Canon says SED too expensive for home
Canon on Tuesday said it would drop development of SED (surface-conduction electron-emitter display) TVs for home use. It planned to keep working on the technology for business uses, such as medical displays, but said the technology wasn't profitable in TVs as LCD and plasma had fallen too quickly in price. Officials noted they wouldn't write off the development costs, but wouldn't say what these had been.
Canon Free to Build SEDs
Canon regained the option of entering into the HDTV business today following a decision by legal rival Applied Nanotech to drop an appeal of a court ruling in Canon's favor. The smaller firm now says it would likely be "futile" to further pursue a now-defeated lawsuit that had claimed Canon's license for some of its surface-conduction electron-emitter display (SED) technology had been abused in a deal with Toshiba. The lawsuit had forced Canon to at least temporarily shelve its plans in late 2007 but, with the case settled, opens the door to resuming the project.
Laser, more TV tech at CES
Next month's Consumer Electronics Show, scheduled for January 7th to the 10th, may see the arrival of some long-awaited TV technologies, according to reports. Laser sets -- which are said to be lighter, less power-intensive and cover 90 percent of the visible color spectrum -- should finally make their public debut, as Mitsubishi has announced a formal unveiling. Models from Samsung and Mitsubishi were originally supposed to premiere by the end of 2007, but unspecified delays pushed the date forward.