For my day two coverage of the CEATEC show in Chiba, Japan I want to highlight the latest in big screen displays, as well as a product that may be the greatest hope for world peace.
But first, HDTV. As we said at Denver’s CEDIA show a few weeks ago, 1080p resolution is destined to rule the high-end TV world in 2007 and beyond. But that doesn’t mean the resolution is the only thing manufacturers have to talk about. JVC showed off two new innovations to it’s LCoS digital image light amplification line. The first, or at least the biggest, was a 110-inch rear projection system. There were few details available (it does display 1080p), though it’s likely that this product would be targeted strictly at custom installers. It reminds me of Optoma’s Big Vision rear projection DLP product, which uses DLP technology. Also from JVC was a rear projection LCoS TV that was only 26cm deep and can hang on a wall. This is similar to the DLP-based, wall-hanging product that RCA and Infocus showed a few years ago, though it doesn’t have the large bottom cabinet of the DLP.
Toshiba and Canon jointly showed off a 55-inch version of the SED (Surface conduction Electron Emitting Display), the largest the two companies have shown. SED shares some of the best characteristics of CRTs (including the high contrast ratio and use of phosphors) yet is a flat panels technology like plasma and LCD. The products shown were said to have a 50,000:1 contrast ratio and a 1ms response time—making them suited for fast sports. The first SED TVs will be made in Hiratkatsu, a Canon factory, but Toshiba is building a factory in Mimeji. They better build it quick, because the rumor is that Toshiba will be supplying SEDs as all the flat panels for the 2008 Olympics.