Area array modulation and lead reduction in interferometric modulators

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PATENT NO 7196837
APP PUB NO 20050231791A1
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A light modulator is arranged as array of rows and columns of interferometric display elements. Each element is divided into sub-rows of sub-elements. Array connection lines transmit operating signals to the display elements, with one connection line corresponding to one row of display elements in the array. Sub-array connection lines electrically connect to each array connection line. Switches transmit the operating signals from each array connection line to the sub-rows to effect gray scale modulation.

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SNAPTRACK, INC.SAN JOSE, CA1191

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Chui, Clarence San Mateo, CA 185 7447
Kothari, Manish Redwood City, CA 194 5539
Sampsell, Jeffrey Brian San Francisco, CA 21 1245

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