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Solving bezel reliability and CRT obsolescence
Author(s): Richard J. Schwartz; Arlen R. Bowen; Terry Knowles
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Paper Abstract

Scientific Research Corporation designed a Smart Multi-Function Color Display with Positive Pilot Feedback under the funding of an U. S. Navy Small Business Innovative Research program. The Smart Multi-Function Color Display can replace the obsolete monochrome Cathode Ray Tube display currently on the T-45C aircraft built by Boeing. The design utilizes a flat panel color Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Display and TexZec's patented Touch Thru Metal bezel technology providing both visual and biomechanical feedback to the pilot in a form, fit, and function replacement to the current T-45C display. Use of an existing color AMLCD, requires the least adaptation to fill the requirements of this application, thereby minimizing risk associated with developing a new display technology and maximizing the investment in improved user interface technology. The improved user interface uses TexZec's Touch Thru Metal technology to eliminate all of the moving parts that traditionally have limited Mean-Time-Between-Failure. The touch detection circuit consists of Commercial-Off-The-Shelf components, creating touch detection circuitry, which is simple and durable. This technology provides robust switch activation and a high level of environmental immunity, both mechanical and electrical. Replacement of all the T-45C multi-function displays with this design will improve the Mean-Time-Between-Failure and drastically reduce display life cycle costs. The design methodology described in this paper can be adapted to any new or replacement display.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 September 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5080, Cockpit Displays X, (10 September 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.486976
Show Author Affiliations
Richard J. Schwartz, Scientific Research Corp. (United States)
Arlen R. Bowen, Naval Aviation Depot (United States)
Terry Knowles, TexZec, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5080:
Cockpit Displays X
Darrel G. Hopper, Editor(s)

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