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Canon Kills Plans For Consumer SED Television

Canon Kills Plans For Consumer SED Television

Sadly, the world will have to live with one less competitor for LCD, OLED and CRT. As if CRT is still around. Canon, the same company responsible for selling millions of EOS digital cameras, once had a plan to truly rival the other television technology producers in the world. But for one reason or another, SED never really took off. There were prototypes shown off and promises made, but no launch schedule was ever followed. Now, years after SEDs initial introduction, Canon is finally hoping to put the technology behind them and forget all about what could've been.


This week, the company officially killed plans to further develop a SED television, which comes as little surprise to those following the tech but a big blow to competition in general. SED TVs will still be used for commercial use (such as in hospitals), but it won't ever make it to consumers in the form of new flat-panel TVs in Best Buy. The main problem with continuing SED develop was cost; LCD price drops made it difficult for Canon to compete, and since SED was significantly more expensive, there was never really a market for their niche technology.


The company won't say how much was spent over the past decade in a (failed) attempt to bring SED to the consumer market, but it's safe to assume that hundreds of millions were probably dished out. Of course, so long as there's a SED for commercial markets, there could always be a run in the consumer market as well, but it's certainly no longer in the cards officially.
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Its really sad to see Canon exiting the SED (Surface-conduction Electron-emitter Display) tech., may be the competition in the LCD market was too high for it to sustain any kind of ROI. Think companies like LG and Samsung should become more active and start investing resources on SED research. I think after the current saturation of LCD tech., with 3D LED panels available, its about time they start this.

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Thanks Xylem.

The whole time I was reading the article, I was thinking to myself, what the heck is SED?

I've heard/read of it before, but didn't know what it stood for.

I wonder what the technical specifications are with this SED technology. Is it brighter, use less power than LED LCD's? Does it have better color reproduction?

So many questions, so little time :)

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