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AU Optronics to Unveil its Latest Technology for Mobile Device Applications (2006.10.12)
Hsinchu, Taiwan,

AU Optronics Corp. ("AUO" or the "Company") (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO) today announced its latest lightweight, power-saving, and environmentally-friendly technologies for mobile device applications. These technologies include; ATR-MVA (Advanced Transflective MVA) featuring Sunlight Readability; APE (AUO Picture Enhancer), which can save up to 45% in power consumption; Color Sequential, featuring high resolution; and 1.3mm super slim mobile TFT-LCD modules. 

These latest technologies will be unveiled at the FPD International Exhibition 2006, from October 18 to October 20, in Yokohama Japan. 

"Due to the popularity of mobile telecommunications, the role of image display has gained increasing importance. Additionally, with the rapid growth market of telecommunication applications, the demand for quality flat panels has increased even more. Therefore, in addition to the features of wide viewing angle and high resolution, it is believed that lightweight and power saving features are to become the key future prerequisites for mobile device applications," Dr. CT Liu, Vice President of AUO Technology Center said. "Aiming to meet the needs of the future market, AUO has developed a series of improved and innovated technologies solely for small to medium sized applications. The accelerated product development allows us to service our customers with on-hands efficiency and enhanced added value." 

ATR-MVA (Advanced Transflective MVA) Technology featuring high contrast ratio >500 : 1 and sunlight readability 

AUO's ATR-MVA technology allows for reading under sunlight conditions in addition to providing lower power consumption. With ATR-MVA technology, the wide viewing angle increases to above 160 degrees as well as a 500:1 high contrast ratio. Due to improvements in panel transmittance, this technology provides low power consumption benefits and solves the problem of gray level inversion, which makes it a perfect solution for outdoor usage applications such as mobile phones, DSCs, and DVCs. 

AUO Picture Enhancer (APE) Technology on Mobile Devices, allowing high contrast ratio of 14,000:1 and saving up to 45% in power consumption 

AUO will unveil APE technology in its 2.2" mobile phone panels with a high contrast ratio of 14,000:1 and power saving up to 45% on average. The mobile phone panels applied with APE technology are able to advance several digital image processes, including ambient backlight, hue refinement, and saturation enhancement. 

Color Sequential Technology with improvement in high resolution 

Unlike conventional TFT-LCDs containing three sub-pixels (red, green, and blue per pixel), Color Sequential technology utilizes solely one dot in one pixel without a color filter. AUO will introduce Color Sequential technology in its 2" mobile phone panel with the features of high resolution (pixels) of 240 x 320 (QVGA) and high color saturation of 97% NTSC. Its temporal multiplexing of RGB LED in a backlight can achieve around 2.5 times improvement in light efficiency, reaching a high brightness of 400 nits. These advanced specifications can meet the demand for the upcoming 3G mobile phone market, allowing people to even clearly see movie subtitles on their mobile phones. 

1.3 mm Super Slim Mobile TFT-LCD Module 

In anticipation of the needs of mobility, AUO will unveil its new self-developed 1.9" mobile phone panel with a super slim 1.3mm module thickness.