LG Display announced on May 27, 2009 that it has developed a 23-inch 1080p 3D LCD panel geared for monitor applications. By embedding time-sequential technologies right into the panel, LG Display was able to improve the brightness of the panel, about twice that of other 3D displays. Time-sequential just means that the left and right eyes see different images resulting in a 3D effect. 3D viewing is possible with polarized glasses which are generally pretty affordable. The company will be showcasing this 23-inch 1080p 3D LCD at the Society of Information Display (SID) 2009 show that will be held in San Antonio, Texas.
Ion Lenovo‘s IdeaPad S12 is the first netbook to make use of NVIDIA’s Ion graphics processor. With Ion you get DirectX 10 graphics (the latest games) and 1080p HD playback. I don’t know how NVIDIA did it but Ion has considerably more power yet uses a lot less of Â your CPU’s power. There are a couple of videos and a bunch of Ion information at NVIDIA’s website. TheÂ IdeaPad S12 makes use of the regular Intel Atom N270 CPU running at 1.6GHz.
Mainstream One of the main concerns that I have with netbooks is the size of the LCD: almost always too small at around 10-inches. That also means the keyboards are also too small. The IdeaPad S12 makes use of a much more usable 12.1-inch LED-backlit LCD with a 1280 x 800 pixel format. The keyboard should be significantly more comfortable to type on compared to the smaller netbooks. Pricing starts at US$449.
OLED-Info: On May 26, 2009, Seiko Epson announced that it has developed an inkjet technology that can uniformly deposit organic material for the production of 37-inch and larger organic light-emittion diode (OLED) TVs. Prior to the company’s announcement a major challenge in manufacturing large OLED displays was the lack of technology to reliably form uniform organic layers on large substrates. Vacuum thermal evaporation (VTE) is currently widely used to deposit organic materials Â but has been difficult to form uniform layers of organic material in substrates larger than 11″.
Seiko Epson’s proprietary Micro Piezo technology is used to improve accuracy in organic material deposition compared to VTE. Trial production using Micro Piezo inkjet technology has resulted in a highly uniform prototype panl with a volume error of less than 1 percent. Not only is quality improved with the company’s inkjet technology throughput is also enhanced, significantly reducing the time it takes to manufacture OLED displays.
On May 20, 2009, Panasonic dropped the price of its 103-inch by US$20,000 to US$50,000. The 103-inch plasma display is the world’s largest commercially available since December 2006. Since its debut, more than 6,000 103-inch plasma displays have been installed worldwide. According to Andrew Nelkin, president of Panasonic Professional Display Company:
The combination of advancements in Plasma production technology and the tremendous worldwide success of the Panasonic 103-inch Plasma HD Display over the last two plus years have enabled us to increase production as well as efficiencies, and thereby make it available to a wider range of customers at a lower price point. When our 103-inch Plasma first debuted, it was a made-to-order product. It soon became obvious that in ultra-large screen sizes, nothing comes close to the Panasonic 103-inch Plasma in delivering crisp, clear, blur-free images in 1080p High Definition. Demand for the 103 exceeded our initial expectations, and its popularity continues.
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PureDepth, like the name, develops real 3D displays using multi-layer display (MLD) technology. The company, founded in 1999, is headquartered in Redwood Shores, California and has offies in Japan and an engineering center located in New Zealand. PureDepth’s MLD technology makes use of real depth. MLD makes use of two LCD panels: a front display and a back display. In between the two displays is an insterstitial filter, which is used for optical correleation, compatibility and interferences between display layers. Since PureDepth’s MLD technology is physically 3D, users should not experience headaches, a problem for many other 3D technologies. Continue reading →
The LC-20DX1 from Sharp is the world’s first 20″ LCD TV with a built-in Blu-ray player. The LC-20DX1 comes in either black or white, features a digital TV tuner, 1500:1 contrast ratio and 450 cd/m2 of brightness. Pretty decent specs. The design isn’t all that bad either. The most important feature and most unfortunate at the same time is the 20″ TFT LCD panel: it sports a 1366 x 768 pixel format. That’s 720p for you. Blu-ray equals 1080p. This 20″ LCD equals 720p. We’ve got a problem. Continue reading →
According to Reuters, AU Optronics (AUO) Executive VP Paul Peng said the company is experiencing demand that is more than it can handle. Peng expects LCD panel prices to continue increasing in the second half. Strong demand from China for LCD TV panels and solid recovery coming from North America is benefiting AUO as well as other LCD suppliers. At the Reuters Global Technology Summit that was held in Taiwan, Peng told attendees that AUO will be profitable in the second half. Continue reading →
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On May 21, 2009, Corning‘s CFO Jim Flaws said at the Reuters Global Technology Summit in New York that growing demand for FPD (flat display panel) TVs increases the chances that the dominant glass supplier will boost its estimate for the overall LCD glass market in 2009. He also shared that the time may be right for Corning to consider acquisitions of small or medium-sized businesses. Continue reading →
According to DigiTimes, there is a 20 percent shortage for 5G and 6G glass substrates in Taiwan. This is mainly due to Taiwan-based LCD suppliers taking deliveries ahead of schedule because of component shortage concerns in the second half of 2009. Components such as driver ICs, PCBs, LED backlights, etc. are expected to be in shortage in the second half. 5G and 6G LCD fabs are mostly focused on production of notebook PC and LCD monitor panels.
Corning Display Technologies Taiwan (CDTT) is responding to the increased demand in LCD glass substrates by relighting some of its idle glass facilities. But it will take some time for idled glass tanks to begin mass production. Corning (NYSE: GLW) has one of the largest LCD glass substrate manufacturing facilities in the world located at the Central Taiwan Science Park (pictured above) in Taichung. The facility manufactures G5 and larger LCD glass substrates.
According to DisplaySearch’s PriseWise service, 26-inch, 32-inch and 42-inch LCD TV panel prices are rising faster than other sizes. 32-inch with a 1366 x 768 pixel format increased US$4 in late May. 42-inch LCD panels with a 1920 x 1080 pixel format rose US$2 on average with a high of US$335, US$7 more than in early May.
Shortage In general there is a LCD TV panel shortage. Supply is not able to meet demand. The smaller 26-inch with 1366 x 768 pixel format also rose US$2 on average with a high of US$146, up US$3. 37-inch and 46-inch did not move. LCD suppliers are ramping up capacity and utilization to meet this demand but that will take some time. LCD suppliers are also hesitant to ratchet up production too quickly since many LCD TV panel sizes are being sold at below cash cost.
Solid Demand Demand from China continues to be strong. According to DisplaySearch, some TV brands are reporting signs of slowing demand in the EU and North America regions. In my opinion, strong brands such as Samsung, Sony, Sharp, Panasonic and LG should continue to experience growth as will the low-price leader Vizio. In response to slowing demand some TV brands are expected to lower retail prices. If this is true, it tells me that TV brands still have some margins to work with and the increase in LCD TV panel prices will not translate into higher TV set prices just yet.