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Our online glossary is here to help you make sense of the terminology used in the cell phone industry. It covers mobile technologies, such as 3G and 4G, and even includes a bit of information on smartphone operating systems and the companies that make the cell phones and other mobile technology devices we all use.

What is "passive matrix"?

Passive matrix displays are a low-cost form of LCD that were used widely when color displays were first appearing on mobile phones. They have been replaced by newer TFT LCD technologies that, while more expensive, offer far superior performance. Passive matrix displays tend to look washed out when compared to their active matrix cousins. The most common type of passive matrix technology is STN.

See Also: LCD, TFT, active matrix

Referred to by: active matrix, CSTN, LCD, TFT

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