Proceedings PaperAdvanced AMLCD technology for cockpits
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The future of cockpit avionics will be shaped by the developments and limitations of display technologies. Large size displays (> 100 square inches) are needed to allow for the fusion of an ever increasing amount of data from advanced sensors and processing. A recent study has shown that fusion of data on large displays will allow for a 28% improvement in fighter kills ratio. The most common electronic display type in use today is the CRT. However, avionics CRTs are currently limited to 6 X 6 inches in size. In addition, the CRT suffers from inherent problems such as large depth, weight, and power requirements as well as poor reliability. The flat panel technology that will be replacing the CRT in cockpit applications is the Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Display (AMLCD). AMLCDs allow for high brightness, full color, low power, low weight, and are very legible in bright sunlight. Several ARPA- sponsored research programs are underway to further improve upon the performance of the AMLCD as well as to lower production costs.