‘Nanopixel’ tech promises pixels 150 times smaller, by William Harrel

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Aug 042014
 

“One aspect of computer technology that has remained relatively constant is the resolutions of the monitors and display panels we use. Think about it: while the display and the graphics processing hardware that drive them continuously get faster and more powerful, the underlying resolutions of the devices themselves haven’t gotten notably higher in quite some time.”

However, researchers at Oxford University and the University of Exeter in England recently came up with nanopixels, a new display technology that could increase screen resolution as much as 150 times higher than current tech.

And you thought 4K displays were crazy.

What are nanopixels?

“Nanopixels are capable of much higher resolutions primarily because the pixels themselves are only 300×300 nanometers in size. That’s 150 times smaller than the pixels deployed in traditional displays. To put that in perspective, we’re talking about pixels that are small enough to draw images that are the width of a human hair.”

“Furthermore, nanopixels deploy something called phase-change technology. Described simplistically, this means that the pixels themselves can switch between on and off modes with each refresh. Therefore, much like the E-Ink displays used in e-Readers, nanopixels require refreshes only when their states change. This means that they conserve a significant amount of power compared to conventional LCD screens.”

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