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Thin is in, again

This week at the 2006 Korea Electronics Show, Samsung showed off a 17-inch AMOLED that was only 12mm thick -- the panel itself is only 1.8mm thick. Being one of the thinnest in the world, the display is based on organic LED technology and produces brightness and image quality to LCD displays available today. This display is able to run at 1600x1200 resolution, which is the sweet spot for many of today's larger format displays. At 17-inches however, 1600x1200 may be a bit too much for some.

Performance for the new AMOLED screen also appears to be excellent. Pixel response time is rated at an extremely fast 0.01ms. The screen has a constrat ratio of 1000:1 and a brightness rating at 400cd/m2. In terms of specifications, both constrat and brightness appear to be on par with most of today's popular LCD panels, which indicates that AMOLED technology definitely has room for maturity. Full specifications are as follows:
  • Screen size: 345.6 x 259.2mm
  • Aspect ratio: 4:3
  • Viewing angle: >170 degrees
  • Resolution: 1600 x 1200 (UXGA)
  • Pixel pitch: 216um
  • Response time: 0.01ms
  • Colors: 262,144
  • Brightness: 400cd/m2
  • Contrast ratio: 1000:1
One of the current limitations appear to be the color support of the screen, supporting only 262K colors instead of the millions of colors of today's LCDs. The other issue is that most consumers expect screens to be produced in a 16:9 or 16:10 aspect ratio these days. The 4:3 aspect ratio is definitely on the way out.

Despite a few needed improvemnts, it's clear that AMOLED technology holds a great deal of promise. Thin products are becoming the norm and TVs and displays being thin are no exception.

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Laptop thin screens
By daftrok on 10/22/2006 10:41:01 PM , Rating: 1
Though the thickness of the laptop may not change that much with this technology, it'll definetly help with the battery life and heat issues. I think this should be out with televisions as well. Imagaine a 30 lb 50" widescreen television.

RE: Laptop thin screens
By Viditor on 10/22/2006 11:25:26 PM , Rating: 1
Imagaine a 30 lb 50" widescreen television

Imagine a 5lb 50" widescreen hung like wallpaper...

There are 2 other scenarios of working OLEDs called FOLEDs and TOLEDS. They stand for Flexible and Transparent OLEDs, and they are currently in aggressive development for the Military in Heads Up displays...
OLEDs don't require a glass substrate (the vast majority of the weight), but they do require that there be no air or water. The problem being worked on at the moment is development of a clear plastic sheet that is impervious to leaks from air and water (all transparent plastics have some osmosis at the moment).

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