Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.
Philips doing research on reflective display based on electrowetting
Posted on 25-Sep-2003 19:09. | Tags Filed under: News.


Philips doing research on reflective display based on electrowetting
The technology was presented on the September issue of Nature, where scientists of Philips presented the technology for reflective, paper-like displays.

The technology is fast enough to display video content and can be used to build a reflective full-colour display that is at least two times brighter than what is possible with any other technology. The display is based on electrowetting a technology that allows rapid control and manipulation of fluid motion on a micrometer scale.

The technology is based on controlling the shape of a confined water/oil interface by an applied voltage. With no voltage applied, the (colored) oil forms a flat film between the water and a hydrophobic (water-repellent), insulating coating of an electrode, resulting in a coloured pixel. When a voltage is applied between the electrode and the water, the interfacial tension between the water and the coating changes. As a result the stacked state is no longer stable, causing the water to move the oil aside. This results in a partly transparent pixel, or, in case a reflective white surface is used under the switchable element, a white pixel. Because of the small size of the pixel, the user only experiences the average reflection, which means that a high-brightness, high-contrast switchable element is obtained, which forms the basis of the reflective display.

Displays based on electrowetting have several attractive features. The switching between white and coloured reflection is fast enough to display video content. Furthermore, it is a low-power and low-voltage technology, and displays based on the effect can be made flat and thin. The reflectivity and contrast are better or equal to those of other reflective display types and are approaching those of paper.

In addition, the technology offers a unique path towards high-brightness full-colour displays, leading to displays that are four times brighter than reflective LCDs and twice as bright as other emerging technologies. Instead of using red, green and blue (RGB) filters or alternating segments of the three primary colors, which effectively result in only one third of the display reflecting light in the desired colour, electrowetting allows for a system in which one sub-pixel is able to switch two different colors independently. This results in the availability of two thirds of the display area to reflect light in any desired colour. This is achieved by building up a pixel with a stack of two independently controllable colored oil films plus a colour filter. The colors used are cyan, magenta and yellow, which is a so-called subtractive system, comparable to the principle used in inkjet printing for example. Compared to LCD another factor two in brightness is gained because no polarizers are required.

The technology is particularly appealing for electronic-paper like applications, for which high-brightness and contrast-rich reflective displays are needed, and opens up new application areas that make use of the full colour and video speed capability.

The download link is a Powerpoint presentantion with streamintg video links explaining how the technology works.


More information: http://www.research.philips.com/InformationCe...
Download: http://www.research.philips.com/Assets/Downlo...

comments powered by Disqus




Trending now »

Hot discussions in our forums right now:

Gareth Morgan is a genius
Created by Satch, last reply by JayADee on 11-Dec-2016 16:13 (183 replies)
Pages... 11 12 13


NZ Prime Minister John Key Resigns
Created by ajobbins, last reply by Fred99 on 11-Dec-2016 07:35 (222 replies)
Pages... 13 14 15


The President Of The USA - Who do you think?
Created by TimA, last reply by DarthKermit on 10-Dec-2016 20:29 (913 replies)
Pages... 59 60 61


Spark wireless broadband and home /lan access: CGNAT limitations
Created by yokkem, last reply by BarTender on 8-Dec-2016 15:57 (19 replies)
Pages... 2


Spark not planning to deploy native IPv6 at all. Ever.
Created by Erayd, last reply by sbiddle on 7-Dec-2016 20:57 (19 replies)
Pages... 2


Woooaaahh earthquake 2016-11-14
Created by Fred99, last reply by DarthKermit on 9-Dec-2016 16:16 (471 replies)
Pages... 30 31 32


Wilson's Car Park - When Free is not free
Created by nzkiwiman, last reply by cr250bromo on 9-Dec-2016 09:30 (51 replies)
Pages... 2 3 4


Gigabit cable now available
Created by sub, last reply by chiefie on 8-Dec-2016 17:38 (733 replies)
Pages... 47 48 49