Samsung To Produce 22" Transparent LCD Display This Year

As far as displays go, this is about as cutting-edge as we've seen in recent memory. Display wars have transitioned from slimness to far more subtle things; things like screen resolution, pixel density, and transparency are coming into play. There are even flexible displays, so that curved surfaces could one day be used as televisions within smaller apartments and homes. Samsung has always been a major player in the modern display game, and the company is seriously upping the ante by becoming the world's first to mass produce a transparent LCD panel.

The company plans on shipping it in the future, with production to start this month. What makes it so special? Transparency. It'll be a 22" transparent LCD, and they'll come in two flavors at first: black-and-white and color. They'll have a contrast ratio of 500:1 and a WSXGA+ (1680x1050) screen resolution. Compared with the conventional LCD panels that use back light unit (BLU) and have 5% transparency, Samsung's transparent LCD panel boasts the world's best transparency rate of over 20% for the black-and-white type and over 15% for the color type.

The transparent LCD panel has a high transparency rate, which enables a person to look right through the panel like glass, and it consumes 90% less electricity compared with a conventional LCD panel using back light unit. It's because a transparent LCD panel utilizes ambient light such as sun light, which consequently reduces the dependency on electricity for generating power. You'll also get HDMI and USB ports, but all of the other details are being kept close to the chest. 
Via:  Business Wire
Tags:  Samsung, LCD, display
Riks 3 years ago

Ironman FTW Cool

Dave_HH 3 years ago

Haha... it's definitely useful for kiosk type applications.

omegadraco 3 years ago

I can see this being used as a new high tech ‘Ouija boards’ for tracking troop movements and aircraft for the military... Of course they would have to be touchscreens :)

dammonritter 3 years ago

? it uses ambient light as a back light. So how does that work at night? notice how they are displayed in the appropriate light setting for best performance. I looked up some pictures and each one is in a well lit area. Nonetheless, these are awesome. This would be better than those cheasy touch projection screens for business use, only if they can get them up to size. TVs have always progressed rather well if people are interested. Unfortunately LCDs took over plasma. I wonder if plasma would be a good candidate given the plasma produces it own light, whereas, LCD requires a light source. I'm not sure you could shrink plasma and get good lighting, but I am not an engineer or scientist in that area so I have no idea.

cpumeltdown 3 years ago

hopefully the in-depth specs for this are released soon.

KingKannibal 3 years ago


I just don't like this resolution for some reason! I am far too used to displaying data at 1920x1080 and playing my games in 1280x720.

Der Meister 3 years ago

thats rather cool. 

rapid1 3 years ago

I can't wait to get one so I can see my wall that sits about 4 inches behind my display. Hmm come to think of it My TV sits against a wall to, and the display in the picture is against a wall as well. Hmmm; I think I have come up with something a ver large amount of the worlds displays sit against a wall. Wow I am so glad we are getting transparent monitors so thos poor walls don't have to go unnoticed anymore. I think I will start a liberate your wall with see through displays on facebook. I bet I could get a million followers in a week.

rrplay 3 years ago

looks really good for office etc likely because of Samsung Acquires Display Technology Provider Liquavista which was mentioned here previously.

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