Display Technologies Approach Consumer Release Dates

Samsung will release a 17-inch organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display in 2005. OLED technology consumes less power than LCD and is thinner and lighter. To date, OLED has shown up in much smaller formats for cell phones, car radio screens and digital cameras.

Seiko Epson has built a 40-inch organic electroluminescence (OEL) display and plans to start marketing the display in 2007. The technology is “printed” onto a substrate using an inkjet printer.

Sony hopes to demonstrate a new high definition projector technology at next year’s World Exposition in Aichi, Japan. The new technology can display HDTV on movie theater screens.

Older technology is advancing rapidly as well, setting up an incredible battle for dominance in the next few years. Samsung will release this July a 46-inch LCD HDTV. Video quality is best represented by the response time for the individual pixels in a monitor. Samsung’s LCD HDTV will have an amazing response time of 12 milliseconds (most computer LCD monitors have response times in excess of 24 milliseconds).

The two most important trends shaping future display technology are the move away from semiconductor technology to plastic technologies, and the development of technology to “print” these displays. Both trends will lead to cheaper production processes and flexible screens that will show up on everything from cereal boxes to Ultra HDTV wall screens by 2010.

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a writer and poet. His first published poem, "Roadside Freak Show," arrives on August 21, 2017 in Impossible Archetype.  His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (richardleis.com), on Goodreads (richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).