Technology so amazing, they can’t even explain it
Oh you poor saps with five-inch thick LCD TVs. Hitachi put them to shame today with its new 1.5-inch “Ultra Thin” line of panels.
The secret to that slim figure is in the backlight behind that panel. And that secret, for now, is remaining a secret. On a conference call from Japan today, Hitachi representatives would say only that it uses an “external electrode fluorescent light,” as opposed to the fluorescent tubes behind a regular LCD. What exactly this new term means was left to the imagination. But Hitachi did say that the TV requires a special LCD panel with “a conductive material fused into glass.” So the best guess for now is that the panel creates an electrical field around a container of gas to make it glow—as opposed to having electrodes inside a glass tube.
In addition to making the TVs thinner, Hitachi says that the new backlight technology extends the lifetime of the sets and makes them more energy efficient. It also improves color on the screen, expanding it to beyond what the HDTV standards require and especially improving reds, said a Hitachi spokesperson
The Ultra Thin TVs will be available in 2008 in screen sizes of 32, 37, and 42 inches. They are not the same as the super-duper ultra thin TVs that Hitachi showed off at CEATEC in Japan earlier this month. Those waifs measure only 0.75 inches and are scheduled to appear in 2009. Hitachi is saying even less about how those sets work, but some industry experts suspect that Hitachi uses light-emitting diodes for the backlight.
Hitachi didn’t specify exactly how much any of the Ultra Thin sets will cost. But Kevin Sullivan, the senior vice president of sales, said “It will definitely be a high-priced product” targeted at “highly affluent” customers who “seek luxury, prestige and style.” The 32-inch panel will be available in 2008, followed by the 37- and 42-inch models around mid year. All will debut under Hitachi’s Director Series line of premium products sold in specialty A/V shops and by high-priced custom installers, but Hitachi plans to offer the technology in more mainstream products later on.—Sean Captain
Would love to have one of those as my computer monitor
Posted by: ihas | October 23, 2007 at 02:53 PM
This will be the next craze for 2008+ Christmas! The great thing will be if they could have these ultra thins as large as 100 inches. Then could be used in museums and art galleries with special kinds of art - a movable dynamic graphic with moving colors and structures. May be psychological healers too!
Posted by: Evolvingwheel | October 24, 2007 at 12:18 PM
The premium for 2" verses a 5" probably will be prohibitively expensive for a while, ruling it out as the "must have" for Christmas 2008. I do understand that thinner is ALWAYS better, but I'm curious to see whether or not the quality will remain consistant or better....
Posted by: Chris Tesch | October 29, 2007 at 12:47 PM
Rich man's eye candy. With the pending recession, Joe and Mary Beercan won't be able to jack some $$$ out of the home equity line and add it to their toy shelf.
Posted by: Auggie | October 29, 2007 at 02:51 PM
Could "external electrode" mean the the whole back of the TV is filled with fluorescent gas so that the electrode used to excite the gas molecules would be in the open inside the cabinet as opposed to being inside a tube?
Just a thought.
Posted by: ~ART~ | October 29, 2007 at 02:59 PM
Hey, if these get made then maybe all the 5 inchers will get cheap!!
Posted by: Chris | October 29, 2007 at 10:52 PM
The ultra thin sets are mad with OLED technology (Organic Light Emitting Diode) . Sony was showing their new OLED sets at the CES convention this past January. The specs for an OLED set blow-away anything LCD could ever hope to achieve.
* 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio
* > 100% NTSC color reproduction
* 1080p resolution
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Posted by: Mike Cioletti | October 30, 2007 at 02:42 AM
Wow, these things keep getting thinner and thinner. I can definitely see these lowering the price point on the 5" models. I would like to see one of these to compare the quality to whats out there now.
Posted by: Toy | October 31, 2007 at 11:57 AM
I love how thin this is. Put it on my list for TVs to get.
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