Tannas Introduces Surface-mount 3ATI Display at SID 2014


Director of Marketing, Ken Werner
Tannas Electronic Displays

Tannas Introduces Surface-mount 3ATI Display at SID 2014 

Orange, California, July 17, 2014 –Tannas Electronic Displays (TED) of Orange, California introduced innovative, square, surface-mount LCDs for avionic simulator panels at SID Display Week 2014 in San Diego, June 3-5. This new approach is enabled by a uniquely designed flange and resized LCDs using an LED back-light.

3ATI display

1. TED’s ARINC 408-compliant 3ATI display is mounted entirely on the surface of the instrument panel within the flange and beneath the bezel. This prototype is unfinished aluminum. Production units are painted flat black. (Photo: TED)

The ARINC 408A-compliant displays can be mounted entirely on the instrument panel’s front surface, with simple signal and power wiring routed through the existing instrument cut-out in the case of a retrofit or through a small drilled or punched hole in the case of a newly fabricated panel.

In a conventional installation, each LCD would be integrated into a single instrument. This arrangement contributes to behind-the-panel crowding and heat generation, and makes field replacement or upgrading of displays impractical.

With TED’s new 3ATI and 4ATI surface-mount displays, multiple displays can be driven by a single PC or other signal source, thus greatly simplifying behind-the-panel clutter, reducing heat generation, and creating more space for air circulation. Field replacement or upgrading of displays becomes a straightforward process performed entirely from the front of the panel, and new-panel assembly becomes simpler, quicker, and far less expensive.

Mounting displays to the front surface of the panel is an important addition to the avionic simulator world. TED has combined several new technologies to create these displays. First, a new generation of appropriate small displays, such as Mitsubishi’s 5-inch AA050ME01-11, is being made with flex circuits instead of rigid printed-circuit boards. This allows the flex to be bent under the display so the footprint of the assembly is no larger than the display glass itself. TED then uses its proprietary LCD resizing technology to cut the source display down to a 3ATI or 4ATI size. 

These technologies are necessary for the surface-mounted displays but are not sufficient. The essential missing piece was a flange with a depression in the back surface deep enough to accommodate the display and its folded-over flex circuit. The flange is screwed to the instrument panel, thus securing the display. TED has designed such a flange.

An additional element is a bezel that mounts to the flange. The bezel contains an opening suitable for whatever instrument is being simulated on the display. In the photo, the opening is round to reveal a simulated round air-speed indicator.

Digital signage and licensing businesses thrive. The remarkable response TED received for the 3ATI display at the I-ITSEC military simulator show last December encouraged the company to emphasize its surface-mounted avionic displays at SID, but the other segments of TED’s business – licensing its resizing and resealing technologies for aerospace and digital signage under separate agreements appropriate for each market, and resizing LCDs for the digital signage market – are thriving.

TED licensees have their own specialties, including avionics, railway information systems, custom digital signage, and commercial high-aspect-ratio (bar-type) monitors. The existing licensees exclusively for digital signage are:

  • ADITECH Fluessigkristallanzeigen GmbH (Heidenheim, Germany)
  • ANNAX (Anzeigesysteme GmbH, Munich, Germany)
  • BMG MIS (Ulm, Germany)
  • LITEMAX Electronics (Shin-dian City, Taiwan)
  • MRI (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
  • STI (Anseong City, Korea)
  • TOVIS (Incheon, Korea)
  • GSD (Gumi-city, Korea)
  • VitroLight (Shanghai, China)
  • The existing licensee for both digital signage and aerospace is:
  • Symbolic Displays, Inc. (Santa Ana, California, USA)

TED encourages additional companies interested in obtaining rights to TED’s resizing technology. In addition, TED has the right to sub-license BAE and Luxell patents. Contact Marketing Director Ken Werner at kwerner@nutmegconsultants.com.

Note: Larry and Ken will be at the IMID display conference, to be held at the EXCO conference center in Daegu, South Korea, from August 26 to August 29, 2014. We look forward to meeting there with existing and potential licensees. Please reserve a time with Ken. 

Tannas Electronic Displays, Inc. (TED), with headquarters in Orange, California, has been resizing and resealing liquid-crystal displays (LCDs) since 1999. The company licenses the worldwide intellectual property for resizing and resealing LCDs, which includes the technologies developed by TED’s president, Larry Tannas, as well as technologies developed by BAE Systems (formerly British Aerospace) and Luxell. The technologies produce displays that are extremely reliable and rugged, and which retain the original display’s image quality, lifetime, and image characteristics.

Tannas Electronic Displays, Inc.
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