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Sony Intros 55-Inch Crystal LED Display Using 6 Million LEDs

On Tuesday Sony said that it has developed the industry's first 55-inch Full HD self-emitting display using LEDs as the light source. Called the Crystal LED Display, it uses Sony’s "unique methods" to mount ultrafine LEDs in each of the Red-Green-Blue (RGB) colors, equivalent to the number of pixels -- meaning the company uses approximately six-million LEDs to create a Full HD display.

"The RGB LED light source is mounted directly on the front of the display, dramatically improving the light use efficiency," Sony said. "This results in images with strikingly higher contrast (in both light and dark environments), wider color gamut, superb video image response time, and wider viewing angles when compared to existing LCD and plasma displays, with low power consumption. Furthermore, due to the display’s structure, the “Crystal LED Display” is also ideal for large screens."

Sony is currently showing a prototype display at CES 2012 in Las Vegas. It has a brightness of approximately 400 cd/m², a viewing angle of approximately 180 degrees, and a contrast of "more than measurable limit values." The color gamut is also "more than 100-percent compared to NTSC (xy)." When compared to existing LCD displays from Sony, the prototype boasts approximately 3.5 times higher contrast in light environment, approximately 1.4 times wider color gamut, and approximately 10 times faster video image response time.

Sony said it will "work conscientiously" to bring the Crystal LED Display to market while also continuing development and commercialization of organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays.