Sunlight-Readable LCD Displays are offered in 3 types.

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Sunlight-readable LCD displays are offered with passive backlight option, as transflective displays that reflect ambient light out, and as hybrid solution comprised of transflective with passive enhancements. Passive enhancements include optical management films, polarizers, diffusers, and various coatings, all combined to address PCB space, power-consumption, and thermal-management issues. Ruggedized displays are custom designed to meet application requirements.

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CI Displays Offers Sunlight-Readable LCD Solutions

HOLBROOK, N.Y. - May 5, 2005 - CI Displays, specialists in turnkey engineered solutions for a complete range of display products and markets, now offers a variety of sunlight-readable display solutions to address the growing trend in outdoor monitor needs. CI Displays offers three types of sunlight-readable solutions, including traditional passive backlight options, transflective displays that reflect ambient light out of the display, and a hybrid solution comprised of transflective and passive enhancements. This complete range of technologies offers ideal solutions for any display application with elevated ambient light considerations, ranging from marine displays and outdoor kiosks to hand-held and portable devices, such as GPS positioning displays. CI Displays sunlight-readable, ruggedized displays - coupled with the company's numerous certifications - also make the company a valuable resource for defense applications.

Through its broad range of solutions and display expertise, CI Displays can help designers implement optimal sunlight-readable display technologies based on application, design and costs. LCD backlight brightness alone can solve many ambient light issues. While sufficient for certain applications, backlighting also often creates power consumption and heat dissipation issues, creating additional challenges for design engineers. Transflective panels are also sufficient for many applications, reflecting ambient light, augmenting performance in direct sunlight.

CI Displays' hybrid technology uses passive enhancements to improve the transmissive and/or reflective brightness, as well as the contrast of the display. Although each display has individual design, manufacturing and other considerations, CI Displays can typically enhance sunlight readability using optical management films, polarizers and diffusers, as well as various coatings (e.g. contrast enhancement, index matched and antireflective). These hybrid technologies not only offer further sunlight-readability advantages, but also reduce printed circuit board (PCB) space, power-consumption and thermal-management issues caused by many backlighting solutions, as well as limited transmissive luminance and size constraints of transflective panels.

"As more outdoor and mobile applications evolve to include display technologies, sunlight-readability is becoming a greater concern for design engineers. Sunlight readability can be a concern for end-users, as well, in regard to readability, short battery life, size and many others," said Ken Hagland, vice president of sales and marketing for CI Displays. "Because of our focus on the rapidly advancing display technology market, we can offer a complete range of sunlight-readable technology and the expertise to assist with implementing the best solution for every customer's application and design constraint."

For more information about CI Displays, visit or contact the company at or 631-471-9600.

About CI Displays
CI Displays was founded in 2004 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Components International, specializing in turnkey, engineered solutions for all electronic display requirements. CI Displays' standard supply chain services and programs ensure that customers' design schedules and production lines run smoothly with JIT delivery, dock-to-stock, EDI, kitting, warehousing and other programs. CI Displays is ISO 9001:2000 registered, as well as SDB, 8(a), HUBZone and MBDA certified, offering significant benefits to customers fulfilling federal contracts.

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