United States Patent [w]
Sung et al.
 LIQUID CRYSTAL DEVICE WITH SPLIT PIXEL ELECTRODES AND WITH INTERMEDIATE ELECTRODES USED FOR BISECTING EACH OF THE PIXEL REGIONS
 Inventors: Chae Gee Sung; Hyunho Shin, both of Miyagi-ken, Japan
 Assignee: Frontec Incorporated, Miyagi, Japan
 Appl. No.: 08/959,000
 Filed: Oct. 28, 1997
 Foreign Application Priority Data
Oct. 28, 1996 [JP] Japan 8-285655
 Int. CI.6 G02F 1/1343
 U.S. CI 349/143; 349/141
 Field of Search 349/143, 141
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Primary Examiner—-William L. Sikes
Assistant Examiner—Heidi L. Eisenhut
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione
A liquid-crystal display device having liquid crystal provided between a pair of opposed substrates includes a common electrode formed on a surface of one substrate facing the liquid crystal; surrounding electrodes formed on a surface of the other substrate facing the liquid crystal, the surrounding electrodes provided for defining a plurality of pixel regions, to which surrounding electrodes a potential equal to that of the common electrode is applied; intermediate electrodes formed on the surface of the other substrate, the intermediate electrodes provided for bisecting each pixel region; pixel electrodes formed on the surface of the other substrate for the pixel regions, to which pixel electrodes a potential equal to that of the intermediate electrodes is applied; and gaps formed on the pixel electrodes along the direction in which the intermediate electrodes are arranged, each gap provided for bisecting each pixel electrode in accordance with the width of each intermediate electrode.
4 Claims, 6 Drawing Sheets