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.

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