This issue of Microelectronics TOE covers recent developments in liquid crystal display (LCD) technology. Innovations profiled include novel liquid crystal technology for LCDs by the University of Central Florida, super-flexible liquid crystal device technology for flexible displays by the Tohoku University, Gaussian distribution-based adaptive local backlight dimming control chip for LCD panels by the Chung Yuan Christian University, and four domain electrode structure for enhanced wide viewing angle in FFS LCD by the Pusan National University.
The Microelectronics TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) captures global electronics-related innovations and developments on a weekly basis. Developments are centred on electronics attributed by low power and cost, smaller size, better viewing, display and interface facilities, wireless connectivity, higher memory capacity, flexibility and wearables. Research focus themes include small footprint lightweight devices (CNTs, graphene), smart monitoring and control (touch and haptics), energy efficiency (LEDs, OLEDs, power and thermal management, energy harvesting), and high speed and improved conductivity devices (SiC, GaN, GaAs).
Miniaturization, a move toward lower power consumption, and the need for enhanced features are driving innovations in the electronics sector. Technology focus areas include semiconductor manufacturing and design, flexible electronics, 3D integration/IC, MEMS and NEMS, solid state lighting, advanced displays, nanoelectronics, wearable electronics, brain computer interface, advanced displays, near field communication, and next generation data storage or memory.
Keywords: Liquid crystal display, LCD, liquid crystal technology, LCD panels, liquid crystal