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Selecting Optimal Avionic and Vetronic Displays for Your Application

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4 On Pixel AMLCD Operation Backlight Rear Polarizer Front Polarizer Rear Electrode Front Electrode Liquid Crystal Off Pixel Rear Polarizer Pixel Electrode Thiin Film Transistor Front Polarizer Transistor Backplane Color Filter Array Liquid Crystal Figure 6: Using increased color depth and LED color matching delivers impressive increases in end-user image perception with a huge systems engineering advantage; the platform network does not have to be redesigned to achieve a better image. that can be customized to meet requirements for both environmental conditions and optics. Equally important is a long-term commitment to availability. A commercial display product typically offers one year of availability; replacements after that year are not one-to-one and often require platform design modifications. Programs need some guarantee of product continuity to avoid disruptive, expensive, and time-consuming redesigns. Display Innovations from Mercury Systems For more than two decades, Mercury Systems has worked to improve deployable displays, developing unique, patented technologies. Innovations include: • True dual-mode (day and NVIS) backlighting, both equipped with optimized light guides. • Customized LEDs that can operate efficiently at 30 percent of their maximum voltage capacity. • A choice of 8-bit or 10-bit color depth LCDs. • Displays supporting 16 different values for gamma decoding, which can be applied individually to 16 separate inputs. • Fiber-optic elements embedded in the display glass, eliminating bubble canopy reflections. • Redundant LAD technology, offering independent power and video paths for each of two displays, residing on a single LCD substrate. • LADs with no visible vertical gap down the center of the display, as the separation between the cells occurs at the sub-pixel level, not discernable by the unaided human eye. • LADs supporting both flight- and arctic-gloved hand touchscreen operation. • Displays that use customized liquid crystal material to operate at high temperatures and a thin coating of indium tin oxide that functions as an embedded heating element for cold tempera- tures. • LED packing at roughly twice the density of commercial LCDs, combined with internal luminance sensors, to detect LED string failures and increase luminance on adjacent strings. • A set of technologies and design techniques that support a MTBF nearly seven times longer than standard industrial grade LCDs. Mercury's technology innovations are matched by a 10-year form, fit, and function display availability, eliminating redesign issues. A Track Record of Success Mercury Systems is an industry leader in high-performance displays for military aircraft and ground vehicles. Their displays are found in the world's premiere fighter aircraft cockpits, such as the F-22, F-35, and EF-1000 Eurofighter. They are in rotary aircraft, such as the AH-64 Apache, UH-60, CH-46 and CH-47. Within land system vetronics, they support General Dynamics Land Systems' M1A2 and M1A7 (SEPV4) Abrams Main Battle Tank and M1128 Stryker Mobile Gun System ground vehicles. These high-profile programs represent just a few of Mercury's deployments. Mercury's contributions to commercial aviation are no less significant, providing a continual range of square-glass products, dating back to the first glass cockpits displays. The Boeing 717-787 and Airbus A-319 / 320, 330 and 340 aircraft are all currently operating with Mercury displays. Engage with Mercury, A Trusted Display Partner Engage with Mercury and explore how their team can meet your unique display requirements and move your programs forward.

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