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Toshiba and Canon claim SED TVs will be here in two years, but will the price be competitive?

Reuters reports that the joint surface-conduction electron-emitter display venture between Canon and Toshiba will have to wait an extra year or so.  At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas two months ago, the two companies announced that SED displays are just inside a year for commercial use

With the cost of LCD and Plasma TVs in near freefall, for SED TVs to gain any market acceptance, the technology needs a dramaticly cheaper cost or dramatically apparent feature.  Right now, DLP and similar technologies dominate the high fidelity market while LCD and Plasma TVs have dropped so much in cost that SED has a difficult task ahead of itself to really unseat either technology. 

For example, low end 37" LCD TVs used to cost approximately $2,000 about this time of the year in 2004.  Today, you can walk into any Costco or Frys and pick up a 37" Syntax LCD for $1,300.  The price drop is even more dramatic for larger sized LCDs.  DLP prices have experienced similar drops, but have also increased resolution dramatically in the last two years.  For SED to really have a fighting chance out of the gate, Toshiba-Canon would need a 37" to 40" SED TV for under $1,500 to compete with sub-$1,000 LCD TVs of the same size. 

Toshiba and Canon have promised nearly $2B USD to keeping SED technology afloat, though Intel made similar promises in 2002 with LCoS technology. 


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Specs?
By Glaedrin on 3/12/2006 12:35:01 PM , Rating: 2
does anyone mind telling me or giving me a link to current specs, cause the last cantrast ratio I saw for SED was 100,000:1 with a black of .oo4 cd/M2. Which is not better than HDR, much cheaper cause Toshiba and Cannon are large manufactures which Brightside isn't.




RE: Specs?
By masher2 (blog) on 3/12/2006 11:26:24 PM , Rating: 3
> "does anyone mind telling me or giving me a link to current specs, cause the last cantrast ratio I saw for SED was 100,000:1"

SED is, like CRTs, an emissive technology; their On/Off contrast ratio is infinite. ANSI contrast ratio is limited only by bleedover.

It's my undersanding the 100,000:1 figure is essentially pulled out of a hat...the makers could claim a much higher figure, but its essentially meaningless at this level.


> "HDR, much cheaper cause Toshiba and Cannon are large manufactures which Brightside isn't."

If you examine the manufacturing steps required to make an SED monitor, versus an HDR LCD, you'll see who SED is much cheaper. In a few years, SED should be much cheaper than even standard LCDs.


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