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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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RE: SED = return to the past
By MadAd on 3/12/2006 7:16:41 PM , Rating: 2
could that bar not be the screen refresh out of phase with the shutter speed?

Either way no-ones going to buy anything with a bar down it are they? Sounds like you think we are going to go and buy one blind tomorrow....or your just trolling and dont really care?

Myself I think SED looks very interesting and am sorry to hear its been put back- the problem with that is theres more chance now that another technology will be bought to market to solve this contrast ratio problem, perhaps even one that can change resolution (SED, while being based on crt tech, will still have a fixed native resolution).

Also Ive yet to be convinced that the power drain of a panel comprised of tiny electron guns will be less than a plasma, but we'll see in time.


RE: SED = return to the past
By KristopherKubicki (blog) on 3/12/2006 7:29:16 PM , Rating: 2
I think OLED has a very strong possibility of disrupting SED and FED in future techs. Its cheaper, more mature and solves all of the problems of all displays right now (is flexible, faster response time, less power) except variable resolution. However, the variable resolution is becoming less and less of an issue because the resolution and DPI is increasing so fast.


RE: SED = return to the past
By masher2 (blog) on 3/12/2006 11:33:48 PM , Rating: 1
That's assuming the OLED lifetime problem can ever be solved. OLEDs degrade fast, and no one wants to replace their big-screen TV every six months.


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