Toshiba today unveiled a 7.7in low-temperature TFT liquid crystal display (LCD) designed for mid-size electronic books supporting Microsoft’s ClearType technology.

Developed to meet specifications jointly developed by Microsoft and Toshiba, the new display will enter mass production at the beginning of 2001. Samples will be available from October.

Boasting a resolution of 150 pixels per inch, which the company claims achieves the same image quality as digital photography, the display could potentially achieve an on-screen reading experience that, for the first time, approaches the quality of reading text printed on paper.

Toshiba also claims the display achieves lower power consumption and higher durability than conventional TFT screens, making them suitable for mobile terminals ranging from notebook PCs to PDAs and eBooks.