LG Display has introduced a new LCD panel that can be illuminated by sunlight when outdoors instead of the backlight. The LCD is 14.1 inches and will be installed in select notebook PCs.
The LCD panel uses "backlight data signal switching technology," which means the backlight panels can be switched between reflective mode in sunlight to transmissive mode indoors, by hitting a button. When the outdoor mode is in use, energy consumption falls by 75% compared to the indoor mode, significantly extending the life of a computer battery.
The company claims that the visibility is excellent in the outdoor setting with a contrast ratio of 9:1.
I can't say that I find myself using my laptop outside very often (and I can't think of anyone I know who does), so users would have to make a point of taking advantage of the power saving technology. Maybe you could use the outdoor setting while sitting near a window? It's still a neat upgrade for LCD panels, but increasing indoor efficiency seems to be of more pressing concern.
LG Display is debuting the panel at the Consumer Electronics Show 2009. There's no word yet of which PCs will take advantage of the new technology.
via LG Display
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