NEC Introduces Four Industrial TFT Color LCD Modules

Demonstrating its commitment to provide innovative liquid crystal display (LCD) products for industrial applications, NEC Electronics America, Inc. today introduced to the Americas four new amorphous-silicon, thin-film transistor (TFT) LCD modules from NEC LCD Technologies, Ltd. With high brightness levels, high contrast ratios, wide viewing angles and wide operating temperature ranges, the new color displays are ideal for use in automatic vending machines, point-of-sale (POS) systems, gas station screens and navigation systems.

One product, the new 12.1-inch super video graphics array (SVGA) module, part number NL8060BC31-36, achieves one of the highest luminance levels of any industrial-type color TFT-LCD module, 1100 candelas per square meter (cd/m(2)). It also operates at temperatures between -10 degrees to +70 degrees Celsius and employs a highly efficient, high-intensity backlight system that enables the display of vivid colors in high ambient light, such as sunny outdoor light or direct indoor sunlight. Even with the addition of the touch panel, the module still offers a high level of brightness.

“Designers of industrial display applications must overcome many challenges to preserve visibility in high ambient light conditions,” said Dr. Shigehiko Satoh, associate vice president and general manager, displays strategic business unit, NEC Electronics America. “By combining the innovative technologies of NEC LCD Technologies with the market know-how we have acquired throughout our long history of serving the industrial market, we are able to offer TFT-LCD modules that can operate in a wide range of problematic viewing and temperature environments.”

The other three new modules include another 12.1-inch SVGA module (part number NL8060BC31-42D), an 8.4-inch SVGA module (part number NL6448BC21-04) and a 7-inch-wide quarter video graphics array (WQVGA) module (part number NL4823BC37-05). Each offers a high brightness level of 400 cd/m(2), high contrast ratio of 600:1, wide viewing angle of 160 degrees horizontally and 140 degrees vertically, fast response time of 25 milliseconds (ms) and wide operating temperature range of -20 degrees to +70 degrees Celsius.

Further, the 7-inch WQVGA module specifically targets emerging industrial applications, such as test and measurement equipment and global positioning systems (GPS) that require a wide viewing angle and wide aspect ratio. LCD modules with these characteristics have long been used in personal computer and television applications to display more information than is possible with a standard aspect ratio. Industrial designers today are adopting this technology to display information such as documents, maps and enhanced user interface schemes.

All of the displays are sampling now. For pricing, customers can call NEC Electronics America at 1-800-366-9782 and ask for the nearest sales representative. Pricing and availability are subject to change without notice.

Model Number (Resolution) Size (Diagonal Measurement) Sample Availability Luminance Contrast Ratio Response Time
12.1 inches
(31 cm)
Now 1100 cd/m(2) 600:1 33 ms
12.1 inches
(31 cm)
Now 400 cd/m(2) 600:1 25 ms
8.4 inches
(21 cm)
Now 400 cd/m(2) 600:1 25 ms
7.0 inches
Now 400 cd/m(2) 600:1 25 ms

About NEC Electronics America’s Display Products
With an extensive lineup of 2.7- to 23.0-inch AM-LCD panels and a network of distributors and value-added partners (VAPs), NEC Electronics America provides complete display module solutions from NEC LCD Technologies to the industrial and high-end monitor market. In addition to modules based on NEC LCD Technologies’ super-fine technology (SFT) for ultra-wide viewing, NEC Electronics America also offers modules that have ultra-high resolutions, wide temperature ranges, high contrast ratios, rich color gamuts, backward compatibility and transflective construction for use in diverse lighting environments. NEC LCD Technologies is the number one supplier of industrial- type LCD modules worldwide, with more than a 25 percent market share (Display Search 2005).

About NEC Electronics America, Inc.
NEC Electronics America, Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), a leading provider of semiconductor products encompassing advanced technology solutions for the broadband and communications markets; system solutions for the mobile, PC, automotive and digital consumer markets; and multi-market solutions for a wide range of customer applications. NEC Electronics America offers local manufacturing in Roseville, California, and the global manufacturing capabilities of its parent company. In the Americas, NEC Electronics America markets and sells industrial-type active-matrix LCD modules from NEC LCD Technologies, Ltd., a global leader in innovative display technologies.

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