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History[ edit ] The origins and the complex history of liquid-crystal displays from the perspective of an insider during the early days were described by Joseph A. Wild, can be found at the Engineering and Technology History Wiki. In , Charles Mauguin first experimented with liquid crystals confined between plates in thin layers.
In , Georges Friedel described the structure and properties of liquid crystals and classified them in 3 types nematics, smectics and cholesterics. George W. This effect is based on an electro-hydrodynamic instability forming what are now called "Williams domains" inside the liquid crystal.
Atalla and Dawon Kahng at Bell Labs in , and presented in The team at RRE supported ongoing work by George William Gray and his team at the University of Hull who ultimately discovered the cyanobiphenyl liquid crystals, which had correct stability and temperature properties for application in LCDs.
Heilmeier , then working at the RCA laboratories on the effect discovered by Williams achieved the switching of colors by field-induced realignment of dichroic dyes in a homeotropically oriented liquid crystal. Practical problems with this new electro-optical effect made Heilmeier continue to work on scattering effects in liquid crystals and finally the achievement of the first operational liquid-crystal display based on what he called the dynamic scattering mode DSM.
Application of a voltage to a DSM display switches the initially clear transparent liquid crystal layer into a milky turbid state. DSM displays could be operated in transmissive and in reflective mode but they required a considerable current to flow for their operation.
Marlowe, E. Nester and J. In , the concept of the active-matrix thin-film transistor TFT liquid-crystal display panel was prototyped in the United States by T. Asars and G. Amstutz et al. Patent 4,, and many more countries. In addition, Philips had better access to markets for electronic components and intended to use LCDs in new product generations of hi-fi, video equipment and telephones.
Afterwards, Philips moved the Videlec production lines to the Netherlands. Years later, Philips successfully produced and marketed complete modules consisting of the LCD screen, microphone, speakers etc. The first color LCD televisions were developed as handheld televisions in Japan.
One approach was to use interdigital electrodes on one glass substrate only to produce an electric field essentially parallel to the glass substrates.
After thorough analysis, details of advantageous embodiments are filed in Germany by Guenter Baur et al. In , shortly thereafter, engineers at Hitachi work out various practical details of the IPS technology to interconnect the thin-film transistor array as a matrix and to avoid undesirable stray fields in between pixels.
This is a milestone for implementing large-screen LCDs having acceptable visual performance for flat-panel computer monitors and television screens. In , Samsung developed the optical patterning technique that enables multi-domain LCD. The s also saw the wide adoption of TGP Tracking Gate-line in Pixel , which moves the driving circuitry from the borders of the display to in between the pixels, allowing for narrow bezels. This technology was later put into mass production as dual layer or dual panel LCDs.
The technology uses 2 liquid crystal layers instead of one, and may be used along with a mini-LED backlight and quantum dot sheets. Active-matrix LCDs are almost always backlit. Transflective LCDs combine the features of a backlit transmissive display and a reflective display.
A diffuser then spreads the light out evenly across the whole display. For many years, this technology had been used almost exclusively. A light diffuser is then used to spread the light evenly across the whole display. As of , this design is the most popular one in desktop computer monitors. It allows for the thinnest displays. Some LCD monitors using this technology have a feature called dynamic contrast, invented by Philips researchers Douglas Stanton, Martinus Stroomer and Adrianus de Vaan  Using PWM pulse-width modulation, a technology where the intensity of the LEDs are kept constant, but the brightness adjustment is achieved by varying a time interval of flashing these constant light intensity light sources  , the backlight is dimmed to the brightest color that appears on the screen while simultaneously boosting the LCD contrast to the maximum achievable levels, allowing the contrast ratio of the LCD panel to be scaled to different light intensities, resulting in the "" contrast ratios seen in the advertising on some of these monitors.
Since computer screen images usually have full white somewhere in the image, the backlight will usually be at full intensity, making this "feature" mostly a marketing gimmick for computer monitors, however for TV screens it drastically increases the perceived contrast ratio and dynamic range, improves the viewing angle dependency and drastically reducing the power consumption of conventional LCD televisions.
LCDs that use this implementation will usually have the ability to dim the LEDs in the dark areas of the image being displayed, effectively increasing the contrast ratio of the display.
As of , this design gets most of its use from upscale, larger-screen LCD televisions. This implementation is most popular on professional graphics editing LCDs. Today, most LCD screens are being designed with an LED backlight instead of the traditional CCFL backlight, while that backlight is dynamically controlled with the video information dynamic backlight control. This allows deeper blacks and higher contract ratio.
The LCD backlight systems are made highly efficient by applying optical films such as prismatic structure to gain the light into the desired viewer directions and reflective polarizing films that recycle the polarized light that was formerly absorbed by the first polarizer of the LCD invented by Philips researchers Adrianus de Vaan and Paulus Schaareman ,  generally achieved using so called DBEF films manufactured and supplied by 3M.
Connection to other circuits[ edit ] A pink elastomeric connector mating an LCD panel to circuit board traces, shown next to a centimeter-scale ruler.
The conductive and insulating layers in the black stripe are very small. Click on the image for more detail. A standard television receiver screen, a modern LCD panel, has over six million pixels, and they are all individually powered by a wire network embedded in the screen. The fine wires, or pathways, form a grid with vertical wires across the whole screen on one side of the screen and horizontal wires across the whole screen on the other side of the screen. To this grid each pixel has a positive connection on one side and a negative connection on the other side.
So the total amount of wires needed for a p display is 3 x going vertically and going horizontally for a total of wires horizontally and vertically.
For a panel that is It is usually not possible to use soldering techniques to directly connect the panel to a separate copper-etched circuit board. Instead, interfacing is accomplished using anisotropic conductive film or, for lower densities, elastomeric connectors. The commercially unsuccessful Macintosh Portable released in was one of the first to use an active-matrix display though still monochrome. Passive-matrix LCDs are still used in the s for applications less demanding than laptop computers and TVs, such as inexpensive calculators.
In particular, these are used on portable devices where less information content needs to be displayed, lowest power consumption no backlight and low cost are desired or readability in direct sunlight is needed.
A comparison between a blank passive-matrix display top and a blank active-matrix display bottom. A passive-matrix display can be identified when the blank background is more grey in appearance than the crisper active-matrix display, fog appears on all edges of the screen, and while pictures appear to be fading on the screen.
They exhibit a sharper threshold of the contrast-vs-voltage characteristic than the original TN LCDs. This is important, because pixels are subjected to partial voltages even while not selected. Individual pixels are addressed by the corresponding row and column circuits. This type of display is called passive-matrix addressed , because the pixel must retain its state between refreshes without the benefit of a steady electrical charge.
As the number of pixels and, correspondingly, columns and rows increases, this type of display becomes less feasible. Rewriting is only required for picture information changes. That changed when in the "zero-power" bistable LCDs became available. After a page is written to the display, the display may be cut from the power while that information remains readable.
This has the advantage that such ebooks may be operated long time on just a small battery only. High- resolution color displays, such as modern LCD computer monitors and televisions, use an active-matrix structure. Each pixel has its own dedicated transistor , allowing each column line to access one pixel.
When a row line is selected, all of the column lines are connected to a row of pixels and voltages corresponding to the picture information are driven onto all of the column lines. The row line is then deactivated and the next row line is selected. All of the row lines are selected in sequence during a refresh operation. Active-matrix addressed displays look brighter and sharper than passive-matrix addressed displays of the same size, and generally have quicker response times, producing much better images.
Sharp produces bistable reflective LCDs with a 1-bit SRAM cell per pixel that only requires small amounts of power to maintain an image. The backlight quickly changes color, making it appear white to the naked eye. The LCD panel is synchronized with the backlight. For example, to make a segment appear red, the segment is only turned ON when the backlight is red, and to make a segment appear magenta, the segment is turned ON when the backlight is blue, and it continues to be ON while the backlight becomes red, and it turns OFF when the backlight becomes green.
To make a segment appear black, the segment is, simply, always turned ON. Due to persistence of vision , the 3 monochromatic images appear as one color image.
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