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    Why Xenarcs and Lilliputs are so expensive for what they are?

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    as to those pix, thats why i wnated to tear down iPad and use its screen for car pc
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    That crossed my mind too, then considered non-wide screen and the unruly proprietary interfaces and controllers Apple probably used. I'm going to go find me an iPad teardown article just for grins.
    (From this thread)

    iPad tear down here:



    And the Lilliput: (couldn't find a better pic, but it looks like some capacitors are as tall as those on the Xenarc...everything looks inelegant and really, are all those necessary? Look at the iPad MB again, who does the display controller part and everything else)





    iPad cost: $499.00

    Lilliput: $350.00 to $749.00, if transflective.

    WTF?

    Today people are buying $400.00 50" plasmas (no other industry has slashed their prices so much AFAIK), why hasn't Xenarc and Lilliput got their act together and start selling those for what they're worth, about $50.00 (so that we can pay the tranflective upgrade withouth feeling like suckers).

    Or upgrade the thing already if they want to charge several hundred dollars: brighter (how come a small phone or tablet on battery can be brighter than a DC powered screen?); capacitive, multi-touch, and maybe thinner.

    Right now, I'm having trouble paying anything over $50.00 for these. That's what they are worth IHO, we're talking about 15 year old tech...that hasn't changed and that apparently feel there's no need to change!


    Before you're say this is Apple, unique proprietary tech, etc. and that the cost is low due to the billions sold (which is partially true, but it's not the whole story since the iPad is not subsidized and it's not much more than a phone really) you must note that there are pretty close if not better competitors (as far as the display quality is concerned - of course the iOS is a big reason why the iPad sell so well but that's beside the point here).

    The tech is not something unique to Apple, since many iPad clones and other Android tablets that seems to be just fine being cheap and thin. Pretty much every smart phone manufacturer has that tech we want - great bright, contrasty displays. Take a look:



    And it's not just giants like Samsung either. Viewsonic just released an Android tablet (ViewPad), a pretty good effort at that with a great display and tech, so this is not exactly black magic.

    Not to mention the Chinese clones.

    Not the same quality perhaps, but I'm willing to bet some of them at least match Lillis and Xenarcs output, while costing $50-$100.00 (just search on ebay for android tablets and iPad clones) - all this while including the software/bios code development and the computing capacity a dumb monitor doesn't have.


    A better screen like that could be on the market already, and specialized manufactures such a Lilliput and Xenarc should be doing that. But I fear they will never do it, since people keep buying them the way they are now, and have for the last several years .

    Food for thought, IMHO.

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    As I mentioned in oreginal thret (see below)
    Another thing about propriatary parts We dont care, it uses ARM CPU so we can isntal WinCE on Ipad do custom drivers if needed.... or better we can put linux there

    Back to screens: (quoted)

    if you guys want I can give screen to my engeneer and to Video + Touch adapter for iPad screen. I have resources for that. Only thing is that my hands cant rise agains killing working iPad maybe some one can give me the link for parts? I know cpasitive panels are available on ebay, BUT actuall screen i dont know where to get, I know there are screens on ebay too but what is the chanse that it is as good screen as the one orginal iPad has?
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    You answered your own question - it's billions sold plus a little thing most people ignore called marginal cost.

    Apple sells a zillion of these things, so they can get rock bottom pricing. Check.

    But Apple also has an ongoing R&D department that has digital engineering and design skills (and partners) that are razor sharp from designing years of iPods. Adding an iPad screen onto their plate was *much* lower cost than trying to engineer an inexpensive one from scratch.

    They already know all of the ins and outs of the hardware design, the controllers and the drivers for them. They can put together an iPad screen for waaaaaay less money than someone who has to hire or research that information.

    Lilli and Xenarcs do something no one else does - they operate on 12V in the car at a specific size and accept PC inputs. The market for that is much smaller, nobody is stupid enough to enter it, both Lilliput and Xenarc are insanely aware of each other's prices and they both have them set at about the same levels. Apple will never enter this market - at least not for the same purposes as Lilli/Xenarc.

    One day the vendors will turn over in this market. Will Xenarc or Lilliput make the jump to OLED's or will it be a new vendor who comes into this market? History tells us it will be someone different. Why isn't WesternDigital or Seagate the leader in SSD's? Because they don't know how to make them and they're milking their old products until they go the way of all of the other drive manufacturers that they replaced the last time around.

    Go ahead - reverse engineer the iPad screen. Sounds cool. Post the results, also sounds cool!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte View Post
    Go ahead - reverse engineer the iPad screen. Sounds cool. Post the results, also sounds cool!
    Should be easy
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    Bugbyte, Apple's display is not the only one that trumps lillis. Wanna bet the cheaper viewsonic is much better. How many does viewsonic sells again?

    Pretty much ANY smartphone manufacturer produces a better brighter display...say what you want about the Chinese iPad knock offs, they're still fitting everything in the same form factor..not the 2+ inches thick bricks we are used to see around here.

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    Please point me to the ones that are superior, cheaper, and accept VGA input.
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    Why can you go out and buy a 7 inch tablet PC for 100 to 200 even 300 for a 10 inch?
    But to buy a Lilliput that is only a monitor for 275 to 700 with nothing but a screen.
    I agree they need to cut some prices to stay in business or it looks like the android tablet will be the new car PC.
    Why not 200$ drops in your dash and does everything a car PC can do maybe some are limited but for a little more money will do anything a PC can.
    I hope the other monitor company's read this post and step up to the new revolution
    ANDROID.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte View Post
    Please point me to the ones that are superior, cheaper, and accept VGA input.
    Well the iPad does not accept a VGA input, so if that's a defining criteria, than what was your point in your earlier post on the iPad?

    I would say pretty much any smartphone and tablet manufacturer has done a better job than both Xenarc and Lilliput on the display department. Take your pick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jontheinstaller View Post
    Why can you go out and buy a 7 inch tablet PC for 100 to 200 even 300 for a 10 inch?
    But to buy a Lilliput that is only a monitor for 275 to 700 with nothing but a screen.
    I agree they need to cut some prices to stay in business or it looks like the android tablet will be the new car PC.
    Why not 200$ drops in your dash and does everything a car PC can do maybe some are limited but for a little more money will do anything a PC can.
    I hope the other monitor company's read this post and step up to the new revolution
    ANDROID.
    Exactly.

    Some are cheaper than a standard lilliput, but one of the best ones (the iPad) is actually several hundred dollars cheaper than a transflective Lilliput...while including a whole computer, storage and connectivity...


    What I find most amazing is that tablets are so much brighter even though they're battery powered...which is not as good a source as a DC powered monitor if you want to build a bright screen...I actually think the iPad, the Tab, the Viewsonic, and others perform a small miracle.

    I have a 500nit 700 TSV, and boy does it get hot...processing nothing, just being there displaying things - efficient? I don't think so. The iPad screen beats it easily even at 1/2 brightness...Even my transflecive LE1700 does not get such brightness and specially contrast.

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    android + vnc == network based monitor?...

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