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eCinema says it has a true CRT replacement

LCD panels have traditionally been lagging behind CRT monitors in terms of color response, saturation, accuracy and overall black-level response. Because LCDs are "always lit" by a backlight, deep dark blacks have been the Achilles heel of LCD technology. However, a company named eCinema Systems has announced a new LCD technology that it claims surpasses CRT in virtually every respect.

eCinema's new LCD technology is being called high dynamic range LCD, and also supports "deep color", which is higher than 24-bit color, starting at 30-bit or 36-bit and can go up to 48-bit. The new panels are able to display 36-bit color (12-bits per color channel), and 1000 to 4000 step gray-scales, producing fantastic gradients. Most LCDs today produce only 256 gray steps at most. This new "deep color" technology will be standard with the new HDMI 1.3 specification. What's most spectacular about eCinema's LCD display however, is its contrast ratio: 30,000:1. At this rating, eCinema's new DCM40HDR panel can achieve black levels that even CRTs cannot match. eCinema CEO Martin Euredjian said:

"It is well known that LCD displays did not until now produce the same deep blacks that were achievable when using a CRT. Color depth is, of course, the 8 bit bottleneck issue. Images on the screen -- at the pixel level -- are limited to a best-case of 256 levels between black and white. In other words, if you painted a gray scale you could, at most, see 256 steps. The reality of the matter is that due to calibration and gamma adjustments most displays can't do much better than about 200 steps between black and white."

eCinema will be launching its new DCM40HDR 40-inch LCD by Q4 of this year. The new panel will be a true 1080p display and will be suitable for professional applications where only CRTs were used. Key features of the DCM40HDR will be:

  • Darkest black level output of any TFT in the market
  • Can be used for professional color grading -- previously done using only CRTs
  • Can be used for professional critical picture evaluation -- previously done using only CRTs
  • Allows accurate viewing of intra-field motion on interlaced standards
  • Video displayed at true frame rates for all standards
  • Rugged shock mounted components for field operations

If eCinema's displays perform well, this could mean higher quality LCD panels across the industry. The company says that its DCM series of LCD panels are reference-grade monitors suitable for critical viewing environments:

Production and Post can now discuss color with accuracy, confidence and reliability. Post production partners can work on common projects knowing that all work is viewed on precisely matched no-maintenance monitoring systems. In addition to this, clients can evaluate in-progress or finished work remotely while assured that the colorist saw exactly what they are seeing.

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This would be great for medicine
By protosv on 6/14/2006 1:37:40 PM , Rating: 2
This monitor would be highly desirable in the medical community. Radiologists still have to use CRTs becuase they offer the clearest and highest quality picture. So they were using 21" CRTs. Needless to say, this is impractical from a deskspace point of view. This may change things though, and clear some space in the rad depts. in many hospitals. Also, any info on initial pricing?

RE: This would be great for medicine
By kmmatney on 6/14/2006 2:08:20 PM , Rating: 2
Eizo has been making medical LCD displays for quite some time:

RE: This would be great for medicine
By proamerica on 6/14/2006 2:40:33 PM , Rating: 2
He also specifically said Radiologists. I have seen many LCD's in hospitals as well, usually they are displaying lines of text or some kind of touch screen.

RE: This would be great for medicine
By Zirconium on 6/14/2006 6:18:28 PM , Rating: 2
From the link:
G51-BLG and G51-CLG are variation models of G51-BL and G51-CL with a distinctive glare panel to meet diversified environment usage. Designed specifically for the display of high-resolution grayscale images for digital mammography, DR and CR applications.

DR = Digital Radiography
CR = Computed Radiography

Or do radiologists no longer do radiography?

By masher2 (blog) on 6/15/2006 9:56:49 AM , Rating: 2
Those Eizo panels are also black-and-white. 10-bit grayscale resolution in B&W translates to 30-bit color depth in a color monitor.

By s12033722 on 6/14/2006 2:35:33 PM , Rating: 2
There are a number of 10-bit capable LCD manufacturers out there. I work at a digital medical x-ray company, and we have been using 10-bit monochrome LCDs for 4 years. They work very well for viewing radiological images, and some of the newer monitors (Barco, for instance) can even do 10 bit monochrome in a color monitor.

By dev0lution on 6/14/2006 9:51:44 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know any radiologists who are still reading film/MRI's/CAT Scans on CRT's still. There's plenty of software (contrast, brightness, greyscale settings) tweaks they can manipulate on the fly to spot things in the image. Those who're using digital imaging systems jumped on the bandwagon years ago. Luckily for me that's how I got my Dell 2001FP =D

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