LCD display makers to pay $553M in price-fixing conspiracy case

Seven major LCD display makers have agreed to pay more than $553 million for illegally conspiring to fix prices of thin film transistor (LFT) LCD panels used in television, computer and laptop screens. Samsung Electronics, Sharp and Chimei Innolux are paying the largest portion of the proposed multi-state antitrust settlement, which still requires court approval.

Cool stuff: Perceptive Pixel’s 82-inch multi-touch touchscreen display

Jeff Han, the CEO of Perceptive Pixel, is one of the pioneers of touchscreen displays, having gone public with his touchscreen display technology a year before Apple launched the iPhone in 2007. Now his company has unveiled an 82-inch multitouch touchscreen display that can recognize both finger touches and a stylus. With it, you can put your hand on the display and write on it with the other hand with a stylus, as if you were writing on a piece of paper.

Toshiba and Sony combining LCD operations

Two large manufacturers of liquid crystal displays (LCD), Toshiba and Sony, are in talks to combine their LCD operations into a new entity, according to Reuters.

Samsung, LG to duke it out over crazy high-res tablet LCDs

Tablet screens are about to get a whole lot sharper. Samsung today announced a new 10.1-inch display for tablets with an incredibly high resolution. And LG — which builds the iPhone 4’s sharp Retina Display — has some new display technology in the works.

Samsung buys Liquavista: You’ll electrowet your displays

Expect to hear the somewhat disturbing term “electrowetting” thrown around over the next few years. Samsung announced yesterday that it completed its buyout of Liquavista, a company focused on next-generation electrowetting display technology, last month.

Apple acknowledges Macbook Air screen problems, software fix coming

Apple’s new MacBook Air laptops may be gorgeous, but they’re not without problems, according to users complaining about screen issues. Now there’s word that Apple is aware of the problems and is working on a software fix, according to an internal memo published by the gadget site Boy Genius Report.