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How To Decide Between Standard and Custom LCD Modules?

Pick the best LCD module for your needs

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How To Decide Between Standard and Custom LCD Modules?


Are you not sure how to choose between a standard LCD module and a custom LCD module for your needs?

Don’t worry about it. In this article, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about how to pick the best LCD module for your needs. When thinking about a display module for your project, you will need to answer the question, “Should I design a standard module or a custom one?” This article has some tips, common misunderstandings, and detailed answers to common questions to help you choose the best one. We are LCD screen suppliers and custom LCD manufacturers with reliable products and services for you. 

  1. Common Misconceptions About LCD

Here are some common myths about LCD that you should know about before making your final choice.

Custom LCD modules cost a lot of money.

Most people think that custom display modules are more expensive than standard modules.

Even though the above is true for NRE costs, the unit price of a custom LCD module is often the same as or less than a similar product.

This is why: Standard display modules are often made to make the most of how they can be used.

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High pin counts allow for variable interface protocols, and high-output backlighting helps maximize application potential. Generally, mechanical design practices are conservative.

Costs for custom NREs are too high.

For most Passive Matrix LCD modules, we can deliver a custom LCD with a specific active area size and resolution or a custom backlight, mechanical housing, and electrical interface for a total NRE cost of less than USD 10k. Createxplay can also change the backlight, housing, and mechanical interface of an Active Matrix LCD module for an NRE cost of less than USD 10k.


In these cases, the design flexibility makes up for the small amount of NRE that is often needed for customization.


But since the minimum NRE for panel mask sets is around USD 100k, customizing the Active Matrix LCD itself (in terms of size and resolution) can be too expensive for most applications. Unless the nature of the business requires a customer-owned TFT panel or the size of the project calls for more than 500,000 pieces per year. In many situations, the best overall cost solution is to use a standard active matrix TFT cell along with a custom-designed module and electrical interface.

Lead Time is Lengthened by Designing Custom Modules:

Another thing to think about with a custom design is the lead time, which may be shorter than you think. Off-the-shelf LCD modules are good for designers because they can be made quickly.


LCD manufacturers like Createxplay can usually design custom housing for passive or active matrix LCDs with an integrated capacitive touch sensor and interface within one to two weeks of the initial RFQ and then provide sample custom LCD modules 4-5 weeks after that.


Createxplay also gives customers the option to use off-the-shelf modules as prototypes in their designs before the custom display is ready to evaluate other design aspects and do qualification work (e.g., testing software).


For many implementers, the extra time it takes to sample custom LCD modules is well worth the design freedom and iterative optimization that customization gives them.

  1. Why Liquid Crystal Displays Good (LCD)

Below is a list of some of the benefits of liquid crystal display:

  • Large sizes of the LCD can be more than 60 inches or 150 cm across.
  • It is not skewed in any way.
  • It is very small and thin, and the CRT screens are light.
  • It is not changed by magnetic fields.
  • Since it uses little power, it doesn’t give off much heat when it’s running.
  • A Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitor is much thicker than this one.
  • Advantages-of-Liquid-Crystal-Display s3. LCD made to order

LCDs are used in many things these days, from calculators and watches to games and medical and industrial equipment. One of the main advantages of LCDs over other display technologies is that the content of the screen can be changed easily to meet the exact needs of an application. Customized LCD panels can show specific information on the user interface that improves the performance and value of the product.


Custom LCDs can show letters, numbers, ON/OFF indicators, graphic icons, messages, pie charts, bar graphs, symbols, and more. The only thing that limits what can be on the LCDs panel is the designer’s imagination. When making a custom LCD panel, there are many things to think about.

  1. What You Need to Know to Make a Custom LCD Panel:

To make a quote for a customized LCD panel, we need the following information:

  • LCD panel,
  • Modes of display, polarizers,
  • Viewing mode,
  • Backlight requirement,
  • Setting of operation, Method of drive, Method of connection,
  • If needed, a keypad is needed.
  • Important-Information-To-Design-Custom-LCD-Panel


  1. Pros of a Custom LCD

Custom LCD monitors show static images from computers very well, in full color and with no screen burn-in.

On an LCD, there are usually more pixels per square inch than on other types of displays.

Custom LCD monitors can show a lot of information, like an Excel spreadsheet, in a very clear and accurate way.

There are many different sizes of custom LCDs.

They don’t care if the air pressure in an airplane goes up or down.

Ghosting and “burning in” don’t happen with custom LCD technology.

Custom LCD TVs use less electricity to run than plasma TVs.


LCD monitors are usually better for public displays, like airport and store signs, where there is a lot of bright room light.

  • Portable test equipment
  • Diagnostic device
  • Meters for electric, water, and gas
  • Products for telecom
  • Device for measuring
  • Marine equipment
  • Medical equipment
  • Automotive display


  1. Disadvantages Of LCDs

They look like they are moving too fast.

LCD TVs have a high refresh rate, which can make the picture look bad.

As the backlight on an LCD screen gets older, the colors can change a little bit.

  1. What can We do for You?

Createxplay makes standard and custom LCD modules and small TFT with or without integrated front cover lenses or capacitive touch panels. Integrated display modules from our company can be bought as ready-made products. Fully custom display modules are made from scratch based on a customer’s specific needs, while semi-custom display modules are changed for specific uses.