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Making a display

How to avoid problems when designing in lcds. By Manfred Wittmeir.

Liquid crystal displays are commonplace in all kinds of electronic devices. Not only have they largely replaced the crt, they have also allowed the realisation of many applications which were hitherto impossible. Common devices such as pdas, handheld computers, portable test equipment and automobile navigation systems are feasible only with lcds.

Their advantages are clear – they are lighter, more robust, smaller and generally cheaper than their crt counterparts. But the other important factor is they consume much less energy. Now, lcds are challenging one of the last strongholds of the crt: the desktop.

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