NEC Introduces 4 New Sunlight-Readable LCD Modules

Responding to customer demand for systems that can clearly display vivid colors in environments with high ambient light, NEC Electronics America, Inc. introduced four new amorphous-silicon thin-film-transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) modules featuring NEC LCD Technologies’ proprietary super-transmissive natural light TFT (ST-NLT) technology. The new products include two 10.4-inch modules with video graphics array (VGA) resolution, as well as 15- and 12.1-inch modules with extended graphics array (XGA) resolution. With wide operating temperature ranges, the new modules are well suited for use in automated teller and ticket machines, vending machines and point-of-sale (POS) systems.

LCD module developer and manufacturer, NEC LCD Technologies first introduced its ST-NLT technology in April 2005. ST-NLT technology capitalizes on NEC LCD Technologies’ proprietary optical design and boosts the efficiency of the backlight’s light utilization while minimizing the surface reflection of ambient light. The result is a transmissive display that features a wider color reproduction range than reflective LCDs and yields high contrast images even in bright outdoor light. NEC LCD Technologies has aggressively expanded its ST-NLT-based product line in response to the demand for LCD modules that can display vibrant colors, even in extremely bright outside light. NEC Electronics America currently offers nine ST-NLT products in a range of sizes, from a 5.5-inch LCD module with quarter video graphics array (QVGA) resolution to a 15-inch LCD module with XGA resolution.

“We have seen strong customer demand for sunlight-readable displays in a growing number of applications, especially in the industrial market where conventional display technologies fall short,” said Dr. Shigehiko Satoh, associate vice president and general manager, displays strategic business unit, NEC Electronics America. “NEC’s innovative ST-NLT technology allows us to provide premium products to our customers in the Americas, and we believe these four new models will boost our competitive edge in a market of ever-increasing and diversified needs.”

Three of the new ST-NLT modules (NL10276BC30-18C, NL10276BC24-13C and NL6448BC33-63C), along with other sunlight-readable display modules for industrial applications, will be on display at Society for Information Display (SID) Symposium 2007 in Long Beach, California, in NEC Electronics America’s booth #1234. The other modules on display at SID 2007 include a 6.5-inch module with VGA resolution, part number NL6448BC20-20, and a 15.3-inch prototype with wide XGA (WXGA) resolution that combines ST-NLT technology for outdoor viewability with NEC LCD Technologies’ super-advanced, super-fine TFT (SA-SFT) technology to deliver high-contrast color and an ultra-wide viewing angle.

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 LCD modules that include ultra-high resolutions, wide temperature ranges, high contrast ratios, rich color gamuts, backward compatibility and transflective viewing for use in diverse lighting environments.

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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