Quanta Computer Inc. to Use 3M™ Multi-Touch Technology

| January 10, 2011 | Reply

The combining forces of 3M™ and Tawain’s Quanta Computer inc. look to build and mass produce a multi-touch monitor.  3M™ is one of the world’s largest corporate moguls, while Quanta Computer inc. is not a household name in the U.S., but are known for their technology in East Asia.   3M™ Multi-touch Display M2256PW (22″) has already been talked about and the specs are released.  This is a great idea for 3M™ as they do not have a major manufacturer to produce their monitor.  For Quanta Computer inc.  success is dependent on how well the product sells.  Price competition will be a major factor as Quanta computer Inc. and 3M™ look to take a foot hold of the touch-screen market.

3M™Multi-touch Display M2256PW (22″)

Display Details

-LCD Technology: P-MVA (wide angle viewing technology)
-Display Colors: 16.7 million
-Pixel Pitch: .282 x .282mm
-Brightness
-without touch sensor: 300 cd/m2 (nit) typical
-with touch sensor (max.)1: 260 cd/m2 (nit) typical
-Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 typical
-Viewing Angle2: Horizontal/Vertical: ±178 degrees typical
-Video Response Time3: 8 ms typical
-Control Type: OSD
-Native Resolution 1680×1050

Touch Details

-Touch Point Speed: < 6ms for 20-point multi-touch response
-Input Type: Finger, thin glove
-Touch Communication: Auto detecting, USB and RS232 (Serial)
-Operating System Support: Windows XP/Vista/7, Linux
-Microsoft® certifications: Windows 7 AQ

TAIPEI (Dow Jones)–Taiwan’s Quanta Computer Inc. (2382.TW), the world’s largest contract maker of notebook personal computers by revenue, plans to use 3M Co.’s (MMM) latest multi-touch technology in a wide range of PCs and hand-held devices, the companies said Monday.

Quanta may use a technology developed by the St. Paul, Minn.-based conglomerate that can register more than 10 simultaneous screen touches with a 6-millisecond response time for notebooks, netbooks, tablet PCs and all-in-one PCs, 3M said in a statement.

The tie-up, which will broaden the range of products offered by Quanta and increase 3M’s distribution channels, comes amid increasing competition in the global PC market as companies such as Taiwan’s Acer Inc. and Blackberry maker Research In Motion Ltd. have recently introduced tablet PCs to rival Apple Inc.’s popular iPad.

Quanta spokeswoman Alai Chiu said the companies are still negotiating the details of the cooperation.

HSBC analyst Jenny Lai said the tie-up will raise the profile of 3M as a touch-panel maker, but the benefits to Quanta will depend on how the 3M panels perform.

“The alliance makes a lot of sense. Since 3M is still a ‘nobody’ in the touch-panel space, it needs hardware manufacturers to use its technology,” Lai said.

During the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas last week, companies such as Dell Inc. and Toshiba Corp. displayed their first tablet PCs, which will spur demand for touch screens, analysts said.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Source: 3M

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