Samsung will mass-produce transparent LCD

Samsung Electonics has announced it will begin mass production of its 22” transparent LCD panel as DisplayBank says transparent displays will surpass non-transparent displays by 2030. The panels come in two colours, the black-and-white type and the colour type, and they have a contrast ratio of 500:1 with WSXGA+ resolution.

Samsung says its panel has a transparency rate of more than 20% for the black-and-white type and more than 15% for the colour type.

The panel consumes 90% less electricity compared with a conventional LCD panel using a back light unit.

Furthermore, because the LCD panel utilises ambient light, such as sunlight, it reduces the dependency on electricity for generating power.

The company has already pinpointed the digital out of home market as suitable for the technology, citing applications in shop windows, on outdoor billboards or at showcase events.

Furthermore it says corporations and schools can also adopt the panel as an interactive communication device, enabling information to be displayed more effectively.

Younghwan Park, a senior vice president of Samsung Electronics LCD Business, said, “Transparent displays will have a wide range of use in all industry areas as an efficient tool for delivering information and communication. With the world’s first mass production of the transparent LCD panel, Samsung Electronics plans to lead the global transparent LCD market by developing various applications.”

Samsung’s announcement closely follows news from research body, DisplayBank that forecasts an $87.2 billion yearly revenue by 2025 for transparent displays. The company says that transparent display will surpass non-transparent displays by 2030.