Toshiba has released a statement indicating the the company will not be showing the SED HDTV displays at CES next month in Las Vegas. CNET reports that a company spokesperson said that the reason for the cancellation is neither “technical or business”. While this does not seem to leave much much room for other causes, some analysts have speculated that it could be related to a lawsuit over licensed technology, which is credible.
Toshiba and their partner in the project, Canon, cannot afford to take too many hits from negative publicity. SED displays have wowed the participants at trade shows — including CES — in recent years, but the promised production dates keep getting pushed out in to the future. The latest targets were announced earlier last fall: production in mid-2007, with retail products appearing late 2007. The current announcement is silent on the subject of whether or not the release will be delayed yet again. I hope that they’ll be able to stick to their schedule; a lot of people are rooting for SED to become the third choice for flat panel television.