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Epson's Latest Display Controller IC Supports Both Text & Graphics on Color TFT & STN LCDs

(PresseBox) (Munich, ) Seiko Epson Corporation (TSE: 6724, "Epson") has begun shipping samples of the S1D13709, a new display controller IC with built-in memory that is capable of easily controlling the display of both text and graphics on color TFT[1] and STN[2] LCD panels. This display controller is ideal for control panels used on factory automation equipment and office equipment such as printers and multifunction units.

STN panels are often used as control panels on factory automation systems and office equipment, but demand for color TFT panels in these applications has been growing in recent years because of their good visibility and greater powers of expression. The new S1D13709, with built-in CGROM[3], can enable such popular features as mixed text and graphics, overlays, and smooth scrolling (vertical and horizontal) on both STN and TFT LCD panels. In addition, since memory for the display is built-in, no external memory is needed. This saves space and design work for users. The software of the new S1D13709 is compatible with that of the S1D13700, Epson's previous display controller IC for monochrome STN LCD panels. This makes it easy for S1D13700 users to migrate to color TFT LCD panels.

Going forward, Epson intends to leverage its unique set of compact, energy-saving, and high-precision technologies to help enrich society by providing products and services that solve real issues for customers.

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[1] TFT LCD: A type of active-matrix liquid crystal display that uses thin-film transistors (TFTs). Widely used for PC monitors, TFT display panels are currently the most popular type of LCD.
[2] STN LCD: Super-twisted nematic display. A type of simple-matrix liquid crystal display.
[3] CGROM: Character generator read-only memory.

Features and specifications

Features of the new S1D13709 display controller

1. Richness of display features
- Display text, graphics, or a combination of the two.
- Smoothly scroll all or part of a display either vertically or horizontally.
- Enlarge images (TFT display panel only).

2. Compatibility with previous Epson display controller
-Users of the S1D13700, Epson's previous display controller IC for monochrome STN display panels, can use the new S1D13709 with their existing software to control color TFT LCDs (some restrictions apply).

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Epson is a global innovation leader whose product lineup ranges from inkjet printers and printing systems, 3LCD projectors and industrial robots to sensors and other microdevices. Dedicated to exceeding the vision of its customers worldwide, Epson delivers customer value based on compact, energy-saving, and high-precision technologies in markets spanning enterprise and the home to commerce and industry.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 73,000 employees in 94 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates.

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