Do you remember Mary Lou Jepsen's OLPC product roadmap, where she hinted at XO technologies spreading out into commercial laptops in 2008? Well it looks like Toshiba might be a little ahead of One Laptop Per Child in commercializing the innovative dual mode screen if you read the Portégé R500 press release:
The Portégé R500 Series is the world’s first notebook computer to incorporate a widescreen 12.1-inch indoor/outdoor transreflective LED backlit display.Doesn't that 1,280 x 800 WXGA display sound suspiciously like the Jepsen-design screen that Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) has an exclusive manufacturing licensee to produce? The same Chi Mei that, according to Digitimes, dedicated its entire capacity of 3.5-generation and 4G LCD plants to OLPC screen production.
This unique innovation is ideal for usage in virtually any type of lighting condition, including direct sunlight. Indoors, the LED backlit display produces an image, rich in color saturation and superb quality. Outdoors, the transreflective screen uses natural sunlight to bring the display’s colors and images to life.
Could this mean that Chi Mei is going to maximize its 20 months or 20 million units, whichever comes first license with OLPC and Toshiba? And so is the R500 screen the very first XO technology we can buy now, long before possible Chirstmas XO sales? Last but not least, will buying a Toshiba R500 support One Laptop Per Child through royalties from Chi Mei or a direct donation from Toshiba?
No matter if the Toshiba screen is in fact OLPC technology or not, check out Mary Lou Jepsen's close up examination of an XO BTest-4 screen vs. a traditional laptop LCD display:Can you tell she's ultra-proud of her ultra cool computer display technology innovation? I know I'm ultra impressed!