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SID 2009: Who Needs OLED TV?

June 3, 2009 | Author: Ibex Marketing

SID is the place to see the coolest technology demonstrations and prototypes in the display industry. Here’s one of the coolest I’ve seen so far this week. Samsung is showing a 24″ flat panel display that is only 3.5 mm thick. For those of you who are metrically challenged, that’s just a hair thicker than 1/8 of an inch. And that’s about the same thickness as the OLED TVs that we’re all waiting for.

Samsung engineers accomplished this bit of magic by using tiny LEDs along the bottom edge of the display along with a very thin light pipe/diffuser device behind the LCD layer. The result is a panel that appears to have excellent image quality, and only weighs about a quarter of a pound. It’s a very clever design, and could have some interesting applications if the company decides to put it into commercial production.