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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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By Visual on 10/23/2006 4:56:11 AM , Rating: 1
sorry but your facts are little more than urban legends...
the actual reason for the 4:3 aspect is because of the nature of the CRT technology - the glass tube itself is rotationally symmetric because of how it is produced, there is very limited room for shaping it to be wider than higher.

also it might be true that your horizontal field of view with both eyes is much wider than vertical, but this isn't reason enough to make our tvs half height :/ a single eye's field of view is probably even square-er than 4:3, and what's more important - the field of view that's covered by both eyes at once is infact larger vertically than horizontally. so the argument for best monitor aspect isnt over yet

By GoatMonkey on 10/23/2006 7:51:34 AM , Rating: 4
Get one that rotates. 9:16 if you want.

By abhaxus on 10/23/2006 11:56:07 AM , Rating: 2
I cannot comment to your claims on CRT production being the main factor in the prominence of 4:3 aspect ratio TVs and monitors, however, the poster was correct in saying that the reason for the 4:3 aspect ratio is that cinema was originally produced in a 4:3 ratio.

The first movies were all 4:3 or even completely square, until the TV emulated the movie screen, at which point the studios and directors went to widescreen to create separation between the home TV experience and the movie theater experience.

Perhaps as you say, the TV could not follow until new CRT production technologies really took hold. I do not know. But the ACTUAL reason for 4:3 aspect ratio monitors and TVs being prominent is because cinema was originally shot 4:3.

By Topweasel on 10/23/2006 2:15:45 PM , Rating: 2
Oh that explains why we have so many CRT Widescreen TVs.

4:3 became standard because very early Movies used 4:3 Cameras and TV due to the reduced cost took decades to make the conversion to 16:9. A more people bought 4:3 televisions the idea became harder and Harder to imagine and then everyone basically gave up till the late 80's early 90's. It was even till DVD came out in the late 90's before people started to accept 16:9. Which means for 60 years we have been watching movies with half the picture missing. Everything computer related was taken from that.

As for the Eyes 6:19 Might be better but only if it was displayed on your retinas, other wise it doesn't matter because our eyes ability to focus and brains ability to ajust the information we digest from our eyes allows us to handle any size frame aslong as we are back far enough to take the the full size of the screen in.

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