CES 2019: The Future of Display Tech? Samsung Debuts Revised Micro LED TV
(Samsung)(January 7, 2019) Last year, Samsung arrived at CES 2018 with its first prototype Micro LED displayed dubbed “The Wall.” Drawing from design philosophies used to create large LED commercial signage in public spaces, The Wall debuted the use of self-emitting micrometer scale LEDs comprised of inorganic red, green, and blue pixels, each serving as its own light source. And because The Wall’s pixels are self-emissive – much like pixels found on OLED televisions – they can be turned on and off, allowing for pure blacks and amazing levels of contrast. The pixels also natively deliver superior off-axis viewing performance and, most interestingly, are said to avoid issues with ghosting and image retention.
Fast-forward to 2019 and Samsung has returned to CES with a new and improved Micro LED design, narrowing the gap between microscopic LED chips for true 4K performance in smaller form factors. And because the Micro LED system is modular, screen sizes can be customized to fit nearly any aspect ratio.
Samsung is currently showing two Micro LED TVs at its CES demo booth: a smaller 75” and a massive 219”.
“For decades, Samsung has led the way in next-generation display innovation,” said Jonghee Han, President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “Our Micro LED technology is at the forefront of the next screen revolution with intelligent, customizable displays that excel in every performance category. Samsung Micro LED has no boundaries, only endless possibilities.”
The notion of configurable panels suggests that buyers can simply purchase and assemble displays right in their homes. Unfortunately, the system is rather complex, necessitating professional installation. Micro LEDs do, however, represent an exciting tech alternative to organic light emitting diodes (OLED), especially considering their ability to deliver higher levels of peak brightness while resisting ghosting and imaging retention.