Although we in the US don’t get a Chi Mei-branded LCD monitor (good thing?), the folks in Taiwan will be surprised to see another size available to them when it comes to LCD monitors: 22″ wide. Remember a long time ago when Apple had a 22″ wide? Well, it seems the size is coming back. CMO’s 22″ wide has a pixel format of 1680*1050, which isn’t too bad but is quite a bit lower than the 23″ wide panels out there with a lot more pixels: 1920 x 1200. I’m sure the 22″ wide is a strategy born out of the need to bring down the cost of 20″+ LCD monitors to not only load up their large fabs but also to see that market segment grow.
-22″ wide, 16:10 aspect ratio
-1680 x 1050 pixel format-330 cd/m2-800:1 CR
-5ms response time (RT)
-170/160 (H/V viewing angles, using TN+Film to enhance wide viewing angles)
Nexgen Mediatech, a Chi Mei Group member, will be selling the 221 series at NT$16,900 (~US$530) and has a fairly aggressive goal of selling 1 million Chi Mei-branded monitors in 2006 including other sizes. The Chi Mei brand will be available in Australia later this year while Europe will have the Mirai branded version.