Handhelds with QVGA Color Screens Coming this Year
HandEra and Epson have announced that Epson's LCD Controllers are now supported by HandEra’s QVGA technology. HandEra is not only using QVGA in its own devices but offers it for licencing to other handheld makers. This means that Epson's controllers can be used in HandEra models and those from other companies. The newest Epson LCD Controller, which has HandEra support, offers up to 320 by 320 screen at 16-bit color, though the QVGA standard is 240 by 320.
The two companies go on to say that "New products with built-in QVGA technology and Epson LCD Controller support are anticipated to rollout within the coming year." It is not clear whether this means on a HandEra model of from some unnamed licensee, though it will be on a Palm OS device.
While HandEra does licence the technology, no licensees have been announced, though Mike Walter, vice president of software development for the company, has said there is a "strong interest within the industry in licensing HandEra's technology." HandEra calls QVGA "an emerging standard for Palm Powered devices".
QVGA-aware applications include support for a high-resolution 240 by 320 pixel screen, additional display fonts, and a collapsible "virtual" Graffiti area, sometimes called a "soft" Graffiti area. The QVGA standard was originally adopted for the HandEra 330.
Epson’s most recent product announcement, the S1D13A05 LCD Controller, will be among the controllers supported by HandEra. The SID13A05 has an embedded 256 KB of display buffer, which allows resolutions up to 320 by 320 at 65,536 colors. It also includes a hardware acceleration engine providing high performance graphic drawing functions and an embedded USB client making it a highly integrated companion IC for today’s handheld devices.
Thanks to the friendly nXt for the tip. -Ed
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