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Commercial market driving ruggedization of displays for military-aerospace applications
Author(s): Dan Doyle; James Treveloni; John Wahl
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Paper Abstract

Flat panel displays, particularly active matrix liquid crystal displays (AMLCD), are being used increasingly in military and aerospace applications. Because of these demanding environments, designers must often choose between specifying a display custom designed to meet full military ruggedization, or choosing a commercial display that can be ruggedized to meet almost all of the military environmental specs. This latter Modified Off-The-Shelf (MOTS) approach has not only gained much popularity recently, but is now driving how displays are integrated into ruggedized military and aerospace applications. As high volume, commercial display manufacturers improve performance and expand production capacity, they are increasing turning to non-laptop markets for areas of growth. Many of the requirements of these consumer, industrial, medical, transportation and commercial markets have similarities to the needs of military and aerospace display users. As high-volume commercial display manufacturers develop enhanced AMLCD products tailored to meet the higher brightness, wider viewing angles, and higher temperature ranges of these markets, mil-aerospace users will benefit from the performance and cost advances being forged by these non- military users. Displays custom designed to fit specific military applications will become more difficult to justify as the cost and performance of ruggedized MOTS displays becomes the obvious choice for all but the toughest of environments. In this paper, we will discuss the market factors that are expanding the use of rugged displays, performance enhancements that benefit military and aerospace users, and why leveraging this development is the best overall approach to satisfying display needs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3363, Cockpit Displays V: Displays for Defense Applications, (14 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.321799
Show Author Affiliations
Dan Doyle, Electronic Designs, Inc. (United States)
James Treveloni, Electronic Designs, Inc. (United States)
John Wahl, Electronic Designs, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3363:
Cockpit Displays V: Displays for Defense Applications
Darrel G. Hopper, Editor(s)

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