Canon and Toshiba announced their SED displays have been further delayed. This new TV technology has already been delayed a couple of times and was slated to arrive by the end of this year.
The decision to postpone the launch of SED TVs raises doubt over the commercial viability of the new flash TVs:
Canon cited a prolonged patent lawsuit with Nano-Proprietary as a reason for the delay. It is also delaying the launch to develop the technology to cut production costs, a step necessary to compete with LCD and plasma TVs, the company said.
Toshiba, which plans to procure SED panels from Canon, is postponing the TV launch as Canon is unable to start supplying the panels on time.
The new launch timing has yet to be decided, they said.
Despite the delay, however, both companies said they have no intentions of abandoning plans to offer SED TVs.
SED displays are said to have better image quality and lower power consumption than existing plasma and LCD TVs.