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Monday, August 21, 2006

The end of plasma

I couldn't resist - this is stunning.

Samsung has developed a 70in LCD hi def screen that must mark the death knell of the plasma screen. Even though Samsung can probably only make one at the moment, it doesn't matter. The technology wil scale and the price will come down and plasma will not be able to compete.

The screen is being shown at the International Meeting on Information Displays (IMID) 2006, which will open in Daegu, Korea on August 23.

However, it may not be seen to its best ability of 1080p unless some of the HD films on the coming Blu Ray format have that as an option. But the conical viewing angle of 180 degree visibility will help for larger audiences.

With production in the first half of 2007, it is definitely competing with plasma and should provide a clearer display with a longer lifetime.


Display size 70"
Resolution FHD (1,920 by 1,080 pixels)
Mode a-Si
Brightness 600nit
Contrast ratio 2,000:1
Number of Colors 1.07 billion
Color saturation 92%
Response time < 8ms
Viewing angle 180° top, bottom, left and right
No. of polarizers 1

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Welcome to the Embedded Blog

Welcome to a new blog for the Embedded electronics industry in Europe. This aims to provide what you need to know about the industry, but it's not a news site. This is the place to come for exclusive news and comment on why the news matters, written by one of Europe's leading electronics journalists. You will also find video clips of interviews with key executives and have access to edited presentations showing more than you usually find in news stories.

If you want the latest up to date news, you can't do better than EETimes at, but if you want some exclusive news and comment on why it matters, the Embeddedblog at is the place to be. By looking across all the different technologies and markets in the embedded space, this blog pulls together trends and opportunities that you might not have seen from sites dedicated to individual topic areas.

The blog will be updated at least once a day from its launch in early September, covering the industry from two angles:

Technology: Processors, FPGAs, IP, Boards, Analogue, Design tools (with an emphasis on ESL), Real time operating systems, memory, test and power technology

Markets: Automotive, Broadcast, Consumer, Industrial, Mil/Aero and Telecoms (fixed and mobile)

Please feel free to contact me on with any comments or leads.