AU Optronics, while still holding FED TV assests from FET, is now rumored to be in talks to produce OLED panels for Sony’s consumer division. More news here.
Well here’s some bad news for FED TV fans. Field Emission Technologies is closing down.
It wasn’t a good sign when they couldn’t raise funds to buy the Pioneer plant they had hoped to use to manufacture field emission displays. The closure was blamed on an inability to raise funds for manufacturing.
Field emission displays may emerge again in the future from another manufacturer but not Sony or FET.
So, no FED TV in the near future. The future of OLED looks pretty bleak right now also. Aside from one “concept TV” from Sony, nothing else is expected soon. Also, the top rated plasma TV, the Pioneer Kuro is no more…
Despite the ups and mostly downs over the last few years, I think that SED TV has a good chance now if SED Inc and Canon can pull it off.
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
Bad news from Field Emission Technologies. Plans to acquire the Pioneer plasma TV factory in Kagoshima, Japan have been put on hold due to difficulty in securing financing.
FET, set up in 2006 between Sony and investment fund Technology Carve-Out Investment LLC to develop ultra-thin displays, had originally planned to buy Pioneer’s factory by the end of March 2009.
Full unpleasant story at: Reuters.com
As the FED TV scene is quiet at the moment, I’ll report on the latest OLED TV developments.
Toshiba has withdrawn from the OLED TV market citing mass production costs and concerns about power consumption. This has to be a blow for Toshiba after pulling out of the SED TV joint venture with Canon. What next Toshiba?
Samsung is on track to show a 31″ OLED TV at CES 2008 in Las Vegas next month. They have also announced the production of a huge 40″ OLED TV. This has been compared to Sony’s XEL-1 OLED TV which is a bit like comparing apples to oranges. Try walking into a store and buying a Samsung OLED TV.
More FED TV news as it develops. Happy Holidays!