Qualcomm has revealed that two mobile handset manufacturers have chosen their low-power mirasol displays for models in their upcoming ranges. Based on a reflective technology called interferometric modulation (IMOD), mirasol displays harness ambient light and require no backlighting, consuming less power and remaining visible even when in bright sunlight.
Ironically, the two new customers are intending devices at the opposite ends of the scale: Cal-Comp Electronics and Communications Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Taiwan’s Kinpo Electronics Group, is planning on using mirasol in cellphones for emerging markets, while Inventec Corporation wants to use mirasol displays as the secondary screen on high-end smartphones.
The benefit to both manufacturers would be the reduced power requirements; in Cal-Comp’s case, this would allow devices to last much longer between charges, a significant concern for users in emerging markets, while in Inventec’s case low-graphic information could be offset to the mirasol screen and save starting up a power-hungry main display.
“With our focus on developing slim portable products with powerful telecommunication capabilities, mirasol displays enable low power consumption and superb viewing quality, two important needs for these products” Kirk Suen, vice president of Inventec Corporation
“Commonly in emerging markets, mobile devices will serve as the primary means of communication, and so consumers will require devices that provide more battery power per charge. Qualcomm’s mirasol displays will also enable users to get the most out of their handsets based on being able to see their content clearly, even in full sunlight” Peter Pan, vice president, wireless and telecommunications business unit, Cal-Comp Electronics
No timescale for devices from either manufacturer has been released.