Could surface-conduction electron-emitter displays (SEDs) displace plasma screens in the Japanese market? That's the question that I had floating around my head after hearing a presentation on the state of technology in Japan made by Digital TV DesignLine partner EE Times Japan.
In the presentation, EE Times Japan publisher Masaya Ishida claimed that LCD TV makers shipped more than 2 million units in the first half of 2005, which plasma developers only shipped 184,000 units. He followed that by saying that Canon is set to have its first SEDs out by the end of the year.
The question is will these SEDs wipe plasma out of the market? Ishida leaned toward SEDs displacing plasma displays. But, for others, as pointed out in a story by EE Times reporter Yoshiko Hara in a recent story, one of the big challenges for SED displays is whether they can compete at the price level in a time when the cost of plasma screens are dropping dramatically.
It's probably too early to know whether SED TVs will or will not displace plasma TVs in the Japanese market. But, what is clear is that SEDs are on the way and that they do pose a threat. In the interim, if you want a short overview of what an SED is and how it works, click here. Also, let us know your thoughts on SED in site editor Dennis Barker's SED forum.