Craft Data are pleased to introduce the “Bar Type”, “Letterbox” or “Stretch” style TFT LCD panels from their newest partner CDTECH. These wide format colour LCDs are becoming increasingly popular in all areas of our lives from digital car dashboards to digital signage. With many of the current crop of monochrome STN LCD’s favoring this letterbox format the transition to a colour display can sometimes be a big issue for both the hardware and software designers. With our letterbox format colour displays in many instances the same housing can now be considered for the colour upgrade saving designers and engineers valuable time and money.
There are currently thirteen different size options within this display range with several new models soon to be released. Sizes start from a 2.5:1 aspect ratio, 2.9”, 320 x 120 resolution display through to an 8:3 aspect ratio, 12.3”, 1920 x 720 resolution IPS technology panel. The panel sizes in between are as follows: – 3.9” 480×128, 4.2” 240×432, 4.6” 800×320, 5.8” 800×320, 6.5” 800×320, 7.2” 1280×384, 7.9” 1280×400, four options of an 8.8” size, one with a resolution of 1920×480 and an MIPI interface and three with a 1280×320 resolution with either an MIPI or LVDS interface, a 9.2” 1280×480, a 10.2” 1920×720 and a 11.9” 1920×480.
The focus across the whole range has been to offer a high specification panel suitable for the industrial product market also incorporating the highly demanding automotive and aerospace industries. All the panels would be considered as high brightness solutions with brightness’s of between 500 cd/m² and 1000 cd/m² apart from the 2.9” and 4.2” sizes that whilst do not offer direct sunlight viewing properties still offer a high luminance of 300 cd/m² and 280 cd/m² respectively. The larger panels within the range, (9.2” and upwards) are also equipped with a wide operating temperature of -30°C ~ +85°C making them suitable for a host of applications in hostile and highly demanding environments.
Five of the panels within the range, the 7.9”, 9.2”, 10.2”, 11.9” and 12.3” utilize IPS (In-plane switching) technology which produces an exceptionally wide viewing angle on all axis (170° left to right and 170° top to bottom). Another benefit of the IPS Technology is that there is no pre-set 6 or 12 o’clock viewing direction allowing for greater flexibility in mounting the panels in both portrait and landscape orientation. Touch options are available on all sizes with the smaller (2.9”, 3.9”, 4.2”, 4.6” & 5.8”) sizes having a 4-wire resistive overlay, although there are plans to introduce capacitive touch sensors for these sizes over the coming months. The larger panels (6.5”, 7.2”, 7.9”, 8.8”, 9.2”, 10.2”, 11.9” and 12.3”) all have the latest projected capacitive touch sensor with cover lens.
If you are looking for a plug and play monitor kit type solution both the 12.3” and 8.8” sizes can also be supplied with a compact HDMI driver board, LED backlight driver and OSD keyboard including all internal cabling making a cost effective display solution which can be quickly and easily integrated into your bespoke housing. This aspect of the range will also be expanded over the coming months, so please do check back with us.
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