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May 24th, 2013
 
Qualcomm shows off Mirasol, 1.5-inch panel shipping in products soon
 
Qualcomm’s MEMS-based Mirasol display technology has made a surprise appearance at the SID Display Week event in Vancouver with a couple of proof-of concepts intended for devices such as smartphones and smart watches.
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The two mockups included a 5.1-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440, making up for a massive 577 pixels per inch, and a 1.5-inch panel for which further specs remained under wraps.

Although neither is fully functional at this point, the company took the opportunity to dispel the notion that its reflective display technology was dead, clarifying that it merely deviated from its initial roadmap to tailor products for an upcoming wave of wearable computing devices. One such improvement made in that direction was merging the two screen layers of its previous design into a single layer capable of producing richer colors.

For those unfamiliar with the technology, Mirasol is said to be six times more power efficient than LCD and OLED screens, given that it depends on an external light source to illuminate its images rather than an active backlight. Ars explains the panels are made with a micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) based on Interferometric Modulation (IMOD) technology, which enables paper-like readability in almost any ambient condition.

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