NEC Launch New 19, 20 and 22" Screens
May 31st 2007
NEC have just announced the launch of three new WS format
models in their "AccuSync" series. These are the LCD193WM (19"), LCD203WM (20")
and LCD223WM (22") and all form part of their entry level portfolio. All models
utilise TN Film panel technology offering 5ms response time, 1000:1 contrast
ratio and 300 cd/m2 brightness in each case. Strangely the viewing angles quoted
are exagerated to 176/176 for some of the models, but being TN Film I would not
expect wonders. All three widescreen displays featuring the NEC proprietary NTAA
(Non-Touch-Auto-Adjustment), rapid response technologies, intelligent cable
managements, and the renowned NEC NaViSet® remote display management
software using DDC-CI.
Philips New LCD TV's with 1080p, 120Hz and LED
May 27th 2007
Philips have recently announced the release of several new large LCD TV models
in it's "Ambilight" range, now celebrating it's 10th anniversary on the market.
The new screens will come in 42, 47 and 52 inch models and will not only feature
Philips' proprietry Ambilight, but will now offer 120Hz frame rate and LED
backlighting as well. New products due out this summer include the Ambilight
Full Surround 42-inch 42PFL9832D LCD TV ($2,999), the 47-inch Ambilight
2-Channel 47PFL9732D ($2,799) and the 52-inch 2-Channel 52PFL7432D ($3,599). A
release date in June is anticipated in the US.
SED Delayed Again By Toshiba and Canon
May 27th 2007
Canon and Toshiba have announched that their anticipated
"late 2007" launch of SED technology will be delayed again, with fears now that
it will ever appear. Canon have stated that the delay is an effort to cut
production costs, and also sited the prolonged lawsuit with Nano-Proprietary Inc
as an issue. Canon will be unable to make the SED panels available on time for
Toshiba to launch the SED TV range as hoped, and the expected release date is
Both companies claim SED will still appear, with no plans
to scrap its development. However, analysts are concerned that SED TV suppliers,
which do not even have large-scale production facilities at the moment, are
likely to face an uphill battle in bringing down prices fast enough in the flat
TV market, known for multi-billion dollar investments and steep price declines.
Reuters / Engadget
Acer X241wd To Be Released - 24" TN Film Panel
May 22nd 2007
Acer are hopping on the TN
Film bandwagon and are set to release the very competitively priced X241wd
display in the very near future. Following on from the
Samsung SM245B, the X241wd will use Samsung's 5ms rated TN Film panel. This
again signifies a possible new trend in the 24" market, previously dominated by
S-PVA and P-MVA panels from Samsung and AU Optronics. As expected, the arrival
of TN Film in the 24" market is already driving prices down for these larger
screens. The Samsung SM245B already retails for ~£390 in the UK, with the new
Acer model expected to retail for under 500 Euros in Europe, on its release. The
screen will offer 1920 x 1200 resolution, 5ms response time, 1000:1 contrast
ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness and offers an HDCP supported DVI and a standard VGA
Samsung Exhibit 70" 120Hz LCD and 40" LED-Backlight
Display Of The YearMay 21st 2007
Again at this years SID
2007 event, Samsung are showing off some of their new technologies and screens.
Among them were the 40" LED-backlit LCD TV which has received this year's SID
Gold Award for Display Of The Year. The TV can reportedly offer a 10,000:1
contrast ratio and covers 105% of the NTSC colour gamut. This really could
represent a step forward in the LCD TV market which is why Samsung have been
given the award.
Samsung are also
demonstrating the largest LCD screen for mass production, a 70", 120Hz ready
screen. This will feature Samsung's proprietry McFi (Motion Compensated Frame
Interpolation) technology to double the frame rate offered by the display, and
designed to improve moving images.
LG.Philips Showcase New Technologies At SID 2007May 21st 2007
LG.Philips LCD 4-inch flexible OLED panel
With the Society for
Information Display (SID) 2007 show being held this week in California (20/5 -
25/5), many manufacturers are showing off their new technologies. LG.Philips
have already been exhibiting some of their new display technologies including
active-matrix (AM) OLED products, flexible colour displays, multi-touch LCD
screens and advanced LCD TV panels.
LG.Philips have shown off
the impressive hair-thin flexible AM OLED display, 14.1 inch and 6 inch flexible
colour A4-size electronic paper display solutions. Another advancement showcased
at the exhibition is a 47-inch multi-touch screen that recognizes different
points of contact in relation to each other. This allows users to actually
manipulate data or images with their hands.
LG.Philips is also
showcasing its complete line-up of full high-definition (HD) LCD panels for LCD
HDTVs, including its 37-, 42-, 47- and 52-inch widescreen displays. These
displays all have full HD resolution, a viewing angle of 180 degrees, a
brightness of 500 cd/m2, a dynamic contrast ratio of up to 10,000:1, and a color
gamut of 92%. These, along with a variety of other large and widescreen LCD HDTV
panels featuring technological enhancements such as motion blur reduction
through 100/120Hz refresh rate technology and copper bus implementation are on
In the monitor sector,
LG.Philips are also concentrating their efforts on widescreen format panels,
offering "market leading" technology for 30", 26" and 24" panels.
Dell Super-Slim Monitor With Display PortMay 18th 2007
Dell have recently talked about their enthusiasm behind
introducing and promoting new technologies to the industry. At the forefront of
this in the monitor world, they claim, is the introduction of
DisplayPort, as we
discussed in April. This new interface standard will be capable of supporting
four times the current HDTV resolutions, offer support for integrated
peripherals around the display and let you daisy-chain monitors together in a
series. A single cable should be capable of delivering video, audio, microphone
and panel I/O support.
Backing this new standard, Dell have also shown that
monitors will be able to offer super-slim designs, looking very futuristic and
sleek. The first models are reportedly available later this year and will be
~0.5 inches thick!
JVC Introduce High Speed 120Hz LCD TV TechnologyMay 18th 2007
JVC have recently announced the launch of their new, second
generation, "Clear Motion Drive" (CMD) high-speed LCD TV technology. This offers
a frame rate of 120fps and is JVC's offering in the 120Hz LCD TV market. The
technology is designed to improve moving images and reduce motion blur and CMD
II has been designed specifically for 1080 HDTV displays. The 120Hz technology
will feature a frame doubling driver and motion interpolation techniques. JVC
state that a 120Hz-driven LCD panel with an 8ms response time will achieve an
motion picture response time (MPRT) figure that's superior to what a 60Hz-driven
panel with a zero millisecond liquid crystal response time can achieve. As a
result, the 120Hz panel will have less blurring of moving images.
Three models will be available initially, and are expected
in the US in Autumn. There will be a 47", 42" and 37" model available, being the
LT-47X898, LT-42X898 and LT-37X898 respectively. Each will offer 3x HDMI ports,
and panels offering 10-bit colour depth and a colour gamut covering 102% of the
Hyundai Release Two New 22" ModelsMay 16th 2007
Hyundai have recently announced the release of two new models in their range,
offering competition to the already heavily populated 22"WS market. The N220W
models come in tow varieties, the N220Wa is analogue only, while the N220Wd
features an HDCP enabled DVI interface as well. Both models use the same 5ms TN
Film panel, offering 800:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160
viewing angles. Both models also feature integrated speakers and retail for
around 269 Euro (a) and 319 Euro (d) across Europe.
LG Release 24" L246WP DisplayMay 16th 2007
Following on from their 24" L245WP model, LG have recently release a new L246WP
model. Complete with the same 8ms G2G AU Optronics P-MVA panel as its
predecessor, the L246WP also offers 1920 x 1200 resolution, 1000:1 contrast
ratio, 500 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. The screen also has
HDMI, Component and VGA connectivity options, and features tilt, swivel, height
and pivot functionality. The monitor is available in silver and black versions
and retails for around $699 in the US at present.
LG Spec available
AU Optronics Release New 24" TN Film Panel
June 29th 2007
With the release
of Samsung's 24" TN Film panel, the LTM240CT01, back in January, we have now
started to see the release of the first TN Film based displays in this larger
Samsung SM245B was the first, and attracts a reasonable amount of attention
thanks to its impressive low price. Not to be outdone, AU Optronics have now
released specs for their own 24" TN Film panel. The
M240UW04 V1 offers the following specs:
1920 x 1200
5ms response time
92% NTSC colour
There are no details at this stage of any models being released using this new
panel, but I would expect it to be utilised in some forthcoming displays from
BenQ, or Qisda as they are
now known given their ties with AUO. This certainly offers further support to
the invasion of TN Film into the larger monitor sectors, and I would anticipate
the release of further screens with low costs later this year.
Acer's New X1 and X2 Series Displays
June 29th 2007
Acer have recently
announced the release of 2 new monitor ranges, the X1 series aimed mainly at
office use, and the X2 series aimed primarily at the gaming market. The gamer
orientated X2 series will come in two sizes, both 19"WS and 22"WS. The
expected retail prices of the models are 199 Euros for the 19 inch X192W, 269
Euros for the X222W and 299 Euros for the X222Wd, both of which are in the 22"
sector. All screens are expected to offer a 5ms response time, and will
feature Acer's 'CrystalBrite' glossy screen coating which is favoured by some.
TN Film panels are used throughout.
the X1 series aimed more
at office use will feature models in 17, 19, 20, 22 and 24" sizes with most in
widescreen format. 5ms response time is again offered so it's unclear what
really seperates these models from the "gamers" X2 series. Again, TN Film
looks likely to be the technology of choice for these models. HDCP will be
supported over DVI on 22" models and above, some will have integrated
speakers. The Acer X191Bd is available now priced
189.00 Euros .
The X191W, X201W, X221W and X241W models will be available at the beginning of
Dell Launch 19"Widescreen SE198WFP Display
June 27th 2007
As we discussed back
in April, Dell have now released a new 19"WS model in the US at a very
impressive retail price of $189. The SE198WFP offers the usual 1440 x 900
resolution, 5ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness,
and 160/160 viewing angles. As expected the screen is clearly TN Film
based. The SE198WFP offers limited ergonomics with only tilt option available,
but does offer a DVI interface with HDCP support. The screen is available
Dell.com along with the spec and usual blurb.
Who Are Qisda? The New Name For BenQ!
June 23rd 2007
Apparently it stands for
"Quality, Innovation, Speed, Driving and Achievements", but the new name for
BenQ is not exactly easy to pronounce! All monitors, projectors,
multi-function peripherals (MFPs) and handset OEM/ODM businesses will from now
on use the Qisda name. BenQ will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Qisda and use
the BenQ brand name on "own-brand" product lines such as mobile phones, TVs,
notebooks, optical storage, scanners and (confusingly), monitors and MFPs.
Pretty confusing for sure, but hopefully things will become clear with the
release of new models.
Samsung To Launch New 22" Displays
June 23rd 2007
BeHardware are reporting
the expected release of a new 22" display from Samsung, the SM223BW. The
screen is expected to retail a little cheaper than the current 22" favourite,
the SM226BW. In Europe, retail price is expected to be nearer 300 Euros,
compared with ~370 of the SM226BW. The screen will stick with TN Film
technology, using a Samsung provided 5ms panel. Note that Samsung have stated
the SM223BW will not come with the frustrating panel lottery which plagued the
release of the 226BW recently. They have said that the 223BW will use only
Samsung manufactured panels, and furthermore have stated that all new stock
supplied to retail stores for the 226BW will be the "S" version. Looks like
the A and C versions will be a thing of the past if in fact this does happen!
A further two 22"
model are expected in July as well, the SM2232WG (pictured) will offer a new
design and 2ms G2G rated TN Film panel as used in the SM226BW. The 226CW will
also use this panel, but will also feature enhanced CCFL backlighting to offer
improved 92% gamut range. Prices to be confirmed for these models.
CMO 'Hyper Chameleon' 160% NTSC Dynamic Colour
June 23rd 2007
Displayed at this years
Display Taiwan event (15-17th June), CMO have showcased their new technology
designed initially for LCD TV's. In response to consumer demand for more
colorful visual enjoyment, CMO presents its Hyper Chameleon – High Dynamic
Range Display Technology, which was awarded the 2006 Display Component
Technology Award for Technological Excellence by Taiwan's Industrial
Development Bureau under the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The colors from the
Hyper Chameleon's LED backlight source respond to different image signals and
regional dynamics to adjust the light source color, which along with CMO's
independently developed algorithm for dynamically adjusting the liquid crystal
signal, make the imagery on the LCD TV even brighter and lifelike for a whole
new visual experience.
technology offers four major benefits:
High contrast feature allows a dynamic contrast between different black and
white screens and 40,000:1 for black and white in the same frame.
Hyper-color is achieved through the use of domain RGB settings to adjust
brightness characteristics and achieve a 160% NTSC (u'-v') dynamic color
gamut. Compared with conventional LED backlighting, this feature can provide a
45% wider gamut with the same illumination.
Hyper-efficiency reduces power consumption to only 60% - 70% of that of a
conventional 47" LED, while allowing up 50% of the screen to be used.
Hyper-viewing angle feature sharply reduces MVA wide angle viewing color
shifting and side color washout by adjusting the dominant colors of the RGB
pixal signal and backlight source, greatly enhancing the color level
refinement of LCD TV panel imagery.
CMO 'Clear Motion' With 120Hz AND Scanning
June 23rd 2007
As the digital home
entertainment market grows, the moving picture quality of LCD panels has
become increasingly important to consumers and gamers alike. CMO has thus
developed the Clear Motion image processing technology that uses a double
frame rate (120Hz) and a scanning backlight module to improve motion picture
quality to announce CMO's entry into the 120Hz drive technology arena and its
successful conquering of the moving picture blur problem of LCD panels. With a
moving picture response time (MPRT) of only 6.5ms, LCD panels equipped with
the Clear Motion technology can now outperform plasma displays, opening up a
whole new visual experience for high picture quality LCD TVs.
The Clear Motion
technology is also the motion picture improvement enhancement technology
offering the greatest competitive advantages in the industry, and is already
being sought after by top-tier customers. CMO expects to begin applying the
Clear Motion technology to its LCD TV panels 42" and higher by 4Q of this
year. Remarking on these developments, CMO Executive VP Biing-Seng Wu
commented "this series of technologies are closely in tune with consumer
requirements and will become competitive niches for CMO in the digital home
television and entertainment markets".
Dell Release 2407WFP-HC
June 19th 2007
As expected, Dell have
announced the release of the High Colour version of the popular 2407WFP to the
Japanese market this week. Retailing at ¥108,000 or around $875 when it reaches
the US market, the spec remains unchanged except that the screen now offers 92%
coverage of the NTSC colour space. This is achieved through the use of Dell's
'TrueColor' technology, using enhanced CCFL backlighting to boost the colour
gamut from the traditional 72% which the standard model offers.
Samsung Introduces World's Largest 70" LCD TV
June 19th 2007
Samsung have announced the
release of the world's largest LCD TV, incorporating the latest image
enhancement technologies in their portfolio. The screen utilises LED
backlighting and offers a dynamic contrast ratio of 500,000:1 thanks to the use
of their new 'Local Dimming Technology'. This allows the LED backlighting to be
turned off in dark image areas, and as well as achieving this very impressive
dynamic contrast ratio, the technology can reduce power consumption by up to
50%. Samsung have also employed scanning LED backlighting to reduce ghosting and
A high-gloss, “piano
black” bezel and titanium chrome trim accentuate the elegance and sophistication
of Samsung's new 70” full-HD LCD TV. The dual hidden speakers and rear woofer
deliver the rich sound quality to match the larger-than-life on-screen images.
Samsung plans to put the product on sale worldwide in the second half of this
Samsung Press Release
ViewSonic Launch 22" Display With Webcam
June 11th 2007
Viewsonic have recently announced the launch of two new 22"
monitors with an integrated 1.3MP webcam and microphone in their bezel. The
VX2255wm comes in both a glossy "piano black" (b) and "piano white" (h) colours,
with the "b" or "h" added to the end of the product code to distinguish the
model. Both versions offer tilt, height and swivel functionality and offer a
spec of 5ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio and 300 cd/m2 brightness. UK
price to be announced.
Chi Mei Unveil 3D Gaming Monitor at Computex 2007
June 7th 2007
During the Computex Taipei
2007 show (June 5-9), several LCD monitors with various new features are gaining
a lot of attention. One such monitor is Chi Mei's new 22" model, offering 2D and
3D interchangeability, along with the usual standard 22" specs of 1680 x 1050
resolution, 5ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio and 170/160 viewing angles.
While the launch date is not yet known, Chi Mei have targeted this screen at the
high-end market. The monitor requires a special glass for the 3D effect. With
the glass, the 3D effect will not be affected by the viewing angle. As the
monitor needs two LCD panels, the production costs for the monitor will remain
very high, meaning the price will probably be out of the range of many average
users. More info as it becomes available.
ProView Demonstrate Two Pen-Touch LCD Monitors
June 7th 2007
ProView demonstrated two
new pen-touch monitors at this year's Computex fair in Taipei. The 22" TGP 2280W
and 19" TGB980W models target specialty applications such as education, e-mail
writing, handwriting and signature. Release date of these models is not yet
known and production volume is likely to be very much based on demand. These
could well end up being only an idea showcased at computer fairs, since
application in practice may well be limited.
Optronics Unveils 65 Inch, 120Hz LCD TV Panel
AU Optronics (AUO) has
unveiled Taiwan's first 65-inch full high-definition (HD) 120Hz LCD TV panel,
marketed as being able to reach CRT and plasma-like image quality in motion
picture response time. The panel offers a full 1080p resolution of 1920 x 1080
and features AUO's proprietry ASPD (AUO Simulated Pulse Driving) designed to
simulate impulse-type displays with the adjustment of pixel driving and scanning
backlight. The aim is to reach a CRT-like image quality in motion picture
response time. This ASPD provides a double frame rate of 120Hz.
The 65" panel also uses
their latest AMVA technology with superior wide-viewing angle technology and
HiColor saturation technology (92% NTSC gamut). It will also offers a high
contrast ratio of 2,000:1, and true 10-bit gray scale for better image
processing quality in displaying billions of colors. With the addition of
65-inch full HD panels, AUO is able to offer customers TV panels featuring full
HD and ASPD 120Hz driving technology in the sizes of 42-, 46- and 65-inches.
Two 65-inch panels can be
economically cut via AUO's sixth-generation (6G) fabs and mass production will
commence in the third quarter.