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(11)EP 3 333 517 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
22.04.2020 Bulletin 2020/17

(21)Application number: 17206379.4

(22)Date of filing:  11.12.2017
(51)Int. Cl.: 
F25D 23/02  (2006.01)
F25D 29/00  (2006.01)
A47F 3/00  (2006.01)

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REFRIGERATOR

KÜHLSCHRANK

RÉFRIGÉRATEUR


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 12.12.2016 KR 20160169015

(43)Date of publication of application:
13.06.2018 Bulletin 2018/24

(60)Divisional application:
20162717.1

(73)Proprietor: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
Yeongdeungpo-gu Seoul 07336 (KR)

(72)Inventors:
  • LEE, Sangmyung
    08592 Seoul (KR)
  • KANG, Chanuk
    08592 Seoul (KR)
  • WOO, Dongrim
    08592 Seoul (KR)

(74)Representative: Vossius & Partner Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte mbB 
Siebertstrasse 3
81675 München
81675 München (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 3 037 758
EP-A2- 2 520 885
US-A1- 2012 105 424
EP-A1- 3 086 061
WO-A1-2016/122041
US-A1- 2014 144 083
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    BACKGROUND



    [0001] The present disclosure relates to a refrigerator.

    [0002] In general, refrigerators are home appliances for storing foods at a low temperature in a storage space that is covered by a door. For this, refrigerators cool the inside of the storage space by using cool air generated by being heat-exchanged with a refrigerant circulated through a refrigeration cycle to store foods in an optimum state.

    [0003] In recent years, refrigerators tend to increase in size more and more, and multi-functions are applied to refrigerators as dietary life changes and high-quality is pursued, and accordingly, refrigerators of various structures for user convenience and efficient use of an internal space are being brought to the market.

    [0004] A storage space of such a refrigerator may be opened and closed by a door. Also, refrigerators may be classified into various types according to an arranged configuration of the storage space and a structure of the door for opening and closing the storage space.

    [0005] Generally, the refrigerator has a limitation that foods stored therein are not confirmed unless the door is not opened. That is, the door has to be opened to confirm that a desired food is stored in the refrigerator or in a separate storage space provided in the door. In addition, if the stored position of the food is not known precisely, an opened time of the door may increase, or the number of times for opening the door increases. In this case, there is a limitation that unnecessary leakage of cool air occurs.

    [0006] In recent years, to solve such a limitation, a refrigerator has been developed while allows a portion of a door thereof to be transparent or allows the inside thereof to be seen from the outside.

    [0007] EP 3 086 061 A1 relates to a refrigerator equipped with a door that becomes transparent as necessary to make the interior thereof visible. The refrigerator includes a cabinet having a storage compartment defined therein, a lighting device for illuminating the interior of the storage compartment, a door, which is hingedly coupled to the cabinet to open and close the storage compartment, and has an opening and a panel assembly including a front panel disposed on the front surface thereof, a sensor for detecting sound waves, which are generated by a knock input applied to the door and are transmitted through the front panel, and a controller for controlling the lighting device to allow light to be transmitted through the panel assembly, thus making the storage compartment visible from outside the door through the opening when a predetermined knock input is detected.

    [0008] EP 3 037 758 A1 relates to a sensor assembly (500), wherein a hole-shaped sensor support portion (713) is formed at a sensor printed circuit board (PCB) (700), a touch sensor (750) is disposed at the sensor support portion (713), and an elastic member (720) is installed at a rear surface of the sensor PCB (700) .

    [0009] US 2012/105424 relates to a display module including a transparent display panel and a frame to fix a side of the transparent display panel, wherein the frame has a communication unit to receive data from the outside, a controller to process the received data and to output a drive command corresponding to the processed data and a display drive unit to drive the transparent display panel in response to the drive command from the controller.

    SUMMARY



    [0010] The invention provides a refrigerator according to claim 1. Dependent claims 2-15 relates to additional embodiments. Embodiments provide a refrigerator in which at least a portion of a refrigerator door is selectively transparent by user's manipulation to allow the user to see the inside of the refrigerator even though the refrigerator door is closed, and simultaneously, to selectively output a screen.

    [0011] Embodiments also provide a refrigerator in which a see-through part constituting a portion of a door is capable of being transparent or opaque or outputting a screen according to selective turn-on/off of a door light or a display light.

    [0012] Embodiments also provide a refrigerator in which a PCB and a cable connected to the PCB are disposed in a door, which is capable of seeing through the inside of the refrigerator by a transparent display assembly, without being exposed through the transparent display.

    [0013] Embodiments also provide a refrigerator in which is capable of preventing a display and PCBs for driving the display within a door from being damaged and also insulating the inside of the refrigerator.

    [0014] Embodiments also provide a refrigerator in which a PCB connected to electronic components is easily assembled and mounted in a door.

    [0015] Embodiments also provide a refrigerator in which a plurality of electronic components in a door are simply connected to a control unit of a main body.

    [0016] Embodiments also provide a refrigerator in which a door has a compact structure through arrangement and connection of wires connected to electronic components of a transparent display assembly provided in the door.

    [0017] In one example, a refrigerator includes: a cabinet defining a storage space; a door opening and closing the cabinet; an outer plate defining an outer appearance of a front surface of the door and having a plate opening in the front surface thereof; a door linear defining an outer appearance of a rear surface of the door and having a linear opening; a frame disposed along a circumference of the plate opening and extending upward to partition the outer plate from the door linear; a transparent display assembly seated on the frame to cover the plate opening and the linear opening; a cap deco defining a top surface of the door; an insulation material filled up to an upper portion of the door along a circumference of the transparent display assembly; and a PCB controlling an operation of the transparent display assembly, wherein the insulation material is filled into a first space partitioned by the barrier to come into contact with the outer plate, and a space in which the PCB is accommodated is provided in a second space partitioned by the barrier.

    [0018] A deco opening communicating with the second space may be defined in the cap deco, and the deco opening may be opened and closed by a deco cover.

    [0019] A PCB mounting part which extends downward and on which the PCB is mounted may be disposed on a bottom surface of the deco cover.

    [0020] When the deco cover is mounted, the PCB may be inserted into the second space in a state of being mounted on the PCB mounting part.

    [0021] A film-type cable connected to electronic components within the door may be connected to one side of the PCB, and a wire-type connection cable passing through the cap deco so as to be connected to a control unit provided in the cabinet may be connected to the other side of the PCB.

    [0022] The film-type cable may be bent along a circumferential surface of the transparent display assembly.

    [0023] The film-type cable may be exposed to the outside through the deco opening.

    [0024] The electronic components may include: a touch sensor disposed on a front panel defining a front surface of the transparent display assembly; a display disposed between the front panel and a rear panel defining a rear surface of the transparent display assembly; and a display light disposed on both ends of a light guide plate at a rear side of the display to emit light to the light guide plate.

    [0025] The PCB may include: a touch PCB connected to the touch sensor and the flat-type cable; a T-CON board connected to the display and the flat-type cable; and a docking PCB connected to at least one of the touch PCB and the T-CON board and converted into and connected to a display PCB provided in the cabinet by the wire-type cable.

    [0026] The transparent display assembly may include: a front plate and a rear plate, which are spaced apart from each other to define outer appearances of a front surface and a rear surface, respectively; an outer spacer connecting the front plate to the rear plate, wherein a protrusion may further protrude to the outside of the outer spacer is disposed on a circumference of the front plate.

    [0027] A front panel support part on which the protrusion is seated may be disposed on the frame, and the front panel support part may be stepped so that the front plate and the outer plate are disposed on the same plane.

    [0028] A barrier coupling part accommodating an upper end of the barrier may be disposed on an inner surface of the cap deco, and when the barrier coupling part and the barrier may be coupled to each other, a space between the cap deco and the transparent display assembly may be partitioned into front and rear spaces.

    [0029] The barrier may extend in a horizontal direction so that the first space is defined at a front side of the second space.

    [0030] The barrier may be disposed on each of both left and right sides so that the first space is defined in each of both the sides, and the second space is defined between the first spaces.

    [0031] A PCB insulation material molded with a thickness less than that of the insulation material may be disposed in the second space, and the PCB insulation material may be mounted between the PCB and a front plate.

    [0032] The PCB insulation material may be attached to a rear surface of the front plate and include a vacuum insulation material or Styrofoam, which has a sheet shape.

    [0033] The cable may be guided to the outside of the transparent display assembly through a space between the outer spacer and the front panel and/or the rear panel.

    [0034] The cable may be guided to the outside of the transparent display assembly by passing through an adhesion member, which allows the outer spacer to adhere to the front panel and/or the rear panel.

    [0035] The second space may communicate with an upper hinge coupled to an upper end of the door.

    [0036] The cap deco may include a PCB mounting part extending downward, and the PCB may be disposed in the second space in a state of being mounted on the PCB mounting part.

    [0037] The details of one or more embodiments are set forth in the accompanying drawings and the description below. Other features will be apparent from the description and drawings, and from the claims.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0038] 

    Fig. 1 is a front view of a refrigerator according to a first embodiment.

    Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the refrigerator.

    Fig. 3 is a perspective view of the refrigerator with a sub door opened.

    Fig. 4 is a perspective view of the refrigerator with a main door opened.

    Fig. 5 is a perspective view of the sub door when viewed from a front side.

    Fig. 6 is a perspective view of the sub door when viewed from a rear side.

    Fig. 7 is an exploded perspective view of the sub door.

    Fig. 8 is a partial perspective view illustrating an upper portion of an inner frame when viewed from a front side according to the first embodiment.

    Fig. 9 is a partial perspective view of the upper portion of the inner frame when viewed from a rear side.

    Fig. 10 is a perspective view of the transparent display assembly according to the first embodiment.

    Fig. 11 is an exploded perspective view of the transparent display assembly.

    Fig. 12 is a cross-sectional view of the transparent display assembly.

    Fig. 13 is a partial perspective view illustrating an arranged state of the display cable of the transparent display assembly.

    Fig. 14 is a partial perspective view illustrating an arranged state of the display light cable of the transparent display assembly.

    Fig. 15 is an exploded perspective of a coupling structure between the cap deco and the PCB according to the first embodiment.

    Fig. 16 is an exploded perspective view of the coupling structure between the cap deco and the PCB according to the first embodiment.

    Fig. 17 is an exploded perspective view illustrating a structure in which the PCB is mounted on the sub door.

    Fig, 18 is a cutaway perspective view taken along line 18-18' of Fig. 5.

    Fig. 19 is a partial perspective view illustrating a connection structure between the cables and the PCBs of the transparent display assembly.

    Fig. 20 is a plan view illustrating an arrangement of the cable connecting the sub door to a control unit.

    Fig. 21 is a block diagram illustrating a flow of a control signal of the refrigerator.

    Figs. 22 and 23 are block diagrams illustrating a different connection state of the connection cable connected to the control unit.

    Fig. 24 is a transverse cross-sectional view of the main door and the sub door.

    Fig. 25 is a longitudinal cross-sectional view of the main door and the sub door.

    Fig. 26 is a view illustrating a state in which the inside of the refrigerator is seen through the transparent display assembly.

    Fig. 27 is a view illustrating a state in which a screen is outputted through the transparent display assembly.

    Fig. 28 is an exploded perspective view of a door according to a second example not forming part of the invention.

    Fig. 29 is an exploded perspective view of a door according to a third example not forming part of the invention.

    Fig. 30 is an exploded perspective view of a door according to a fourth embodiment.

    Fig. 31 is a block diagram illustrating a flow of a control signal in the refrigerator according to the fourth embodiment.

    Fig. 32 is a partial perspective view illustrating an arrangement of a wire of a door according to a fifth embodiment.

    Fig. 33 is a partial exploded perspective view of a door according to a sixth embodiment.

    Fig. 34 is a cutaway perspective view of a door according to the sixth embodiment.

    Fig. 35 is an exploded perspective view of a door according to a seventh embodiment.

    Fig. 36 is an exploded perspective view of a sub door according to a seventh embodiment.

    Fig. 37 is an exploded perspective view of a transparent display assembly according to the seventh embodiment.

    Fig. 38 is a block diagram illustrating a flow of a control signal in the refrigerator according to the seventh embodiment.


    DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE EMBODIMENTS



    [0039] Reference will now be made in detail to the embodiments of the present disclosure, examples of which are illustrated in the accompanying drawings. The invention may, however, be embodied in many different forms and should not be construed as being limited to the embodiments set forth herein; rather, that alternate embodiments included in other retrogressive inventions or falling within the spirit and scope of the present disclosure will fully convey the concept of the invention to those skilled in the art.

    [0040] Fig. 1 is a front view of a refrigerator according to a first embodiment. Also, Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the refrigerator.

    [0041] Referring to Figs. 1 and 2, a refrigerator 1 according to a first embodiment includes a cabinet 10 defining a storage space and a door that opens or closes the storage space. Here, an outer appearance of the refrigerator 1 may be defined by the cabinet 10 and the door.

    [0042] The inside of the cabinet 10 is partitioned into upper and lower portions by a barrier (see Fig. 11). A refrigerating compartment 12 may be defined in the upper portion of the cabinet 10, and a freezing compartment 13 may be defined in the lower portion of the cabinet 10.

    [0043] Also, a control unit 14 for controlling an overall operation of the refrigerator 1 may be disposed on a top surface of the cabinet 10. The control unit 14 may be configured to control a cooling operation of the refrigerator as well as electric components for selective see-through and screen output of a see-through part 21.

    [0044] The door may include a refrigerating compartment door and a freezing compartment door 30. The refrigerating compartment door 20 may be opened and closed by rotating an opened front surface of the refrigerating compartment 12, and the freezing compartment door 30 may be switched by rotating an opened front surface of the freezing compartment 13.

    [0045] Also, the refrigerating compartment door 20 may be provided in a pair of left and right doors. Thus, the refrigerating compartment 12 is covered by the pair of doors. The freezing compartment door 30 may be provided in a pair of left and right doors. Thus, the freezing compartment 13 may be opened and closed by the pair of doors. Alternatively, the freezing compartment door 30 may be withdrawable in a draw type as necessary and provided as one or more doors.

    [0046] Although a refrigerator in which, a French type door in which a pair of doors rotate to open and close one space is applied to a bottom freezer type refrigerator in which the freezing compartment 13 is provided at a lower portion, is described as an example in this embodiment, the present disclosure may be applied to all types of refrigerators including door without being limited to shapes of the refrigerators.

    [0047] Also, recessed handle grooves 201 and 301 may be provided in a lower end of the refrigerating compartment door 20 and an upper end of the freezing compartment door 30. A user may insert a his/her hand into the handle groove 201 or 301 to open and close the refrigerating compartment door 20 or the freezing compartment door 30.

    [0048] At least one door may be provided so that the inside of the refrigerator is seen through the door. A see-through part 21 that is an area, through which the storage space in the rear surface of the door and/or the inside of the refrigerator are seen, may be provided in the refrigerating compartment door 20. The see-through part 21 may constitute at least a portion of a front surface of the refrigerating compartment door 20. The see-through part 21 may be selectively transparent or opaque according to user' s manipulation. Thus, foods accommodated in the refrigerator may be accurately identified through the see-through part 21.

    [0049] Also, although the structure in which the see-through part 21 is provided in the refrigerating compartment door 20 is described as an example in this embodiment, the see-through part 21 may be provided in different types of various refrigerator doors such as the freezing compartment door 30 according to a structure and configuration of the refrigerator.

    [0050] Fig. 3 is a perspective view of the refrigerator with a sub door opened. Also, Fig. 4 is a perspective view of the refrigerator with a main door opened.

    [0051] As illustrated in Figs. 3 and 4, the refrigerating compartment door 20, which is disposed at the right side (when viewed in Fig. 3), of the pair of refrigerating compartment doors 20 may be doubly opened and closed. In detail, the refrigerating compartment door 20, which is disposed at the right side, may include a main door 40 that opening and closing the refrigerating compartment 12 and a sub door 50 rotatably disposed on the main door 40 to open and close an opening defined in the main door 40.

    [0052] The main door 40 may have the same size as that of the refrigerating compartment door 20, which is disposed at the left side (when viewed in Fig. 1), of the pair of refrigerating compartment doors 20. The main door 40 may be rotatably mounted on the cabinet 10 by an upper hinge 401 and a lower hinge 402 to open at least a portion of the refrigerating compartment door 20.

    [0053] Also, an opening 41 that is opened with a predetermined size is defined in the main door 40. A door basket 431 may be mounted on the rear surface of the main door 40 as well as the inside of the opening 41. Here, the opening 41 may have a size that occupies most of the front surface of the main door 40 except for a portion of a circumference of the main door 40.

    [0054] Also, a main gasket 45 may be disposed on a circumference of the rear surface of the main door 40 to prevent cool air within an internal space of the cabinet 10 from leaking when the main door 40 is opened.

    [0055] The sub door 50 may be rotatably mounted on the front surface of the main door 40 to open and close the opening 41. Thus, the sub door 50 may be opened to expose the opening 41.

    [0056] The sub door 50 may have the same size as the main door 40 to cover the entire front surface of the main door 40. Also, when the sub door 50 is closed, the main door 40 and the sub door 50 may be coupled to each other to provide the same size and configuration as those of the left refrigerating compartment door 20. Also, a sub gasket 503 may be disposed on the rear surface of the sub door 50 to seal a gap between the main door 40 and the sub door 50.

    [0057] A transparent display assembly 60 that selectively sees the inside and outputs a screen may be disposed at a center of the sub door 50. Thus, even though the sub door 50 is closed, the inside of the opening 41 may be selectively seen, and also an image inside the opening 41 may be outputted. The see-through part 21 may be a portion of the sub door 50, through which the inside of the refrigerator 1 is seen. However, the see-through part 21 may not necessarily match the entirety of the transparent display assembly 60.

    [0058] The transparent display assembly 60 may be configured to be selectively transparent or opaque according to user's manipulation. Thus, only when the user desires, the transparent display assembly 60 may be transparent so that the inside of the refrigerator 1 is visualized, otherwise, be maintained in the opaque state. Also, the transparent display assembly 60 may output a screen in the transparent or opaque state.

    [0059] A sub upper hinge 501 and a sub lower hinge 502 may be respectively provided on upper and lower ends of the sub door 50 so that the sub door 50 is rotatably mounted on the front surface of the main door 40. Also, an opening device 59 may be provided on the sub door 50. A locking unit 42 may be provided on the main door 40 to correspond to the opening device 59. Thus, the sub door 50 may be maintained in the closed state by the coupling between the opening device 59 and the locking unit 42. When the coupling between the opening device 59 and the locking unit 42 is released by manipulation of the opening device 59, the sub door 50 may be opened with respect to the main door 40.

    [0060] Also, a damping device 504 (see Fig. 6) may be provided on a lower end of the sub door 50. The damping device 504 may be disposed on edges of the lower end and lateral end of the sub door 50, which are adjacent to the sub lower hinge 502, so that an impact is damped when the sub door 50 having a relatively heavy weight by the transparent display assembly 60 is closed.

    [0061] An accommodation case 43 may be provided in the rear surface of the main door 40. A plurality of door baskets 431 may be disposed on the accommodation case 43, and a case door 432 may be provided on the accommodation case 43.

    [0062] Fig. 5 is a perspective view of the sub door when viewed from a front side. Fig. 6 is a perspective view of the sub door when viewed from a rear side. Also, Fig. 7 is an exploded perspective view of the sub door.

    [0063] As illustrated in the drawings, the sub door 50 may include an outer plate 51 defining an outer appearance of the sub door 50, a door linear 56 mounted to be spaced apart from the outer plate 51, the transparent display assembly 60 mounted on an opening of the outer plate 51 and the door linear 56, and upper and lower cap decos 54 and 55 defining the top and bottom surfaces of the sub door 50. The above-described constituents may be coupled to define the whole outer appearance of the sub door 50.

    [0064] The outer plate 51 may constitute an outer appearance of the front surface of the sub door 50 and a portion of a circumferential surface of the sub door 50 and be made of a stainless steel material. The outer plate 51 may constitute a portion of the outer appearance of the sub door 50 as well as the front surface of the sub door 50. Also, the outer plate 51 may be made of the same material of the front surface of each of the refrigerating compartment door 20 and the freezing compartment door 30. Various surface treatments such as coating or film attachment so as to realize anti-fingerprint coating, hair lines, colors, or patterns may be performed on the front surface of the outer plate 51.

    [0065] The outer plate 51 may include a front part 512 defining the outer appearance of the front surface and a side part 513 defining an outer appearance of the side surface that is exposed to the outside. Also, a plate opening 511 may be defined at a center of the front part 512. Here, the plate opening 511 is covered by the transparent display assembly 60. Also, since the inside of the refrigerator 1 is seen through the transparent display assembly 60 covering the plate opening 511, the inside of the plate opening 511 is called the see-through part 21.

    [0066] The front part 512 may have a curvature that gradually decreases outward from a central side of the refrigerator 1 as a whole. The front part 512 may be rounded to correspond to the front surface of the refrigerating compartment door 20, which is adjacent to the front part 512. Thus, the outer appearance of the front surface of the refrigerator 1 may be three-dimensionally viewed as a whole.

    [0067] Also, an opening bent part 514 that is bent backward may be disposed on a circumferential surface of the plate opening 511. The opening bent part 514 may be disposed along a circumference of the plate opening 511 and extend by a predetermined length so as to be inserted into and fixed to an inner frame 52 that will be described below. Thus, the plate opening 511 may be defined by the opening bent part 514.

    [0068] The side part 513 that is bent backward may be disposed on each of both ends of the front part 512. The side part 513 may define an outer appearance of the side surface of the sub door 50. Also, an end of the side part 513 may also be bent inward to be coupled to the door linear 56.

    [0069] Upper and lower ends of the outer plate 51 may also be bent to be coupled to the upper cap deco 54 and the lower cap deco 55. Thus, the outer plate 51 may define the outer appearance of the sub door 50 by being coupled to the door linear 56 and the upper and lower cap decos 54 and 55.

    [0070] The door linear 56 defines the rear surface of the sub door 50 and has a door linear opening 561 in the area on which the transparent display assembly 60 is disposed. Also, a sub gasket 503 for sealing a gap between the sub door 50 and the main door 40 may be mounted on the rear surface of the door linear 56.

    [0071] Also, a door light 57 may be provided on each of both sides of the door linear opening 561. The door light 57 may illuminate the rear surface of the sub door 50 and a rear side of the transparent display assembly 60.

    [0072] Thus, the door light 57 may illuminate an inner space of the accommodation case 43, and simultaneously, serve as an auxiliary backlight function of the transparent display assembly 60 to more clearly output a screen of the transparent display assembly 60. When the door light 57 is turned on, the inside of the accommodation case 43 may be brightened up, and thus, the inside of the refrigerator 1 may be more brightened up than the outside of the refrigerator 1 so that the rear space of the sub door 50 may be visualized through the transparent display assembly 60.

    [0073] The door light 57 may be disposed on both sides of the transparent display assembly 60 in directions facing each other. The mounted position of the door light 57 may variously vary as long as the door light 57 has sufficient brightness at the rear side of the sub door.

    [0074] Also, the opening device 59 may be mounted on the door linear 56. The opening device 59 may include a manipulation member 591 exposed to the lower end of the sub door 50, a load 592 extending from the manipulation member 591, and a locking member 593 protruding from the rear surface of the door linear 56. The user may manipulate the manipulation member 591 to allow the load 592 to move the locking member 593 so that the sub door 50 is selectively restricted by the main door 40 and also to manipulate the opening and closing of the sub door 50.

    [0075] The upper cap deco 54 may define a top surface of the sub door 50 and be coupled to upper ends of the outer plate 51 and the door linear 56. Also, a sub upper hinge mounting part 541 may be disposed on one end of the upper cap deco 54, and a hinge hole 541a into which a hinge shaft of the upper hinge 401 is inserted may be defined in the sub upper hinge mounting part 541. Also, a deco cover 54 may be detachably disposed on the upper cap deco 54. A structure of the upper cap deco 54 will be described below in more detail.

    [0076] The lower cap deco 55 may define a bottom surface of the sub door 50 and be coupled to lower ends of the outer plate 51 and the door linear 56.

    [0077] The transparent display assembly 60 may be disposed between the outer plate 51 and the door linear 56. Also, the transparent display assembly 60 may be configured to cover the plate opening 511 and the door linear opening 561. Also, the transparent display assembly 60 may be selectively manipulated to one state of transparent, translucent, opaque, and screen output states by the user.

    [0078] Thus, the user may selectively see through the inner space of the sub door 50 through the transparent display assembly 60 and see the screen outputted through the transparent display assembly 60.

    [0079] The inner frame 52 for supporting the transparent display assembly 60 is mounted on a circumference of the plate opening 511 of the outer plate 51. The transparent display assembly 60 may be fixed and mounted on the outer plate 51 by the inner frame 52. Particularly, a front surface of the outer plate 51 and the front surface of the transparent display assembly 60 may be disposed on the same extension line so that the front surface of the sub door 50 has a sense of unity.

    [0080] A frame opening 521 is defined at a center of the inner frame 52. The frame opening 521 has a size somewhat less than that of the plate opening 511 and has a structure in which the transparent display assembly 60 is seated thereon. Also, the frame opening 521 may have a size less than that of the front panel 61 and greater than that of the rear panel 65. Thus, when the transparent display assembly 60 is mounted, the rear panel 65 may successively pass through the plate opening 511 and the frame opening 521 and then be seated on the door linear 56.

    [0081] Also, the inner frame 52 may have a coupling structure with the outer plate 51. Here, the outer plate 51 and an end of the transparent display assembly 60 may be mounted on the inner frame 52 in a state in which the outer plate 51 and the end of the transparent display assembly 60 are closely attached to each other.

    [0082] Also, Fig. 8 is a partial perspective view illustrating an upper portion of the inner frame when viewed from a front side according to the first embodiment. Also, Fig. 9 is a partial perspective view of the upper portion of the inner frame when viewed from a rear side.

    [0083] As illustrated in the drawings, the inner frame 52 has a rectangular frame shape, and the frame opening 521 is defined in the center of the inner frame 52. Also, the inner frame 52 has a predetermined width to fix the outer plate 51 and also support the transparent display assembly 60.

    [0084] That is, the front surface of the inner frame 52 may have a portion coming into contact with the rear surface of the outer plate 51 and the other potion supporting a rear portion of the front panel 61 defining the front surface of the transparent display assembly 60.

    [0085] In detail, the inner frame 52 may include a plate support part 525, a plate accommodation groove 526, a front panel support part 528, and a heater accommodation groove 529 as a whole.

    [0086] The plate support part 525 defines the outermost portion of the inner frame 52 and have a flat front surface. Also, the plate support part 525 may be closely attached to the rear surface of the outer plate 51. That is, a circumference of the outermost portion of the inner frame 52 may support the rear surface of the outer plate 51 and adhere to the rear surface of the outer plate 51 by an adhesion member 692 or a member for adhesion such as a double-sided tape.

    [0087] The plate support part 525 may be disposed on all of an upper frame 522, a lower frame 523, and side frames 524, which constitute the inner frame 52, and be disposed along the circumference of the inner frame 52 to define a front surface of the inner frame 52.

    [0088] The plate accommodation groove 526 may be recessed from an end of the plate support part 525 and inserted into the opening bent part 514 that is bent along the opening of the outer plate 51.

    [0089] Thus, in a state in which the outer plate 51 adheres to the upper frame 522, the opening bent part 514 may be in the state of being inserted into the plate accommodation groove 526. Also, the opening bent part 514 may come into contact with the end of a circumference of the transparent display assembly 60 in the state of being inserted into the plate accommodation groove 526 and thus be closely attached between the outer plate 51 and the front surface of the transparent display assembly 60 without generating a gap.

    [0090] The plate accommodation groove 526 may be defined in the side frames 524 and the lower frame 523 except for the upper frame 522. Also, the opening bent part 514, which defines the upper end, of the plate opening 511 may be closely attached to an inner end of the upper frame 522 so that the whole of the opening bent part 514 of the outer plate 51 may be supported by the inner frame 52.

    [0091] Also, a guide rib 527 may be disposed on an end that connects the plate support part 525 to the bottom of the plate accommodation groove 526. The guide rib 527 guides the opening bent part 514 so that the opening bent part 514 is maintained in an accurate position in the state in which the opening bent part 514, which is inserted into the plate accommodation groove 526, is inserted into the plate accommodation groove 526.

    [0092] The guide rib 527 may protrude to come into contact with an inner surface of the opening bent part 514 and extend to a direction that crosses perpendicular to the extension direction of the opening bent part 514. A plurality of guide ribs 527 may be disposed adjacent to each other. As illustrated in the drawing, three guide ribs 527 may be successively disposed adjacent to each other. In this structure, the guide ribs 527 may be disposed at a predetermined interval to entirely support the opening bent part 514 along the circumference of the opening bent part 514.

    [0093] The guide rib 527 may extend from one side of the inner surface of the plate accommodation groove 526 to the bottom surface of the plate accommodation groove 526. Also, the guide rib 527 may protrude more and more from a position that is close to the plate support part 525 to form an inclined part 527a having inclination. Thus, when the opening bent part 514 is inserted into the plate accommodation groove 526, the opening bent part 514 may be inserted along the inclined part 527a.

    [0094] Also, a vertical part 527b may be disposed on an end of the inclined part 527a. The vertical part 527b may come into contact with the inner surface of the opening bent part 514 to support the opening bent part 514. Thus, the opening bent part 514 may be supported by the vertical part 527b in the state in which the opening bent part 514 is completely inserted into the plate accommodation groove 526.

    [0095] A front panel support part 528 may be disposed at an inner side of the plate accommodation groove 526. The front panel support part 528 may support the rear surface of the front panel 61 that defines the front surface of the transparent display assembly 60. The front panel support part 528 may be disposed at a rear side of the plate support part 525 and be stepped with respect to the plate support part 525.

    [0096] An adhesion member 692 such as a double-sided tape may be attached to a front surface of the front panel support part 528, or an adhesive may be applied to the front surface of the front panel support part 528 to adhere to the rear surface of the front panel 61. Here, a height difference between the front panel support part 528 and the plate support part 525 may correspond to a thickness of the front panel 61. Thus, a stepped portion or a gap may not occur in the front surface of the sub door 50. Also, an outer end of the transparent display assembly 60 and an end of the plate opening 511 of the outer plate 51 may be disposed on the same plane so that the entire front surface of the sub door 50 has a sense of unity without being stepped. Also, the front panel support part 528 may also be disposed along the side frames 524 and the lower frame 523 except for the upper frame 522.

    [0097] A heater accommodation groove 529 may be defined in the front panel support part 528. The heater accommodation groove 529 may heat the circumference of the transparent display assembly 60 coming into the contact with the front panel support part 528 to prevent dew from being generated on the transparent display assembly 60 and be disposed along the front panel support part 528.

    [0098] The heater accommodation groove 529 may have a shape corresponding to that of a heater 532. The heater accommodation groove 529 may completely accommodate the heater 532 so that the rear surface of the front panel 61 seated on the front panel support part 528 when the front panel 61 is mounted. Here, the heater 632 may come into contact with the rear surface of the front panel 61.

    [0099] As illustrated in Figs. 8 and 9, a frame barrier 520 may be disposed on an upper end of the upper frame 522. The frame barrier 520 may partition the inside of the sub door 50, which is provided above the upper frame 522, into front and rear sides and extend from the rear surface of the upper frame 522 to the upper cap deco 54.

    [0100] In more detail, the frame barrier 520 may include an extension part 520a extending backward from the rear surface of the upper frame 522 and a barrier part 520b extending upward from an end of the extension part 520a.

    [0101] The extension part 520a may extend backward from an inner end of the upper frame 522, which define the frame opening 521. The outer plate 51 may be away from the barrier part 520b according to an extending length of the extension part 520a to provide a space, in which an insulation material 531 (see Fig. 16) is foamed and filled, between the outer plate 51 and the barrier part 520b.

    [0102] The barrier part 520b may connect the extending end of the extension part 520a to the bottom surface of the upper cap deco 54 to partition the upper end of the inside of the sub door 50 into front and rear portions. Thus, the front space of the barrier part 520b may be an insulation space in which the insulation material 531 is provided. Also, PCBs for controlling the electronic components within the sub door 50 such as the transparent display assembly 60, the door light 57, and the heater 532 may be disposed in the rear space of the barrier part 520b. The front space in which the insulation material is filled may be called a front space or a first space, and the rear space in which the PCBs are disposed may be called a rear space or a second space.

    [0103] An insertion rib 520c that is inserted into a barrier coupling part 541e disposed on the bottom surface of the upper cap deco 54 may protrude from the upper end of the barrier part 520b. Thus, the barrier part 520b may be maintained in the state of being firmly fixed by the coupling with the bottom surface of the upper cap deco 54 and allow an inner upper portion of the sub door 50 to be completely partitioned from each other.

    [0104] Also, a hinge avoiding part 520d for avoiding an interference with a sub upper hinge 501 for the rotation of the sub door 50 may be further disposed on one end of the upper end of the barrier part 520b. The hinge avoiding part 520d may be disposed on one end of the barrier part 520d and define a space protruding forward.

    [0105] The PCBs may be disposed in the upper space of the sub door 50, i.e., disposed in a space between the frame barrier 520 and the door linear 56. As occasion demands, at least a portion of the upper cap deco 54 may be opened so that heat generated from the PCB is released to the outside of the sub door 50. A structure of each of the PCBs will be described below in more detail.

    [0106] Fig. 10 is a perspective view of the transparent display assembly according to the first embodiment. Also, Fig. 11 is an exploded perspective view of the transparent display assembly. Also, Fig. 12 is a cross-sectional view of the transparent display assembly.

    [0107] As illustrated in the drawings, the transparent display assembly 60 may have a size that is enough to cover the plate opening 511 and the linear opening 561 inside the sub door 50. Also, the see-through part 21 may be provided in the transparent display assembly 60 so that the inner space of the refrigerator is selectively seen, and a screen is outputted.

    [0108] In more detail with respect to the transparent display assembly 60, the transparent display assembly 60 may have an outer appearance that is defined by the front panel 61 and the rear panel 65, which define the front and rear surfaces of the transparent display assembly 60, and the outer spacer 67 connecting the front panel 61 to the rear panel 65.

    [0109] Also, a display 62 and a light guide plate 64 may be disposed between the front panel 61 and the rear panel 65. In addition, a first spacer 63 for supporting the display 62 and the light guide plate 64 may be further provided, and a display light 68 for emitting light to the light guide plate 64 may be provided.

    [0110] In more detail, the front panel 61 may be made of a transparent glass material (e.g., blue glass) that defines an outer appearance of the front surface of the transparent display assembly 60. The front panel 61 may be made of a different material through which the inside of the front panel 61 is seen, and a touch input is enabled.

    [0111] The front panel 61 may have a size greater than that of the plate opening 511 and be supported by the inner frame 52. That is, when the transparent display assembly 60 is assembled and mounted from the rear side, a circumferential portion of the front panel 61 may be supported by the inner frame 52.

    [0112] In detail, a front protrusion 613 that further protrudes outward than the rear panel may be disposed on the front panel 61. The front protrusion 631 may have a length greater than that of the rear panel 65 in all directions. Also, the front panel 61 defining the front surface of the transparent display assembly 60 may further extend outward from the plate opening 511 and then be stably fixed and mounted on the inner frame 52 due to characteristics of the transparent display assembly 60 mounted on at the front side of the outer plate 51.

    [0113] Thus, when the transparent display assembly 60 is mounted, each of the extending ends of the front panel 61, i.e., the front protrusion 613 may be supported by the inner frame 52, and thus, the transparent display assembly 60 may be stably maintained in the mounted state without being separated.

    [0114] A bezel 611 may be disposed on a circumference of the rear surface of the front panel 61. The bezel 611 may be printed with a black color and have a predetermined width so that the outer spacer 67 and the first spacer 63 are covered without being exposed to the outside.

    [0115] A touch sensor 612 may be disposed on a rear surface of the front panel 61. The touch sensor 612 may be formed on the rear surface of the front panel 61 in a printing manner and be configured to detect user's touch manipulation of the front panel 61. Alternatively, the touch sensor 612 may be formed in various manners such as a film adhesion manner, rather than the printing manner, so that the user touches the front panel 61 to perform the touch input.

    [0116] A touch cable 601 connected to the touch sensor 612 may be disposed on the upper end of the front panel 61. The touch cable 601 may be provided as a flexible film type cable such as a flexible flat cable (FFC) or a flexible print cable or flexible print circuit board (FPC). A printed circuit may be printed on the touch cable 601 to constitute at least a portion of a touch PCB 603. Also, the touch cable 601 may be connected to the touch PCB 603 that will be described later.

    [0117] The touch cable 601 may be connected to the touch sensor 612 to extend upward. Also, the touch cable 601 may be configured so that a wire is disposed on a base made of a resin material such as a film and may extend upward along the rear surface of the front panel 61. The touch cable 601 may be flexibly bent so that the touch cable 601 has a thin thickness and a wide width like a sheet.

    [0118] Also, the touch cable 601 may be provided as a film type. Thus, when the touch cable 601 is connected to the touch PCB 603, an end of the touch cable 601 may be easily inserted into a connector of the touch PCB 603. For this, the touch cable 601 may be bent several times, and the end of the touch cable 601 may be directed to the connector of the touch PCB 603. Also, the touch cable 601 may be bent to be disposed along a well surface of an inner space of the sub door 50 to provide an efficient arrangement in inner space of the sub door 50.

    [0119] As illustrated in Fig. 10, the display cable 605 and the display light cable 606 in addition to the touch cable 601 may have the same structure. As described above, the cables 601, 605, and 606, each of which has a flat cable shape, may extent to an upper end of the transparent display assembly 60, and the cables 601, 605, and 606, each of which has the thin thickness and the wide width, may be efficiently disposed on the sub door 50. In addition, a simple structure connected to the PCBs 601, 605, and 606 disposed in the upper portion of the sub door 50 may be provided.

    [0120] The display 62 may be disposed on the rear surface of the front panel 61. The display 62 may be provided as an LCD module for outputting a screen. Also, the display 62 may be transparent so that the user sees the inside through the display 62 when the screen is not outputted.

    [0121] A source board 621 may be disposed on one end of both left and right sides of the display 62. The source board 621 may be configured to output a screen through the display 62 and b connected to the display 62 to constitute one assembly. Also, a portion of the source board 621 may include the flexible film type cable structure.

    [0122] Also, the source board 621 may have a width less than a thickness of the transparent display assembly 60 and be bent while the transparent display assembly 60 is assembled. Here, a position at which the source board 621 is disposed may be defined between the outer spacer 67 and the first spacer 63 and come into contact with an inner surface of the outer spacer 67 in a state of being perpendicular to the front panel 61.

    [0123] Also, the source board 621 may be connected to a display cable 605. The display cable 605 may be connected to a T-CON board 602 at an upper portion of the sub door 50.

    [0124] In detail, when the source board 621 is disposed on the rear surface of the display 62, the source board 621 may be exposed to the outside through the see-through part 21 due to the characteristics of the display 62 that is transparent. Also, when the source board 621 has a structure that protrudes laterally, the sub door 50 may increase in size.

    [0125] Thus, the source board 621 may be disposed on an end of a circumferential side of the display 62 and also disposed between the outer spacer 67 and the first spacer 63. Also, the source board 621 may have a size corresponding to that of the outer spacer 67 without getting out of a region of the outer spacer 67 in a state of being closely attached to the outer spacer 67.

    [0126] The source board 621 may be constituted by two upper and lower boards 621 and respectivley connected to the pair of display cables 605. The display cable 605 may have a flexible and flat structure like the touch cable 601 and also have a structure that is freely bendable.

    [0127] The display cable 605 may extend along the circumferential surface of the transparent display assembly 60 and pass through a sealant 691 defining the side surface of the transparent display assembly 60 to extend to the outside of the transparent display assembly 60.

    [0128] Also, the display cable 605 may be bent to extend along the circumferential surface of the transparent display assembly 60, i.e., be bent so that an end thereof extends upward from the transparent display assembly 60. Thus, the display cable 605 may be coupled to the T-CON board 602 at the upper side of the sub door 50.

    [0129] Both ends of the display 62 may be supported by the first spacer 63. The first spacer 63 may have a stick shape extending from an upper end to the lower end of the display 62 and be made of an aluminum material.

    [0130] The light guide plate 64 may be disposed at a rear side of the display 62 and spaced a predetermined distance from the display 62 by the first spacer 63. Here, there is a difference in depth feeling of the screen outputted from the display 62 according to the position of the light guide plate 64.

    [0131] Thus, the light guide plate 64 may be disposed further forward than an intermediate point between the front panel 61 and the rear panel 65 so that the screen outputted by the display 62 is felt closer to the front panel 61. As a result, a height of the first spacer 63 may be determined.

    [0132] The light guide plate 64 may diffuse or scatter light emitted from the display light 68 and be made of various materials. For example, the light guide plate 64 may be made of a polymer material or formed by forming a pattern or attaching a film on a surface thereof. The light guide plate 64 may illuminate the display 62 from the rear side of the display 62 when the display light 68 is turned on. For this, the light guide plate 64 may have a plate shape having a size equal to or somewhat greater than that of the display 62. The display light 68 may be disposed at a position corresponding to each of upper and lower ends of the light guide plate 64.

    [0133] The rear panel 65 may be disposed at a rear side of the light guide plate 64. The rear panel 65 may define the rear surface of the transparent display assembly 60 and have a size greater than that of the light guide plate and less than that of the front panel 61. Also, the rear panel 65 may have a size greater than that of the linear opening 561 to cover the linear opening 561.

    [0134] A circumference of the rear panel 65 may further protrude outward from the outer spacer 67 to provide a rear panel protrusion 651. The rear panel protrusion 651 may be seated on the door linear 56 when the transparent display assembly 60 is mounted and provide a space in which a foaming solution is filled when the insulation material 531 is molded in the sub door 50.

    [0135] The rear panel 65 may be made of low-ε glass to realize thermal insulation. A low radiation coating layer may be formed on a surface of glass for general insulation to form the low-ε glass, and thus, the low-ε glass may have excellent thermal insulation. As a result, the rear panel 65 may prevent heat of cool air within the refrigerator from being transferred to the outside through the transparent display assembly 60.

    [0136] A second spacer 66 may be disposed between the rear panel 65 and the light guide plate 64. The second spacer 66 may have a rectangular frame shape disposed along a circumference of the light guide plate 64 and adhere to the light guide plate 64 and the rear panel 65 to maintain a predetermined distance between the light guide plate 64 and the rear panel 65.

    [0137] Although the spacers 63, 66, and 67 have structures different from each other in this embodiment, the spacers 63, 66, and 67 may maintain a distance between the adjacent panels 61 and 65 and the light guide plate 64 and have various shapes such as a rod shape or a shape in which the moisture absorbent is accommodated into a shape.

    [0138] The distance between the front panel 61 and the light guide plate 64 may be maintained in fixed distance so as to output the screen of the display 62. Also, the distance between the light guide plate 64 and the rear panel 65 may be determined according to a thickness of the sub door 50 or the total thickness of the transparent display assembly 60. That is, the second spacer 66 may be adjusted in thickness to determine the total thickness of the transparent display assembly 60 so as to be mounted to match a specification of the sub door 50.

    [0139] The rear panel 65 may come into contact with the door light 57. Thus, a distance between the display 62 and the door light 57 may be determined according to the position of the rear panel 65. The door light 57 may serve as an auxiliary backlight of the display 62 in the turn-on state.

    [0140] In detail, a distance between the display 62 and the door light 58 may range from about 5 cm to about 15 cm. When the distance between the display 62 and the door light 57 is less than about 5 cm, a shade may occur. When the distance between the display 62 and the door light 57 exceeds about 5 cm, the door light may not serve as the backlight. Thus, to maintain the distance between the display 62 and the door light 57, the rear panel 65 may also be maintained to be spaced a predetermined distance from the display 62, and thus, the width of the second spacer 66 may be determined.

    [0141] A gap between the light guide plate 64 and the rear panel 65 may be sealed by the second spacer 66. Thus, a space between the second spacer 66 and the light guide plate 64 may become to a vacuum state, or an insulative gas such as argon may be injected for the thermal insulation to more improve the thermal insulation performance.

    [0142] In the state in which the rear panel 65 adheres to the second spacer 66, an outer end of the rear panel 65 may further extend outward from the second spacer 66. Also, the outer spacer 67 may be mounted on the outer end of the rear panel 65 so that the rear panel 65 and the front panel 61 are fixed to each other.

    [0143] The outer spacer 67 may have a rectangular frame shape. The outer spacer 67 may connect the rear surface of the front panel 61 to the front surface of the rear panel 65 and also define the circumferential surface of the transparent display assembly 60.

    [0144] In detail, the outer spacer 67 may define a circumference of an outer portion of the transparent display assembly 60 and also have a connection structure that is capable of allowing the front panel 61 to be maintained at a certain distance.

    [0145] The space between the front panel 61 and the rear panel 65, i.e., the inner space of the outer spacer may be completely sealed by the coupling of the outer spacer 67. Also, the inside of the outer spacer 67 may be more sealed by the sealant 691 applied to the circumference of the outer spacer 67.

    [0146] The display 62 and the light guide plate 64 may be spaced apart from each other in a front and rear direction within the inside of the space that is sealed by the outer spacer 67. The first and second spacers 63 and 66 for maintaining the distance of the light guide plate 64 may be also provided in the inner space of the outer spacer 67.

    [0147] An additional insulation panel may be further provided in the outer spacer 67, or a multilayered glass structure may be provided in the outer spacer 67. All of the above-described constituents may be provided in the space defined by the outer spacer 67.

    [0148] That is, the overall outer appearance of the transparent display assembly 60 may be defined by the front panel 61, the rear panel 65, and the outer spacer 67, and all of the remaining constituents may be provided in the outer spacer 67. Thus, the sealing may be performed only between the outer spacer 67, the front panel 61, and the rear panel 65 to completely seal the multilayered panel structure.

    [0149] Particularly, even through a plate-shaped structure such as the light guide plate 64 is further provided in the outer spacer 67, when only the outer spacer 67 adheres to the front panel 61 and the rear panel 65, the sealed structure of the transparent display assembly 60 may be achieved. The sealed structure may maintain a minimal sealing point even in the multilayered structure due to the plurality of panel including the light guide plate 64.

    [0150] Thus, introduction of external air into the transparent display assembly 60 or the dew condensation in the transparent display assembly 60 due to introduction of moisture may be minimized. Also, when the inside of the outer spacer 67 becomes in a vacuum state, or a gas for the thermal insulation is injected, the insulation layer may be provided in the whole multilayered structure within the transparent display assembly 60 to more improve the thermal insulation performance.

    [0151] The transparent display assembly 60 may be disposed in the sub door 50 so that the inside of the refrigerator is seen, and the screen is outputted, and also, the thermal insulation structure may be achieved in the multilayered panel structure at the minimum sealing point to secure the thermal insulation performance.

    [0152] Also, a space in which the display light 68 is mounted may be provided in an inner surface of the outer spacer 67. The display light 68 may be mounted on each of the upper and lower ends of the outer spacer 67. The light guide plate 64 may be disposed between the display lights 68 disposed on the upper and lower ends of the outer spacer 67.

    [0153] Thus, light emitted through the display light 68 may be directed to an end of the light guide plate 64 and then travel along the light guide plate 64 so that the entire surface of the light guide plate 64 emits light.

    [0154] The display lights 68 disposed on the inner upper and lower ends of the transparent display assembly 60 may be connected to a display light cable 606. The display light cable 606 may have a flexible and flat shape like the touch cable 601 and the display cable 605.

    [0155] The display light cable 606 may be connected to the display light 68 that is mounted inside the outer spacer 67 to extend to the outside of the transparent display assembly 60.

    [0156] Also, the display light cable 606 may extend along the circumference of the transparent display 62 so that the display light cable 606 is not exposed through the transparent display 62. Also, the display light cable 606 may extend upward in a state of being closely attached to the rear surface of the rear panel 65. As occasion demands, the display light cable 606 may be bent in the state of adhering to the rear surface of the rear panel 65 and then may be connected to a docking PCB 604 disposed on the upper portion of the sub door 50.

    [0157] Here, since the display light cable 606 extends in the state of being closely attached to a circumferential surface of the rear panel protrusion 651 of the rear panel 65, when the sub door 50 is viewed from the outside, the display light cable 606 may not be exposed through the transparent display assembly 60.

    [0158] The sealant 691 may be applied to the circumference of the outer spacer 67. The sealant 691 may be applied to form the circumferential surface of the transparent display assembly 60. That is, the sealant 691 may form a circumferential surface between the front panel 61 and the rear panel 65.

    [0159] The sealant 691 may seal the transparent display assembly 60 to prevent air from being introduced into the transparent display assembly 60 and be made of a polysulfide (that is called a thiokol) material. As occasion demands, the sealant 691 may be made of a different sealant material such as silicon or urethane so that the sealant 691 comes into direct contact with the foaming solution that is injected to mold the insulation material 531.

    [0160] The sealant 691 may maintain the coupling of the outer spacer 67, the front panel 61, and the rear panel 65 and completely seal the connected portions of the components to prevent water or moisture from being introduced. Also, the sealant 691 may be a portion, which comes into directly contact with the foaming solution when the insulation material 531 is molded, and protect the circumference of the transparent display assembly 60.

    [0161] Also, the sealant 691 may allow cables 601, 605, and 606 connected to the touch sensor 612, the display panel 62, and the display light 68 within the transparent display assembly 60 to be accessible therethrough. The sealant 691 may cover outer surfaces of the cables 601, 605, and 606 to prevent water or moisture from being introduced through spaces through which the cables 601 605, and 606 are accessible when the cables 601 605, and 606 extent through the circumferential surface of the transparent display assembly 60.

    [0162] Fig. 13 is a partial perspective view illustrating an arranged state of the display cable of the transparent display assembly.

    [0163] As illustrated in the drawing, the display cable 605 may be connected to the source board 621 to extend upward. Then, the display cable 605 may extend along the circumference of the side surface of the transparent display assembly 60 and then be connected to the T-CON board 602.

    [0164] The display cable 6-5 may be connected to the source board 621 inside the transparent display assembly 60. The display cable 605 may be guided to the outside of the outer spacer 67 through the space between the rear panel 65 and the outer spacer 67.

    [0165] In detail, a cable connection part 605a is provided on the display cable 605. The cable connection part 605a may be introduced into the transparent display assembly 60 through the space defined by the rear panel 65 and the end of the outer spacer 67 and then be connected to the source board 621 in the inner space of the transparent display 62.

    [0166] The cable connection part 605a may be guided to an outer surface of the transparent display assembly 60 through a gap of an adhesion member 671 for allow the rear panel 65 and the outer spacer 67 to adhere to each other. Thus, the display cable 605 may pass through the adhesion member 671 in a state in which the rear panel 65 and the outer spacer 67 are closely attached to each other to maintain the sealing of the inner space of the outer spacer 67.

    [0167] The display cable 605 may be bent to be closely attached to an outer surface of the transparent display assembly 60, i.e., an outer surface of the outer spacer 67. Also, the display cable 605 may extend upward in the state of coming into contact with the outer surface of the outer spacer 67 and then be bent again and connected to the T-CON board 602.

    [0168] Fig. 14 is a partial perspective view illustrating an arranged state of the display light cable of the transparent display assembly.

    [0169] As illustrated in Fig. 12, the display lights 68 disposed on the inner upper and lower ends of the transparent display assembly 60 may be connected to a display light cable 606. The display light cable 606 may have a flexible and flat shape like the touch cable 601 and the display cable 605.

    [0170] The display light cable 606 may be connected to the display light 68 disposed on each of the upper and lower portions of the transparent display assembly 60 to extend upward along the outer circumference of the transparent display assembly 60 and then be connected to the docking PCB 604.

    [0171] In detail, the display light cable 606 may be introduced into the transparent display assembly 60 through the space between the rear panel 65 and the outer spacer 67 and then be connected to the display light 68 disposed inside the outer spacer 67.

    [0172] The display light cable 606 may pass through the adhesion member 671 for allowing the outer spacer 67 and the rear panel 65 to adhere to each other and then be exposed to the outside. Then, the display light cable 606 may be bent to face the docking PCB 604 and extend along a circumference of the rear panel 65. Thus, the display light cable 606 may pass through the adhesion member 671 in a state in which the rear panel 65 and the outer spacer 67 are closely attached to each other to maintain the sealing of the inner space of the outer spacer 67.

    [0173] The display light cable 606 may extend along the circumference of the transparent display 62 so that the display light cable 606 is not exposed through the transparent display 62. Also, the display light cable 606 may extend upward in a state of being closely attached to the circumference of the rear panel 65. As occasion demands, the display light cable 606 may be bent in the state of adhering to the circumference of the front surface or the rear surface of the rear panel 65 and then may be connected to a docking PCB 604 disposed on the upper portion of the sub door 50.

    [0174] Here, since the display light cable 606 extends in the state of being closely attached to the circumference of the rear panel 65, when the sub door 50 is viewed from the outside, the display light cable 606 may be covered by the bezel 611 and thus may not be exposed through the transparent display assembly 60.

    [0175] Fig. 15 is an exploded perspective of a coupling structure between the cap deco and the PCB according to the first embodiment. Also, Fig. 16 is an exploded perspective view of the coupling structure between the cap deco and the PCB according to the first embodiment. Also, Fig. 17 is an exploded perspective view illustrating a structure in which the PCB is mounted on the sub door. Also, Fig, 18 is a cutaway perspective view taken along line 18-18' of Fig. 5.

    [0176] As illustrated in the drawings, the upper end of the sub door 50 may be defined by the upper cap deco 54, and the upper cap deco 54 may be coupled to the upper end of the outer plate 51 and the upper end of the door linear 56.

    [0177] For this, a plate insertion part 540a into which the upper end of the outer plate 51 is inserted may be defined in a circumference of a front surface of the upper cap deco 54. Also, a plate contact part 540b coming into contact with the rear surface of the outer plate 51 may be disposed below the plate insertion part 540a. Also, the plate contact part 540b and the upper end of the front surface of the inner frame 52 may come into contact with the outer plate 51 to define a closed space in which the insulation material 531 is provided.

    [0178] A linear mounting part 540c coupled to a cap deco insertion part 567 defined in the upper end of the door linear 56 may be disposed on a circumference of a rear surface of the upper cap deco 54. The linear mounting part 540c may have a shape that extends downward. A lower end of the linear mounting part 540c may be inserted into the cap deco insertion part 567 so that the linear mounting part 540c and the cap deco insertion part 567 are coupled to each other.

    [0179] Also, the barrier coupling part 541e may be disposed on the bottom surface of the upper cap deco 54. The barrier coupling part 541e may extend from a left end to a right end of the upper cap deco 54 and be coupled to the insertion rib 520c disposed on the upper end of the barrier part 520b. Thus, the upper cap deco 54 and the barrier part 520b may be coupled to each other to partition an inner upper space of the sub door 50 into front and rear spaces.

    [0180] The insulation material 531 may be provided in the front space partitioned by the barrier part 520b to insulate the sub door 50. Also, the PCBs 602, 603, and 604 for driving the plurality of electronic components disposed in the sub door 50 may be disposed in the rear space partitioned by the barrier part 520b.

    [0181] Also, a deco opening 542 may be defined in a top surface of the upper cap deco 54, and a deco cover 543 may be disposed on the deco opening 542. The deco opening 542 may communicate with the rear space, which is defined by the barrier part 520b, of the upper cap deco 54. Thus, the deco cover 543 may be separated to open the space in which the PCBs 602, 603, and 604 are mounted.

    [0182] The deco cover 543 may be detachably disposed on the upper cap deco 54, and the PCBs 602, 603, and 604 for driving the transparent display assembly 60 may be mounted on the deco cover 543. Thus, after the sub door 50 is foamed, the PCBs 602, 603, and 604 may be mounted on the deco cover 543, and then the PCBs 602, 603, and 604 may be inserted and mounted through the deco opening 542.

    [0183] In detail, the deco cover 543 may be constituted by a cover part 544 covering the deco opening 542 and a PCB mounting part 545 on which the PCBs 602, 603, and 604 are mounted. The cover part 544 may have a shape corresponding to the deco opening 542. Also, a screw hole 544a may be defined in each of both sides of the cover part 544, and then, a coupling member such as a screw may be coupled in the state in which the upper cap deco 54 is mounted so that the cover part covers the deco opening 542.

    [0184] A wire hole 541b may be defined in one side of the deco cover 543, i.e., in a wall of one side of the hinge mounting part 541. The wire hole 541b may be defined in one side of the PCB mounting part 545 to communicate with the space, in which the PCBs 602, 603, and 604 are disposed, of the spaces partitioned by the barrier part 520b.

    [0185] The wire hole 541b may have a size through which the connection cable 607 connected to the control unit 14 is accessible and be introduced into the cabinet 10 along the upper hinge 401. Here, the upper hinge 401 may include a cover covering the upper hinge 401. Thus, even when the sub door 50 is opened or closed, the connection cable 607 may pass through the sub door 50 and the cabinet 10 without interference.

    [0186] The connection cable 607 may be a wire type cable and have a structure in which the connection cable 607 easily passes through the wire hole 541b. That is, when the plurality of flat-type cables 601, 605, and 606 disposed in the sub door 50 pass through the sub door 50 to extend to the outside, exposed portions may increase due to the wide width thereof. As a result, a hole that is opened to guide the cables 601, 605, and 606 to the outside of the sub door 50 may structurally increase in size, and thus this becomes undesirable. Also, the cables 601, 605, and 606 exposed as described above may be damaged while the sub door 50 is repeatedly opened and closed. However, the cables 601, 605, and 606 may be converted into a wire-type connection cable 607 within the sub door 50, and the number of cables 601, 605, and 606 may be reduced. In this state, the connection cable 607 may pass through the wire hole 541b to minimize a size of the wire hole 541b defined in the sub door 50. Also, the wire hole 541b may be disposed toward the hinge mounting part 541 to minimize the exposure of the wire hole 541b and the connection cable 607.

    [0187] Also, the connection cable 607 may be provided in plurality. Here, the plurality of connection cables 607 may be protected by a cable cover 607a accommodating the plurality of connection cables 607. The cable cover 608a may be provided as a shrinkable tube or a tape. Also, the plurality of connection cables 607 may be accessed through the wire hole 541b in a state in which the plurality of connection cables 607 are bundled as one unit while passing through the cable cover 607a to prevent the bundle of the connection cables 607 from interfering with the cable cover 607a.

    [0188] The plurality of PCBs 602, 603, and 604 may be connected to the cables 601, 605, and 606 exposed within the deco cover 543 before the deco cover 543 is mounted on the deco opening 542. In detail, in the state in which the plurality of PCBs 602, 603, and 604 are mounted on the PCB mounting part 545, the cables 601, 605, and 606 may be respectively connected to the PCBs 602, 603,and 604. The connection cable 607 introduced through the wire hole 541b may also be connected to the docking PCB 604 and the T-CON board, which will be described below in detail. In the state in which the connection of the cables 601, 605, and 606 are completed, the deco cover 543 may be mounted on the upper cap deco 54 to cover the deco opening 542.

    [0189] Also, a cover support part 542a may be further disposed on each of both ends of the deco opening 542 to support both ends of the deco cover 543. Thus, the deco cover 543 may be seated on the cover support part 542a, and a coupling member such as the screw may be coupled to the cover support part 542a to fixedly mount the deco cover 543.

    [0190] The PCB mounting part 545 may extend downward from a bottom surface of the cover part 544. A front surface of the PCB mounting part 545, which faces the barrier part 520, may have a flat shape, and the plurality of PCBs may be mounted on a rear surface of the PCB mounting part 545, which faces the door linear 56. As occasion demands, the plurality of PCBs 602, 603, and 604 may be disposed on both the front and rear surfaces of the PCB mounting part 545 so that all of the plurality of PCBs 602, 603, and 604 are disposed in the massed space.

    [0191] The PCBs mounted on the PCB mounting part 545 may include the T-CON board 602, the touch PCB 603, and the docking PCB 604. The T-CON board 602 may include a display cable 605 for driving the display 62. The touch PCB 603 may process a touch input signal of the touch sensor 612 and include a touch cable 601 connected to the touch sensor 612. The docking PCB 604 may connect the cables 601, 605, and 606 connected to the PCBs 602, 603, and 604 to the connection cable 607 connected to the control unit 14 to guide the connection cable 607 that is a single or a lesser number of wire cables, in which the plurality of flat cables 601, 605, and 606 are integrated with each other, to the outside of the sub door 50.

    [0192] Fig. 19 is a partial perspective view illustrating a connection structure between the cables and the PCBs of the transparent display assembly. Also, Fig. 20 is a plan view illustrating an arrangement of the cable connecting the sub door to the control unit. Also, Fig. 21 is a block diagram illustrating a flow of a control signal of the refrigerator.

    [0193] As illustrated in the drawings, the deco cover 543 may be disposed on the upper portion of the sub door 50, and the plurality of PCBs 602, 603, and 604, i.e., the touch PCB 603, the T-CON board 602, and the docking PCB 604 may be mounted on the PCB mounting part 545 of the deco cover 543. Also, the plurality of PCBs 602, 603, and 604 may be connected to the plurality of cables 601, 605, and 606 within the sub door 50.

    [0194] The cables 601, 605, and 606 connecting the plurality of cables 602, 603, and 604 to each other may be provided as the flexible film type FFC or FPC. Thus, the touch cable 601, the display cable 605, and the display light cable 606 may occupy a large space within the sub door 50 and be disposed to be closely attached to each other along the outside of the transparent display assembly 60. Also, the connection structure with the PCBs 602, 603, and 604 may also be simply provided and may not be exposed to the outside through the see-through part 21. In addition, when the insulation material 531 is foamed to be molded in the sub door 50, the PCBs 602, 603, and 604 may not interfere with the insulation material 531.

    [0195] In more detail, the touch cable 601 may extend from an upper end of the touch sensor 612 and then be connected to the touch PCB 603. The touch PCB 603 may be disposed at a position corresponding to the extending end of the touch cable 601. A touch connector 603a into which the extending end of the touch cable 601 is inserted may be disposed on the touch PCB 603. The touch cable 601 may have a flat shape, and the extending end of the touch cable 601 may be bent to be inserted into the touch connector 603a. Thus, the touch cable 601 may be easily inserted into the touch connector 603a and have a structure that is connected to the touch PCB 603.

    [0196] The display cable 605 may be connected to the source board 621 to extend upward. Then, the display cable 605 may extend along the circumference of the side surface of the transparent display assembly 60 and then be connected to the T-CON board 602. Also, the display connector 602a disposed at the position corresponding to the end of the display cable 605 may be disposed on the T-CON board 602. Thus, the end of the display cable 604 having the flat cable shape may be inserted into the display connector 602a and connected to the T-CON board 602.

    [0197] The display light cable 606 may be connected to the display light 68 disposed on each of the upper and lower portions of the transparent display assembly 60 to extend upward along the outer circumference of the transparent display assembly 60 and then be connected to the docking PCB 604. The display light cable 606 may also have a flat cable shape and be inserted into a display light connector 604a disposed on the docking PCB 604 to connect the docking PCB 604 to the display light cable 606.

    [0198] The door light connector 604b may be disposed on the docking PCB 604. The door light connector 604b may be connected to an end of the door light cable 609 extending from the door light 57. The door light 57 may be provided as a separate part with respect to the transparent display assembly 60 and mounted on the door linear 56. Thus, the door light cable 609 connected to the door light 57 may extend to the docking PCB 604 without passing through the transparent display assembly 60 and be provided as a wire type cable. The door light cable 609 may also be provided as a flat and flexible cable like other cables 601, 605, and 606. Also, as occasion demands, the door light cable 609 may be provided as a wire type to constitute a portion of the connection cable 607 without being connected to the docking PCB 604.

    [0199] The docking PCB 604 may be connected to the touch PCB 603. The docking PCB 604 and the touch PCB 603 may be provided as separate parts. Thus, while the docking PCB 604 and the touch PCB 603 are assembled and mounted on the PCB mounding part 545, the docking PCB 604 and the touch PCB 603 may be connected to each other through a first docking cable 608. The first docking cable 608 may be connected to a PCB connector 604d disposed on the docking PCB 604. Also, as occasion demands, the T-CON board 602 may also be connected to the docking PCB 604 in the same manner.

    [0200] Also, in consideration of efficiency of a voltage situation or signal transmission, the T-CON board 602 may not be connected to the docking PCB 604, but directly connected to the control unit 14 through the wire hole 541b by the wire-type connection cable 607.

    [0201] Also, a connection connector 604c connected to the wire type connection cable 607 may be further disposed on the docking PCB 604. Since the connection connector 604c is connected to the docking PCB 604, the flat type cables 601, 605, and 606 may be connected to the display PCB 142 within the control unit 14 through the connection cable 607.

    [0202] The connection cable 607 may be accessible through the wire hole 541b defined in the upper cap deco 54 and pass through the upper hinge 401 or the cover covering the upper hinge 401 to be led to the control unit 14. Here, the connection cable 607 may not be exposed to the outside and extend to the control unit 14 through the inside of the cabinet 10 and then be connected to the display PCB 142 on the control unit 14.

    [0203] As described above, the plurality of electronic components disposed on the sub door 50, i.e., all of the plurality of flat cables 601, 605, and 606 connected to the electronic components constituting the transparent display assembly 60 may be connected to the PCBs 602, 603, and 604 in the upper portion of the sub door 50, and the wire type connection cable 607 extending from the control unit 14 on the cabinet 10 may be simply connected to the docking PCB 604 and/or the T-CON board 602 to minimize the size of the wire hole 541b and also minimize the interference when the sub door 50 is opened or closed.

    [0204] That is, each of the plurality of cables 601, 605, and 606 connected to the PCBs 602, 603, and 604 may have a very large width, and thus, the wire hole 541b for guiding the plurality of cables 601, 605, and 606 to the outside of the sub door 50 may be vary large to deteriorate the efficiency and the outer appearance. Also, the plurality of cables 601, 605, and 606 may be damaged by the interference due to the structural characteristics of the sub door 50 that is opened and closed by the rotation thereof or may be damaged by the exposure to the outside. Thus, the wire type connection cable 607 having a small volume and superior durability may be substantially used as the cable connecting the sub door 50 to the cabinet 10. Also, the number of connection cables 607 may be minimized to reduce the volume and space for guiding the connection cable 607.

    [0205] A main PCB 141, a display PCB 142, and an adaptor 143 may be disposed in the control unit 14 connected by the connection cable 607.

    [0206] The overall operation of the refrigerator 1 as well as a refrigerating cycle may be controlled by the main PCB 141. The main PCB 141 may be connected to the display PCB 142 to receive operation information of the transparent display assembly 60.

    [0207] Also, a camera 145 for photographing the inside of the refrigerator 1 so as to utilize image information may be connected to the main PCB 141. Also, a speaker 146 for outputting a voice may be connected to the main PCB 141. A separate communication module 147 for communication with an external device and a server may be connected to the main PCB 141. The communication module 147 may be directly or indirectly connected to the main PCB 141, the display PCB 142, the speaker 146, and the camera 145 to transmit the information.

    [0208] Also, the adaptor 143 for converting power supplied to the transparent display assembly 60 may be further disposed on the control unit 14. DC power may be converted into AC power that is suitable for driving the transparent display assembly 60 by the adaptor 143. Also, since the adaptor 143 has a relatively large size and generate large amount of heat, it may be more efficient when the adaptor 143 is disposed on the control unit 14 on the cabinet 10 rather than the sub door 50.

    [0209] Figs. 22 and 23 are block diagrams illustrating a different connection state of the connection cable connected to the control unit.

    [0210] As illustrated in the drawings, the connection structures of the PCBs 602, 603, and 604, the cables 601, 605, and 606, and the connection cable 607 may vary in addition to the above-described structures. Particularly, the connection cable 607 may be provided in plurality and thus have a structure in which the display PCB 142 on the cabinet 10 and the electronic components or the PCBs 602, 603, and 604 on the sub door 50 are connected by the display PCB 142.

    [0211] In detail, as illustrated in Fig. 22, the touch PCB 603 may be connected to the docking PCB 604 by the first docking cable 608, and the T-CON board 602 may be connected to the docking PCB 604 by a second docking cable 602b. Also, the display light 68 may be connected to the docking PCB 604 by the display light cable 606.

    [0212] Also, the connection cable 607 may connect the docking PCB 604 to the display PCB 142, and the door light 57 on the sub door 50 may be directly connected to the display PCB 142 by the door light cable 609.

    [0213] Here, the door light cable 609 may be provided as a wire cable like the connection cable 607. When a relatively high voltage is required for secure a sufficient light amount, as illustrated in Fig. 22, the door light cable 609 may be directly connected to the door light 57 without via the docking PCB 604.

    [0214] Also, as illustrated in Fig. 23, the touch PCB 603 may be connected by the first docking cable 608, and the T-CON board 602 may be connected by a second docking cable 602b. Also, the display light 68 may be connected by the display light cable 606, and the door light 57 may be connected to the docking PCB 604 by the door light cable 609.

    [0215] That is, all of the electronic components within the sub door 50 may be connected to the docking PCB 604 inside the sub door 50 by the plurality of cables 602b, 606, 608, and 609, and the docking PCB 604 may be connected to the transparent display PCB 142 by the one connection cable 607. Thus, the number of connection cables 607 passing through the sub door 50 may be minimized to minimize the number of cables exposed through the sub door 50.

    [0216] Hereinafter, turn-on/off states of the display light and the door light will be described in more detail with reference to the accompanying drawings.

    [0217] Fig. 24 is a transverse cross-sectional view of the main door and the sub door. Also, Fig. 25 is a longitudinal cross-sectional view of the main door and the sub door. Also, Fig. 26 is a view illustrating a state in which the inside of the refrigerator is seen through the transparent display assembly. Also, Fig. 27 is a view illustrating a state in which a screen is outputted through the transparent display assembly.

    [0218] As illustrated in the drawings, in a state in which a locking member 593 of the opening device 59 is inserted into a latch hole 421, the sub door 50 may be maintained in a closes state. In this state, the door light 57 may be maintained in a turn-off state. An opened or closed state of the sub door 50 may be detected through a door switch that is separately provided.

    [0219] In the turn-off state of the door light 57, as illustrated in Fig. 1, the rear space of the sub door 50 may be dark, and thus, the inside of the refrigerator 1 may not be seen through the see-through part 21. Thus, in the closed state of the sub door 50, if separate manipulation is not performed, the door light 57 may be maintained in the turn-off state, and the inside of the refrigerator 1 may not be seen through the see-through part 21.

    [0220] In this state, the user may touch-manipulate the front panel 61 to turn on the door light 57. When the door light 57 is turned on, light emitted from a lighting module may be emitted to positions of both rear left and right sides of the rear panel 65, which face each other.

    [0221] The door light 57 may extend from the upper end to the lower end of the rear panel 65. That is, the light emitted by the door light 57 may illuminate the entire rear region of the rear panel 65 from both the left and right sides of the rear panel 65.

    [0222] Here, when the display light 68 is in the turn-on state together with the door light 57, light may be emitted upward and downward by the display light 68, and thus the light may be emitted from left and right sides by the door light 57. As a result, the light may be emitted to the see-through part 21 in all directions to maximally brighten up an area of the see-through part 21.

    [0223] The door light 57 may emit light in directions facing each other in a state of being close to the rear panel 65. The light emitted by the door light 57 may brighten up an inner case of the accommodation case 43 and also brighten up the front region over the rear panel 65. Thus, as illustrated in Fig. 25, the door light 57 may serve as a lighting for brightening up the inner space of the refrigerator 1, which is seen through the see-through part 21 and also serve as an auxiliary backlight for allow the display 62 to be more clearly displayed.

    [0224] That is, in a state in which a screen is being outputted through the display 62, the inner space of the refrigerator 1, i.e., the rear space of the sub door 50 may be selectively seen through the see-through part 21. To allow the rear space of the sub door 50 to be seen through the see-through part 21, the door light 57 may be turned on.

    [0225] A turn on/off combination of the display light 68 and the door light 57 may be variously realized according to a degree of seeing of the inside of the accommodation case 43 through the see-through part 21.

    [0226] Also, when the user manipulates the front panel 61 disposed on the front surface of the refrigerator 1, the display light 68 may be turned on to turn on the display 62. Thus, the transparent display assembly 60 may output a screen as illustrated in Fig. 31. Here, the manipulation of the front panel 61 may be inputted as one of a specific position, the touch number, or a pattern. As occasion demands, a separate physical button or sensor may be used to detect the user's manipulation.

    [0227] A screen for displaying a state of the refrigerator 1 and manipulating may be outputted on the display 62. Here, various screens for information with respect to accommodated foods may be outputted by using Internet, image output external input devices, or the like.

    [0228] In detail, the display light 69 disposed on each of the upper and lower ends of the light guide plate 64 may be turned on together with the display 62 by the user' s manipulation. The light guide plate 64 may irregularly reflect and diffuse light of the display light 68 by the turn-on of the display light 68 to emit light having generally uniform brightness to the front display 62.

    [0229] Also, light may be emitted to the display 62 from the rear side of the display 62 by the light guide plate 64, and simultaneously, a screen based on inputted image information may be outputted on the display 62. Thus, the user may confirm the clearly outputted screen through the see-through part 21.

    [0230] In addition to the foregoing embodiment, a refrigerator according to various embodiments may be exemplified.

    [0231] Since the second example is the same as the first embodiment except for positions of a deco cover and a PCB, the same constituent as that according to the foregoing embodiment may be denoted by the same reference numeral, and its detailed description will be omitted. Also, it is to be noted in advance that the reference numerals which are not shown are also the same as the abovementioned embodiments.

    [0232] Fig. 26 is an exploded perspective view of a door according to a second example.

    [0233] A door according to a second example has an outer appearance defined by an outer case 51, and the outer case 51 may have an opened front surface. Also, the opening of the outer case 51 may be covered by a transparent display assembly 60. The transparent display assembly 60 may be selectively transparent to allow a user to selectively see the inside of a refrigerator and also enable a touch input by user's manipulation and output an image through a display 62.

    [0234] An upper cap deco 54 defining a top surface of the door 50 and a lower cap deco 55 defining a bottom surface of the door 50 may be disposed on upper and lower ends of the door 50, respectively. An insulation material may be disposed on a circumference of the transparent display assembly 60 to fix the transparent display assembly 60 and thermally insulate a circumference of the door 50.

    [0235] Also, a deco opening 551 that is opened to the inside of the door 50 may be defined in the lower cap deco 55. The deco opening 551 may be covered by a deco cover 552. The lower end of the transparent display assembly 60 may be exposed through the deco opening 551, and cables 601, 605, and 606 connected to electronic components of the transparent display assembly 60 may be exposed downward through the deco opening 551. The cables 601, 605, and 606 may be closely attached to the circumference of the transparent display assembly 60 to extend downward.

    [0236] Also, a PCB mounting part 553 extending upward and inserted into the deco opening 551 may be disposed on the deco cover 552, and a plurality of PCBs 602, 603, and 604 may be mounted on the PCB mounting part 553. The PCBs 602, 603, and 604 may include a touch PCB 603 connected to the touch cable 601, a T-CON board 602 connected to the display cable 605, and a docking PCB 604 connected to the display light cable 606.

    [0237] A wire cable type connection cable 607, which is introduced through a hinge mounting part 541, may be connected to the docking PCB 604 that is directly or indirectly connected to the plurality of flat cable type cables 601, 605, and 606.

    [0238] Thus, the plurality of cables 601, 605, and 606 connected to the electronic components of the door 50 or the transparent display assembly 60 may be connected to the docking PCB 604 to extend to the cabinet 10 via the hinge mounting part 541 of the upper cap deco 54 through the two connection cables 607 and then be connected to the control unit 14.

    [0239] Although the sub door 50 according to the first embodiment is described as an example of a door 50 according to the second example for convenience of description and understanding, the door 50 may be equally applied to the door 20 (the left door in Fig. 2) for directly opening and closing the inner space of the refrigerator.

    [0240] A refrigerator according to various other embodiments in addition to the abovementioned embodiments may be exemplified.

    [0241] Since a third example is the same as the abovementioned example except for a position at which a PCB is mounted, the same constituent as those according to the foregoing embodiments may be denoted by the same reference numeral, and its detailed description will be omitted. Also, it is to be noted in advance that the reference numerals which are not shown are also the same as the abovementioned embodiments.

    [0242] Fig. 28 is an exploded perspective view of a door according to a third embodiment.

    [0243] As illustrated in the drawings, a door 50 according to a third example may have an outer appearance of a front surface, which is defined by an outer case 51, and an outer appearance of a rear surface, which is defined by a door linear 56. Also, an area of a central portion of the outer case 51 and the door linear 56 may be mostly opened, and a transparent display assembly 60 may be disposed between the outer case 51 and the door linear 56.

    [0244] The transparent display assembly 60 may be selectively transparent to allow a user to selectively see the inside of a refrigerator and also enable a touch input by user's manipulation and output an image through a display 62.

    [0245] An upper cap deco 54 defining a top surface of the door 50 and a lower cap deco 55 defining a bottom surface of the door 50 may be disposed on upper and lower ends of the door 50, respectively. An insulation material may be disposed on a circumference of the transparent display assembly 60 to fix the transparent display assembly 60 and thermally insulate a circumference of the door 50.

    [0246] A linear mounting hole 562 may be defined in one side of the rear surface of the door linear 56. In detail, the linear mounting hole 562 may be defined at a position adjacent to a position corresponding to a hinge mounting part 541 of the upper cap deco 54 and disposed at one side of the transparent display assembly 60.

    [0247] The linear mounting hole 562 may be disposed at a position adjacent to an end of the transparent display assembly 60 and be configured to expose flat type cables 601, 605, and 606 connected to electronic components of the transparent display assembly 60. The cables 601, 605, and 606 may be closely attached to a circumference of the transparent display assembly 60 to extend up to the linear mounting hole 562.

    [0248] Also, a plurality of PCBs 602, 603, and 604 connected to the cables 601, 605, and 606 may be accommodated in the linear mounting hole 562. Also, in the state in which the plurality of PCBs 602, 603, and 604 are mounted inside the linear mounting hole 562, the linear mounting hole 562 may be covered by a linear cover 563.

    [0249] The PCBs 602, 603, and 604 may include a touch PCB 603 connected to the touch cable 601, a T-CON board 602 connected to the display cable 605, and a docking PCB 604 connected to the display light cable 606.

    [0250] A wire cable type connection cable 607, which is introduced through a hinge mounting part 541, may be connected to the docking PCB 604 that is directly or indirectly connected to the plurality of flexible flat cable type cables 601, 605, and 606.

    [0251] Thus, the plurality of cables 601, 605, and 606 connected to the electronic components of the door 50 or the transparent display assembly 60 may be connected to the docking PCB 604 to extend to a main body through one or several connection cables 607 and thus be connected to a control unit 14 of the main body.

    [0252] Although the sub door 50 according to the first embodiment is described as an example of a door 50 according to the third example for convenience of description and understanding, the door 50 may be equally applied to the door 20 for directly opening and closing the inner space of the refrigerator.

    [0253] A refrigerator according to various other embodiments in addition to the abovementioned embodiments may be exemplified.

    [0254] Since the fourth embodiment is the same as the abovementioned embodiments except that a PCB connected to a flat cable is provided as a single part and is different in constituent, the same constituent as those according to the foregoing embodiments may be denoted by the same reference numeral, and its detailed description will be omitted. Also, it is to be noted in advance that the reference numerals which are not shown are also the same as the abovementioned embodiments.

    [0255] Fig. 30 is an exploded perspective view of a door according to a fourth embodiment. Also, Fig. 31 is a block diagram illustrating a flow of a control signal in the refrigerator according to the fourth embodiment.

    [0256] As illustrated in the drawings, a door 50 according to a fourth embodiment may have an outer appearance of a front surface, which is defined by an outer case 51, and an outer appearance of a rear surface, which is defined by a door linear 56. Also, an area of a central portion of the outer case 51 and the door linear 56 may be mostly opened, and a transparent display assembly 60 may be disposed between the outer case 51 and the door linear 56.

    [0257] The transparent display assembly 60 may be selectively transparent to allow a user to selectively see the inside of a refrigerator and also enable a touch input by user's manipulation and output an image through a display 62.

    [0258] An upper cap deco 54 defining a top surface of the door 50 and a lower cap deco 55 defining a bottom surface of the door 50 may be disposed on upper and lower ends of the door 50, respectively. An insulation material may be disposed on a circumference of the transparent display assembly 60 to fix the transparent display assembly 60 and thermally insulate a circumference of the door 50.

    [0259] A deco opening 542 may be defined in the upper cap deco 54, and the flat cable type cables 601, 605, and 606 connected to electronic components of the transparent display assembly 60 may be disposed inside the deco opening 542. Also, the deco opening 542 may be opened and closed by the deco cover 543. The cables 601, 605, and 606 may be closely attached to the circumference of the transparent display assembly 60 to extend upward.

    [0260] A PCB mounting part 545 extending downward may be disposed on a bottom surface of the deco cover 543, and a door PCB 546 may be mounted on the PCB mounting part 545. The door PCB 546 may be connected to the plurality of cables 601, 605, and 606. In the state in which the door PCB 546 and the cables 601, 605, and 606 are connected to each other, the deco cover 543 may cover the deco opening 542.

    [0261] The door PCB 546 may control the whole electronic components within the door 50. Thus, the door light 57 as well as the electronic components of the transparent display assembly 60 may also be connected to the door PCB 546.

    [0262] The door PCB 546 may be connected to at least one of the touch cable 601 connected to the touch sensor 612, the display cable 605 connected to a source board 621 of the display 62, and the display light cable 606 connected to the display light 68. That is, all of the plurality of flat cable type cables 601, 605, and 606 may be connected to one door PCB 546.

    [0263] Also, a connection cable 607 may be connected to the door PCB 546. The connection cable 607 may have a wire shape and pass through a hinge mounting part 541 of the upper cap deco 54 and thus be guided to the outside. Also, the connection able 607 may extend to a cabinet 10 via an upper hinge and be connected to a display PCB 142 provided in the cabinet 10.

    [0264] A refrigerator according to various other embodiments in addition to the abovementioned embodiments may be exemplified.

    [0265] A fifth embodiment is characterized by a structure in which a connection cable connected to a PCB within a sub door is guided to the outside of the door through a hinge shaft of a sub upper hinge. In the current embodiment, the same constituent as those of the abovementioned embodiments will be denoted by the same reference numeral, and its detailed description will be omitted. Also, it is to be noted in advance that the reference numerals which are not shown are also the same as the abovementioned embodiments.

    [0266] Fig. 32 is a partial perspective view illustrating an arrangement of a wire of a door according to a fifth embodiment.

    [0267] As illustrated in the drawing, in a refrigerator 1 according to a fifth embodiment, a main door 40 is mounted to be rotatable by an upper hinge 401 on a front surface of a cabinet 10. Also, a sub door 50 is mounted to be rotatable by a sub upper hinge 501 on a front surface of the main door 40.

    [0268] A deco opening 542 communicating with an upper space of the sub door 50, in which PCBs 602, 603, and 604 are mounted, may be defined in an upper cap deco 54 defining a top surface of the sub door 50. The deco opening 542 may be covered by a deco cover 543. Also, the PCBs 602, 603, and 604 may be mounted on the deco cover 543 like the abovementioned first embodiment, and electronic components of a transparent display assembly 60 may be connected to the PCBs 602, 603, and 604 by flat cable type cables 601, 605, and 606. An arrangement of the PCBs 602, 603, and 604 and the cables 601, 605, and 606 and a structure of the sub door 50 are the same as those according to the first embodiment, and thus their detailed descriptions will be omitted.

    [0269] A wire cable type connection cable 607 connected to the docking PCB 604 of the PCBs 602, 603, and 604 may be guided to the outside of the hinge mounting part 541 through the hinge shaft 501a of the sub upper hinge 501.

    [0270] That is, the hinge shaft 501a of the sub upper hinge 501 may have a hollow tube shape or a tube shape that is cut in a "C" shape in cross-section. Thus, the connection cable 607 connected to the docking PCB 604 at a lower side of the upper cap deco 54 may be guided to the outside of the sub door 50 by passing through the hollow of the hinge shaft 501a.

    [0271] The sub upper hinge 501 may be covered by a sub hinge cover 505, and the upper hinge 401 may be covered by a main hinge cover 403. Also, a sub extension part 505a and a main extension part 403a may be disposed on the sub hinge cover 505 and the main hinge cover 403, respectively.

    [0272] The main extension part 403a may extend upward from a rotation axis of the upper hinge 401 at one side of the main hinge cover 403 and have a top surface in which a cover hole 403b, through which the connection cable 607 passes, is defined. Also, the sub extension part 505a may extend to an upper side of the main extension part 403a to overlap the main extension part 403a, and a space may be defined in the sub extension part 505a to accommodate the connection cable 607. Also, the sub extension part 505a may cover a top surface of the main extension part 403a. When the main door 40 rotates, the main door 40 may rotate above the main extension part 403a.

    [0273] Thus, the connection cable 607 may pass through the hinge shaft 501a of the sub upper hinge 501 and then be guided to the hinge mounting part 541. Then, the connection cable 607 may pass through the sub extension part 505a of the sub hinge cover 505 to pass through the cover hole 403b and then be guided to the cabinet 10 through the main extension part 403a of the main hinge cover 403. According to the above-described structure, the connection cable 607 may be covered without exposed to the outside from the docking PCB 604 to the cabinet 10. Also, when the sub door 50 and the main door 40 rotates, the connection cable 607 may not be exposed to the outside or may not interfere.

    [0274] A refrigerator according to various other embodiments in addition to the abovementioned embodiments may be exemplified.

    [0275] A sixth embodiment is characterized by a structure in which an upper or lower space of a door is partitioned into a space in which an insulation material is disposed and a space in which a PCB is disposed so that the PCB is mounted on an upper or lower portion of the door after foaming. In the current embodiment, the same constituent as those of the abovementioned embodiments will be denoted by the same reference numeral, and its detailed description will be omitted.

    [0276] Fig. 33 is a partial exploded perspective view of a door according to a sixth embodiment. Also, Fig. 34 is a cutaway perspective view of a door according to the sixth embodiment.

    [0277] As illustrated in the drawings, a door 50 of a refrigerator 1 according to a sixth embodiment may have an outer appearance of a front surface, which is defined by an outer case 51, and an outer appearance of a rear surface, which is defined by a door linear 56. Also, an area of a central portion of the outer case 51 and the door linear 56 may be mostly opened, and a transparent display assembly 60 may be disposed between the outer case 51 and the door linear 56.

    [0278] The transparent display assembly 60 may be selectively transparent to allow a user to selectively see the inside of a refrigerator and also enable a touch input by user's manipulation and output an image through a display 62.

    [0279] An upper cap deco 54 defining a top surface of the door 50 and a lower cap deco 55 defining a bottom surface of the door 50 may be disposed on upper and lower ends of the door 50, respectively. An insulation material may be disposed on a circumference of the transparent display assembly 60 to fix the transparent display assembly 60 and thermally insulate a circumference of the door 50.

    [0280] A deco opening 542 may be defined in the upper cap deco 54, and the flat cable type cables 601, 605, and 606 connected to electronic components of the transparent display assembly 60 may be disposed inside the deco opening 542. Also, the deco opening 542 may be opened and closed by the deco cover 543. The cables 601, 605, and 606 may be closely attached to the circumference of the transparent display assembly 60 to extend upward. The cables 601, 605, and 606 and the PCBs 602, 603, and 604, which are not shown, may have the same structure as those according to the first embodiment.

    [0281] A PCB mounting part 545 extending downward may be disposed on a bottom surface of the deco cover 543, and the PCBs 602, 603, and 604 may be mounted on the PCB mounting part 545. The PCBs 602, 603, and 604 may be connected to the plurality of cables 601, 605, and 606. In the state in which the PCBs 602, 603, and 604 and the cables 601, 605, and 606 are connected to each other, the deco cover 543 may cover the deco opening 542.

    [0282] The PCBs 602, 603, and 604 may control the whole electronic components within the door 50. Thus, the door light 57 as well as the electronic components of the transparent display assembly 60 may also be connected to the PCBs 602, 603, and 604.

    [0283] The PCBs 602, 603, and 604 may be constituted by a touch PCB 603, a T-CON board 602, and a docking PCB 604. The touch PCB 603 may be connected by the touch cable 601 connected to the touch sensor 612, the T-CON board 602 may be connected by the display cable 605 connected to a source board 621 of the display 62, and the docking PCB 604 may be connected by the display light cable 606 connected to the display light 68.

    [0284] The docking PCB 604 may be connected to at least one of the touch PCB 603 and the T-CON board 602. Also, the docking PCB 604 may be connected to a connection cable 607. The connection cable 607 may have a wire shape and pass through a hinge mounting part 541 of the upper cap deco 54 and thus be guided to the outside. Also, the connection able 607 may extend to a cabinet 10 via an upper hinge and be connected to a display PCB 142 provided in the cabinet 10.

    [0285] An inner frame 52 may be disposed on the rear surface of the outer plate 51. The inner frame 52 may be disposed along a circumference of a plate opening 511 of the outer plate 51, and a rear surface of the inner frame 52 may support the circumference of the plate opening 511 and a circumference of a front panel 61 of the transparent display assembly 60.

    [0286] That is, the inner frame 52 may have a rectangular frame shape and adhere to the circumference of the plate opening 511 and a rear surface of an end, which protrudes outward, of the front panel 61 by using an adhesion member 693 such as a double-sided tape or an adhesive. Thus, the transparent display assembly 60 may be mounted without being stepped with respect to a front surface of the outer plate 51 by the inner frame 52.

    [0287] A barrier 520e extending upward may be disposed on an upper end of the inner frame 52. The barrier 520e may be provided in a pair on both left and right sides and extend from the upper end of the inner frame 52 up to a bottom surface of the upper cap deco 54. The barrier 520e may partition an upper portion of the door 50 into both left and right sides, i.e., a space in which a foaming solution is filled to form the insulation material 531 and a space in which the PCBs 602, 603, and 604 are accommodated between the pair of barriers 520e.

    [0288] Thus, the PCBs 602, 603, and 604 may be accommodated into the space defined between the pair of barriers 520e. Also, in the space defined between the pair of barriers 520e, the insulation material 531 may not be provided because the space is partitioned by the barrier 520e so that the foaming solution is not filled. Also, the deco opening 542 may be defined at a position corresponding to the space between the pair of barriers 520e. The PCBs 602, 603, and 604 may be inserted and mounted through the deco opening 542 and then connected to the cables 601, 605, and 606 of the transparent display assembly 60.

    [0289] A PCB insulation material may be further provided in the space between the pair of barriers 520e. The PCB insulation material 533 may be disposed at a front side of the PCBs 602, 603, and 604 to thermally insulate the rest portion except for a space required for mounting the PCBs 602, 603, and 604.

    [0290] Thus, the PCB insulation material 533 may be mounted after molding the insulation material 531 that is foamed and formed in the door 50 and have a thickness less than that of the insulation material 531.

    [0291] The PCB insulation material 533 may be made of a vacuum insulation material or a Styrofoam (PSP) material, which has relatively superior insulation performance so that the PCB insulation material 533 has a thin thickness and sufficient insulation performance. Also, the PCB insulation material 533 may be formed in a sheet shape and attached to the rear surface of the outer plate 51 or attached to a front surface of the PCB mounting part 545.

    [0292] The PCBs 602, 603, and 604 may be disposed in a lower space of the door 50. Here, the deco opening 542 and the deco cover 543 may be mounted on the lower cap deco 55. This configuration may be the same as that according to the abovementioned embodiments except that the mounted position is changed from the upward direction to the downward direction, and thus, its detailed description will be omitted.

    [0293] A refrigerator according to various other embodiments in addition to the abovementioned embodiments may be exemplified.

    [0294] A seventh embodiment is characterized by a door structure in which an entire surface of a door is defined by a transparent display assembly. Although not shown, the same constitution as that of the foregoing embodiment will be denoted as the same reference numeral, and its detailed description will be omitted.

    [0295] Fig. 35 is an exploded perspective view of a door according to a seventh embodiment.

    [0296] As illustrated in the drawing, a door 20 of a refrigerator 1 according to an eighth embodiment may include a main door 70 that opens and closes at least a portion of an opened front surface of a cabinet 10 and a sub door 80 that opens and closes an opening 703 of the main door 70.

    [0297] The opening 703 that is opened with a predetermined size is defined in the main door 70. A separate accommodation space may be defined in the opening 703, and an access to the accommodation space may be enabled through opening and closing of the sub door.

    [0298] Also, an outer appearance of the main door 70 may be defined by an outer plate 71 defining an outer appearance thereof, a door linear 72 coupled to the outer plate 71, and a door cap deco disposed on each of upper and lower ends of the door linear 72.

    [0299] Also, a door lighting unit 74 for brightening up the inside of the opening 703 may be disposed on an inner surface of the door linear 72. The door lighting unit 74 may be disposed on both left and right surfaces or a top surface of the opening 703. The door lighting unit 74 may allow the sub door 80 to be transparent or perform a backlight function of a transparent display assembly 90 mounted on the sub door 80 to visualize a screen outputted through the transparent display assembly 90.

    [0300] A door frame 73 may be further disposed between the outer plate 71 and the door linear 72. The door frame 73 may be coupled between the outer plate 71 and the door linear 72 to form a circumference of the opening 703.

    [0301] Also, a hinge hole 733 in which sub hinges 81 and 82 for mounting the sub deco 80 are mounted may be defined to be opened in one side of the door frame 73. The hinge hole 733 may be opened at a position facing a side surface of the sub door 80, and the sub hinges 81 and 82 may be inserted into the hinge hole 733. Also, a connection cable 884 connected to a door PCB 88 may be accessible through the hinge hole 733.

    [0302] Upper and lower ends of the sub door 80 may be recessed so that the sub hinges 81 and 82 are mounted, respectively. Also, the sub hinges 81 and 82 may extend laterally to the hinge hole 733 and be coupled inside the main door 70. Thus, the sub hinges 81 and 82 may prevent an interference with the main door 70 from occurring when the sub door 80 rotates while maintaining a very narrow space between the sub hinges 81 and 82 and the main door 70. Also, the sub hinges 81 and 82 may further include a hinge cover 811 disposed above the sub hinge 81 to cover the sub hinge 81 and guide an access of the connection cable 884.

    [0303] Fig. 36 is an exploded perspective view of a sub door according to a seventh embodiment.

    [0304] As illustrated in the drawing, the sub door 80 may have a shape that is capable of covering the opening 703. The sub door 80 may include a transparent display assembly 90 through which the inside of the refrigerator 1 is seen, and a screen is outputted, side frames 83 and 84 defining both side surfaces of the sub door 80, a sub door linear defining a circumference of a rear surface of the sub door 80, a sub door gasket 851 mounted on the sub door linear 85 to seal a gap between the main door 70 and the sub door 80, and upper and lower cap decos 86 and 87 defining top and bottom surfaces of the sub door 80.

    [0305] An outer appearance of front and rear surfaces of the transparent display assembly 90 may be defined by a front panel 91 and a rear panel 97, which are made of a glass material and define the front and rear surfaces of the sub door 80. Also, a display 94 for outputting a screen and a touch sensor 92 for touch input may be disposed between the front panel 91 and the rear panel 97.

    [0306] Also, flat cable type cables 921 and 942 and 961 connected to electronic components of the transparent display assembly 90 may be disposed along the circumference of the transparent display assembly 90 to extend upward and then be coupled to a door PCB 88.

    [0307] The door PCB 88 may be configured to control the electronic components within the transparent display assembly 90 and be disposed at a position that is capable of being connected to the cables 921, 942, and 961. Also, the door PCB 88 may be connected to a wire cable type connection cable 884 that is introduced to the sub hinge 81. Thus, the door PCB 88 may convert a signal, which is received or transmitted through the plurality of flat cable type cables 921, 942, and 961, through the wire cable type connection cable 884 to guide the signal to the outside of the sub door 80.

    [0308] The door PCB 88 may be disposed to be divided into a plurality of parts according to a size of an inner space of the sub door 80 or may be disposed to be integrated in one PCB shape. When the door PCB 88 is provided in plurality, the plurality of door PCBs 88 may be disposed horizontally and vertically and be stacked with each other.

    [0309] For this, a deco opening 861 may be defined in the upper cap deco 86 that is disposed at a position corresponding to that of the cables 921, 942, and 961, and the door PCB 88 may be mounted inside the deco opening 861. Also, the deco opening 861 may be covered by a deco cover 862 in the state in which the door PCB 88 is mounted.

    [0310] Fig. 37 is an exploded perspective view of a transparent display assembly according to the seventh embodiment.

    [0311] As illustrated in the drawings, the transparent display assembly 90 may provide a see-through part of the sub door 80 and define an outer appearance of each of the front and rear surfaces of the sub door 80. Thus, an accommodation space inside the opening 703 may be seen, or the screen may be outputted through the transparent display assembly 90.

    [0312] The transparent display assembly 90 may include a front panel 91 defining an outer appearance of a front surface, a display 94 disposed at a rear side of the front panel 91, a rear panel 97 which is disposed at a rear side of the display 94 and on which a PDLC film for illuminating the display 94 is attached, and a display frame 98 for fixing the front panel 91, the display 94, and the rear panel 97.

    [0313] In more detail, the front panel 91 may be disposed at the frontmost position of the transparent display assembly 90 to define the front surface of the sub door 80. The front panel 91 may be made of blue glass, and a bezel 911 may be printed on a circumference of a rear surface of the front panel 91. The first spacers 93 and 95 disposed at the rear side of the front panel 91 or the door PCB 88 may not be exposed to the outside by the bezel 911. The bezel 911 may have a width that is adjustable according to the mounted position of the door PCB 88. The bezel 88 disposed at an end of a side at which the door PCB 911 is disposed may have a thicker thickness to completely cover the door PCB 911.

    [0314] A printing or film type touch sensor 92 may be attached to the rear surface of the front panel 91. Thus, when a user touches the front panel 91, the touch sensor 92 may recognize the user's touch. Also, a flexible flat cable type touch cable 921 may be connected to one side of the touch sensor 92.

    [0315] The display 94 may be mounted on the rear side of the front panel 91 to which the touch sensor 92 is attached. Also, a first-1 spacer 93 may be disposed between the display 94 and the front panel 91. The first-1 spacer 93 may have a rectangular frame shape disposed along a circumference of the display 94. Also, the first-1 spacer 93 may adhere between the display 94 and the front panel 91 to maintain a predetermined distance between the front panel 91 and the display 94 and support the display 94.

    [0316] The display 94 may be provided as a transparent LCD display. Thus, although the display 94 does not output a screen, the inside of the refrigerator 1 may be seen through the display 94 as if glass. Also, a source board 941 for controlling the display 94 may be mounted on one end of the display 94, and a flexible flat cable type display cable 942 may be connected to the source board 941.

    [0317] The rear panel 97 may define an outer appearance of a rear surface of the transparent display assembly 90 and be exposed to the door linear 72. The rear panel 97 may be made of low-ε glass to realize thermal insulation.

    [0318] The PDLC film 96 may be attached to the front surface of the rear panel 97. The PDLC film 96 may be selectively transparent or opaque according to applying of power. Thus, the user may selectively see the inside of the refrigerator according to the state of the PDLC film 96. Also, a flexible flat cable type PDLC cable 961 may be connected to one side of the PDLC film 96.

    [0319] Also, a second-1 spacer 95 having the same structure as the first-1 spacer 93 may be disposed between the rear panel 97 and the display 94 to maintain a space between the display 94 and the rear panel 97.

    [0320] The display frame 98 may define a circumferential surface of the transparent display assembly 90. Also, the display frame 98 may fix the front panel 91 and the rear panel 97 to maintain the preset space between the front panel 91 and the rear panel 97. Also, the transparent display assembly 90 may be fixed and mounted on the sub door 80 when the transparent display assembly 90 is completely assembled. Also, the flat type cables 921, 942, and 961 may be guided to the outside between the display frame 98 and an adhesion surface of the front panel 91 or the rear panel 97, and a sealant may be applied to an outer surface of the display frame 98 to seal a gap so that the gap does not occur.

    [0321] In the state in which the display 94 does not output the screen, and the PDLC film 96 is transparent, the transparent display assembly 90 may be transparent. In this state, when the door lighting unit 74 is turned on, the space inside the opening 703 may be seen from the outside.

    [0322] Also, in the state in which the PDLC film 96 is opaque, the transparent display assembly 90 may be opaque. In this state, when the door lighting unit 74 is turned off, the inside of the refrigerator may be darker, and thus, the space inside the opening 703 may not be seen.

    [0323] The display 94 may be driven to output the screen. In this case, in the state in which the door lighting unit 74 is turned on, and the PDLC film 96 is transparent, the door lighting unit 74 may serve as a backlight that brightens up the display 94 so that the display 94 is more clearly displayed.

    [0324] Fig. 38 is a block diagram illustrating a flow of a control signal in the refrigerator according to the seventh embodiment.

    [0325] As illustrated in the drawing, at least one or more of the flat type touch cable 921, the display cable 942, and the PDLC cable 961 may be connected to flat connectors 881 and 882 on the door PCB 88.

    [0326] Also, in the other side of the door PCB 88, the wire type connection cable 884 may be guided to the main door 70 through the upper hinge 81 and the hinge hole 733 to pass through main door 70 and then be connected to the display PCB 142 on the cabinet 10.

    [0327] Since the connection cable 884 has a small volume and superior durability, the connection cable 884 may be disposed to easily pass through the sub door 80 and the main door 70 and prevent the main door 70 and the sub door 80 from being damaged even though the main door 70 and the sub door 80 are repeatedly opened and closed. Also, the door lighting unit 74 mounted on the main door 70 may also be connected to the display PCB 142 on the cabinet 10 by passing through the main door 70.

    [0328] The display PCB 142 may receive a signal inputted from the touch sensor 92 and control the turn-on/off of the door lighting unit 74 and the image output of the display 94.

    [0329] Although the door PCB 88 is disposed on the upper end in the seventh embodiment, the door PCB 88 may be disposed on the lower end of the sub door 80, or both side ends of the sub door 80 so that the door PCB 88 is capable of being accommodated and also be disposed outside the transparent display assembly 90 so that the door PCB 88 is not exposed through the transparent display assembly 90.

    [0330] The following effects may be expected in the refrigerator according to the proposed embodiments.

    [0331] In the refrigerator according to the embodiments, the see-through part that sees the accommodation space may be provided in the door. The see-through part may include the transparent display and be selectively transparent or opaque according to the turn-on/off of the door light and the display light. Thus, the user may confirm the accommodation space through the see-through part by the user's manipulation without opening the door to improve the user's convenience and reduce the power consumption.

    [0332] Also, in the see-through part, the display may operate according to the user's manipulation to display various screens and thereby to provide various pieces of information for the user's convenience and allow the user to input the manipulation thereof, thereby improving the user's convenience.

    [0333] Also, the cables connected to the electric components of the transparent display assembly may have the flexible structure as the flat type cable. Thus, the cables may easily access between the transparent display assembly having the structure in which the plurality of panels are laminated, and the sealed state may be maintained.

    [0334] Also, the cables may be bent and thus closely attached to the circumference of the transparent display assembly. Thus, the door may have the compact structure, and the interface with the insulation material may be minimized.

    [0335] Also, the PCB for controlling the electric components of the transparent display assembly may be disposed at the upper or lower side of the transparent display assembly. In addition, since the cables connected to the PCB are also disposed along the circumference of the transparent display assembly, the PCB or the cables may not be exposed to the outside through the transparent display assembly. That is, the inside of the refrigerator may be seen through the transparent display assembly that is capable of outputting the screen. Here, the interference with the PCB or the cables may be prevented.

    [0336] Also, the PCBs may be connected to the cables that are exposed through the opening of the door. Thus, the PCBs may be mounted after the foaming for molding the insulation material in the door is performed to prevent the PCBs from being damaged by the foaming heat or static electricity.

    [0337] Also, the PCB may have one side connected to the plurality of flat type cables and the other side connected to the wire type cable. Thus, the wire type cable may be guided outward from the inside of the door and then connected to the control unit disposed in the cabinet. Thus, the flat type cables connected to the plurality of electronic components may not pass through the door. As a result, the lead-out structure of the cable to the outside of the door may be simplified, and even though the door is repeatedly opened and closed, the cable may be prevented from being short-circuited or damaged.

    [0338] In addition, the PCB for controlling the operation of the door and/or the transparent display assembly may be provided in the door, and the additional display assembly connected to the PCB may be provided in the cabinet. Thus, the constituents of the PCB provided in the door may be minimized, and also, the number of wires connected to the PCB may be minimized to maximally expand the space in which the transparent display assembly is disposed. Therefore, the visible area of the accommodation space may be more expanded.

    [0339] Also, the PCB may be disposed on the upper portion of the door to minimize the effect due to the generation of heat. Also, the PCB may be assembled after the foaming is performed in the door through the cap deco of the door and easily assembled to prevent the PCB from being damaged by the foaming.

    [0340] Also, the PCB mounting part extending to the inside of the deco opening may be disposed on the deco cover that opens and closes the deco opening defined in the cap deco, and the PCB may be mounted on the PCB mounting part to improve the assemblability, the maintenance and repair, and the service performance.

    [0341] Also, the transparent display assembly may have the sealed space therein by the outer spacer connecting the front panel to the rear panel. Also, the display and the light guide plate may be accommodated in the inner space of the outer spacer to provide the multilayered panel structure.

    [0342] As described above, in the multilayered panel structure, the multilayered inner space may be sealed by the sealing structure due to the outer spacer may be naturally realized. In addition, although the multilayered panel structure is further provided in the inner space of the outer spacer, the entire sealing of the transparent display assembly may be achieved by only the sealing of the outer spacer to improve the thermal insulation performance and the assemblability.

    [0343] Although embodiments have been described with reference to a number of illustrative embodiments thereof, it should be understood that numerous other modifications and embodiments can be devised by those skilled in the art that will fall within the scope of the appended claims. More particularly, various variations and modifications are possible in the component parts and/or arrangements of the subject combination arrangement within the scope of the disclosure, the drawings and the appended claims. In addition to variations and modifications in the component parts and/or arrangements, alternative uses will also be apparent to those skilled in the art.


    Claims

    1. A refrigerator comprising:

    a cabinet (10) defining a storage space; and

    a door (50) for opening and closing the cabinet,

    wherein the door (50) includes:

    an outer plate (51) defining a front surface of the door, the front surface having a plate opening (511) formed thereon;

    a door liner (56) defining a rear surface of the door, the rear surface having a liner opening (561);

    a frame (52) disposed in between the outer plate (51) and the door liner (56),

    wherein the door further comprises:

    a cap deco (54) defining a top surface of the door (50); and

    a transparent display assembly (60) disposed on the frame (52) to cover the plate opening (511) and the liner opening (561),

    wherein the transparent display assembly (60) comprises:

    a front panel (61) and a rear panel (65), respectively defining a front surface and a rear surface of the transparent display assembly (60), wherein the front and rear panels are spaced apart from each other;

    a display (62) that is disposed between the front panel (61) and the rear panel (65), being transparent so as to allow a user to see therethrough; and

    an outer spacer (67) positioned in between the front panel (61) and the rear panel (65), connecting the two panels (61, 65) to each other,

    characterized in that the frame (52) comprises:

    a plate support part (525) defining an outer portion of the frame (52), being configured to support the outer plate (51) ;

    a panel support part (528) configured to support the transparent display assembly (60); and

    a barrier part (520b) extended from an upper portion of the frame (52) to the cap deco (54) and configured to partition a space between the outer plate (51) and the door liner (56) of an upper portion of the door (50) into a first and a second space,

    wherein an insulation material (531) fills, at an upper portion of the door, the first space between the outer plate (51) and the frame (52) along a circumference of the transparent display assembly (60); and

    wherein a PCB (602, 603, 604) is accommodated in the second space between the frame (52) and the door liner (56),

    wherein an upper portion of the transparent display assembly (60) is communicated with the second space in which the PCB (602, 603, 604) is located, and a cable connected with the display (62) is connected with the PCB (602, 603, 604) through the second space.


     
    2. The refrigerator according to claim 1, wherein the cap deco (54) includes:

    a deco opening (542) formed thereon, being configured for communicating with the second space; and

    a deco cover (543) for opening and closing the deco opening (542).


     
    3. The refrigerator according to claim 2, wherein the deco cover (543) includes a PCB mounting part (545) disposed on a bottom surface therof, for mounting the PCB (602, 603, 604) thereon.
     
    4. The refrigerator according to claim 3, wherein in the state of the deco cover (543) closing the deco opening (542), the PCB (602, 603, 604) is disposed in the second space, being mounted on the PCB mounting part (545).
     
    5. The refrigerator according to any of the preceding claims,
    wherein the cable (601, 605, 606) is a film-type cable, and
    wherein the door (50) further comprises a wire-type connection cable (607, 608, 609) connecting the PCB (602, 603, 604) to a control unit (14) of the refrigerator by passing through the cap deco (54).
     
    6. The refrigerator according to claim 5, wherein the film-type cable (601, 605, 606) is arranged to be exposed to the outside through the deco opening when the deco opening (542) is uncovered.
     
    7. The refrigerator according to claim 5, wherein the electronic components comprise:

    a touch sensor (612) of the transparent display assembly (60) ;

    a display (62) of the transparent display assembly (60); and

    a display light (68) for emitting light to a light guide plate (64) of the transparent display assembly (60).


     
    8. The refrigerator according to claim 7, wherein the PCB (602, 603, 604) comprises:

    a touch PCB (603) connected to the touch sensor (612);

    a T-CON board (602) connected to the display (62); and

    a docking PCB (604) connected to at least one of the touch PCB (603) and the T-CON board (602), wherein the docking PCB (604) is connected to the control unit (14) by the wire-type cable (607, 608, 609).


     
    9. The refrigerator according to any of the preceding claims,
    wherein the front panel (61) has a protrusion (613) extending beyond the area defined by the outer spacer (67).
     
    10. The refrigerator according to claim 9, wherein the protrusion (613) is seated on the panel support part (528), and
    wherein the panel support part (528) is disposed at a rear side of the plate support part (525) and is stepped so that the front panel (61) and the outer plate (51) are disposed on the same plane,
    wherein an end of the outer plate (51) is contacted with the end of a circumference of the transparent display assembly (60) .
     
    11. The refrigerator according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the cap deco (54) has a barrier coupling part (541e) on an inner surface thereof, for accommodating an upper end of the barrier part (520b), and
    wherein the barrier part (520b), being coupled to the barrier coupling part (541e), partitions the first and the second space.
     
    12. The refrigerator according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the barrier part (520b) extends in a horizontal direction so that the first space is defined at a front side of the second space.
     
    13. The refrigerator according to any of claims 1 to 10, wherein the frame (52) has a barrier (520e) on both left and right sides thereof, thereby defining the first space at both sides of the frame and the second space between the first spaces.
     
    14. The refrigerator according to claim 13, wherein a PCB insulation material (533) molded with a thickness less than that of the insulation material (531) is disposed in the second space between the PCB (602, 603, 604) and the outer plate (51).
     
    15. The refrigerator according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the second space is at least partially open to outside, so as to communicate with a space where an upper hinge (501) coupled to an upper end of the door (50) is positioned, and
    wherein a connecting cable (607) connected to the PCB (604) passes through the upper hinge (501).
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Kühlschrank mit:

    einem Gehäuse (10), das einen Aufbewahrungsraum definiert; und

    einer Tür (50) zum Öffnen und Schließen des Gehäuses,

    wobei die Tür (50) aufweist:

    eine Außenplatte (51), die eine Vorderseite der Tür definiert, wobei die Vorderseite eine daran ausgebildete Plattenöffnung (511) aufweist;

    eine Türverkleidung (56), die eine Rückseite der Tür definiert, wobei die Rückseite eine Verkleidungsöffnung (561) aufweist;

    einen Rahmen (52), der zwischen der Außenplatte (51) und der Türverkleidung (56) angeordnet ist,

    wobei die Tür ferner aufweist:

    eine Kappenverzierung (54), die eine Oberseite der Tür (50) definiert; und

    eine transparente Anzeigeanordnung (60), die am Rahmen (52) angeordnet ist, um die Plattenöffnung (511) und die Verkleidungsöffnung (561) abzudecken,

    wobei die transparente Anzeigeanordnung (60) aufweist:

    eine vordere Tafel (61) bzw. eine hintere Tafel (65), die eine Vorderseite und eine Rückseite der transparenten Anzeigeanordnung (60) definieren, wobei die vordere und die hintere Tafel voneinander beabstandet sind;

    eine Anzeige (62), die zwischen der vorderen Tafel (61) und der hinteren Tafel (65) angeordnet ist, die transparent sind, um es einem Benutzer zu ermöglichen, dort hindurch zu sehen; und

    einen äußeren Abstandshalter (67), der zwischen der vorderen Tafel (61) und der hinteren Tafel (65) angeordnet ist, der die beiden Tafeln (61, 65) miteinander verbindet, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass der Rahmen (52) aufweist:

    einen Plattenhalteteil (525), der einen äußeren Abschnitt des Rahmens (52) definiert, der konfiguriert ist, die Außenplatte (51) zu halten;

    einen Tafelhalteteil (528), der konfiguriert ist, die transparente Anzeigeanordnung (60) zu halten; und

    einen Sperrteil (520b), der sich von einem oberen Abschnitt des Rahmens (52) zur Kappenverzierung (54) erstreckt und konfiguriert ist, einen Raum zwischen der Außenplatte (51) und der Türverkleidung (56) eines oberen Abschnitts der Tür (50) in einen ersten und eine zweiten Raum zu teilen,

    wobei ein Wärmedämmmaterial (531) an einem oberen Abschnitt der Tür den ersten Raum zwischen der Außenplatte (51) und dem Rahmen (52) längs eines Umfangs der transparenten Anzeigeanordnung (60) füllt; und

    wobei eine Leiterplatte (602, 603, 604) im zweiten Raum zwischen dem Rahmen (52) und der Türverkleidung (56) untergebracht ist,

    wobei ein oberer Abschnitt der transparenten Anzeigeanordnung (60) mit dem zweiten Raum verbunden ist, in dem die Leiterplatte (602, 603, 604) angeordnet ist, und ein mit der Anzeige (62) verbundenes Kabel mit der Leiterplatte (602, 603, 604) durch den zweiten Raum verbunden ist.


     
    2. Kühlschrank nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Kappenverzierung (54) aufweist:

    eine daran ausgebildete Verzierungsöffnung (542), die konfiguriert ist, mit dem zweiten Raum in Verbindung zu stehen; und

    eine Verzierungsabdeckung (543) zum Öffnen und Schließen der Verzierungsöffnung (542).


     
    3. Kühlschrank nach Anspruch 2, wobei die Verzierungsabdeckung (543) einen Leiterplatten-Befestigungsteil (545) aufweist, der an deren Unterseite zum Befestigen der Leiterplatte (602, 603, 604) daran angeordnet ist.
     
    4. Kühlschrank nach Anspruch 3, wobei in dem Zustand, in dem die Verzierungsabdeckung (543) die Verzierungsöffnung (542) verschließt, die Leiterplatte (602, 603, 604) im zweiten Raum angeordnet ist, wobei sie am Leiterplatten-Befestigungsteil (545) befestigt ist.
     
    5. Kühlschrank nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche,
    wobei das Kabel (601, 605, 606) ein Kabel des Folientyps ist, und
    wobei die Tür (50) ferner ein Verbindungskabel des Drahttyps (607, 608, 609) aufweist,
    das die Leiterplatte (602, 603, 604) mit einer Steuereinheit (14) des Kühlschranks verbindet, indem es durch die Kappenverzierung (54) geht.
     
    6. Kühlschrank nach Anspruch 5, wobei das Kabel des Folientyps (601, 605, 606) so angeordnet ist, dass es durch die Verzierungsöffnung nach außen freiliegt, wenn die Verzierungsöffnung (542) nicht abgedeckt ist.
     
    7. Kühlschrank nach Anspruch 5, wobei die elektronischen Komponenten aufweisen:

    einen Berührungssensor (612) der transparenten Anzeigeanordnung (60);

    eine Anzeige (62) der transparenten Anzeigeanordnung (60); und

    ein Anzeigelicht (68) zum Emittieren von Licht auf eine Lichtführungsplatte (64) der transparenten Anzeigeanordnung (60).


     
    8. Kühlschrank nach Anspruch 7, wobei die Leiterplatte (602, 603, 604) aufweist:

    eine Berührungsleiterplatte (603), die mit dem Berührungssensor (612) verbunden ist;

    eine T-CON-Platine (602), die mit der Anzeige (62) verbunden ist; und

    eine Andockleiterplatte (604), die mit der Berührungsleiterplatte (603) und/oder der T-CON-Platine (602) verbunden ist, wobei die Andockleiterplatte (604) mit der Steuereinheit (14) durch das Kabel des Drahttyps (607, 608, 609) verbunden ist.


     
    9. Kühlschrank nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche,
    wobei die vordere Tafel (61) einen Vorsprung (613) aufweist, die sich über den Bereich hinaus erstreckt, der durch den äußeren Abstandshalter (67) definiert ist.
     
    10. Kühlschrank nach Anspruch 9, wobei der Vorsprung (613) auf dem Tafelhalteteil (528) sitzt, und
    wobei der Tafelhalteteil (528) auf einer Rückseite des Plattenhalteteils (525) angeordnet ist und so abgestuft ist, dass die vordere Tafel (61) und die Außenplatte (51) auf derselben Ebene angeordnet sind,
    wobei ein Ende der Außenplatte (51) mit dem Ende eines Umfangs der transparenten Anzeigeanordnung (60) in Kontakt steht.
     
    11. Kühlschrank nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Kappenverzierung (54) einen Sperrkopplungsteil (541e) auf einer Innenfläche davon zum Aufnehmen eines oberen Endes des Sperrteils (520b) aufweist, und
    wobei der Sperrteil (520b), der mit dem Sperrkopplungsteil (541e) gekoppelt ist, den ersten und den zweiten Raum teilt.
     
    12. Kühlschrank nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei sich der Sperrteil (520b) in einer horizontalen Richtung erstreckt, so dass der erste Raum auf einer Vorderseite des zweiten Raums definiert ist.
     
    13. Kühlschrank nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 10, wobei der Rahmen (52) sowohl auf dessen rechter als auch linker Seite eine Sperre (520e) aufweist, die dadurch den ersten Raum auf beiden Seiten des Rahmens und den zweiten Raum zwischen den ersten Räumen definiert.
     
    14. Kühlschrank nach Anspruch 13, wobei ein Leiterplatten-Wärmedämmmaterial (533), das mit einer geringeren Dicke als das Wärmedämmmaterial (531) geformt ist, im zweiten Raum zwischen der Leiterplatte (602, 603, 604) und der Außenplatte (51) angeordnet ist.
     
    15. Kühlschrank nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei der zweite Raum mindestens teilweise nach außen offen ist, um mit einem Raum in Verbindung zu stehen, wo ein mit einem oberen Ende der Tür (50) gekoppeltes oberes Scharnier (501) angeordnet ist, und
    wobei ein mit der Leiterplatte (604) verbundenes Verbindungskabel (607) durch das obere Scharnier (501) geht.
     


    Revendications

    1. Réfrigérateur, comprenant :

    une carrosserie (10) définissant un espace de stockage ; et

    une porte (50) pour l'ouverture et la fermeture de la carrosserie, ladite porte (50) présentant :

    une plaque extérieure (51) définissant une surface avant de la porte, une ouverture de plaque (511) étant formée sur ladite surface avant ;

    une garniture (56) de porte définissant une surface arrière de la porte,

    la surface arrière ayant une ouverture (561) de garniture ;

    un cadre (52) intercalé entre la plaque extérieure (51) et la garniture (56) de porte,

    où la porte comprend en outre :

    une couverture décorative (54) définissant une surface supérieure de la porte (50) ; et

    un dispositif d'affichage transparent (60) monté sur le cadre (52) pour couvrir l'ouverture de plaque (511) et l'ouverture (561) de garniture,

    où le dispositif d'affichage transparent (60) comprend :

    un panneau avant (61) et un panneau arrière (65), définissant respectivement une surface avant et une surface arrière du dispositif d'affichage transparent (60), le panneau avant et le panneau arrière étant espacés l'un de l'autre ;

    un écran (62) intercalé entre le panneau avant (61) et le panneau arrière (65), transparent de manière à permettre à utilisateur de voir au travers ; et

    un espaceur extérieur (67) intercalé entre le panneau avant (61) et le panneau arrière (65), et reliant les deux panneaux (61, 65) entre eux,

    caractérisé en ce que le cadre (52) comprend :

    une pièce de support (525) de plaque définissant une partie extérieure du cadre (52), et prévue pour supporter la plaque extérieure (51) ;

    une pièce de support (528) de panneau prévue pour supporter le dispositif d'affichage transparent (60) ; et

    une pièce de barrière (520b) s'étendant depuis une partie supérieure du cadre (52) vers la couverture décorative (54) et prévue pour cloisonner un espace entre la plaque extérieure (51) et la garniture (56) de porte d'une partie supérieure de la porte (50) en un premier et un deuxième espace,

    où un matériau isolant (531) comble, dans une partie supérieure de la porte, le premier espace entre la plaque extérieure (51) et le cadre (52) sur la circonférence du dispositif d'affichage transparent (60) ; et

    où une carte de circuit imprimé (602, 603, 604) est logée dans le deuxième espace entre le cadre (52) et la garniture (56) de porte,

    où une partie supérieure du dispositif d'affichage transparent (60) communique avec le deuxième espace où est logée la carte de circuit imprimé (602, 603, 604), et un câble relié à l'écran (62) est raccordé à la carte de circuit imprimé (602, 603, 604) au travers du deuxième espace.


     
    2. Réfrigérateur selon la revendication 1, où la couverture décorative (54) présente :

    une ouverture décorative (542) qui y est formée, prévue pour communiquer avec le deuxième espace ; et

    une couverture décorative (543) pour le dégagement et l'obturation de l'ouverture décorative (542).


     
    3. Réfrigérateur selon la revendication 2, où la couverture décorative (543) présente une pièce de montage (545) de carte de circuit imprimé disposée sur sa surface inférieure pour le montage de la carte de circuit imprimé (602, 603, 604).
     
    4. Réfrigérateur selon la revendication 3, où, en état d'obturation de l'ouverture décorative (542) par la couverture décorative (543), la carte de circuit imprimé (602, 603, 604) est disposée dans le deuxième espace, en étant montée sur la pièce de montage (545) de carte de circuit imprimé.
     
    5. Réfrigérateur selon l'une des revendications précédentes,
    où le câble (601, 605, 606) est un câble plat, et
    où la porte (50) comprend en outre un câble métallique de connexion (607, 608, 609) raccordant la carte de circuit imprimé (602, 603, 604) à une unité de commande (14) de réfrigérateur en traversant la couverture décorative (54).
     
    6. Réfrigérateur selon la revendication 5, où le câble plat (601, 605, 606) est prévu pour être exposé à l'extérieur par l'ouverture décorative quand l'ouverture décorative (542) n'est pas couverte.
     
    7. Réfrigérateur selon la revendication 5, où les composants électroniques comprennent :

    un capteur tactile (612) du dispositif d'affichage transparent (60) ;

    un écran (62) du dispositif d'affichage transparent (60) ; et

    un éclairage d'affichage (68) pour l'émission d'une lumière vers une plaque de guidage de lumière (64) du dispositif d'affichage transparent (60).


     
    8. Réfrigérateur selon la revendication 7, où la carte de circuit imprimé (602, 603, 604) comprend :

    une carte de circuit imprimé tactile (603) raccordée au capteur tactile (612) ;

    une carte T-CON (602) raccordée à l'écran (62) ; et

    une carte de circuit imprimé accrochable (604) raccordée à la carte de circuit imprimé tactile (603) et/ou à la carte T-CON (602), ladite carte de circuit imprimé accrochable (604) étant reliée à l'unité de commande (14) par le câble métallique (607, 608, 609).


     
    9. Réfrigérateur selon l'une des revendications précédentes,
    où le panneau avant (61) présente une saillie (613) s'étendant au-delà de la surface définie par l'espaceur extérieur (67).
     
    10. Réfrigérateur selon la revendication 9, où la saillie (613) repose sur la pièce de support (528) de panneau, et
    où la pièce de support (528) de panneau est disposée sur un côté arrière de la pièce de support (525) de plaque et est étagée de telle manière que le panneau avant (61) et la plaque extérieure (51) sont présentés sur le même plan,
    une extrémité de la plaque extérieure (51) étant en contact avec l'extrémité de la circonférence du dispositif d'affichage transparent (60).
     
    11. Réfrigérateur selon l'une des revendications précédentes, où la couverture décorative (54) présente une pièce d'accouplement (541e) de barrière sur sa surface intérieure, pour le logement d'une extrémité supérieure de la pièce de barrière (520b), et
    où la pièce de barrière (520b) accouplée à la pièce d'accouplement (541e) de barrière divise le premier et le deuxième espace.
     
    12. Réfrigérateur selon l'une des revendications précédentes, où la pièce de barrière (520b) s'étend dans une direction horizontale de manière à définir le premier espace à l'avant du deuxième espace.
     
    13. Réfrigérateur selon l'une des revendications 1 à 10, où le cadre (52) présente une barrière (520e) sur son côté gauche et son côté droit, définissant ainsi le premier espace sur les deux côtés du cadre et le deuxième espace entre les premiers espaces.
     
    14. Réfrigérateur selon la revendication 13, où un matériau isolant (533) de carte de circuit imprimé moulé avec une épaisseur inférieure à celle du matériau isolant (531) est présenté dans le deuxième espace entre la carte de circuit imprimé (602, 603, 604) et la plaque extérieure (51).
     
    15. Réfrigérateur selon l'une des revendications précédentes, où le deuxième espace est au moins partiellement ouvert vers l'extérieur, de manière à communiquer avec un espace où est disposée une charnière supérieure (501) raccordée à une extrémité supérieure de la porte (50), et
    où un câble de connexion (607) raccordé à la carte de circuit imprimé (604) traverse la charnière supérieure (501).
     




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