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Mitusibishi to launch laser-light DLP TVs

April 4th, 2006 · No Comments

Mitsubishi will announce this week that it plans to introduce microdisplay DLP projection TVs which utilize laser light rather than the more familiar white-light mercury lamps. The brand says the laser source offers better colour and contrast, as well as further reducing cabinet size. The new units, to be shown at a US trade show, will be comparable to plasma TVs in depth, but would be considerably lighter because of the use of plastic screens rather than glass panels. The company plans to make the sets available in screen sizes of 52 inches and larger. Those which are stand, rather than wall, mounted will actually have a smaller footprint than plasma, because the balance of the sets is better, says the company. Mitsubishi says its screens will surpass the performance of microdisplays which use LCD backlights. “These are constantly on, but our laser engine, which consists of a trio of red, green and blue lasers, turn off and on when required.” Marty Zanfino, director of product development, says this enhances black level as well as reducing the amount of juice required to run them. “Also, lasers will not need replacing, so there’s no extra lamp cost. These things last a lifetime.”
Don’t expect to see laser-powered televisions in the UK anytime soon. Mitsubishi pulled out of the European consumer electronics market some time ago. The development will cause some sleepless nights at Toshiba and Canon though. Their SED (surface-conduction electron-emitter display) screen initiative, which should offer similar viewing benefits, won’t become a reality till 2007.

Tags: DLP · High definition TV · Trade

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