Zeon’s Polarizer Could Increase LCD Contrast Dramatically

Posted Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 09:30 AM PST by Mike Attebery

Up to ten times more contrast ratio could be had thanks to Zeon’s technology.

It’s always nice to see a new name come into the mix. A company that’s relatively unknown in the television field almost inevitably brings one of two things to the table: a brilliant new product, or a brilliant new product that turns out to be vaporware. We’re hoping Zeon’s polarizing technology is the former.

Zeon is a company based out of Japan that makes parts for LCD and OLED displays. They sell to Samsung primarily, and could potentially sell to any manufacturer using In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology. Their new polarizing technology is about to make them incredibly in demand.

They call it “Phase Difference Film”, and they hope to mass market it later this year. Essentially, the film holds back unneeded backlighting and ensures that only the intended light goes through to the screen. By doing this, companies would be able to present not only a greater contrast, but wider viewing angles as well.

Zeon hasn’t revealed any details about what companies will be getting their hands on the new panels, or what the expected cost will be.

Source: DeviceMag

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