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CEBIT News - 16th March 2006

Samsung 917P


The new Samsung 917P which follows on from their new functional designs offered by current models like the 970P. Certainly a model which will be down to individual taste, but very functional and flexible as the picture below shows:


 


LG L203WT

LG's offering to the busy 20"WS market is their new L203WT. This offers am 8ms response time and thanks to LG.Philips' Digital Fine Contrast a contrast ratio of 1400:1. The spec looks suspiciously like an TN Film panel but with exaggerated viewing angles claims at 170/170 as has become the norm now for TN models sadly.

 

 

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LG Showcase "Uniquely Designed" TFT's


Strange colours and patterns on their very nicely designed screens. It is unclear if these will be released, but they could well be just for show at CEBIT.


This one even had a stone bezel!


Moving away from traditional colours.


 


Samsung Showcase Various New models and Designs


Samsung making dual screen TFT's easy
 


Samsung show case their "Advanced Wide Viewing Angle" technology


Spec for their new 24" WS 244T monitor


A new 20" model from Samsung


Samsung's massive new 30" WS 305T. A rival to the Apple 30" Cinema Display and the Dell 3007WFP. Spec below:

 



CEBIT News - 11th March 2006
 

Samsung's MPA Technology

Samsung are concentrating their TFT panel developments on improving response times and image refresh rates, with the aim to achieve the same speed as CRT displays can offer. They say that the problem that they're facing is due to the limit of frame rate with TFT's designed to run at 60Hz refresh rate. Their new MPA technology will be introduced in new PVA panels (not TN Film for now) and is based around the principle of interlacing an interpolated image in between two frames to artificially produce a 120 fps display. These images inserted will be calculated and interpolated by the display technology and inserted between two frames as an intermediate frame. This is almost like an image prediction technology.


Image credit to BeHardware

They demonstrated this new MPA technology based on their current 24" S-PVA monitor, the 244T (top) which is currently based on a 6ms rated overdriven panel (however, they may have been using the older 16ms rated edition to emphasise the difference), compared with a new 24" screen with this new technology. The motorcycle image moves left to right and is set up in clone mode. According to BeHardware, the new generation screen showed a massive improvement in image responsiveness, while afterglow was noticeable on the 'old' screen. However, there are potential issues with this image prediction technique which could lead to almost an overshoot of images producing a different kind of afterglow. Much like overdrive application which can sometimes show a halo in front of moving objects if the image prediction algorithm is not operating optimally, this new MPA technology could in theory lead to similar issues. We will have to wait and see.

There is now announced release date for screens with this technology, but they are expected in 2006 sometime. Samsung have said that traditional measures of response time might be null with the introduction of this new technology, since actual observed responsiveness might well be much better than measured figures. We will see what happens regarding the new measurements as manufacturers will surely have to come up with a new technique to rate screens, especially since other manufacturers are introducing other techniques to improve real life responsiveness.

 

 


AU Optronics / BenQ Introduce BFI Technology

AU Optronics are also working on a responsiveness improvement for their panels and this is based on a different principle. Since the human brain keeps images in memory, TFT's can sometimes give the perception of afterglow even if complex equipment doesn't detect it. This is why you can't always trust response time measurements, and real life performance can vary greatly from measured figures.


Image credit to BeHardware

By inserting a black frame every size images AU Optronics claim this helps "clean" the human eye from this perceived afterglow and have named this technology, BFI (Black Frame Insertion). This is a part of their Advanced Motion Accelerator (AMA) technology. BeHardware saw the new BenQ FP241W (left) in action at CEBIT compared side by side with a current 23" model (BenQ FP231W, 16ms S-IPS model) without this technology. They report that this is even more of an improvement than Samsung's MPA techniques, and responsiveness is apparently improved to the levels of plasma displays. Again, the fact that this is in clone mode with a relatively slow model like the FP231W shows that for exhibition purposes, this improvement is likely to be exaggerated. Fortunately, new models will begin to emerge in June 2006 according to BenQ. They released this press statement recently about the forthcoming FP241W:

"The BenQ FP241W (BFI) wide-screen LCD monitor features the world-leading BFI technology, a high resolution of 1920x1200 and HDMI connector. The world-leading BFI (Black Frame Insertion) Technology is the advanced technology of Advanced Motion Accelerator (AMA) Technology. By using BFI Technology, the spatial-temporal integration can effectively reduce the ghosting effect caused by the slow pursuit and low pass effect of the human eyes thus provides clearer motion pictures. The FP241W is the first monitor of its kind with a HDMI connector worldwide. HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) TM technology is the latest digital technology to connect set top box such as TV, PS2, Xbox, in an efficient and easy way whilst carrying HD audio and video signals in one single cable."


Samsung Unveils Their First LED Backlit Displays

Rather than using traditional CCFL backlighting, Samsung have introduced a few new models which will feature LED backlights. The marketing behind these new models will likely be based around the improved uniformity and colour gamut that this technology can offer over conventional models. Some test shots from CEBIT courtesy of BeHardware and Flatpanels.dk:


LG Emotional L1900 Series and Digital fine Contrast

No new technologies really from LG other than using LG.Philip's Digital Fine Contrast in some of their new models. Instead they unveiled a few new designs which may be to some people's taste, but not to others. Images again courtesy of BeHardware and Flatpanels.dk.

The Euro L1900 Series monitors. There are 3 different designs for this L1900 range, and early released specs suggest that they will be TN Film panels, rated at 4 ms, with 1600:1 contrast ratio (DFC) and with 300 cd/m2 brightness. The 3 different varieties are Celadon, Myth and Breath according to BeHardware, but as you can see from the spec, LG refer to them as Jar, Ring and Eclipse. I have matched up which one is which, but am not 100% sure of the LG naming, I've gone with what seems most logical:



L1900 Series - Breath / Eclipse
 

L1900 Series -  Celadon / Ring
 



L1900 Series -  Myth / Jar


 


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