It's obviously 3D day today, because no sooner do ASUS push out a 3D-capable LCD display but LG get into the game with a trio of 3D toting hardware. Like ASUS they've a monitor, the Full HD LG W63D, but then there's also the Full HD projector which we saw back in January, the LG CF3D, and a notebook, the LG R590.
You know when might have been a good time to have bought Samsung stock? Oh, a few hours ago; that way you could've reaped the rewards of what will probably be a healthy uptick as the market reacts to news that Apple have ordered a further 3m iPad displays from the company. According to an unnamed industry executive speaking to The Korea Times, Samsung is now Apple's second supplier for 9.7-inch LCD panels - after LG Display Co. in a deal inked last year - with the agreement worth $240m.
Could we soon be looking at large(ish) scale, reasonably priced OLED and AMOLED displays? Probably not, at least when it comes to the pricing part, but both LG Display and AUO have announced mass production plans for their OLED and AMOLED panels, LG expecting to kick-start production in 2011 while AUO claims to be ready to start now.
The actual benefits of transparent displays are yet to be explained - beyond the sheer cool factor, of course - but that isn't stopping manufacturers from announcing them. Both LG Display and Samsung Mobile Display have been flaunting their respective transparent OLEDs, the former having a full 15-inch OLED panel ideal for notebooks, while the latter has a 2-inch OLED panel intended for cellphones.
LG have confirmed that their 15-inch OLED TV will be priced at between $2,500 and $3,000 when it launches in Korea this November. A senior executive from the company has told OLED-Info that, while the flat-panel's final price is yet to be decided, it will be in the same bracket as the existing Sony XEL-1 OLED TV.
After already committing to releasing a 15-inch OLED TV potentially as early as December 2009 in Korea, LG have now revealed their plans to have a 32-inch OLED display on the market in 2012. Suggesting that OLED would provide a new source of revenue, LG Display CEO Kwon Young-soo told press that the company's focus is on larger panels rather than cellphone-sized versions.
This, the executive claimed, is because "the larger the display, the more efficient the OLED technology." It's certainly given the company's HR department a boost: LG Display have apparently taken on 1,700 new staff in research and development this year.
LG have announced their first LED combination TV and monitor, the W2286L, a 22-inch display with whopping 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio. The 20mm-thick widescreen display supports up to 1,680 x 1,050 resolution and has two HDMI inputs.
LG have unveiled two new "full LED" HDTVs, each with 55-inch LCD panels and 240Hz refresh rates. The LG 55LH95 and LG 55LH93 both use 3,360 individual LEDs and boast a contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1; the company's backlighting technology can individually control 240 sections of the display, dimming or brightening as suits the image on-screen.
LG and NComputing have announced a new range of "Network Monitors", LCD displays with integrated thin-clients that can be used as virtual desktops or with cloud computing systems. Unlike most thin-client systems, however, LG's looks straightforward enough for home or SOHO implementation, requiring just an X550 PCI card to be installed into the server PC, the included vSpace virtualization software installed and then up to five N-series monitors hooked up via ethernet cable.
Your dreams of an oversized wrist-mounted computer are one step closer to reality this week, as Universal Display Corp and LG Display demonstrate their curved OLED panel at the SID expo. A 4-inch display running at QVGA resolution, UDC and LG expect the OLED - which requires just 1W of power - to be worn like a watch, hence the rather intimidating rubber cuff.