TMD develops circular design LCD for use in automobile instrument panels

Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology Co., Ltd. (TMD) has developed a new circular design liquid crystal display (LCD) intended for installation in instrument panels for automotive applications. The newly developed liquid crystal display features a 75mm outer diameter circular form, including the driving circuit, and is based on TMD’s proprietary low temperature poly silicon (LTPS) technology. The compact design is beneficial in the tightly confined space typically found in a motor vehicle instrument pane and also contributes to the styling and design of the instrument panel itself. The LCD display module that is round for approximately three-quarters of its circumference is nearly completely round in shape.

In addition, by achieving an effective viewing display area of 62mm and a thickness of 11mm or less, including the backlight and LCD driving circuit, this prototype may fit well within the typical speedometer or tachometer gauge found in automotive applications. The newly developed display with 260,000 colors will be exhibited in TMD’s booth # 561 at the FPD International 2007, to be held at the Pacific Convention Plaza (PACIFICO) Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, from October 24 to 26, 2007.