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Dot Matrix Display Illumination

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021857D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Mar-25
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Mar-25
Document File: 3 page(s) / 96K

Publishing Venue

Siemens

Related People

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Abstract

Today's multi-color dot matrix displays show a not illuminated area between different color zones (cf. Fig. 1). To split the color zones, a nontransparent material is used (e.g. PP or ABS). In such a display, this area typically measures 1 to 1.5mm (cf. Fig. 1 and Fig. 2). To reduce the boundary zone it is proposed to use a transparent material (e.g. PC/PMMA) and a thin layer of white and black printing as boundary wall. An example is illustrated in Fig. 3. Since the nontransparent part of the wall is smaller (only the thin layer), the not illuminated area on the display gets smaller, too (e.g. about 20┬Ám). The black and the white layer ('White Printing', 'Black Printing' in Fig. 3) can for example be implemented by lining or by printing the transparent material with the respective color. As it is shown in Fig. 4, the nontransparent layer ('Printing area' in Fig. 4) can be located between the dots of the display ('LCD-DOTs' in Fig. 4), whereas the transparent material can overlap the dots of the display.

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Dot Matrix Display Illumination

Idea: Kenichi Takato, DE-Babenhausen

Today's multi-color dot matrix displays show a not illuminated area between different color zones (cf. Fig. 1). To split the color zones, a nontransparent material is used (e.g. PP or ABS). In such a display, this area typically measures 1 to 1.5mm (cf. Fig. 1 and Fig. 2).

To reduce the boundary zone it is proposed to use a transparent material (e.g. PC/PMMA) and a thin layer of white and black printing as boundary wall. An example is illustrated in Fig. 3. Since the nontransparent part of the wall is smaller (only the thin layer), the not illuminated area on the display gets smaller, too (e.g. about 20µm). The black and the white layer ('White Printing', 'Black Printing' in Fig. 3) can for example be implemented by lining or by printing the transparent material with the respective color. As it is shown in Fig. 4, the nontransparent layer ('Printing area' in Fig. 4) can be located between the dots of the display ('LCD-DOTs' in Fig. 4), whereas the transparent material can overlap the dots of the display.

In Fig. 5 an example of a display for a car constructed the way described above is shown. In normal mode all dots are illuminated in the same color (white). In case of a warning, the mode changes. The speedometer section becomes smaller, and a warning symbol combined with textual information appears. Different or alternating colors may be used.

By the construction concept described above, the...