You think Apple’s 264ppi (pixels per inch) screens are impressive? Try 431ppi, courtesy of an incredible 2,560x1,600-pixel resolution crammed in a 7-inch tablet screen. It's a prototype developed by Japan Display and it was showcased at the 2012 FDP International exhibition in Yokohama, Japan.
The company’s name doesn’t ring any bells but you’ve surely heard of the three manufacturers that are behind it, namely Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi.
Naturally, LCD screens have been utilized in cars for quite some time. Right now, with the rapid spread of infotainment systems and the huge array of electronics employed in modern cars, they are the new fad in the industry.
Jaguar, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz are some of the automakers that have replaced the traditional instrument cluster and its analogue gauges with LCD screens that provide a lot more information and can be configured in a number of ways.
Japan Display’s 12.2-inch touch-screen instrument cluster, though, moves the game to the next level. Its 1,920x720-pixel resolution may not be as impressive as that of the tablet, but it blasts away the existing competition with its true black technology for better contrast and a 50 percent lower power consumption.
You can view the paper-thin tablet screens and the huge car instrument clusters, as well as Kazunori Yamaguchi, group manager of the company’s display system department, explaining the details in the video (courtesy of Digifonews) that follows.
By Andrew Tsaousis