GTK UK has launched a new 5” transflective IPS TFT display. This TFT reflects and transmits light in multiple environmental conditions. Under dim or dark ambient conditions, the light from a backlight is transmitted via the transflective layer offering light for the display. However, in bright ambient conditions, when exposed to daylight, the TFT acts as a reflective display, which improves the display image and enhances the contrast. It also benefits from an all-round viewing angle and exceptional response times as an IPS panel.
“This transflective technology is ideally suited for outdoor applications,” said Clive Dickinson, business manager for displays at GTK. “In daylight hours, the display operates in reflective mode using natural light, and this minimises power usage. At night, the display switches to transmissive mode, using the backlight to illuminate the display. A practical example of this would be an outdoor parking meter display being easily readable in daylight and at night an IR sensor triggering the backlight when a user approaches the meter.”
“The advantage of this technology is that the reduced power usage can extend the life of the product by between three to five years, which is significant for OEMs, and this needs to be considered when calculating the full lifetime cost of the finished product,” said Clive. “Other applications for this technology include handheld meters, kiosk displays, EV chargers, marine electronics and outdoor digital displays.”
GTK is able to provide technical support and guidance for OEMs evaluating this innovative technology and inform on customisation options such as capacitive touch technology and custom bezels.