Toshiba, Canon show 55-inch SED television

Toshiba and Canon demonstrated a 55-inch SED screen at Ceatec

Toshiba and Canon demonstrated a television with a 55-inch SED screen at the Ceatac exhibition in Chiba, Japan, saying they plan to put the screens into production next year.

At 55 inches, the prototype SED (surface-conduction electron-emitter display) screen on display here is the largest yet demonstrated in public.

The companies will begin initial production of the 55-inch screens in July 2007, said Keiichiro Mori, chief specialist at Toshiba's SED Project Team, confirming that the production of SEDs, which had been delayed several times, is on track to begin next year.

The screens will go on sale first in Japan, Mori said. Pricing, as well as plans for selling SED televisions overseas, have yet to be finalized, he said.

At present, Toshiba and Canon plan to produce only 55-inch SED screens, Mori said.

In development for 20 years, SED promises pictures that are as bright as CRT (cathode ray tube) televisions, while consuming one-third less power than equivalent-size plasma displays, and showing none of the image delays sometimes associated with flat-panel screens.

SED offers other advantages over existing flat-panel technology, Toshiba and Canon said. For example, the screens offer a wider viewing angle than other technologies and have a contrast ratio of 100,000 to 1.

Toshiba and Canon have delayed production of the screens several times, with engineers citing the difficulty of manufacturing the screens in volume. With the first screen to be manufactured next year, these difficulties appear to have been resolved.

The SED prototypes demonstrated at Ceatec were among the most popular products on display for visitors, who lined up to get a look at them. The demonstration, held in a darkened room, consisted of three 55-inch SED televisions used to show a variety of high-definition content, including a sumo wrestling match, footage from a rock concert, and a clip from the movie "Apollo 13."

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Sumner Lemon

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?