It’s never wise to fully rely on tech reports regarding current and future trends. Even if the entire article takes root from an empirical observation, the result is still a prediction. Take LCD (liquid crystal display) technology, for example. Fundamentally, LCD’s engineering is ancient when compared side by side with LED. But, no one in their right mind would say that LED is winning over LCD.
These two reports, one from 2007 and one from 2014, confirm LCD’s staying power. A scholarly article published by the University of Houston dismissed the LCD when it was still at its peak. The university was only right to brag, as their researchers discovered FED (field emission display) that was supposed to dethrone LCD as the new king of screens. More than that, the discovery was to urge nanopantography as a new way of manufacturing display components. Seven years later, researchers at the University of Utah created a new kind of polarizing filter that blocked light on LCD displays. No one has since heard of nanopantography, and this study used LCD as the main tech that it tries to improve.
Where LED Comes Short
There is little doubt that LED, or its purebred brother OLED, are the future of screen technology. Devices using these simply have better displays, and this isevident in many high-end smartphones. But, in monitors and televisions, LED still has to work with LCD, which would explain why many TVs are actually LED LCD TVs. On the other hand, OLED is more common in smaller screens. One more thing about devices using OLED tend to be very expensive, and the technology is not as flexible as LCD.
Standing Out, Standing Strong
The reason why Microtips Technology and other LCD manufacturers are still relevant today is because the technology is still commonly used today. First of all, the maturity; since George Heilmeier made major breakthroughs in the use of LCD and James Fergason’s discovery of twisted nemantic LCD, the technology has seen exceptional advancements. The most common form of monitor displays, TFT and IPS, still work on LCD screens.
Second, LCD is flexible. Considering where it’s applied, LCD is probably the most common screen type in the world. There are many variations of the technology: FSTN and color STN, chip-on-glass (COG), chip-on-board (COB), tape automated bonding (TAB) and touch panels.
If these don’t sound familiar, you might want to look at you printer and fax machine interfaces, digital watches, and other small screens, as these typically make use of the particular LCD type. In addition, any 8-bit or 12-bit screens are likely to be a type of LCD.
As for color displays, there are the aforementioned TFT and IPS display technologies. These two only differ in the films used, and while IPS offers better display, there are benefits for TFT screens that make them attractive to certain groups of people. These are more frequent in larger devices, such as monitors, televisions, tablets, smart phones, navigation systems, and more.
When LED technology proves too enticing, it would be smart to reconsider the older LCD. After all, it is cost efficient, flexible, and has a more familiar structure. Unless LED and OLED screens become cheaper and more widely manufactured in the next few years, LCD is the way to go.