Liquid crystal display (LCD) technologies

We’re always developing special liquid crystal mixtures for each and every different LCD technology.


Customized pixels

A liquid crystal display (LCD) consists of many optical switches, called pixels, which are arranged next to each other and can be controlled individually. Each pixel consists of three subpixels for the primary colors, which can be mixed. The pattern of light and dark pixels creates the full image seen by the viewer. Because almost no electricity flows through the LCD, this type of display is extremely energy efficient.

We offer customer-specific liquid crystal mixtures for every LCD technology, such as the classic twisted nematic (TN) technology that made the breakthrough of personal computing notebooks possible in the 1990s. Further technologies include vertical alignment (VA) and the polymer stabilized VA variant (PS-VA), in-plane switching (IPS), and fringe field switching (FFS), as well as the development of ultra-brightness fringe field switching (UB-FFS). The technology that is best suited depends on the requirements of the end device.

LCD technology overview

Technology Switching direction Main application
TN Horizontal-vertical

Notebooks

Monitors

Low-end mobile phones

VA

(MVA, PVA, PS-VA)    

Vertical-horizontal    

TVs

Monitors    

IPS    
Horizontal rotation    

TVs

Monitors    

FFS    
Horizontal rotation (with tilted areas)    

TVs

Smartphones

Tablets    

UB-FFS    
 

Smartphones

Tablets    

Blue Phase   TVs

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