Liquid-crystal displays (LCDs) have become a universal choice for display applications regardless of their size. LCDs are globally used for peripheral devices of personal computers, large televisions, digital information displays (DIDs), and mobile devices.12.3.–4 Therefore, it has become increasingly important to optimize the driving characteristics of LCDs depending on the diverse environments, especially in ambient temperatures. Ambient temperature is one of the most critical factors that directly affect the movement of liquid crystals (LCs). The change in LC movement may result in the degradation of the motion image quality in LCDs. The technology that is often used to handle the LC movement is the overdrive (OD) technology. Conventional OD technology requires several lookup tables (LUTs) and interpolation logics.188.8.131.52.–10 The LUTs are usually extracted at a fixed temperature, such as room temperature; thus, LCDs are forced to use the fixed OD values regardless of their ambient temperatures. However, applying adequate OD values to the panel depending on ambient temperatures is necessary to maintain optimized moving picture characteristics anywhere and anytime. Figure 1 shows the annual temperature range of selected cities. The average annual temperature difference was . However, Vladivostok and Beijing showed a temperature difference of , which could cause severe response performance degradation in LCDs. In this study, we propose a new OD technology that can easily obtain optimum OD values depending on ambient temperatures.
Section 2 of this paper describes a previously proposed OD technology that did not require LUTs. Compensation for the temperature dependency of response characteristics using twisted-nematic (TN) and fringe-field switching (FFS) LCD panels is described in Sec. 3 of the paper.
OD Technology in Our Previous Literature
Figure 2 shows a graphical illustration of the OD concept. Here, is data of gray level and is the target luminance of . As shown in Figs. 2(a) and 2(b), LC responses of transitions from to and to do not reach the target levels and in a frame time (), respectively. We can see that the LC response of the transition from to reaches , the target luminance of , after one frame time as shown in Fig. 2(b). Thus, we can get an ideal luminance response for the transition from to if we change the data sequence to be rather than . Here, is the OD value of the transition from to .11
We proposed an OD technology using a third-order approximation in 2010.11 Figure 3 shows the measured OD values for rising transitions of a TN LCD monitor panel at 20°C. In this figure, , , and are the OD data, previous frame data, and current frame data, respectively. Symbols represent the optimized OD values of rising transitions. Each line represents a fitting line over the measured points of rising transitions with a given (0, 32, 64, …, or 224) in the versus space, as shown in Fig. 3. However, if we determine four parameters of a line for a fixed , which we call as a base line, we could easily extract an OD line for transitions with different by shifting the base line. The four parameters of the base line could be obtained by two default points and two measurement points. For example, the default points correspond to a rising transition to white and no transition. In Fig. 4(a), the upper-right blue solid circle represents a rising transition from to . Thus, the OD value should be 255. The lower-left blue solid circle represents no transition because and are both 64. The third-order equation of the base line can then be solved by obtaining only two OD values of two different transitions with and 192, which are represented by solid red diamonds in Fig. 4(a). By shifting the base line, we could extract whole OD lines, as shown in Fig. 4(a). The third-order equation of the base line is expressed as follows:
Here, and . Four parameters (, , , and ) are obtained easily because we know the values of the four points of the third-order equation. We shifted the base line to both the and directions to obtain a new fitting line for transitions with a different . Then the line with a different can be expressed by Eq. (2). The shift in the direction, , is dependent on . increases with for rising transitions. Thus, can be expressed by Eq. (3). The shift in the direction, , is simply obtained by subtracting the previous frame data of the new fitting line from that of the base line, as shown in Eq. (4).
Here, and represent the shifting parameter and the of the base line, respectively. Figure 4(b) shows the results of shifting the base line () to fit the OD lines for the transitions with different conditions. The average deviation of OD approximation by shifting the base line in Fig. 4(b) was 3.50 gray levels.
Temperature-Independent TN and FFS LCD Panels
Figure 5 shows the optimized OD values of rising transitions of the TN LCD monitor panel with depending on the ambient temperature between 0 and 50°C. The biggest difference in values of between 0 and 50°C was 35 gray levels when . The average difference was gray levels. This indicates that visual artifacts, such as overshoot, will be visible if OD values optimized at 0°C are applied to the LCD panel operating at 50°C. Further, moving pictures will have more blurred edges when OD values optimized at 50°C are applied to the panel operating at 0°C.1213.14.–15 For example, for the data transition from 0 to 192, the FFS LCD panel has optimum OD values of 228 and 197 at 0 and 50°C, respectively. A moving bar with the different gray level from a background level represents a transition; thus, we can easily observe the motion quality of the transition depending on the OD values applied to the bar. We applied gray levels 197 and 228 as OD values for the upper and lower bars, respectively. We took pictures of the moving bars on the LCD panel operating at 0 and 50°C as shown in Fig. 6. The photograph in Fig. 6(a) was taken when the ambient temperature was 0°C. The upper bar showed the blurred edge and the lower one showed the clear edge as shown in Fig. 6(a). The OD values optimized at 50°C causes the motion blur on the LCD panel operating at 0°C. The photograph in Fig. 6(b) was taken when the ambient temperature was 50°C. The upper bar showed the clear edge and the lower one showed the overshot edge as shown in Fig. 6(b). The OD values optimized at 0°C causes the motion artifact, like the brighter overshoot on the LCD panel operating at 50°C. We can conclude that visual artifacts are visible even on the overdriven LCD panel because OD values are very dependent on the ambient temperature. Thus, OD values need to be updated depending on the ambient temperature.
Among the four coefficients (, , , and ) of the third-order base line, we decided to set the values of , , and (, , and ) optimized at 20°C. The coefficient is manipulated to fit the third-order OD lines optimized at 0, 10, 30, 40, and 50°C.11 Here, the shifting parameter is set to 64 to minimize the average deviation of the approximation at 20°C. Figure 7 shows the adjustment results of third-order OD lines at 0, 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50°C when using the same and values optimized at 20°C and manipulating . Table 1 shows optimum coefficients of the third-order approximation for rising transitions at 0, 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50°C when the base line of the TN panel is set to . The average deviation of the approximation over six ambient temperatures was 4.27 gray levels, which was acceptable because the average deviation is not far beyond 3.0.16 The average deviations depending on temperature are listed in Table 1. Table 1 indicates the decrease in as the ambient temperature increases.
Optimized coefficients of the third-order approximation of the base line (DPF=64) and averaged deviation at 0, 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50°C [twisted-nematic liquid-crystal display (LCD) panel].
|Temperature||Coefficients||Averaged deviation (gray levels)|
We applied our proposed method to an LCD monitor panel with FFS mode. As above, we decided to set the values of , , and (, , and ) optimized at 20°C and manipulate the coefficient . The shifting parameter of the FFS LCD panel was set to 22 for best fit. Figure 8 shows the adjustment results of third-order OD lines at 0, 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50°C by using the same coefficients, and , obtained at 20°C and manipulating coefficient . The average deviation over six different temperatures was 2.79 gray levels, which is more acceptable than that of the TN LCD panel because the deviation is .16 The average deviations for each temperature are listed in Table 2. The application results over the six ambient temperatures show that our proposed method with FFS mode has a better performance than with the TN mode. In addition, we also investigated the coefficient depending on the ambient temperature. Figure 9 shows a very good linear relationship of the coefficient with the ambient temperature for TN and FFS modes. In addition, we expect that the slopes ( and for TN and FFS, respectively) can be fixed depending on LC modes and this will be investigated using several LCD panels in the future study.
Optimized coefficients of the third-order approximation of the base line (DPF=64) and averaged deviation at 0, 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50°C (fringe-field switching LCD panel).
|Temperature||Coefficients||Averaged deviation (gray levels)|
By applying our proposed method to TN and FFS LCD panels, we found out that the ambient temperature-dependent response characteristics of LCDs could be compensated if the coefficient is linearly manipulated according to the ambient temperature. Our new OD implementation technology uses a simple calculation logic in comparison with the bulky LUTs as explained in our previous literature in 2010.11 In addition, it is not difficult to include the value of the slope of the first-order equation in the calculation logic. If a real-time temperature sensor integrated in the LCD panel can provide ambient temperature information for the calculation logic, the LCDs can easily compute optimum OD values, as shown in Fig. 10. In conclusion, automatically optimizing OD values depending on ambient temperatures is feasible in both TN and FFS LCD panels. In other words, LCDs can automatically optimize OD values of any rising transitions at any ambient temperature if calculation logic memorizes information about the following parameters:
1. , , , and of the base line optimized at 20°C (two measurements are needed)
2. Shifting parameter, (one measurement is needed)
3. The value of the slope for manipulating value depending on LC modes.
The temperature-dependent response characteristics of LCDs were studied. We proposed a new OD technology to keep the motion image quality of LCDs optimized at any ambient temperature. It has been confirmed that the automatic adjusting of OD values depending on ambient temperatures is practical for both TN and FFS LCD panels. Our technology can be highly useful for mobile applications and DIDs operating in diverse temperature conditions.
This work was supported by the Industrial Strategic Technology Development Program (10041596, Development of core technology for TFT free active matrix addressing color electronic paper with day and night usage), funded by the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MI, Korea).
Minkoo Kim received his BS and MS degrees from the Department of Information Display at Kyung Hee University, Republic of Korea, in 2011 and 2013, respectively. He is currently working toward his PhD degree in the same department at Kyung Hee University. His research interests include driving methods and circuits for various types of displays, including liquid-crystal display (LCD) and OLED.
Jong-Man Kim received his BS and MS degrees in physics and information display at Kyung Hee University, Republic of Korea, in 2010 and 2012, respectively. He is currently working toward his PhD in the Department of Information Display at Kyung Hee University. His research interests include driving methods and circuits for LCD and e-paper displays and driving technology for color motion performance of LCDs.
Donggun Lee received his BS degree from the Department of Information Display at Kyung Hee University, Republic of Korea, in 2015. He is currently working toward his MS degree in the same department at Kyung Hee University. His research interests include driving methods and circuit simulation for LCD and OLED display.
Seung-Woo Lee received his MS and PhD degrees from KAIST in electrical engineering in 1995 and 2000, respectively. He joined Samsung in 2000, where his work has focused on the development of key driving technologies for active-matrix LCDs. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Information Display at Kyung Hee University. He has been active with SID as a senior member. He became an IEEE senior member in 2010.