New SMOLED display tech
Toshiba Matsushita Display (TMD) and Idemitsu Kosan say they have devised a new form of screen, one which could substantially improve the performance of cellphone displays. The technology is based on an OLED variant called SMOLED -- Small-Molecule Organic LED -- and in a sample, 2.2-inch QVGA screen, consumes an average of just 100mW of power. Its luminosity half-life is meanwhile rated at 60,000 hours, close to seven years of continuous operation, or 30 times longer than previous TMD designs.
Toshiba Matsushita OLEDs
Toshiba Matsushita Display is about to mass-produce OLED screens that could be used for a wide range of portable devices, according to a report from Japan's Nikkei BP. The joint venture between Toshiba and Matsushita (Panasonic) is claimed to be producing as many as one million 2.5-inch organic screens per month starting from Autumn of 2009 and would be the first Japanese company to do so.
Nanosilicon LED prototype
A prototype of a light emitting device developed by Matsushita Electric Works (Panasonic) and a Japanese University engineering department that is more efficient and smaller than conventional LEDs was unveiled today. Unlike fluorescent lamps, such as CCFLs used in HDTVs, the device does not require mercury, using a 5nm or smaller nanosilicon device to create a ballistic electron discharge into xenon gas. With further development, the nanosilicon LED could be used in future notebook, computer and HDTV screens, extending battery life in portable devices thanks to its efficiency.
Toshiba Long-Life OLED TV
Technology partnership Toshiba Matsushita Display on Friday unveiled a new spin on organic light-emitting diode (OLED) TVs that should ensure they last as least as long as LCD or plasma with the color accuracy and thinness of the newer technology. Using a new metal membrane, a 20.8-inch OLED set can output light more efficiently than earlier OLEDs. This allows the screen to run at half brightness without sacrificing the already bright picture of an OLED screen. Resulting screens can last twice as long as recent OLEDs, which themselves last for 10 years of constant use -- enough to more than match the typical lifetime of an LCD, the company says.
Matsushita now Panasonic
Matsushita on Thursday ended years of tradition by formally adopting the Panasonic brand as its name around the world following a board decision today. The move has been described as a difficult one as it drops the name of the company's founder Konosuke Matsushita but is also characterized as a necessary one: most customers only think of the Panasonic label and its association with Viera HDTVs or other electronic devices, the company says. The change is expected to help link the products back to its parent and help the firm's overall image.
Fujitsu Drops HDTVs
Further reducing the rapidly shrinking Japanese HDTV market, Fujitsu on Thursday said it would halt production of its AVIAMO HDTV line, signaling the end of the company's display business. The company argues that its focus for the sets, which primarly included a set of high-end plasmas built for custom and luxury home theater setups, has effectively squeeze the company out of its own market. As pricing in North America and the UK has become cutthroat, there is little money to be made in continuing the business, Fujitsu claims. Business will continue in these areas until March, when the display business will focus on Japan alone.
Sony Quits Rear Projection
Sony this morning confirmed that it will quit the rear-projection TV field, ending its longstanding involvement with the technology. The Japanese firm will discontinue its SXRD line and other large sets in favor of direct view flat panels, such as today's LCDs and the company's still-young OLED technology, began with the launch of the XEL-1 this month. The move is necessary as sales of larger, heavier rear projectors are declining sharply while LCDs boom. Sony only expects to sell 400,000 rear-projection sets this fiscal year compared to 1.1 million in the period before; this was at least partly responsible for a roughly $526.3 million loss in Sony's TV business, the company says.
Hitachi LCD Maker Deal
Hitachi has confirmed previous reports that it will sell stakes in its LCD business to Canon and Matsushita, giving each firm just short of a 25 percent shareholder stake in the company. The move is spurred on by "intensifying competition" in the LCD field that needs investment and a stable supply, according to Hitachi. In exchange, the electronics giant will be able to refine its In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology for LCDs and improve its resulting Wooo HDTV line.
Panasonic and Hitachi Deal
Panasonic's parent brand Matsushita is holding discussions with its frequent rival Hitachi that could permanently alter the HDTV business, according to a source speaking with Nikkei Business Daily (registration required). The former company is allegedly set along with Canon to take control of a joint LCD development project shared with Hitachi and Toshiba, giving it a far greater stake in the TV technology than it has to date. In return, the deal would help Hitachi offload the more unprofitable parts of its LCD business, which have left it struggling to compete with companies more dedicated towards HDTVs.