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NEC Announces New 8.4" UA-SFT LCD For Industrial Use

TI Introduces RS-232 Devices With IEC ESD Protection

Planar Introduces StereoMirror Display For Geospatial Image Analysis and Photogrammetry

NEC Announces New 8.4" UA-SFT LCD For Industrial Use

NEC LCD Technologies announced that at the end of October it will begin shipping samples of its new 8.4" (21cm) VGA, amorphous silicon, TFT LCD module, part number NL6448BC26-08D. This module features NEC LCD Technologies' proprietary ultra-advanced, super-fine TFT (UA-SFT) technology, which enables ultra-wide viewing angles, high luminance, a wide color gamut and high contrast ratio.

The three key features of this model:

  • High luminance of 400cd/m2 and a wide color gamut of 72%, equivalent to that of a cathode-ray tube (CRT), are realized through NEC LCD Technologies' UA-SFT technology, which boasts improved panel transmissivity (180% from A-SFT technology, and 120% from SA-SFT technology).
  • UA-SFT technology enables an ultra-wide viewing angle of 170% (contrast ratio greater than 10:1) and reduces the color and/or contrast shift that can result from a change in viewing angle. The display is capable of operating in either portrait or landscape modes.
  • A wide operating temperature range, from -10 to +70 degrees Celsius.

TI Introduces RS-232 Devices With IEC ESD Protection

Texas Instruments introduced new RS-232 devices with system-level IEC 61000-4-2 ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) protection. Integrating IEC 61000-4-2 protection onto these devices makes the RS-232 interface immune to damage caused by ESD strikes while the system is up and running, such as when making a connection to the RS-232 cable once the system is powered up. Another advantage these devices provide is the elimination of external IEC ESD protection devices, saving the board manufacturer cost in assembly and board space. TI's initial device offerings with IEC ESD protection include the MAX3243E, MAX3232E and MAX3227.

TI's MAX3243E and MAX3232E, which are compliant up to level 4 (+/- 8 kV Contact Discharge and +/- 15 kV Air Gap Discharge), and MAX3227, which performs better than the level 3 specification (+/- 6 kV Contact and +/- 8 kV Air Gap) devices, meet the requirements for low-power, high-speed applications, such as portable/consumer equipment, telecom, and computing applications. By providing ultra low-power consumption during power-down mode (ICC 1uA typ), high data-rate speeds (up to 1Mbps), and 5.5V-tolerant inputs, the devices are suitable for most RS-232 communication needs.

The MAX3243E is currently available in the industry-standard 28-pin TSSOP, SSOP and SOIC packages, as well as the space-saving QFN package. All package offerings are RoHS compliant. The devices are available to sample now. Budgetary pricing for the MAX3243E is set at $1.28 for commercial temp grade and $1.57 for industrial temp grade in quantities of 1,000.

Planar Introduces StereoMirror Display For Geospatial Image Analysis and Photogrammetry

Planar Systems introduced its latest stereoscopic 3D display to address imaging applications in geospatial intelligence and photogrammetry where customers need 3D viewing to discern depth in the imagery and interpret spatial details.

To view stereo images independent of position, the user wears comfortable, lightweight polarized glasses, similar to sunglasses. Because both eyes see a continuous flicker-free image, the monitor can be used for an entire workshift without discomfort.

The SD1710 uses StereoMirror technology and is composed of two 17" AMLCD monitors in an up/down configuration separated at a 110-degree angle. A semitransparent mirror is positioned at a bisecting angle between the two monitors that when combined with polarizing glasses, generates the stereo separation. This beam-splitter approach creates a stereoscopic 3D monitor that retains the full resolution, response time and color saturation of the individual monitors.

Future imaging applications may include medical imaging, molecular modeling, CAD/architecture and computer gaming. It is available for immediate delivery with an MSRP of $3,995. The SD1710 StereoMirror monitor and accessories are available through Planar and direct resellers. The standard warranty includes a one-year advance replacement service with two-day business shipping.

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