BASIC DISPLAY DEVICES AND SYSTEMS
Data display devices are those digital equipments designed to project, show,
exhibit; or display soft-copy information. The information displayed can be alpha-
numeric, graphic, or a combination of both formats. Some display devices are
limited incapability to just alphanumeric display.
Display devices provide an interface between the human operator and the digital
computer system (the man-machine interface). They allow the operator to view
computer data, make decisions and modify the data, enter new data, and enter
commands to be processed.
Data entry is accomplished in a variety of ways.
Personal computers and data terminal sets usually have a keyboard for entry and may
have a mouse, pointer, or touch-sensitive screen. The display systems used in the
Navy use a ball tab that is moved around the screen with a trackball.
Information displayed on the display device is not permanent. That is where the
term soft-copy comes from. The information is available for viewing by the operator
only as long as it is on the screen of the display. Most display devices use some type
of cathode-ray tube (CRT) as the display medium; although other types of displays,
such as liquid crystal display (LCD), are common in laptop personal computers.
After completing this chapter you should be able to:
Describe the operation of a cathode-ray tube (CRT).
Describe the operation of electromagnetic and electrostatic deflection
systems used in CRTs.
Describe the operation of interlaced scan, noninterlaced scan, a n d
radar-scan methods used to display images on a CRT.
Describe the function and characteristics of the Data Display Group
AN/UYA-4(V) and the Computer Display Set AN/UYQ-21(V).