TMOS (Time Multiplexed Optical Shutter) is a new type of transmissive display technology that could offer significant advantages over existing technologies in virtually all areas of display production and picture quality. They include:
- simplified production (TMOS consists of 6 layers and could be fabricated in as little as 12 steps vs. 128 for LCDs).
- scalability (TMOS displays could be as small as half an inch and as big as 110" or bigger).
- manufacturing capacity (one TMOS plant using roll-to-roll manufacturing could output more displays in less time than all the other existing LCD and PDP plants combined).
- with minor modifications, existing LCD plants could start mass producing TMOS displays soon.
- optical efficiency (TMOS allows >60% of light to pass from the backlight to the display surface while LCD allows only 5%).
- energy consumption (TMOS displays would use a tiny fraction of energy that LCDs and PDPs consume due to optical efficiency of TMOS and efficiencies inherent to LED or laser light sources).
- significantly increased lifetime (TMOS could work with either LED or laser illuminated backligths and would be limited only by the lifetimes of these light sources).
- 1 microsecond pixel response time.
- TMOS displays could be flexible and thin.
DMS (Digital Micro Shutter) is similar to TMOS and offers almost identical benefits in terms of manufacturing and picture quality. The main difference between the two lies in the implementation of the micro-electro-mechanical shutter layer.
IMOD (Interferometric Modulator Display) is a reflective display that uses no backlight. Extremely low power consumption, excellent viewability in bright-light conditions. Currently limited to displays for mobile devices.