On May 20, 2008, Canon announced the development of its own Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) reflective LCD panel. Canon will be showcasing its LCoS panel at InfoComm 2008 that will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from June 18 to 20.
Canon developed two sizes. One has a diagonal of 0.71″ and a pixel format of 1920 x 1200. With that kind of pixel format it is obvious that the 0.71″ LCoS panel would be geared toward business projection systems. The 0.55″ panel has a pixel format of 1400 x 1050 and is geared toward the mid-range projection system market. These LCoS panels are coupled with Canon’s proprietary Aspectual Illumination System (AISYS) optical engine that optimizes LCoS panel performance according to Canon.
The interest in front projection seems to be growing as rear projection applications continue to decrease. Remember Sony exiting the North American market for SXRD-based rear projection TVs. This is an unfortunate trend as the most energy efficient way to put up a large display is via projection.
[tags]Canon, LCoS, Liquid Crystal on Silicon, Sony, SXRD, Rear Projection TV, Front Projection, 1920 x 1200, 1400 x 1050[/tags]