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NEWARK, CA, May 5, 2009 - SMART Modular Technologies (WWH), Inc.
("SMART" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: SMOD), a leading independent
manufacturer of memory modules, solid state drives, embedded computing
subsystems, and TFT-LCD display products, today announced the
availability of its TouchScape I Series displays. Designed with advanced
image inversion electronics, the new I Series products allow customers
to use lower-cost twisted nematic (TN) TFT-LCDs for many applications
that currently use more expensive, wide-viewing-angle TFT panels. The
new TouchScape displays provide customers with more options to address
cost pressures in kiosk, gaming, ATM, and digital signage deployments.
When a traditional TN TFT display is viewed from below, light
areas become dark and dark areas become light. Known as "grey scale
inversion," this type of distortion effectively renders traditional TN
TFT displays unsuitable for many applications that would be viewed from
below, forcing OEMs to use high-cost, wide-viewing-angle TFT LCDs
instead. SMART engineers designed the new TouchScape I Series displays
to address this problem, by using advanced electronics and techniques to
compensate for grey scale inversion. With the I Series displays, OEMs
can realize cost savings while still achieving the image quality
required by their application.
"We expect these new TouchScape products to provide a 12% to 15% cost
savings compared to displays that use wide-viewing-angle TFTs," noted
Joe Kotas, SMART’s Vice President of Business Development for Display
and Embedded Products. "OEMs can now choose from TouchScape displays
that use standard TN TFTs, inverted TN TFTs, or wide-viewing-angle TFTs,
all with identical physical, electrical, and software interfaces. This
wide range of options provides customers with much more flexibility for
meeting cost and performance objectives."
Available in 19" and 22" sizes, the TouchScape I series displays are
available with impact-resistant glass, surface acoustic wave (SAW), and
capacitive touchscreen options. The 19" display features a 4:3 aspect
ratio while the 22" display offers a 16:10 aspect ratio. Both versions
feature a 1000:1 contrast ratio and 300 cd/m2 typical brightness. The
RoHS-compliant I Series LCDs are compatible with SMART 19" and 22"
TouchScape E Series displays as well as the 1939L and 2239L product
families from Elo TouchSystems, Inc.
Sampling now, the I Series TouchScape 19" and 22" industrial quality
displays are designed for long-life, high-usage applications where
quality and reliability are critical. Supporting USB 2.0 and RS232
touchscreen controller interfaces, the new displays are IP65 capable, so
they offer resistance to dust and water damage.
SMART will showcase its line of embedded and display products at
booth #919 at KioskCom to be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center
in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 6-7, 2009. Additional information regarding
SMART’s embedded and display products can be found here
SMART Modular Technologies is a leading provider of memory products,
offering more than 500 standard and custom products to top-tier OEMs in
the computer, industrial, networking, and telecommunications sectors.
Taking innovations from the design stage through manufacturing and
delivery, SMART has developed a comprehensive memory product line that
includes DRAM, SRAM, and Flash in various form factors. Through its
subsidiary, Adtron Corporation, SMART offers high performance, high
capacity solid state drives for enterprise, defense/aerospace,
industrial automation, medical, and transportation markets. SMART's
Display and Embedded Products Group designs, manufactures and sells thin
film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) solutions to
customers developing casino gaming systems as well as embedded
applications such as kiosk, ATM, point-of-service, and industrial
control systems. SMART's presence in the US, Europe, Asia, and Latin
America enables it to provide its customers with proven expertise in
international logistics, asset management, and supply-chain management
worldwide. More information on SMART can be obtained here
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