Chi Mei EL Corporation (CMEL) 25″ AMOLED TV Panel

CMEL used LTPS TFT LCD technology from Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) and its OLED equipment/technology to develop a 25″ OLED TV panel. The companies claim that it is the largest LTPS TFT Active Matrix (AM) OLED. CMEL is entering mass production soon.

I doubt it. And if CMEL is bringing a 25″ AMOLED LCD TV panel to market, it will cost you maybe $3000. Maybe a whole lot more. No thanks. I’ll take my Sony 60″ SXRD for just a little more.

Samsung 70″ LCD TV

Samsung showcased the 70″ LCD TV panel at FPD International 2006. The 70″ has a refresh rate of 120Hz, twice that of typical LCDs, and sports a pixel format of 1920 x 1080 and outputs 1080p. The 120Hz refresh rate is part of a system that is composed of other technologies to reduce the nagging problem in LCD TVs: motion blur. Samsung is planning to begin commercial production in early 2007.

This was a prototype showing the world that Samsung can indeed make 70″ LCD TVs with its current G7 LCD fabs. What Samsung cannot showcase is a 70″ LCD TV made at its G7 fab that is affordable. We will need to wait for its G8 fab to come online in the second half of 2007 to see prices in the sub-$10,000 range. Big is good, but at a price.

Sony KDL-40XBR3

Unlike the UK-bound KDL-40W2000 that received the winning nod from What HiFi? Sound and Vision, the KDL-40XBR3 has three HDMI ports and the BRAVIA Engine Pro. The Engine Pro upconverts HD signals such as 1080i and 720p to 1080p. Any XBR will cost money but a XBR3 will cost even more: plan on spending $3800.

1080p is the future and that’s not an exaggeration. Sure, there is that small problem of the lack of 1080p content, but with upconversion technologies like that in the BRAVIA Engine Pro and the soon-to-be-released Sony PlayStation 3 (via Blu-Ray), everyone will clamor to get a TV that can display 1080p at 1080p. I, for one, will not be getting any TV that does not sport a 1920 x 1080 pixel format.

Source: Gizmodo

Infringement Case Dismissed: LG.Philips LCD vs Chunghwa Picture Tubes

LPL filed a lawsuit against CPT claiming that the defendant was infringing four patents related to side-mount technology held by LPL back in 2002. Four years later, the US District Court judge in Los Angeles, California made a ruling on Monday (October 17, 2006) stating that LPL does not have standing to assert the four patents related to side-mounting technology. CPT has claimed that side-mounting technology was invented by two Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC) employees. CPT has filed a counter-suit against LPL for, you guessed it, patent infringement and is seeking damages of more than US$1 billion. The only party that’s getting rich is the party of lawyers. To both LPL and CPT: Get back to your roots of focusing on manufacturing high quality LCDs and low prices so customers can benefit instead of lawyers.

Back in July, I wrote about a NY arbitration panel that sided in LPL’s favor and granted exclusive ownership rights of its side-mounting technology. It would seem a judge’s ruling has more authority than an arbitration panel. But why go through an arbitration panel in the first place?

Source: Reuters

Update 2006.10.19 21:45 PST
News agencies (e.g. Reuters) erroneously reported that the lawsuit filed by LPL against CPT was dismissed. Only certain claims were dismissed and the lawsuit is underway in Los Angeles and will last until November. The defendants are CPT and Tatung. LPL is seeking US$80 million in damages and will pursue an enjoining order for CPT and Tatung from exporting products that have LCDs infringing LPL’s patents to the US. Source: Sys-Con Media

Update 2006.11.27 09:19 PST
LPL has been awarded US$53.5 in damages by the jury in the US District Court in LA, CA and a judge will determine the final amount that might be much more than what the jury awarded. The lawsuit has been going on for four years and was based on LPL’s allegations that CPT and Tatung were both infringing on LPL’s patents regarding TFT LCD technologies. I am not sure if CPT and Tatung will be appealing the case, but at the moment it seems the two Taiwanese companies were up to their normal tricks “borrowing” technology from other companies that invest human and financial resources to innovate. Source: BusinessWeek

Quanta, Intel, Yahoo Team Up for UMPC

Quanta, an integrator based in Taiwan, unveiled a UMPC based on an Intel reference design with Yahoo software at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Taipei, Taiwan. The unit shown in the picture looks quite nice: swivel video cam (Sony’s TR series started it all in notebooks way back when), and swivel screen that is not too big (smaller than 7″). Quanta’s UMPC runs Yahoo’s Go, a software joint effort with Intel using the company’s Viiv technology. Yahoo’s Go software includes Go TV, Yahoo photos, music, and other multimedia content. The OS is Microsoft’s Windows XP Tablet Edition, which should give enough functionality to anyone wishing to do more than just tap into multimedia content.

I’m hoping that more UMPCs will be developed because I am hoping to get one in the near future. I like Quanta’s UMPC as it allows for wide screen viewing whether held horizontally or vertically. The full QWERTY keyboard is a plus for entering information when you are IMing, surfing the Web, emailing, or actually doing work on Word, Excel or PowerPoint. WiFi, Bluetooth and one of the many 2.5G/3G data network connectivity (e.g. EV-DO on Verizon) would be nice.

Source: Digital World Tokyo

Pioneer Elite PRO-FHD1

The Elite PRO-FHD1 by Pioneer is a 50″ Full HD plasma TV. The price for 2 megapixels (2,073,600 pixels to be exact) is $8000. The unit has two HDMI inputs but lacks any TV tuners.


This plasma TV, unlike many others that claim to be Full HD, does truly have a pixel format of 1920 x 1080 with a true 16:9 aspect ratio. $8000 is also a truly enormous amount for a 50″ display. I would much prefer to get about three 40″ Full HD LCD TVs and put them in three separate rooms. Or… tile four 37″ Full HD LCD TVs!

Source: Ultimate AV, Pioneer

LG XNote A1, C1

Both the A1 and the C1 sport a 1.2GHz Core Duo CPU, an nVidia’s GeForce 7300 Go GPU with 64MB, a 10.6″ 1280 x 768 LCD, WiBro, HSDPA, and DMB. The C1 is a convertible notebook and weighs 2.8lbs. The A1 is even lighter at 2.2lbs.

Although Engadget states the resolution of the LCD as 1366 x 768, I am sure it is not. Instead, the resolution should be 1280 x 768 at 10.6″. The 11.1″ LCD panel from TMD that is used in Sony’s TX series has a 16:9 aspect ratio and 1366 x 768 resolution and is the only small LCD that sports that ratio and panel resolution.

Source: Akihabara News, Engadget

Sharp High Contrast Dash LCD

Sharp improved the contrast ratio from 500:1 to 1500:1. That’s good, very good. Unlike typical displays where the user might be at slightly different angles looking at the screen, a driver of a car is usually squarely in front of the display. So, ‘specsmanship’ in this case can be regarded as fairly accurate for how the LCD will be used.

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The screen is 8″ wide with a pixel format of 800 x 480. Because the pictures are pretty small, I can’t see if the resolution is good enough for tachometers and speedometers, and other gauges. A digitalized dash will definitely usher in many creative designs that we simply cannot implement in an analog dash. But, I like analog–gauges, dials, all of it. The computerization of the automobile is something I don’t like very much. Maybe it is because I don’t like the idea of paying some auto-computer geek to ‘test’ my car to see what problems I have. Maybe it is because I like driving a car, not a computer. I have Need 4 Speed for that, which I enjoy playing very much.

Source: Sharp

HD Confusion

While I was reading about Engadget HD tonight, I came across the “Xbox 360 HD DVD ad: 6x the resolution = 6x the…breakdancers?” post. I thought the ad was fairly effective in communicating that HD DVD gives you a fuller experience than DVD. The use of breakdancers was a bit lacking in the classy department but overall I think the potential consumers of Microsoft’s HD-DVD external unit got the point. But that’s not why I’m posting tonight.

After watching the video, I decided to read some of the comments. I usually don’t do this because I have wasted too many minutes reading comments that really have no value whatsoever, but today I wanted to waste a few because I was curious as to what others had to say about the ad and HD-DVD in general. And, I came across a comment and a reply to that comment that I thought was ridiculously funny.

Comment: My LCD TV only outputs 1080i anyways, no problem for me. I’m picking this up on release.

Reply: No LCD (or DLP, or plasma, or LCOS, or anything other than CRT) outputs anything interlaced. It might only accept a 1080i signal and not a 1080p signal, but any fixed display technology will always output a progressive image.

Now, the first comment clearly signals the lack of knowledge about what 1080i is. But then to post a reply, a definitive reply!, for the world to see and make a fool of himself was too much for me. I just had to blog about it.

You see, no matter what display technology you have, whether it shows motion pictures in an interlaced or progressive manner wholly depends on how the motion picture is delivered to your display. There are many HD formats but let’s just talk about 1080i. Most TV stations, satellite and cable programming broadcasts HD content in 1080i. If you simply plugged the antenna, satellite or cable box into your HD TV that display will show motion picture at 1080 horizontal lines and update it in interlaced mode. Now, if you have a de-interlacer or an up-converter that manipulates the 1080i content and generates a progressively updated motion picture your HD TV will now display the original 1080i content in 1080p or something else. The person who replied also has some misinformation about CRTs. CRTs are just like any other display in that it can display motion picture in interlaced or progressive. The confusion probably comes from nearly all video sources having been interlaced when CRTs were the only choice for TV technology.

XBox 360 External HD-DVD

XBox 360 does not have a HDMI port? I didn’t know that. HD-DVD it does not have either. I knew that. Now, for $200, you can purchased the external HD-DVD drive that’s about 60-70% the size of the XBox 360 itself and watch HD-DVD movies… ummm… the few that are available. Actually, I Googled “hd-dvd movie” and found the official HD-DVD pimp site: www.thelookandsoundofperfect.com.
In that site, it says there are 73 HD-DVD titles in stores now!!! The Italian Job and Swordfish sound like good starts. Hey, maybe the $200 external HD-DVD player is worth getting, even though it looks horrible. But not really. You have to watch HD-DVD movies via the Xbox 360’s component output. Who was the genius behind that design??? Microsoft should have simply integrated HD-DVD into the main box. That would have been a much simpler and more elegant solution. But ‘simple’ and ‘elegant’ is not something Microsoft is about–maybe Apple, but definitely not Microsoft.

Apple iPlay. Now that’s an idea!!! If Apple does something like that, I’m sure it’ll be quite fun to watch: Microsoft vs. Sony vs. Nintendo vs. Apple. I bet on Apple and Sony to go to the championship battle while Microsoft and Nintendo fight for #3.

I found this picture at Fred Manteghian Blog and he is pretty harsh on the add-on: “The sign in front of the unit summarizes my thoughts on the subject succinctly.” Ouch.

Source: Fred Manteghian Blog