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 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.
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 now unknown.
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.
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 interface.
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.
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 display.
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 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 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 NTSC space.
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.
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 here
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 sector. The 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:
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.
Source: AU Optronics
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 at 189.00 Euros . The X191W, X201W, X221W and X241W models will be available at the beginning of August 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 online at Dell.com along with the spec and usual blurb.
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.
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.
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.
Hyper Chameleon technology offers four major benefits:
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".
Source: CMO News
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 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 image flicker.
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 year.
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.
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.
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.
Source: AU Optronics
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