"We will never give up on SED TVs," a Canon spokesman quoted President
Fujio Mitarai as saying. Mitarai made the comments at an analyst
meeting that was closed to media.
It would be a shame for them not to move ahead with SED technology because of increasing price erosion with LCD & Plasma sets. SED in my mind (and eyes) is clearly the next level of display technology that will rival ANY LCD, Plasma and even most CRT sets as anyone that has seen the demos will agree.
Toshiba and Canon have postponed the launch of their anticipated SED
televisions until 2007, a delay that could create some doubt about the
future of this technology.
This is a real disappointment. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to see the SED demo at CES 2006 back in January and it was nothing short of amazing.
I bet you're wondering how this SED technology works aren't you? SED sets use 6,220,800 electron emitters, or
one for each color per pixel, to be precise, which cause red, blue and
green phosphors to glow. That may not mean much to most, but the
results will definitely matter. Toshiba's CES 2006 SED sets featured
the deepest black levels I have ever seen on any television, including
CRT, and these televisions are as flat as any plasma. Consider this: the typical plasma set sports a contrast ratio of 3000:1, but Toshiba's prototype SEDs offer a whopping 10,000:1 contrast ratio for truly unparalleled color and accuracy.
The companies said Wednesday that they delayed the date of volume
production of SEDs (surface-conduction electron-emitter displays) until
July 2007, and the launch of the first SED TV sets won't be until the
fourth quarter of that year. A major push on SEDs won't occur until the
Beijing Olympics in 2008.