11, 2004 - 17:39 EST

Seoul - If a two-inch display isn't enough for the applications you want to run on your cell phone, Samsung is preparing a new solution which has the potential to initiate a new generation of high-resolution mobile software: Instead of the typical 176 by 220 pixel screen, Samsung's 2.6-inch display offers full VGA resolution.

Samsung's display is based on amorphous silicon technology (a-Si) and allows the company to achieve 300 ppi resolution - which translates into 640 x 480 pixels on the demonstrated 2.6-inch screen. As comparison, typical 42-inch LCD-TVs currently achieve about 45 ppi, Apple's recently announced Cinema TFT displays offer between 96.5 to 100 ppi. High-end displays such as the $7200 Viewsonic VP2290b (22-inch) slightly top 200 ppi.

Amorphous silicon (a-Si) and polycrystalline silicon (polysilicon or p-Si) are the two main silicon technologies used in the thin film transistors for LCDs. Low-temperature polysilicon can achieve a high degree of integration, making it the method of choice when producing panels that require high resolution.


Samsung claims that the a-Si display will enable cell phones to be used as TVs and for presentation purposes. "This superior technology will be initially targeted for PDA phones and other top-end mobile phones that require high image quality," said Samsung said Vice President Kim Hyung Guel of the Mobile Display Business Team.

The display demonstrated is a transflective model with 200:1 contrast ratio and 150cd/m2 brightness. According to Samsung, it provides sharp images even when exposed to bright summer sunshine. Mass production on existing lines is scheduled to begin in December of this year, giving the company a competitive edge in terms of production cost and supply capability. Samsung will eventually expand the a-Si technology to "smart phones" and mobile phones equipped for digital multimedia broadcasting. Samsung did not mention prices of the displays.

The high-resolution display could have a major impact on the application market since tiny displays with grainy resolution so far limit cell phones rather to content-viewing than content creation. While there is ample performance available, such as Intel's 625 MHz XScale processors, the industry currently runs against a barrier which is set by the small form factor of cell phones and battery life. If widely available, VGA resolution will open the doors to new business applications such as mobile presentations as well as a gaming experience - which is set to take a new start with the deployment of 3G networks.

Samsung did not say, if the technology is also considered for other LCD formats.
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Old August 17th, 2004, 08:27 AM   #18
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Blair Witch DP dies

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Old August 17th, 2004, 09:15 AM   #19
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Very cool. I hope this is only the start of high resolution color viewfinders
at a reasonable price point.
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Old August 17th, 2004, 11:34 AM   #20
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Old August 17th, 2004, 12:27 PM   #21
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Yes, it is. And the Blair Witch Project was the creepiest movie that I ever saw.
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Old August 17th, 2004, 12:29 PM   #22
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Doing a quick IMDB on him, it appears he's got four productions currently in progress. Looks like his career was on quite a speed train the last couple of years. Mostly horror/suspense it looks like too.

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Old August 17th, 2004, 02:36 PM   #23
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I had started another thread. I just talked to him a few days before the shoot. I'll miss him.
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Old August 17th, 2004, 09:00 PM   #24
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35? :(

I'll be 35 in Feburary. Damn. Fleeting we are.
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Old August 17th, 2004, 09:24 PM   #25
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I hate to be maudlin, but that description of the plane crash gave me the chills--what a tragic, awful way to go. No movie is worth that. My thoughts are with his family.
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Old August 19th, 2004, 10:16 AM   #26
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Neal and I weren't best friends, but whenever we ran into each other we would talk shop and he was always friendly and very generous. The last time I saw him was at Cinegear where he was a bein introduced as an up and coming DP at an ASC function which had people on the panel like Roger Deakins, Vilmos Zsigmond, Lazlo Kovas, etc...

A very sad thing.

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Old August 23rd, 2004, 06:46 PM   #27
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Analysts fear longer than expected G5 delays

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Even though it appears IBM is dedicating more resources to getting the G5 chips to Apple, customers still may face shortages especially with the anticipated release of a G5 iMac later this month at Apple Expo Paris.
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Old August 25th, 2004, 10:29 AM   #28
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Old August 25th, 2004, 10:47 AM   #29
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I am looking more forward to http://www.info-mica.com. Just little plastic translucent squares.
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Old August 25th, 2004, 10:50 AM   #30
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It's things like this that make HDV seem like it is dead before it even starts. But then again, HDV could be useful for the internet.
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