Ultra-thin LCD on way for mobiles


Ultra-thin LCD on way for mobiles

Arif Mohamed

An ultra-thin flat panel screen the thickness of a credit card could revolutionise display technology and mobile devices when it arrives next year.

Samsung Electronics has developed what it claims is the thinnest mobile liquid crystal display screen to date. It plans to mass produce the screen technology in the second half of 2007.

The screens are no thicker than a credit card at 0.82mm, which is 0.07mm thinner than the panel previously reported to be the world's slimmest, said Samsung Electronics.

The company has also developed a mobile technology, called i-Lens, with which it can integrate the entire screen panel assembly, including a protective layer, into a single, thinner module that is designed to be more shock-resistant and easier to read than conventional display panels.

To achieve the slimmer size, Samsung's Mobile Display Team redesigned the display's light guide plate sub­assembly and the glass substrate, which has previously accounted for most of the LCD module's thickness.

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