FED TV Update

As 2009 begins FED TV technology may be closer. Field emission display monitors from Ikegami and Astrodesign have been displayed at both Inter BEE 2008 and IBC2008.

Astrodesign FED monitor
Astrodesign FED monitor

“Field emission displays will be the true replacement for high-grade CRT monitors according to Astrodesign, which is previewing a 20-inch FED monitor at IBC in comparison with a high-quality LCD.  “It is very similar to CRT because every pixel has its own beam. It creates a very natural look and the motion is very clear,” said Sales Executive Hiroyuki Kuwahara. However, like Ikegami, which also has an FED on show, it will be next year before the display can ship, because the production facility has to be built first, with prices likely to be in the region of Û20,000.” Quote and image from www.ibc.org

OLED TV and SED TV aren’t going to be available anytime soon at a realistic screen size at any price. Field Emission Technologies had announced FED TV production starting in 2009 but considering the recent economic unrest and the problem of financing for their factory acquisition, this may be optomistic.

Production of FED monitors may end up paving the way for consumer models to be delivered by 2010.

19″ FED Monitor Demonstration

Sony has been showing off a 19 inch FED (Field Emission Display) monitor from spin-off FET or Field Emission Technologies.

Not content with just showing a standard demo with a BluRay source, they’ve hooked up the 19″ FED monitor to 4 PS3’s at 4x 1080P playing Gran Turismo 5 Prologue.

Audiences were amazed by the lifelike quality of the images. There was no flicker whatsoever.

“The display used in this demonstration was the 19 inch nano-Spindt FED screen produced by FE Technologies, who is a company that has taken over the development of the FED technology that was being developed at Sony. This display contains over 10,000 electron sources called the nano-spindt emitter, per pixel. A fluorescent substance is exposed to the electrons from the emitters to produce light, and this format is very close to a cathode-ray tube in principle. The resulting view angle is wider in comparison to a LCD panel, and it shows superior performance when displaying moving images, with no blurring of the outline.”

FET also recently stated that they would have field emission monitors available starting next year for broadcast applications.

Excellent story at: sonyinsider.com