Thin LCD makes for some thin netbooks and other devices
The key to getting crazy thin notebook and netbooks like the MacBook air is by using crazy thin hardware inside the machines. The thinner the hardware, the thinner the computer case can be and the sexier the design gets. Thinner hardware gives designers the ability to make devices that are more portable.
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The new MacBook Air notebooks were able to get so thin in part thanks to a new blade-style SSD that is much thinner than traditional SSDs. The thinner hardware meant that the Air could be thinner overall. One of the other areas where some heft can be chopped from notebooks and netbooks is in the screen. The screen tends to be one of the thicker parts of a computer and savings in bulk can save weight and heft. Samsung has pulled the wraps off a new LCD panel that measures 10.1-inches and is insanely thin at only 1.8mm thick.
Samsung debuted the thin screen at the FPD International 2010 show in Japan recently along with a netbook and an eReader that use the screen. Samsung used a 0.09mm thick resin substrate to create the screen and exactly what the thin substrate is made from is one of those closely held secrets the company hides to keep a competitive edge.
"Except for the use of a resin substrate, we used the same manufacturing processes as those used for our existing LCD panels," according to a Samsung worker.
If you remove the required backlight unit from the LCD the thing is only 0.44mm thick. It's hard to believe that the LCD is that thin. That panel minus its backlight is only 28g in weight. Despite the thin size of the screen, it still boasts decent specifications with a 1024 x 600 screen resolution, 250cd/m2 brightness rating, and a contrast ratio of 1000:1. It can reproduce 50% of the NTSC color gamut. The specs mean you won’t get HD video on machines that eventually use it and that brightness rating is a bit low.
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I can certainly see a screen this thin screen in the next generation of MacBook Air notebooks and eReaders that are very thin and portable. I am sure we will see this tech used in all manner of other netbooks that seek to be thin and sexy.