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Samsung plans to show at SID (Society for Information Display) 2006 an innovative type of touch screen panel it calls the hTSP (hybrid Touch Screen Panel), a display that will allow further miniaturization of mobile devices with touch screens. This design has eliminated a separate printed circuit board containing the sensor that must be attached to the top of an LCD. Now, all the sensor circuitry is contained within the LCD itself.

Another benefit of this technology is that it doesn't require a new manufacturing process to assemble it. It uses the same thin-film transistor processing normally used in plants to put together these types of screens. Samsung didn't announce when this technology will be first implemented, but such screens could be useful in UMPCs such as the Samsung Q1, MP3 players and smartphones.

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Hybrid Touch Screen Panel from Samsung [Akihabara News]