Wondering what we might expect to see in flat-panel 4K Ultra HDTVs in 2017? Here’s a hint from Corning – thin is in.
Yes, we know that it’s still the dog days of August and brand new premium 4K Ultra HDTVs with high dynamic range (HDR) continue to show promise this year as must-have technologies for AV entertainment enthusiasts.
But as we begin to slowly turn our attention toward CES 2017, some recent announcements are hinting strongly that more and more 4K Ultra LED LCD TV models next year could be both thinner and brighter than some of the models we are seeing now.
One of the driving factors in these new designs comes from Corning which introduced its Iris Glass in 2015 as a new light guide plate (LGP) technology for edge-lit LED LCD TVs.
The LGP is a transparent sheet which is installed as a substrate in an LCD to direct light sources (like LEDs) from the sides of the display across the screen. When electricity is turned on, the sheet (which can be of glass or acrylic composition) will emit a bright uniform soft light.
Iris Glass has only been used by a couple of TV brands so far, but the technology enables making edge-lit LED LCD TVs that are less than 10 millimeters thick and require almost no bezel border. Further, the technology passes a greater percentage of pure light than conventional glasses and enables making color-stable large screens that are equal to or brighter than TVs using plastic-based LGPs today.
According to a Corning statement: “Optically, Iris Glass delivers the bright, realistic color quality consumers demand by delivering high optical transmission and negligible color shift, resulting in several other prominent electronics manufacturers having designed Iris Glass into their edge-lit LCD TVs over the past year.”
In an effort to keep step with the growing popularity of thin-panel OLED displays, Corning said it expects to see both more manufacturers and models using Iris LGP technology in 2017. In addition, Corning said to expect LED LCD TVs with glass LGPs ranging in screen sizes from 50 inches all the way up to 75 inches next year. That compares to only a handful of models available mostly in China today in screen sizes of 60 to 70 inches.
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