Products, Materials + Tools | Apr 06, 2007

NuVo turns to Osram OLED technology to light up newest audio controller

NuVo has chosen Osram Opto Semiconductors' Pictiva OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology to create an in-wall, multi-room home audio controller. The Pictiva OLED provides a vivid 2.7-inch, graphic user interface (GUI), which offers a bright, high-contrast and attractive display that is readable in a variety of environments including bright daylight conditions, said the company.

Pictiva OLED displays support both parallel and serial interfaces and are available in single color (yellow, orange, green or white) and have 4-bit grayscale capability. Operating half-life is 55,000 hours under ambient conditions for the 2.7-inch 128×64 screen. The display provides up to eight lines of text and allows the user to change the character height to make the text larger or smaller depending on the preferences and needs of the homeowner.

Another natural by-product of the Pictiva OLED's high-contrast light emissions is that the display can be viewed from almost any angle. NuVo president David Rodarte said one can read the display from very wide angles, up to 180 degrees. One of the benefits of an OLED display over the traditional LCD display is that OLEDs do not require a backlight to function. This means that they draw far less power resulting in energy savings for the user.

NuVo is one of the first companies to implement the use of OLEDs in an in-wall controller. The appropriately named "Control Pad" was demonstrated for the first time at the 2006 CEDIA Expo in September and is setting a new standard for the graphical user interface in home audio controls.

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