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Steve Jobs making good on his company's promise to be greener

Apple Inc. last made an announcement about transitioning its entire line of LCD displays over to new LED-backlight LCD panels. In a commitment to making Apple a more earth-friendly company, Steve Jobs confirmed that by the end of 2007, Apple will rid itself of all mercury-based fluorescent LCD panels.

This week Apple seems to be making progress on its transition to LED-backlit LCD panels. Reports confirmed that AU Optronics and Chi Mei Optoelectronics all have LED-backlight LCD panels that are under review by Apple. Au Optronics and Chi Mei Optoelectronics are further down the line with Apple, having 13.3-inch and 15.4-inch panels already certified by Apple.

Apple's 15.4-inch MacBook Pro line of laptops are already using the new panels, and the new 13.3-inch certifications indicate that Apple will be transitioning its MacBook line soon.  Coretronic and Kenmos Technology, suppliers of LED-backlights, have been sourced by Apple, with Kenmos being preferred for its integration with Stanley Electric's LED V-cut light-guide panel technology. Because of this, Chi Mei Optoelectronics has decided to use back panels from Kenmos.

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Where can I get info on..
By lennylim on 5/7/2007 9:28:35 PM , Rating: 2
1. How much mercury are we talking about in fluorescent tubes (CCFL and regular)?

2. What hazardous materials, if any, is present in LED backlit LCD panels?

3. Do these panels provide wider color gamut - one of the advantages of using LED backlit panels - in addition to lower power draw and less mercury?

It is easy to get carried away by just focusing on one thing (mercury) and fail to see the whole picture. The press seems to encourage the public to focus on one issue to the exclusion of all else. Few things are as black and white as "four legs good, two legs bad".

RE: Where can I get info on..
By ToeCutter on 5/7/2007 9:52:16 PM , Rating: 5
To answer number 3:

NEC claims it can increase the color gamut of its displays dramatically, with the ability to reproduce 109-percent of the Adobe RGB color space.

Considering the millions of notebooks that are discarded each year, even a marginal reduction in mercry-laden refuse is a good thing.

From what I've read, the LED panels look stunning, considerably better color saturation than CCFLs.

Don't let the "green" hype dimish the importance of the reduced power requirements of LED displays.

Battery life for portables is dramatically improved. The new Sony T Series with LED currently holds the record for battery life, coming in at over 9 hours on a single charge.

I think it's all good when it comes to LED displays...

RE: Where can I get info on..
By PlasmaBomb on 5/9/2007 6:37:33 AM , Rating: 2
Think of the reduction in CO2 from the reduced power consumption.

<sarcasm> Al Gore would be proud </sarcasm>

RE: Where can I get info on..
By TomZ on 5/8/2007 8:03:27 AM , Rating: 3
The mercury pollution thing is kind of interesting, especially when we are currently in a transition from incandescent to CFL bulbs that contain mercury, with no effective recycling program in place. I'm still kind of scratching my head on that one.

RE: Where can I get info on..
By daftrok on 5/8/2007 12:43:22 PM , Rating: 2
Its up to the consumer to choose whether or not they want to take time off their day to go to a local store and have the bulbs recycled there. Now I am not 100% certain if they actually suck out the mercury from these bulbs or just toss them in the burner, but that seems to be the most effective option at this time.

"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch
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