Panasonic Shows Off In-vehicle IPS LCD Display

Jan 18, 2014
Hideyoshi Kume, Nikkei Electronics
The in-vehicle display equipped with an 11.6-inch IPS LCD panel
The in-vehicle display equipped with an 11.6-inch IPS LCD panel
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The structure of the rotary dial
The structure of the rotary dial
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Panasonic Corp developed an in-vehicle display equipped with an 11.6-inch IPS (in-plane-switching) LCD panel.

Panasonic said that the company is ready to release the display and exhibited it at the North American International Auto Show (Detroit Motor Show), which is open to the public from Jan 18 to 26, 2014, in Detroit, Mich, the US, for sales promotion.

The display is used for center consoles, which are located between the driver's and front passenger's seats. Its LCD display has a capacitive touch panel as well as two rotary dials on the panel.

It is not that the rotary dials were attached by making holes in the panel (See related article). The dials can be operated because part of each dial is made of a material to which a capacitive touch panel responds to and the part is in contact with the panel.

"In some situations, it is difficult to operate an in-vehicle display only with a touch panel," Panasonic said. "Therefore, there is a large demand for rotary dials because they can be operated intuitively by hand."

The number and positions of the rotary dials can be changed.

The application processor and platform of the display are Texas Instruments Inc's "OMAP5" and QNX Software Systems Ltd's QNX CAR, which is designed for in-vehicle information systems, respectively.