CES - Sony shows off razor-thin prototype OLED TVs

Sony has showed models of flat panel TVs that were as thin as 8 millimeters -- less than the width of a pen -- at the CES show.

The displays used OLED (organic light emitting diode) technology that doesn't require power-hungry backlighting, so the display can be extremely thin and energy conscious compared to LCD flat panel display technology.

Sony showed two prototype models. One was an 11-millimeters thin 27-inch TV supporting high-def resolutions of 1920 x 1080. A second 8 millimeters thin 11-inch TV supported resolutions of up to 1024 x 600.

A Sony press representative said the company had no immediate plans to make OLED TVs commercially available.

Today a growing number of electronics devices using OLED displays: However, no company makes large displays at sizes used for notebooks or flat panel monitors.

OLED displays use organic compounds that emit light when exposed to an electric current. They are brighter, have better contrast, offer wider viewing angles, use less power, and provide faster response times than liquid crystal displays.

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