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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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Aspect and unstated limitations
By FXi on 10/23/2006 7:44:59 AM , Rating: 2
I've been a hopeful on OLED for a while, as many have, and they aren't stating panel lifetime there which is going to be a key issue in whether the displays are going to make it to market.

Thin, irregardless of need, will be popular it seems, no matter what.

Color range was "supposed" to be better with OLED than with other technologies. I do wonder what happened.

16:10 is a very suitable ratio. Yes widescreen is being driven by PC gaming AND by PC movie watching, but since those make up one of the strongest segments driving PC sales, it's a valid argument that this segment will often define the most likely future pc specifications. Moreover, in many fields related to the financial world, widescreen data is incredibly handy. So it's a lot more than gaming that benefits from these screen ratios. 4:3 is rapidly becoming a minority, and much like CRT's, while it does have some technical merit, if the wave of regular buyers and upgraders dictate 16:10 as a preference, 4:3 will dwindle and die. Lesson there is that if you prefer something you actually have to buy it often to keep the manufacturers producing said preference.


RE: Aspect and unstated limitations
By ElJefe69 on 10/23/2006 10:15:35 AM , Rating: 1
they wont produce CRT's anymore that would blow away your lcd for half the selling price not because people wont buy them but because LCD's are cheap as dirt to make and ship and the profit margin is enormous.

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