KYOCERA INTERNATIONAL: LCD Panels for Automotive Head-Up Displays
According to Kyocera, these LCDs reportedly offer high light transmittance, high resolution, and a wide operating temperature range for optimal performance in automotive HUD applications.
Kyocera International, Inc. recently announced a new line of high-performance, high-resolution liquid-crystal display (LCD) panels specifically designed for automotive head-up displays (HUDs). These LCDs reportedly offer high light transmittance, high resolution, and a wide operating temperature range for optimal performance in automotive HUD applications.
Developed originally for defense aircraft, HUD technology can improve automotive safety and reduce driver fatigue by projecting vehicle speed, navigation and other data directly onto a car’s windshield—where drivers can view it in their line of sight. This requires a display that performs well in lighting conditions ranging from full sunlight to total darkness.
In addition, since data and images are scaled up when projected onto a windshield, HUD technology requires high-resolution imaging to allow enlargement with no perceptible loss of detail or sharpness. Meeting these requirements in the automotive environment requires imaging components that deliver exceptional luminance, contrast and pixel density, with an extremely wide operating temperature range, since vehicles may travel to the coldest and hottest climates on Earth.
According to Kyocera, its new HUD LCDs provide light transmittance up to 8.5%, and typical contrast ratios of up to 1700:1. Their low temperature polysilicon technology delivers pixel density of approximately 300 ppi (about twice that of conventional LCDs), as well as an 85° viewing angle with no color shift through Kyocera’s advanced wide viewing technology (AWVII). In addition, Kyocera HUD LCDs offer an operating temperature range of -40°C to +105°C.
“Kyocera brings four decades of LCD innovation to the automotive engineer’s unique challenges when integrating HUD technology into any vehicle platform,” said Kazuaki Ohara, manager of Kyocera’s automotive display sales division. “We are partnering with tier-one automotive brands to help bring this exciting new technology into all vehicles.”
For more information, visit www.kyocera-display.com.