Samsung Plans to Increase LCD Monitor Panel Prices in January 2009

Samsung is planning to increase prices for its LCD monitor panel prices in January 2009. Demand has been on the decline for several months for LCD monitors and the LCD panel prices reflect that: prices have tumbled to historic lows. The first half of each calendar year is also quite horrible for LCD monitor sales. So why would Samsung increase prices for its LCD monitor panels next month? I don’t think it’s a great idea but maybe Samsung knows something that every other company doesn’t. Samsung has been doing quite well as a brand.

Source: Samsung

[tags]Samsung, Display Manufacturer, LCD Manufacturer, LCD Monitor, LCD Monitor Panel[/tags]

Toshiba Plans 43% Increase in LCD TV Sales in FY2009

Toshiba has plans to increase its LCD TV sales in FY2009 by 43% Y/Y to 10 million units. The company’s FY2009 ends in March 2010. For FY2008, Toshiba is expecting to have shipped 7 million LCD TVs with about a 6% market share. The company with 10 million units in FY2009 will capture roughly 10% of the global market for LCD TVs.

Recently, Toshiba has tapped Wistron to manufacture 2 million LCD TVs in 2009. Toshiba is increasing its outsourcing to Taiwan to reduce the cost of manufacturing LCD TVs. Compal has been manufacturing some LCD TVs for Toshiba and will continue to do so at a 2 million unit pace in 2009.

Toshiba is also ramping up its marketing in the Southeast Asian region and plans to spend RM20 million on advertising and promotions in 2009. The company’s Jarkarta plant’s sales revenue goal for 2009 is expected to be around RM650 million and will be a continuation of rapid growth: Toshiba Malaysia has recorded an annual growth rate of 30% over the last two years.

Source: Bloomberg, DigiTimes, Sun2Surf

[tags]Toshiba, Toshiba LCD TV, Wistron, Compal[/tags]

Innolux LCD Monitor Shipments Expected to Increase 20% in January 2009

Innolux Display expects LCD monitor shipments to increase 20% in January 2009. In November, global inventory for LCD monitors were about 4.5 million units. In December that number is expected to drop to about 2.5 million units and to a tight 100,000 to 200,000 units in January 2009. This is interesting news because the first half of each calendar year is usually very weak when it comes to IT goods such as monitors.

Innolux expects to ship 32 million LCD monitors in 2008, a slight decrease from what the company originally planned at 33 million units. In other news, Foxconn Electronics, the branded name for Hon Hai Precision Industry, entered the notebook OEM business in August 2008 and expects to ship 3 million LCD panels geared for notebook PCs in 2009. Innolux Display is owned by Hon Hai would be one of the primary sources for LCDs.

Source: DigiTimes

[tags]Innolux, Innolux Display, Hon Hai Precision, Hon Hai, Foxconn, Foxconn Electronics[/tags]

ViewSonic VX2233wm: 21.5″ 1080p LCD Monitor

ViewSonic VX2233wm Specifications

Display: 21.5″ TN (Twisted Nematic) TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1080
Brightness: 300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (static), 18000:1 (dynamic)
Response Time: 5ms
Frequency: 60Hz
Color Gamut: 72% NTSC
Viewing Angles: 170/160
Connectivity: DVI-D, VGA
Adjustability:
Power Consumption: 45W (typical), 51W (max), 18W (Eco-mode, typical), 15W (Eco-mode, conserve), 1W (save mode), Energy Star
Mount: VESA 100 x 100mm
20.14 x 15.3 x 8.5″ (512 x 388 x 217mm) (w/stand)
20.14 x 12.83 x 2.48″ (512 x 326 x 63mm) (w/o stand)
Weight: 9.2lbs (4.2kg)
Availability:
Price: MSRP US$259.99 ($179.99 at Amazon.com)

viewsonic_vx2233wm

ViewSonic‘s VX2233wm is a 21.5″ LCD monitor that sports a 16:9 aspect ratio much like LCD TVs. The VX2233wm features a 1920 x 1080 pixel format and can display 1080p HD video content. Just don’t expect the 21.5 incher to perform like a high-end 1080p LCD TV. Spec-wise the VX2233wm has a lot going for it such as brightness (good at 300 cd/m2), response time (relatively fast at 5ms) and contrast ratio (1000:1 static is very good for a monitor). The 170/160 viewing angles suggest that this monitor is using a TN LCD panel. Don’t get too worked up with the slightly limited angles since you’ll be sitting right in front of the monitor. If you require high color fidelity make sure to look for IPS or PVA based LCD monitors. Overall, the VX2233wm should be a decent performer for everyday tasks but don’t expect too much when using it as a LCD TV.

Source: ViewSonic

[tags]ViewSonic, ViewSonic VX2233wm, ViewSonic 22″ LCD Monitor, ViewSonic 1080p LCD Monitor, 22″ LCD Monitor, 1080p LCD Monitor, 1080p 22″ LCD Monitor, 21.5″, 1920 x 1080, 1080p, VX2233wm[/tags]

Hitachi UltraVision UT32V502: 1.5″ Thin 32″ LCD TV

Hitachi UltraVision UT32V502 Specifications

Display: 31.51″ IPS (In-Plane Switching) TFT LCD with EEFL Backlight
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1366 x 768
Frequency: 120Hz
Viewing Angles: 178/178
Connectivity: HDMI v1.3 with CEC ,VGA, RS-232C, Composite
Tuner: ATSC, NTSC, QAM
Mount: VESA 400 x 200mm
Other: 1:1 Pixel Mapping, Game Mode
Dimensions: 32-1/6 x 21-3/16 x 1-1/2″
Weight: 29.1lbs
Price: MSRP US$1199.95 ($775.59 at Amazon.com)

hitachi_ultravision_ut32v502

Hitachi might not be the brand that everyone is clamoring for. But it should be. The UltraVision UT32V502 comes in white (UT32V502W) or black and has a lot of features that I really like. Take for instance the LCD panel, which I consider the most important part of a LCD TV. The UT32V502 uses an IPS (In-Plane Switching) TFT LCD. IPS is synonymous for absolutely the best when it comes to color fidelity, at any angle. That’s why Apple uses only IPS technology (from LG Display) for its high-end Cinema HD displays. The LCD also incorporates an EEFL (External Electrode Flourescent Lighting) backlight. EEFL is more energy-efficient than the typical CCFL by moving the elctrodes outside of the tube. Viewing angles are an excellent 178/178. Continue reading →

ASUS S121: 12.1″ Netbook

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Gizmodo: The ASUS S121 is simply a larger version of its S101 netbook. There is next to nothing in terms of additional information regarding the specs. But.

The S101 has a smaller 10.2″ LCD with a 1024×600 pixel format and uses an Intel Atom to turn the show. The S121 sports a 12.1″ TFT LCD with a pixel format of 1280×800. I think a safe best is that the S121 will also be Atom-based. The 1GB max in the S101 will probably be increased to 2GB; the 64GB SSD up’ed to 128GB SSD. I will also guess that the OS will be going from XP/Linux to Vista/XP/Linux.

CES 2009: OQO Model 02+ with OLED

OQO Model 02+ Specifications

Display: Touch OLED
CPU: 1.86GHz Intel Atom
RAM: 2GB
Connectivity: 3G

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The OQO Model 02 had a 5″ TFT LCD with a 800 x 480 pixel format (pictured above). There is talk that the new and improved Model 02+ will have an OLED display and will be unveiled at CES 2009! Now, I’m guessing that the Model 02+ with the awesome OLED display will be right around 5″ and hopefully will feature a pixel format of 800 x 480 (or more).

The 1.6GHz VIA C7M ULV was the Model 02’s fastest CPU. Intel’s 1.86GHz Atom should boost performance quite a bit. The RAM was also maxed out at 1GB for the Model 02; the 2GB bump should improve performance significantly. The combined improvements in CPU and RAM should make the Model 02+ a solid performer. Add the OLED display to it and the Model 02+ might just be the UMPC to get. I’m guessing it’ll be quite expensive.

Source: OQO Talk via Gizmodo

[tags]CES 2009, OQO, OQO Model 02+, OLED, OQO OLED, OQO UMPC, UMPC, 5″, 800 x 480[/tags]

Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter: Distortion Problems

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Apple’s Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter is $99. It is VERY expensive. For that kind of price it should do a lot more than just connect your box to a 30″ LCD monitor. Well, maybe that’s expecting a bit too much. This expensive cable is not even doing what it is suppose to. Users have found that there is periodic distortions of the display when using the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter. Just look at the image above (courtesy Wes Plate).

I would be extremely frustrated, at the very least, if this happened to me: I just purchased a brand new MacBook Pro. Fast, shiny, single slab of aluminum! Try to connect to my awesome 30″ LCD monitor with a 2560 x 1600 pixel format. Realize it is NOT possible. Get ripped off and order the $99 Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter. Wait wait and then wait some more. Finally get it in the mail. Rip out the cable and connect the MBPro to the 30″ monitor. And revel at the beauty. Aaaah… this is how it was meant to be! And then after a while of computing bliss… DISTORTION.

Here are two Apple Discussions threads:

http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=8680802
http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=8674416

Users have been able to temporarily fix he problem by disconnecting the USB connection and then reconnecting it. Yes, the adapter has both a Mini DisplayPort connection AND a USB connection that you have to connect to the MBPro. How lame. The disconnect-reconnect is a temporary fix and you will eventually have a distorted screen again. It looks there is some timing issue involved with either the adapter and/or the Mini DisplayPort connection on the MBPro.

This is what Apple is telling customers to do:

  • Update all software and firmware related to your hardware.
  • Delete Library–>Preferences–>com.apple.windowserver.plist (I don’t know why)
  • Delete User –> Library –> Preferences –> ByHost –> com.apple.windowserver.xxxxx.plist
  • Reset PRAM by pressing Command-Option-P-R and reboot the computer.

If you are having similar problems, Apple seems to be sending out replacement units.

Source: Gizmodo

[tags]Apple, Apple Mini DisplayPort, Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual Link DVI Adapter, Mini DisplayPort to Dual Link DVI Adapter[/tags]

MSI U115 Hybrid: 10.2″ Netbook with Hybrid SSD and HDD

MSI U115 Specifications

Display: 10.2″ Wide TFT LCD with LED Backlight
Pixel Format: 1024 x 600
Webcam: 1.3MP or 2.0MP
CPU: 1.60GHz Intel Atom Z530
RAM: 1GB (up to 2GB) DDR2 533MHz
Storage: 120GB/160GB 2.5″ SATA HDD, 8GB/16GB SSD
Connectivity: VGA, USB 2.0 (3), Mic-In, Headphone-Out, Ethernet, WiFi (BGN, BG), Bluetooth 2.0
Battery: 3-cell or 6-cell Lithium Ion
Dimensions: 260 x 180 x 19-31.5mm
Weight: About 1.0kg (with 3-cell battery)

MSI U115 Hybrid

MSI touts the U115 Hybrid as “the first notebook computer in the world that is capable of operating both SSD and HDD hard drives simultaneously.” The company’s Exclusive Hybrid Storage Technology or “ECO” mode makes use of the SSD for the system and in Windows you have the option of selecting the HDD for file storage. While in ECO mode the HDD is disconnected and all file I/O operations will be done with the SSD system. MSI doesn’t exactly state how long the battery will last on the U115 Hybrid but mentions “super long” a few times. The 10.2″ wide TFT LCD sports a LED backlight that should help in keeping the battery humming a while longer.

Source: MSI via PC Launches via Engadget

[tags]MSI, MSI U115 Hybrid, U115 Hybrid, MSI Hybrid Netbook, MSI Netbook, U115 Netbook, Netbook, 10.2″, 1024 x 600, SSD[/tags]

Sony VAIO P: Keyboard

sony_vaio_p_keyboard_01

Sony Japan has updated the VAIO P‘s teaser site with flashes of the keyboard and tracking nub. The keyboard looks to be the kind that you see on the MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. There is some space on the top and bottom (all around?) of the keys that seems to suggest that they might be backlit. I can’t tell from these two pictures if there is a function key row, but hopefully there will be. There does not seem to be a track stick in the tracking hole.

sony_vaio_p_keyboard_02

With a wider-than 2:1 aspect ratio 8″ LCD, Sony’s P Series netbook should allow for a full-sized keyboard. I can’t wait to see a tiny netbook that is ultra-wide AND that allows me to actually touch type on a full-sized keyboard. Nice move Sony!

Source: Sony Japan via Pocketables via Engadget

[tags]Sony, Sony VAIO, Sony VAIO P, Sony VAIO P Netbook, Sony Netbook, Sony P Series Netbook, P Series Netbook, VAIO P[/tags]