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Calvin Hsieh

About Calvin Hsieh

Calvin is a Senior Analyst at DisplaySearch. He specializes in TV electronics and the evolution of TVs related to media convergence.
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Apple and Sapphire

Sapphire and Apple’s plans to use it on upcoming iPhones have been hot topics recently. To date, Apple has only used sapphire for the rear camera lens and touch ID (for fingerprint chip), which have diameters less than 10mm. Speculation surrounds whether Apple would adopt sapphire for the cover glass of future iPhones, which would represent a significant increase in volume. Continue Reading

Project Tango: From Gesture Sensing to Machine Vision

Project Tango was announced in February 2014. It is a special project from Google’s ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects, formerly part of Motorola) and Movidius, a startup in Silicon Valley. When Google sold Motorola (Mobility) to Lenovo, it held on to ATAP. Continue Reading

Apple Integrates FTIR Pressure Sensing with Projected Capacitive Touch

A recent patent application indicates that Apple is working on integrating projected capacitive and FTIR (frustrated total internal reflection) to offer pressure sensing and a new user experience. Per the patent, FTIR is used to detect finger pressure, and projected capacitive determines the touch position. Continue Reading

FocalTech and Orise to Merge, Aiming at Smart Handheld

FocalTech, a leading touch controller IC maker, and Orise, a well-known smart handheld LCD driver IC solutions provider, have announced that they will merge operations under the name FocalTech, effective January 2015. While the new company will retain the name, and chairman – Genda Hu – of FocalTech, we believe the new company will represent a new form of vertical integration focused on the smart handheld device market.  Continue Reading