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Samsung Introducing Brightest Outdoor Display - A 2000nit 70-inch LCD panel

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Looking to brighten the out-of-home advertising market, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world's largest provider of thin-film transistor, liquid crystal displays (TFT-LCDs), today announced that it has developed a 70-inch diagonal, "super bright" LCD digital signage panel - the brightest panel in the world to be mass produced.

Samsung's new 2000nit LCD panel is one-third brighter than the previous brightest digital information display (DID) display (1500nit) and has been designed to optimally accommodate the tremendous range of lighting conditions affecting outdoor displays.

The new Samsung DID will be available for use in digital signs for transit centers, bus shelters, museums, and for the outside of retail centers, to replace less noticeable poster advertisements.

"We developed this DID panel to jump out and call to you anywhere it's used, making a statement of rich, vivid imagery that passersby can't help but appreciate," said Scott Birnbaum, vice president, Samsung LCD Business. "Advertisers, outdoor media companies, cities, universities, hotels and malls will be thrilled with this super bright, super-sized display that will command the most regal of appearances when the weather is dismal or even on a very bright summer day," he added.

The new Samsung "super bright" DID panel generates four times the brightness of a typical LCD TV today, and comes with a unique brightness control feature that allows outdoor advertisers to lower the brightness level at night to the level of a conventional HDTV.

Using local dimming LED (light-emitting diode) technology, Samsung's "super bright" DID LCD panel mitigates its added power consumption by continually adjusting picture brightness in very precise "localized" increments, thereby avoiding having to brighten areas that don't require brightening. Local dimming technology permits the new panel to increase its dynamic contrast ratio up to 200,000:1.

The new 70-inch "super bright" display incorporates advanced commercial DID system functionality to make it more reliable for 24x7 viewing. In addition, it provides a Full-HD (1080p) screen resolution with 16.7 million colors. It also provides the widest viewing angle available: 178 degrees. Weighing only 80 kilograms, the panel is 1630 millimeters (mm) wide by 952mm high by 129.6mm deep, and can be used in either a portrait or landscape format.

Besides being used for advertising, Samsung's 70-inch DID panel can serve as a public communication device to provide visually-enhanced emergency messaging, directions, maps or visitor information.

The new display was designated an Innovation Award "honoree" for the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show in the Video Display category at a ceremony in New York earlier today. CES is produced by the Consumer Electronics Association, which represents more than 2,200 corporations involved in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and integration of consumer electronics products.

Samsung will begin sampling its 70-inch, 2000nit display before year end.

About Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2007 consolidated sales of US$105 billion. Employing approximately 150,000 people in 134 offices in 62 countries, the company consists of four main business units: Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business, and Telecommunication Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

Terms:

Contrast ratio: Contrast ratio measures luminosity, or the difference in brightness between the brightest white and the darkest black a display is capable of producing simultaneously. The higher the contrast ratio, the better. Contrast ratio is unaffected by screen size.

Nit: Abbreviation for the measure of brightness, officially called candela per meter squared (cd/m2).

Posted by Shane Sturgeon, November 12, 2008 5:16 AM

About Shane Sturgeon

Shane Sturgeon is the Co-Publisher and Chief Technologist of HDTV Magazine, an industry publication with HDTV roots going back to 1984, when Dale Cripps founded The HDTV Newsletter. Today, HDTV Magazine is a leading online resource for HDTV news and information and captures the eyes and imaginations of over 3 million visitors annually. Mr. Sturgeon has a background in information technology and has served in various consulting capacities for Fortune 500 companies such as J.P. Morgan Chase, Verizon Communications, Proctor & Gamble and Nationwide Insurance. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Wright State University.