AU Optronics has announced the release of a new display panel, claimed to be the first to be based around an in-plane switching (IPS)-style technology while offering a 144Hz refresh rate.
Typically, buyers of liquid-crystal flat-panel displays need to make a tough choice: the classic twisted-nematic (TN) panels offer extremely high refresh rates at a cost of image quality and viewing angles, while LG's in-plane switching (IPS) increases quality and viewing angles at the predictable cost of refresh rate. Now, however, buyers may be able to have the best of both worlds.
According to TFT Central
's write-up of AU Optronics' announcement, the company's latest Advanced Hyper Viewing Angle (AHVA) 27" display panels boast a 2,560x1,440 resolution with a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350cd/m² brightness and full sRGB gamut but with a 144Hz refresh rate. Although not true IPS, the AHVA technology used is claimed to be equivalent and sits alongside Samsung's Plane to Line Switching (PLS) as an IPS alternative with equal performance.
The 144Hz-capable panel is given the product number M270DAN02.3, and enters production this month. What has not been announced yet is which OEMs have picked up the panel for future monitors, nor when said monitors will be arriving on the market. One thing that seems certain: the combination of high refresh rate and IPS-style display technology will mean any monitors based around the M270DAN02.3 panel will likely fetch a price premium at launch.