LED-Backlit LCD Panels are designed for notebook PCs.

Press Release Summary:

Mercury-free, RoHS-compatible LCD modules are offered in 10.4 and 10.6 in. sizes with respective resolutions of 1,024 x 768 XGA and 1,280 x 768 WXGA. Both feature LED backlighting system that minimizes display thickness, weight, and power consumption while optimizing brightness and impact/vibration resistance. Respectively, 10.4 and 10.6 in. modules consume 2.4 and 2.8 W of energy and deliver brightness levels to 240 and 300 cd/m². Overall module thickness is 2.5 mm.

Original Press Release:

Toshiba Expands Family of Low-Profile, Lightweight LED-Backlit LCD Panels for Notebook PCs

New 10.4-inch and 10.6-inch Mercury-Free1 LED Backlit LCD Modules for Mobile Notebook Applications

TOKYO and IRVINE, Calif. - March 20, 2007 - Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology Co., Ltd. (TMD), and Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., TMD's sales and marketing arm in the Americas, announced development of new 10.4-inch and 10.6-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) panels for notebook PC applications, each incorporating an LED (light emitting diode) backlighting system to provide low-profile, lightweight, and low-power consumption features. The newly developed products expand TMD's range of LED-backlit LCD panels for mobile notebook applications, providing a wide selection of LCDs for customers to choose from among seven main screen sizes from 8.9-inch to 13.3-inch.

TMD has been expanding its lineup of LED-backlit LCD products for notebook applications, combined with proprietary low-temperature poly-silicon (LTPS) technology, beginning with the world's first commercialization of an LED-backlit 11.1-inch WXGA+ resolution LCD panel for notebook PCs in October 2005.

Compared with a conventional cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) backlighting system, the LED backlighting has distinct advantages such as reduced thickness, reduced weight, increased brightness, and decreased power consumption. In addition, it is Mercury-Free1 and RoHS- Compatible2. It also features lower operating voltages, which provides another advantage in design and safety aspects. Moreover, an LED backlighting system contributes to increased durability against impacts and vibration.

Including the two newly developed panels, TMD's lineup of LED-backlit TFT LCD panels now offers screen sizes from 8.9-inch to 13.3-inch and pixel resolutions of XGA, WXGA, and WXGA+. This lineup may contribute to further reduction of weight and thickness in portable notebook PCs for mobile applications, while at the same time extending their battery-driven operation.

In these notebook PC panels, in addition to the adoption of an LED-backlight system, TMD has also adopted thinner glass substrates of 0.3 mm or less, reduced the number of component parts to the minimum requirement and optimized layout design for weight reduction. For example, TMD has succeeded in decreasing the weights to 120g for a 10.4-inch XGA module and to 135g for a 12.1-inch XGA module. These improvements have helped to reduce overall module thickness to only 2.5mm for several of TMD's notebook PC LCD products. In conjunction with the successful reduction of weight and thickness, TMD has also achieved a high brightness of level up to 300 candelas per sq. meter (cd/m2) in certain products in this family.

TMD foresees strong growth in this area, and these types of LED-backlit panels will exceed 50 percent of TMD's production in late 2007.

TMD will continue to reinforce this product lineup by offering low-profile, lightweight and low-power consumption modules to precisely meet customer needs, and will actively support the enhancement of the usability of mobile notebook PCs.

TAEC Lineup of LED Backlit LCD Products for Notebook PCs
Screen size          Number of pixels       Weight    Luminance   Power consumption
and resolution format (g) (cd/m2) (W)
26 cm (10.4-inch) 1024 x 768 XGA 120 240 2.4
31 cm (12.1-inch) 1024 x 768 XGA 135 300 3.1
23 cm (8.9-inch) 1280 x 768 WXGA 130 200 2.9
27 cm (10.6-inch) 1280 x 768 WXGA 150 300 2.8
28 cm (11.1-inch) 1366 x 768 WXGA+ 146 240 3.7
31 cm (12.1-inch) 1280 x 800 WXGA 183 300 3.5
34 cm (13.3-inch) 1280 x 800 WXGA 225 300 4.0

Pricing and Availability
The new 10.4-inch and 10.6-inch LCD displays are available now from TAEC. Pricing in sample quantities is $350 each for both models.

RoHS-Compatible Displays
The RoHS Directive restricts the use of cadmium, hexavalent chromium, lead, mercury, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB), and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) in a wide range of electrical and electronic products as of July 2006, in the European Union. In addition, China, California, and several other U.S. states have passed regulations with similar phase-outs of these substances in certain electrical and electronic products. Initially, LCDs with cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) backlight systems must contain less than 5mg of mercury per lamp, under one of the exemptions listed in the Annex to the RoHS Directive.4 TMD is committed to offering a broad selection of RoHS-Compatible displays, and will continue to develop products intended to meet various global environmental regulations. During a transition period, TMD will supply its original non-RoHS-Compatible modules to existing customers as demand warrants.

About TAEC
Combining quality and flexibility with design engineering expertise, TAEC brings a breadth of advanced, next-generation technologies to its customers. This broad offering includes semiconductors, flash memory-based storage solutions, and displays for the computing, wireless, networking, automotive and digital consumer markets.

TAEC is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corp. (Toshiba), Japan's second largest semiconductor manufacturer and the world's ninth largest integrated manufacturer of electric and electronic equipment. In more than 130 years of operation, Toshiba has recorded numerous firsts and made many valuable contributions to technology and society. For additional company and product information, please visit TAEC's website at chips.toshiba.com. For technical inquiries, please e-mail Tech.Questions@taec.toshiba.com.

About Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology Co., Ltd
In April 2002, Toshiba Corporation and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. merged their LCD businesses into a new joint venture company, Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology Co., Ltd, now known as TMDisplay. The new company brings together each company's strengths and capabilities in LCD technology to satisfy a broad range of customer requirements and market segments. Today, Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology Co., Ltd. is the worldwide leader in the field of TFT LCD modules for mobile use. For further information, please visit the TMD home page at http://tmdisplay.com/tm_dsp/index.htm.

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