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Samsung Monitors Also Get Curved

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Samsung Monitors Also Get Curved

Samsung puts the technology from its curved TV range to PC display use with the SD590C, a 27-inch curved LED monitor the company describes as "architected as the ultimate entertainment display."

Promising to be "completely immersive," the SD590C features a narrow bezel and built-in dual-channel 5W speakers, as well as a "carefully selected" curvature providing a supposedly wider field of view than traditional flat 27-inch panels.

Technical features include up to 350 nit brightness and 3000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. A Game Mode provides automated settings during play, enhancing colours, brightness and contrast according to what is on screen.

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VESA Releases DisplayPort 1.3 Standard

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VESA Releases DisplayPort 1.3 Standard

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announces the release of the DisplayPort 1.3 AV standard-- an update increasing maximum link bandwidth by 50% in comparison to the previous 1.2a standard.

DisplayPort 1.3 handles up to 32.Gbps, with four lanes running at a link rate of 8.1Gbps/lane. According to VESA the 32.Gbps combined link rate carries up to 25.92Gbps of uncompressed video data.

The bandwidth increase allows for higher resolution monitors, including 5K (5120x2880) monitors, using a single DisplayPort cable with no compression. It also enables higher resolutions when driving multiple monitors through a single connection via Multi-Stream, such as the use of two 4K (3840x2160) monitors, when using VESA Coordinated Video Timing.

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Acer Intros Frameless Monitors

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Acer Intros Frameless Monitors

Acer announces a pair of high-resolution monitors with a "frameless" design-- the 4K/UHD 27-inch S277HK and the WQHD 25-inch H257HU, both featuring IPS panels and built-in DTS audio.

The S277HK had a hair-line aluminum bezel and sits on top of an asymmetric metallic stand. As mentioned earlier it handles resolutions of up to 4K/UHD (3840x21160) and connects to PCs via DVI, HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2.

Meanwhile the smaller H257HU handles 2560x1440 resolutions (WQHD) and carries DVI, HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 inputs on top of a circular stand.

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LG Preps Curved Monitor for IFA 2014

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LG Preps Curved Monitor for IFA 2014

LG announces the Curved UltraWide Monitor (model 34UC97), a 34-inch display the company the company claims is the first featuring a curved IPS panel with a 21:9 aspect ratio and 178-degree viewing angles.

The 34UC97 handles 4K/UHD resolutions (3440 x 1440), with Thunderbolt 2 connectivity allowing the daisy chaining of multiple monitors and audio via the combination of MAXX AUDIO and a built-in 7W tree speaker system.

It is set to make a first appearance at IFA 2014 together with other new LG monitors-- namely the Digital Cinema 4K Monitor (31MU97) and the Gaming Monitor (24GM77).

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CD-Making Alloy Key for Future Displays?

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CD-Making Alloy Key for Future Displays?

One of the alloys found in CDs and DVDs might be key for the thin and flexible displays of the future-- University of Oxford researcher discovered one can "draw" images on a thin layer of GST alloy sandwiched between two transparent electrode layers.

GST (aka Ge2Sb2Te5 or Germanium-Antimony-Tellurium) alloy is a phase change material (PCM), meaning it is able to change between two states with the application of heat, light or electricity. It finds use in rewritable CDs and DVDs, where laser pulses cause it to switch between amorphous and crystalline states.

"We didn't set out to invent a new kind of display," research leader Professor Harish Bhaskaran says. 'We were exploring the relationship between the electrical and optical properties of phase change materials and then had the idea of creating this GST "sandwich" made up of layers just a few nanometres thick. We found that not only were we able to create images in the stack but, to our surprise, thinner layers of GST actually gave us better contrast. We also discovered that altering the size of the bottom electrode layer enabled us to change the colour of the image."

According to the researchers tiny PCM stacks can be turned into "nano-pixels" measuring just 300 x 300 nanometers. One can electrically switch these on and off at will to create the building blocks of a high-resolution display technology.

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