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Why Communications Skills Are Critical To Engineers

Being able to clearly share ideas with others is an important quality in a leader

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Engineers must be able to clearly communicate complex ideas and technical project plans.
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Engineers are creative types. They are responsible for dreaming up and building systems that companies will implement or sell, with the goal of improving the bottom line. Because their roles require team building and leadership, engineers must be able to clearly communicate complex ideas and technical project plans. They also need to be strong persuaders to see their designs come to life. Building consensus is a giant step toward delivering a project on time and according to specifications.

Here are a few important communication skills that every engineer should possess, and tips on how to master them.

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Digging Into the New QD-OLED TVs

Formerly rival technologies have come together in Samsung displays

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Sony's A95K televisions incorporate Samsung's new QD-OLED display technology.

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Televisions and computer monitors with QD-OLED displays are now on store shelves. The image quality is—as expected—impressive, with amazing black levels, wide viewing angles, a broad color gamut, and high brightness. The products include:

All these products use display panels manufactured by Samsung but have their own unique display assembly, operating system, and electronics.

I took apart a 55-inch Samsung S95B to learn just how these new displays are put together (destroying it in the process). I found an extremely thin OLED backplane that generates blue light with an equally thin QD color-converting structure that completes the optical stack. I used a UV light source, a microscope, and a spectrometer to learn a lot about how these displays work.

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