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Qualcomm planning to license Mirasol display technology

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Qualcomm planning to license Mirasol display technology
Mirasol displays are transflective, which is something of a combination between traditional LCD displays and eInk. The idea is that you get the color and speed of an LCD display, but the readability in direct sunlight of an eInk display. We have seen some pretty amazing demos of the technology, but only one device so far, which is an eReader that never made it out of Korea. We've made it perfectly clear for a long time that Mirasol displays are something that we want to see in devices sooner rather than later, but each time the news comes out, it seems like those devices are farther and farther away. 

Qualcomm, the company that have created Mirasol displays, has decided to license the technology, but still sell "certain Mirasol products". In the latest investor call, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs said, "with respect to QMT, we're now focusing on licensing our next-generation Mirasol display technology and will directly commercialize only certain Mirasol products. We believe that this strategy will better align our updated roadmap with the addressable opportunities."

Unfortunately, this doesn't seem like very good news for anyone hoping to finally see Mirasol displays on the market. The big thing is: if no manufacturers wanted to purchase Mirasol displays for use in devices, why would they now license the technology? It doesn't really make sense, but we do hope something comes out of it. Perhaps the problem is that Qualcomm was never able to squash the lag problems inherent in transflective displays, so maybe someone else can crack that code. 

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posted on 23 Jul 2012, 20:02 1

1. ObjectivismFTW (Posts: 211; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


Always nice to see new innovative technology!

Battery life, being the Achilles heel of most high-end phones and tablets nowadays, will definitely benefit from this technology, assuming that eInk manufacturing processes will bleed into these new displays.

But it will most likely take a while for this to go main stream, as there are a ton of hurdles OEM's must cross if they choose to adopt this screen tech (Refresh rates. color saturation/accuracy, battery drain) and integrate it inline with current hardware and software conventions.

posted on 23 Jul 2012, 20:12

2. MeoCao (unregistered)


Mirasol is well suited for eReaders. The color is just too bad for phones and tablets.

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 08:47

3. LookHere (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Jul 2012)


Mirasol is a MEMS based technology.
At most, you can call it a "reflective" display, but most certainly not "transflective".
Mirasol display does not have a BLU and therefore does not possess the "transmissive" state.
Please do better technical research when writing your article.

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