Print 70 comment(s) - last by KaerfSusej.. on Jun 21 at 1:25 PM

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.

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

RE: Not getting the whole picture
By Phynaz on 6/14/2006 3:41:54 PM , Rating: 2
Speaking of which, what the hell is taking so long?


It took color LCDs 15 years to come down to a mass market price. OLED and SED are a decade away.

RE: Not getting the whole picture
By Xavian on 6/14/2006 4:08:19 PM , Rating: 2
the thing is, as technology advances at a more faster and faster rate, i wouldn't be surprised if OLED displays, drop to mainstream prices in 5 years or less. Why you ask?

OLED's are actually cheaper to make then LCD's, since they can actually be printed directly onto the display, this allows for far far cheaper production, the ONLY thing keeping OLED's from becoming a mainstream product is the relatively little lifespan of the organic material required to generate the colour blue. Once they manage to extend the lifespan to close to the amount the red OLED's enjoy, then we will see a mass market product. 5 Years isn't a bad prediction as to when that could happen (after all in the past 5 years, blue OLED lifespans have gone from 3,000 hours to some 20,000 hours).

So don't be surprised if OLED becomes mainstream within 5 years or less. :)

RE: Not getting the whole picture
By masher2 on 6/14/2006 5:16:27 PM , Rating: 2
> "the ONLY thing keeping OLED's from becoming a mainstream product is the relatively little lifespan of the organic material required to generate the colour blue. "

It's not the only thing...there are troubles with efficiency, barrier films, a whole host of patent issues, and some other problems. Personally, I don't expect to see OLED become mainstream for another 8-10 years. But technology is hard to predict.

RE: Not getting the whole picture
By Xavian on 6/14/2006 8:07:18 PM , Rating: 2
Efficency issues are worked out over time, as for Patent Issues, i personally think patenting an idea should be banned (but thats an issue for another debate).

I guess in a couple of years we will see who's right, as technology accelerates i think the lifespan of the research, experiment, test, release, mature cycle for formats will get smaller and smaller.

After all it took CRT's many many decades to mature fully, yet LCD displays are taking a fraction of the time.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
Related Articles
A Better HDMI Standard On the Way
June 13, 2006, 2:32 PM

Most Popular ArticlesAre you ready for this ? HyperDrive Aircraft
September 24, 2016, 9:29 AM
Leaked – Samsung S8 is a Dream and a Dream 2
September 25, 2016, 8:00 AM
Inspiron Laptops & 2-in-1 PCs
September 25, 2016, 9:00 AM
Snapchat’s New Sunglasses are a Spectacle – No Pun Intended
September 24, 2016, 9:02 AM
Walmart may get "Robot Shopping Carts?"
September 17, 2016, 6:01 AM

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki