2011 FED TV Update

Still no FED TV or FED monitors in sight so far this year. AUO is still developing the technology however. Here are some points from their FED page.

AUO is dedicated to the development of the following FED technologies as its major advantages:

  1. Lightweight panel
  2. High resolution FEA structure and emitter technology
  3. New generation panel process
  4. Driver system for energy saving and high definition

However, there are still a few things to work out as mentioned below:

“To FED, the issues of damaged FEA, current fluctuation, and performance degradation still need constant improvements. To put this technology into practice, AUO has dedicated technical teams for FED development since January of 2010. How to optimize and integrate the related technologies, increase production efficiency, and lower the equipment investment cost are all important topics for the practical realization.”

More at: AUO FED Display

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

Ikegami FED Monitor details

Ikegami is planning to release a FED (field emission display) flat panel master monitor by the end of 2009.

“It believes will offer the picture quality of a Grade 1 CRT, without its disadvantages. The field emission display incorporates real phosphors, “so black is black and colourimetry is correct, just like a CRT, but unlike the CRT it doesn’t have geometry issues or edges going out of focus,” explained Mark Capstick, general manager, Ikegami Electronics UK.”

As for details of the Ikegami FED monitor itself;

“The FED is aimed at top-end, high quality monitoring as a replacement for Grade 1 monitors, and meets the requirements of the EBU and the Association of Radio Industries and Businesses. It uses more than 10,000 nanocone emitters to illuminate each pixel and promises to be low on power consumption and relatively thin.”

Full story at ibc2008daily.com

Field emission display (FED) monitors displayed at NAB 2008

Display Daily has a good summary of some of the latest monitor products at NAB 2008. Amnong the latest LED and LCD technology were monitors from Field Emission Technologies. FE Tech’s display again compared the FED monitor to a reference CRT, with no discernable differences.

“Of course, this is to be expected, as the FED display utilizes phosphor-based light generation from the emission devices.

The writer found that “while LED-backplanes seem to be offering color and contrast performance approaching CRTs, there may still be a slight edge to the FED technology in terms of contrast and image lag, the latter promising 240fps performance.”

However, the concern is whether or not LCD technology will catch up before FED monitors are commercially available.

Field Emission Technologies to release high end FED monitors in 2009

According to IDG news service, Field Emission Technologies is planning to release a high end pro video FED monitor in 2009.  Spokesman Norihito Nishimoto said that the monitors will be offered in a range of sizes up to 32 inches.

In theory field emission display monitors have a number of advantages including low power consumption and high frame rates up to 240fps. However, Nishimoto said that the problem is that Field Emission Technologies doesn’t have a production line yet for its displays, and startup costs will initially drive up prices. He also didn’t comment on any plans to build a FED TV/monitor production line.