Breaking News
News & Analysis

Qualcomm's Mirasol display stays small, for now

9/17/2010 09:42 AM EDT
17 comments
NO RATINGS
More Related Links
View Comments: Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
chanj0
User Rank
Manager
re: Qualcomm's Mirasol display stays small, for now
chanj0   9/21/2010 12:48:39 AM
NO RATINGS
The display size may not matter as much as long as the resolution is high enough. 5 to 7 inches are good size for 1 page display. A 10" iPad is proven to be a good size for 2 pages display. In addition, for movie, magazine and newspaper, 10" would be a better size than anything smaller imo. Power consuming is certainly an issue in the current LCD or OLED type display. Unable to be read under sunlight is another issue. The value of Mirasol is clearly seen. I wonder how much it is compared to LCD and OLED.

elPresidente
User Rank
Freelancer
re: Qualcomm's Mirasol display stays small, for now
elPresidente   9/20/2010 7:36:06 PM
NO RATINGS
If you are in a humid indoor environment all day, say like a plant biologist in Minneapolis would be, and you step into your car on a cold January evening - Mirasol will seize up completely, possibly damaged forever due to ice formation in the hygrophillic polymers that are used to make it. From what little I know, this came out of a lab and the lead PhD has no answers for the reality of a real world deployment - just bandaid after bandaid. I suspect the larger display size has a lot to do with this lack of technology pragmatism as well. And if you have to use LEDs to see it in low light conditions, how is that any different than backlighting a conventional LCD?

Luis Sanchez
User Rank
Rookie
re: Qualcomm's Mirasol display stays small, for now
Luis Sanchez   9/17/2010 10:36:58 PM
NO RATINGS
The e-reader seems to be the killer app for a non transmitting display. This one being color is a must see. Thoug, we don't really need our text to be colored right? But then again, books not only include text right? And that's right... there hasn't been a lot of activity or noise in regards creating virtual reality products. Perhaps people don't really want to be immersed in to such un-productive states.

selinz
User Rank
CEO
re: Qualcomm's Mirasol display stays small, for now
selinz   9/17/2010 5:12:59 PM
NO RATINGS
And by the way, the mirasol display that is on my AR Bluetooth bridge is B/w, not color. I look forward to their color version in my new shirt pocket maximized smart phone! :-)

selinz
User Rank
CEO
re: Qualcomm's Mirasol display stays small, for now
selinz   9/17/2010 5:09:58 PM
NO RATINGS
I believe that the answer is shirt pocket based. And I would say that adding resolution to the display in the same size is preferable to virtual displays, because the viewing device is basically a set of reading glasses. I'm at the reading glasses age and already have to use them on my 640X480 display (2.8" diagonal) when I've got the font size optimized for maximum info. This gives you the option of using the devices without specs when you have the luxury of zooming out (translate, don't need to see a lot of text or graphics) but allows you to take advantage of XGA resolution (or higher) with specs...

Dave.Dykstra
User Rank
Rookie
re: Qualcomm's Mirasol display stays small, for now
Dave.Dykstra   9/17/2010 4:21:38 PM
NO RATINGS
How big do you go and still consider it portable? I don't seem to see a lot of people lugging around 17 inch display laptops - those must be being used as alternates to desktops. When we start to reach the point at which people don't want to carry it around but want a larger display, we should start to see the virtual displays coming out again. In the meantime, it looks like the industry is attempting to define the "sweet spot" in actual displays, whether on a phone, laptop, ereader or tablet.

LarryM99
User Rank
CEO
re: Qualcomm's Mirasol display stays small, for now
LarryM99   9/17/2010 4:12:14 PM
NO RATINGS
Display size is becoming the single biggest design driver for portable electronics. Whatever happened to virtual display devices like integrated projectors or glasses-mounted displays? That area has been quiet lately. Larry M.

pixies
User Rank
Rookie
re: Qualcomm's Mirasol display stays small, for now
pixies   9/17/2010 2:17:14 PM
NO RATINGS
How did Amazon missed this technology? Kindle will beat iPad hands down if it is in color.

Flash Poll
Radio
LATEST ARCHIVED BROADCAST
Join our online Radio Show on Friday 11th July starting at 2:00pm Eastern, when EETimes editor of all things fun and interesting, Max Maxfield, and embedded systems expert, Jack Ganssle, will debate as to just what is, and is not, and embedded system.
Like Us on Facebook

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
EE Times on Twitter
EE Times Twitter Feed
Top Comments of the Week