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Toshiba and Panasonic are both looking to put OLED TVs on the market ASAP, and in sizes that people will buy. Rumor has it, Panasonic wants to introduce an larger size OLED TV within the next 18 months to 2 years, and Toshiba is helping them advance the technology that will help accomplish that goal. Well, maybe it's not so much a rumor:
Senior Pansonic executives who were in Australia yesterday for the launch of a new range of plasma TVs including a new 54" 1" thick wireless TV have said that Pansonic is currently researching HD OLED TV and that the Japanese Company will have an OLED TV within 18 months to 2 years.
Considering how much less energy OLEDs consume over current LCD and, most definitely over plasma, seeing OLED TVs hit the market within 2 years would be good news. (Of course, we'd hope the people buying them are consumers who have just recycled their old TV which they loved to pieces until the day it kicked the bucket and couldn't be repaired...) Manufacturers being firmly prodded to produce and market the most energy efficient televisions as possible will also benefit from an advance like this in TVs.
OLED TVs of this size will still likely be price prohibitive, which means there won't be much of a competition right away between OLED and LCD or plasma TVs. But getting something on the market means it's just a matter of time before advancing technology brings the price down to more affordable levels.
This news comes on the heels of a statement in an IFA 2009 press conference that OLED displays will be taking off within the next few years as manufacturers push to produce the new technology, rather than plodding along with older tech like LCD.
Via Smarthouse via OLED-Display
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