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  • TFT Displays
    The abbreviation TFT LCD display actually stands for a thin film transistor liquid crystal display.

    The internal construction of a TFT display consists of glass that has a semiconducting material along the top for functionality. Every pixel inside the TFT display utilizes an individual transistor on top of the liquid crystal material.

    Liquid crystal gets its name because it is similar to liquid since it can change quickly to display different images and the crystal comes from its ability to stay in the newly arranged position. The transistor then applies a low amount of voltage to the pixel to determine each pixel's intensity and color. These pixels all blend together to create the images for pictures and video.

    The TFT display may also be known as an active-matrix LCD in some settings. While TFT isn't the only active-matrix LCD technology, it is very popular and why you may notice that people use the term TFT instead of active-matrix when describing a display. The TFT is not the only component that creates the active-matrix LCD. The term active-matrix actually stems from the ability of the display to control each pixel individually and switch them over quickly as needed.

    Passive-matrix LCDs vary from active-matrix LCDs. The TFT display is defined by a high contrast, fast response time and a high refresh rate. On the other hand, a passive-matrix LCD is found in much smaller displays such as a digital wristwatch or calculator screen. These do not require the full colours that active-matrix LCDs provide in computer screens, televisions and mobile phones.  

    Two types of thin film transistor technologies are commonly found and used with TFT displays. The first and most common is the twisted nematic, which is also known as a TN display. Its primary selling point is a very fast response time. They may appear low quality at awkward angles or when reproducing certain colours. The other type is IPS or in-plane switching. It has better colours and viewing angles, but has slower refresh rates as a tradeoff.
  • Capacitive Touch Displays

    Capacitive touch screens are made of single or multiple layers of material that are coated with a conductor such as Indium Tin Oxide. A protective cover seals the assembly off from the environment.

    When another electrical conductor, like a bare fingertip or a stylus, touches the surface, an electric circuit is completed at that location. Sensors embedded in the glass then detect the location of the flow of current, which is then registered as a touch event.

    This is different from the way that resistive touch technology works, where physical pressure is involved.


    Capacitive touch technology can be divided into:

    Projected Capacitive Touch

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    Projected capacitive touch panels are often used for smaller screen sizes than surface capacitive touch panels. The internal structure of these touch panels consists of a substrate incorporating an IC chip for processing computations, over which is a layer of numerous transparent electrodes positioned in specific patterns. The surface is covered with an insulating glass or plastic cover. When a finger approaches the surface, electrostatic capacity among multiple electrodes changes simultaneously, and the position where contact occurs can be identified precisely by measuring the ratios between these electrical currents.

    There are two types of sensing methods in projected capacitive technology. They are GRID type and wire sensing type. GRID type will be introduced here. The human body is conductive since it contains a lot of water. When a finger comes close to the patterning of X and Y electrodes, a capacitance coupling will occur between the finger and the electrodes. The capacitance coupling makes the electrostatic capacitance between the X and Y electrodes change. The touch sensor detects touched points as it checks where on the electrode lines the electrostatic capacitance changed.

    Features:

    ◆ Projected capacitive supports multiple touches, thus supports various elaborate inputs.

    ◆ Projected capacitive has relatively long life because it has no moving parts in operation.

    ◆ Projected capacitive has high durability.

    ◆ Sensitivity of the sensor can be adjusted. If sensitivity is adjusted to high level, the touch screen can be operated over a cover glass or cover plastic sheet. These cover sheets provide additional durability, environmental resistance, and a lot of flexibility in design.

    ◆ If sensitivity is increased, projected capacitive can be operated with gloved fingers.

    ◆ Projected capacitive touch screen is excellent with optical bonding.

    ◆ Projected capacitive responds to light touch. No pressure force is needed for detection.

    ◆ Projected capacitive requires an advanced technology to measure electrostatic capacitance and achieve precise locational information from it. Unlike resistive technology, it does not work simply by connecting a touch screen with a controller sourced from somewhere. A projected capacitive touch screen and controller need to be designed together.

    ◆ Projected capacitive is susceptible to electrical noise due to its detection mechanism. Noise from LCD can influence the touch sensor, however  various methods have been developed to improve tolerance to noise.

    ◆ Projected capacitive requires fine pattering, thus takes high processing cost.

    Surface Capacitive Touch

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    Transparent conductive coating is on the base glass sheet, and glass protective coating is placed over it. Electrodes are placed on the four corners. The same phase voltage is imposed to the electrodes on the four corners, then a uniform electric field will  form over the panel. When a finger touches the panel, an electrical current will flow from the four corners through the finger. The ratio of the electrical current flowing from the four corners will be measured to detect the touched point. The measured current value will be inversely proportional to the distance between the touched point and the four corners.

    Features:

    ◆ Surface capacitive technology is suitable for large size monitors.

    ◆ Surface capacitive sensor can respond to light touch, and no pressure force is needed for detection

    ◆ Visibility is high because structure is only on one glass layer.

    ◆ Surface capacitive is structurally tough as it is made of one sheet of glass.

    ◆ Surface capacitive does not get affected by moisture, dust, or grease.

    ◆ Parallax is minimized in surface capacitive.

    ◆ Surface capacitive has high resolution and high response speed.

      Surface capacitive can detect touches by fingers only. It does not detect input by a gloved hand. Some surface capacitive touch screens may detect touches by a thin-gloved hand, but they do not support the combination use of bare finger and gloved finger. Some surface capacitive touch screens support pen writing,

    ◆ Surface capacitive technology does not support multi-touch.


    Self-Capacitance Touch

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    Self-Capacitance is based on measuring the capacitance of a single electrode with respect to ground. When a finger is near the electrode, the human-body capacitance changes the self-capacitance of the electrode. In a self-capacitance touch screen, transparent conductors are patterned into spatially separated electrodes in either a single layer or two layers. When the electrodes are in a single layer, each electrode represents a different touch coordinate pair and is connected individually to a controller. When the electrodes are in two layers, they are usually arranged in a layer of rows and a layer of columns; the intersections of each row and column represent unique touch coordinate pairs. However, self-capacitance touch-screen controllers do not measure each intersection; they only measure each row and column;

    This works well when only a single finger is touching the screen. For example, in this picture, a single-finger touching location X2,Y0 can be sensed accurately by measuring all the X electrodes and then all the Y electrodes in sequence. Measuring individual electrodes rather than electrode intersections is the source of one of the major disadvantages of two-layer self capacitance touch screens – the inability to unambiguously detect more than one touch. Two fingers touching in locations X2,Y0 and X1,Y3 produce four reported touch points. However, this disadvantage does not eliminate the use of two finger gestures with a self-capacitance touch screen. The secret is in software – rather than using the ambiguous locations of the reported points, software can use the direction of movement of the points. In this situation it does not matter that four points resulted from two touches; as long as pairs are moving away from or toward each other (for example), a zoom gesture can be recognized.

    Mutual Capacitance Touch

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    Mutual Capacitance is a more common type of pro-cap today, which allows an unlimited number of unambiguous touches, produces higher resolution, is less sensitive to EMI, and can be more efficient in its use of sensor space. Mutual capacitance makes use of the fact that most conductive objects are able to hold a charge if they are very close together. If another conductive object, such as a finger, comes close to two conductive objects, the charge field (capacitance) between the two objects changes because the human body capacitance “steals” some of the charge.

    In a mutual-capacitance touch screen, transparent conductors are always patterned into spatially separated electrodes in two layers, usually arranged as rows and columns. Because the intersections of each row and column produce unique touch-coordinate pairs, the controller in a mutual-capacitance touch screen measures each intersection individually (see right Fig). This produces one of the major advantages of mutual-capacitance touch screens – the ability to sense a touch at every electrode intersection on the screen.
    Because both self-capacitance and mutual capacitance rely on the transfer of a charge between the human body capacitance and either a single electrode or a pair of electrodes, this method of capacitive sensing is most commonly called “charge transfer.”

  • IPS Displays

    IPS (in-plane switching) is a screen technology for liquid crystal displays (LCDs). It was designed to solve the main limitations of the twisted nematic field effect (TN) matrix LCDs which were prevalent in the late 1980s.

    The strengths or advantages of IPS LCD panels centre on better image production and visual performance stemming from having higher colour depth, more accurate colour reproduction, wider viewing angle, and better visibility under direct sunlight.

    IPS Displays are best suited for Medical, Automotive Charging Points, Electric Charging, Gaming, Scientific Instrument applications.

    In-plane switching involves arranging and switching the orientation of the molecules of the liquid crystal (LC) layer between the glass substrates.

     

  • Bar Style Displays

    The Benefits of Bar Style or Letterbox Displays

    There are two types of ultra wide form factor displays, the first is manufactured as a Bar Style or Letterbox Display as an original unit, and the second is where a standard panel is cut horizontally to give the bar style effect.

    Bar Style or Letterbox Displays are effective at displaying informative and promotional content as they allow for high-definition images and messages across a large surface area.

    Bar Style or Letterbox Displays are especially suitable for audio systems, advertising displays, automotive applications, drone controls, industrial/scientific equipment, marine dashboards, medical equipment, server systems and security systems where height is the issue, but a lot of information is required to be displayed..

    Bar Style or Letterbox Displays can be optimised for a wide range of indoor and outdoor environments and can resist certain elements such as vibrations from vehicles and different weather conditions if they are to be installed outdoors.

    LCDTek supply Bar Style or Letterbox displays in sizes from 2.9 inch up to 27.6 inch. Most are available with sunlight readable options and CTP (capacitive touch panel).

  • Custom Displays

    LCDTek have over thirty years specialist experience in the design and manufacture of electronic display technologies, whether they be customer specific, design specific or project specific we can supply the correct custom module to suit your requirements. With many years of experience in the integration of touchscreens, displays and display driver solutions into complete display systems, we make the whole custom display experience as simple as possible.

    By using our extensive supplier base for all major components including the display, touch screen and embedded electronics we can provide the correct components to match the requirements of any application, from rugged custom avionics systems to cost sensitive point of sale custom solutions. 

    Features:

    A more creative approach to the display design and layout differentiates the display from that of your competitors, allows a specific display to be used when space is at premium, and can reduce production costs through the integration of additional features.

    Can be designed for Avionics, Automotive Charging Points, Industrial Equipment, Marine applications, Medical applications and Scientific Instruments.