Dec 10 2009

Quantum Dots Result In Brighter, Bolder Laptop Displays

LCD screens are regularly used in many technologies though they are in many ways inferior to newer but less popular, LED screens. LCD screens are a component of almost all laptops currently manufactured. QD Vision, a small company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has announced that they have developed new technology that could improve the efficacy of LCD screens by up to 40%. They also claim to be able to improve color contrast on the screens, resulting in a more vivid display.

The new technology has been dubbed quantum light optic. It is projected that the innovation will be passed along to three large LCD manufacturers by 2011. Quantum dots are the main component of this technology. When the dots are augmented to the light emitting diodes of LCDs they consequently reduce the amount of diodes needed to reach the same level of brightness. Quantum light optics looks to be extremely promising, because they may be able to drastically improve the quality of LCD displays, meaning thatlaptop screens will be getting brighter and bolder in the near future.

Via TechnologyReview

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Nov 22 2008

Netbook Giant MSI Releases Improved Wind U120

Yes, you heard right – the tremendously successful MSI Wind has gotten a facelift and some new features to boot.

With a new, snazzy black-and-white exterior and some improvements to its hardware, the new Wind should boost sales for the company and netbooks in general.

Once again turning to the the 1.6 GHz Intel Atom, MSI has made some welcome improvements to its netbook. The new display is a brilliant 10-inch 1024×600 LCD. It’s gotten a bit heavier, weighing in at 3 pounds, but the upside – a new 6-cell battery – is well worth the minor increase.

MSI Wind U120

Another addition is the new Intel WiMAX Technology or 3.5G Solution, which while uncommon is proving to be easily connectable and wide-ranging. The hard drive is a 160GB SATA. Using devices will be easier this time around, with three USB ports and a 4-in-1 card reader.

This is an exciting move from MSI, showing how far major companies are going with the netbook market. The Wind U120 is one of the only sequels we’ve seen so far but should be a big competitor in the weeks to come. We’ll have to see if ASUS has anything upcoming to match this progress. Check out the full specs:

  • Intel® Atom™ Processor 1.6GHZ
  • 945GSE + ICH7-M Chipset
  • Intel GMA950 Graphics
  • DDR2 6673 MHz 1G On Board Memory
  • 10” (1024 x 600) LCD Display, LED Back-lit saving
  • 160 GB (2.5” SATA) HDD
  • 4 in 1 Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/XD)
  • I/O: D-Sub x1, USB 2.0 x 3, Mic In, Headphone, RJ45
  • Battery: 6-Cell
  • 8.02.11 b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth V2.0EDR Intel® WiMAX Technology / 3.5G (HSDPA) Solution
  • Webcam: 1.3 M
  • 10.23” x 7.08” x 0.38” ~ 1.29”
  • 3 lbs (w / 6-Cell Battery)

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