Sony unveils new projector display technology

Sony has developed a new LCD (liquid crystal display) technology for use in office and home projectors and projection displays that offers a significant improvement in both resolution and contrast over current systems.

The Silicon Crystal Reflective Display (SXRD) technology was unveiled by the company in Tokyo on Wednesday along with a demonstration on a working prototype projector. Sony plans to launch products based on it during the company's next fiscal year, which runs from April to March 2004.

The SXRD panel measures just 0.78 inches (1.9 centimeters) across although it contains 2 million pixels and is capable of delivering a high-definition picture at 1,920 pixels by 1,080 pixels resolution. To get the panel so small, Sony has increased pixel density by 2.4 times and improved spacing between the pixels, at 0.35 microns on the new panel, by ten times over PolySilicon panels.

SXRD panels also offer much better contrast than current PolySilicon panels, said Makoto Kogure, president of the display and projector division of Sony's in-house home network company. By modifying the construction method to do away with spacers that normally sit between the silicon backplane and glass substrate and by vertically aligning the liquid crystal, a contrast ratio of 3000:1 has been achieved. This is three times that available from a PolySilicon panel in Sony's current top-of-the-line VW12HT home projector.

Sony estimates an annual growth rate of of about 15 percent for each of the next four years in the projector market, Tsutomo Yamashita, president of Sony's home network company said. The growth is being fueled by the increasing popularity of DVD Video and, the company hopes, the just-launched high definition digital television service in Japan, he said.

The Tokyo-based company will first use the SXRD devices in its own products and may offer them to competing manufacturers in the future, said Kogure. Looking ahead, he said the company is planning to improve the resolution, for example to realize a 4,000 pixel by 2,000 pixel panel, and make smaller panels, such as a 0.5 inch model.

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.

Martyn Williams.

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

PC World Evaluation Team Review - 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."

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

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.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?