Makers of miniature displays address need for standards

Experts from MicroDisplay Corp. of Fairfax, Va., say the miniature information display industry needs standards that address issues such as bi-directional communications channels and ultra-low power consumption. Existing low-voltage-differential standards such as Panel Link and FPD Link address only general problems related to sending data at relatively low power, MicroDisplay officials contend. These standards fall short of the needs for handheld applications or wearable computers, they say. Ex

Jul 1st, 1998

Experts from MicroDisplay Corp. of Fairfax, Va., say the miniature information display industry needs standards that address issues such as bi-directional communications channels and ultra-low power consumption. Existing low-voltage-differential standards such as Panel Link and FPD Link address only general problems related to sending data at relatively low power, MicroDisplay officials contend. These standards fall short of the needs for handheld applications or wearable computers, they say. Existing standards assume a simple display, not one equipped with functionality such as drivers or processors, MicroDisplay experts say. But to confront design issues such as bi-directional communications with an intelligent display, designers need power-usage standards to minimize power consumption not only for the type of data transmission, but also in this kind of application, they say. MicroDisplay officials are trying to ensure that any emerging miniature display standards take the company`s ultra-low-power displays into account. For more information, contact MicroDisplay`s Stephanie Silman by phone at 510-243-9515, by fax at 510-243-9533, or by e-mail at silman@microdisplay.com.

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