Samsung and Nouvoyance have just showed off a new prototype 10.1-inch, 300dpi, WQXGA PenTile display for tablets. What exactly is WQXGA and how will it make my life better, you may ask? They are both saying that there are numerous benefits to using a PenTile display which include better battery life, outdoor visibility, and of course, a better than 1080p resolution, with 2560×1600 high-def display goodness. Oh. My. God.
“Samsung’s PenTile display technology is the only display technology that operates at 40 percent less power yet provides twice that of Full HD-viewing performance for consumers compared to legacy RGB stripe LCDs,” said Samsung’s Senior VP of Electronics, Dr. Sungtae Shin. “There is no other commercial display technology on the market today that offers this high of a resolution and pixel density in a 10.1-inch size display.”
Unfortunately, this particular display is so rich and immersive, and its resolution so vast, that no Tegra 2 is going to be powering this bad boy anytime soon. No sir, we are going to have to wait for Quad Core Tegra 3 (at least) before we can imagine getting hooked up with this hot piece of kit. Powering a resolution of better than 1080p, 2560×1600 pixels to be exact, is quite a chore, and requires significantly powerful hardware to produce a seamless experience.
With the pending litigation between Apple and Samsung, it remains to be seen whether Samsung will withhold their most choice, most premium tech from making its way into upcoming Apple products. Still, they make a ton of loot off eachother, so i’m sure the party will keep on going for the foreseeable future.
Fear not friends, the future is bright, and mind blowing high def! Full press release below.
Samsung Electronics and Nouvoyance Demonstrate 10.1-inch, 300dpi WQXGA PenTile RGBW Prototype Display for Tablet Market
PenTile RGBW is the only display to optimize balance between power efficiency and high performance viewing in tablets
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–At the SID Display Week 2011 International Symposium (LA Convention Center, Booth 707) May 17-19, Samsung Electronics is demonstrating the industry’s first 10.1-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) format PenTile™ RGBW tablet display, an ultra-high resolution, liquid crystal display (LCD). The prototype demonstration marks the first time this resolution has been available for the tablet market in the popular – 10.1-inch – format, rivaling the highest resolution smartphone displays now on the market. Samsung expects to have commercial availability of this technology for tablet applications later this year.
Because tablets are regularly used for viewing rich-colored images, the 10.1-inch 300 dpi display is ideal for applications that require extraordinary image and text clarity such as browsing the web and viewing high-definition movies, or reading books and spreadsheets.
“In order to develop tablets with the form and function that consumers demand, a design engineer ultimately has to determine how to get the highest resolution display possible, while still fitting within the overall power budget for their design,” said Joel Pollack, executive vice president of Nouvoyance, Samsung’s affiliate company that developed the PenTile RGBW technology.
Lightness and power efficiency of the display are critical factors since higher resolution displays typically draw more power.
“Samsung’s PenTile display technology is the only display technology that operates at 40 percent less power yet provides twice that of Full HD-viewing performance for consumers compared to legacy RGB stripe LCDs. There is no other commercial display technology on the market today that offers this high of a resolution and pixel density in a 10.1-inch size display,” said Dr. Sungtae Shin, Senior VP of Samsung Electronics.
PenTile RGBW WQXGA Technology Highlights
- This 10.1-inch tablet panel is capable of 300 cd/m2 of luminance, yet uses 40 percent less power than that used by legacy RGB stripe LCDs in power-saving modes.
- An outdoor brightness mode of as much as 600 cd/m2 luminance enables viewing in bright ambient lighting.
- The display’s color gamut is 72 percent., allowing greater color realism than legacy RGB stripe tablet displays that have a typical color gamut of 55 percent NTSC.
- PenTile technology achieves 300 dpi resolution with two-thirds the number of subpixels, maintaining the VESA/ICDM display resolution standard.
For more information about the technology behind this WQXGA ultra high-resolution display prototype, go to www.pentileblog.com