The televisions are based on SED (surface-conduction electron-emitter display) technology, which is a flat-panel display said to offer richer colors, faster response, and generally better picture quality than both LCD and PDP technologies. Canon and Toshiba have been promising SED-based televisions for some time, but the launch of the products has been delayed because of problems perfecting the technology. Current plans call for a limited launch in 2007 and wider availability in 2008.
At stake is whether the production joint venture, a company called SED Inc., is a Canon subsidiary. Canon owns 50 percent of the company plus one share, while Toshiba holds the remainder. Because it holds the extra share, Canon believes the company is a subsidiary.
The question is important because part of the SED technology being used has been licensed to Canon by Nano Proprietary of Austin, Texas. Nano Proprietary filed a lawsuit against Canon in Texas in 2005 asserting that SED Inc. isn't a Canon subsidiary because, it argued, Toshiba still has decision-making power over the joint company.
SED Displays further delayed by lawsuits
Posted on Friday, Jan 05 2007 @ 12:11 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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|Re: SED Displays further delayed by lawsuits |
by Anonymous on Friday, Jan 05 2007 @ 13:12 CET
|Reliability is an issue with these when individual emitters fail, killing the set. Clearly they hyped this a lot, but it is also a lot harder to manufacture than they were letting on, and I'd wager they've known for several years that each predicted "release date" was never going to come true.|
They get here when they get here, but by the time they do, other technologies are likely to be as good or better.