System and method for managing display power consumption

  • US 8,717,328 B1
  • Filed: 10/21/2013
  • Issued: 05/06/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/10/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method, comprisingdisplaying first information in an available display area comprising a first portion of a display screen and associated sensors in a configuration having a plurality of portions, comprisingthe first portion of the display screen and associated sensors, which is configured in a powered-on state to perform display functions and receive user input, anda second portion of the display screen and associated sensors, which is configured in a powered-off state and incapable of receiving user input;

  • responsive to a user indication in the in the first portion, adding the second portion to the available display area by transitioning the second portion to the powered-on state to perform display functions and receive user input;

    displaying second information in the second portion;

    receiving a graphical content data structure comprising content for display in the available display area;

    selecting elements of the graphical content data structure for display in the available display area based at least in part on whether the second portion is in a powered-on state; and

    responsive to a system event, removing the second portion from the available display area and returning the second portion to the powered-off state,wherein the system event is one of a set comprising a power down or sleep signal.

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