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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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crap dot pitch vs acceptable
By ElJefe69 on 10/23/2006 10:12:23 AM , Rating: 1
Anything less thant .21 is crappy dot pitch/apperture grille. I have not bothered to buy an lcd for the dot pitches on them are terrible. One wants 8 bit+ colour too. Why? because non 8 bit colour looks like crap.

I have a 22" diamond pro 2070SB CRT. It was 800 dollars 2 years ago. I have yet to find any lcd that comes close to it in any way. When it dies I wont be able to look at text for more than a half or or tolerate someones face through my game's sniper scope looking like a commodore64 image.

RE: crap dot pitch vs acceptable
By Spivonious on 10/23/2006 2:19:40 PM , Rating: 2

I've been thinking about going LCD recently, but everytime I look at the LCDs in the store and then come back to my NEC FE791sb, there is no contest! Color depth and contrast are simply better on CRT, and the lack of a native resolution is a big feature IMO.

RE: crap dot pitch vs acceptable
By Einy0 on 10/24/2006 10:30:13 AM , Rating: 2
SED is the answer! CRTs will be replaced by SED in all ways... Woot can't wait bring em on...

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