Personally, I expect to have a laser tv before any sed set. Announcements have been unchanged from the beginning of the year, the difference is that they now have multiple units to demo, making it more likely that the companies will be able to actually produce real displays. Can't find it on the website, yet, so I just cut and paste Steve Sechrist's report from Japan. www.displaydaily.com. D. SED Revs Up CEATEC By Steve Sechrist October 4, 2006 If your looking for the biggest buzz at Japan's CEATEC this year, go no further than the Canon/Toshiba SED booth in Hall 1 at this massive precursor to the January Consumer Electronics Show. Here, the Surface-conduction Electron-emitter Display (SED), which was conspicuously absent from SID and other display technology venues this year, is being shown in a 55-inch model. Lines begin forming a good 40 minutes to 1 hr. before the closed-door presentation, and that's the line to get tickets. There is yet another line to see the demonstration. To my knowledge, no one who has seen the SED technology up front and close denies the display prowess. And the specs support this. The 55-inch model shown publicly for the first time here yesterday includes a 1920 x 1080 display resolution boasting 50,000:1 contrast at 450 cd/m2 brightness at a less than 1ms response time. Yutaka Sakuraba, SEDs deputy senior general manager for product development and design claims true CRT like performance from the flat panel display; something he said no other display technology can even approach. Possibly true, but the company has yet to demonstrate they can produce these results in mass quantities and perhaps more importantly, at a price point competitive with rival LCD and PDP flat screens. Adding fuel to doubting display analyst crowd is the company's long delay in bringing the product to market-or even full production. For his part, Sakuraba said flat panel market conditions, including significant price erosion in the space, forced a re-visit of product development plans including cost-down and ramp models more than once. " It's been a planning nightmare for the team but we believe we are on track for full production in the 2008 time frame." he said. "We're looking at the broader view and mass migration to DTV by 2011 when digital TV signals become the standard and all analog goes away." Sakuraba continued. The company will spend the first half of 2007 perfecting its prototype process in Hitatsuka, Japan where the 55-inch units shown at CEATEC were produced. The company plans to be in serial-production by July-07 with a 55-inch line. Then, it will move to full production at a former Toshiba CRT factory located in Himaji, (Hyogo prefecture) Japan by the beginning of 2008. Sakuraba emphasized all equipment used to build the new displays in the company's prototype factory was developed in-house leveraging the technology strengths of both partners. For example, Canon is supplying critical ink-jet technology in applying the palladium-oxide and carbon compound emitter layer. So the company is charged not only with developing the process, but building the tools to manufacture the technology as well. Make no mistake, what these two companies are attempting is no less than a display technology paradigm shift in the face of LCD and PDP flat panel dominance - the result of billions of R&D and capacity investment dollars and ballooning output fueling accelerated price declines which continually spur demand for these traditional flat panels. But the company is bullish on SED display superiority, pouring development funds and resources into the project. And if the growing crowds here at CEATEC portend the future, the SED image is one certainly worth waiting for. The question is: will this wait ever be rewarded? --SS ----- Original Message ----- From: "Mark Schubin" <tvmark@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Tuesday, October 03, 2006 11:44 PM Subject: [opendtv] Re: EU and CRTs > Thanks! > > I, too, think SED is wonderful, but I first thought that about five > years ago, when I first saw its pictures. How long will we have to wait? > > TTFN, > Mark > > > Jeroen Stessen wrote: > > > > Hi, > > > > Mark Schubin: > > > I'm trying to get a handle on why the RoHS and WEEE are supposed to be > > > putting an end to professional CRT-based monitors. > > > > If apparently it isn't for the lead contained in the glass (which > > is in a very inert form anyway, and therefore relatively safe) > > then it must be for something else. Maybe it's the lead in the > > solder joints on the PCB, and the manufacturer has not yet switched > > to a lead-free solder process. (Not so trivial.) > > Or maybe it's the cadmium in the phosphors, I seem to recall that > > when we switched to cadmium-free red phosphor the color point > > deviated further from EBU-red. Or maybe it's something in the > > shadow mask, or fire retardants in the cabinet, or ..., or ... > > It could be any number of things, no point in guessing. > > > > This message seems to hint at a worthy successor to the CRT: > > > > http://news.com.com/2100-1041_3-6122031.html?part=rss&tag=6122031&subj=news > > > > > > Greetings, > > -- Jeroen ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.