Wall-In-One Micro LED Display Packages Proliferate At CEDIA Expo 2022
Looking for the biggest TV you can possible have? CEDIA Expo 2022 proved to be another major showcase for the evolution of very big screen Direct View LED and Micro LED applications for both professional and residential applications.
Micro LED (which is a subset of a display panel category referred to as direct LED or direct view LED), uses a series of modular panels with individual self-emissive pixels that can have light output turned on or completely off or adjusted to some level in between to present naturally images with a sense of realism and image depth. This is similar to other self-emitting light displays like OLED.
Similarly, the technology affords very wide viewing angles without the loss of color, brightness and contrast viewed off axis, as traditional backlit LED and MiniLED LCD displays often present. Furthermore, MicroLED TVs can get bright without sacrificing the ability to generate pure black with a high level of picture detail. The screens also don’t run the risk of image burn-in as some OLED displays can develop with improper usage.
Key trends new trends in the technology on display at CEDIA included the development of all-in-one packages that simplify the purchase, installation and setup of systems intended for spacious homes, reduced pixel pitch numbers enabling higher resolutions at smaller screen sizes, and different sized panel modules that allow easier installations with fewer panel stitching seams for clearer and more immersive big-screen visuals.
We’ve collected a few of the major new announcements in Micro LED and Direct LED technologies from the recent custom installation electronics industry below:
Samsung, which launched the Micro LED “The Wall” concept several years ago, put increased emphasis on its custom integrator business for the year’s CEDIA Expo by showing a range of high-end display innovations including its latest The Wall All-in-One MicroLED high-end residential offerings.
Samsung showcased the new MicroLED marketing and packaging concept as “simplifying installation and features with a traditional TV display-like form factor.”
The Wall All-in-One was designed for two [custom integrators] to install in roughly two hours,” said Harry Patz Jr., Samsung Display Division senior VP and general manager. “There are just three or four sections to put up.”
The solution allows for flexible installes without the need for much additional structural support or special ventilation requirements. Some applications can even include the use of a customized stand like a traditional TV, he said.
When hung proud on a wall — as is intended — the Wall All-in-One will allow air to naturally rise up from beneath the screen and up over the top to dissipate any heat. As along as the room temperature stays around 77-degrees or below, the display is good to go without the need of special fans or additional cooling systems.
Patz continued that the All-in-One Wall package makes it easy for commercial customers with old-technology LFT video walls to upgrade with the latest and greatest video performance.
“This is now available and we are starting to get lots of traction in smaller businesses, national retails and hubs. It’s really our on-fire product,” Patz said.
All in One packages include everything needed for an installation from the control box and wall brackets to speakers and deco bezels. The company said “no additional purchases or components are required getting your display up and running fast.”
The Wall All-in-One is available in two screen sizes of 110- and 146-inches with a pixel pitch of about 1.2mm and will deliver up to 4K resolution, with the starting price for the 110-inch of a little more than $155,000.
Peak brightness is rated at 1,600 nits. Direct view LED (Micro LED) was designed for changing life styles and ambient light conditions. Brightness can be tuned up or even down as required by the viewer and application.
Of course for those with the space and cash, Samsung’s commercial products division can deliver much larger MicroLED screen sizes (up to 292-inches).
LG showed at CEDIA Expo its 136-inch Magnit 4K Direct LED (Micro LED) TV system available for very high-end residential installations. The system incorporates the company’s latest Alpha 9 video processor and webOS smart streaming platform.
The displays are comprised of interconnecting displays modules or “cabinets.” Using its Chip-On-Board (COB) technology, each module has approximately 70 pixels with each pixel consisting of 3 LEDs soldered on to it. LG then places coatings over the top of each LED. Using this top-of-the-line Direct LED technology, the screens will have little to no reflection, even when it goes all the way to black. Depending on screen size, a display will generally have two, nine or more cabinets. Some cabinets will have mitered edges allowing screens that go around corners, or convex or concave cures to wrap around or away from viewers.
Starting at around $300,000, the 136-inch display wall delivers up to 2000 nits of true peak brightness and a 120Hz native refresh rate. But the technology is customizable for the viewing application with screen sizes of up to 325 inches possible.
Sony used the show to present its 220-inch Crystal LED TV C-Series wall for large home installations at CEDIA 2022. Crystal LED is another MicroLED modular tile technology enabling very large installations in almost any viewing space and lighting environment.
All of Sony’s Crystal LED installations are custom designed and engineered. The system employs Sony’s X1 Reality Creation Motionflow processing with 22-bit Super Bit Mapping for high contrast with deep black, rich image gradation, up to 800 nits of peak brightness, very wide viewing angles and wide color gamut coverage.
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A 220-inch configuration like that on display at CEDIA Expo was showing online at around $606,500, but in reality everything is customized for the purchaser’s particular needs, so prices will vary.
Although the system on display was 4K, Sony said its Cyrstal LED technology is capable of displaying 8K HDR video content, as well as 16K and beyond.
Making his return to CEDIA after a three year absence necessitated by the COVID pandemic, Neal Manowitz, Sony North America president and chief operating officer, introduced the expanded lineup of custom and commercial displays highlighted by the latest evolution of Crystal LED.
Manowitz said Sony wanted to “re-affirm our commitment to this industry,” which he hailed as being at the forefront of home entertainment, and that Sony has been a big part of it since CEDIA was established in 1989.
Commercial display resource Planar used the show to present its Planar Luxe MicroLED Displays products with 4K and 8K resolution as a way to enrich distinctive spaces.
The company announced new high-brightness outdoor fine pitch LED Display video wall solutions designed for up close viewing. The Planar Luminate Ultra Series LED video wall uses coated LEDs for durability and image detail in high-ambient light environments. The Planar Luminate Ultra Series offers wide viewing angles of nearly 140 degrees and 1.5mm and 1.9mm pixel pitches. Peak brightness is listed at up to 3,300 nits and optimal viewing from as close as six feet.
For indoor applications, the company offers Direct LED solutions allowing screen sizes of 108-, 136-, 163- and 217-inches.
Quantum Media Systems
Quantum Media Systems presented its Cinematic XDR LED Video Wall systems intended for very high-end residental applications to CEDIA.
QMS XDR LED Video Wall technology offers large immersive displays setups with Fine-Pitch LED and high-performance image processing producing high resolution, HDR-supporting images wide contrast performance including deep blacks and peak white levels that exceeds what is possible from high-end projector systems.
QMS systems offer peak brightness output of up to 1,000 nits enabling strong picture performance even in sunlit viewing environments.
The XDR wall systems requires only four inches of depth for the wall.
QMS engineers its Cinematic XDR LED Video Walls using high performance diodes, chips, and processors. The company customizes systems to the application providing consultation for integration using Crestron modules and certified image calibration.
Hisense, which was celebrating becoming the No. 2 shipper of TV displays by unit volume in the second quarter of 2022, traveled to CEDIA Expo to introduce its new professional display division, offering custom Direct LED and other display solutions for businesses and institutions in the U.S. market.
This includes commerical signage and interactive white boards and corporate board room video conferencing displays.
Among professional display products on display with a 136- or 163-inch “All-In-One” 1080p Direct View LED screen with a pixel pitch of down to 1.59mm mounted on a rolling stand to be easily moved. The application is intended for large displays in the lobby of a hotel, restaurant or retail sales floor. Sold as a package, the display includes an LED panel controller, processor, speakers, power supply and other components needed for setup and use.
The modular display technology in the unit on display consisted of 18 3 x 6 cabinets, each containing a receiving card, driver and other electronics. Attached by magnets to each of the cabinets are a total of 216 LED tiles. Peak brightness is rated at 500 nits.
The Hisense All-In-One screens come with integrated Android TV 9 smart TV OS.
Currently, Hisense assembles the cabinets from sourced components in China, but plans are to eventually have the professional display products for the United States produced at Hisense’s factory in Mexico.
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By Greg Tarr
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