Ever since Apple introduced the new iPad with a very high resolution display everyone has been waiting for the competition to catch up. Apple then leaped further ahead by adding similar high resolution panels to its MacBook Pro line of laptops. More recently we’ve seen Linus Torvalds suggesting that 2560 x 1600 should be the standard laptop screen resolution, and Google/Samsung introducing the Nexus 10 tablet with a 2560 x 1600 display.

While all that has been going on, Hitachi, Sony, and Toshiba created a new company called Japan Display (JD). Its main purpose was to innovate and develop new display technology. Six months of R&D later, and JD is showing off three new displays and a range of tech at FPD International 2012 in Japan.

The three panels offer HD solutions for smartphones, tablets, and vehicles. There’s a 5-inch 1080p panel that’s 438ppi (a little below Sharp’s new 5-inch screen), a 7-inch 2560 x 1600 panel that’s 431ppi, and a 12.2-inch 1920 x 720 curved display for use in cars. But it’s the new technology that makes these panels stand out as much as their high resolutions.

Both the 5- and 7-inch panels feature JD’s WhiteMagic, Pixel Eyes, and IPS-NEO technology and come in at under 1mm thickness. WhiteMagic supplements the typical red, green, and blue pixels in a display with white pixels. That means you can still view a bright image on the screen even if the backlight is turned off. The advantage of this is two-fold. By turning the backlight off more often you save on power and extend battery life. No backlight and white pixels also make it easier to see the display outdoors.

Pixel Eyes is JD’s method of integrating the capacitive touch-panel directly on to the display. This means the touch display can be thinner, but also is more sensitive to touch input. JD believe this will allow for better pen input alongside the more typical finger tapping. Another benefit of combining the panel and the display is less reflections, which again improves the visibility of the display in a range of lighting conditions.

Finally there’s IPS-NEO, which is JD’s latest iteration of IPS technology. Quite simply it improves the viewing angles of the display as well as increasing the contrast. Overall it’s a better display even before you add in WhiteMagic and Pixel Eyes.

Japan Display hopes to have the smartphone and tablet displays in mass production next year. As for the curved car display, it looks like a work in progress, but gives us a hint at a future where vehicles no longer have any real instrumentation on the dash–it will just be one or multiple displays.

via DigInfo.tv