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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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so these displays
By S3anister on 10/22/2006 11:00:44 PM , Rating: 3
Can producs true black right? like no light? so that i can actually watch movies and have it look good?

RE: so these displays
By Lord Evermore on 10/22/2006 11:12:51 PM , Rating: 2
It should. Although that brings up a question: how do you define a contrast ratio between no light at all, and any amount of light? Maybe 1000:1 indicates full brightness to the minimum that a pixel can emit before it's just off or too low to generate any photons.

RE: so these displays
By Fluppeteer on 10/23/2006 1:12:49 PM , Rating: 2
The BrightSide panels (which can also produce no light in dark areas) take their measure from the contrast between the dimmest light they can produce (as opposed to the dimmest light they DON'T produce) and the brightest light they output, as you suggest. Mind you, they have an advantage!

RE: so these displays
By S3anister on 10/23/2006 12:04:10 AM , Rating: 1

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