Portland General Electric opens North America’s first public-use quick-charge station

Portland General Electric opens North America’s first public-use quick-charge station for electric vehicles in collaboration with NEC Electric vehicles can charge up in 20 to 30 minutes:

Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR), Oregon’s largest utility, and NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701), a leading network, communications and information technology company, announced, they have opened North America’s first public-use, quick-charge station for electric vehicles.

The station was awarded public-use certification by the City of Portland following the successful installation and testing of the station manufactured by Takasago Ltd., a subsidiary of NEC, at the PGE headquarters in the Two World Trade Center parking garage, 121 SW Salmon St, Portland, Ore. The Takasago Rapid Charging Station is specialized for recharging electric vehicles with lithium-ion batteries and requires only 20 to 30 minutes to recharge a battery to 80 percent of full strength.

PGE and NEC officially opened the quick-charge station today with Governor Ted Kulongoski, who charged up an all-electric Nissan LEAF, during a two-day LEAF test drive event at PGE. Portland and the state of Oregon have been designated as top-tier launch markets for the Nissan LEAF when it goes on sale in the United States in December.

“Quick-charging stations are an exciting advancement in our effort to bring electric vehicles to Oregon,” said Gov. Kulongoski. “By making charging convenient and available for public use, we are telling car manufacturers that Oregon is ready for the next generation of electric vehicles – and we want our state to be a leader in introducing these cars to the rest of the country.”

“Partnering with NEC to bring the nation’s first publicly available, quick-charge station to Oregon further solidifies PGE’s commitment to developing the infrastructure needed to support electric vehicles now coming to the U.S. market,” said Jim Piro, president and CEO, PGE.

“With the addition of the Takasago Rapid Charging Station to the growing network of EV charging stations in Oregon, we are able to further our research on how this new technology will interact with our electrical system and support our EV-driving customers,” Piro added.

“This project reflects NEC’s ongoing commitment to the development of new infrastructure that utilizes renewable resources. As a supplier of electric vehicle batteries, our introduction of the rapid electric vehicle charging station is a natural stage in the evolution of NEC’s environmentally friendly solutions,” said Hideki Niwaya, general manager, Public Utility Solutions Division, NEC. “Looking forward, NEC aims to continue developing mission critical solutions, including information and communications technologies (ICT) services and smart grids that represent the latest in technological innovation.”

The Takasago Rapid Charging Station complies with the “CHAdeMO,” a global EV charging standard developed in Japan. The station provides power output of 50kw (50-500V, 0-125A) and supports power input of AC200V+-30V.

PGE’s alliance partner, Portland State University, and the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium will document the acquisition, installation, certification, and testing procedures for this quick charger and release its findings in September.

NEC Produces Worlds Smallest Class

NEC Produces World’s Smallest Class
All-in-One Compact Core Network System (EPC) for LTE

All-in-One Compact Core Network System

NEC Corporation announced that its new Compact EPC system will be on display at LTE Forum 2009. An all-in-one core network system, it qualifies for the world’s smallest class by incorporating MME and Serving-GW/PDN-GW into an area measuring 483mm(L)x222mm(H)x497mm(D) that fits within the 5U-height of a standard 19-inch rack.

Each compact system is capable of simultaneously accommodating nearly 300,000 subscribers while controlling more than 1,000 LTE base stations. All functions are loaded into compact, blade integrated AdvancedTCA(R), chassis. This provides the operator with a flexible and reliable way of moving to 4G.

The Compact EPC system can support LTE trials and small scale LTE commercial services. When the number of subscribers increases, large scale network expansion can easily be implemented by adding more blade capability, which provides deployment flexibility for growing operators. Moreover, the seamless connection of LTE networks to a wide range of existing networks, including GSM/WCDMA/CDMA/WLAN, etc., can be implemented in line with the demands of mobile communications carriers.

EPC is a core network system that controls LTE base stations. Both EPC and LTE are currently moving towards standardization promoted by 3GPP, a standardization body for mobile communication systems. NEC’s EPC are built in compliance with 3GPP mobile communications standards.

“We have seen caution surrounding LTE in today’s market, but NEC is fully committed to providing cost effective LTE solutions that cause minimal disruption,” said Dr Shahram Niri, Director of Global LTE/SAE Strategy & Solutions, NEC Europe. “Our new EPC aims to provide a flexible platform that offers operators a smooth, simple and seamless evolution from their existing networks at the lowest total cost of ownership possible. NEC was the first end to end solution vendor offering EPC in Japan and is contributing to the early momentum of LTE by providing radio access, core and terminal elements of LTE networks. As a consequence we have learned many valuable lessons that allow us to meet operators’ needs. NEC’s new EPC enables a variety of options, such as centralized or distributed deployment, as well as different degrees of EPC node integration (MME, S-GW and P-GW) from a compact all in one package,” he added.

NEC is proactively developing LTE/EPC, including its September 2009 announcement regarding compact outdoor wireless LTE base stations (www.nec.com/lte). Looking forward, NEC will continue contributing to the creation of mobile networks through next generation communications systems as a total supplier of LTE/EPC solutions, including communications infrastructure and devices.

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NEC Unveils New 3.5-Inch LCD Module, The NL2432HC22-45A

NEC has introduced a new 3.5-inch (8.9cm) amorphous-silicon transflective thin-film-transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) module with quarter video graphics array (QVGA) resolution, part number NL2432HC22-45A, which features higher reflection properties than previous 3.5-inch transflective models that operate in both transmissive mode (using a backlight) and reflective mode (using available ambient light). The display is targeted for use in small, professional applications such as handheld terminals, as well as in personal digital assistant (PDA) and portable navigation device (PND) applications.

The new product incorporates NEC LCD Technologies’ super-reflective natural light TFT (SR-NLT) technology, a proprietary technology that enhances LCD performance in outdoor lighting environments. In the reflective mode, the display module capitalizes on NEC’s optimum LCD panel design to provide excellent visibility and viewing angle characteristics, even in outdoor daylight conditions. In addition, the module enables displayed information to be read when the backlight is off, even in an indoor lighting environment, thereby reducing power consumption.

With the expansion of the ubiquitous information society, the demand for portable devices using LCD modules has increased and diversified. An example of an emerging portable display application is handheld terminals, which require high visibility to enable quick recognition of data on the display while minimizing power consumption, thus extending battery life for longer field usage.

Generally, portable information display instruments use either transmissive or transflective LCD modules. In both transmissive and transflective modules, the backlight consumes between 70 to 90 percent of the displays’ total power consumption.

NEC LCD Technologies’ new 3.5-inch module, developed in response to the demand for lower power consumption displays in portable applications, incorporates the company’s proprietary SR-NLT technologies and newly optimized panel design. Thus, the new product has a high reflection ratio of 16 percent and a contrast ratio of 20:1 in reflective mode. The module also achieves improved viewing angle characteristics in reflective mode by diffusing reflection for wide-angle viewing. This allows for high visibility with the backlight turned off, whether under strong light conditions, such as outdoor daylight viewing, as well as indoor ambient light conditions.

NEC LCD Technologies will continue to develop high value-added products for portable display applications that contribute to the expansion of a ubiquitous information society.

The NL2432HC22-45A 3.5-inch module will be on display in NEC Electronics America’s booth (#459) at the Society of Information Display (SID) 2009 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, June 2-4.

NEC Develops World's Most Efficient Amplifiers For Mobile Base Station

NEC today announced the successful development of one of the world’s most efficient transmitter amplifiers for mobile base stations, a 2.1GHz model that produces 45W of output power per 100W of power consumption.

Transmitter amplifiers are devices that increase the strength of RF signals transmitted from base stations to remote terminals. NEC produced these latest amplifiers by adopting high performance and highly reliable RF transistor technologies, in addition to independently optimizing Doherty RF circuitry with harmonic tuning. These innovations are accredited with NEC’s successful creation of amplifiers with one of the world’s highest efficiency levels, 45%.

Transmitter amplifiers are essential to the performance of mobile base stations, and telecom operators may now anticipate meaningful cost reductions from the introduction of this new technology. Mobile base stations fitted with the latest transmitter amplifiers are expected to be significantly smaller and to consume less power than existing equipment, which decreases the space required for storing units, time needed to assemble the stations, and simplifies maintenance.

NEC plans to begin shipment of the new transmitter amplifier, installed within LTE equipment, by the end of 2009. Looking forward, NEC also aims to provide the transmitter amplifier for W-CDMA, LTE and WiMAX base station vendors throughout expanding global markets.

NEC Launches New Lineup of Lightweight, Power-Saving TFT LCD Modules with White LEDs

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NEC Electronics America, Inc. and NEC Electronics (Europe) GmbH, has introduced two new amorphous-silicon thin-film-transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) modules incorporating white LED backlights for industrial applications. The modules consume less power, are substantially thinner and lighter than comparable LCD modules incorporating cold-cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) backlights.

The 10.4-inch (26 cm-diagonal) module, part number NL10276BC20-12, with extended graphics array (XGA) resolution, and the 8.9-inch (23 cm-diagonal) module, part number NL10260BC19-01D, with wide super-video graphics array (WSVGA), offer numerous benefits over conventional CCFL products. These modules with LED backlights have advantages which include durability for industrial use and design optimization that yield a more than 40 percent reduction in module thickness, greater than 50 percent reduction in weight and approximately 50 percent savings in power consumption compared with CCFL based LCD equivalents. To address the diverse demands of industrial display applications, each model features a wide operating temperature range of -20 to +70 degrees Celsius, a replaceable LED backlight unit and long-term product support.

Recently, the demand for industrial applications using LCD modules equipped with white LED backlight systems has risen due to the systems’ lower power consumption, thinner and lighter-weight backlight housings and higher resistance to shock and vibration compared to CCFL based LCDs. Furthermore, white LEDs do not require an inverter circuit, which generates high-frequency noise and harmonic current that can cause peripheral equipment malfunctions and hinder precise testing results.

NEC Electronics and NEC Central Research Laboratories Develop XBridge SoC Optimized for Stream Processing

NEC Electronics and NEC Central Research Laboratories have jointly developed the XBridge (pronounced “cross bridge”) system on a chip (SoC). The XBridge efficiently processes large volumes of image, audio, network packet, and other streaming data, a task which conventional central processing units (CPUs) have performed poorly. NEC Electronics has successfully created a XBridge evaluation board and development tools.

nec-xbridgeThe XBridge harnesses programmable hardware technology to implement hardware information that can be changed after shipping, by replacing the information specifying the hardware architecture, without attaching the chip’s elements or wiring to fixed hardware. This SoC consists of an STP programmable hardware engine; 2-channel PCI Express; a DDR2 memory interface; and other components all on a single chip. The STP engine’s parallel computational processing enables processing of streaming data one to two orders of magnitude faster than a conventional high-performance CPU, without requiring the data to pass through the CPU, all while consuming at most just 2 Watts of power.

NEC Electronics believes that this new SoC can meet the demands for processing complex data streams by office printers, servers, industrial devices, video recording devices, and other devices using the industry standard PCI Express as their internal connection interface, and the company will continue developing this technology with the aim of launching a commercial product within one year.

In recent years, skyrocketing chip-development costs and the ever-shorter lifecycles of consumer-electronics products have begun to give traction to the concept of creating a diverse lineup of consumer-electronics products with a single LSI by using a flexible chip architecture with swappable functionality, rather than developing custom chips specialized for each individual product. Programmable hardware technology has gained a great deal of attention as a way of achieving this. While it is currently possible to make the functionality of CPU-based chips appear to change by overwriting their software, it is impractical because the performance of software processing is much worse than that of hardware processing. Programmable hardware technology breaks through the limitations of software processing, enabling functionality to be swapped while maintaining the high processing performance of hardware.

NEC Central Research Laboratories has been developing programmable-hardware technology continuously since 1999. NEC Electronics realized that the benefits of high performance and flexibility, derived from programmable-hardware, would highly contribute to high speed stream processing, such as large volumes of image, audio, network-packet, and other data streams in accordance with the needs of the device. The company thus has been optimizing the technology as Stream transpose (STP) technology, based on NEC Central Research Laboratories’ technology.

STP technology consists of an STP engine, which is the hardware core for the chips, and STP tools, which are software to use the STP engine effectively. The STP engine is a programmable-hardware core, composed of a large number of arithmetic/logic units and memory units, that operates relatively low frequency, while provides high performance, because of its parallel operation nature.

The arithmetic/logic units and memory are arranged into a two-dimensional matrix in order to enable parallel processing. The architecture also enables fast background processing of data I/O (which is often a bottleneck with stream processing). The STP tools provide compilation and debugging functionality to synthesize hardware information to be implemented into the STP engine, from software written in the C language, and the tools has the capability to break complicated algorithm and/or memory access into maximized parallel processing manner. The tools are provided in a GUI-based integrated development environment that is familiar to software designers. The tools are based on the C-based hardware-design technologies researched and developed by NEC Central Research Laboratories over many years. NEC Central Research Laboratories and NEC Electronics have jointly developed an IDE that enables software designers to fully harness programmable-hardware technology.

Sony Corporation found that the company’s STP technology would enable to support the wide range of video and audio processing required of its professional-grade video cameras on a single chip, and has developed an SoC with an embedded STP engine. This chip was used in the PMW-EX1 professional camcorder, which went on sale in November 2007, and the PMW-EX3 and PMW-EX30 professional camcorders, which went on sale in July 2008. This SoC is the heart of the system for processing video and audio signals, interface processing with the recording medium, and other tasks. On the PMW-EX1, the STP engine performs such tasks as multiplexing and demultiplexing video and audio stream signals, and compressing audio signals. On the PMW-EX3 and PMW-EX30, it performs compressing video signals and other tasks in addition to the tasks previously implemented. This chip was developed by fusing the systems expertise of Sony with the STP technology of NEC Electronics. This chip has earned high praise as a flexible product enabling a wide range of customer products to be applicable in a single SoC.

NEC Electronics continued development based on these background of successful adoption. It has now developed XBridge, an SoC equipped with the STP engine, 2-channel PCI Express, and DDR2 interface on a single chip, as a flexible solution for fast execution of required processing using programmable hardware on a wide range of devices employing PCI Express. It has additionally developed a prototype evaluation board and development tools for the XBridge.

NEC Electronics will exhibit these developments at Embedded Technology 2008 (ET2008), to be held at Pacifico Yokohama from November 19th to 21st, 2008. The company is aiming to release a commercial XBridge product within one year, and is also developing a custom SoC with the STP engine as the IP core for the 40-nanometer generation and beyond. As chip-manufacturing technology scales continue to shrink, the company believes that programmable-hardware technology is a requirement for enabling functionality to be modified after product shipment, and with continue to develop technologies in this field.

NEC Electronics expands the company's lineup of 16-bit 78K0R microcontrollers (MCUs) for Automotive Applications

NEC Electronics has expanded the company’s lineup of 16-bit 78K0R microcontrollers (MCUs) to support cost-sensitive automotive applications. Based on NEC Electronics’ fast and efficient 78K0R core, the new 78K0R/Fx3 MCUs are optimized to deliver higher performance and expanded memory options for automotive body electronics applications such as window, seat and door modules; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. The new products complement NEC Electronics’ current F Series lineup of 8-bit and 32-bit MCUs and provide an easy scalability path for in-vehicle comfort systems.

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“Automotive system designers are demanding higher performance and expanded memory configurations to accommodate the requirement for more electronic content in current and next-generation vehicles, particularly in lower-cost systems where 8-bit MCUs have traditionally been dominant,” said Shinichi Iwamoto, vice president, microcomputer operations unit, NEC Electronics Corporation. “NEC Electronics’ new 78K0R/Fx3 devices successfully bridge the cost/performance gap to provide a path to higher performance in a reliable, flash memory-based MCU.”

Increased Flexibility and Higher Performance for Body Electronics
To deliver faster operating and CPU speeds than NEC Electronics’ 8-bit 78K0 core, the 16-bit 78K0R core employs a three-stage pipeline architecture that achieves a CPU clock speed of 24 megahertz (MHz), and executes 15 Dhrystone million instructions per second (MIPS).

Additional features include expanded storage capacities, memory configurations ranging from 24 up to 256 kilobytes (KB) and an enhanced instruction set featuring 25 additional instructions. Dual-operating data flash memory (simultaneous code execution and internal EEPROM emulation) enables engineers to reduce memory access time and simplify software design, while eliminating the need for memory banking also helps them increase operating speed and reduce system costs.

In addition to supporting the controller area network (CAN) protocol, the new NEC Electronics MCUs also offer extended Local Interconnect Network (LIN) support with automatic baud rate detection and enhanced timer functionality. This allows engineers to reduce software overhead, and simplify LIN and complex timer design in increasingly sophisticated body electronics systems.

To facilitate shorter software development cycles, NEC Electronics offers a wide range of MCU development tools, including its full-function IECUBETM in-circuit emulator with real-time trace and emulation capabilities, MINICUBE2TM on-chip serial debugging emulator and flash programmer, PG-FP5 flash programmer, integrated debugger and an automatic source code generator.

Pricing and Availability
The 36 new 78K0R/Fx3 MCUs support a wide range of memory configurations, as well as pin counts ranging from 30 to 100 pins. The devices are available in quad flat no-lead (QFN) packages and quad flat pack/shrink small-outline packages (QFP/SSOPs). Samples are scheduled to be available in June 2009. Prices will vary depending on memory, package and pin configurations. Pricing and availability are subject to change.

NEC and NEC Electronics Unveil The IMAPCAR2 Image Processor Series for Automotive Safety Systems

NEC Electronics Corporation and NEC Corporation has introduced the IMAPCAR2® image processors, which are available in four different configurations to meet a variety of customer requirements and provide the best cost/performance ratio.

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The second generation of NEC’s innovative IMAPCAR offering, the new scalable processors execute up to 270 giga (or billion) operations per second (GOPS) and can be used to detect nearby objects such as vehicles, pedestrians and lane markers in real time, enabling the development of obstacle-detection, forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning and other automotive safety systems that require intensive computing.

With support for both single-instruction multiple-data (SIMD) operations and multiple-instruction multiple-data (MIMD) operations, the IMAPCAR2 processors provide flexibility and performance for the effective implementation of advanced safety systems that combine multiple applications with different computation requirements simultaneously.

“Safety is an objective shared throughout the automotive industry. Passive safety technologies, including seat belt, child restraint and airbag systems, have dramatically improved automobile safety by protecting passengers in an accident,” said Shinichi Iwamoto, vice president, Microcomputer Operations Unit, NEC Electronics Corporation. “Going beyond these protections, we believe there is a tremendous need for active safety systems that can detect hazardous conditions and help prevent accidents. These advanced safety systems will benefit from the real-time vision processing capabilities of our IMAPCAR2 devices.”

High-Performance Image Processing for Automotive
The IMAPCAR2 lineup is the successor to NEC’s IMAPCAR processors, first introduced August 2006 featuring 128 processing engines (PE), 100 GOPS performance and an image processing rate of 30 frames per second (fps). The main features of the new IMAPCAR2 include:

* An increase from 8 to 16 bits in the data processing capabilities of the 128 processing engines, as well as an increase from four to six instructions in the variable-length instruction word (VLIW) to enable faster processing speeds.

* A new multicore architecture that enables high-speed parallel processing of multiple algorithms, compared to only SIMD operation—in which all processing engines were focused on the same operation—in the previous generation.

* The four IMAPCAR2 devices offer a wide range of features designed for high-end as well as general systems. The lineup includes a device that runs three times faster than the previous generation IMAPCAR, as well as one that is priced 80 percent lower than previous products.

NEC Electronics and NEC expect that IMAPCAR2 image-recognition technology can be applied to a number of markets, including information technology, electronics, security, robotics, industrial and automotive. The companies plan to continue to develop products based on this technology, and to grow the business throughout worldwide markets.

Availability
NEC Electronics offers a wide range of IMAPCAR2 solutions to meet customer design requirements. Samples of the first device, IMAPCAR2-300, are scheduled to be available in first half of 2009. Availability is subject to change.

NEC LCD Technologies announces five new amorphous-silicon thin-film-transistor LCD modules Featuring Long-Life, Low-Power White LED for Industrial Display Applications

NEC LCD Technologies announces five new amorphous-silicon thin-film-transistor LCD modules Featuring Long-Life, Low-Power White LED for Industrial Display Applications

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NEC LCD Technologies, together with its sales and marketing channels in the Americas and Europe, NEC Electronics America, Inc. and NEC Electronics (Europe) GmbH, today announced five new amorphous-silicon thin-film-transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) modules incorporating a newly designed LED unit that achieves both long operating life of 70,000 hours and low power consumption in the backlight system. These new products enhance NEC LCD Technologies’ core product lineup of TFT LCD modules featuring white LED backlight systems.

Product Number Size Resolution
NL8060BC31-47D 12.1-inch (31 cm diagonal) SVGA (800 × 600 pixels)
NL6448BC33-71D 10.4-inch (26 cm diagonal) VGA (640 × 480 pixels)
NL8048BC24-06 9.0-inch (23 cm diagonal) WVGA (800 × 480 pixels)
NL6448BC26-26 8.4-inch (21cm diagonal) VGA (640 × 480 pixels)
NL8048BC19-08 7.0-inch (18cm diagonal) WVGA (800 × 480 pixels)

The main characteristics of the new modules are as follows.

  1. Long-Life and Low-Power White LED Unit
    The newly designed white LED unit, optimized by NEC LCD Technologies’ proprietary optical and structural technology, outperforms conventional cold-cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL) with an operating life of 70,000 hours at room temperature (25 degrees Celsius). It reaches an operating life of 60,000 hours at a high temperature of 60 degrees Celsius, and boasts high reliability that is ideal for display devices in industrial equipment exposed to severe environmental conditions.

In addition, all new modules reduce power consumption by more than 20 percent compared to conventional CCFL backlight systems.

  • Compatibility
    Each of the new modules is compatible with NEC LCD Technologies’ conventional standard products of the same size in relation to outer dimensions, position of mounting holes, and screen center. Each also maintains signal compatibility with conventional products. Thus, the modules can be replaced easily without the need to change any of their peripheral appliances.
  • Wide operating temperature range
    A wide operating temperature range, from –20 to +70 degrees Celsius, guarantees operation even in extreme conditions. Moreover, the luminance of the white LED backlight performs exceptionally well under low temperatures, even from initial startup.
  • Recently, the demand for LCD modules equipped with white LED backlight systems has risen rapidly in various industrial applications due to the systems’ lower power consumption, thinner/lighter backlight housings and higher resistance to shock and vibration compared to CCFL backlight systems. Furthermore, white LEDs do not require an inverter circuit, which generates high-frequency noise and harmonic current that can cause peripheral equipment malfunctions and hinder precise testing results.

    NEC LCD Technologies has enhanced its LCD module lineup with white LED backlight in response to the high demand for portable terminals and portable measurement equipment with compact LCD modules that require low power consumption and have high resistance to shock and vibration. The industrial display market continues to demand a broad range of white LED based LCD modules.

    “The addition of these five LCD modules featuring white LED backlight will enhance our core product lineup and meet the diverse market demands of industrial display applications,” said Hidetoshi Usui, Product Planning Department Manager at NEC LCD Technologies. “The strength of our white LED-based product lineup for industrial use is now represented by 11 models, ranging in seven different sizes from 5.7 to 12.1 inches, with four different resolutions from VGA to XGA.”

    NEC LCD Technologies will continue to enhance its lineup of LCD modules featuring white LED-based backlight systems to address the needs of a variety of industrial applications. The company also aims to broaden the range of environments where LCD modules can be used through continued enhancement of its LCD modules’ performance.

    These new LCD modules will be showcased in NEC LCD Technologies’ booth #4801 at FPD International 2008, which is being held from October 29 to 31 in Pacifico Yokohama, Japan.

    NEC LCD Technologies Introduces New 9.0-inch Wide-Format LCD Module

    NEC LCD Technologies, together with its sales and marketing channels in the Americas and Europe, NEC Electronics America, Inc., and NEC Electronics (Europe) GmbH, today introduced a new 9.0-inch (23 centimeters diagonal) amorphous-silicon thin-film-transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) module, part number NL8048BC24-04, with wide video graphics array (WVGA) resolution for industrial equipment, including factory automation and measurement equipment.

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    The new module incorporates NEC LCD Technologies’ proprietary ultra-advanced, super-fine TFT (UA-SFT) technology that enables superior viewing angles without compromising brightness or color gamut. In addition, the module has been designed with wide-format resolution to meet the rising demand for such in various industrial applications.

    The main characteristics of the new module are as follows.

    1. Excellent visibility
    An ultra-wide viewing angle of 176 degrees (both horizontally and vertically), high luminance of 350 candelas per square meter (cd/m2) and high contrast ratio of 800:1 are realized through NEC LCD Technologies’ own unique UA-SFT technology, which boasts high transmissivity and wide viewing-angle properties.

    In addition, UA-SFT technology also reduces the color shift that occurs due to a change in viewing angle, allowing information to be viewed easily and accurately from any angle in either portrait or landscape orientation.

    2. High levels of compatibility
    The new module is compatible with NEC LCD Technologies’ 9-inch standard product in its outer dimensions, position of mounting holes and screen center. In addition, the new module maintains signal compatibility with conventional products supporting a WVGA-type low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) interface. Thus, the module can be replaced easily without having to change any of the peripheral appliances.

    3. Wide operating-temperature range
    A wide operating temperature range, from –20 to +70 degrees Celsius (℃), guarantees operation even in extreme conditions.

    Super-Fine TFT (SFT) technology, one of the company’s core technologies, is a high-quality picture advancement based on the wide viewing-angle technology of in-plane switching (IPS), and is in great demand for high-end display applications such as diagnostic imaging in medical equipment and preview monitoring and verification in broadcasting equipment.

    Display devices used in industrial applications, including factory automation and measurement equipment, require excellent viewing performance in order to display diverse information on screen quickly and accurately.

    “Our SFT displays address viewing requirements such as wide viewing angles, high contrast ratios and high brightness levels for industrial and high-end display applications,” said Hidetoshi Usui, department manager, product planning and marketing, NEC LCD Technologies, Ltd. “Our latest SFT product, introduced here, reduces the color shift that occurs due to changes in viewing angle, thereby allowing diverse information to be displayed quickly, precisely, and without visual stress. This new product further demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the industrial display market and to continued innovation in LCD display module technology.”

    In addition to the new 9.0-inch LCD module, the company also offers a new 10.4-inch color TFT LCD module, part number NL8060BC26-30C, with super video graphic array (SVGA) resolution. This display achieves high visibility even in high ambient light by incorporating the company’s proprietary super-transmissive, natural-light TFT (ST-NLT) technology.

    The two new LCD modules will be showcased in NEC LCD Technologies’ booth #4801 at “FPD International 2008,” which is being held from October 29 to 31 in Pacifico Yokohama, Japan.

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